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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I created a magic item for one character and another character took it

I'm DMing for a group of friends, and they rolled really high stats… except for the dragonborn warlock who ended up with a Constitution of 6 (-2). (We did use 4d6 drop lowest… the warlock was just ...
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Do the effects of a Potion of Speed or Potion of Heroism disappear if the character becomes unconscious?

If a player is under the effect of a potion of speed: When you drink this potion, you gain the effect of the haste spell for 1 minute (no concentration required). The potion’s yellow fluid is ...
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Can I use Empowered Spell on spells cast with a Wand of Magic Missile? [duplicate]

The Sorcerer's metamagic features has the following general rules: At 3rd level, you gain the ability to twist your spells to suit your needs...You can use only one Metamagic option on a spell when ...
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Non-Magical crystal balls and the scrying spell

The Scrying spell has as its material component A focus worth at least 1,000 gp, such as a crystal ball, a silver mirror, or a font filled with holy water The magic item crystal ball says While ...
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What is the weapon attack damage of a tentacle rod?

The tentacle rod's description includes the following (emphasis added): 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 ...
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Are there any examples of “level requirements” that can be ignored with Use Magic Device? [duplicate]

The Thief Rogue's 13th level feature allows them to ignore requirements on the use of magic items: Use Magic Device. By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can ...
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Does the Iron Flask let you Order the Creature Back in Without a Save?

So I have an Iron Flask in my current campaign, and we happened to find out that it contains Tiamat. We released Tiamat to have a conversation, where she threatened to eat me at the end of the hour. ...
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Any way to activate a spell-trigger item in a rage?

While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), the Concentration skill, or any abilities that ...
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What spells or magic items are available to detect lies?

I'm playing through Storm King's Thunder, and came across an unusual magic item: Gavel of the Venn Rune The Gift of Truth feature for this item says: Whenever a creature utters a lie while within the ...
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Can a Tentacle Rod be used with Extra Attack?

In a recent game our monk used a Tentacle Rod to attack three times (per its normal use), then used his Extra Attack to attack three more times, then used his bonus action to deliver an unarmed strike....
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Is this amulet of blinding fire balanced?

I created the following item with a 5th level draconic (red) sorcerer in mind: Blinding Fire Amulet Wondrous item, rare (requires attunement by a spellcaster) The amulet has a number of charges equal ...
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How to permanently curse an existing item?

By permanently, I don't mean 'until dispelled', which can be achieved by using upcast bestow curse. I want to make those items that cannot be unattuned, except by casting remove curse on the wielder. ...
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Can one capture the 'soul' or 'spirit' of a dying Illithid/mind flayer with a 'Ring of Mind Shielding'?

Do illithids or 'mind flayers' have a spirit &/or soul to be captured in a Ring of Mind Sheilding? This is related to a previous question regarding the mind flayer return to a (previous/humanoid) ...
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Can Alchemists Experimental elixirs be combined to generate a roll on the potion miscibility table in the DMG?

DMG p140 has a potion miscibility table. Artificer subclass Alchemist creates Experimental Elixirs. Can these elixirs be combined for a roll on the aforementioned table?
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Is there a way to discern if the magic of an item is a “trap” or a “property” of the item?

To put things into context: We just entered the final room of a dungeon and we found some magic items strewn about in the room and some others inside a tomb. Our sorcerer used Detect Magic to know if ...
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How can a wizard use the scroll of tarrasque summoning to summon the tarrasque more than once?

Recently a new magic item has been teased by D&D designer Chris Perkins, this scroll lets you summon the tarrasque. Any wizard would love to learn such a powerful spell, however, wizards are ...
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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 the ranged attack bonus +27 for a maxed out 20th level archery-styled Hunter with applicable RAW magic items?

Background: I’m DM’ing a quintet of players whom I let accumulate a bit too much AC-boosting stuff and so are very hard to hit with weapon attacks (at 12th level they’re all near AC 25, and one has a ...
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How would giving a creature a Vorpal Sword affect their CR?

The Vorpal Sword is a legendary magical item that allows heads to be struck from bodies, as well as doing a tonne more damage if it doesn't. A good summary has already been discussed on this site. I'm ...
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Ring of the Ram: what kind of attack does it make?

The Ring of the Ram (DMG p. 193) states the following: While wearing the ring, you can use an action to expend 1 to 3 of its charges to attack one creature you can see within 60 feet of you. The ring ...
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Does the Thief rogue's Use Magic Device feature let them ignore class, race, and level requirements on attuning to magic items?

The Artificer's Magic Item Savant feature states (E:RftLW p. 58, WGtE p. 180; emphasis mine): [...] You ignore all class, race, spell, and level requirements on attuning to or using magic items. ...
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With a magic item that has no overall restrictions, but special bonuses when used by a certain race, can a L13 Rogue gain that bonus? [closed]

Imagine a homebrew weapon, for example, a dagger that behaves like a normal +1 dagger to everyone except elves, who are conferred an additional bonus as well other abilities or effects. For this ...
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Sentinel Raven uses too much awesome magic

The Raven Queen Warlock in my group got a Sentinel Raven, as per the Lvl1 Class Feature. This raven is now attuned to a magic ring and wields a magic wand. The wand is not that big of a problem, but ...
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How do an ability-setting item and a +1 feat interact?

I'm playing a Half-Elf Lore Bard at level 5, with CON score of 14 after racial bonus. Yesterday evening, a great oracle gave my character an Amulet of Health, which does the following: Your ...
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Is a Warlock's Improved Pact Weapon considered a magic weapon?

