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Questions tagged [curses]

For cursed items, for curses laid upon a person, and so on.

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Does a Oracle with the Lich curse get a reduced-cost phylactery?

One of the Oracle's curses is Lich; someone with this curse is almost but not quite a Lich. The only way I know of creating a Lich is by constructing the 120,000 gp phylactery; since this oracle has ...
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What level would this cursed invisibility ring be best balanced for? [closed]

I am planning on running a campaign, and got an idea for a cursed ring of invisibility. Here are the technical (without the fluff) details. Cursed Ring of Invisibility Wearing this ring grants ...
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Would a caster know whether casting Remove Curse on a lycanthrope born that way was unsuccessful? [duplicate]

I have a player that's a born lycanthrope (weretiger), that was bitten by a known werebear. one of my other players is planning on casting remove curse on them. Would the caster know that the spell ...
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Can a paladin's Divine Sense detect if an object is cursed?

We ran in to this situation recently. The paladin of the group claimed that his Divine Sense can detect if an object is cursed or not. Is that really the case? I found that a bit overpowered, but we ...
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Can Dispel Magic remove the curse imposed by Bestow Curse?

Bestow Curse states in the spell description that Remove Curse can... remove the curse. We also have the mention in the description of Greater Restoration that states that the spell can remove a curse....
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Can you break this curse from Princes of the Apocalypse by being reduced to 0 hp?

In Princes of the Apocalypse, a player got hit with Ghaunadaur’s curse... The rules for the curse state (Temple of the Elder Elemental Eye, room F19; PotA, p. 121): The curse is like a polymorph ...
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Could casting the Harm spell on a creature with Bestow Curse cast on it drop it below 1 HP?

The harm spell states it cannot drop the target below 1 HP. But what if the caster had previously cursed them using bestow curse with the curse causing them to take extra damage? Could that extra ...
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How do you make cursed items as a PC?

Can PCs make cursed items in D&D? The magic item creation rules do not discuss PC creation of cursed items. They appear to have assumed that only the GM would create them, and those are created ...
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What would be the crafting DC to create cursed weapons or weapons with minuses?

One of my characters (the rogue tactician) has been asking what he could do to create cursed items or items at minuses (like a -2 sword to it would have bad to-hit and bad damage). But I wasn't sure ...
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Is there a curse that redirects harm from the target to a close relation of theirs?

I'm having a hard time searching for this, but is there a list/pdf of 3.5 curses? I'm looking for the curse that allows the caster to harm someone close (close relation, not distance) to the target ...
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Does activating Maddening Hex damage all targets under a curse?

One of the Eldritch Invocations warlocks can take is Maddening Hex (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 57): (Prerequisite: 5th level, hex spell or a warlock feature that curses) As a bonus ...
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How does the Berserker Axe's curse interact with Calm Emotions, Suggestion, and Dispel Magic?

The Berserker Axe is a +1 axe that increases max HP by 1 HP per level, but has a curse, part of which states: Whenever a hostile creature damages you while the axe is in your possession, you must ...
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How to slowly kill someone tended by a 13th level cleric

I'm running a 3.5 D&D game where the king is dying of some sort of illness or curse, and was looking to see if there is anything RAW that could slowly kill someone who has access to the impressive ...
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Souls and Psychic Damage - HP in a Magic Jar?

Suppose you are presently under the effects of Magic Jar and are stuck inside your glassy prison. A hostile spellcaster waltzes toward you and casts a spell that does psychic damage, such as Psychic ...
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Does Protection from Poison saves against curse of Scorpion Armor?

My character has acquired a suit of Scorpion Armor. Unfortunately, the armor is cursed and deals 100 damage (or half on successful saving throw) when the character dons it. This will potentially kill ...
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Can you still use your bonus action and/or reaction when under the effect of a berserker weapon?

When attuned to a Berserker Weapon, if you receive damage and then fail a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw, you go berserk and must use your action to attack the nearest creatures (friend or foe), moving to ...
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Is it possible to craft items that dominate their users when they are activated?

I am getting wondrous item creation feat and i wanted to know if i could make trapped items that give me control of those who loot my items upon being activated by tying dominate person spell to the ...
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Does a character know that they are under the effect of Bestow Curse?

Does a character know that he is cursed while he is under the effect of bestow curse? The answer would be interesting in order to know if in general the target of bestow curse will try to remove or ...
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Cursed Item Transfer

Scenario: Party obtains a cursed weapon. Player A willfully attunes to Item and doesn't use it, in hopes of avoiding Player B using it, as Player A doesn't trust Player B's motives. Player B steals ...
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What is the purpose of the Identify spell?

Until 5 minutes ago, I thought the purpose of using Identify would be to detect curses or similar effects that aren't revealed by spending a short rest experimenting with the item. However, that's ...
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How does dispel magic interact with cursed items?

A curse can not be dispelled with dispel magic. It can only be removed with the 'remove curse' spell. However, what does this mean for cursed items? Dispel Magic states that If the object that you ...
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Fear while Cursed Berserking?

If a character is already cursed and berserk, such as by a sword of vengeance in battle, do they flee in battle under the effects of a fear effect, or does the curse control them? Curse. This sword ...
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Are maledictions curses? [closed]

RE: Maledictor class They sure SEEM like curses, but does Remove Curse work on Maledictions? Can I use Harrowed Strike on someone affected by a Malediction?
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Where do the D&D 5e books list potential curse effects to use for a cursed magical item?

I feel this question may be a bit broad so to narrow I'm looking for something supported by the DM Guide or PHB. There are random tables for just about everything, but I did not see one for curse ...
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What happens if you obtain a cursed item while already attuned to the maximum number of items (three)?

