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Does this paragraph about the Wand of Orcus in Out of the Abyss add to or replace this part of its DMG description? [Major Spoilers]

This question contains spoilers for Out of the Abyss, hence why this question's title is quite ambiguous as well. If you do not want this adventure spoiled, avoid this question. So, the Wand of Orcus ...
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How permanent are these changes to a PC when they attune to this weapon in Descent into Avernus?

In Baldur's Gate: Descent Into Avernus, on pages 226-227, the is described. The weapon is listed as a and has the following property (given a bold italics header): Briefly, these traits include (...
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Does a sentient weapon polymorphed into a creature retain the sentience's personality/alignment?

Consider the spell true polymorph. If you turn a creature into a creature, the new creature retains its alignment and personality. If you turn an object into a creature The creature is ...
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Question about Dawnbringer and Out of the Abyss [Minor Spoilers]

This question contains spoilers for the Lost Tomb of Khaem from the Out of the Abyss adventure, hence why this question's title is quite ambiguous as well. If you do not want this to be spoiled, avoid ...
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How can I improve the duration of Silent Image cast by my intelligent magic armor?

I have an intelligent suit of armor that can cast silent image. Per the spell's description, the duration is as long as the armor concentrates on the spell. How do I make it have a higher chance of ...
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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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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 a Sentient Weapon considered an ally for the purposes of Pack Tactics?

Related to This Question: A Sentient Weapon is a kind of Sentient Magic Item, and it can communicate, perceive, and is considered an NPC controlled by the GM. Sentient magic items function as NPCs ...
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If a druid Wild Shapes and merges with a telepathic sentient item, will the item's telepathy be suppressed?

Suppose a druid is in possession of a sentient magical item that possesses telepathy. If the druid wild shapes and chooses to merge the item into their form, will the item's telepathy be suppressed? ...
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What is a Gloomblade (the magic item) in D&D lore?

In Adventurers League Season 6 (for Tales from the Yawning Portal), there were two adventures that mentioned the gloomblade: DDAL06-02 The Redemption of Kelvan DDEP06-02 Return to White Plume ...
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What can a soul inside a ring of mind shielding do besides talking to the wearer or departing?

Johnny the Magnificent died to a monster in a dungeon wearing a ring of mind shielding. His soul entered the ring and there he lived for centuries. Now Jack the Rookie picked up the ring. What can ...
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Can the Message cantrip be used to communicate with a sentient object?

Can the Message cantrip be used to communicate with a sentient object? I just want some clarification, since my DM gave me a sentient staff and my character only really communicates through the ...
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A player asked me for one specific magic item, should I “sell it” to him before the game?

My player, lets call him Red, wants to have an intelligent ring with the character's father trapped inside and him being able to cast a level 0 spell (to use message) and talk to others, but not to ...
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Can a character with good/neutral alignment attune to a sentient magic item with evil alignment?

Can a character with good/neutral alignment attune to a sentient magic item with evil alignment? The greatsword Hazirawn in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure is described as "A sentient (...
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Can the spirit of a destroyed Sentient Weapon be recovered by Divine Intervention?

So, I'm in a 5th edition party that just finished up Rise of Tiamat. We defeated the Dragon Goddess, but our Barbarian's sentient weapon, Hazirawn, sacrificed himself to stop her from re-entering the ...
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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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Is this Sentient Vine Cloak magic item balanced?

I've got a level 8 halfling Circle of the Moon Druid who really enjoys using quirky Wild Shapes at every opportunity she can get. I want to encourage the creative beast choices during combat, and give ...
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Is it possible to create a body for the spirit of a sentient magic item?

In the Out of the Abyss campaign which I'm currently playing in, the party found a magic sword (Dawnbringer, a Sun Blade with additional properties). The sword has its own personality, spirit, or soul ...
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Can a creature of any alignment attune to this magic weapon in Curse of Strahd?

