Ask Wizards03/02/2007


Q: Dear Sage,
Can a player add a weapon property to a non-weapon wondrous item? For example, can I add the shock property to my quiver of Ehlonna to let it grant that benefit to all the arrows stored in it?

A: Wow, two quiver of Ehlonna questions in the same week’s batch. What are the odds of that?

By definition, the weapon properties are designed only to be added to weapons. Simply adding the shock weapon property to a quiver of Ehlonna doesn’t necessarily mean the quiver now imparts that property to its arrows—by definition, it would apply only to attacks made with the quiver itself, which is pretty ludicrous.

The Sage can certainly imagine a wondrous item that bestows a benefit resembling that of a weapon property—the scabbard of keen edges is a good example—but simply making it exactly the same effect and price would almost certainly be a mistake.

As with any new magic item, the DM must balance the item’s effect and price with similar effects in the game—a quiver that granted the shock property to every arrow it fired is significantly more efficient than simply crafting a batch of +1 shock arrows, and just using the existing “plus equivalent” price would be significantly cheaper than adding the shock property to your bow (since your bow likely has an existing enhancement bonus and/or other properties).

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