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Questions tagged [magic-items]

Items imbued with magic in some way, usually beneficial but occasionally detrimental, such as a cloak which renders the wearer invisible or a hammer which returns to its wielder when thrown.

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What action is used to throw a javelin of lightning?

When you use a javelin of lightning, exactly what kind of action are you performing? I'd initially assumed it would just be using your entire action, but it doesn't specifically state so. If anything,...
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Is it unbalanced to create a spell focus that cannot be taken away?

I'm playing with the idea of combining an Ersatz Eye (XGtE, p137) with a spell focus. Since the Eye is stated as being irremovable "...by anyone other than you...", does it make the item unbalanced? ...
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How to adapt XP-changing items in a milestone-leveling game?

I'm the DM of a milestone-leveling game. I want to reward my players with some items like the Deck of Many Things. However some cards like the Fool, the Jester and the Sun have effects that change ...
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Can an ally charge your Staff of the Magi before a long rest by casting a bunch of spells at you?

The Staff of the Magi allows you to absorb spells cast at you to replenish its charges. Considering that the description doesn't say that it has to be cast by a hostile person, is it possible for, ...
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Drawing as many cards as possible, what are the odds of drawing a beneficial order of cards from the Deck of Many Things?

I just "won" at the Deck of Many Things. I'm legit curious. Beyond that actually. What are the odds of what just happened, happening? (Also, the DM reading my character flaws and letting me find this ...
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Can you wear Bracers of Armor or an Amulet of Natural Armor with Dragonscale Husk?

Dragonscale Husk, from Dragon Magic, is a cool alternate class feature (ACF) for characters with dragon blood and proficiency in heavy armor. It's useful for a lot of reasons: decent defenses that ...
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What happens when a creature wielding an Aegis of the Raven Queen gets breathed on by a fire-breathing dragon?

I know this looks very similar to this question, but I asked it to indirectly solve what I'm about to ask now (a bad idea). The Aegis of the Raven Queen (from the module "CCC-BWM-03 A Tale of Two ...
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What happens if a creature draws a Frost Brand sword when breathed upon by a fire-breathing dragon?

Frost brand weapons have the following property if attuned: When you draw this weapon, you can extinguish all nonmagical flames within 30 feet of you. This property can be used no more than once ...
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What are the mechanics of attacking with a Talisman of (Pure Good / Ultimate Evil)?

Both the Talisman of Pure Good and the Talisman of Ultimate Evil deal damage to creatures of the wrong alignment who touch them (6d6 to neutrals and 8d6 to the exact opposite alignment). Here is the ...
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Is there a Dynamic weapon enchantment in D&D 5e?

Is there an existing official version or rough equivalent of the 4e magic Dynamic weapon in 5e? The basic properties of a dynamic weapon allow the user to change it from one weapon to another. E.g. ...
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Does a Quiver of Ehlonna create a gate to the Astral Plane?

In the DMG, the Bag of Holding, Heward's Handy Haversack, and Portable Hole all contain the same language indicating that placing any one inside another (naming those three items by name "or similar ...
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How long do magic items retain their magic?

Bit of context: we're looking for the ruins of a long-lost fortress and have explored a few ideas, to speed up the research. One thing leading to another, we deduced the place had to have some strong ...
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Is it possible to have a scroll which casts a spell at higher than its spell list level?

I know that, by default, magic items cast spells of the lowest level possible for that spell. However, is there any specific way by the rules to have a scroll that casts a spell at a higher level ...
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At what level are Spell Scrolls used?

I look for information that I have not found in the PHB or in the DMG. With what level are the spells of a scroll cast? Example: a level 20 wizard with a scroll of Magic Missile. At what level does ...
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Can a dancing sword be used continuously?

I just noticed, reading the Dungeons & Dragons 5E DMG that there appears to be a difference between the dancing sword from previous editions. Unlike previous editions, there doesn't seem to be any ...
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What happens when a very fast creature opens an Eversmoking Bottle, then moves far away?

