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    Would the "Wild" armor enchantment (3.5DMG pg 219) work for a lycanthrope? I know it says wild shape, but they don't say if it works for lycanthropes or not.

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    Wild Shape is an ability distinct from Alternate Form. It does not work for a lycanthrope unless that lycanthrope is using Wild Shape as gained through Druid levels or other sources.
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    Personally, I would say that it can be used for Lycanthropes.
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    Complete Adventurer possesses the 'Beastskin' armor enchantment, which explicitly requires the Wild Shape class ability to use.

    A ring of wizardry is only useful to arcane casters. A psychoactive skin of the claw is only useful to psychic warriors. Beastskin armor is only useful to druids. Who can benefit from Wild armor?
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    The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this ability preserves his armor bonus (and any enhancement bonus) while in a wild shape. Armor and shields with this ability usually appear to be made covered in leaf patterns. While the wearer is in a wild shape, the armor cannot be seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEO|Phyte View Post
    Personally, I would say that it can be used for Lycanthropes.

    Anyone that is capable of entering 'a wild shape'. Unless there is a FAQ/Errata clarification, what a wild shape is is up to the DM. I know how I'd rule it.
    I would argue the opposite: that unless there is a good reason to assume that the reference to "a" wild shape refers to anything other than the druid ability of the so-nearly-identical name, the ability should be narrowly focused on druids using wildshape.
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    It should work for any ability that allows one to qualify for feats "as though they had Wild Shape".
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    Well, considering Wild Shape was errata'd to function as Alternate Form, it's a very reasonable houserule, but unless you really stretch the semantics I don't think that's what the RAW say.

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    That strikes me a bit like saying a potion of alter self should allow you to duplicate polymorph because polymorph is based off of alter self "except as noted here" (same phrase appears in both polymorph and Wild Shape).

    One of the places that Wild Shape varies from Alternate form is the following:
    Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://www.systemreferencedocuments.org/35/sovelior_sage/druid.html]The SRD[/url]
    Wild Shape (Su): ... Any gear worn or carried by the druid melds into the new form and becomes nonfunctional. When the druid reverts to her true form, any objects previously melded into the new form reappear in the same location on her body that they previously occupied and are once again functional. Any new items worn in the assumed form fall off and land at the druid's feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [url=http://www.systemreferencedocuments.org/35/sovelior_sage/monsterTypes.html#alternate-form]The SRD[/url]
    Alternate Form (Su): ... Any gear worn or carried by the creature that can’t be worn or carried in its new form instead falls to the ground in its space. If the creature changes size, any gear it wears or carries that can be worn or carried in its new form changes size to match the new size. (Nonhumanoid-shaped creatures can’t wear armor designed for humanoid-shaped creatures, and viceversa.) Gear returns to normal size if dropped.
    This is the most telling reason wild armor does not work with a lycanthrope. Any armor the lycanthrope wears will fall to the ground when it takes its animal form.

    Remember, the wild has nothing to do with the armor merging into the druid's new form. That's all from the Wild Shape ability. All wild does is allow the armor to be functional rather than nonfunctional.
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    Best solution: come up with a new enchantment that costs exactly the same as wild and lets lycanthropes keep it's bonus. Anyone see a problem with that?
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    I've never had problums with lycanthrope eq, most magical eq resizes to fit the wearer, so when shapeshifting it will resize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zincorium View Post
    Best solution: come up with a new enchantment that costs exactly the same as wild and lets lycanthropes keep it's bonus. Anyone see a problem with that?
    Since you have to also add the "melds with an inappropriate form" ability, I'd suggesting making it more expensive. That ability alone would be useful regardless of what happens to the armor bonus.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheOOB View Post
    I've never had problums with lycanthrope eq, most magical eq resizes to fit the wearer, so when shapeshifting it will resize.
    Remember, it's not just about resizing. It's also about having an appropriate body. A werewolf in wolf form will have trouble wearing human-shaped leather armor regardless of its size.
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    That strikes me a bit like saying a potion of alter self should allow you to duplicate polymorph...
    Poor example, though, because it's against the rules to make a potion of alter self.
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    And you find this... where?
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    And you find this... where?
    The rules?

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    The imbiber of the potion is both the caster and the target. Spells with a range of personal cannot be made into potions.
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    You can have potions of alter self:
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    You can create a potion of any 3rd-level or lower spell that you know and that targets one or more creatures
    Ah! You mean like Alter Self?


    EDIT, see Thomas' post.

    Doh, that's the second time today I found contradicting rules in the PHB!

