Pathfinder RPG Reference Document
Pathfinder Reference Document

Rods

Table: Rods
MediumMajorRodMarket Price
01–07Metamagic, Enlarge, lesser3,000 gp
08–14Metamagic, Extend, lesser3,000 gp
15–21Metamagic, Silent, lesser3,000 gp
22–28Immovable5,000 gp
29–35Metamagic, Empower, lesser9,000 gp
36–42Metal and mineral detection10,500 gp
43–5301–04Cancellation11,000 gp
54–5705–06Metamagic, Enlarge11,000 gp
58–6107–08Metamagic, Extend11,000 gp
62–6509–10Metamagic, Silent11,000 gp
66–7111–14Wonder12,000 gp
72–7915–19Python13,000 gp
80–83Metamagic, Maximize, lesser14,000 gp
84–8920–21Flame extinguishing15,000 gp
90–9722–25Viper19,000 gp
26–30Enemy detection23,500 gp
31–36Metamagic, Enlarge, greater24,500 gp
37–42Metamagic, Extend, greater24,500 gp
43–48Metamagic, Silent, greater24,500 gp
49–53Splendor25,000 gp
54–58Withering25,000 gp
98–9959–64Metamagic, Empower32,500 gp
65–69Thunder and lightning33,000 gp
10070–73Metamagic, Quicken, lesser35,000 gp
74–77Negation37,000 gp
78–80Absorption50,000 gp
81–84Flailing50,000 gp
85–86Metamagic, Maximize54,000 gp
87–88Rulership60,000 gp
89–90Security61,000 gp
91–92Lordly might70,000 gp
93–94Metamagic, Empower, greater73,000 gp
95–96Metamagic, Quicken75,500 gp
97–98Alertness85,000 gp
99Metamagic, Maximize, greater121,500 gp
100Metamagic, Quicken, greater170,000 gp

Rods are scepter-like devices that have unique magical powers and do not usually have charges. Anyone can use a rod.

Physical Description: Rods weigh approximately 5 pounds. They range from 2 feet to 3 feet long and are usually made of iron or some other metal. (Many, as noted in their descriptions, can function as light maces or clubs due to their hardy construction.) These sturdy items have AC 9, 10 hit points, hardness 10, and a break DC of 27.

Activation: Details relating to rod use vary from item to item. Unless noted otherwise, you must be holding a rod to use its abilities. See the individual descriptions for specifics.

Special Qualities: Roll d%. A 01 result indicates the rod is intelligent, 02–31 indicates that something (a design, inscription, or the like) provides a clue to its function, and 32–100 indicates no special qualities. Intelligent items have extra abilities and sometimes extraordinary powers and special purposes (see Intelligent Items).

Rods with charges can never be intelligent.

Immovable Rod

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 10th

Slot none; Price 5,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This rod looks like a flat iron bar with a small button on one end. When the button is pushed (a move action), the rod does not move from where it is, even if staying in place defies gravity. Thus, the owner can lift or place the rod wherever he wishes, push the button, and let go. Several immovable rods can even make a ladder when used together (although only two are needed). An immovable rod can support up to 8,000 pounds before falling to the ground. If a creature pushes against an immovable rod, it must make a DC 30 Strength check to move the rod up to 10 feet in a single round.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, levitate; Cost 2,500 gp

Metamagic Rods

Metamagic rods hold the essence of a metamagic feat, allowing the user to apply metamagic effects to spells (but not spell-like abilities) as they are cast. This does not change the spell slot of the altered spell. All the rods described here are use-activated (but casting spells in a threatened area still draws an attack of opportunity). A caster may only use one metamagic rod on any given spell, but it is permissible to combine a rod with metamagic feats possessed by the rod's wielder. In this case, only the feats possessed by the wielder adjust the spell slot of the spell being cast.

Possession of a metamagic rod does not confer the associated feat on the owner, only the ability to use the given feat a specified number of times per day. A sorcerer still must take a full-round action when using a metamagic rod, just as if using a metamagic feat he possesses (except for quicken metamagic rods, which can be used as a swift action).

Lesser and Greater Metamagic Rods: Normal metamagic rods can be used with spells of 6th level or lower. Lesser rods can be used with spells of 3rd level or lower, while greater rods can be used with spells of 9th level or lower.

