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Magic staves can have weapon runes applied to them. One rune is a Shifting rune, which lets you transform the weapon into a different weapon. If I use a Shifting rune to transform a staff into a Gauntlet, then pick up a sword with that hand, can I still cast spells from the staff/gauntlet in this state?

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You might not be able to turn a staff into a gauntlet.

The Shifting rune includes the description

With a moment of manipulation, you can shift this weapon into a different weapon with a similar form.

While the other text is simply "another melee weapon that requires the same number of hands", some GM's may consider a gauntlet too removed from other melee weapons to be a valid Shifting choice.


You also probably can't use the "staff" gauntlet while the hand is occupied.

From Staves

Casting a Spell from a staff requires holding the staff (typically in one hand) and Activating the staff by Casting the Spell

Of course, this is small enough that many GM's will allow this interesting use of the weapon ability. There doesn't seem to be a rule specifically about this interaction.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The first section is irrelevant - the actual effect block of the interaction for the Shifting rune reads: "The weapon takes the shape of another melee weapon that requires the same number of hands to wield." A gauntlet requires the same number of hands to wield as a staff, therefore it's a valid choice. \$\endgroup\$ – Delioth Oct 14 at 15:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ I commented on that and it's not irrelevant; all text is there to inform GM's about their decision making. \$\endgroup\$ – Ifusaso Oct 14 at 19:56

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