I've had my fair share of arguments while playing sessions with my friends about rules & limitations in game. One for certain that caught my eye is the physical Totem you acquire as a Path of the Totem Warrior Barbarian (PHB, p. 50).
In the PHB it states you must make/acquire your totem object, whether it be an actual totem or a piece of accessory like an earring/necklace/etc.. based on your animal. With the addition of changing your physical appearance to look similar to your totem animal.
The player in the campaign I'm with chose the Lion as their Totem Animal, in regards to the PHB this would be in place of the Tiger Totem for it's abilities.
The argument that I got into with him is when he finally got to 3rd level to attain those abilities, he acquired more than he got, even more so later on at level 6.
The totem is said to gain magical abilities of your animal, but it refers to the animal benefits in the PHB, like abilities gained for classes, this was not the case.
He gained an +4 Initiative Bonus, a +2 Dex Bonus, a +10 Move Speed from just his Physical Totem, which is an Earring. Nothing in which is said in the PHB, and in his words, "It's said in the PHB, the Totem has the option to grant magical benefits." He basically kept avoiding the argument and kept on saying he's following the rules.
But it isn't referring to magical stat boosting effects like a magic accessory, it refers to the animal abilities you're supposed to gain at that level, like,
Tiger (3): While raging, you can add 10 feet to your long jump distance and 3 feet to your high jump distance. The spirit of the tiger empowers your leaps.
Tiger (6): You gain proficiency in two skills from the following list: Athletics, Acrobatics, Stealth, and Survival. The cat spirit hones your survival instincts.
Funny thing too, is that he's also dipping into the other animal benefits without care, like the use of the Level 3 abilities without raging or using both the Tiger & Bear Level 6 benefits when he's only supposed to have 1 animal benefit of that level. I've also talked to the player about this, yet he never listens.
What I'm getting at is, he's basically powerplaying the class, and misreading what gaining magical benefits is for the Physical Totem.
Is the Physical Totem just to give the animal abilities listed as per Level 3, 6, 14 or does it in conjunction give additional magical stat effects like magic items?