Does your game need more items? Weird, creative items that could only have come from fellow a D&D fan? Your game just may need some homebrew!
Custom items are one of the easiest ways to make your game a little more personal or a lot more silly. Not as complex as full classes, items need only a little design and alteration to make a fully functioning part of your world.
Items and Spells that rely on a person at the table to be cleaver or funny are a delight. Could one misplaced letter entirely change the course of the spell? Will you be subject to bad magic puns for the rest of the campaign? For more items like this one and the accompanying art, check out James Gifford on instagram.
“Although it may just seem like an unassuming bag of coffee, it is anything but, with the beans containing an immense power from within. The bag has 6 uses before empty. When properly brewed into a single cup of coffee during a long rest, it can create fantastical, yet erratic effects. Roll a d12 on the table below to determine the effects. It takes an action to drink the brew.”
That’s right; coffee magic. My current D&D character is a bit of a caffeine addict (it’s something I RP to a minor extent after every long rest), but that’s only the standard run of the mill non-magical blend. This specific blend may give you the ability to cast 2nd level false life for a short time or gain 1 luck or something else wonderful and random that the dice decide on. If your characters are already drinking it, why not make it work for them? This item can be found on D&D Beyond along with a very long list of other really great looking items.
You may point out that the cape doesn’t have stats. How much damage do the bees do? It doesn’t matter. A swarm of bees would be terrifying for anyone with functioning pain receptors; I would run away from somebody with a bee producing cape. But I also want one.
Sure, we know now that leeches aren’t really medicine, but maybe your D&D character don’t know that. Or, maybe in Faerun leeches are medicine, who knows. This item lets you heal as a bonus action and for an extended period of time. It’s gross, but it’s also pretty helpful. Not to mention, describing how this scene plays out at a table has a lot of hilarious potential.
What homebrew items have you incorporated into a game? Was it one you found online or something your or your DM made special? What’s the best homebrew item you’ve ever encountered? Let us know in the comments!