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For questions about the process of creating items within the game fiction or mechanics. This may include various types of smithing, alchemy, magic item creation, and other durable or consumable goods, depending on the game.

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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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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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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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Fantasy economy: how to design a deep, sophisticated crafting system?

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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Are there requirement for crafting magic items?

Are there any class, proficiency, or skill requirement 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I craft a 25 AC piece of armor?

When using the Craft skill to create armor. It says the difficulty to create an armor is 10+AC bonus. So, can I create an armor that gives 25 AC? The DC would be 35. I wonder if it's possible to ...
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How can a PC craft armor?

I am DMing a dnd-4e game, and there was a wolf in the party's first encounter. After they defeated the enemy, the rogue wanted to skin the wolf in order to use it's hide for armor. I know there are ...
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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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Functions of special materials

In D&D 3.5e, armor, shields, and weapons could be made of special materials including mithral, adamantine, darkwood, alchemical silver, cold iron, and dragonhide. Each of these has a special ...
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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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During magic item creation, do expended spell components add to the cost of the item?

In the DMG on page 129 regarding the crafting of a magic item: If a spell will be produced by the item being created, the creator must expend one spell slot of the spell's level for each day of the ...
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Are there any rules covering selfmade gear as starting equipment on higher levels?

Let's say that a player creates a 6th level character with maximum possible ranks in craft (armorsmithing) . They want to start with selfmade full plate armor. Should they still cover the full price ...
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Can you make a sword out of Ivory?

One of my players is a barbarian that levelled into druid, which ultimately meant he could no longer use metal. However, he killed an elephant with its own tusk, and wants to make that 10ft long tusk ...
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New Player joining with Craft Magic Arms and Armor

I'm GMing a Pathfinder game that's been going on for awhile now and wanted some advice. We have a new player that's joining a game in progress. The rest of the party is level 8. He's coming in at ...
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Can I craft an Arcane Focus Shield?

In building a Cleric/Wizard, is there a mechanism by which I could buy or craft a shield that is an arcane focus with a holy symbol emblazoned on it?
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What is a reliable source of Adamantine?

What is a reliable source of Adamantine for PC's with a level range of 13-16? I am finding it difficult to locate appropriate Lore on adamantine, specifically where it comes from, where to find it, ...
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What is the correct price of mithral?

When looking at the rules, mithral costs 500 gp/lb. Heavy armor needs another 9000 gp to the base price to be made of mithral. A Fullplate weights 50 lbs. The rules state that one has to multiply the ...
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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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Repurposing magic items in crafting

Suppose that in the course of an adventure, you come across some magic or otherwise special item (magic, or has special properties, or both); for instance, you find a necklace of resistance, or an ...
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Crafting an Improvised Spellcasting Focus?

If a caster typically uses a spellcasting focus to cast spells and loses it, and they are in a dungeon or other location where they cannot purchase a new one (or even purchase special materials for a ...
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What resources could I use for jewelry reference in D&D

I am playing a character in a Dungeons and Dragons game. We are using a mix of 3 and 3.5 rule set. My character's craft is jewelery,so I need some reference to: what jewelry costs to make what it ...
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Can a breastplate be crafted with non-metal materials in Adventurers League?

According to Adventurer's League rules, is it legal to have a nonmagical breastplate crafted for a character which is not made from metal? This breastplate should have the same characteristics as the ...
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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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Can I improve a suit of Adamantine Armor I've found to have a +2 AC magic bonus?

Is it possible to add extra AC onto "Adamantine Armor" that we find as treasure? As the Adamantine is uncommon, I would assume that the highest magical increase could be +2, making it Legendary. I ...