    I'd go with the rule in Brew Potion, it seems closer to "primary source" even though there is officially no such thing within one book.
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    That's from "Creating Magic Items" in the DMG. You know, the bit of the book that actually has the RULES for creating magic items? The ones you'd refer to when actually doing it? The PHB and the Brew Potion feat don't detail the limitations and other rules of actually creating magic items.

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    That's certainly not a line I've ever noticed before.

    And it makes little sense from a conceptual standpoint. A spell inside a potion effectively becomes a "Personal" range spell anyway. As such, it seems Personal spells should be the primary source for potions.

    All this seems to be geared at is keeping Personal Range spells out of the hands of non-spellcasters (unless maybe you have an appropriate scroll and ranks in Use Magic Device. ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shhalahr Windrider View Post
    This is the most telling reason wild armor does not work with a lycanthrope. Any armor the lycanthrope wears will fall to the ground when it takes its animal form.

    Remember, the wild has nothing to do with the armor merging into the druid's new form. That's all from the Wild Shape ability. All wild does is allow the armor to be functional rather than nonfunctional.
    Ahhh. Okay, I follow -- "Wild" enchantment doesn't help lycanthropes. That makes sense. I'll spend the money on something else then.

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    Best solution: come up with a new enchantment that costs exactly the same as wild and lets lycanthropes keep its bonus. Anyone see a problem with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOOB View Post
    I've never had problums with lycanthrope eq, most magical eq resizes to fit the wearer, so when shapeshifting it will resize.
    Quote Originally Posted by Monster Manual v3.5
    Changing to animal or hybrid form ruins the character's armour and clothing (including any items worn) if the new form is larger than the character's natural form. (...) Magic armour survives the change if it succeeds on a DC 15 Fortitude save.
    So I'm not sure that the resizing applies. I'd guess lycanthropy involves a more violent shape-change than others, but you could stick whatever flavour you wanted on that. All the same, I'd think that equipment always runs the risk of breaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shhalahr Windrider View Post
    That's certainly not a line I've ever noticed before.

    And it makes little sense from a conceptual standpoint. A spell inside a potion effectively becomes a "Personal" range spell anyway. As such, it seems Personal spells should be the primary source for potions.

    All this seems to be geared at is keeping Personal Range spells out of the hands of non-spellcasters (unless maybe you have an appropriate scroll and ranks in Use Magic Device. ).
    You can houserule it however you want. I'm just telling you what the real rules are, and the fact that you haven't read them seems pretty irrelevant. If you do houserule it, that's great, but it's still not a useful example in discussions about the game in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shazzbaa View Post
    "Hello, shopkeeper. I'd like to buy armour specifically made for lycanthropes. Why? Uh..... no reason...."
    Well, usually in the games I've been in there are very few NPCs who make magic items, and almost none of them are purely mercenary/mercantile. We can occasionally persuade the mages guild to try something if it sounds interesting, but even then it's expensive. Mostly my suggestion would be if you have an artificer or a spellcaster in the party that makes magic items, who you could bargain with, and probably wouldn't be surprised you're a lycanthrope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    I'm just telling you what the real rules are, and the fact that you haven't read them seems pretty irrelevant.
    Oh, I've read the rules. Just seems I read the wrong paragraphs. As has pointed out, they do conflict.
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    Yeah, I chalk it up to poorly designed rules, much like the one that prevents you from shapechanging into a ghost, but lets you turn into almost any other incorporeal undead (wraith, spectres, allips) just fine, because ghosts are a template. Something magical about templated creatures prevents you from copying them, I suppose, at least according to RAW.

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    The section dealing with the specific subject (creating potions) gives additional detail compared to the sections covering the existence of potions and the feat that allows you to use the rules for creating potions. That's not a conflict.

    It almost certainly exists for play balance reasons, and to maintain the simple consistency that Personal spell effects can't be given to someone else. (Except familiars, since they can share it so long as they stay close.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shhalahr Windrider View Post
    Oh, I've read the rules. Just seems I read the wrong paragraphs. As has pointed out, they do conflict.
    Sweet! Thomas saved me from most of the work on this!

    Anyway... they don't conflict. The complete rules for creating magic items can be found in the DMG. The Player's Handbook contains the descriptions of the feats that are needed as part of the item creation process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zherog View Post
    Anyway... they don't conflict. The complete rules for creating magic items can be found in the DMG. The Player's Handbook contains the descriptions of the feats that are needed as part of the item creation process.
    Yeah. I'd like to see anyone creating magic items using just the PHB. The Brew Potion feat just refers to and describes, in abridged form, the actual rules in the DMG.

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