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For questions about 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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Which magic weapon deals the most damage?

Which magic weapon deals most damage at each rarity tier? (I am not asking about Artifacts, just normal rarity scale magic items). For the sake of defining weapon damage: Direct expected damage from ...
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Does attacking cause the Ring of the Darkhidden's effect to break?

The Ring of the Darkhidden is found in the Magic Item Compendium page 122 and says: You are invisible to darkvision, although you are fully visible in normal light. Since the results of my previous ...
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What languages can a Professor Orb have?

Is a professor orb restricted in any way regarding the language choices it can have? For instance, can a professor orb know Modron or Vegypygmy as languages? Additionally, is it possible to possess ...
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Is this homebrew Bloodstones of Power magic item balanced?

Bloodstones of Power (Small pouch containing 5 stones) 25000 gp Very rare Magic item When a PC takes damage of 7.5 per level or higher due to slashing, or piercing damage the character can use the ...
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Can you use the Sleight of Hand skill to stack the Deck of Many Things?

As I understand the Deck of Many Things, you must intentionally draw a card while stating how many cards you wish to draw. Does this preclude merely looking at the cards? And if you can look at the ...
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How do I handle knowledge of items in D&D - player shopping from the Manual, not from the shop

How much knowledge do NPC sellers of magic items have about the magic items that exist in the world? Let's make it more specific and talk only about wondrous items sellers. More info: Players creating ...
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Does attacking with a Dragon Wing Hand Crossbow require one hand or two?

A hand crossbow is a one-handed weapon that ordinarily takes two hands to fire, due to the loading portion of the Ammunition property. Ammunition: Drawing the ammunition from a quiver, case, or other ...
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How does Rod of Rulership work?

Our group are the proud owners of a rod of rulership that we pried out of the dead coils of a defeated Spirit Naga. We since have successfully employed this device in a couple of large encounters with ...
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How does the Ring of the Darkhidden interact with spells/effects that detect/reveal/dispell invisibility?

The Ring of the Darkhidden is found in the Magic Item Compendium page 122 and says: You are invisible to darkvision, although you are fully visible in normal light. How do spells such as See ...
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Do magic items work in the outlands or lose power the closer they get to the spire?

So I am running a planescape campaign. My party just went into a color pool on the astral plane and got deposited in the outlands. They just got a magic carpet and I have a feeling they will try to ...
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How do damage resistances work with regards to magical weapons?

When a monster has resistance to a physical damage type (or physical damage in general), how does this interact with magical weapons? For example, a Skeletal Soldier has resistance 5 against piercing ...
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Is it possible for a warforged to make a magical weapon into their integrated weapon?

Is it possible for a warforged to make a magical weapon into their integrated weapon? I wanted to make a ruidium weapon (Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep, p. 216) my integrated weapon, but I don'...
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Can a Paladin smite using an unarmed attack if they’re wearing Demon Armor?

Since Demon Armor turns the wearer’s unarmed strikes into magic weapons can a Paladin smite with their unarmed strikes while wearing it?
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Does Nature's Mantle work with Pass Without Trace?

Nature's Mantle allows you to use the Hide action if you are lightly obscured. While you are in an area that is lightly obscured, you can Hide as a bonus action even if you are being directly ...
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How does the Ring of Greater Counterspells interact with the Mordenkainen's Disjunction spell?

When dealing with other spells that a Wizard really doesn't want to be caught unaware by, I see the Ring of Greater Counterspells recommended as near-mandatory equipment. Yet, in discussions of ...
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Does Masterwork circumstance bonus stack with competence bonus on a Magic item?

If you create a Masterwork Tool for say, a Flute, this gives you +2 circumstance bonus to play it. Say it was also enchanted with Skill bonus (competence) +5, will it now be +5 or +7 to play?
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Creators Level Requirement for Gloves of Dexterity [duplicate]

Is there any requirement on the creators level for, say, creating Gloves of Dexterity? IE if you can create Gloves of Dexterity +2 can you also create +6 as well?
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What are some ways to double damage/path of the grave alternatives?