The Eversmoking Bottle magic item has the following details: Smoke leaks from the lead-stoppered mouth of this brass bottle, which weighs 1 pound. When you use an action to remove the stopper, a ...
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Can summoned creatures wield magic weapons?

Can a Pit Fiend summon from an Infernal Hexblade's Greater Summon Warlock's Ally pick up (or be given) a magic sword and use it (without proficiency) as a basic attack, like characters from any class ...
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Can Hexblade warlocks use a staff and shield?

Hexblade warlocks gain proficiency with shields at 1st level from the Hex Warrior feature (p. 55): At 1st level, you acquire the training necessary to effectively arm yourself for battle. You ...
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Can a magic pact weapon have its attunement broken by being dismissed?

For a Pact of the Blade Warlock that can "transform one magic weapon into your pact weapon" (PHB. 108), the weapon can be dismissed into an extradimensional space. If the weapon is magic and requires ...
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Can a spell scroll be upcast using a higher-level spell slot?

For example, Magic Missile says: You create three glowing darts of magical force. Each dart hits a creature of your choice that you can see within range. A dart deals 1d4 + 1 force damage to its ...
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Can Pact of the Chain warlocks' familiars (particularly imps and sprites) attune or use magic items? [duplicate]

Can Pact of the Chain warlocks' familiars (particularly imps and sprites) attune or use magic items? My warlock has an imp familiar. And I would like to give him some magic items, particularly ones ...
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What plane can the keep acquired via the Throne card from the Deck of Many Things be on?

From the Deck of Many Things (DMG, p. 164): Throne. You gain proficiency in the Persuasion skill, and you double your proficiency bonus on checks made with that skill. In addition, you gain ...
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How much should you pay a wizard for casting your Wish spell scroll for you?

I have a human fighter who possessed a wish spell scroll. He had an NPC wizard use the wish spell scroll to undo a nasty spell-like effect on one of the other characters. The wizard wants just ...
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How does the Furyborn bonus interact with a weapon's regular enhancement bonus?

I've been looking through the Magic Weapons for Pathfinder, and came across the Furyborn enchantment. Basically, whenever you damage someone, you get a +1 Enhancement bonus to your weapon against that ...
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Why would the “Burning Wheel” unique item confer a bonus to swimming?

Just found this odd statement in the Dungeon World SRD (alternative source.) in relation to the "Burning Wheel" unique item, which has the power to facilitate an audience with a named god: It does ...
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Can you wear magical boots/gloves/gauntlets while wearing plate armor?

In Adventurers League, can you wear magical boots/gloves/gauntlets while wearing plate armor?
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Is it possible to remove the attunement property of a magical item? [closed]

Is it possible to remove the attunement property of a magical item? It seems odd to me that there could be a dragon slaying sword that is a bane to all dragons who touch it, that sometimes won’t slay ...
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Can a Vorpal weapon kill creatures with the regeneration special ability?

Can a Vorpal weapon kill creatures with the regeneration special ability? For example, can a Balor's Vorpal sword kill a Pit fiend? If not, what happens to the HP of a creature that has lost its ...
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How does the Ring of Mind Shielding interact with effects that affect a certain alignment?

The Ring of Mind Shielding, an uncommon magic item (DMG, p. 191), has the following property (emphasis mine): While wearing this ring, you are immune to magic that allows other creatures to read ...
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Is targeting worn magic items considered the same as targeting the wearer?

The spellblade enhanchement says it protects from a spell targeted on the wielder of such a weapon. But what about its items? Say, for example, I have a spellblade that protects me from dispel magic (...
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In an auction, how might magic item collectors in other lands bid remotely?

There is no magic item retail in my world. Instead, common to rare items are often sold at special auctions curated by the Order of the Sphinx, a wizard guild. Typically, the items for sale at these ...
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Does a Storm Chamber damage the user?

In a game of Iron Kingdoms, one of my players is an Arcane Mechanik and decided to build a mechanik device (not a Storm Glaive) using a Storm Chamber as capacitor. Will they need a StormBlade Armor? ...
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Can a weapon form of the Rod of Lordly Might be considered a pact weapon?