Reference: https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/90218/22420 Scenario: Monk already has his three attuned magic items. Monk picks up a shield of missile attraction, which is a cursed item, and uses it for ...
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What counts as a curse?

The spell remove curse only states: At your touch, all curses affecting one creature or object end. If the object is a cursed magic item, its curse remains, but the spell breaks its owner’s ...
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Can cursed items be destroyed in order to remove them?

It appears that a character can merely destroy a cursed item in order to rid himself of it (other than a Loadstone): The damaging magic items section of the SRD says Magic items, unless otherwise ...
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Handling secretly cursed magic items in Adventurers League

Recently during play of Storm King's Thunder, Chapter 5 we rolled up a cursed magic item Dust of Sneezing and Choking. This item appears to be a beneficial magic item upon use of an Identify spell. ...
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Kenku's curse of creativity, the soul, and reincarnation

Now, of the Kenku's three curses, the first and last are straight forward, they don't grow wings and they have no voice. However, the second one says Second, because their ingenuity and skill had ...
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Can a player character create a cursed magic item on purpose?

In the DMG on pages 128–129 are rules on magic item crafting by player characters. However, there isn't really a way to create cursed magic items given. Are there any official sources for player ...
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What happens when you cast Remove Curse on a medusa?

I'm the DM for a group, and one of my player wants to try and use a scroll of remove curse on a medusa to remove the curse described in the Monster Manual entry for Medusa. He wants to turn the medusa ...
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How to forcefully remove curse in Barovia?

I'm a fledgeling DM and I used an AL Dark Gifts resurrection on a character in a home game of Curse of Strahd. He randomly got his eyes removed for 60ft blindsight, and at the time I kinda assumed ...
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How does the “Self Delusion” feat interact with the oracle's “Friendless” curse?

New to Pathfinder, so I apologize in advance if the answer to this is tremendously obvious! I am playing a level 1 human oracle with the Lore mystery and the Friendless curse as listed in the ...
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Could a PC rip his flesh off to remove an unremovable item? [closed]

Ok, same player as last time, same game. My player's PC found a fairly powerful homebrew artifact that basically boosts the heck out of his casting levels, but holds a malevolent magic that enthralls ...
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Can a non-charmed were-creature give someone lycanthropy against the lycanthrope's will?

I'm not considering the case in which somebody uses suggestion to get a were-creature to inflict lycanthropy on somebody. Instead, imagine a PC who doesn't understand the full ramifications of ...
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Does Curse of the Evil Eye affect all saving throws and ability checks?

We have the below snippet from the description of the Curse of the Evil Eye ability from Fomorian's statblock. (MM. Page 136) ...On a failed save, the creature is also cursed with magical ...
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Physically Altering Curses

In a custom campaign, I placed the characters in "The legendary library of Oghma" where all the books were history, not the writing about things that happened, but the things themselves. Basically it ...
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Does a level 1 tongues-cursed oracle only add the language to his list of bonus languages?

The oracle curse tongues says, in part, that the oracle that's so cursed must Pick one of the following languages: Abyssal, Aklo, Aquan, Auran, Celestial, Ignan, Infernal, or Terran. Whenever ...
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Can you be cursed with multiple types of lycanthropy?

Can a single humanoid be cursed with multiple types of lycanthropy ? Like let's say a Weretigerboar, or a Werewolfrat ?
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Does Bestow Curse stack with itself in Pathfinder?

My players are about to fight Marsh Giants, which have the supernatural ability to cast Bestow Curse. I found this answer for 3.5, I wasn't sure if the same rules apply here. Can I curse my players ...
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How do I create appealing cursed magical items?

I'm thinking about creating a world where anything with magical powers are known to make their wielder both blessed and cursed in some way, some more severe than others, sometimes in equal measure. ...
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What level are the curses a Hexcrafter Magus adds to their spell list?

A Hexcrafter Magus adds spells with the Curse descriptor to their spell list: A hexcrafter magus adds the following spells to his magus spell list: bestow curse, major curse, and all other spells ...
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Do you retain the benefits of Vampirism after it has been lifted?

You somehow managed to get cured of vampirism (for example). You maybe really happy to not have to consume blood ever again, but do you keep what you have gained from it: I) Bonus to your ...
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If there is a strong curse placed by a god, is it detectable by everyone with the detect magic spell?

A PC has a hereditary curse (originally inflicted on an ancestor) that means in a specific scenario the character dies instantly. The curse is coming from an evil god(dess) in Faerun. Can anyone ...
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Removing an unreasonable number of curses

So, in my last session, my trusty Dwarf Fighter became cursed. He is currently afflicted with one hundred distinct polymorph curses. For both my sake and the DM's, how would he go about getting ...
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Can a character detect that an item is cursed?

In 5e, is there any way to detect that a magic item is cursed? The DMG (p. 139) says: Most methods of identifying items, including the identify spell, fail to reveal such a curse, although lore ...
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Where can I find information about lycanthropy? [closed]

A few days ago, I asked a question about how to cure lycanthropy. Now, I need more information about this afflication. I would like to know how a PC would feel, if he/she could control it, if time ...
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How can lycanthropy be cured?

We are playing the published adventure where they will most certainly encounter a wereboar. The wereboar has a Tusks attack, which can apply the wereboar lycanthropy curse on the target. If one of ...
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When dual wielding with one cursed weapon, which attacks get the penalty? [closed]

If a character is dual-wielding short swords and one is cursed, does the second attack occur at −2, or is the curse satiated for that turn once the cursed sword is used?
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Do antimagic fields nullify cursed items?

Does an antimagic field nullify a cursed item? If it does nullify it can you take that item off?