I've always had respect for the Roguelike genre. Videogames where you move a character around a grid, delving deeper and deeper into a procedurally generated dungeon, picking up new items, potions, and scrolls, and slowly figuring out what they do and using them to your advantage. You don't start out knowing what each potion or scroll or magic item does, and drinking/reading/equipping them to find out will sometimes have you use an item that is actually harmful (ranging from scrolls you're meant to use in niche situations to cursed items with negative enchantments and can't be removed without a curse-removing scroll).
Recently, though, I started playing a game called Unexplored. It's very heavily based on classic grid-based Roguelikes, but while it keeps almost all the same trappings, it's a top down action game instead. I've developed a minor addiction to it. The gameplay is fun, but not amazing, bu that's fine because it's mostly there to facilitate the slow, methodical exploration that I want to enjoy from normal Roguelikes but haven't been able to really get without more engaging systems on top of them.
Anyway, it got me into the idea of writing magic items. Most of the items in Unexplored just deal more damage or have a chance to bleed/stun/etc an enemy, but the number of combinations is still impressive. And in RPGs, where problem-solving is not always a matter of figuring out how to best defeat an enemy, there's a lot more room for interesting items.
I took inspiration from Unexplored's system of enchanting, where you can find magic runes as treasure and take them to the anvils that generate every now and then to turn a normal item into a magic item. Rather than write a hundred magic items off the top of my head, I took the nine sigils from Unexplored, added one to round it out, then came up with ten item varieties. I could just roll a D100, find the element and item it corresponded with, and use that as a base for the item.
It wasn't until I was halfway through the list when I had a realization. Because the tens digit says what element it is and the ones digit says which item, you can roll a D10 instead of a D100 and get a specific item or element. If you want, say, an item associated with ice, you can roll a D10 and add it to the end of 70. If you want a melee weapon, roll a D10 and put it in front of 5 (so a 1 becomes 15, 6 becomes 65, etc).
Items Grouped by Theme and Type
BY THEME (Number + D10)
80 Air90 Storm
BY TYPE (D10 + Number)
5 Melee Weapon
6 Ranged Weapon
8 Trinket9 Staff
A Few Notes On Compatibility
I've tried to make these as system-agnostic as possible, but:
I assume a system where D6s are the "average" damage die. In my homebrew almost damage is rolled on a D6, with stronger/weaker weapons adding/subtracting from the result, so that's why a lot these have damage values of "D4 or D6-1" or "D8 or D6+1". If your system has different damage averages you might want to adjust the values.
If you don't already know, Advantage/Disadvantage means you roll a D20 twice and take the better or worse result, respectively.
I've used notional distances - Melee, Reach, Close, Near, Far, etc. If you want specific distances, Melee is 5 feet/1 square, reach 10 feet/two squares, Close is 30/6, Near is 100/20, and Far is 250/50.
Some items have "STR" or "DEX" or the like attached to them. That just means the modifier of a specific stat - STR being Strength, INT being Intelligence, you can figure it out.
D100 Magic Items
00 Rose Knight's Armour
A beautiful suit of light armour which looks like plate but counts as chainmail. Rose-like embellishments and leafy designs cover it from head to toe. If the wearer is in a duel with someone – any (ostensibly) honourable fight between two lone combatants – they have Advantage on all attack rolls against their foe.
01 Crown of Thorns
A tiara made of green, thorny vines that provides no defense bonuses, but projects all harm the wearer suffers onto whoever caused it. When the wearer takes damage from an attack, their attacker takes 1 magic damage in return.
02 Elven Cloak
A green cloak that imbues the wearer with Elven grace. Living plants can never impede their movement – while this means they could run through a bush unharmed, it also means they can climb or even run up trees and vines safely and at their normal movement rate.
03 Ring of Life Detection
A gold ring with a small emerald. Whoever wears it can spend a moment concentrating on it to become aware of the presence and health of all living creatures within Close distance.
04 Amulet of the Snake
A jade amulet fashioned in the shape of a snake. Whoever wears it is rendered immune to any and all poisons, be they lethal or merely hindering.
05 Blade of Grass
A slightly curved one-handed sword made of a pale green metal. The edge is razor-sharp, causing attacks made with it to deal critical damage on a roll of 2 as well as 1.
06 Poison Flower Star
A flower-shaped throwing star with serrated edges designed to hold and easily inject poison into struck targets. If used to apply poison to a creature, the creature gains no Save vs Poison – however, the poison is always depleted after a hit (if it wouldn't be already).
