Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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.

7
votes
3answers
1k views

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. ...
4
votes
1answer
991 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
240 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
275 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

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-...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
69 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
822 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
183 views

Pricing a custom Robe of Bones

I am trying to deconstruct the Robe of Bones(RoB) magic item so that I can construct a personalized version for my necromancer. Why use the default undead in it when I could instead have one with my ...
8
votes
3answers
480 views

Is multiple magic items in one inherently imbalanced?

I have an idea for a weapon that can permanently absorb items that require attunement to gain its properties (including its attunement requirement), up to 3. For example, the item alone does not ...
2
votes
2answers
296 views

How does a spellshard spellbook work?

A spellshard is a flavorful replacement for a mundane book, and among other things, a wizard can use one as a spellbook. On this subject, the item description says: An arcane caster can use a ...
21
votes
9answers
5k views

Can multi-classing prerequisite ability score(s) be met through a magic item?

To qualify for a new class, you must meet the ability score prerequisites for both your current class and your new one ... Without the full training that a beginning character receives, you must be a ...
2
votes
0answers
35 views

Can I multiclass to a class I only meet the requirements of due to a magic item? [duplicate]

Say I have a level 18 bard and want to take the last two levels in paladin. Unfortunately my strength score is only 8, ruling me out. Fortunately a friendly fighter has a belt of hill-giant strength. ...
15
votes
3answers
31k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
209 views

Is there a 4e ritual or effect similar to Silence in 3.5 and 5e?

Silence in 4e is a ritual and described as a "ward against eavesdropping" that stops noise from escaping an area, whereas the other versions stop noise from being produced and can be used to stop ...
-3
votes
0answers
94 views

What do I need to consider when creating homebrew items that scale with character level? [on hold]

Mechanically versus subjectively this is difficult. It’s a homebrew idea after all. I want a low magic item campaign in terms of how many magic items players receive but because my players won’t be ...
0
votes
0answers
82 views

Items that scale with level [on hold]

I want to start DMing. I have a low level item I want to give, but it is not very useful starting out. I would also like to say I am not familiar with most of the magic items available. This is more ...
6
votes
1answer
54 views

Prometheum Exxet: What happens when you want to apply a level 1 power to ammunition?

When creating magical ammunition using the Prometheum Exxet, the cost of powers is supposed to be reduced by one level. What happens if that level is 1? Specifically, in a sidebar on page 21, the ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Does the “Changeling” property count as an enhancement bonus?

The changeling property in the Magic Item Compendium p.31 names a flat price of 2000 gp. It does not say that it counts or costs as much as a +1 enhancement. Does that mean that the property doesn't ...
10
votes
1answer
248 views

Can undead that you have reanimated wait inside a portable hole?

Assuming I cast the appropriate levels of spells to keep them under my control, could my undead that have already been reanimated stay in a portable hole as they don’t need to breathe or sleep? I don’...
2
votes
1answer
97 views

What is the easiest way to transport piles of bones/corpses undetected?

I’m currently working on a Necromancer Build, one thing I’ve really struggled with is having enough piles of bones/corpses at all times to keep up my undead horde. So far the best idea I’ve had is to ...
9
votes
1answer
181 views

When casting a spell using a magic item, is the casting itself visible?

Some magic items allow you to cast spells using them, even if you are normally unable to cast such spells, such as the Wand of Magic Missiles or the Helm of Telepathy. When you cast a spell with such ...
7
votes
2answers
519 views

How does the Ring of Spell Storing interact with the Glamour Bard's Mantle of Majesty feature?

At level 6 Glamour Bards gain the ability Mantle of Majesty which allows them to cast command up to 10 times (ability lasts a minute and command is cast as a bonus action) without expending a spell ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

What type of Flame Blade does a Rod of Lordly Might make?

Got a Rod of Lordly Might in a loot drop from a Red Dragon last night. When the first button is pressed (DMG p196) the rod becomes a flame tongue as a fiery blade sprouts from the end opposite the rod'...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

What are a magic item's saves?

We're building a spell that can target magical items, similar to mage's disjunction in Pathfinder. Fifth edition has a spell that targets spells affecting objects: dispel magic, but nothing that ...
6
votes
1answer
212 views

Is there anything that can change the time of day?

My question is: are there any spells/items/or anything really that can alter the time of day, from night to day, or the opposite? Perhaps there's something that can create some sort of light source ...
5
votes
2answers
175 views

To craft a Javelin of Lightning, you need to be able to cast Lightning Bolt; can I use a Wand of Lightning Bolt to meet this requirement?

So to craft a javelin of lightning, you need to be able to cast lightning bolt. My druid can't do this, but if he bought a wand of lightning bolt, could he use this to meet the requirements?
10
votes
1answer
182 views

If I fail the check to copy a spell from a scroll, is the gold needed to copy the spell spent anyway?

