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 an item that increases spell save DC balanced?

One of my players' characters likes to use illusion spells in combat. To improve their effectiveness, he is asking me for an item that increases his spell save DC. The Rod of the Pact Keeper provides ...
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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 ...
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Can the spell Creation make magic items? (Official rulings only)

Is there an official ruling or rule that determines whether the spell creation can be used to create a magic item? I'd like to know if any of the developers have posted a ruling about this, or ...
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Can I use the 'Creation' spell to create magical items? [duplicate]

The "Creation" spell states: You pull wisps of Shadow material from the Shadowfell to create a nonliving object of vegetable matter within range - soft goods, rope, wood, or something similar. You ...
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How can I decide if my homebrew item should require attunement? [duplicate]

Attunement slots are an important tool for maintaining game balance - especially in high magic settings where magic items are common. If I've homebrewed a new magic item for my players, how can I ...
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Corroded Metal vs Magical Armor, should it melt it?

The DM in our game homebrewed something called a Dire Otter Swarm and had the Corroded Metal attribute that can destroy nonmagical items, but he gave it a buff that allowed them to destroy Magical ...
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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 ...
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Are these magic items too strong for level 3-4 characters?

I'm running my first ever campaign. The party of 4 are trying to unite a valley community (a kobold tribe, a human village, and a dwarven expedition) together against the incoming orc invasion. If ...
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How many charges does a multiclass character imbue a staff with?

This is a Pathfinder Second Edition question. Let's say that we have a fourth-level cleric who has taken Wizard Dedication and Basic Wizard Spellcasting (both CRB pg. 231) at second and fourth levels ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Wand of Cure Light Wounds and Wand of Infernal Healing compared to each other?

Every party in Pathfinder and every character in Pathfinder Society need some healing source, and the two most common ones are a Wand of Infernal Healing and a Wand of Cure Light Wounds. It is often ...
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Which of these two magic daggers is better for my rogue?

My rogue with 34hp just found a new dagger for the first time. Being new to D&D, I was filled with excitement for my first new weapon. Then I really read the card and now I'm thinking my old store-...
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How would I as a DM create a smart phone-like spell/device my players could use?

My players are setting up a large nexus of guilds from my empire and one or two they made up themselves across several cities. They are having a hard time sending long messages to and from each other, ...
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Are the following anti-magical items balanced?

All the following items are part of one big ritual that disrupts magic for an entire world. I want each of the items by themselves to be a item of less power, but fitting to the theme of anti-magical, ...
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Staff of Flowers only sprouts harmless and nonmagical flowers, but what does this mean exactly? [closed]

For those of you that aren't familiar with this item: "This wooden staff has 10 charges. While holding it, you can use an action to expend 1 charge from the staff and cause a flower to sprout from a ...
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Would an item that prevents death once be overpowered? [closed]

I am a DM running Tomb of Annihilation. I am toying with the idea of giving one of my level 5 players an item that prevents death, just once, and then breaks. Note that I do not mean dropping to 0 hit ...
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Is there a balancing issue giving a Wizard a wand capable of casting Illusory Script once per day?

Wizard expressed a desire for a magical wand that could cast the ritual spell Illusory Script without burning a spell slot/ritual slot. I though about giving a wand that can cast the spell once per ...
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Which face of a Cube of Force blocks the Ice Storm spell?

So I was using a Cube of Force to block arrows for my party using the setting of face 2: block non-living. An opponent cast Ice Storm on us, causing hail to rain down. Now, at the point that the ...
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Is the Folding Boat truly seaworthy?

So, in the Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure book, it gives more in depth information on sea adventuring and ship information. I am running a campaign and my players are located on a large salt water lake ...
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When playing on a grid, how many Medium creatures fit inside the area of a Scroll of Protection's barrier during combat?

The description of the scroll of protection (DMG, p. 199) reads: Using an action to read the scroll encloses you in a invisible barrier that extends from you to form a 5-foot-radius, 10-foot-high ...
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Do the Gloves of Missile Snaring work in conjunction with the Monk's Deflect Missiles ability?

The monk's Deflect Missiles feature description says: Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. When you do so,...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell work on magical weapons?

Does casting dispel magic on a plain +1 sword make it no longer +1? Also does dispel magic work on a dragon slayer longsword such that it is no longer +1 and no longer does extra damage against ...
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Is the Infernal Healing spell actually worth it as a Wand?

Infernal Healing is a spell that gives you Fast Healing 1 for 10 rounds, healing 10 HP of damage. It can also be used right before combat to auto-stabilize in case you get dropped. Some people claim ...
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Does the Healing Domain (or similar metamagic-like effects) affect scroll/wand/staff use?

Many abilities, notably the Healing Domain 6th level feature, allow you to alter "your spells" with metamagic-like effects. At 6th level, all of your cure spells are treated as if they were ...
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Is Sneak Attack damage halved on a successful Will save if a Wand of Cure Light Wounds is used to trigger the Sneak Attack?