Metamagic, Empower

Aura strong (no school); CL 17th

Slot none; Price 9,000 gp (lesser), 32,500 gp (normal), 73,000 gp (greater); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wielder can cast up to three spells per day that are empowered as though using the Empower Spell feat.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Empower Spell; Cost 4,500 gp (lesser), 16,250 gp (normal), 36,500 gp (greater)

Metamagic, Enlarge

Aura strong (no school); CL 17th

Slot none; Price 3,000 gp (lesser), 11,000 gp (normal), 24,500 gp (greater); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wielder can cast up to three spells per day that are enlarged as though using the Enlarge Spell feat.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Enlarge Spell; Cost 1,500 gp (lesser), 5,500 gp (normal), 12,250 gp (greater)

Metamagic, Extend

Aura strong (no school); CL 17th

Slot none; Price 3,000 gp (lesser), 11,000 gp (normal), 24,500 gp (greater); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wielder can cast up to three spells per day that are extended as though using the Extend Spell feat.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Extend Spell; Cost 1,500 gp (lesser), 5,500 gp (normal), 12,250 gp (greater)

Metamagic, Maximize

Aura strong (no school); CL 17th

Slot none; Price 14,000 gp (lesser), 54,000 gp (normal), 121,500 gp (greater); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wielder can cast up to three spells per day that are maximized as though using the Maximize Spell feat.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Maximize Spell feat; Cost 7,000 gp (lesser), 27,000 gp (normal), 60,750 gp (greater)

Metamagic, Quicken

Aura strong (no school); CL 17th

Slot none; Price 35,000 gp (lesser), 75,500 gp (normal), 170,000 gp (greater); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wielder can cast up to three spells per day that are quickened as though using the Quicken Spell feat.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Quicken Spell; Cost 17,500 gp (lesser), 37,750 gp (normal), 85,000 gp (greater)

Metamagic, Silent

Aura strong (no school); CL 17th

Slot none; Price 3,000 gp (lesser), 11,000 gp (normal), 24,500 gp (greater); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wielder can cast up to three spells per day without verbal components as though using the Silent Spell feat.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Silent Spell; Cost 1,500 gp (lesser), 5,500 gp (normal), 12,250 gp (greater)

Rod of Absorption

Aura strong abjuration; CL 15th

Slot none; Price 50,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This rod absorbs spells or spell-like abilities into itself. The magic absorbed must be a single-target spell or a ray directed at either the character holding the rod or her gear. The rod then nullifies the spell's effect and stores its potential until the wielder releases this energy in the form of spells of her own. She can instantly detect a spell's level as the rod absorbs that spell's energy. Absorption requires no action on the part of the user if the rod is in hand at the time.

A running total of absorbed (and used) spell levels should be kept. The wielder of the rod can use captured spell energy to cast any spell she has prepared, without expending the preparation itself. The only restrictions are that the levels of spell energy stored in the rod must be equal to or greater than the level of the spell the wielder wants to cast, that any material components required for the spell be present, and that the rod be in hand when casting. For casters such as bards or sorcerers who do not prepare spells, the rod's energy can be used to cast any spell of the appropriate level or levels that they know.

A rod of absorption absorbs a maximum of 50 spell levels and can thereafter only discharge any remaining potential it might have. The rod cannot be recharged. The wielder knows the rod's remaining absorbing potential and current amount of stored energy.

To determine the absorption potential remaining in a newly found rod, roll d% and divide the result by 2. Then roll d% again: on a result of 71–100, half the levels already absorbed by the rod are still stored within.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, spell turning; Cost 25,000 gp

Rod of Alertness

Aura moderate abjuration, divination, enchantment, and evocation; CL 11th

Slot none; Price 85,000 gp; Weight 4 lbs.

Description

This rod is indistinguishable from a +1 light mace. It has eight flanges on its mace-like head. The rod bestows a +1 insight bonus on initiative checks. If grasped firmly, the rod enables the holder to use detect evil, detect good, detect chaos, detect law, detect magic, discern lies, light, or see invisibility. Each different use is a standard action.

If the head of a rod of alertness is planted in the ground and the possessor wills it to alertness (a standard action), the rod senses any creatures within 120 feet who intend to harm the possessor. At the same time, the rod creates the effect of a prayer spell upon all creatures friendly to the possessor in a 20-foot radius. Immediately thereafter, the rod sends forth a mental alert to these friendly creatures, warning them of any unfriendly creatures within the 120-foot radius. These effects last for 10 minutes, and the rod can perform this function once per day. Last, the rod can be used to simulate the casting of an animate objects spell, utilizing any 11 (or fewer) Small objects located roughly around the perimeter of a 5-foot-radius circle centered on the rod when planted in the ground. Objects remain animated for 11 rounds. The rod can perform this function once per day.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, alarm, animate objects, detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, detect magic, discern lies, light, prayer, see invisibility; Cost 42,500 gp