07 Regenerating Shield
A wooden shield that was grown, not built. If the wielder sunders it to ignore all damage from an attack, it will regrow after eight hours. If destroyed by fire it is broken permanently.
08 Healing Moss
A patch of green, almost glowing moss. When rubbed on an injury it grows to replace the lost functionality, healing the injury and consuming the moss.
09 Staff of Healing
A staff made of two intertwined branches. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel their own life-force through the staff or hand, giving their HP 1-for-1 to any living creature within Close distance. Undead creatures are harmed instead.
10 Adamantine Armour
A light and thin suit of plate armour made of a pale blue metal. It counts as plate armour for the purposes of defense and as chain armour for the purposes of encumbrance.
11 Magnetic Helm
A metal helmet of a peculiar purple-and-red alloy that draws metal towards it. In addition to being a helmet, all attacks with metal weapons that deal damage to the wearer have the damage rolled reduced by 1, as some momentum and control is lost to the magnet's pull.
12 Armourer's Cloak
A grey cloak that shines like metal. When worn, the wearer treats all armour they wear as one step lighter for the purposes of encumbrance.
13 Ring of Ferrokinesis
An unremarkable iron ring. It allows its wielder to manipulate metal they can see up to Close distance away, with as much strength as the free hand they must use to do so.
14 Amulet of Hardening
A metal amulet in the shape of a fist. Whoever wears it has their equipment protected from non-magical hindrances – the things they carry cannot be taken from them or destroyed.
15 Adamantine Sword
A super-sharp, super-light one-handed sword of a pale blue metal. It counts as a masterwork sword, and the sharp metal allows it to ignore the physical armour of enemies.
16 Cable Bow
This bow's string and limbs are made of metal, not wood and fibre. The tensile cables can deal extra damage, but are harder to pull – it deals D6 + STR damage.
17 Shield of Rust
A rusty metal shield which rusts metal that comes in contact with it. Prolonged contact rusts for sure, but minimum damage rolls against whoever is wielding it rusts the weapon being used, giving it -1 to hit and -1 damage.
18 Dowsing Ball
An iron ball on the end of a chain. When held out in front of the wearer it will drift slightly towards the nearest source of valuable metal not already in their possession.
19 Rod of Magnetism
An iron staff. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel magnetism into the staff or hand, pulling or pushing metal within Close distance, up to the weight of plate armour.
20 Atlantean Plate
A suit of plate armour made of a dark blue metal that's impossibly light. It doesn't hinder swimming or climbing at all – it does hinder sneaking, running, etc as normal.
21 Diver's Helm
A large brass helmet that allows the wearer to breathe water and ignore water pressure. It does not stop water from entering the helmet, however, or the wearer from getting wet.
22 Boots of Water Walking
A pair of blue leather boots which allow their wearer to walk on any and all liquids. Water, but also acid, lava, and stranger things. Anything other than their boots can still sink.
23 Ring of Blood Draining
A silver ring with an inlaid ruby, which allows its wearer to draw blood within Close distance towards them if they have a free hand. This causes creatures to Save vs Magic or get dragged towards the PC, or instead causes D6 damage to creatures that are bleeding.
24 Anchor Amulet
An iron amulet in the shape of an anchor. It causes the wearer to sink to the bottom of water as if it were air, ignoring pressure but drowning and being wet as normal.
25 Tidal Blade
A one-handed sword that has a straight edge and an edge curved in a wavy pattern. If an attack made with it misses, and the wielder makes another attack on the next round, that attack is made at Advantage.
26 Bolas of the Saint of Fishers
A three-part chain bolas. Regular bolas have Close range and cause a Save vs Stun on a hit, lest the target be entangled – this one has Near range and always entangles on a hit.
27 Surging Shield
A brass shield with small spikes all across the front. If the bearer charges at an enemy, they may make an attack with both another weapon and the shield, which deals +1 damage over the normal damage of a shield, but only when charging enemies.
28 Bottle of Holding
A glass bottle that can hold up to a hundred times the expected amount of liquid, but only the normal amount of anything else. If shattered, the liquid explodes outwards all at once.
29 Driftwood Staff
A staff made of a single piece of ancient driftwood. If the wielder has a free hand, they can control water at a distance through a combination of the staff and hand, moving up to person's worth of a visible liquid (be it water, acid, blood, etc) at a time.
30 Dragonleather Armour
Leather armour made from a dragon's hide. It counts as chainmail for the purposes of defense, and leather for the purposes of encumbrance. The leather itself is immune to fire, but not heat or lava or explosions, and only covers the arms, torso, chest, and legs.
