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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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Do the benefits of Oil of Sharpness stack with those of +X magic ammunition?

Do the benefits of oil of sharpness stack with those of +1/2/3 magic ammunition? I'm really just curious whether these also stack as +X ammo does with a +3 bow, or if there's a point at which things ...
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Is there a magic item that grants the same benefit as the 6th-level Totem Barbarian's eagle totem?

I want to make a sniper character but there are only two things that make this possible: the Totem Warrior barbarian's 6th-level eagle totem and the Sharpshooter feat. The Path of the Totem Warrior ...
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How can I steal a bag of holding, or magically swap one with another? [closed]

My rogue friend has stolen something from me, and I want to take it back without them knowing it (at first). The object is inside a Bag of Holding that they keep on their person at all times. Is ...
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What does the wand of wonder mean when it says “as if you had cast” vs “you cast”?

One of the effects of the Wand of Wonder is: You enlarge the target as if you had cast enlarge/reduce. If the target can't be affected by the spell, or if you didn't target a creature, you become ...
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Can a Portable Hole be moved after it is unfolded and laid down?

When you lay down a portable hole, is it locked in place or can you slide it? Specifically I was wondering if a player could place the hole on the ground and then slide it halfway under a door to ...
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Trading wands back and forth in combat

Long story short, our party (4 members) was in a combat against a couple of magical creatures. The only thing that we had that could deal damage was a wand of magic missiles (because of previous ...
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How do spell scrolls interact with warlock invocations?

When creating a Spell Scroll using the rules from XGtE (p.133), if the spell is a cantrip the scroll is cast as if the caster were first level. If a Warlock with, say, Agonizing Blast were to scribe a ...
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Using Divination Spells for Droskar's Guiding Ring

Here is the description of Droskar's Guiding Ring: This gold ring is misshapen and uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time; inscribed on it is a crude symbol of a fire burning under an arch. ...
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Can the Knight give infinite Leadership dice for 1 minute?

I got a Knight servant from a Deck of Many Things, and am looking at his Leadership ability. For 1 minute, the knight can utter a special command or warning whenever a nonhostile creature that it ...
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Is it balanced to create a homebrew sentient magic item that can attune to other magic items and grant the user their benefits?

I'm imagining something like this: A sentient, magical armor piece (I. E., the Mcguffin) that can store multiple weapons or shields to be summoned when needed. You are attuned to the Mcguffin, and ...
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Creating a sink hole beneath a castle with Mold Earth and Portable Hole

This is a follow up to my related question on what materials can mold earth move. Using a combination of Mold Earth (functioning as a shovel) and Portable Hole (as a bucket) "6 feet in diameter" ... "...
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Is there a proper way to categorize magic items as minor or major magic items?

The Xanathar's Guide to Everything brings a new categorization of magic items in 5E by dividing them in minor and major items (pags. 135–136 & 140–145). However, the tables presented there only ...
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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 ...
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Do external modifiers apply to attacks made with a Ring of the Ram?

If a character uses a Ring of the Ram to make an attack, do external modifiers affect the roll? For example, if the character was under the effect of a Bless spell, would they apply that to the roll ...
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What is the casting time of an extended spell imbued into an item?

There is no restriction on the casting time of spells that you can imbue into an item with Prime 3. For permanently active effects this is not a problem, but in the case of conditional powers I am ...
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Do animals summoned by magic items obey player commands?

Do animals summoned by magic items, such as the robe of useful items or the marble elephant figurine of wondrous power, follow player commands, Or are they wild animals? Or is this up to the DM's ...
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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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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?