Rod of Cancellation

Aura strong abjuration; CL 17th

Slot none; Price 11,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This dreaded rod is a bane to magic items, for its touch drains an item of all magical properties. The item touched must make a DC 23 Will save to prevent the rod from draining it. If a creature is holding it at the time, then the item can use the holder's Will save bonus in place of its own if the holder's is better. In such cases, contact is made by making a melee touch attack roll. Upon draining an item, the rod itself becomes brittle and cannot be used again. Drained items are only restorable by wish or miracle. If a sphere of annihilation and a rod of cancellation negate each other, nothing can restore either of them.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, mage's disjunction; Cost 5,500 gp

Rod of Enemy Detection

Aura moderate divination; CL 10th

Slot none; Price 23,500 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This device pulses in the wielder's hand and points in the direction of any creature or creatures hostile to the bearer of the device (nearest ones first). These creatures can be invisible, ethereal, hidden, disguised, or in plain sight. Detection range is 60 feet. If the bearer of the rod concentrates for a full round, the rod pinpoints the location of the nearest enemy and indicates how many enemies are within range. The rod can be used to pinpoint three times each day, each use lasting up to 10 minutes. Activating the rod is a standard action.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, true seeing; Cost 11,750 gp

Rod of Flailing

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 9th

Slot none; Price 50,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

Upon the command of its possessor, the rod activates, changing from a normal-seeming rod to a +3/+3 dire flail. The dire flail is a double weapon, which means that each of the weapon's heads can be used to attack. The wielder can gain an extra attack (with the second head) at the cost of making all attacks at a –2 penalty (as if she had the Two-Weapon Fighting feat).

Once per day, the wielder can use a free action to cause the rod to grant her a +4 deflection bonus to Armor Class and a +4 resistance bonus on saving throws for 10 minutes. The rod need not be in weapon form to grant this benefit.

Transforming it into a weapon or back into a rod is a move action.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bless; Cost 25,000 gp

Rod of Flame Extinguishing

Aura strong transmutation; CL 12th

Slot none; Price 15,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This rod can extinguish Medium or smaller nonmagical fires with simply a touch (a standard action). For the rod to be effective against other sorts of fires, the wielder must expend 1 or more of the rod's charges.

Extinguishing a Large or larger nonmagical fire, or a magic fire of Medium or smaller (such as that of a flaming weapon or a burning hands spell), expends 1 charge. Continual magic flames, such as those of a weapon or a fire creature, are suppressed for 6 rounds and flare up again after that time. To extinguish an instantaneous fire spell, the rod must be within the area of the effect and the wielder must have used a ready action, effectively countering the entire spell.

When applied to Large or larger magic fires, such as those caused by fireball, flame strike, or wall of fire, extinguishing the flames expends 2 charges from the rod.

If a rod of flame extinguishing is touched to a creature with the fire subtype by making a successful melee touch attack, the rod deals 6d6 points of damage to the creature. This use requires 3 charges.

A rod of flame extinguishing has 10 charges when found. Spent charges are renewed every day, so that a wielder can expend up to 10 charges in any 24-hour period.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, pyrotechnics; Cost 7,500 gp

Rod of Lordly Might

Aura strong enchantment, evocation, necromancy, and transmutation; CL 19th

Slot none; Price 70,000 gp; Weight 10 lbs.

Description

This rod has functions that are spell-like, and it can also be used as a magic weapon of various sorts. In addition, it has several more mundane uses. The rod of lordly might is metal, thicker than other rods, with a flanged ball at one end and six stud-like buttons along its length. Pushing any of the rod's buttons is an action equivalent to drawing a weapon, and the rod weighs 10 pounds.

The following spell-like functions of the rod can each be used once per day.

The following functions of the rod have no limit on the number of times they can be employed.

The following other functions of the rod also have no limit on the number of times they can be employed.

