Questions tagged [crafting]

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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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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Is there a limit on what tinker tools can do?

What I mean by this is can you make anything you can imagine within the reason of the world. This includes using materials to construct a plane or parachute. Because me as a player finds that amazing, ...
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Blacksmithing and repair in D&D 4e?

This is my first time as a DM of D&D 4e. I have a character playing a paladin with a blacksmithing background. This player has played a years-long campaign with other friends. He's been looking ...
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Can a Ioun Stone be made cracked?

Can you craft the cracked version of an Ioun Stone voluntarily, or are those just a mishap?
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Creating weapons and armor from giant crab remains?

I'm playing a Gnome Berserker in a pirate themed Pathfinder campaign, and we recently killed a giant coconut crab. Being a gnome of somewhat less than average height, the crab was described to me as ...
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When adding a new ability to a magic weapon, does the crafter need to meet only the prerequisites of the addition?

The Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, gives the example of turning a +1 longsword, to a flaming +1 longsword, costing only the difference between a plain +1 weapon and a +1 ...
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Can you enchant a shield for defense and offense?

Can I enchant a Light Spiked Steel Shield with +1 for AC and ACP, and another +1 for Attack and Damage Rolls? What would the price be, and how would that be calculated? Two separate +1’s or would ...
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Gunsmithing and special bullets

Does Gunsmithing allow you to create bullets made from special materials at 10% of the cost of buying bullets of the same type?
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What are the rules for crafting traps that don't cost anything?

In D&D 3.5, crafting time is linked to the cost of the item created. But how is it handled when the item doesn't have a cost? Example: a group of PCs want to build a camouflaged pit trap to kill ...
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Can I create Assistant Constructs?

I've always been a fan of crafting in games. I especially liked the Atelier series of games. But for this question I'd like to focus on the Homs in the games. Homs are intelligent homonculus(though ...
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Adventurers League: Brewing Potions of Healing vs. Purchasing Them

The Adventurers League Player's Guide v8.2 states that characters may purchase potions of healing for 50 gp, potions of greater healing for 100 gp, potions of superior healing for 500 gp, and potions ...
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Should I ask my mates to give me some money when I craft wondrous objects for them?

In fact, 2 mates asked me the question while I was crafting some stuff for them and it seemed legit for them because while I craft for them, I don't craft for me. But this idea never crossed my mind. ...
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Why is there such a big cost difference between Trap Crafting and a simple Bear Trap?

Trap crafting rules: The cost of a mechanical trap is 1,000 gp × the trap's Challenge Rating. If the trap uses spells in its trigger or reset, add those costs separately. If the trap cannot be ...
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Is there any information available on crafting a Gith Silver Sword?

Is there any information on what material a Silver Sword (as described in many entries on the Githyanki) is made of, or how to craft one of these? I want to add some lore around these items for my ...
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Why is there a break in the potion brewing times?

I was looking over the rules for brewing potions in Pathfinder, and noticed something peculiar. The Brew Potion feat says that if the base price is 250 gp or less, the potion only takes 2 hours to ...
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Does the caster level of a spell-like ability satisfy prerequisites of item creation feats?

Does the caster level of a spell like ability satisfy prerequisite of item creation feats? Monster Example: Devil, Imp Spell-Like Abilities (CL 6th) Constant — detect good, detect magic ...
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Are UPBs reusable?

Are UPBs (universal polymer bases) reusable? In my mind, I'm envisioning a versatile and creative Android mechanic using his integrated custom rig for not only item creation from UPBs but disassembly,...
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How do I rebuild a broken Eberron construct?

I’m playing a Warforged monk who has an affinity for small, cute things. So, On a mission, we came across a halfling automaton. Its programming was too ingrained and we had to break it. I may have ...
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Can a shield that has both armor and attack enhancements exceed +10 total enhancement?

A shield can receive enhancement bonuses to both AC and Attack. Do both types of enhancements count against the maximum possible bonus (+5)? For example, can I have a shield that has +5 to AC, the ...
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How is magical ink made in Golarion?

To add a spell to his spellbook, a wizard has to pay a fee depending on the level of the spell. I remember seeing somewhere that this is because of the need to use magical ink though I am not certain ...
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Have the requirements for building a portal changed?

The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting is the only source I'm aware of for the feat Create Portal (34). The feat is untouched by errata and has as its only prerequisite the feat Craft Wondrous Item (PH ...
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Prometheum Exxet: What happens when you want to apply a level 1 power to ammunition?

When creating magical ammunition using the Prometheum Exxet, the cost of powers is supposed to be reduced by one level. What happens if that level is 1? Specifically, in a sidebar on page 21, the ...
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Can I use the Fabricate spell to make a Keen weapon?

First, does the Keen weapon trait exist in D&D 5e? And if it does, is it possible to make a keen weapon using the fabricate spell? The caster needs proficiency in smith's tools to make a weapon, ...
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For crafting an item do you need to be proficient with the tools?