31 Molten Crown
A crown of molten gold that keeps its form, casts no light, and does not burn those who touch it. If you wear the crown, you are immune to fire and heat (but not explosions).
32 Striking Boots
Red leather boots with spiked soles. The boots allow their wearers to make unarmed attacks with +1 damage with only their feet, but cannot move and then attack with them.
33 Ember Ring
A unremarkable copper ring. It allows its wearer to shoot embers from the hand its on, starting small fires instantaneously.
34 Dragonslayer's Amulet
A small gold amulet in the shape of a dragon's skull. Whoever wears it has Advantage on all attacks against creatures that are twice as large or more than them.
35 Unfinished Blade
A one-handed sword that glows like an untempered blade. It casts light like a torch, and sets anything it strikes on fire. It only lights things hit while swinging it, so it can be sheathed or held without igniting the wielder.
36 Hellbore Crossbow/Musket
A crossbow (or musket in early-modern games) made of dark red, charred wood. It fires bolts/bullets that glow white with heat. They deal no extra damage, but melt through wood and metal with ease, allowing attacks made with them to ignore armour.
37 Shimmer Shield
A shield of a reflective, strong, and light metal. While it does not project light itself it reflects even the dimmest ones brilliantly, making it hard to see the wielder at a distance. Ranged attacks made against them by creatures that see (IE not undead) are at Disadvantage.
38 Orb of Flame
A small metal orb that can be easily held in one hand, which glows orange with warmth. It casts light and heat like a lantern, though it is comfortable to hold, and will never go out. If its tough exterior is broken, it will explode with the force of a bomb.
39 Firebolt Staff
A bronze staff that ends in a pale red crystal. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel flame through the staff or hand, igniting things at a distance. They must make a ranged attack to hit creatures.
40 Chainmail of the Sorceror
A suit of pale purple chainmail. It does not interfere with a spell caster's ability to cast magic, and can be worn by spell casters who wouldn't normally be able to wear chainmail.
41 Hood of Starry Eyes
A purple hood with a yellow eye drawn on the front. When worn to obscure the wearer's vision, they gain the ability to see out of it in every direction up to Close distance away, and through darkness and opaque but not impassable things (curtains, smoke clouds, etc).
42 Cloak of the Enchanter
A rugged black cloak with a red velvet inside. It allows the wearer to teleport to a location within Far range that they can see, at the cost of taking D6+1 damage and making a loud and impressive explosion both where they leave and where they reappear.
43 Ring of Dispelling
A silver ring with an inlaid amethyst. It allows its wearer to raise the hand its on and hold it open to project a translucent purple shield in front of them – it does nothing to physical things, but all but the strongest spells and magic abilities are completely blocked.
44 Wizard's Amulet
A silver amulet that contains a blue, faintly glowing crystal. When worn by a magician it gives them the spell-casting ability of an extra level (1 or 2 casts/day, 1 magic die, etc).
45 Drakara, the Thinking Blade
A well-made one-handed sword with a mind of its own. It can speak, and knows a lot about metalsmithing and magical research (having been built by a tinkering magician). It adds the CHA of its wielder to its damage rolls.
A bow of pale purple wood. Arrows fired from it glow with magical energy, counting as magical for the purposes of damage and dealing +1 damage.
47 Sorceror's Shield
A shield of a pale purple wood. If worn by a spell caster, they can treat the hand they hold it in as an open hand for the purposes of casting spells.
48 Orb of True Sight
A crystal ball which, when looked through, dispels magical illusions, disguises, and invisible things. Any image created by magic is not seen through its glass.
49 Staff of Blasting
A wooden staff inscribed with purple runes. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel energy through the staff or hand to make ranged attacks against foes up to Near distance away. They deal D6 + INT damage on a successful hit.
50 Black Knight's Plate
A suit of knightly plate armour, as black as a starless sky. When worn, it makes the wearer completely immune to the effects of fear and pain, even if their limbs are chopped off.
51 Crown of the Bloodletting Queen
A silver tiara with an inlaid ruby. Whenever its wearer suffers an injury, they may choose to reroll the injury, but must suffer the newly rolled one if they do so.
52 Shroud of Death
A discarded part of Death's cloak. When worn over the body, it makes the wearer count as dead for the purposes of magic – the undead ignore them until harmed, healing spells harm them, and necrotic harm heals them.
53 Leech's Ring
An obsidian ring that resembles a leech biting its tail. It allows the wearer to drain the life force from a creature within Reach distance, dealing 1 damage and healing 1 in turn. This attack always hits, does not effect mechanical creatures, and does effect undead ones.