I've got a character in my campaign who was lucky enough to snag a Rod of Lordly Might. The snag is that she's a Hexblade Warlock, and she wants to use the Hex Warrior ability on the rod (basically ...
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Giving a Pearl of Speech to a creature with Int too low for language?

What happens if you give a pearl of speech to a creature with low intelligence? Say you give a pearl of speech to an owlbear with an intelligence of 2. The pearl states that: While absorbed, the ...
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Can you gain the benefit of multiple copies of a tome in Adventurers League?

In Adventurers League, can a character read multiple (different but with the same name) unused Tomes of Understanding? Do their effect stack?
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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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Do the magic items from the Layer of Delusion work after they leave that layer?

I'm running the Bloodstone Lands adventure and the party managed to get to the last adventure. They ended up travelling to the Abyss and once they were on the first layer, they went through the first ...
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Can I choose to have a cold Sneak Attack when using Frost Brand? [duplicate]

Frost Brand has this property: When you hit with an attack using this magic sword, the target takes an extra 1d6 cold damage. Since Jeremy Crawford states that the cold damage is part of its ...
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How can I improve this homebrew magic item so that it remains balanced across a wide range of levels?

I am considering the following homebrew magic item for my campaign: Ring, rare (requires attunement) While attuned to this ring, when you cast a cantrip that targets a single creature (but ...
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Can my players abuse this homebrew Blade of the Thirst magic item?

I am designing a homebrew magic item. I think I have it balanced but need to know if there are any loopholes I have not seen. Blade of the thirst, magical longsword, requires attunement, versatile,...
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Does Sovereign Glue unbond in an antimagic field?

Sovereign Glue is a magic item that permanently bonds two objects together. However, magic items stop working in an antimagic field. So, if you put two objects, bonded by Sovereign Glue in an ...
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Does the Abjuration wizard's Improved Abjuration feature apply when casting sufficiently high-level spells from scrolls?

Inspired by this question on how to improve the chances of casting spells from scrolls. Improved Abjuration, the School of Abjuration wizard's 10th-level feature, states (PHB, 115): Beginning at ...
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How can a spell caster increase the probability that they can cast a spell from a scroll that is a higher level than they can cast?

From what I understand, even a level 1 wizard can try to read a wish scroll. But how can an adventurer increase their likelihood of doing so? To be clear, this does not necessarily mean in what way ...
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Does the tentacle rod prevent multiattack?

Made by the drow, this rod is a magic weapon that ends in three rubbery tentacles. While holding the rod, you can use an action to direct each tentacle to attack a creature you can see within 15 feet ...
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What are the dimensions of a box that can contain 20 arrows?

I am playing a level 13 Fighter with the Sharpshooter martial archetype (from Unearthed Arcana: Fighter). I took the Sharpshooter feat as well, of course, and the Archery fighting style. I shoot ...
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Does the Celestial Armor require medium armor proficiency?

TL;DR: Does the Celestial Armor require medium armor proficiency? I found the Celestial Armor which said that it is a medium armor Chainmail+3, and is light enough to be considered as light armor. ...
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Can you poison a Bag of Devouring?

According to the description of the Bag of Devouring: This bag appears to be an ordinary sack. Detection for magical properties makes it seem as if it were a bag of holding. The sack, however, is ...
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A permanent portable Magic Circle

So, a Wizard just got their hands on the Planar Binding spell line, and wants to start utilizing it. Said Wizard also likes to be self-sufficient AND is invested in their alignment - which means they ...
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How is the power of a magic item measured according to the rules?

Premise The DMG states a relation to a magic item's power, it's rarity, and character level. Rarity provides a rough measure of an item's power relative to other magic items. Each rarity ...
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Is item rarity really tied to how powerful it is?

Answers to questions like What should the rarity rating be for this homebrew Healing Brick? are usually based on comparison of effects of an item. On the other hand, there are questions like The ...