I am having trouble finding a rule that says anything about restrictions with epic magic Items being used by non-epic characters. That's it I just wanted to know if there is some rule in a legit book about that. If you could list the book and page number that would be great.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm just asking whether or not a level twenty character or below can use an epic level item by standard rules? Is there a rule that specifically says that a character that is not level 21 or above can't use an epic magic item. \$\endgroup\$
    – Craigamore
    Jan 2, 2017 at 23:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ O, I know! It's just easier to eliminate exceptions when the specific situation's detailed. I mean, Can a +1 fiery blast greatsword be wielded by a level 15 fighter? is a much less sweeping question that gets the same general answer without an answer having to accommodate a host of possible exceptions. (Honestly, I'm not trying to give you a hard time or anything!) \$\endgroup\$ Jan 2, 2017 at 23:20

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A non-epic creature can employ an epic magic item

Neither the Epic Level Handbook (2002) on Epic Magic Items (123-50), the more recent SRD section on Epic Magic Items, the Dungeon Master's Guide (2012), nor the Magic Item Compendium (2013) in its handful of references to the Epic Level Handbook mentions any general prohibition against the use of epic magic items by non-epic creatures. Epic magic items have more prerequisites for their creation than their non-epic counterparts, and one epic magic item can easily exceed the entire expected wealth by level of a non-epic PC, but—so far as I'm aware—no rule prevents a non-epic creature that somehow acquires an epic magic item from using that epic magic item if the creature should otherwise be able to: the magic item's epicness… epicity… epicitude… that the magic item's epic is merely a classification based on, for example, the magic item's market price or total enhancement bonuses. Classifying the magic item as epic doesn't usually have an impact on how, if, or for whom (or what) the item functions.

(Some creatures may—by virtue of their statistics or class choices or Use Magic Device skill bonuses,—find some epic magic items (like, for example, epic scrolls) very difficult or impossible to use, of course!)

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    \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage The game uses nonepic without the hyphen: "The process of creating an epic magic item is very similar to creating a nonepic magic item" (EL 124) (emphasis mine), but I'm good with whatever's more readable. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 3, 2017 at 1:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ We can double-check with English.SE if it comes to that, but I believe that a hyphen is necessary when adding the "non" prefix to a word. I certainly find it more readable myself. \$\endgroup\$
    – Oblivious Sage
    Jan 3, 2017 at 2:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage You can. I expect support for that position to be nonexistent, the majority being nonplussed by your insistence. Either way, it doesn't matter: the game omits the hyphen… and omits periods in AC, capitalizes Hit Dice, and italicizes spells and magic items; it's kind of allowed to break rules. I'm going to leave this be for readability, but your insistence sounds like this is a Meta question for here rather than an English question. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 3, 2017 at 2:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Epic items existed before the epic rules were even made... they were called artifacts in the DMG and SRD. \$\endgroup\$
    – nijineko
    May 2, 2017 at 18:52

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