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've given my players a lot of magic items. Is it reasonable for me to give them harder encounters?

I'm running a campaign for a group of 6 level 8 characters. Last session, they went shopping, and I let them buy about 2 magic items each. On top of this, I let them each start with an extra feat and ...
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Is it impossible to escape the Rod of Lordly Might's paralysis effect early?

On a hit, the Rod of Lordly Might can: ...force the target to make a DC 17 Strength saving throw. On a failure, the target is paralyzed for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the ...
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Can my players abuse this homebrew Blade of the Thirst magic item?

I am designing a homebrew magic item. I think I have it balanced but need to know if there are any loopholes I have not seen. Blade of the thirst, magical longsword, requires attunement, versatile,...
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Are there requirements for crafting magic items?

Are there any class, proficiency, or skill requirements to craft a magic item in D&D 5th edition other than to possess the minimum character levels? I.e. 3rd level for Common and Uncommon Magic ...
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Is it possible to use a spell scroll with a spell that requires a reaction to cast?

The DMG contains spell scrolls (on page 200), with the following rule: If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an action to read the scroll and cast its spell without having to ...
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Can the Wish spell be used to allow someone to be able to cast all of their spells at will?

In my campaign, the PCs have recently defeated a dragon and looted its hoard. In it, among some other things, they found a fully charged Ring of Three Wishes. Not knowing what it was, the party had ...
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How can a new DM deal with having given out overpowered weapons at a low level?

I am in a few campaigns, one of them has a DM who's never been a Dungeon Master before. Their grasp of the rules and how the game is played is sound but they are a bit of a pushover when it comes to ...
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Is item rarity really tied to how powerful it is?

Answers to questions like What should the rarity rating be for this homebrew Healing Brick? are usually based on comparison of effects of an item. On the other hand, there are questions like The ...
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Can you wish for more wishes from an Efreeti bound to service via an Efreeti Bottle?

I was running a session a few days ago for some high-level characters and in the palace vault they found themselves an Efreeti Bottle. I rolled for the efreeti's response to being released per the DMG,...
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Can a level 1 Ranger cast spells from Ranger spell scrolls?

From what I know, you can use a Spell Scroll if the spell is on your class's list. Rangers gain the Spellcasting feature at second level (getting spell slots to cast 1st-level spells at that point), ...
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Using Daern's Instant Fortress as a portable meteor

First, some context: Some time ago I played a 12th Level Bard in an online oneshot that started us out with a choice of X magic items of Y rarity. Amongst my picks was Daern's Instant Fortress, which ...
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Are there balance issues with homebrewing a magic item setting a character's Wisdom, Charisma, or Dexterity score to 19?

The DMG provides the following stat-increase items: Gauntlet of Ogre Power (Strength) Headband of Intellect (Intelligence) Amulet of Health (Constitution) Each of those set a stat to "19" unless it'...
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What inspired the Ioun Stone?

While looking over the rules for Ioun Stones a question came to mind. What inspired the Ioun Stone? It is present in nearly all editions of D&D, and also made it into Pathfinder. This ...
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Does a Periapt of Wound Closure make you almost unkillable?

Characters are often brought to 0 hit points, by mundane attacks or magic (with some effects specifically reducing the target to 0 hit points). In following rounds, the character must make death saves,...
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Can someone unintentionally cast a spell into a Ring of Spell Storing?

I am looking for a clarification. As per the DMG (p.192), the Ring of spell storing is "charged: when: Any creature can cast a spell of 1st through 5th level into the ring by touching the ring as ...
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Does a wand user know how many charges remain?

For instance, the Wand of Magic Missiles description says: The wand regains 1d6 + 1 expended charges daily at dawn. If you expend the wand's last charge, roll a d20. On a 1, the wand crumbles into ...
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How can I make a freezer? [closed]

I'm going to the Elemental Plane of Fire, and I don't want my ice cream to melt. What's the least expensive and most portable method to keep my ice cream consistently intact?
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What happens when you bring a creature down to 0 HP entirely by a “Sword of Wounding”, but choose to deal nonlethal damage?

The Situation: The Sword of Wounding has the following magic effect: Hit points lost to this weapon's damage can be regained only through a short or long rest, rather than by regeneration, magic, ...
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Can an Awakened creature attune to items?

Question is what the title says. Basically, I have an Awakened Tree that I want to give fire resistance through an item which requires attunement. Since the trees Intelligence is 10 now, it is ...
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Can creatures without hands (and as a consequence fingers) use rings?

Pretty much what it says on a label. I have a monster for my next adventure that has a pretty interesting ring in his treasure. Since it is intelligent, and would be able to use the ring, I don't see ...
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What happens to a lich's soul when it dies with a Ring of Mind Shielding?

What happens to a lich's soul when it dies with a Ring of Mind Shielding? Normally, a lich's soul goes to the phylactery. But the Ring of Mind Shielding also takes a soul. Does the lich choose where ...
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Why do artifacts exist in the DM's Guide if you can't get them easily?

There are a number of artifacts in the DM's Guide and they are awesome. The thing is that it doesn't seem very plausible to get these items. If they aren't obtainable, why are they in the Guide? If ...
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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 the manual and tome magic items that increase stats be used multiple times by bypassing the century wait time via the spell Sequester?

Assume we have a Wizard who is at least level 13 and can reliably cast Sequester many times (either through acquired spell scrolls, or has acquired enough material components for it to be a non-issue),...
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Is it possible to have a character with proficiency in all martial weapons without proficiency in Medium armor?