54 Amulet of the Lich
A black metal amulet with a large purple opal. If the wearer fails a Save vs Death, they pass it instead but the opal cracks and becomes black, the amulet drained of its power.
55 Sacrificial Dagger
An ornate dagger made to resemble a fang. When used to kill any creature the size of a chicken or larger, it stores the energy of the death. The next attack with it that lands deals double damage. Only one such charge can be stored at a time.
56 Black Arrow
An arrow of pure black metal. It breaks when it strikes a target, but immediately kills them – if a creature could at all be killed by an arrow, it is killed by this arrow.
57 Necrotic Shield
A black wooden shield that projects necrotic energy when the face is touched. If a melee attack made against its wielder fails, the attacker takes 1 magic damage.
58 Ferryman's Obol
A coin of silver, used to pay one's way into the afterlife. Whoever possesses this obol (or any other like it) has +1 on all Saves vs Death.
59 Staff of Harming
A black wood staff with an amethyst at the end. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel energy through the staff or hand to harm living creatures within Close distance at the cost of losing the same amount of HP, 1-for-1. Undead creatures are healed instead.
60 Stone Armour
A set of armour made of stone, that counts as plate armour in all respects. Whoever wears it cannot be moved against their will by another creature, but can still fall, slip, etc.
61 Helmet of Clarity
A stone helmet that fortifies the wearer's mind against negative effects. They have Advantage on Saves vs mind-altering things such as stuns, sleep spells, quest spells, etc.
62 Clatter Cloak
A set of tiny ceramic plates linked to each other. It provides no armour, but the plates reduce all slashing damage to 1 – piercing goes between the plates, and crushing simply ignores the plates, which do nothing to slow the impact of an attack.
63 Stonehand Ring
A ring which transforms the hand it's on into living stone. It counts as a shield and is extremely resistant to damage – you can reach into acid, pick up burning objects, etc.
64 Amulet of Unweight
A heavy stone amulet that is lighter when worn, and on top of taking up no inventory slots if worn, actually makes it easier for its wearer to lift things, giving them +2 inventory slots.
65 Stunning Mace
A one-handed mace carved from a single stone. When its wielder make a successful attack, they can choose to forgo dealing damage to instead stun the enemy for a round.
66 Giant's Shortbow
An impossibly large bow, that cannot be fired by anyone without a STR of +1 or higher. It can be "charged" by drawing the bow further each round, each round spent charging multiplying the damage to a maximum of three times the damaged rolled.
67 Giant's Buckler
An impossibly large shield, that cannot be lifted by anyone without a STR of +1 or higher. If held, it allows the wearer to effectively ignore all attacks from a single target, as the shield blocks any approach they can make – but renders the bearer unable to attack them either.
68 Humming Hammer
An otherwise unremarkable hammer that hums with uncontrolled energy. When struck against stone, it will shatter it into dust, enough to destroy a small wall. It has no effect on metal, flesh, wood, dirt, and anything else other than stone. It recharges in an hour.
69 Staff of Crushing
A thin staff made of red stone. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel crushing strength through the staff or hand, dealing damage to a creature within Close distance based on their armour – 1 for no armour, 2 for leather, 3 for chain, and 4 for plate.
70 Hyperborean Parka
As long as this dark blue parka (which counts as leather armour) is worn, the wearer will never get cold. They could walk through absolute zero conditions unscathed.
71 Berserker's Helm
A blood-stained metal helmet with ceremonial horns. When worn, it empowers the wearer by overtaxing their muscles, granting them Advantage on all melee attacks and Strength tests, but dealing 1 damage to them each time they benefit from it.
72 Good King's Boots
A pair of warm, well-made boots. Whoever wears them will not tire from movement, no matter how difficult or long the journey is. They could run for a full day and feel nothing.
73 Stasis Ring
Once per day, this light blue, translucent ring allows you to freeze yourself or another creature within Close distance for a round. They can take no actions, but cannot be affected by anything either, until the round ends.
74 Snowflake Amulet
A silver amulet in the shape of a snowflake. Whoever wears it is immune to both the negative effects of cold – even absolute zero won't harm them – and the negative effects of cold weather and terrain such as falling snow, snow drifts, slippery ice, and blizzards.
75 Chilling Axe
A one-handed axe made of hardened ice. When it deals damage to a foe, it slows down their actions. Their next action, on that round or the next, is made after every other character acts, regardless of their initiative.
76 Bow of Frost
A bow of pale white wood, with a blue string. Arrows fired from it glow blue, and freeze up to a cubic metre of water when they land in it. Enemies that are weak to frost, including those that aren't but are wet, take double damage from attacks made with it.
