Dungeon Master's Guide 5E

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dlO Object
Gold ring set with bloodstones
2 Carved ivory statuette
3 Large gold bracelet
4 Silver necklace with a gemstone pendant
5 Bronze crown
6 Silk robe with gold embroidery
7 Large well-made tapestry
8 Brass mug with jade inlay
9 Box of turquoise animal figurines
10 Gold bird cage wi th electrum filigree


dlO Object
Silver chalice set with moonstones
2 Silver-plated steellongsword with jet set in hilt
3 Carved harp of exotic wood with ivory inlay and
zircon gems
4 Small gold idol
5 Gold dragon comb set with red garnets as eyes
6 Bottle stopper cork embossed wi th gold leaf and
set wi th amethysts
7 Ceremonial electrum dagger wit~ a black pearl in
the pommel
8 Silver and gold brooch
9 Obsidian statuette with gold fittings and inlay
10 Painted gold war mask

dlO Object

Fine gold chain set wi th a fire opal
Old masterpiece painting
Embroidered silk and velvet mantle set with
numerous moonstones
4 Platinum bracelet set with a sapphire
5 Embroidered glove set with jewel chips
6 jeweled anklet

Gold music box
Gold circlet set with four aquamarines
Eye patch with a mock eye set in blue sapphire and
10 A necklace string of small pink pearls

d8 Object
Jeweled gold crown
2 jeweled platinum ring
3 Small gold statuette set with rubies
4 Gold cup set with emeralds
5 Gold jewelry box with platinum filigree
6 Painted gold child's sarcophagus
7 jade game board with solid gold playing pieces
8 Bejeweled ivory drinking horn with gold filigree

Magic Items

Magic items are gleaned from the hoards of conquered
monsters or discovered in long-lost vaults. Such
items grant capabilities a character could rarely
have otherwise, or they complement their owner's
capabilities in wondrous ways.

Each magic item has a rarity: common, uncommon,
rare, very rare, or legendary. Common magic items,
such as a potion of h ealing, are the most plentiful. Some
legendary items, such as the apparatus of Kwalish, are
unique. The game assumes that the secrets of creating
the most powerful items arose centuries ago and were
then gradually lost as a result of wars, cataclysms, and
mishaps. Even uncommon items can't be easily created.
Thus, many magic items are well-preserved antiquities.
Rarity provides a rough measure of an item's power
relative to other magic items. Each rarity corresponds
to character level, as shown in the Magic Item Rarity.
table. A character doesn't typically find a rare magic
item, for example, until around 5th level. That said,
rarity shouldn't get in the way of your campaign's story.
If you want a ring of invisibility to fall into the hands of
a 1st-level character, so be it. No doubt a great story will
arise from that event.
If your campaign allows for trade in magic items,
rarity can a lso help you set prices for them. As the DM,
you determine the value of an individual magic item
based on its rarity. Suggeste d values a r e provided in
the Magic Item Rarity table. The value of a consumable
item, s uch as a potion or scroll, is typically half the value
of a permanent item of the same rarity.

Rarity Character Level Value
Common 1st or higher 50-100 gp
Uncommon 1st or higher 101-500 gp
Rare 5th or higher 501 -5,0 00 gp
Very rare 11th or higher 5,001- 50,000 gp
Legendary 17th or higher 50,001+ gp

Unless you decide your campaign works otherwise,
most magic items are so rare that they aren't available
for purchase. Common items, such as a potion of
healing, can be procured from an alchemis t, herbalist,
or spellcaster. Doing so is ra rely as simple as walking
into a shop and selecting an item from a shelf. The seller
might ask for a service, rather than coin.
In a large city with an academy of magic or a major
temple, buying and selling magic items might be
possible, at your discretion. If your world includes a
large number of adventurers engaged in retrieving
ancient magic items, trade in these items might be more
common. Even so, it's likely to remain similar to the
market for fine art in the real world, with invitation-only
auctions and a tendency to attract thieves.
Selling magic items is difficult in most D&D worlds
primarily because of the cha llenge of finding a buyer.

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