When thinking more about this question: Are the requirements of a Horn of Valhalla cumulative?, I started to wonder if characters could effectively use horns without being able to use their lesser ...
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Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?

I will start a campaing in a few days and my players are on the "Character Building" mode for this week, and they are asking me a lot of really creative questions regarding possible builds. That's ...
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Is it possible to use a spell scroll with a spell that requires a bonus action to cast?

The DMG contains spell scrolls (on page 200), with the following rule: If the spell is on your class's spell list, you can use an action to read the scroll and cast its spell without having to ...
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What properties make a magic weapon befit a Rogue more than a DEX-based Fighter?

We have an Assassination Rogue and a Dual-Wielding Champion Fighter in our party, and we often divide our items trying to maximize party damage output. One pattern that we have noticed is that any ...
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Will I take acid damage if I used Ring of Water Walking to walk across a pool of acid?

Ring of Water Walking: While wearing this ring, you can stand on and move across any liquid surface as if it were solid ground. Water Walk (Spell, emphasis mine): This spell grants the ability ...
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Can a kenku wizard use Expert Forgery when copying a spell scroll into their spellbook?

The kenku player race introduced in Volo's Guide to Monsters has the Expert Forgery feature, defined as follows. You can duplicate other creatures' handwriting and craftwork. You have advantage on ...
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Does the Book of Exalted Deeds allow level 10 spell slots?

The artifact Book of Exalted Deeds, DMG p. 222, has the following attribute: Enlightened Magic. Once you've read and studied the book, any spell slot you expend to cast a cleric or paladin ...
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Can a character drown in liquids designed to heal?

I want to do one of those silly puzzle traps, like have a character dropped in a pool of healing potion, or even waterbreathing. I'm hoping that after the panic subsides, then they still have to worry ...
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In Adventurer's League, is it possible to keep the Ring of Winter if you manage to acquire it in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

If you manage to and get the Ring of Winter in D&D Adventurer's League, is it possible to buy the ring via treasure points after the adventure? If you can, how many points does it cost?
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How long do creatures from a Bag of Tricks last?

For reference, DMG p154 - 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 determine by rolling ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide [closed]

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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How does Find Familiar work with a Ring of Spell Storing?

Say a Wizard casts Find Familiar for himself, and then casts it again into a Ring of Spell Storing. The Ring is then given to another person, let's say a Rogue, who uses the Ring to cast Find Familiar....
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In the “Buying Magic Items” downtime activity, can I roll on a more affordable table than my Charisma/Persuasion check would normally indicate?

In our current campaign we're nearing a point where we will be allowed to use the downtime activities from Xanathar's Guide To Everything for the first time. After discussing with our DM, we've agreed ...
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What happens when I attack with an unidentified magic weapon?

What happens when I attack with an unidentified magic weapon? Assume I am proficient with the weapon, am capable of wielding it, and that the weapon does not require attunement. Related: Do you have ...
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Can a Mace of Disruption kill a Vampire with its ability?

A vampire is notoriously hard to kill, thanks to its Misty Step ability: When it drops to 0 hit points outside its Resting place, the vampire transforms into a cloud of mist (as in the Shapechanger ...
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Does adamantine armor protect you from being beheaded by a vorpal sword?

(Inspired by this question about adamantine armor) The item description for adamantine armor states: While you're wearing it, any critical hit against you becomes a normal hit. The item ...
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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 ...
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Do “Gauntlets of Ogre Power” keep my STR at 19 when I'm attacked by Shadows?

A hit by a Shadow reduces my Strength by 1d4. Wearing the Gauntlets of Ogre Power, will I only notice the change when my (natural) STR score drops to zero? I.e. being hit by a shadow, losing STR in ...
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What is the reasoning behind the Ring of Invisibility being Legendary? [closed]

I mean, seriously, it's not "The One Ring", which came with its own set of problems for the benefit of making its wearer invisible. Invisibility is a 2nd lvl spell (Duration 1 min) although the ...
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Can multi-classing prerequisite ability score(s) be met through a magic item?

The multiclassing rules (PHB, p. 163) state: 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 ...
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Can a warlock use Pact of the Blade to restructure a magical pact weapon into a different form?

I don't have the exact text, but I'm going to be running a Fey Warlock for an upcoming campaign. I remember this for Pact of the Blade at level 3: You may create your pact weapon in any form you wish, ...
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What would happen if I put an Immovable Rod (or in general an object) into a closing portal?

Visiting the lost mansion of a conjurer, where portals were opening for a few seconds, a sorcerer tried to keep open one that led to the Elemental Plane of Fire blocking it with an Immovable Rod. I'm ...
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Can I attune a Circlet of Human Perfection to my animated skeletons to allow them to blend in and speak?

For those unfamiliar, a Circlet of Human Perfection is a magic item from the Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage adventure (p. 30). Its description reads: The circlet transforms its attuned wearer ...
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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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Do you waste sorcery points if you try to apply metamagic to a spell from a scroll but fail to cast it?

To cast a spell from a scroll that is on your list but of a higher level you can cast, you need to make a spellcasting ability check (wasting the spell scroll on a failure). What happens if a low ...
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Do you have to identify a magic item to be able to use it?

You just picked up a magic item. If it's attunable, can you attune to it without having spent a short rest (or an Identify spell) to learn its properties? Thus requiring only one short rest. If it is ...

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