What happens if you drink an oil of (spell)?


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I would guess usually nothing. However I was thinking if something with a bite attack drinks an oil of magic weapon it might cast the spell on their bite attack.


In the case of magic weapon specifically, you can't use it on a bite attack. You need magic fang for that.


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magic weapon wouldn't effect a bite attack since a bite is not a valid target.

Beyond that, your initial instinct was correct, nothing would happen. Oils and potions have different methods of activation, and if you don't activate them properly, they don't activate.


OK, what if someone made an oil of magic fang? could you drink it and get the effect then?


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Yqatuba wrote:
OK, what if someone made an oil of magic fang? could you drink it and get the effect then?

No, because, like Dave Justus mentioned, that is not how you activate an oil.

Potions wrote:
Magic oils are similar to potions, except that oils are applied externally rather than imbibed.

Drinking something is pretty much the opposite of applying it externally.

The description in many other places specifies smearing the oil on the target (which is a creature in most of the examples we're using, but you probably could find a problematic or unusual specific example if you looked hard enough, due to the sheer number of spells that exist).


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Loose stools.


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Of course in your own home game you can choose to have a looser interpretation of how magic items and their rules work.

In one well known fantasy series based on a previous version of the game, a certain dark colored elf attached bracers of speed to his legs so he could move faster. As I recall, that was written during 2nd edition, which had looser rules than the 3.x versions, but even so wasn't something that should really have worked.

Whether or not you want to incorporate that sort of flexibility into your own games or not is a personal choice. Their are reasons for and against such a decision, but mainly it comes down to taste and whether you (and your players) to be predictable and understandable or more freeform and perhaps unbalanced.

According to the rules, if you slip a headband of intelligence around your leg like a garter, nothing happens. In a more free form game, anything could result.


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Get the runs of (spell).


How wold you apply an oil to your teeth other than drinking it?


Yqatuba wrote:
How wold you apply an oil to your teeth other than drinking it?

The same way drinking a healing potion closes the wound on your shoulder. You rub the oil on yourself and it activates the spell. While we like to think you spread the oil on the body part you intend the spell to activate on, that isn't part of the description of oils.


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Yqatuba wrote:
How wold you apply an oil to your teeth other than drinking it?

With a tooth brush.


Drinking an oil would have the same effect as pouring a potion over someone’s head. In both cases the magic would fail to activate because that is not how it works. In the case of an oil of magic fang you would need to do more than simply drink it. You would need to coat your teeth with it so you would need to swish it around your moth for a while (as long as it would take to apply an oil).

If the GM is in nasty or humorous mood he may have it have some minor effect based on special effect.


Also, what type of oil is used in making these magical oils? It could have nasty effects if consumed.

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Yqatuba wrote:
How wold you apply an oil to your teeth other than drinking it?

Gargle?

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Mr. Creosote?


Jeven wrote:
Yqatuba wrote:
How wold you apply an oil to your teeth other than drinking it?
With a tooth brush.

Do they even exist on Golarion?

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