My players are planning a heist. Two of the players each have a Necklace of Adaptation and do not need to breathe. They want to go inside a bag of holding (which is allowed from what I know), then give the bag to the Druid who wild shapes into a rat and chooses to "merge their equipment into their new form". Thus allowing the rat to carry the two PCs into the mansion easy-peasy. This is super creative, but would that be possible?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Depending on their races and armor, be wary of the 500 pound weight limit! For 2 Humans + normal equip it should be absolutely fine, but if they want 2 battleaxes and full plate each you'll reach the limit rather quickly \$\endgroup\$
    – Hobbamok
    Jan 27, 2021 at 12:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Question about the tag here... This was originally posed with no system specified and responding to comments Alan put in the 5e tag as the game he was playing. That usually is appropriate, but I wonder if it is limiting here. The fact is, the correct answer for 5e is also the correct answer for every edition of D&D (with some caveats for bag of holding weight limits--only 200 lbs in 4e). In addition, it is the correct answer for both editions of Pathfinder. Since we do not want seven versions of the same question, would it be wise to change the tags to dnd and pathfinder? \$\endgroup\$
    – ruffdove
    Jan 29, 2021 at 4:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ They don't need the necklace of adaptation, see my answer here: Can a target escape a Wild Shaped Portable Hole/Bag of Holding \$\endgroup\$ Feb 3, 2021 at 20:09

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Easy peasy

As long as the players can fit through the neck of the bag they can exist inside until you're nice enough to let them out, thanks to the necklaces of adaptation.

Even without them, it would still be possible but how long they can hold their breath would then become an issue.

Just don't die because no one else will know to let them out...

I think using Bags of Holding like this is always a great idea. My players have used a BOH to fly team members across chasms, hide them from magically tracking hunters, sneak extra people into a party, etc.

It can subvert a lot of what the DM thinks might be a challenge for the players and turn tricky situations into slight inconveniences so some DMs may place limits on what can be done.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Definitely watch the weight limit (500 lbs. in 5e), as most characters are probably already over 150 lbs. each, not counting their gear plus whatever else might be in there. Also...make sure neither of them are carrying their own BoH, portable hole, handy haversack, or the like. \$\endgroup\$
    – Purplemur
    Feb 2, 2021 at 17:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Don't die. They canot exit by themselves and would be trapped until someone else let them out \$\endgroup\$ Feb 3, 2021 at 16:28


Yes, this is possible. Characters may enter a bag of holding, they have solved the potential problem of running out of air, and there is nothing about a bag of holding that would prevent it from merging with the druid's wild shape form like any other magical item or piece of equipment.

I would carefully track the weight of the two characters going into the bag to make sure they do not exceed the limit, but apart from that limitation, the plan seems solid.

Perhaps they're rendering moot some hard work you did on the mansion exterior and defenses, but this is a fun and creative idea that shows your players are engaged and having fun. This should be encouraged.

As a side note: this answer is valid in every edition of D&D and in Pathfinder 1e and 2e, as well. There may be some limitations with the Bag of Holding's capacity from edition to edition--it is only 200 pounds in D&D 4e, though Handy Haversqack holds 1,000--but as long as the weight limit is not exceeded, this plan is feasible in every edition plus both Pathfinder editions.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I’m not sure how the information from other editions and games is relevant. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 27, 2021 at 3:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ThomasMarkov I believe the answer was written when the specific edition that the question was talking about was unclear; though now it has been clarified so this answer should match that change by restricting itself to the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons \$\endgroup\$ Jan 27, 2021 at 3:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, the question originally did not specify the edition. It was edited since my answer was posted and now I have been able to correct it. Hopefully that clears up the negative reception I was getting. \$\endgroup\$
    – ruffdove
    Jan 27, 2021 at 3:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ You don’t do much in the way of explaining why it’s possible or how the rules work to permit this. You just say “yes” and then explain how it would play out. This seems like half way to a decent answer. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 27, 2021 at 3:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ My second sentence explains why it is possible. The rules allow PCs to enter a bag of holding; the PCs have found a way not to run out of air; there is nothing about the bag of holding that would make it an exception to equipment blending into a wild shape. What more do you need, exactly? \$\endgroup\$
    – ruffdove
    Jun 3, 2022 at 13:32

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