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As the title states, would a Sun Blade be considered to be an item made of metal? I'm trying to work out if the Heat Metal spell would be effective against it.

A regular long sword would almost certainly be considered a metal weapon, but a Sun Blade is just the hilt with a magical blade. Longsword hilts were made of wood, wire, and leather, according to this HowStuffWorks article about sword-making.

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The description of the weapon is mum on the materials of the hilt so I think the DM needs to make a call on whether or not the heat metal spell has any effect.

One point to remember here: we're dealing with a game of magical fantasy. So while real world proxies can help inform the imagination, they shouldn't limit its scope.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Technically, even the weight is not specified for the sun blade in particular; "3 lbs." is not given as the weight of the sun blade specifically, but rather longswords in general. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    Jan 4 '20 at 8:17
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I would argue that the hilt is made of metal, at least partly. This is based solely on the fact that almost all swords have a metal component to the hilt or tang, even if the hilt or tang is encased in leather or a decorative material. In other words, holding this thing would get very hot if the spell heat metal was cast upon it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Technically, tang is a part of the blade that goes thorough the hilt and into the pommel. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Jan 4 '20 at 20:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Molot so you're thinking the tang/handle/pommel/hilt wouldn't have any metal since the blade isn't metal? Not a bad argument I suppose! So if it was just a magical cylinder that shoots out a blade of light, it could be made of anything. \$\endgroup\$
    – Behacad
    Jan 6 '20 at 2:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm thinking that might be the case. It is hard to know for sure. Not with the (lack of) data in the books. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Jan 6 '20 at 7:06

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