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Questions tagged [special-materials]

For questions about materials that do not exist in the real world, or that have special properties in the game world. This includes things like mithril, adamantium, or silver.

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What is the most expensive material in the world that could be used to create Pun-Pun's lute?

I want to create a magic item that would be basically a lute left by the almighty Pun-Pun. I highly doubt that he would lower his standards to use pitiful materials like adamantium or platinum. I am ...
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What Effects Does a Mithral Lance Have?

I was wondering what a lance made of mithral from the 5th edition would do. Mithral weapons are lighter than other kinds of weapons, but I read on what mithral weapons do, but it never explains what ...
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Does coating your armor in silver add any effects?

Similar to this question, I am curious about the effects of adding silver to your armor. Though adamantine armor (being the other enhancement able to be added to weapons/armor) has a specified effect (...
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Are expensive material component costs too specific?

Reality Revision requires a crystal worth 25,000 gp. Wish requires a diamond worth 25,000 gp. "Grand Jewels" in the treasure tables peak at 5,000 gp. Perhaps there is a work around for Reality ...
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What does “…from nonmagical attacks not made with silvered weapons” mean?

I'm sure your first thought is, that's perfectly clear. Unfortunately my group who aren't normally rules lawyers disagree. Party encounters a Werewolf (MM p.211). It has: Damage Immunities: ...
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Is the secret to smithing Adamantine known only by the Technic League?

Lately, I've been playing a campaign located in Belkzen territory, about a new ship falling down on Golarion and bringing a new heap of adamantine with it, a la Numeria/Starfall. Skipping the ...
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Can the weapon summoned via a Warlock's Pact of the Blade be pre-silvered when summoned?

Would it be possible to manifest a weapon that has either the Silvered or the Adamantine property? Per the description of Pact of the Blade: You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your ...
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Can you use a silver coin as an improvised melee weapon?

Super cool warblade fighting a vampire. Alas, he has no silver weapons. Can I hold a silver coin in my fingers and rake at him or in between my knuckles and punch at him? I saw a similar 5e answer ...
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Can a druid apply the shield bonus from an Ironwood Wild Tower Shield +1 while wild-shaped?

So a druid would need: Tower shield proficiency as a feat An ironwood tower shield Enchantment of Wild +1 (which is really +4) Would I be able to use this shield before wildshaping, and have the ...
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What is the cost of Wild Dragonhide Agile Breastplate?

Agile Breastplate: 400 Masterwork: 150 Dragonhide: 550 (double cost) Wild: 9000 (+3) Total: 11000 Is my math right? What about for fullplate? Fullplate : 1500 Masterwork: 150 Dragonhide: 3300 (...
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Can you make cesti adamantine?

I'm playing a Brawler and I'm wondering if it would be worth it to buy a pair of adamantine cesti to bypass DR and for sundering purposes. Close weapon Mastery says the following: Close Weapon ...
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Does a natural 20 on the attack roll still automatically hit if the target is wearing adamantine armor?

My Fighter (Battlemaster) Warlock (Hexblade) build character has just acquired a suit of +1 adamantine plate armour. From the description of adamantine armor (DMG, p. 150): This suit of armor is ...
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Can you coat a weapon with adamantine?

My dwarven cleric needs a buff lvl10 and I have 1000 gp. I know I can get an adamantine weapon with this but since my character is greedy I was wondering if I could just get a master Smith to coat the ...
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What are the properties of Minor Alchemy materials when used with spells that require special materials?

Consider this Part 2 from What happens to objects, changed while transmuted using Minor Alchemy, after they revert? This is regarding the School of Transmutation wizard's Minor Alchemy feature (PHB, ...
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Can a steel shield be equipped with wooden spikes?

We found out our party might be fighting vampires. It could be cool if my shield-bashing fighter affixed wooden shield spikes on heavy steel shield. Can this be a thing, RAW?
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Functions of special materials

In D&D 3.5e, armor, shields, and weapons could be made of special materials including mithral, adamantine, darkwood, alchemical silver, cold iron, and dragonhide. Each of these has a special ...
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Does nonmagical ammunition fired with silvered bow overcome resistance?

From this question, I have another question. Silvered weapon is not magical, it is only considered magical to overcome resistance, thus ammunition fired from a silvered bow/crossbow cannot overcome ...
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What is the cost of a +1 Mithral Heavy Steel Shield?

I need a breakdown of the item costs: Base price Mithral +1 Enchantment I’ve read that there have been conflicting prices between the Core Rulebook and Ultimate Equipment.
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Is a weapon that grants additional attacks overpowered or exploitable?

I'm bringing a metal into my campaign that's light and strong (think aluminium/titanium) so attacks with weapons made from it end up being faster. Would allowing a second attack on a miss once per ...
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Can I improve a suit of Adamantine Armor I've found to have a +2 AC magic bonus?

Is it possible to add extra AC onto "Adamantine Armor" that we find as treasure? As the Adamantine is uncommon, I would assume that the highest magical increase could be +2, making it Legendary. I ...
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Will an electrum shortsword do bonus damage against lycanthropic creatures?

