Living Gloves (p278 ERftLW) Says:

While attuned to these gloves, you gain one of the following proficiencies (your choice when you attune to the gloves):

  • Sleight of Hand
  • Thieves' tools
  • One kind of artisan's tools of your choice
  • One kind of musical instrument of your choice

Symbiotic Nature. The gloves can't be removed from you while you're attuned to them, and you can't voluntarily end your attunement to them. If you're targeted by a spell that ends a curse, your attunement to the gloves ends, and they can be removed.

Can remove curse (p271 PHB) be used to end the curse, then you can put the gloves back on to attune once again and choose a different proficiency?


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Yes, you can un-attune with remove curse, but you lose the proficiencies you had from the gloves:

While attuned to these gloves, you gain one of the following proficiencies

So you can un-attune, re-attune and choose a different proficiency, but you cannot benefit from multiple artisan tool proficiencies at the same time in this way.

This does allow you to more or less change your artisan tool proficiency with relative ease, the only consumed resources are spell slots and time to attune.

  • \$\begingroup\$ It could be argued that your character shouldn't be allowed to voluntarily go along with this scheme, and should attempt to prevent the Remove Curse from being cast. They certainly wouldn't ask their freindly Cleric to do so, even with the intent to put them back on for a different proficiency. Edit: I suppose it comes down to whether you interpret curses as making the wearer UNABLE or UNWILLING to do so. \$\endgroup\$
    – Maaark
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ If it could be argued, could you leave an answer making that argument? I'm not seeing it. Why can you say they "certainly" wouldn't ask the gloves to be removed? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Maaark Feel free to post an answer to this question. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Maaark the description of living gloves here suggests that the wearer is unable to do so: "to attune to them, you must wear them for the entire attunement period, during which the gloves bond with your skin." \$\endgroup\$
    – senderle
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Maaark Unless the specific curse includes verbiage to the effect of "the character will actively work to prevent the curse from being lifted", then I don't think curses prevent the character from trying to have a curse removed. I think the alignment changing items in previous editions were worded to that extent, and I think some artifacts also, but most did not work to prevent a Remove Curse from being sought or cast. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 14:47

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