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Can the Decoy Ring be used multiple times per day?

By the rules it can be used multiple times per day, but it does what your DM says it does The condition for activation is: Whenever the wearer of this ring takes the withdraw action or becomes ...
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Can scrolls be read using Blindsense?

Blindsight never allows a creature to distinguish color or visual contrast. A creature cannot read with blindsight. Other creatures have blindsense, a lesser ability that lets the creature notice ...
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When using the Robe of Stars for astral travel to other planes, can I still return to the Material Plane with an action?

This requires interpretation by your DM The text you quote is the entirety of rules text for the item, so if it is ambiguous how to handle it, your DM will have to make a ruling on it. To cite ...
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How to calculate HP if an item increases constitution

Constitution Changes have Retroactive HP Changes If doesn't matter why a character's CON changes (increase or decrease), the character's maximum HP is adjusted to match their new CON bonus. This is ...
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What are the mechanical differences between Blazons of Shared Power and Doubling Rings?

The weapons used with Doubling Rings can be swapped freely. SpearCarrier No. 2’s answer clearly addresses the main advantage for the Blazons - they work with ranged weapons and can be attached to dual ...
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What are the mechanical differences between Blazons of Shared Power and Doubling Rings?

Blazons of Shared Power work on ranged weapons too Doubling Rings work only on melee weapons. Blazons of Shared Power came out in Guns and Gears, the same as firearms. Now you can dual wield pistols ...
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Can anyone cast Guidance from a Pendant of the Occult?

Yes. The Pendant of the Occult grants the user an innate spell, and innate spells can be cast even if the user isn't a member of a spellcasting class.
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Does this Sack of Carrying work as simpler replacement for Bag of Holding?

Your wording will be confusing to anyone used to D&D's ubiquitous 'bag of holding' and similar items. Instead something like this will make it clearer to your players what you are aiming for. ...
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Does this Sack of Carrying work as simpler replacement for Bag of Holding?

It feels reasonably balanced, but feel free to add the fixes suggested by Thomas Markov. Stricter definitions removes the necessity for arbitrary judgements. However, J. A. Streich makes a valid ...
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Does this Sack of Carrying work as simpler replacement for Bag of Holding?

Where does the stuff go? How big does the bag get? Without the interdimensional space, putting 12 cubic feet of stuff would result in a bag that is 12 cubic feet in size -- because there is nowhere ...
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Does this Sack of Carrying work as simpler replacement for Bag of Holding?

I want a clear way to determine what fits into the bag and what doesn't. You've touched on some of the problems with the Bag of Holding, but you have missed my single greatest pet peeve about the item:...
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Does this Sack of Carrying work as simpler replacement for Bag of Holding?

Just tell your players to stop it. You're making a solution that isn't needed to fix your problem. Your problem (X) is that players are using mechanics to do things that you don't want them to do. You'...
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Does every magic rod, wand, crystal, orb, and staff count as an arcane focus?

No: a magic item has to explicitly specify that it can be used as spellcasting focus. An item has to be designed to be a spellcasting focus, and its description must state it clearly. There are ...
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Is this homebrew partial transformation balanced/abusable and useable for its intended purpose?

TL;DR: don't sweat it, but change the speed to be equal to twice the land speed and get around the armor restriction. Also, I'd drop the useless claws for simplicity. First, balance is not really an ...
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Is this homebrew partial transformation balanced/abusable and useable for its intended purpose?

Frame challenge: The tree is magic, not the items Handing out free magic items just adds complexity. If you want player characters to be able to fly around the tree, just add a magic field that the ...
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Is this homebrew partial transformation balanced/abusable and useable for its intended purpose?

There are some loopholes I think the intention is clear enough - you want the players to have free fly speed while they are on the tree (once gifted those wings), but not forever. The nearest ...
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Is this homebrew partial transformation balanced/abusable and useable for its intended purpose?

Giving the characters extra free hands can be a recipe for shenanigans. The flying speed probably won't cause issues, it generally only works when you, the DM, say it works (though Groody's answer ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain Imp familiar confer invisibility and flight onto its Warlock?

RAW, a PC can gain some of these benefits. The apparent consensus for the respective scenarios: Inside a magic item. a. An imp CAN carry a PC inside a Bag of Holding, which provides many of the ...
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Can a Pact of the Chain Imp familiar confer invisibility and flight onto its Warlock?

This is unlikely to work The primary problem with this plan is not that a carried creature is not affected by invisibility1. The problem is rather that the premise "there is nothing to stop the ...
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Does Accelerated Drinker apply to anything other than potions?

It only applies to potions The text is very clear: Benefit: You may drink a potion as a move action instead of a standard action as long as you start your turn with the potion in your hand. It would ...
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How far is the "in a place near you" of the item "Cloak of Displacement"?

It is up to the DM As you observe, the item does not specify this distance. This is likely because it does not matter for the purpose of the cloak's mechanical effect of imposing disadvantage on ...
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I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected?

Your party can revive you if they break the staff It's in the text you quoted: Spirit Trap. When the Blackstaff dies, the spirit of that individual becomes trapped in the staff along with the spirits ...
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Is any reason given for the Blackstaff magic item trapping the souls of its owners on death?

This Property is new to 5e The Blackstaff as a magic item in the game did not used to have this Spirit Trap property. In 3rd edition, found in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, the Blackstaff is just ...
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I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected?

Cast Identify and talk with your DM By the normal rules, you can just cast identify on the staff to find out exactly what it can and cannot do. The normal Blackstaff magic item is not even an artifact,...
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I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected?

The only way to find out is to die Okay, or the DM might leave clues somewhere for you to discover. Here is the problem with your question: You are reading the description from the book (or some ...
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I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected?

This is a question best asked to your DM, ideally, after it comes up in game. We don't know what the homebrew magic item does. Your DM does. You don't know what this homebrew magic item does. Your ...
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I have the Blackstaff. How can I be resurrected?

It is difficult to adjudicate how a homebrewed item will work. You noticed the item has been modified to some unknown extent by your DM. Because of this, it seems difficult to determine whether its ...
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