D&D: Five Ways to Carry All That Gold
In Dungeons & Dragons, all that glitters is gold, sure, but gold is a lot heavier than you’d expect. How will you carry it all? We can help.
The most important thing in D&D is getting away with the loot. After all, you’ve just fought a dungeon. Or raided bandits. Maybe you slew a dragon and got its hoard. But now that you’ve done that, what are you gonna do with all this filthy lucre? Fighting tough monsters is one thing, but gold is heavy! In D&D every 50 gold pieces is a pound. Which means if you have the task of capturing a dragon’s hoard, which can contain hundreds of thousands of gold coins, that’s 5,000 pounds per hundred K. Which means you’re gonna need a bigger boat. If you even have one.
Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to get all that money back home where it belongs.
Tenser’s Floating Disk
There’s a reason this spell has been in the game since 1st edition. That reason is to carry all the loot that the Wizard can’t. It creates a circular, horizontal plane of force that can carry up to 500 pounds. And, you know what? That’s just fine. TFD is a fine start. But… that’s not going to get us that 100K gp out of the dungeon any time soon.
This is the magic equivalent of a coin star. Take raw material, such as a patch of hemp or wood, and magically convert it into a product of the same material. Which for us means taking the raw material of gold and converting it into something made out of gold. Just as valuable but also less heavy. Kind of like how in Skyrim you can smelt down iron and emeralds into a gold necklace. Of course you’ll need proficiency with the right tools for the job. Otherwise you won’t have delicate enough control.
Get Critical (Role)
In The Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount, the Graviturge mage can adjust the weight of one object or creature that you can see within 30 feet of you. You’ll have to find a way of making the gold into one object (which, hey that’s what the Fabricate spell is for) and then you reduce the weight of it with your gravity mage.
You can combine that with the Enlarge/Reduce spell which also halves the weight of a single object you reduce, so you can potentially quarter the weight of your giant unwieldy golden statue.
Polymorph Yourself into Something Big
If all of this is still proving to be too difficult, you can always polymorph yourself into something big enough to haul all that weight. Or if you happen to already have powerful build, then you’re already set.