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Are ghost touch weapons the only way to bypass the 50% chance to ignore damage against or by incorporeal creatures?

When others attack (with spells and magic weapons or such abilities) you while you are incorporeal, you have a 50% chance to ignore the damage. When you attack while incorporeal, you also have a 50% ...
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How do I balance Elder Scrolls soul gems with the loot progression?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder game set in Tamriel, the setting of the Elder Scrolls games. A couple of my players are very interested in using soul gems and enchanting. My first instinct was to ...
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Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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If you lose healing surges, will they count for Strongheart Tattoo

The Strongheart Tattoo DDI has the benefit: When you spend a healing surge, you regain extra hit points equal to the number of healing surges you have spent since your last extended rest. Will ...
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How do I price a sword that absorbs other weapon's abilities?

I've always been a big fan of giving PCs in my games non-standard equipment, but now that I need to calculate their full GP cost (to calculate how much their equipment is worth) it's giving me nothing ...
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How to calculate the price of a fully unlocked legacy weapon?

I need to calculate the total sell value of fully unlocked legacy weapons; for example, a Faithful Avenger with all legacy rituals completed. Its non-legacy price is 4330gp, and the cost of the ...
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Are there any rules specifically governing/restricting magic item slots for animal companions?

Animal companions can have barding and horses in particular have access to magical horseshoes, but are there any rules stopping me from making custom magic items for other possible slots? For example: ...
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How can I model corrupting items in FATE?

The One Ring from Lord of the Rings has the property that it corrupts (or tries to corrupt) those around it. They desire its power and do things that they normally wouldn't to get at it. I was ...
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"Sharing" enchanted items in Dresden Files RPG

One of my players brought up the example of the Warden's Sword as an enchanted item. For those not so familiar with the source books, these are powerful enchanted swords made by Captain Luccio, the ...
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How can I reward a character that doesn't want magic items?

So I've got a campaign where one of the characters, a fighter, severely distrusts magical items. The party level is 6+, and it seems difficult to figure out a way to compensate this character in non-...
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Does anyone know the name of the 3.5e D&D item that allows you to store your current exp?

I have been looking for this item for a while through my books and online, and can't seem to find which supplement it's in. I know this item exists, and was wondering if anyone could remember what ...
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About Spell Scrolls' mechanic, how do they work?

This question is bothering me, my dm couldn't answer it. What is the difference between a spell scroll and a page of spellbook? One goes "puff" after use while others stays permanently. Also I'm ...
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Abusing Enchant Magic Item

Is there anything that prevents a character from using the free resize-function of the Enchant Magic Item ritual to store an infinite amount of magic items in his backpack by making them ...
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Can a character with the Alchemist feat make Assassin poisons?

Is the assassin poison considered an alchemical item? As I read alchemist(Eberron) it states poison as an alchemical item. Can someone with the alchemist feat make assassin poisons?
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Increasing Save DC for new magic items

Paizo PRD: Magic items produce spells or spell-like effects. For a saving throw against a spell or spell-like effect from a magic item, the DC is 10 + the level of the spell or effect + the ability ...
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Who can use magic items?

The rules on using magic items are not at all clear to me. Especially the Spell Completion and Spell Trigger activations are confusing. What kind of character (class, level) can use a wand (spell ...
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Does a ring of force shield occupy the hand wearing it?

Can a character wearing a ring of force shield use two-handed-weapons or make actions that need both hands and keep the shield-bonus, or is the hand occupied as though using a normal shield? I'm ...
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What happens if you wear armor that you don't have a feat for?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium, there are a bunch of new armor and armor types. It says that to wear these armors, you need to take special feats. What happens if a PC finds this armor as a ...
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What do the effects of these potions mean?

In Mordenkainen's Magnificent Emporium there are a few healing potions. However, the text on their power is downright confusing, contradictory, and poorly written. Here is Potion of Cure Light Wounds:...
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What qualifies as a "ranged attack?"

My level 15 Dreadnought Fighter recently found a Shield of Deflection, which has "Property: Gain resist 5 to damage from all ranged attacks." I know that a crossbow attack or magic missile would be a ...
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Does Augmenting Whetstone work on a magical item?

A while back I was browsing the old (downloadable) dnd4e character generator, and I found an item called Augmenting Whetstone. When used as a minor action, it grants your weapon "a +2 enhancement ...
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Will attacking with a magical or wonderous item overcome damage reduction?

As I recall, magical weapons can overcome damage reduction. If one were to attack an enemy with a wonderous item, like say attacking with an everfull mug in a barfight would it overcome an enemies ...
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How to make magic items more interesting?

We all read about the little person finding a magical ring and the GM basing his whole plot on that little ring. That was a cool example of a MacGuffin. Earthdawn has a system in which characters ...
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Can Swiftpad boots be used in a vertical jump?

I just found some Swiftpad boots as treasure in the 4e game I play in. Power (Daily): Move Action. You jump a number of squares equal to your Strength modifier. The power doesn't define whether the ...
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What is implied by a temporary ability bonus?

What is implied by a "temporary ability bonus"? I've noticed this wording on all of the stat boosting items in the core book. Treat this as a temporary ability bonus for the first 24 hours the ...
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Custom magic item creation standardization

I run a rather lighthearted campaign that contains a number of re-flavored elements, including items. For the most part since these are based on published items their actual value for sake of crafting ...
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What "party" items are worth getting during character creation?

