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Do magical items that allow creatures to fly prevent exhaustion from dashing?

There are no hidden rules If you are using the optional chase rules, then a creature is limited to a fixed number of Dash actions before checking for exhaustion. So, if the creature takes the Dash ...
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Do magical items that allow creatures to fly prevent exhaustion from dashing?

Exhaustion from Dash is an optional rule for chases The core movement rules do not have any exhaustion for dashing. You can dash as often in a row as you like, without having to make any saving throw. ...
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How does magic armor stack?

It stacks, depending on the specific items, up to AC -10 First off, AD&D 2e did not yet have the concept of a general rule about limiting bonus stacking. You have to look at each individual magic ...
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Hammer of Runic Focus

The Hammer of Runic Focus is inferior, even if it has the same rarity as a +3 warhammer. You did not miss anything. Rarity is more of a guideline for pricing and relative power, but is not always ...
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What features allow a character to maximize a damage roll?

Evocation Wizard's Overchannel Source: Player's Handbook Starting at 14th level, you can increase the power of your simpler spells. When you cast a wizard spell of 1st through 5th level that deals ...
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How Balanced Would a Magic Item that Changes Size by One Be?

Not balanced because they’re both underpowered There are situational advantages to being larger or smaller but these items aren’t situational - they’re always on unless you take a short rest to ...
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Can Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments be used with the Mage hand cantrip?

Whether marvelous pigments can be used by mage hand is up to the DM It's dubious. The hand can't "activate magic items", and using the pigments seems a lot like activating a magic item. A ...
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Would Thunder Crystal be ok for a Rare rating?

In theory, I like the idea, in practice, I'm not so sure. Your specific questions . . . . Rare is fine Uncommon would be fine, too. I don't think rarity is the issue. I mean, you're the DM. Rarity ...
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Can I cast a spell from a spell scroll without holding it?

Yes There is no general rule that you need to be holding a magic item to be able to use it. The rules for Activating an Item (p. 141, DMG) say: Activating some magic items requires a user to do ...
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How Balanced Would a Magic Item that Changes Size by One Be?

Not overpowered Torvald's Insecurity The most common effects of being larger include Ability to bear more load Being able to grapple, shove or overrun larger creatures, or escaping a grapple of a ...
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Can you activate the Protective Aura of a Rod of Alertness if the ground is too solid to be pierced?

No it cannot The rod is a magic item, and tells you how it works. It says Protective Aura. As an action, you can plant the haft end of the rod in the ground, whereupon the rod's head sheds bright ...
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Cleric options for communicating with undead

Raise the minion If I'm the evil cleric, I'm just going to raise the minion and then use mundane tactics. I mean, just how loyal is the minion? Once raised, if the minion can't be flat out bought, ...
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How does Cloak of Displacement interact with mounted combat?

The actual RAW is: no matter what you're doing, you're displaced standing, and you get the mechanical benefit. Furthermore, you can't even turn it off. That's what it says, so that's RAW. As is so ...
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What are ways to copy self?

Don't try this at home There are a few other options, although many are quite limited in duration, and you seem to be looking to have this as the casters's default mode of operation. Clone, is kind ...
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Designing a Custom Magical Armor Item for High-Level Campaign

You asked for opinions, so in your position I'd get a wand… The 4th-level sanctified spell greater luminous armor [abjur] (Book of Exalted Deeds 102) is one of the game's premier defenses. Not only ...
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Designing a Custom Magical Armor Item for High-Level Campaign

The request on 'advice to best design' seems a touch vague, so I will give a generic answer assuming a start at level 6 as described, and return later to see if there are any refinements. First off, ...
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How does Cloak of Displacement interact with mounted combat?

The cloak works, but it may be awkward RAW, the cloak is clear in its function: While you wear this cloak, it projects an illusion that makes you appear to be standing in a place near your actual ...
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Can you activate the Protective Aura of a Rod of Alertness if the ground is too solid to be pierced?

DM call As is so often the case, there is a gap of ambiguity between the text of the rules and how they are implemented in the game, so the DM decides. Some help for a DM ruling The item description ...
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Does a Magic Staff count as a magic weapon?

Yes, unless the staff says otherwise The DMG says (p. 140): Unless a staff’s description says otherwise, a staff can be used as a quarterstaff. The quarterstaff is a simple weapon. That means any ...
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Are there any spells or items that allow viewing or visiting a past event?

Such a thing may be quite hard and may not be fulfillable by a simple spell or magic item. You may have to work harder at it. How mean are you willing to be? "Viewing or visiting" is tough, ...
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Can Nolzur's Marvelous Pigments be used with the Mage hand cantrip?

Probably yes, but ask your DM The crux of this is if using the pigments counts as activating a magic item. There is a Q&A that claims using the paint does not count as activating a magic item. I’m ...
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Can a Bag of Devouring empty an ocean?

This is a case for DM ruling, very likely no The bag says Inanimate objects can be stored in the bag, which can hold a cubic foot of such material. However, once each day, the bag swallows any ...
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What is meant by uncommon, rare, very rare listing for magic items if all magic items are rare?

Nearly all are too rare to buy, but some are more rare than others Nearly all magic items are rare in the sense that you cannot just buy them, like you can mundane items, and in the sense that it also ...
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Can the Broom of Flying move underwater?

The broom has only one type of speed Can something swim if it has only a flying speed? The rules assume that "your speed" by default is your walking speed, and that if you have other speeds ...
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Let's put the Demonomicon into a Bag of Holding! What could possibly happen?

It does not count as the same plane This has been clarified explicitly in a Sage Advice Compendium entry: Are extradimensional spaces, such as a demiplane or the space created by rope trick, ...
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Can a Will-o'-Wisp be put inside a bag of holding?

How good is a Warlock's aim? This might work It is arguable that if... A Warlock PC is using Eldritch Blast The Repelling Blast invocation is chosen (on a hit it moves target 10') The Warlock is ...
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Can I use a Ring of Telekinesis to tie someone in ropes and then levitate them?

No Firstly, you cannot just use an action to tie someone up that will resist being tied up, fine control or not. You can exert fine control over a rope with your own two hands too, but that does not ...
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Can you damage a bag of holding from inside?

Ask your DM. The description for the bag of holding (and similar items, such as portable hole) does not indicate that the walls of the interior extradimensional space can be breached with sharp ...
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is there any spell or magic item that can give a familiar the flyby ability?

At the cost of concentration, Darkness is a workaround You want to give your tressym flyby, but what you really want is to have it be able to scout or Help without incurring opportunity attacks. But ...
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Cleric options for communicating with undead

They can summon a Glabrezu To start off, if I were the DM, I would assuredly do what @Jack suggests, and turn the villain into a wight with create undead, or if important for the story, let them have ...
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