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Questions tagged [artifacts]

For questions about artifacts, which are unique, powerful magic items found in various RPGs, most notably in Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder.

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How can the positive/negative planes be described?

Unlike the other planes, the positive and negative planes are notoriously sparsely described. In fact, I figured that it wasn't even possible to go there until recently, when I read the description of ...
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How to create an artifact weapon linked to the progress of a mythic path?

I want to pump up the group I'm GMing for with Mythic rules. There is a warpriest in the group, and I wanted to have him earn the privilege of wielding the holy weapon of his church and make him a ...
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Are there published artifacts from the Shadowfell?

Are there published magic artifacts with origins from the Plane of Shadow (aka the Shadowfell)?
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Is this homebrew abjuration artifact balanced? [closed]

My players are currently level 9 as part of a campaign that I anticipate extending to somewhere between 18-20. The overall world is between low to medium magic. For context, the most powerful magic ...
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Can you remove the sentience from an intelligent item?

If you take something like the "dagger of denial", which will work against a player if their goals are not aligned, can you remove the sentience, by the 3.5 rules and extended rules, to make it a ...
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How are artifacts destroyed? [closed]

I think my question is fairly straightforward - how does one destroy an artifact? The only reference I have been able to find is the following passage from the DMG page 140 under 'Magic Item ...
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Creating a very powerful items like the rings of power from LOTR in my D&D campaign [closed]

I have this idea of having like 9 mystical swords with insane powers, and I want to give one of them to my players so they can hide it because everybody wants to take the sword and use its power for ...
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Does a spell cast using a 10th-level spell slot count as a 10th-level spell?

The Enlightened Magic feature of the Book of Exalted Deeds (DMG, p. 222) allows for 10th-level spell slots per this question. Nothing seems to disallow level 10 spell slots, but would the spells cast ...
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Does the Book of Exalted Deeds allow level 10 spell slots?

The artifact Book of Exalted Deeds, DMG p. 222, has the following attribute: Enlightened Magic. Once you've read and studied the book, any spell slot you expend to cast a cleric or paladin ...
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Determining artifact treasure value

Major and minor artifacts are listed in several D&D books, but how does one determine their worth? Obviously they are worth something to an adventurer much like a magical location; magical ...
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Would an artifact that enhanced proficiency be too over-powered?

I am the DM of 5e, and during my campaigns I try to allow characters to get an artifact — a legendary magical item — as a sort of personal side quest to build their character. This is something that ...
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If an artifact does not expressly limit spells like enlarge/reduce or levitate, are there any limits?

Caution: Minor spoiler ahead, Out of the Abyss, hard cover. The question is whether any level magic spell will act per usual on an artifact possessing very high-level magic, which is featured in a ...
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Can a bag of holding be used to dispose of evil artifacts?

According to the description of Bag Of Holding If a bag of holding is overloaded, or if sharp objects pierce it (from inside or outside), the bag immediately ruptures and is ruined, and all ...
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How to avoid imbalance when introducing a necessary but powerful item with this scenario on inter planer travel. (A followup question) [closed]

In my previous question I asked about the legitimacy of creating an interplanar portal that would return PCs to the wrong place or time. Can I have an interplanar portal return someone to the wrong ...
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Does Merthuvial's BAB deduction apply before or after Divine Power sets BAB to level?

I'm using the legacy weapon Merthuvial (Barrow of the Forgotten Kings, pgs. 19-21) which requires, in part, one to pay a personal cost in the form of loss to BAB (Weapons of Legacy, p. 9). However I'...
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Warlock Pact weapon on Sentient or Artifact Magic weapon

I have read this part about Warlocks You can transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon by performing a special ritual while you hold the weapon. You perform the ritual over the course of I ...
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Is there a way to temporarily create a copy of a character having the same powers as the original?

I am looking for a way to make my players use their abilities more creatively and efficiently. I thought that, if they faced copies of themselves who rely on their current abilities would make them ...
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What counts as Dwarvish stonework? [closed]

From Spell save DC on a wish spell cast from a magic item, I realized that if I try to sleight of hand then teleport I can get away with an artifact. If this first sleight of hand fails though I plan ...
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What's the Head of Vecna and why is it important?

I'm vaguely familiar with the RPG anecdote the Head of Vecna. Is there more to this tale? Why is this story important to RPG culture? Note: In Comments on this question (now deleted but available on ...
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The many artifacts of Vecna

I stumbled across the wikipedia entry for Vecna and this section, after going trough a long list of body parts which seams to be all artifacts on their own, says These artifacts are collectively ...
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How can I use my Hammer of Thunderbolts without a penalty?

The Hammer of Thunderbolts is described as a +3 Large returning warhammer according to the PRD. I am a human barbarian and after a horrendous quest line our party was rewarded with a few things. One ...
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Is this homebrewed artifact balanced/functional? [closed]

For the campaign I'm running, one of the players had a fairly detailed request for an artifact weapon. I think I did an alright job but I'm too close to the situation to see things objectively and ...
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Are there any rules for PCs to create intelligent items?

Intelligent Items [SRD] & DMG 3.5 mention: "In general, less than 1% of magic items have intelligence." Like artifacts, intelligent items are never encountered as random treasure [d%] AFAIK. ...
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Why do artifacts exist in the DM's Guide if you can't get them easily?

There are a number of artifacts in the DM's Guide and they are awesome. The thing is that it doesn't seem very plausible to get these items. If they aren't obtainable, why are they in the Guide? If ...
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Are there any established artifacts of Garl Glittergold?

Recently Garl Glittergold has taken a larger than expected role in my game and I'm looking for artifacts related to him. After searching for awhile I've been unable to find any. I'm aware that I can ...
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Sutra of Tranquil thoughts, unclear how much XP

I have question in regards to the Sutra of Tranquil thoughts, ML20th This monastic tome describes ancient techniques of mental focus and is highly prized by psionic practitioners. If a psionic ...
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Can Disjunction destroy artifacts in its AoE (maybe accidentally) or only when directly targeting them?

My Sorcerer is only a few levels away from 9th level spellcasting and I'm considering taking Disjunction. But I don't quite understand this section on how it interacts with artifacts: You can also ...
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How do I balance artifacts of my own invention?

I want to create an artifact, but I want it to be “balanced” with the others presented in the books. What I'm stuck on is what defines the difference between a Major artifact and a Minor artifact. ...
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Is it confirmed that the Hammer of Thunderbolts is intentionally based on Mjolnir?

In Viking Mythology, Thor has 3 prized possessions: First a hammer, Mjölnir. To be able to wield it properly, he must also wear his magical belt Megingjord to increase his strength, and his iron ...
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How much does a holocron weigh?

Despite every D20 flavor of the Star Wars RPG dedicating several pages throughout multiple books to the subject of holocrons, not a single one of them appears to mention their weight. My gaming group ...
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Is there any more lore on Maleffluent?

I'm doing a campaign in 5e and I'm going to be bringing my PC's into 'The Forgotten Terror' scenario from the Ruby of Aggarath (Dagger, not domain.) It will have my own spin on it and rules will be ...
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Do rules exist for creating artefacts?

Are there any hard rules aside from the few examples given and "use your imagination" to build your own artefacts?