Is there an existing official version or rough equivalent of the 4e magic Dynamic weapon in 5e?

The basic properties of a dynamic weapon allow the user to change it from one weapon to another. E.g. Bow then a longsword then a dagger, etc.

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    \$\begingroup\$ related hruthvir homebrew \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Commented Jan 13, 2019 at 19:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ what would be the point? Creatures resistant / vulnerable to piercing or bludgeoning are extremely rare. \$\endgroup\$
    – András
    Commented Jan 14, 2019 at 16:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ it has less use in 5e mechanically and is more of a flavor thing. in 4e i built the character around being a weapons master and battlefield control. being able to exploit weapons features and feats. he was a terror as changing the dynamic weapons weapon type had no effect on my action economy. bow, then a whip, then a greataxe, etc all without having to draw a weapon. in 5e the feats and other crunch are not the same so obviously it wouldn't work the same way. but i like the idea of a high skilled combatant and a set of shape changing weapons \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 18:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ How did you get a bow? Dynamic weapon only allows melee weapons (IIRC) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 21:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ my DM ruled, "that's stupid, it can transform into a whip but not a bow? that doesn't make any sense." it did not supply ammo, had to carry that. funnily enough he is the one that brought it up. i was just going to just make do. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 18:51

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Rod of Lordly Might

This Legendary magic item has the ability to transform into a variety of weapons (among other features):

If you press button 1, the rod becomes a flame tongue, as a fiery blade sprouts from the end opposite the rod's flanged head (you choose the type of sword).

If you press button 2, the rod's flanged head folds down and two crescent-shaped blades spring out, transforming the rod into a magic battleaxe that grants a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it.

If you press button 3, the rod's flanged head folds down, a spear point springs from the rod's tip, and the rod's handle lengthens into a 6-foot haft, transforming the rod into a magic spear that grants a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with it.

Try out the Pact of the Blade

At level 3, warlocks gain access to a pact boon. One of the options to choose from is the Pact of the Blade which says:

You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee weapon takes each time you create it.

In this way, you essentially have a weapon that can take any form. You can even get a few ranged weapons with a particular Eldritch Invocation called Improved Pact Weapon:

Finally, the weapon you conjure can be a shortbow, longbow, light crossbow, or heavy crossbow.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It doesn't invalidate your answer, but I'm pretty sure Rod of Lordly Might was present in AD&D (and quite possibly the original D&D). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 14, 2019 at 12:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ these are definitely some options. also yes i remember the RoLM being in 3.5. i don't remember the details though \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 21:09

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