In Curse of Strahd, area K74h of Castle Ravenloft (p. 81), there is a certain magic weapon: The last bullet point describes that, if you are attuned to the weapon, you are granted the ability to cast ...
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What are the ability scores of an intelligent item using beast shape?

If I were to give an intelligent item the ability to cast beast shape, what would it's ability scores become if she transforms into a medium animal? Medium animal: If the form you take is that of a ...
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How do Ioun stones behave?

Are they alive, or do they orbit lifeless? The high AC (24) to grab the stone implies a greater level of dodging than something moving predictably. I guess they're pretty cheap and thus unlikely to ...
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Does a sentient magic item count as a creature for the purpose of spells like Scrying?

I'm curious if a sentient magic item can be counted as a creature for spells such as Scrying.
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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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Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
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Can a intelligent, legendary item use its own spell-like powers like a normal intelligent item can?

The Pathfinder Core book states that and intelligent item uses & maintains its powers... but the legendary items description states that the bearer is the one that uses it. This seems like common ...
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Would a monk be able to withstand a sentient item’s charm automatically?

As I understand it with sentient items there is the possibility of personality conflicts in which case the item has the opportunity to make demands and if those demands aren't met it can try to charm ...
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Can my sentient weapon aid me?

At 3rd level, the bladebound magus gains a sentient weapon called a black blade. This sentient weapon replaces a familiar. A magus with this class feature cannot take the familiar magus arcana, and ...
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Does an intelligent item used as a stronghold core retain its personality?

In a previous question, How can I have a sentient dungeon (or race thereof) in my story?, I asked if it was possible to build a sentient dungeon and I learned that it was possible using an intelligent ...
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How can you play as an intelligent item?

One of my players desperately wants to play as an intelligent item. I know intelligent items exist as "npcs" and I was hoping for some canon way to do this for him. Or at worst home-brew it. ...
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Can a Magus's Black Blade perform skill checks other than the ones listed on the Bladebound page?

I've just made a Bladebound Magus in Pathfinder, and I could not find a lot of information on whether the Magus's black blade could perform skill checks other than the ones listed on the Bladebound ...
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Are communication methods for Intelligent Items cumulative?

So I've been looking at the rules for Intelligent Magic Items because I have a Bladebound magus in my group, and it looks as though Empathy -> Speech -> Telepathy is almost like an upgrade path ...
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Are there any rules preventing the transfer of runes on intelligent weapons?

Are there any rules preventing transferring runes on intelligent weapons, besides Item Agency?
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Do intelligent items have Hit Dice?

I know that Intelligent Items are considered creatures for at least some purposes, but I have heard that they don't possess skills or feats from Hit Dice, on account of having no Hit Dice. Do the ...
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Would a Sentient weapon be able to save versus spells cast against it?

There was a lot more information about sentient weapons in earlier editions, but please restrict answers to 5th edition rules (but use earlier editions to back up statement if needed). Would a ...
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How much can an intelligent item with the fly ability carry?

One of the special abilities you can give an intelligent item is the ability to fly: Item can fly, as per the spell, at a speed of 30 feet I've always assumed that intelligent items have no ...
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How can an intelligent magic item cast the spells it knows without investing feats?

If an intelligent magic item (like a magic staff) somehow gains the ability to cast spells (like by taking levels of sorcerer), is there a way for it to cast its spells despite its lack of hands and a ...
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Ominous and cursed trinkets? [closed]

On my group's first session, at the end of the boss, they found a trinket. It is tooth-shaped. And I have no idea of what it should do, but I thought it would be interesting to give them something to ...
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Is there any way for an intelligent item to gain experience without someone giving up theirs? [closed]

I am planning to play as an intelligent item character but according to the rules an intelligent item needs experience infusion to be able to level up. Are there any alternative rules or feats that ...
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What are limitations of casting range for an intelligent stronghold core item?

If an intelligent item is acting like a core for a fortress from wondrous architecture per The Stronghold Builder's Guidebook would it be able to cast any spell it wants within the fortress limits or ...