Maximum # of Magical Items


Rules Questions


In the Pathfinder RPG, there is a list of the total number of magical items any character can wear at the same time, however this list does not mention the following:

*) Enchanted Skin Tattoos via the spell from Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. The spell limits you to three skin tattoos, but in Pathfinder, would a skin tattoo on say your chest interfere with the enhancement from magical armor?

*) Ion Stones or other floating devices (my son got a "Globe of Light" from a 2nd edition campaign which increase/decreases brightness at will). How many "floaty thingies" can you have above your head at once? And would these items interfere with the enhancement from helms?

*) Charms (one of my gamers has a "Charm of Protection +1" which is basically a small charm you carry in your pocket or backpack, like a lucky-rabbits foot, which by just carrying it provides the magical enhancement). How do charms fit in with the Maximum magical item list?

*) Many spells can be made permanent with the permanency spell (just check the SRD). Perhaps the ones on the eyes interfere with goggles and objects that cover the eyes, but what about “Tongues” and similar spells? How many spells can you have made permanent? How do these spells interfere with currently worn magical items?

Thank you ahead of time for clarifying these questions of mine.

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Eran Olivas wrote:
*) Enchanted Skin Tattoos via the spell from Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. The spell limits you to three skin tattoos, but in Pathfinder, would a skin tattoo on say your chest interfere with the enhancement from magical armor?

Since content from the FRCS is off limits to us, we didn't (and couldn't) include magic tattoos in the magic item limit factor. That said, since the FR spell in question is a spell that creates the magic tattoos and not a magic item, I'd say that it's a non-issue anyway. The spell has a built-in limit to what the maximum tattoo number is, and that's all it needs. The bonuses the tattoos grant might not stack with those granted by some magic items, but one shouldn't impact the other as far as limits on numbers.

Eran Olivas wrote:
*) Ion Stones or other floating devices (my son got a "Globe of Light" from a 2nd edition campaign which increase/decreases brightness at will). How many "floaty thingies" can you have above your head at once? And would these items interfere with the enhancement from helms?

You can have as many ioun stones as you want floating around your head. That's sort of the point for ioun stones, and it's why they cost roughly twice as much as similar items that provide the same bonus but take up a spot. The only limit for ioun stones is your budget and the point at which other people make fun of your character, I guess. :-)

Eran Olivas wrote:
*) Charms (one of my gamers has a "Charm of Protection +1" which is basically a small charm you carry in your pocket or backpack, like a lucky-rabbits foot, which by just carrying it provides the magical enhancement). How do charms fit in with the Maximum magical item list?

This being something that's a homebrew rule, as far as I know... you get to set the limit yourself. The closest analogy I can think of is the luckstone or the pearl of the sirines. In which case, there's no limit; just how much you can afford.

Eran Olivas wrote:
*) Many spells can be made permanent with the permanency spell (just check the SRD). Perhaps the ones on the eyes interfere with goggles and objects that cover the eyes, but what about “Tongues” and similar spells? How many spells can you have made permanent? How do these spells interfere with currently worn magical items?

Spells made permanent do not interfere with magic items (see the comments on tattoos above); they're basically "free" spots and it's an advantage they have over magic items. There's no limit to the number of permanent spells you can have on you, again, except for how many you can afford to cast.


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Of course the real answer is 42.

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