I found a +1 electrum shortsword during a campaign. I know the +1 will damage most lycanthropic creatures, but will the electrum do any bonus damage? I'm asking because I find it silly to pay a ...
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What would be the consequences of using a rapier made of gold? [closed]

If my rogue were to use as a weapon a rapier made of gold, how would the weapon perform? Would a gold rapier be as sharp and as deadly as a normal rapier? Would a gold rapier need special ...
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Can I use a pair of adamantine daggers to help climb a wall?

If I have a pair of adamantine daggers could I use them to help with my skill check to climb a stone wall? Or do I have to reduce the hp of the wall to 0 to do that?
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Does Armor of Bones have the Fragile Quality?

The Oracle Bones Mystery has: Armor of Bones (Su): You can conjure armor made of bones that grants you a +4 armor bonus. According to Special Materials: Bone armor has a hardness of 5 and has ...
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What metals dampen magic?

What types of metal dampen magic? I've heard of lead and gorgon's blood stopping teleports. What other metals block magic effects such as fire, ice, lightining, etc.?
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Can a weapon be both adamantine and silvered?

Xanathar's Guide to Everything adds an option to have a weapon made of or coated with adamantine for an additional 500 GP above the weapon's base price (XGtE, 78). How does this interact with the ...
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Does Mythic Magic Missile bypass Chthonic Steel's protection against Magic Missile?

Chthonic Steel says of armours made from it: Chthonic armor and shields negate magic missile spells that target the wearer in a manner similar to the shield spell. How would this fare against ...
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If a spellcaster can wear light armor without suffering ASF, how does mithral medium armor work?

I am playing a spheres of power spellcaster who has taken the somatic drawback, but only once. This allows me to wear light armor much like a magus is allowed to and not suffer from arcane spell ...
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Can a weapon be made of both cold iron and adamantine alloy?

From the SFSRD on Adamantine (emphasis mine): Adamantine Alloy Adamantine is a starmetal... Pure adamantine is exceedingly rare and expensive, so weapons using adamantine are always made of an ...
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What difference does it make for a weapon to be made of adamantine?

I'm wondering about the differences between metals when it comes to weapons in D&D. For example, if I have a Steel Dagger and an Adamantine Dagger, what would be the difference between the metals ...
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Can trade goods be used toward acquiring weapons/armor in special materials?

If I have, for example, adamantine as a trade good, can I use it toward purchasing an adamantine longsword? Adamantine trade good: Adamantine 1 lb. 300 gp UE Adamantine weapon cost: ...
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Materials associated with alignments [closed]

I'm looking to make a little puzzle associated with the various alignments, and was wondering if there are special materials associated with Good and Evil. The idea is to have two keys each of a ...
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Why can't a quarterstaff be made out of metal? [closed]

Both Pathfinder and 3.5e have restrictions on the use of special materials in crafted weapons. For instance, by mithral and adamantine they both specify that items not made of metal (or not primarily ...
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Do adamantine shields have damage reduction?

The SRD discusses the benefit of adamantine to weapons and armor. It specifies that armor gets damage reduction dependent on whether the armor is heavy (3), medium (2), or light (1). There is no ...
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How does DR/- work?

For something like let's say an Earth Elemental that has a DR 5/-, what weapons can bypass that DR? I understand that all spells will still do full damage against the monster but I am particularly ...
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Does magical elven chainmail exist?

Can elven chainmail be made magical? If so, do any special rules apply? If not, where is it made clear that it can't be made magical?
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Why would I buy Darkleaf Hide armor instead of a Mithril Chain Shirt?

I'm working on figuring out what armor I should be saving gold towards for my Lore Oracle and ran into a question on two different armors, specifically Darkleaf Hide and a Mithril Chain Shirt. From ...
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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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What's it cost to make a +2 greatsword into a +3 adamantine greatsword?

I want to to make my +2 greatsword into a +3 adamantine greatsword. Can I? How much does that cost?
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How many special materials can one weapon be made from?

Could a weapon have alchemical silver, adamantium, cold iron, etc all on one weapon? I remember seeing a way that a weapon could be inlaid (this could be the wrong term), or somesuch with different ...
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Making changes to the base weapon of a magic weapon

How able are you to modify a weapon after it has been created? When it comes to magical abilities that use up the enhancement bonus, you are only able to ADD to the existing item. You are unable to ...
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What good is Adamantine for arrows aside from sundering?

In what scenario, aside from a ranged sunder Combat Maneuver, would having an adamantine arrow be useful? Weapons fashioned from adamantine have a natural ability to bypass hardness when sundering ...
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What is the correct price of mithral?

When looking at the rules, mithral costs 500 gp/lb. Heavy armor needs another 9000 gp to the base price to be made of mithral. A Fullplate weights 50 lbs. The rules state that one has to multiply the ...
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Does a character sleeping in mithral breastplate incur fatigue?

A character who sleeps in medium or heavy armor is automatically fatigued the next day. He takes a –2 penalty on Str and Dex and can't charge or run. Sleeping in light armor does not cause fatigue. ...