77 Crystal Shield
A shield of crystalline ice, slightly translucent. When a melee damage roll made against its bearer rolls maximum damage, crystal shards explode from it and deal D6 damage back.
78 Vapour Orb
A blue orb that can be held in one hand. At a thought, someone touching it can turn on and off its ability, which is to chill the air around it to its freezing point, filling a room-sized area with murky vapour that leaves a layer of frost on everything it touches.
79 Winter's Rod
A white wood staff that ends in a blue crystal. If the wielder has a free hand, they can project frost from the staff or hand to chill objects within Close distance at will – they can put out small fires, freeze cold or temperate water, etc.
80 Floating Mail
A suit of chainmail made from gravity resistant material. It counts as chain for the purposes of armour and leather for the purposes of encumbrance. When someone wearing it falls, they count as having fallen half as far for the purposes of damage.
81 Wafer Helm
A simple helmet made of a paper thin metal that is even stronger than the metal used in most helmets. It counts as a helmet but takes up no inventory slots.
82 Cloak of Invisibility
A cloak that, when worn, turns it and all beneath it invisible. If not worn by a living being, it has no effect, but can easily cover a large person in heavy armour, or a few small people.
83 Breeze Ring
An iron ring with a tiny sapphire embedded in it. It allows the wearer to perform weak acts of telekinesis up to Close distance away so long as they move the hand in question, such as turning pages, slowly moving keys and coins, and disturbing water and dust.
84 Amulet of Silence
A silver amulet that, when worn, renders the user completely silent. Any noise made by them or an item they carry is completely nullified, with the sole exception of their voice.
85 Sky God's Spear
A brass two-handed spear that seems longer than it looks. It can be used to make melee attacks up to Far distance away, rather than just Reach.
86 Swapping Handbow/Pistol
A one-handed crossbow (or pistol in early modern games) which swaps whoever fired it with living creatures they hit. If an attack lands, the attacker and defender swap places.
87 Returning Shield
A light metal shield which can be easily thrown. In addition to dealing +1 damage when thrown, its wielder can immediately draw the shield back to their hand after a throw. This takes almost no effort but if they don't do so right away they are unable to later.
88 Umbrella of Falling
A collapsible black umbrella. If held by someone while falling, they will float slowly instead of fall, reaching the ground in a quarter of the time and taking no damage when they do.
89 Staff of Blinking
A thin staff of silver. If pointed with both hands at a nearby location, the wielder can instantaneously teleport up to Close distance away.
90 Charged Mail
A set of chainmail armour which causes static shocks each time it is touched. When worn it keeps the wearer's mind on edge, making them impossible to surprise.
91 Helmet of the Storm
A brass helmet with an iron cloud and brass lightning bolts above it. In addition to counting as a helmet, once per day, it allows the wearer to fire a bolt of lightning at a creature within Close distance. It always hits and deals D6 damage, 2D6 if the target is wet or wearing metal armour, 3D6 if the target is both wet and wearing metal armour.
92 Boots of Speed
A pair of leather boots with small silver wings on each side. Whoever wears them can run twice as fast as they normally would, and for the same amount of effort.
93 Zap Ring
A gold, jagged ring. It allows the wearer to zap things with electricity up to Reach distance away, dealing 1 guaranteed damage, 2 if the target is wet/wearing metal, 3 if they're both.
94 Wanderer's Amulet
A wooden amulet in the shape of a man with a staff and wide-brimmed hat. Whoever wears it is immune to the effects of the weather, be it heat, cold, rain, or stranger things, but not non-weather sources of these (such as the heat of fire or wetness of a river).
95 Flurry Sword
A towering two-handed sword. When the blade kills a foe, energy crackles and it fills it wielder with vigour, allowing them to make another attack in the same round.
96 Electric Whip
A metal rod that cracks lightning through the air when swung. It acts as a whip (D4/D6-1 damage, 1 hand, Reach), except instead of Reach, the lightning has Close distance range.
97 Lightningrod Shield
A thin metal shield that can draw attacks made against creatures adjacent to the wearer to the wearer instead, once per round. They must decide to draw the attack before it is rolled.
98 Rain Idol
A small stone idol of an ancient god of rain. Once per day, someone can pray in front of it for a minute to move the local weather one step up or down this chain: Clear, Cloudy, Raining, Thundering, Storming.
99 Staff of Forked Lightning
A staff made of lightning-charred wood. If the wielder has a free hand, they can channel energy through the staff and hand to make two ranged attacks in a round against two separate creatures within Near distance, dealing D4 or D6-1 shock damage on a hit.