Item Pricing Question


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What would be a fair price for a Body Slot item that gives the wearer DR 2/blunt?

I am havng some trouble, as no spell does this currently (Stoneskin is the closest).


The mantle of faith is an item that grants DR 5/evil. Doing the math, that means that 2 DR ends up costing 30,400 gp. You could reduce that since DR/bludgeoning is easier to overcome than DR/evil.


That's a good question. The simplest pricing landmark I can suggest within the system is medium adamantine armour, which grants DR 2/- and costs 10k.

Considering this is DR/blunt, halving its cost to 5k seems a reasonable step. If you intend it to stack with other sources of DR, you could leave it there. If not, halving its cost again to 2.5k would be my suggestion.

I'll note adamantine armour is not exactly praised as worth its price in a competitive sense, but if you want to rate it yourself, it would probably require a scaling cost like enhancement bonuses to armour. I think I'd put DR/- at about half the value of the same enhancement bonus to AC (e.g. DR 2/- costs half as much as a +2 armour enhancement). DR/blunt I would again half further, so by that measure it's 1k. That's just my take on it mind.


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The 3.5 Magic Item Compendium had the shirt of bones that gave DR3/bludgeoning (as well as shirts for other types) for a market price of 9,000 GP. The math seems to be 3000 pg * level of DR for the easy to overcome DRs (slashing, piercing, bludgeoning) and 5000 GP * level of DR for the more difficult (special materials and alignment.) This is of course quite a bit cheaper than the mantle of faith, since by this system that would only cost 25,000, rather than 72,000.

The mantle of faith has always seemed a bit too high priced to me, but if you think it is pretty good I'd suggest something like:

5000 * DR # for slashing, piercing or bludgeoning
10000 * DR for cold iron or silver
15000 * DR for alignment (this comes up to just 1000 lower than the mantle of faith close enough I think).
20000 * DR for adamantine

Using that system a DR2/bludgeoning shirt would cost 10,000 GP.

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Dave Justus wrote:
The 3.5 Magic Item Compendium had the shirt of bones that gave DR3/bludgeoning (as well as shirts for other types) for a market price of 9,000 GP. The math seems to be 3000 pg * level of DR for the easy to overcome DRs (slashing, piercing, bludgeoning) and 5000 GP * level of DR for the more difficult (special materials and alignment.)

So, by this logic, it would be a 6,000 gp item. This is exactly the kind of info I am looking for.

A price of 6,000 seems reasonable (if Higher then I had hoped).


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Lord Fyre wrote:

A price of 6,000 seems reasonable (if Higher then I had hoped).

Well, like I said the formula derived from Magic Item Compendium yeilds significantly cheaper items than the Mantle of Faith (the closest Pathfinder item I know of) so if you aren't the GM, they might find that too cheap.

Personally, I think the MIC prices are too low, and the mantle of Faith too high. I'd probably price an item like that about in between the two formulas, say 4k per point for the cheapest DR, making your item cost 8000.

At the end of the day this is certainly a GM call, including if they even want such a thing to exist at any price.


Sunsilk adds 6k to item cost (Nethys ‘special materials).

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Dave Justus wrote:
Lord Fyre wrote:

A price of 6,000 seems reasonable (if Higher then I had hoped).

Well, like I said the formula derived from Magic Item Compendium yeilds significantly cheaper items than the Mantle of Faith (the closest Pathfinder item I know of) so if you aren't the GM, they might find that too cheap.

Personally, I think the MIC prices are too low, and the mantle of Faith too high. I'd probably price an item like that about in between the two formulas, say 4k per point for the cheapest DR, making your item cost 8000.

At the end of the day this is certainly a GM call, including if they even want such a thing to exist at any price.

I am the GM, I was hoping to place some lower level items into my adventure.

Creating interesting low level items is proving remarkably difficult.

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