I am in the process of creating a custom item and I have hit another snag. This time with the spell I'm putting on it: Divine insight (1/day command word activate).

For reference this is the part I'm having trouble with:

This spell grants you an insight bonus equal to 5 + your caster level (maximum bonus of +15) on any single skill check.

So my question is, when activated from a magical item, does the Bonus applied use my own caster level or the items caster level?

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    \$\begingroup\$ What system/edition, please? \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ Added the 3.5 system tag, sorry, is early. Mind isn't working so well just yet... mmm coffee \$\endgroup\$
    – Zakier
    Jul 10, 2016 at 12:48

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The item’s caster level, which you have to pay for since the formula for a 1/day command-word items is \$spell\ level \times caster\ level \times 1,800\text{ gp} \div 5\$. The only items that allow you to use your own stats to activate a magical effect are psicrowns, scepters (Lost Empires of Faerûn), and staves.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Alright so I did it correctly. Just one of those moments where an effects wording causes confusion when I'm conjunction with rules \$\endgroup\$
    – Zakier
    Jul 10, 2016 at 13:11

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