Potions in solid form


Rules Questions

Silver Crusade

Is it possible to have potions made into a solid form like an animal treat for your animal companion that does not have hands to drink a potion?

Dark Archive

There is nothing to say you cant put a potion in an edible container such as an apple, but such things fall under rule 1 of, ask your GM.


are you saying your animal companion doesn't drink water?
Just put it in a bowl for him.
Is this really something your GM has bothered you about, or do you want to ask as a preventative measure.
Also you could freeze it and serve it as crushed ice, inject it in meat, or put like gelatine in it (or whatever the magic dark-age alternative is).
This really should not cause concern.


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I am pretty sure that you can just unstopper the bottle and hold it to the animal companion's mouth. It may or may not work by the rules, but I have seen it work in real life with normal animals.

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You could make it an oil instead. Then you can spend a standard action to smear it on your AniComp.


I've seen it done a number of ways, and honestly, as long as the proposed application seems reasonable for a standard action, I as a DM have no problem with it. It's still a one-off magical shot in the arm regardless. Potions are one of the most ignored and/or maligned magical items, and anything someone does to make them interesting is well worth the effort of the refluffing.


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There are a few different examples of alternate potions. One is a fungus I believe.


I know one of the 3.5 books covered using things like fruit steeped in the potion, holy wafers, and even tiles that the user snapped as variant potions.

Shadow Lodge

I remember potion sponges in something. Absorbed a potion, then you showed it. Adventurer's Armory, maybe?


This falls entirely under GM's jurisdiction but my 2 cents is that it should be allowed depending on the culture of the setting.

The default potions and oils is of course a bi-product of D&D's roots in European medieval/renaissance culture. In Asian-inspired settings, where such things might seem a bit out of place, I've encountered potions in the form of large pills (mostly due to Naruto-influence probably), medicines, incense or poultices applied directly (and of course the ever-lingering threat of the implied potion suppository). Regardless of form, the end result is the same.

The only real requirement is that 1)it needs to be something that you can concoct with exotic herbs and spices. 2) it requires a standard action to administer or use.

Some GMs also allow potions to be used in more unusual ways rather than straight from the flask. Snow White's Wicked Witch/Stepmother steeping an apple poison potion is one of the classic examples of this. As is the implication of special blessing wafers containing divine spells.

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