Suppose, a Rogue with Use Magic Device wants to attack an Undead, perhaps an Incorporeal one. They can use a Wand of Cure Light Wounds for that since it does require an attack roll. The Rogue somehow ...
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Do the rules for the “Buying a Magic Item” downtime activity allow a character an opportunity to purchase the item later?

I'm DMing using the "Buying a Magic Item" downtime activity rules in Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 126). Are any rules (or suggested approaches) to allowing my players to purchase one of their ...
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Which modifier do you use when casting a spell that requires a spellcasting check from a spell scroll?

The Dungeon Master's Guide has this to say about Spell Scrolls : The level of the spell on the scroll determines the spell's saving throw DC and attack bonus, as shown in the Spell Scroll table. ...
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Why should I use a big powerstone instead of smaller ones?

I was wondering why powerstones rise quadratically in price and linear in value. Instead of a 10pt PS for 1,900$ I could get 3 5pt PS for 595$ each and save 115$ for having 5 extra net mana in the end....
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How do you use TCP in Adventurer's League Season 8?

In Dungeons And Dragons Adventurer's League Season 8 instead of Gold you get Treasure Checkpoints (TCP). During some sessions the DM has announced we've unlocked a particular item. I then also ...
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Can a Cleric with the Magic domain use Wands containing Wizard spells?

The Magic Domain's granted power says: Use scrolls, wands, and other devices with spell completition or spell trigger activation as a Wizard of one-half your Cleric level... So can a Cleric ...
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Does Elemental Affinity apply to spells cast from Magic Items? [duplicate]

Well, the title question is straight-forward. Elemental Affinity states Starting at 6th level, when you cast a spell that deals damage of the type associated with your draconic ancestry, add your ...
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Does 5e have any restrictions in place for the creation of potions like in Pathfinder?

Answers from official sources are preferred. Specifically I want to create a potion of Alter Self D&D 5e seems to be a little light on the details for such things. In the DMG section for ...
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Can I use the Cap of Water Breathing or the Cloak of the Manta Ray to survive inside a Bag of Holding?

Bag of Holding: [...] Breathing creatures inside the bag can survive up to a number of minutes equal to 10 divided by the number of creatures (minimum 1 minute), after which time they begin to ...
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Does the extra damage of a Flame Tongue sword work with an attack made as part of the Booming Blade cantrip?

I'm planning a magic initiate Rogue with the Booming Blade Cantrip. He will have a Flame Tongue as it is a higher level character. I already know that Booming Blade and Sneak Attack work together but ...
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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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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, ...
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Can you obtain a Transmuter's Stone if you “morph” into a Transmuter statblock? [duplicate]

Volo's Guide to Monsters contains the stat bloc for an NPC called Transmuter, who is a humanoid, CR 5, with the following trait: Transmuter's Stone. The transmuter carries a magic stone it ...
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How does the Thief's Fast Hands feature interact with mundane and magical shields?

I have found this Q/A explaining some items a Thief can use through their Fast Hands feature as well as this tweet (though now unofficial) from Jeremy Crawford saying that Fast Hands does work with a ...
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How does the Wand of the War Mage work for a multiclassed warlock/sorcerer?

The description of the wand of the war mage, +1 (which requires attunement by a spellcaster) says: While you are holding this wand, you gain a +1 bonus to spell attack rolls. In addition, you ...
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Does Dispel Magic destroy Artificer Turrets?

I'm playing a 10th-level artillerist artificer for a one-shot my friend is running, and while playtesting some with another friend (so I could actually learn my character sheet), she cast Dispel Magic ...
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How much should a “button of Cure Light Wounds” cost (should it be available at all?)

My fellow players would like to have a command-word or use-activated "button" of Cure Light Wounds at will, i.e. unlimited uses/day. How much should this cost (if it should be available at all?) ...
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Can a bard choose to prepare spells, and thereby benefit from items that allow recall of previously prepared spells?

I'm considering whether to place a high-level magic item in my epic-level game. On page 28 of the PHB, under the bard 'spells' section, it states (emphasis mine): As noted above, a bard need not ...
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Spell Points, and How To Get More

I'm using the spell point system in my next campaign, and was wondering what the hivemind thinks a mana/spell point potion should cost. I'm not completely up on psionics, is there a similar thing that ...
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Is the Shield of Expression magic item made of wood or metal?

I have a Shield of Expression (XGtE, p. 139). The description I have of it is the following: The front of this shield is shaped in the likeness of a face. While bearing the shield, you can use a ...
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How do magic weapon special abilities work when used in a different manner?

If we look at the list of magic weapon special abilities we see that they're divided into two categories, Melee and Ranged, which designate the category of weapon they can be placed on. Some, like, ...
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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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How do you create a magic-dead area?

I would like to introduce a prison designed for keeping psionic characters confined. The place is a tower in an empire ruled by clerics, so solutions based on cleric spells are preferred, though ...
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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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Can you still use your bonus action and/or reaction when under the effect of a berserker weapon?

When attuned to a Berserker Weapon, if you receive damage and then fail a DC 15 Wisdom saving throw, you go berserk and must use your action to attack the nearest creatures (friend or foe), moving to ...
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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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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 ...