I am playing a wizard. I was reading the PHB and saw that you could copy spells into your spellbook for a cost (50 gp + 2 hours of work, per spell level). My question regards when copying the spell ...
9
votes
1answer
224 views

Do Boots of Elvenkind Negate Tremorsense?

Tremorsense detects material-based vibrations. Obviously, this refers to sound waves (“tremors”) in the real world. Interestingly, it specifically excludes flying creatures, which could be interpreted ...
5
votes
2answers
167 views

Can you repair magical equipment that has been damaged by a Zorbo?

Zorbos (from Tomb of Annihilation, p. 41) have the following Destructive Claws attack (emphasis mine): Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d6+1) slashing damage, and ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

How to provide XP for item creation?

I read in an answer that you can provide the XP cost of an item that the party Wizard creates for you. Unfortunately no details are given, and the link is dead. How can I cover the Wizard's XP ...
8
votes
3answers
172 views

How does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location interact with the Augury spell?

One of my players got his hand on an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, which hides him from divination magic. The description says: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from ...
9
votes
6answers
2k views

Can my sorcerer use a spellbook only to collect spells and scribe scrolls, not cast?

I have been playing a sorcerer that went to wizard school as part of his backstory and often refers to himself as a terrible wizard. So he has a spellbook that I’ve spent time and gold on. He is not ...
0
votes
3answers
471 views

Is there any way to get melee to-hit bonuses as high as ranged to-hit bonuses?

The Archery Fighting Style (PH 72) gives +2 to hit. Adding in a magic weapon +3 and magic ammunition +3 gives a whopping +8 bonus to hit in addition to the Dexterity and proficiency bonus. On this ...
5
votes
3answers
304 views

What magic item can I give my NPC to summon monsters?

Is there anything a low-level NPC could get their hands on to summon monsters? Preferably an option where the monsters simply infest the location and are non-responsive to the summoner. I'm looking ...
4
votes
1answer
142 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
142 views

Is there a rule to create flawed magical items?

For various reasons, I would need to emulate an effect from a famous magic item: the Helm of Brilliance If a creature wearing the helm is damaged by magical fire (after the fire protection is taken ...
7
votes
1answer
148 views

How does an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location interact with the Detect Magic spell?

One of my players got his hand on an Amulet of Proof against Detection and Location, which hides him from divination magic. The description says: While wearing this amulet, you are hidden from ...
5
votes
1answer
637 views

If a warlock makes a Dancing Sword their pact weapon, is there a way to prevent it from disappearing if it's farther away for more than a minute?

I currently have a Pact of the Blade warlock, and recently came across a dancing sword (a rapier). I am considering making it my pact weapon, but there is still a minor inconvenience. While the ...
22
votes
3answers
4k views

How can the PCs determine if an item is a phylactery?

To kill a Lich the PCs must first destroy the lich's phylactery. From the Monster's Manual we know the basic physical description of this item: A phylactery is traditionally an amulet in the shape ...
7
votes
1answer
501 views

What is the rarity of my homebrew shortbow?

I want to create a custom magic item - a shortbow in particular. I want it to have a illusion theme but also a psychic damage theme, so here's what I've come up with. It will require attunement; it ...
4
votes
1answer
186 views

Can the Staff of the Python be used as a weapon?

Can the D&D 5e version of the Staff of the Python be used as a weapon? If so, what are its stats?
6
votes
0answers
135 views

Is this spell/item interaction as infinite (and potentially deadly) as I think it is?

The 12th-level Path of Destruction spell, Sphere of Destruction, takes 30 Zeon to cast, for an effect that does 30 Base Damage (+5 per an Added Effect). The Prometheum Exxet introduces an effect, ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

How to create an artifact weapon linked to the progress of a mythic path?

I want to pump up the group I'm GMing for with Mythic rules. There is a warpriest in the group, and I wanted to have him earn the privilege of wielding the holy weapon of his church and make him a ...
13
votes
1answer
978 views

If a character can use a +X magic weapon as a spellcasting focus, does it add the bonus to spell attacks or spell save DCs?

My 5e College of Swords bard can use a weapon as a spell focus for their spell casting. If they have a +1 rapier and cast a spell requiring a spell attack roll, do they get the +1 added to their ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

Use Magic Device and the Shield of the Mage [closed]

I am here for some clarification on what things I could do with Use Magic Device (through Emulate Class Feature) to get the spell I want to appear on the Shield of the Mage. I am fully aware that this ...
2
votes
2answers
230 views

Can there be instruments with attack bonuses?

I'm looking into making a Bard. While looking at subclasses in the 3rd party supplement Xanathar's Lost Notes to Everything Else, I found that the College of Discord subclass feature Melodic Mayhem ...
30
votes
1answer
1k views

Can two creatures, each with a Staff of the Magi, charge them up for free?

A Staff of the Magi has the Spell Absorption trait (emphasis mine): While holding the staff, you have advantage on saving throws against spells. In addition, you can use your reaction when another ...