Questions tagged [magic-items]

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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Is this homebrew magic item, the Necklace of Peer Pressure, balanced?

The intent of this item is to provide a version of the spell Suggestion that is stronger than the base spell but not as powerful as Mass Suggestion. The party members who would receive this item will ...
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How has the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) changed through the editions of D&D?

A follow-up on this Q&A regarding the origins of the Holy Avenger and similar "holy" weapons in the Forgotten Realms, and in D&D more generally. As noted there, the Realms have experienced ...
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Can temporary bonuses be used for magic item crafting checks?

In pathfinder, the rules for magic item creation state that one must make a skill check at the end of the crafting process: At the end of this process, the spellcaster must make a single skill ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

Do gauntlets count as armor? Specifically, would wearing Gauntlets of Ogre Power negate the AC bonus that barbarians and monks get because they are technically armor? I feel like they wouldn't.
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Does the Bracer of Flying Daggers really let a thief make 4 attacks per round?

The Bracer of Flying Daggers (from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist) lets you use an action to activate the item to make two normal thrown dagger attacks. There's no limit to the number of times the item can ...
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Does an accidentally cursed magic item lose all other magic except the curse?

On Magic Item Creation says that At the end of this process, the spellcaster must make a single skill check (usually Spellcraft, but sometimes another skill) to finish the item. ... Failing this ...
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What does Ghosts of Saltmarsh mean by a suit of Medium mithral armor?

The Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure "Isle of the Abbey" lists the following treasure (GoS, p. 109): a suit of Medium mithral armor (your choice of type) Which of the following interpretations is ...
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What was the first published appearance of the Holy Avenger (or Holy Sword, or similar “holy” weapons meant for paladins) in the Forgotten Realms?

Anyone who has ever played D&D surely knows of the holy avenger, the mighty magical sword whose true power manifests only in the hands of a paladin. For purposes of a campaign to be set in the ...
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Can an arcane trickster use a scroll of find familiar [duplicate]

Can an arcane trickster use scrolls of find familiar? According to Xanathar's Guide To Everything, page 133, a wizard proficient in arcana with the spell known and prepared with the required ...
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Should PCs receive magic equipment or sellable treasure as rewards?

My group recently finished playing through the Tomb of Annihilation published adventure. It was most of our players' first time with 5e (including mine), and one of the differences I noticed compared ...
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How does the Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight feature interact with this silent magic dagger?

I'm currently playing a ranger in a 5e module, and have gained a magic dagger that doesn’t make noise when it hits or cuts something. The dagger is The Gloom Stalker ranger's Umbral Sight ...
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How does the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow interact with magical ammunition such as +3 arrows?

A +3 arrow loses its magical property once it hits a target, but the description on the Arcane Archer fighter's Piercing Arrow (XGtE, p. 29) says that the target takes damage as if it was hit by the ...
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How can a Mystic circumvent magical fog disrupting line of sight?

One thing I've found frustrating in recent games is that I, as a Mystic (from this UA), need line of sight to many things to be able to use my abilities. Recently, we've encountered. a lot of fog. ...
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What advantages do focused Arrows of Slaying have over more generic ones?

I was looking at the arrow of slaying magic item and part of it intrigued me (bold for emphasis mine): Some are more focused than others; for example, there are both arrows of dragon slaying and ...
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Are there any sorcerer spells that can snuff torches?

Points of interest I have dark-vision I'm an 11th level sorcerer We are preparing to split up while taking on a keep for in game reasons. I've saved up enough to buy a page of spell knowledge of 5th ...
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Can magic items be broken by physical attacks in AL?

My AL character has a staff of charming that my DM thinks is too overpowered, and he wants to ban it. My staff of charming was stolen by an enemy in AL DDEX 1-10, and was bent by him. His Strength ...
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When do sending stones recharge if they are in different time zones (or different planes)?

The description for a pair of sending stones says: Once sending is cast through the stones, they can't be used again until the next dawn. However, if the sending stones are far apart, dawn may ...
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What action does it take to activate a paladin's bonded weapon's special abilities?

Paladin's Divine Bond special ability has the following text under the first option: These bonuses can be added to the weapon, stacking with existing weapon bonuses to a maximum of +5, or they ...
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Is the rarity of this homebrew Haunted Staff appropriate?

I'd appreciate an assessment of whether this homebrew staff is rated appropriately. Haunted Staff Staff, rare (requires attunement) A face is carved near the top of the staff, and every ...
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How does a Potion of Poison work?

A compatriot of mine and myself are in a disagreement about the way Potion of Poison works. He is a bit of a rules lawyer, and I trust his judgement, but I don't agree with his assessment of this ...
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+1 bows and arrows [duplicate]

In D&D 5e, I am wondering how mechanically using +1 bows and arrows (or crossbow and bolts) work, specifically: If a character uses a +1 bow but mundane arrows, do they get +1 to both the attack ...
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Does the Pole of Angling's command word require an action?

Many magic items require an action (or bonus action) to be properly activated (or deactivated). But there is a common magic item in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 138) that doesn't seem to ...
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Does the Talons card affect the Deck of Many Things?

The Talons card in the Deck of Many Things says: Every magic item you wear or carry disintegrates. Artifacts in your possession aren't destroyed but do vanish. and the Deck of Many Things is a ...
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What is the average number of draws it takes before you can not draw any more cards from the Deck of Many Things?

When thinking about this question regarding an upper limit on the number of draws, I wondered what would be the expected number of draws you can actually pull off if you called for a large number of ...
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If a caster wants to use a spell scroll as a reaction, do they need to already be holding it in their hand?

If a caster wants to use a spell scroll as a reaction (casting a spell that has a reaction casting time), do they need to already be holding it in their hand? What if they have the War Caster feat?
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Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll?

