Do ability-boosting items or spells count for meeting feat prerequisites? I always reckoned that they do not. But now I wonder.

For example, the text for Gloves of Dexterity is

They add to the wearer's Dexterity score in the form of an enhancement bonus

So it comes down to the question: does a bonus become part of the score itself? This seems logical in the case of an inherent bonus. The inherent bonus is just a means of keeping track of permanent magical boosting e.g. via wish spells. This kind of boost is limited to 5 points. As a DM I would judge that boosting an ability score via wish spells does count for meeting prerequisites for feats. But, if so: What is the difference to an enhancement bonus?

Ok, it may not be permanent. But there are rules what happens if you no longer meet prerequisites: the feat ceases functioning until you meet the prerequisites again.

This kind of ruling would even mean you could cast a boost spell before leveling up to meet prerequisites, take a feat and this feat only works while you have enough active boosts.

So my question: Do ability boosting items or spells count for meeting prerequisites for feats?

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    \$\begingroup\$ This question is answered for magic items here and for spells here. I'm not sure I can mark this a duplicate of both. Do you want to revise the question? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 8, 2019 at 8:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok, I did not see those! I delete! Best regards \$\endgroup\$
    – Giorin
    Jun 8, 2019 at 8:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ Last question: does this also apply to prestige classes? \$\endgroup\$
    – Giorin
    Jun 8, 2019 at 8:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ Since the answer to this question in both cases is yes, figuring out why the same rules would not apply to prestige class requirements would be the first step in formulating a new question. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 8, 2019 at 8:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok, I consider that AFTER some research. Sorry for not deleting, but I did not find the delete function in the handy app. \$\endgroup\$
    – Giorin
    Jun 10, 2019 at 10:02

1 Answer 1


Yes, you could take the feat, but you would lose the use of the feat if, for whatever reason, you lose the bonus from the item.

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    – Someone_Evil
    Jun 8, 2019 at 14:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for answering - but my question had already been asked, I am just late deleting it. Best regards Giorin \$\endgroup\$
    – Giorin
    Jun 10, 2019 at 9:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for answering. You are right But I have been made aware of this question being a duplicate. \$\endgroup\$
    – Giorin
    Jun 10, 2019 at 9:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Giorin No problem. \$\endgroup\$
    – SkyPaul
    Jun 10, 2019 at 11:00

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