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How does one craft Potions of Healing?

The Basic Rules/PHB say that an Herbalism Kit is required to create potions of healing. However, the crafting rules only allow you to make nonmagical items, and the description under Potion of Healing ...
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Can I really craft an Arrow of Total Destruction by RAW?

Can I craft something like this, and use it, based solely on the RAW? (With the obvious difference that, in 5e, it wouldn't “destroy an entire 10-foot radius sphere around the point of impact”, just ...
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Do magic items really cost at least as much to create as they do to purchase?

The table on page 129 of the DMG lists the costs to craft an item. Taking as an example a Common magic items, such as a level 1 spell scroll, the cost is listed as 100 gp. The crafter can only make ...
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How many kobolds does it take to dig a Pit Trap?

I did some maths, based on PF SRD for both traps and crafting, and this is what I found : a Pit Trap is a CR-1 trap (but it's a lazy kind of trap, so let's assume, as PF SRD tells us to do, that it ...
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Are there requirements for crafting magic items?

Are there any class, proficiency, or skill requirements to craft a magic item in D&D 5th edition other than to possess the minimum character levels? I.e. 3rd level for Common and Uncommon Magic ...
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Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system? [closed]

I want to construct an immersive, complex and functional fantasy economy in order to inform my world-building process. I'm interested in finding a working economic model and applying that into low-...
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How can a character create a Spell Scroll?

How can a character create a Spell Scroll? I've read through the DMG, and the section "Creating a Magic Item" on p.284 is about creating the design of a magic item "type", rather than create an ...
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How can I limit crafting and material-searching without limiting player agency?

I'm a new GM. Several of my PCs really enjoy crafting/potion-making/resource-farming and have builds that are well-suited to it. In the past I wanted to reward their enthusiasm for searching for new ...
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Can you make armor with multiple elemental resistances using only wool and copper? And how much time and money would it cost?

For context One of my players is playing for the first time and has some problems with magic and how versatile it is, therefore he is attempting to make an armor to resist fire, lightning, acid and ...
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How creative should the DM let an artificer be in terms of what they can build?

Just how creative should the DM let the Artificer be? One of my players is a guy who thinks way too hard on how to solve problems he's not meant to 'Solve' as a player. For example, I have a little ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide [closed]

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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What are the options for player characters to create traps?

The ranger and rogue in my game were asking about setting traps in preparation for a battle that was coming. Another player is convinced rogues can make traps because he saw it happen in D&D ...
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How much material silver is required to silver a greataxe, if the time and expertise is being provided as a favour?

Suppose I own a greataxe, and a blacksmith owes me a favour. The Smith knows how to craft silvered weapons, and has agreed to do the work as a favour if I provide the raw silver. The rules on silvered ...
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Do clubs of different materials have different stats?

In an upcoming campaign I’m playing a Lizardfolk barbarian, and one of the lizardfolk features is Cunning Artisan which means I can harvest any creature, plant, etc to create a club, javelin, blowgun ...
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How to determine the cost/value of commissioning a statue?

One of my players just got his character killed, and because it makes most sense for his concept of "showman gladiator", his surviving sister has decided to use all his wealth to erect a statue of him ...
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How does crafting poisons work?

So I have been playing D&D for some while now, since 3.5 (skipped 4e) and crafting in D&D has always been something I detest as its REALLY poorly handled in my opinion as a game designer ...
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Is there any way to access Craft Staff in E6?

Prerequisites Caster level 12th This poses an obvious problem for most characters in E6: as 6th-level characters, they’re 6 caster levels short of meeting this prerequisite. There are a few bonuses ...
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How long does it take to silver a weapon?

PHB 148 on silvered weapons: You can silver a single weapon or ten pieces of ammunition for 100gp. This cost represents not only the price of the silver, but the time and expertise needed to add ...
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Does the Magic Initiate feat allow one to craft magic items?

Let's use Fighter McFighterson as our test case. As a level 1 variant human, McFighterson takes the Magic Initiate feat. Mage Armor is his choice, let's say (alongside two, inconsequential, cantrips)....
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Can you craft during an adventure?

Player's Handbook lists some rules about downtime activities, including crafting (p. 187), as does Dungeon Master's Guide (p. 127). In both resources, downtime activities are defined as activities ...
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How can I maintain game balance while allowing my player to craft genuinely useful items?

One of my players (a Forge Cleric - though I'm not sure that it matters) wants to be able to craft useful magical items, as the campaign goes on, rather than merely mundane equipment that's easily ...
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Are there definitive types of Craft (XYZ)?

Dilemma I am making a character for an upcoming (low-power, no magic) campaign and the DM stated we should all consider mundane skills for repairs to our equipment, healing of our characters, and the ...
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Everybody knows how to make magical items. What about magical "places"?

I've been running a Pathfinder 1e game for several years now, for a group of very inventive players that come from all sorts of walks of life. This situation is from the game session that happened ...
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What are the details surrounding the brass brazier required for the Find Familiar spell?

In our campaign, I play a warlock and brass braziers are hard to come by. I want to carry a brass brazier in case my familiar dies and I need to again cast find familiar. How bulky is a small brass ...
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Can a PC create a magic artifact?