According to the PHB Crafting can only be done if you are proficient with the tools You can craft nonmagical objects, including adventuring equipment and works of art. You must be proficient ...
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Is there any way to craft “masterwork” upgrade for weapons?

I'm playing a Pathfinder campaign, playing a level 3 Magus (Soul Forger archetype) in a Open-World mostly Sandbox game. My plan is to make him a professional crafter. I've already bought Mastercraft ...
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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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When crafting, what combination of “Other Considerations” can I apply to reduce crafting costs?

My question is this: Can I apply a skill requirement (-10%), an alignment requirement (-30%), and a class requirement (-30%) for a total of -70% crafting cost? The DMG lists options available to ...
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Does crafting necessarily require spending gold?

I know the crafting rules say you have to spend gold to represent the cost of materials used in crafting something, but what about in a situation where you aren't in a city and can't reasonably just ...
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How can I make a Deck of Many Things?

I'm wanting to make a Deck of Many Things but I can't figure it out. I'm playing 5e and my GM said if I can figure it out they would let me do it. I know my character has to be 17th level to even ...
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Does Crafter's Fortune affect the spellcraft check for crafting magic items?

When crafting magic items you make a spellcraft check to see if you are successful. Does the Crafter's Fortune spell effect this check, or does it only apply to skills like Craft(Alchemy)?
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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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Can you create a scroll by using a spell cast from a magical item?

In the DMG it says The character must also be a spellcaster with spell slots and must be able to cast any spells that the item can produce. Many magic items let users cast spells. For example ...
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What is the price to deliberately create a cracked Ioun Stone?

As a follow-up to Can a Ioun Stone be made cracked?, if an Ioun Stone can be made "cracked" on purpose, what would its creation price be? I am thinking specifically of the orange prism: it has a ...
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Can someone explain why brewing low level potions at higher levels is so costly?

Can someone explain why brewing low level potions at higher levels is so costly rules wise? I get the math part. Potion Brewing cost = 25 × spell level (0-3rd) × level of the caster as stated in ...
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Are magic item caster levels prerequisites?

Every magic item has a listed caster level, which is generally listed alongside its prerequisites. Is this listed caster level the minimum caster level required to craft the item? For example, the ...
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Is there a rule to create flawed magical items?

For various reasons, I would need to emulate an effect from a famous magic item: the Helm of Brilliance If a creature wearing the helm is damaged by magical fire (after the fire protection is taken ...
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When making an item, is it allowed to salvage other items to reduce the cost?

Say I am an artificer (base class) and I am crafting a magic item for which I need 600 GP worth of raw materials. It doesn't state what these materials need to be- Just that it should be worth 600 GP. ...
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Can an Alchemist permanently have a potion buff?

The Eternal Elixir feat lets an Alchemist make the duration of one of their elixirs "indefinite". The Improbable Elixirs feat lets them craft a magic potion as an elixir. Can an Alchemist with both ...
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Calculating the gold cost of crafting a Magic Staff

I'm guiding a player with making a personal magic staff and would like feedback on how to properly price the item, as there are several methods that it could be done. Note, this is for 3.5e, not ...
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What does one charge for raw materials? (Ore, metal bars, alchemical ingredients, etc.)

Is there a chart or something with prices you charge for raw materials? Most importantly for blacksmith materials, such as ore or metal bars or what-have-you.
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Are there rules for creating magic items that can be activated with a swift action?

The mighty Magic Item Creation Rules. I'm looking to create a custom Wondrous Item. All the applicable cost schemes are either for standard action activation or continuous. I'd like to have ...
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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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How many times must prerequisite spells be cast when using a dedicated wright?

This is a dedicated wright. Appearances aside, he's pretty spiffy, a construct created by busy magic item craftsmen to create more stuff. The dedicated wright's supernatural ability item creation ...
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How to craft a wondrous item for non caster

I've read How Does the Master Craftsman feat work? but I'm having difficulty with some of it. I want to make sure I'm doing this right. Let's say I have a rogue who wants to craft wondrous items. At ...
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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 you 'upgrade' leather armor to studded leather armor without purchasing the new armor directly?

I've been combing through the things in my Player's Handbook that I normally gloss over and realized that there's not much distinction between studded leather armor and leather armor. The 5e manual ...
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What are the consequences of eliminating the experience points cost to craft magic items?

I'm DMing a Warcraft-themed campaign using the World of Warcraft Role-playing Game books and some Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 books. The players are interested in crafting their own equipement, but it ...
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Does 5e have any restrictions in place for the creation of potions like in Pathfinder?

Answers from official sources are preferred. Specifically I want to create a potion of Alter Self D&D 5e seems to be a little light on the details for such things. In the DMG section for ...
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How much money can I make up with class features?

So, recently I've started RPing a Pathfinder Gunslinger in a city (we're running Curse of the Blood Throne with early firearms). According to the Gunsmithing feat, I can produce 1.000GP worth of ...
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Can I craft my gear before the game begins?

I was thinking of having a GMPC character craft most of his starting gear in a game I am GMing. I have 4 ranks in craft (metalworking) [conjoined weapon and armor making] and an int modifier or +2. ...