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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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Can a player survive suffocation with a Periapt of Wound Closure?

The Periapt of Wound Closure's description says While you wear this pendant, you stabilize whenever you are dying at the start of your turn. In addition, whenever you roll a Hit Die to regain hit ...
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In Which we add Loots to Fate Core

Loot is a pretty fun part of some RPGs. Not the math-tuning loot that keeps characters’ weapons and armor at the required values, but the remarkable and empowering loot that lets them do new things ...
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Can a Ring of Spell Storing make it possible to apply multiple Metamagic options to one spell?

The Ring of Spell Storing is a unique item in that it allows one spell to be cast two times. The first time is when the spell is cast into the ring: Ring of Spell Storing, DMG 192 This ring ...
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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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How can I decide if my homebrew item should require attunement?

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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Does every potion require an Action to consume?

The PHB description of a Potion of Healing states: A character who drinks the magical red fluid in this vial regains 2d4+2 hit points. Drinking or administering a potion takes an action. (...
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Can a sorcerer use metamagic when casting a spell via a spell scroll?

Can a sorcerer use metamagic when casting a spell via a spell scroll?
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Does a Monk's Martial Arts die replace all of a magic weapon's damage, or only the die portion of it?

I have a 5th-level Monk, whose martial arts die is a d6. I'm wielding a magic +1 dagger in my hand. If I use my martial arts die in place of "the weapon's normal damage", does the dagger then deal ...
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If I peer into a bag of holding, what do I see?

For the sake of discussion, assume we are talking about a type IV bag of holding, which can carry up to 250 cubic feet of items. Source So, let's say I put in a large box the size of, say, a modern ...
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What are the designers' reasons for making the stat boosting items provide odd-numbered stats? [closed]

There are a number of magic items in the DMG that set a stat to a certain number if it's not already higher than that number, like the Headband of Intellect, which sets your Intelligence score to 19 ...
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How is the bag of holding in any way preferable to a portable hole?

The Portable Hole creates an extradimensional space that is 6 feet wide in diameter and 10 feet deep. It can be folded to the size of a handkerchief, weighs effectively nothing no matter what is ...
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Can I increase an ability score above 30?

Can I increase an ability score over 30 with an item such as a Manual of Bodily Health? [After reading] this book... your Constitution score increases by 2, as does your maximum for that score.
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How rare are magic items and how many should I be handing out?

What is the baseline distribution of magical treasure and at what level should a given character expect to have received or have a potential of getting a specific rarity of item? Example: Rare lvl 10+...
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What makes an item an artifact?

In the Tomb of Annihilation adventure, I've encountered a specific instance where the term "Artifact" is used meaningfully (on p. 134): Compare this to a different trap found in the module (on p. ...
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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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Can multi-classing prerequisite ability score(s) be met through a magic item?

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 that a beginning character receives, you must be a ...
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How does a Potion of Poison work?

A compatriot of mine and myself are in a disagreement about the way Potion of Poison works. He is a bit of a rules lawyer, and I trust his judgement, but I don't agree with his assessment of this ...
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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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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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What would it take to enchant a pet rock as an alarm?

This is what I want: A system for enchanting pet rocks, miniature non-ambulatory golems, that can be placed in unassuming places around your home or campsite to sense intruders and make some sort of ...
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How long can someone survive in the extradimensional sphere mentioned in the Donjon card from the Deck of Many Things?

I am making a new player character and in their backstory, their brother draws the Donjon card from the deck of many things: Donjon. You disappear and become entombed in a state of suspended ...
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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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Can a Warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets invocation add unintelligible spell scrolls to their book?

Can a warlock with the Book of Ancient Secrets eldritch invocation copy spells from a spell scroll from another class' spell list? For example: could a level three warlock copy a spell scroll of ...
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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 “use magic device” feature of the thief subclass allow you to attune to items requiring you to be a spellcaster?

Use Magic Device By 13th level, you have learned enough about the workings of magic that you can improvise the use of items even when they are not intended for you. You ignore all class, race and ...
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Can a DM ban a magic item?

I normally don't care that a PC uses magic items to deal with encounters, but I have a player whose PCs are notorious for using rods of force (Magic Item Compendium 174). His PCs find or buy multiple ...
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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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What happens when a Command spell (and others) is returned by a Ring of Spell Turning?