This is in response to this question which concerns the UA version of Improved Pact Weapon. The text for the Eldritch Invocation changed when it was published in Xanathar's Guide to Everything. The ...
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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 about cursed items: Most methods of identifying items, including the identify spell, fail to reveal such a ...
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Can an artificer’s Homunculus Servant use an animated shield?

I'm playing an artificer that recently took the infusion for a Homunculus Servant. The party has an extra animated shield. I think the following is acceptable, but I wanted to see if I got it wrong ...
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Can equipment be enchanted and dis/reenchanted without destroying the item?

If playing a character with a family sword or a particular set of armour that they wish to use throughout the game (from level 1 to level 20), can it start out unenchanted, then undergo a process to ...
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Belt of Giant's Strength with Manual of Gainful Exercise

Suppose your STR score is 8 but you attune to a belt of storm giant strength (your STR becomes 29). You then use a manual of gainful exercise (+1 to STR and maximum STR). What is your current STR ...
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Can I increase my intelligence from a Headband Of Intellect?

2 sessions ago, my wizard found a headband of intellect, and used it to up his spells. Your Intelligence score is 19 while you wear this headband. It has no effect on you if your Intelligence is ...
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Can the creature from a Bag of Tricks make opportunity attacks?

The bag of tricks description includes the following: You can use an action to pull the fuzzy object from the bag and throw it up to 20 feet. When the object lands, it transforms into a creature you ...
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Role-play enhancing items [closed]

For my D&D 4E character, I would like to have some sort of role-play enhancing item, something that gives me more options for role-playing. For example, my previous character had an armor shard ...
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Ominous and cursed trinkets? [closed]

On my group's first session, at the end of the boss, they found a trinket. It is tooth-shaped. And I have no idea of what it should do, but I thought it would be interesting to give them something to ...
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Do Boots of Speed boost climb speed twice?

Let's say you have the Quick Climber feat, and have a climb speed equal to your land speed. If you put on Boots of Speed, does your climb speed increase by 5 feet, or 10 feet? For example, when the ...
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What are “harmful gases and vapors”?

The necklace of adaptation (DMG, p. 182) has the following effect: While wearing this necklace, you can breathe normally in any environment, and you have advantage on saving throws made against ...
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What must a spell scroll look like?

As a DM I would like to put spell scrolls (magical or otherwise) on exotic surfaces &/or locations. Are there any hard / R.A.W. limits on this? Both scribing & enchantment are expensive in ...
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What are the limits of the Purrodaemon's Weapon Steep ability?

The Daemon, Purrodaemon ability "Weapon Steep" states: If a weapon remains sheathed in its body for at least 24 hours, the weapon absorbs some of its essence and gains magical enhancements. ...
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Are these dual-wielding swords balanced?

I made the following magic weapons specifically for dual-wielding. They are intended to be given out at 5th level. Placeholder name Magic weapon (pair of shortswords), uncommon (requires attunement) ...
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Can the Feign Death spell remove attunement from a cursed item?

When a creature dies, their attunement to any magic items (including cursed items) ends. Will the feign death spell (PHB, p. 240) trick the curse into ending early? You touch a willing creature and ...
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Can you combine an Artificer's Enhanced weapon infusion with a +3 magic weapon?

The Artificer's Enhance Weapon infusion (ERftLW) grants a +1 (+2 at 10th level) bonus to attack and damage rolls made with the infused weapon. Is it possible to combine this infusion with a magic ...
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How does a Ring of Spell Storing function?

The Ring of Spell Storing says (DMG pg. 192): This ring stores spells cast into it, holding them until the attuned wearer uses them. The ring can store up to 5 levels worth of spells at a time. ...
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Is this magic Ranger amulet balanced?

Item description The following item was made with a 5th level ranger in mind. The goal was to create an item that is mechanically fitting, and combat-relevant but not a weapon or armor. Amulet of the ...
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What happens when a banished creature would return to an extradimensional space that no longer exists?

Consider the following scenarios. 1. Banished from a portable hole, portable hole is destroyed. A portable hole is described as a ten foot deep, six foot diameter extradimensional space. Suppose I ...
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Does casting dimension door or compulsion with the magic dagger Bookmark expend your bonus action and your action?

From Tomb of Annihilation, the description of the magic dagger Bookmark (p. 206) says: While you have the dagger drawn, you can use a bonus action to activate one of the following properties: Cast ...
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Does it take your action every turn to make a Carpet of Flying move?

A Carpet of Flying has the following text: You can speak the carpet's command word as an action to make the carpet hover and fly. It moves according to your spoken directions, provided that you are ...
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Can a person attuned to Living Gloves cast Remove Curse on themselves to remove them?

The living gloves (E:RftLW, pg. 278) have the feature Symbiotic Nature: The gloves can’t be removed from you while you’re attuned to them, and you can’t voluntarily end your attunement to them. If ...
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Can Living Gloves combined with Remove Curse be used to gain access to multiple artisan tool skills?

Living Gloves (p278 ERftLW) Says: While attuned to these gloves, you gain one of the following proficiencies (your choice when you attune to the gloves): Sleight of Hand Thieves' tools One kind of ...
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Pricing with flat gp cost abilities?

How do I calculate the cost of upgrading a piece of equipment with a flat gp cost ability? It costs the same amount to add, for example, the Expeditious ability to a set of +1 armor as it would to add ...
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What happens when you put a Portable Hole inside a Bag of Holding while on the Astral plane?

What would happen if someone were to place a Portable Hole within a Bag of Holding while being within the Astral Plane? Would it be the reverse effect?
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Is my Elephant Shield item balanced?

I created an item which is, conceptually, a hybrid of the Arrow-Catching Shield and the Ring of the Ram. Both of these are rare, however my item has some more restrictions, so I’d class it as uncommon....

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