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 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 there a limit to the number of magic rings a character can wear on one hand?

I know that in previous editions you could only have one magic ring per hand, is that true in 5th edition (RAW) as well?
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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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Expected damage of a moonblade with N runes?

As noted in David Coffron’s answer to another question, the moonblade (Dungeon Master’s Guide, pg. 217) has no fixed limit on how much damage it can do: there is no stated limit to the number of runes ...
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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 Bracers of Defense stack with Mage Armor?

Does the AC bonus from Bracers of Defense stack with the AC calculation from the mage armor spell? I'm asking this because there is some contention behind the ruling of this combo, between two ...
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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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Drawing from the Deck of Many Things with a Simulacrum

Tl;dr: Can I use my Simulacrum to draw from a Deck of Many Things and if yes, what restrictions do apply? Longer version Imagine the following situation: You have gotten a Deck of Many Things and ...
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Does the Protection from Evil and Good spell protect against the Staff of the Forgotten One from Tomb of Annihilation?

Under the item description of the Staff of the Forgotten One in the ToA Hardcover, we see that a spirit inside the staff might try to possess the wielder: The Protection from Evil and Good spell can ...
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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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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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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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What's the casting ability modifier of a scroll?

Based on the table in the description of the spell scroll magic item: A scroll of charm person has a spell DC of 13. A scroll of chromatic orb's attack roll should be d20+5. But what is the ...
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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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How do Boots of Speed affect other movement rates?

Bear with me, this may seem like three questions, but they are so tightly related, I think that they need to be answered together as they are essentially all based on one ruling. The PHB states: ...
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Do magic item spells require concentration?

Do magic items that cast a magic effect such as a ring of invisibility require the user to maintain concentration as if they had cast the spell? Is this also the case if the item casting the spell is ...
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(How) Can a Rogue use Use Magic Device to cast spells from Scrolls?

Thief Rogues can get the Use Magic Device feature at 13th level, which lets them ignore all class, race, and level requirements on the use of magic items. Spell scrolls are an unintelligible cipher ...
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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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Can a dead creature be considered wearing something?

It is clear that a dead creature is considered an object, but does that preclude it from being able to wear things? "Wear" is not clearly defined in the rules, and in plain English we use "wear" for ...
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Are there price lists for magic items, such as the Bag of Holding?

We are playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen. My PC's are only at level 3. They stumbled into a magic shop and asked for a Bag of Holding. I made the asker roll to beat a 15 and if he did I said that ...
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How does the keep mentioned in the Throne card from the Deck of Many Things work?

Part of the description of the Throne card in the deck of many things states: In addition, you gain rightful ownership of a small keep somewhere in the world. However, the keep is currently in the ...
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Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?

I'm starting a new 3.5 campaign, using only the 3 core books for character creation, and starting all my players off at level 1. One of my players has written a (rather good) backstory for his ...
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What happens to HP when Constitution decreases?

WotC recently released the Basic Rules for the DM, and with it came a few items like the Amulet of Health: Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement) Your Constitution is 19 while you wear ...
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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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Is it possible to stuff a Bag of Holding inside another Bag of Holding?

And then stuff that Bag of Holding into another Bag of Holding, and so on ad infinitum? Earlier editions of D&D prohibit this. I haven't found similar rules for 5th edition, but perhaps I'm ...
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How should a DM handle Vorpal + Surge of Fortune?

I have a fairly clever player whose character recently died. He decided to make a new one, whose thing is being an Eldritch Disciple Halfling that throws a Returning Vorpal Dagger around. As a ...
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In layman's terms, does the Luckstone just give a passive +1 to all d20 rolls and saves except for death saves?

The description of the stone of good luck (or luckstone) says: While this polished agate is on your person, you gain a +1 bonus to ability checks and saving throws. In layman's terms, does the ...
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Is there a magic weapon that a monk could use for unarmed strikes?