A cleric casts a Command spell targeting you, specifying the Flee option. You have a Ring of Spell Turning and you get a 20 for the save, so the spell is returned. We are going to assume that the ...
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In D&D 5e's lower magic approach, how would the Red Wizards of Thay's magic item business work out?

D&D 5e makes magic items much less common than previous editions. Also, the Forgotten Realms are the assumed background even in the Core Rules. One of the most interesting groups in Faerun are ...
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What did Gygax and Arneson base the Bag of Holding on?

The Bag of Holding has been a staple of D&D since the game started. The idea of a bag that can hold more than it's physical capacity (and weight less than the it holds) can also be seen in other ...
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Can I use a Decanter of Endless Water to harm a Vampire?

The Decanter of Endless Water, DMG pg. 161, can fire a 30 foot long, 1 foot wide stream of water that can knock a target prone. On top of that, it keeps streaming until the end of my next turn (...
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What happens when the wearer of a Shield of Missile Attraction is behind total cover?

The Shield of Missile Attraction, a rare magic item that requires attunement, has the following curse: Whenever a ranged weapon attack is made against a target within 10 feet of you, the curse ...
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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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Can the Contingency spell be used with a spell cast from an Ioun Stone?

Contingency says: Choose a spell of 5th level or lower that you can cast, that has a casting time of 1 action, and that can target you. You cast that spell--called the contingent spell--as part of ...
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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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Are (most) published adventure rewards consistent with Awarding Magic Item guidelines from core books?

This is probably a hard question that requires experience with lots of published adventures (or lots of researching), but the question itself is simple: Both the Dungeon Master Guide (DMG) and ...
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Is the interior of a Bag of Holding actually an extradimensional space?

In D&D 5e, is the inside of a bag of holding actually described anywhere as being an extradimensional space/demiplane? The description of the bag of holding doesn't actually explicitly state that ...
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How can my tiny fey (custom race) PC avoid drowning in her potion of healing?

My husband is the DM, and he made a custom race for me — a tiny fey. The only problem is the the size of a Potion of Cure Light Wounds: it would be a bathtub for me, due to being 8 inches tall. We ...
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How much damage will a creature take if it runs across lava while wearing a Ring of Water Walking?

How much damage will a creature take if it runs across a stream of lava while wearing a Ring of Water Walking? It wouldn't sink into the lava, and it would get completely across so it wouldn't end ...
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How much would self mending clothes cost?

My friend is running a pathfinder game and I was wondering how much it would cost for my character to have clothes that mend themselves should anything happen to them (getting stabbed/ripped, catching ...
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Do magic items lose their magical durability in an Antimagic Field?

The DMG says this about magic item durability: Most magic items are objects of extraordinary craftsmanship. Thanks to a combination of careful crafting and magical reinforcement, a magic item is at ...
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Does a Multiclassed spell slot higher than your choosable spells enable you to use a Spell Scroll without making an ability check?

I am aware that, to use a Spell Scroll, you must have the related spell on (at least one of) your spell list(s). Then, if you have the spell slot to cast it, you succeed automatically; else, you must ...
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Does breaking a magic item render it useless?

What happens if a magic item gets broken? Do they lose their magic power? The easiest example is a wand. For example, a wand is broken into two. Can the top half be used to cast the spell? Or do the ...
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Can a character shadowstep, dimension door, or teleport away from sovereign glue?

A character gets stuck to a handled firmly attached to wall with sovereign glue. Can the character use shadow step to get away from the wall? Can the character use teleport to get away from the wall?...
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How can we change the alignment of our black dragon hatchling?

My fiance is running a campaign and the players have the opportunity to obtain a wyrmling black dragon. Now black dragons are chaotic evil, but the monk of the group believes that it shouldn't be ...
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Are weapons and armor made of Mithral or Adamantine considered magical?

In a recent dungeon crawl, I was ambushed by some grey ooze. The ooze managed to land a couple successful hits on me, which would normally cause my armor to degrade. However, I was using a set of ...
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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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What creatures can cast spells from spell scrolls?

The DMG outlines what it means to be a spellcaster: If the prerequisite is to be a spellcaster, a creature qualifies if it can cast at least one spell using its traits or features, not using a ...
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Can a magical net be destroyed?

I have been told by people that you can't destroy magic items. A net gives you the option in its rules. Dealing 5 slashing damage to the net (AC 10) also frees the creature without harming it,...
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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 ...