Details on the formation of this question can be found in this chat. During character creation you are allowed 3 "uncommon" items. What items are beneficial enough to the party as a whole to warrant ...
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What magic items are there to capture or restrain someone?

I'm looking for items to specifically address the strengths and weaknesses of the PC's. For example, our wizard who has lots of teleport spells will be restrained with Dimensional Shackles. How can ...
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Will magic items with raw stats break game balance in DnD4e?

I, and all the players in my campaign, are all experienced WoW players. (Multiple 85s, reminiscences of 40-man raids when your class — no matter who you were — sucked but was somehow better, etc.…) I ...
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Can you place something living in a bag of holding?

I don't have any rule books to read and the last rule book I had was dnd 2e, but this question came up at lunch today at work. Is it possible to place live objects in a bag of holding. For instance, ...
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Potions and Oils in Pathfinder

In Pathfinder, in the magic items chapter it discusses oils under the potions section. An oil is essentially a potion that can be applied to whatever target you can interact with, following the rules ...
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Group-wise Combinable Magic Items (each member owns 1)

I realize this isn't the best reference, but there was a show in the 90's "Captain Planet" where there was 5 kids, and each had a ring of power, and it was when they would combine all of them the ...
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Can magically sharp swords like a vorpal sword cut stoneskin?

If someone is under the effect of the spell stoneskin, can a vorpal sword or a sword of sharpness bypass the protection afforded by the stoneskin? One consideration is that both types of sword can ...
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Are there limitations/cautions to "Vorpal"?

I want to give one of my good characters a vorpal Dwarven Ax. My first thought is about alignment issues. I realize that it's how it's actually wielded that would cause alignment conflicts, but is it ...
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Grasping Weapon with reach and effects

Grasping Weapon You can use this weapon to grab targets, adding the weapon's enhancement bonus to your grab attack. You can still use this weapon to attack a target you’ve grabbed with it. ...
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Does the ability Sudden Raystrike work on rays cast from a Wand?

One of the abilities that the Spellwarp Sniper gains at 2nd level is Sudden Raystrike (p64 of Complete Scoundrel). The description says: If you can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend ...
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Beacon of Erathis, or What boons does an Implement grant a non-cleric?

Our group found a Beacon of Erathis, an Implement (Holy Symbol) which grants: Enhancement: +1 attack rolls and damage rolls Critical: +1d8 fire damage Power (At-Will): Minor Action. The holy symbol ...
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How would one create a bag of coin-changing?

I was chatting with a friend about Dungeons and Dragons, and he had mentioned that in 4th edition, there is an item that converts coins to different denominations. In the campaign that I am running, ...
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Minor Effects for Magical Items

I tend to prefer high-magic fantasy games, where magical items can be purchased (at around the DMG prices, in D&D) in many large(ish) towns - it's common for the very well-off to have magical ...
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Uses for a 4e Portable Hole?

I was slightly shocked to read the 4e version of a portable hole: Power (At-Will): Standard Action. Place a portable hole on a wall, a floor, or a ceiling. (The surface must be flat for the item to ...
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Does the Manifester Weapon allows a psionic character to have more power points than max?

Power (Daily): Minor Action. You gain 1 power point until the end of your next turn. You can use this power point only to augment a psionic attack power. Does that mean if a character has 6 ...
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Can magic items that deal fire damage function underwater?

From the DMG p93: Spells or spell-like effects with the fire descriptor are ineffective underwater unless the caster makes a Spellcraft check (DC 20 + spell level). If the check succeeds, the ...
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Tenser's Circular Shield

Tenser's Circular Shield: The item says it's an optional focus for the Tenser's Floating Disk ritual. Does that mean one can perform the ritual free of component costs (10gp)?
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Reliable ways of generating cover/concealment at range

Are there any magical items that can be used in order to reliably generate concealment at range, but do not impair/effect the user? Take the case of, say, an archer-archetype character. They may ...
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What magic items and feats improve a Monk's attack bonus?

The Stone Fist Monk character in my group has a relatively low attack bonus because she didn't get a really high main ability score. I'm wondering what feats and magic items, other than magic ...
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Do these Healing items for the cleric stack when she uses her healing powers?

One of my players came to me with his ultimate wish-list for the cleric he found on the internet. But I'm wondering do all these healing powers stack, here's the list of items: Healer's Brooch (AV ...
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What happened to scrolls in 4e?

I'm still learning the 4e system, and I'm trying to find out what happened to scrolls. I loved scrolls back in my 1e days because it let players experiment with spells they normally wouldn't want to ...
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Can players use crafting to improve beloved magic items instead of churning gear?

I'm all about the story, and as such, I've always been a fan of long-term attachment between players/characters and their special (usually magic) items. But with D&D 4th edition, it seems the ...
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Are there any magic items that greatly improve insight, or allow a character to discern lies?

I'm trying to plan a module where the players have to get an artifact to tell if someone is lying, like once per day. But ones that just improves insight by 10 would be nice. Does anyone know of any?...
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If you store a personal spell in a wand, can you then target other creatures with that spell?

I'm aware that you can't brew a potion from any spell with "range: personal, target: you", since it is restricted to: any 3rd-level or lower spell that you know and that targets one or more ...
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