Does a caster need a free hand to cast a spell from a spell scroll? What if they have the War Caster feat?
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In layman's terms, does the Luckstone just give a passive +1 to all d20 rolls and saves except for death saves?

The description of the stone of good luck (or luckstone) says: While this polished agate is on your person, you gain a +1 bonus to ability checks and saving throws. In layman's terms, does the ...
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How can I either heat air for a balloon or heat another material to power a machine, without consuming fuel?

I am looking for a means, by RAW or RAI, to generate heat that can be used to provide lift for a balloon, or to power mechanisms that could generate lift, while not consuming fuel. While this most ...
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Is there an upper limit on the number of cards a character can declare to draw from the Deck of Many Things?

The Deck of Many Things (DMG, pp. 162-164) says: Before you draw a card, you must declare how many cards you intend to draw and then draw them randomly [...] Any cards drawn in excess of this ...
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Does the Storm Sorcerer's Heart of the Storm feature work with the Wand of Lightning Bolts?

The description for the Storm Sorcerer's 6th-level Heart of the Storm feature says "whenever you start casting a spell of first level or higher". The Wand of Lightning Bolts casts the Lightning Bolt ...
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What magic items grant you immunity to charm?

In order to find magic items that would counter the Sleep spell, I'm searching for magic items that grant the user immunity to Charm effects. I am asking mostly for NPCs. In order to best determine a ...
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Does 5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?

Relating to Does 3.5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who? Are there any legitimate 5e spells/items/mechanics that reproduce the effect of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?
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How would an Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location interact with the Comprehend Languages spell?

The entry for the Amulet of Proof Against Detection and Location states: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from divination magic. You can't be targeted by such magic or perceived through ...
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How can someone learn an item's history or the spells used on an item?

We ran into an issue during our recent session. One of our players used the illusory script spell on a magical item (a scroll that was ciphered). The DM claimed, however, that the item had a "...
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Are there any updates to the DMG that describe magic item activation in the format presented in magic item compendium?

Straightforward self explanatory question really as described in the title. Magic Item Compendium presents activating magic items in this manner [Action Type] (type of action) as per page 220. Is ...
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What is the average number of magic items for a level 6 character?

What is the average number of magic items for a level 6 character in D&D 5e Adventurers League? Such as, 1 rare, 2 common, 1 uncommon, etc.
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Can a Shadow Sorcerer see through Darkness cast into a Ring of Spell Storing via Eyes of the Dark?

A sorcerer with the Shadow Magic origin has a feature called Eyes of the Dark, which states the following (XGTE, p. 51): When you reach 3rd level in this class, you learn the darkness spell, which ...
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How can I acquire Winged Boots in DDAL without getting them in an adventure unlock?

It does not seem that winged boots were included in the Evergreen items list in the 8th season of DDAL 5e. However, I saw another player in AL with the boots. Is there any way to unlock these without ...
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Can Marvelous Pigments be used to expand the area or volume of a Portable Hole or similar extradimensional space?

The description of the Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments magic item states: When you complete the painting, the object or terrain feature depicted becomes a real, nonmagical object. Thus, painting a door ...
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What rarity should this homebrew scimitar fused to a wand of the war mage be?

I made a weapon in D&D 5e: A silver-plated scimitar that has a +2 wand of the war mage fused along the back of the blade, and an Arcane Focus crystal embedded in the hilt. I also placed a ...
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Is it possible to have a character with proficiency in all martial weapons without proficiency in Medium armor?

When thinking more about this question: Are the requirements of a Horn of Valhalla cumulative?, I started to wonder if characters could effectively use horns without being able to use their lesser ...
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Are the requirements of a Horn of Valhalla cumulative?

Each type of Horn of Valhalla has a requirement, increasing in complexity in the same way the type increases in rarity: Silver Horns (rare) have no requirement, Brass Horns (rare) require proficiency ...
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Are there any features that help with the roll to avoid the destruction of a Wand of Fireballs when using the last charge?

The Wand of Fireballs (as well as several other magic items that have charges1) has a chance of the item being lost forever when the last charge is expended: If you expend the wand's last charge, ...
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How does a Spell Scroll function when the spell has a special relationship to its material components?

According to the rules for Spell Scrolls, casting from a scroll requires no material components other than the scroll itself; similarly the rules in Xanathar's Guide for scribing a spell scroll say ...
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How does a monk's Martial Arts feature modify damage done by magical monk weapons?

I'm curious about how exactly the Martial Arts class feature modifies damage done with magic weapons that add extra damage. Here's the relevant bullet point of the class feature (which is on page 78 ...
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Does a spell scroll remove the need for ‘special’ material components?

The description of a spell scroll in the DMG states: If the spell is on your class’s spell list, you can read the scroll and cast its spell without providing any material components. Does this ...
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How does the spell Remove Curse interact with a Sword of Vengeance?

One of my players recently acquired, and become attuned to, a cursed Sword of Vengeance (DMG, p. 206). The descriptive text for this item says: This sword is cursed and possessed by a vengeful ...
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What are the rules on using unidentified wands?

What are the exact rules for using wands that have not yet been fully identified via Detect Magic+Spellcraft? Is there a difference whether or not you would be able to use the wand in question ...
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Can I wear more than one enchanted piece of armor? [duplicate]

For example; a +5 chest piece, +5 gloves, etc. I don't have a 5e book to use anymore, I do have a 3.5 but I don't know if the rules have changed.
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Using UMD to activate a Ring of revelations

I'm a life Oracle but would quite like some of the other oracles revelations. Would it be possible to use a Ring of revelations with use magic device to use a mystery from a different oracle I.e a ...