We're playing D&D 5e. I can't multiclass Grave cleric for roleplay reasons, so is there anything (feats, potions, other class features, spells, items, etc.) that has the same or similar effect as ...
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How can I have my luggage do the laundry?

We know how to have our luggage box follow us: we need True Polymorph on a chest of pearwood, in which we have fixed a portable hole to some kind of tongue appendage, so it has space to stow ...
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Can I wear a robe of the vagabond over an armor?

Reading Robe of the Vagabond (Complete Champion 141) it says that the body slot is "torso". In the Rules Compendium page 83 and the Dungeon Masters Guide page 214 it is written that armors ...
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Is this weapon suitable for a 2nd tier Barbarian?

I created a new weapon for the barbarian of the party I am DMing. They are in the 2nd tier of playing, they are all at level 7, in a couple of session they will level up. I would like to give the ...
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Would a druid's magic armor (+1, or the like) be able to be converted to barding during wild shape? [duplicate]

A previous discussion from about 7 years ago covered essentially the same topic, but I want to see if any new info has come to light or if opinions have changed since then Does magic armor resize with ...
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Would items that work like "Belt of X giant strength" for other stats be utterly unbalanced?

To my understanding, strength is the only stat that can be increased beyond 20 just wearing (and attuning to) an item. I am playing an Arcane Trickster, with wood elf magic feat. For my backstory and ...
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Does the effect of the Boots of Speed magic item last for 9 rounds, or 11?

On page 606 of the Pathfinder 2e Core Rulebook, the description of the Boots of Speed reads (emphasis mine): [...] You click the heels of the boots together and gain the quickened condition for one ...
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Casting scrolls while hiding?

How do you rule on a rogue that is invisible (superior invisibility), incorporeal, hiding in plain sight (sop) casting from scrolls? Does he get penalties to hide? Does the scroll emit lights which ...
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Do the “Master Scrivener” and “Magic Item Adept” features stack?

Does the “Master Scrivener” feature from the Order of Scribes subclass stack with the “Magic Item Adept” feature from the Artificer class when determining the time and gold cost for crafting common ...
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Does the +1 bonus from the Improved Pact Weapon warlock invocation stack with the 2d6 extra damage from the Flame Tongue magic weapon?

To build up from this similar question, does the warlock's +1 bonus from the Improved Pact Weapon eldritch invocation stack with optional bonuses, i.e. flame tongue when activated does 2d6 extra fire ...
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Would the Insignia of Claws interact with the Fighting Style: Unarmed Fighting turning magical the bludgeoning damage to one creature grappled by you?

The description of the Fighting Style: Unarmed Fighting states, in part (TCE, p. 42; emphasis mine): At the start of each of your turns, you can deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage to one creature grappled ...
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How might I instantiate this NPC concept in a fun way within the systems of DnD 5e? (think Picture of Dorian Gray crossed with Dr Jekyll)

I have this concept for an NPC that I would like to throw into a world I am building for my friends. We are all novices to dungeons and dragons. The NPC is a Baron in a backwater village that sits in ...
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Do the Gloves of Soul Catching heal HP equal to only the damage from the item, or does it include any other force damage from the attack as well?

The description of the Gloves of Soul Catching state, in part (Candlekeep Mysteries, p. 169; emphasis mine): After making a successful unarmed strike while wearing these gloves, you can use the ...
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Is a rod of Cherry Blossom Spell metamagic a bad idea?

I am GMing the Hollow's Last Hope Adventure Path and I plan on going into Crown of the Kobold King after it. The book already has an aspect of poisons and diseases but I've leaned into them a little ...
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I just burned my bag of holding. Did the thing in it die?

In my campaign I had a bag of holding with a live creature inside of it. I poured oil on the bag and lit it with flint and steel, and let it burn up. Did the creature inside it die? I don’t know if ...
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Power of True Restoration in Magic Item?