I am co-DM'ing a campaign, and in our party we have a monk. Everybody has magical weapons that work with their class, but I feel the monk is a bit left out since he doesn't get any magic weapons since ...
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Do gauntlets count as armor?

Do gauntlets count as armor? Specifically, would wearing Gauntlets of Ogre Power negate the AC bonus that barbarians and monks get because they are technically armor? I feel like they wouldn't.
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Can defeating a character with magic also destroy their carried items?

I'm playing a Pathfinder adventure path as a magus, and the last couple of boss fights have ended with me making critical hits with the spell shocking grasp. In the first instance, fighting a ...
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Would water spill from a bowl in a Bag of Holding?

If I put a full Bowl of Commanding Water Elementals in a Bag of Holding, would the bowl spill?
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Can I escape from a bag of holding with Banishment?

Related: If I cast Banishment on myself while in a demiplane, where exactly do I exit? If I am trapped in the extradimensional space of a bag of holding, can I escape by casting Banishment on myself? ...
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Can a Bag of Holding destroy a Sphere of Annihilation?

So looking at the description of a Sphere of Annihilation, it says: If the sphere comes into contact with a planar portal, such as that created by the gate spell, or an extradimensional space, such ...
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How does a monk's Martial Arts feature modify damage done by magical monk weapons?

I'm curious about how exactly the Martial Arts class feature modifies damage done with magic weapons that add extra damage. Here's the relevant bullet point of the class feature (which is on page 78 ...
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Can you wear two rings of protection and gain both their benefits?

The DMG says under Multiple Items of the Same Kind (DMG p.141): Use common sense to determine whether more than one of a given kind of magic item can be worn. I see a lot of posts about D&D ...
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If a character drops a magic item that turns on/off, does that item turn off when they drop it?

If a character drops a magic item that turns on/off, does that item turn off when they drop it? For instance, let's assume a character has a sun blade, and it is turned on. If they somehow lose that ...
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What rarities should be assigned to each of the DMG's Magic Item Tables A through I?

The Dungeon Master's Guide provides a series of Magic Item Tables lettered A through I (pp. 144 to 149), organized for random treasure selection. Xanathar's Guide to Everything introduces a ...
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How do I depower overpowered magic items without breaking immersion?

At one point my party cleric found a magic item that allowed him to pull anything smaller than the item out of it, like a Star Trek replicator. Now nothing is a challenge for him anymore. How would I ...
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Can I replace my missing eye with a magic one?

So I tried to take on a small group of bandits, and during the fight I had my right eye cut out. The DM told me it can't grow back, so I asked him about anything I could replace it with. He said maybe ...
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Cursed items are being Identified too easily

Spellcraft in Pathfinder lets you ID magical/cursed items, and the Identify spell adds 10 to your Spellcraft skill. One of my PCs — in this case a level 8 wizard — has a stupidly high INT, ...
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Is this homebrew sword of wind control based on “Grasscutter” overpowered?

I'm not the best when it comes to homebrewing magical weapons but I really want this to be in 5e. There is a sword from japanese mythology called Ame-no-urakumo-no-Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, "Sword of Gathering ...
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Infinite wish combo using 3 items

I was reading HPMOR and on chapter 3 it mentions some infinite wish combo in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" using 3 items. The action being set in 1991 it can either be AD&D or AD&D 2nd ...
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How does the spell Remove Curse interact with a Sword of Vengeance?

One of my players recently acquired, and become attuned to, a cursed Sword of Vengeance (DMG, p. 206). The descriptive text for this item says: This sword is cursed and possessed by a vengeful ...
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Is there any other effect that induces sleep other than the Sleep spell?

Well, I can't simplify more than the title. This question came from KorvinStarmast's answer and is related to Viishnahn's question. The sleep spell states This spell sends creatures into a magical ...
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Do you need to concentrate when using a magic item's continuous effect like flight?

I was in an encounter in my last game where my party and Assassin/Ranger was in combat. I was flying around using the Winged Boots to get aerial advantage with ranged attack vs. some Hill Giants. One ...

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