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Staff of Fizban (major artifact)

D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules

by Clive Squire


Staff of Fizban (Major Artifact)

This plain, almost non-descript wooden staff is one of the most potent weapons in the fight against evil dragondom. The staff was created by Paladine to be the weapon of choice for his bumbling wizard aspect of protection, Fizban the Fabulous. The staff rarely was seen except in the hands of that notable wizard, and when encountered by itself, it was a sure sign that the finder's life was going to become unpredictable in the near future.

The staff of Fizban is a +1 quarterstaff when wielded by someone other than Fizban. The staff allows the wielder to store an amount of spells equal up to the wielder's Intelligence modifier within the staff, but no spell can have a higher spell level than 2nd. The staff grants its enhancement bonus to all melee touch and ranged touch attacks to deliver spells through it.

The staffs' magic empowers all spells the wielder casts, granting them the benefits of the Greater Spell Penetration feat and allows the wielder to cast up to three spells per day as if he had applied the Maxmize Spell to the spells.

A creature that is successfully struck by the staff finds that all weapons wielded by the creature (either manufactured or natural) deal non-lethal damage. This is similar to the effect created by the blunted blades spell (Holy Order of Stars), except that there is no save against the effect and the effect lasts for 20 minutes.

One of the most potent abilities of the staff is its ability to protect the wielder against the effects of chromatic dragon breath weapons. By expending a charge from the staff, the wielder is able to have the staff totally absorb and redirect a dragons breath weapon attack that would have dealt acid, cold, fire or electricity damage to the wielder back upon the attacking dragon. The redirected damage becomes sacred damage and thus bypasses all immunities and resistances the dragon has against it's own breath weapon energy type.

When used in melee against a dragon type creature, the staff gains additional properties. Any damage caused by the staff striking the dragon automatically bypasses the dragon's damage reduction (whether natural or through magic items or class features) and the critical range and modifier for the staff increases to 18-20/x3. The staff also grants the wielder the benefits of the Improved Resist Dragonfear feat (Dragonlance Campaign Setting) all the time that the staff is being held.

In Fizban's hands, the staff becomes a +4 holy dragonbane speed quarterstaff, dealing an additional 2d6 points of holy (good) damage against evil aligned creatures and is capable of storing up to 14 spell levels of spells, with no single spell having a greater spell level than 6th. The staff is treated as having unlimited charges, while Fizban has it.

The staff has 5 charges and recharges only by expending all of the stored spells within the staff specifically for the purpose of recharging the staff. This recharges 1 charge each time that this is done.

Price: –
Body Slot: – (weapon)
Caster Level: 20th
Aura: Faint transmutation, strong abjuration [good]
Activation: – Swift (command)
Weight: 3 Ibs

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