In the adventure Dragon's Delve Level 7: Sprawl of the Demon Liege, Room 185, the characters can gain a Magical Candlestick that has the power of true restoration (CL 16), which can be activated once. ...
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Does a creature immune to all magic have immunity to +1 Weapons? [closed]

We were fighting a magic creature, and it was immune to all magic attacks. I have a +1 shortsword, but the DM said that it had no effect on the creature since it's a magic weapon. Is this correct? ...
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Are there any official guidelines or examples of items that have a fail state?

I'm looking to homebrew some custom artifacts for a D&D 5e campaign. I want something high risk/high reward that requires the player to make a skill check whenever they try to use it. I also want ...
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Does a bag of holding bypass the effect of Wards?

A necromancer has a bag of holding filled with his undead minions. Can he still cross through an Undeath Ward? My initial instinct is that the undead are not "crossing" the barrier because ...
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Can a rider with both mounted combatant feat and saddle of the cavalier be forceably dismounted by attack actions?

If a rider was successfully grappled by an opposing threat, who had both mounted combatant feat and saddle of the cavalier would this dismount them from their steed? Context: my character with both ...
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When does an object count as a magic item?

There are many items that can produce effects similar to magic, from fire damage to poison damage, and there are also many objects that are elemental in the process of casting spells such as spell ...
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Can a Glyph of Warding target a creature through a portable hole?

First I would open the portable hole, then cast Glyph of warding inside the hole with the trigger "When I remove an object from the portable hole and it touches another creature that creature ...
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How do I design a puzzle where players are supposed to fail 4 to 5 times before they succeed?

I want to introduce an omen of an incoming demon incursion to my party that threatens the world my PCs live in. My plan is to have the party gradually trace down clues / investigate deaths and murders ...
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What kind of ability is activating a magical item: EX, SU, SP, or something else?

What kind of ability is activating a magical item: EX, SU, SP, or something else? If there isn't a single answer to this question but it instead depends on the particulars of the item, an explanation ...
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Are there any magic weapons that return when thrown?

As someone who's ended up throwing quite a lot of daggers at enemies, it would be nice to find one that magically comes back to me, so I don't have to worry about retrieving them or running out. I ...
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What is the hardness and hit points of a magical +2 rapier?

Pathfinder system, enchanted rapier with +2 enhancement. What is the hardness and hit points of the sword?
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Does recording new spells in the Crystalline Chronicle cost the same as recording them in a typical spellbook?

When using a typical spellbook, a wizard must spend money on materials and ink to record new spells into their book. From the "Your Spellbook" sidebar of the wizard class in the Player's ...
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What are you actually doing while you make a spell scroll?

I am newish to D&D and I have been wondering about how spell scrolls are created. I know how to make a spell scroll mechanically, but I want to know what my character would actually be doing ...
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Is a normal wizard spellbook a magical item?

Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate, I could (to my surprise) not find a question on this (there is only one for Pathfinder). The question is simple: is a normal spellbook in 5e a magical item ...
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Is it possible for a wizard to add a non-wizard spell to their spellbook in D&D Beyond?

There are several magic items that allow a wizard to add non-wizard spells to their spellbook, such as the Astromancy Archive: When found, it contains the following spells, which are wizard spells ...
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If the Mizzium Apparatus magic item replaces a spell you cast, do you get to pick a new target?

The Mizzium Apparatus magic item allows you to try and cast spells you don't know. However, there's a check and if you fail that check, you instead cast a different random spell from the table. Does ...
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If a character wears a magic item created with a particular spell, then cast the same spell, does the character gain both effects?

This is a general question on whether the effects from a spell stack with the effects of a wondrous item that was created with that same spell, in case the item's effect is different from the spell ...
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How much does a Bag of Holding weigh when it is infused by an artificer from a normal backpack (using the Replicate Magic Item infusion)?

I searched for an answer to this question, but could not find one. The "Infusing an Item" section of the artificer's Infuse Item feature description states: Whenever you finish a long rest, ...
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