Magic items are one of the many things that makes dungeons and dragons fun. However I think a significant challenge is creating items that really stand out. A +1 sword is all well and good but it’s rarely memorable and while the DMG has some amazing items I do feel that most memorable ones are those from third parties or the brain of the games DM. I’ve book marked a couple of magic item generators over the years that I find myself using time and time again for different reasons.

Low powered magic items

I feel that common magic items are a little overpowered to give out willy nilly even in a high magic world. So, whenever I feel that a wizard or villain should have a magic item but the players could become unbalanced I look to ‘Weak Magic Items for 5E’. While it doesn’t have a fancy name it does create great lists of items that don’t break the game but do feel like a neat reward. I’ve even used it to bulk out the stock of a magic item trader and then found players picking up the items over much more powerful options.

It gives you the options to create up to a thousand items with one or two ‘weak’ properties. These items appear in one of three categories, Weapons, Armour and Trinkets.

Quick sample…

Violent Half Plate of Darkness

Armor (Half Plate), uncommon (requires attunement)

The bearer may choose to treat the heavy metal gauntlets of this armor as a Mace.

Contains 1 unreplenishable charge of Darkness cast at 2nd level.

Fun magic items

‘What The Fuck Is My Ridiculous Magical Item Generator‘ creates mad items. Some of them are just a bit odd and others so fun I’ve just had to work them into games. When getting an image for this post it generated the image at the top of this post and I laughed out loud, not a mouth snort but an actual chuckle.  The idea of a folding chair that senses predators is only slightly less hysterical than the image of my players trying to actively use it in a game. It’s well worth a punt.

(Another) Quick Sample…

UNBREAKABLE DOUBLE-SIDED BLOWGUN THAT OFFERS MOTHERLY CRITIQUE ON YOUR CURRENT STATE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO YOUR FRIENDS, CAREER CHOICE, MARITAL STATUS, DRESS AND HYGIENE) WHENEVER YOU SEE A FOUR-LEAF CLOVER

Traditional magic items

For balanced, interesting magic items with some lovely art I have to mention Magwa’s Magic Item Compendium. It’s available on android and is a lovely tool for creating magic items. It has a huge range of cool ideas and allows you to use the assets on the app to build your own. The items it generates aren’t under powered and are often worth an adventure in their own right.

The generator allows you to choose what type, rarity and download more item books as well. (The app is free, the packs come at a modest fee.)

Quick sample…

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