Construction

Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Rod, bull's strength, fear, flame blade, hold person, inflict light wounds; Cost 35,000 gp

Rod of Metal and Mineral Detection

Aura moderate divination; CL 9th

Slot none; Price 10,500 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This rod is valued by treasure hunters and miners alike, for it pulses and hums in the wielder's hand in the proximity of metal. As the wearer aims the rod, the pulsations grow more noticeable as it points to the largest mass of metal within 30 feet. However, the wielder can concentrate on a specific metal or mineral. If the specific mineral is within 30 feet, the rod points to any places it is located, and the rod wielder knows the approximate quantity as well. If more than one deposit of the specified metal or mineral is within range, the rod points to the largest cache first. Each operation requires a full-round action.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, locate object; Cost 5,250 gp

Rod of Negation

Aura strong varied; CL 15th

Slot none; Price 37,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This device negates the spell or spell-like function or functions of magic items. The wielder points the rod at the magic item, and a pale gray beam shoots forth to touch the target device, attacking as a ray (a ranged touch attack). The ray functions as a greater dispel magic spell, except it only affects magic items. To negate instantaneous effects from an item, the rod wielder needs to have a readied action. The dispel check uses the rod's caster level (15th). The target item gets no saving throw, although the rod can't negate artifacts (even minor artifacts). The rod can function three times per day.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, dispel magic, and limited wish or miracle; Cost 18,500 gp

Rod of the Python

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 10th

Slot none; Price 13,000 gp; Weight 10w lbs.

Description

Unlike most rods, one end of this rod curls and twists back on itself in a crook—the tip of this crook sometimes looks like the head of a snake. The rod itself is about 4 feet long and weighs 10 pounds. It strikes as a +1/+1 quarterstaff. If the user throws the rod to the ground (a standard action), it grows to become a constrictor snake by the end of the round. The python obeys all commands of the owner. (In animal form, it retains the +1 enhancement bonus on attacks and damage possessed by the rod form.) The serpent returns to rod form (a full-round action) whenever the wielder desires, or whenever it moves farther than 100 feet from the owner. If the snake form is slain, it returns to rod form and cannot be activated again for three days. A rod of the python only functions if the possessor is good.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, baleful polymorph, creator must be good; Cost 6,500 gp

Rod of Rulership

Aura strong enchantment; CL 20th

Slot none; Price 60,000 gp; Weight 8 lbs.

Description

This rod looks like a royal scepter worth at least 5,000 gp in materials and workmanship alone. The wielder can command the obedience and fealty of creatures within 120 feet when she activates the device (a standard action). Creatures totaling 300 Hit Dice can be ruled, but creatures with Intelligence scores of 12 or higher are each entitled to a DC 16 Will save to negate the effect. Ruled creatures obey the wielder as if she were their absolute sovereign. Still, if the wielder gives a command that is contrary to the nature of the creatures commanded, the magic is broken. The rod can be used for 500 total minutes before crumbling to dust. This duration need not be continuous.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, mass charm monster; Cost 32,500 gp

Rod of Security

Aura strong conjuration; CL 20th

Slot none; Price 61,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This item creates a nondimensional space, a pocket paradise. There the rod's possessor and as many as 199 other creatures can stay in complete safety for a period of time, up to 200 days divided by the number of creatures affected. All fractions are rounded down. In this pocket paradise, creatures don't age, and natural healing takes place at twice the normal rate. Fresh water and food (fruits and vegetables only) are in abundance. The climate is comfortable for all creatures involved.

Activating the rod (a standard action) causes the wielder and all creatures touching the rod to be transported instantaneously to the paradise. Members of large groups can hold hands or otherwise maintain physical contact, allowing all connected creatures in a circle or a chain to be affected by the rod. Unwilling creatures get a DC 17 Will save to negate the effect. If such a creature succeeds on its save, other creatures beyond that point in a chain can still be affected by the rod.

When the rod's effect expires, is dismissed, or is dispelled, all the affected creatures instantly reappear in the location they occupied when the rod was activated. If something else occupies the space that a traveler would be returning to, then his body is displaced a sufficient distance to provide the space required for reentry. The rod's possessor can dismiss the effect whenever he wishes before the maximum time period expires, but the rod can only be activated once per week.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, gate; Cost 30,500 gp

Rod of Splendor

Aura strong conjuration and transmutation; CL 12th

Slot none; Price 25,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The possessor of this fantastically bejeweled rod gains a +4 enhancement bonus to her Charisma score for as long as she holds or carries the item. Once per day, the rod garbs her in magically created clothing of the finest fabrics, plus adornments of furs and jewels.

Apparel created by the magic of the rod remains in existence for 12 hours. However, if the possessor attempts to sell or give away any part of it, use it for a spell component, or the like, all the apparel immediately disappears. The same applies if any of it is forcibly taken from her.

The value of noble garb created by the rod ranges from 7,000 to 10,000 gp (1d4+6 × 1,000 gp)—1,000 gp for the fabric alone, 5,000 gp for the furs, and the rest for the jewel trim (maximum of twenty gems, maximum value 200 gp each).

