Is it possible, when creating a magic item to replace a command word, for say a wand, or a flaming longsword, to react to a fingersnap or similar sound instead of an actual spoken word?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Seems like this is just asking for your magic item to be inadvertently activated all the time. \$\endgroup\$
    – ruffdove
    Nov 19, 2020 at 2:11

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The rules for Command Words state (emphasis mine):

Command word activation means that a character speaks the word and the item activates. No other special knowledge is needed.

Since command words require a character to actually speak them, the sound of a fingersnap or a sword coming out of its sheathe cannot be used to activate them.


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