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Mad Wizard
2007-11-21, 11:02 PM
When creating a custom wonderous magic item using the tables at the end of the items section in the DMG, how long to they take to activate? It would seem that "command word" activated items would be activated as a free action, because talking is a free action, but this seems wrong. What about a "use activated" item?

2007-11-21, 11:05 PM
The default is standard action. There are a handful of items that take no action to activate, but there isn't a given cost modifier for that.

Mad Wizard
2007-11-21, 11:06 PM
Mechanically, that makes sense. Thanks for the quick reply.

2007-11-21, 11:10 PM
"Command Word" is explicitly defined as a standard action.

Use-Activated essentially means whatever makes sense for the item. For example, a lantern of revealing requires whatever action using a normal lantern requires; a pipe of haunting requires whatever action it takes to play a set of pipes.