Cost of buying brand new (non-upgraded) Magic Weapon / Armor


Rules Questions


No matter how many times I start a session, am in one, not part of one and someone asks I never full understand what the costs of this stuff is.

In today's example we're trying to determine the cost of a + 1 Chain Shirt of Spell Storing.

In the other example we're trying to determine the cost of a +1 Corrosive Burst Great Axe

What is the cost of such an item and how do you get to that price?


First of all, get your Core Rulebook and turn to page 463.

The cost of the +1 Spell storing chain shirt is the cost of the chain shirt, plus 300 gold for the Masterwork component, and plus 1,000 gold for the +1. Unfortunately, Spell Storing is a weapon enhancement, and is therefore unavailable for Armor. Final cost: 100 + 300 + 1,000 = 1,400 Gold.

Again, follow the above process for weapons. Unfortunately, again, Corrosive Burst isn't in the Core Rulebook. However, all other energy burst qualities are at +2, so your Acid Burst should be at +2 also. So, that's 20 (Great Axe) + 300 (Masterwork) + 18,000 ( +1 base enhancement, +2 energy (Acid) burst, total +3) for 18,320 Gold.


GM John Napier wrote:

First of all, get your Core Rulebook and turn to page 463.

The cost of the +1 Spell storing chain shirt is the cost of the chain shirt, plus 300 gold for the Masterwork component, and plus 1,000 gold for the +1. Unfortunately, Spell Storing is a weapon enhancement, and is therefore unavailable for Armor. Final cost: 100 + 300 + 1,000 = 1,400 Gold.

Masterwork armor only adds 150 gp to the cost. Also, Spell Storing armor now exists. Since that Armor Special Ability has a +1 equivalence, +1 Spell Storing armor has a +2 equivalent enhancement bonus. So the cost is 100 gp (chain shirt) + 150 gp (masterwork) + 4000 gp (+2 equivalent enhancement bonus) = 4250 gp.

@Malovec, I'm getting the cost of the equivalent enhancement bonus from the Armor and Shield Pricing by Bonus Table.

GM John Napier wrote:
Again, follow the above process for weapons. Unfortunately, again, Corrosive Burst isn't in the Core Rulebook. However, all other energy burst qualities are at +2, so your Acid Burst should be at +2 also. So, that's 20 (Great Axe) + 300 (Masterwork) + 18,000 ( +1 base enhancement, +2 energy (Acid) burst, total +3) for 18,320 Gold.

Your calculation is correct. Corrosive Burst is, indeed, a +2 equivalent enhancement bonus.

@Malovec, we are getting the cost of the equivalent enhancement bonus from the Weapon Pricing by Bonus Table. Note that the costs on this table are twice that on the Armor Table. Similarly the masterwork cost for the weapon is twice that of the armor. Armor is, magically speaking, cheaper than weapons.


I don't have Ultimate Equipment, so that explains my lack of Knowledge. My apologies.


What a weird post.

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