In addition, the rod has a second special power, usable once per week. Upon command, it creates a palatial tent—a huge pavilion of silk 60 feet across. Inside the tent are temporary furnishings and food suitable to the splendor of the pavilion and sufficient to entertain as many as 100 people. The tent and its trappings last for 1 day. At the end of that time, the tent and all objects associated with it (including any items that were taken out of the tent) disappear.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, eagle's splendor, fabricate, major creation; Cost 12,500 gp

Rod of Thunder and Lightning

Aura moderate evocation; CL 9th

Slot none; Price 33,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

Constructed of iron set with silver rivets, this rod has the properties of a +2 light mace. Its other powers are as follows.

Construction

Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Craft Rod, lightning bolt, shout; Cost 16,500 gp

Rod of the Viper

Aura moderate necromancy; CL 10th

Slot none; Price 19,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

This rod strikes as a +2 heavy mace. Once per day, upon command, the head of the rod becomes that of an actual serpent for 10 minutes. During this period, any successful strike with the rod deals its usual damage and also poisons the creature hit. This poison deals 1d3 Constitution damage per round for 6 rounds. Poisoned creatures can make a DC 16 Fortitude save each round to negate the damage and end the affliction. Multiple hits extend the duration by 3 rounds and increase the DC by +2 for each hit. The rod only functions if its possessor is evil.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, poison, creator must be evil; Cost 9,500 gp

Rod of Withering

Aura strong necromancy; CL 13th

Slot none; Price 25,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

A rod of withering acts as a +1 light mace that deals no hit point damage. Instead, the wielder deals 1d4 points of Strength damage and 1d4 points of Constitution damage to any creature she touches with the rod (by making a melee touch attack). If she scores a critical hit, the damage from that hit is permanent ability drain. In either case, the defender negates the effect with a DC 17 Fortitude save.

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, contagion; Cost 12,500 gp

Rod of Wonder

Aura moderate enchantment; CL 10th

Slot none; Price 12,000 gp; Weight 5 lbs.

Description

A rod of wonder is a strange and unpredictable device that randomly generates any number of weird effects each time it is used. Activating the rod is a standard action. Typical powers of the rod include the following.

d%Wondrous Effect
01–05Slow target for 10 rounds (Will DC 15 negates).
06–10Faerie fire surrounds the target.
11–15Deludes wielder for 1 round into believing the rod functions as indicated by a second die roll (no save).
16–20Gust of wind, but at windstorm force (Fortitude DC 14 negates).
21–25Wielder learns target's surface thoughts (as with detect thoughts) for 1d4 rounds (no save).
26–30Stinking cloud appears at 30-ft. range (Fortitude DC 15 negates).
31–33Heavy rain falls for 1 round in 60-ft. radius centered on rod wielder.
34–36Summon an animal—a rhino (01–25 on d%), elephant (26–50), or mouse (51–100).
37–46Lightning bolt (70 ft. long, 5 ft. wide), 6d6 damage (Reflex DC 15 half).
47–49A stream of 600 large butterflies pours forth and flutters around for 2 rounds, blinding everyone within 25 ft. (Reflex DC 14 negates).
50–53Enlarge person on target if within 60 ft. of rod (Fortitude DC 13 negates).
54–58Darkness, 30-ft.-diameter hemisphere, centered 30 ft. away from rod.
59–62Grass grows in 160-square-ft. area before the rod, or grass existing there grows to 10 times normal size.
63–65Turn ethereal any nonliving object of up to 1,000 lbs. mass and up to 30 cubic ft. in size.
66–69Reduce wielder two size categories (no save) for 1 day.
70–79Fireball at target or 100 ft. straight ahead, 6d6 damage (Reflex DC 15 half).
80–84Invisibility covers rod wielder.
85–87Leaves grow from target if within 60 ft. of rod. These last 24 hours.
88–9010–40 gems, value 1 gp each, shoot forth in a 30-ft.-long stream. Each gem deals 1 point of damage to any creature in its path: roll 5d4 for the number of hits and divide them among the available targets.
91–95Shimmering colors dance and play over a 40-ft.-by-30-ft. area in front of rod. Creatures therein are blinded for 1d6 rounds (Fortitude DC 15 negates).
96–97Wielder (50% chance) or target (50% chance) turns permanently blue, green, or purple (no save).
98–100Flesh to stone (or stone to flesh if target is stone already) if target is within 60 ft. (Fortitude DC 18 negates).

Construction

Requirements Craft Rod, confusion, creator must be chaotic; Cost 6,000 gp