I want to know if there is a way my Fighter can make a magical artifact. Is there a certain thing listed in any book that says a character can find something to forge a magic artifact?
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How can I have my luggage do the laundry?

We know how to have our luggage box follow us: we need True Polymorph on a chest of pearwood, in which we have fixed a portable hole to some kind of tongue appendage, so it has space to stow ...
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Can I use fabricate to turn gold coins into ingots worth three times as much gold?

I was reading through some spells and I came across Fabricate. This gave me a solid moment of pause. Particularily, "Material Component: The original material, which costs the same amount as the raw ...
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Can Dwarven fighters or any non-casting Class create "magic" weapons?

I would like to discuss how did Bruenor Battlehammer craft Aegis-fang. According to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Manual, Bruenor does not have any spell casting class and no mention of an Inscribing ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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Can a character inlay a +1 wand into a weapon and still gain its casting benefit?

I've been playing 5e for about a year now and recently started my own campaign DMing for a group of people that have never played before. They took to it immediately! Things have been going pretty ...
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Are components harvested off a dragon inherently magical?

After our party slew a frost dragon, my character harvested a few dragon teeth off of the corpse. I now want to have someone craft weapons out of those teeth (DM does allow crafting of magical items.) ...
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Non-Master Technocrat Minion Creation?

So, one of the main "aesthetic points" of the Technocratic Union is their wide use of minions that they create through superscience, ranging from the relatively expendable Men in Black clones to the ...
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Are there any drawbacks in crafting a Spellwrought Tattoo instead of a Spell Scroll?

In Tasha's Cauldron of Everything pg. 135 it's presented a magic item called Spellwrought Tattoo, which allows the bearer of the tattoo to cast the spell contained in the tattoo without providing ...
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How can I craft weapons and armor?

How does one craft weapons and armor in D&D? Assume I have a high enough crafting skill to create the item: how do I know what materials I need? What is required to make say, standard scalemail ...
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Can equipment be enchanted and dis/reenchanted without destroying the item?

If playing a character with a family sword or a particular set of armour that they wish to use throughout the game (from level 1 to level 20), can it start out unenchanted, then undergo a process to ...
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What would be required in order for a character to craft Potions of Invisibility?

I am DMing the D&D 5e Starter Set campaign, Lost Mine of Phandelver, for a group of my friends. They recently searched the Redbrand Hideout in Tresendar Manor in Phandalin, and searched through ...
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Is Ceremony required to make holy water?

Under the item description for Holy Water, we see the following: A cleric or paladin may create holy water by performing a special ritual. The ritual takes 1 hour to perform, uses 25 gp worth of ...
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Where can I find a system-neutral herbal designed for RPGs? [closed]

I'm looking for an herbal for RPGs. I'm not looking for a list of herbs and their real uses or reputed uses (as in the question “Reputed Magical Effects of Real-World Herbs”). What I'm looking for an ...
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Why is Cooperative Crafting a feat?

The Cooperative Crafting provides a +2 circumstance bonus when two people with this feat work together. Benefit: You can assist another character in crafting mundane and magical items. You must ...
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How should I run a cottage industry in space?

Recently, I've been considering running a Mongoose Traveller campaign, and I recieved a question from a potential player about how possible it would be for them to spend their time aboard ship making ...
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Can a lizardfolk using Cunning Artisan build a club I can cast Shillelagh on?

One of the racial features of lizardfolk is the Cunning Artisan trait (Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 113), which states: As part of a short rest, you can harvest bone and hide from a slain beast, ...
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Is this homebrew "Faerie Fire Grenade" unbalanced?

I am playing a druid in my friend's Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaign. He is allowing me to do some things with exotic plants that I found in the wilds. One of those plants was one that shed a yellow ...
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Is there a limit on what tinker's tools can do?

Is there a limit on what tinker's tools can do? Or can you make anything you can imagine within the reason of the world? For instance, could you use materials to construct a plane or parachute? As a ...
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How do runes work? Can a Rune Knight forge them?

One of my players, new to D&D, is playing a Rune Knight, but in his background he's a son of merchants, and he asked me if he can produce runes to use or sell. Now, I'm aware that from the Rune ...
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Can you use thieves' tools to construct locks and traps, or do you need heavier tools? [duplicate]

So in D&D 5th edition, one can make a character with a background, e.g. a guild artisan who does locksmithing. Obviously a locksmith is very good at picking locks, even if he has no levels in the ...
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Can you make intelligent items?

In the DMG, it says that some items are sentient (p. 214). Some magic items possess sentience and personality. Such an item might be possessed, haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, or self-...
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Crafting in the Wilderness

We've started a campaign recently where we are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Our characters are fairly low-level and do not have any starting equipment other than the clothes on our back As such, ...
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How does the Master Craftsman feat work?

The feat Master Craftsman allows opportunities for non-caster classes to fabricate magic items. If a level 6 fighter has both Master Craftsman and the Craft Magic Arms and Armor feats, how would this ...
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How to learn new potion's formula?

I am currently a player - druid lvl 5 with Nature, Medical and Survival skill proficiencies and I have proficiency with the Herbalism kit - and we had such a discussion with our GM, and we don't have ...
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Are there any rules on the creation of a shield guardian?

Are there any rules related to the creation of a shield guardian? I am aware of the creation method for the amulet. But I'm asking about creating the actual construct.
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