Rings

Rings bestow magical powers upon their wearers. Only a rare few have charges. Anyone can use a ring.
A character can only effectively wear two magic rings. A third magic ring doesn't work if the wearer is already wearing two magic rings.

Physical Description: Rings have no appreciable weight. Although exceptions exist that are crafted from glass or bone, the vast majority of rings are forged from metal - usually precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum. A ring has AC 13, 2 hit points, hardness 10, and a break DC of 25.

Activation: Usually, a ring's ability is activated by a command word (a standard action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity) or it works continually. Some rings have exceptional activation methods, according to their descriptions.

Special Qualities: Roll d%. A result of 01 indicates the ring is intelligent, 02–31 indicates that something (a design, inscription, or the like) provides a clue to its function, and 32–100 indicates no special qualities. Intelligent items have extra abilities and sometimes extraordinary powers and special purposes. Rings with charges can never be intelligent.

Table 1: Rings

Ring Market Price
Protection +1 2,000 gp
Feather falling 2,200 gp
Sustenance 2,500 gp
Climbing 2,500 gp
Jumping 2,500 gp
Swimming 2,500 gp
Counterspells 3,300 gp*
Mind shielding 8,000 gp
Protection +2 8,000 gp
Force shield 8,500 gp
Ram 8,600 gp
Climbing, improved 10,000 gp
Jumping, improved 10,000 gp
Swimming, improved 10,000 gp
Wizardry (I) 10,000 gp*
Animal friendship 10,800 gp
Energy resistance, minor 12,000 gp
Chameleon power 12,700 gp
Water walking 15,000 gp
Protection +3 18,000 gp
Spell storing, minor 18,000 gp
Invisibility 20,000 gp
Evasion 25,000 gp
X-ray vision 25,000 gp
Blinking 27,000 gp
Energy resistance, major 28,000 gp
Protection +4 32,000 gp
Wizardry (II) 40,000 gp
Freedom of movement 40,000 gp
Energy resistance, greater 44,000 gp
Friend shield (pair) 50,000 gp
Scarab ring 50,000 gp
Protection +5 50,000 gp
Shooting stars 50,000 gp
Spell storing 50,000 gp
Three wishes 56,927 gp
Wizardry (III) 70,000 gp
Protection +6 72,000 gp*
Telekinesis 75,000 gp
Regeneration 90,000 gp*
Protection +7 98,000 gp*
Spell turning 98,280 gp
Wizardry (IV) 100,000 gp
Protection +8 128,000 gp*
Wizardry (V) 130,000 gp*
wizardry (VI) 160,000 gp*
Protection +9 162,000 gp*
wizardry (VII) 190,000 gp*
Protection +10 200,000 gp*
Spell storing, major 200,000 gp
Elemental command (fire) 215,460 gp*
Elemental command (air) 225,180 gp*
wizardry (VIII) 220,000 gp*
wizardry (IX) 250,000 gp*
Sequestering 252,000 gp*
Elemental command (earth) 258,480 gp*
Elemental command (water) 265,770 gp*
Rapid healing 300,000 gp*
Ironskin 320,000 gp*
Weaponbreaking 640,000 gp*
Adamant law 864,000 gp*
Chaotic fury 864,000 gp*
Ineffable evil 864,000 gp*
Virtuous good 864,000 gp*

*Revised price. See the magic items discussion.

Ring Descriptions

Standard rings are described below.

Adamant Law: The wearer of this ring is constantly sheathed in a shield of law effect. It drains one Hit Die from any chaotic creature that puts it on. The lost Hit Die remains as long as the ring is worn and disappears when the ring is removed. It cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the ring is worn.

Strong abjuration [lawful]; CL 15th; shield of law, creator must be lawful; Price 864,000 gp.

Animal Friendship: On command, this ring affects an animal as if the wearer had cast charm animal (Will DC 12 negates).

Faint enchantment; CL 3rd; charm animal; Price 10,800 gp.

Blinking: On command, this ring makes the wearer blink, as with the blink spell.

Moderate transmutation; CL 7th; blink; Price 27,000 gp.

Chameleon Power: As a free action, the wearer of this ring can gain the ability to magically blend in with the surroundings. This provides a +10 competence bonus on Hide-based Stealth checks. As a standard action, she can also command the ring to utilize the spell disguise self as often as she wants.

Faint illusion; CL 3rd; disguise self, invisibility; Price 12,700 gp.

Chaotic Fury: The wearer of this ring is constantly sheathed in a cloak of chaos effect. It drains one Hit Die from any lawful creature that puts it on. The lost Hit Die remains as long as the ring is worn and disappears when the ring is removed. It cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the ring is worn.

Strong abjuration [chaotic]; CL 15th; cloak of chaos, creator must be chaotic; Price 864,000 gp.

Climbing: This ring is actually a magic leather cord that ties around a finger. It continually grants the wearer a +5 competence bonus on Climb checks.

Faint transmutatation; CL 5th; creator must have 5 ranks in the Climb skill; Price 2,500 gp.

Climbing, Improved: As climbing, except it grants a +10 competence bonus on its wearer's Climb checks.

Faint transmutation; CL 5th; creator must have 10 ranks in the Climb skill; Price 10,000 gp.

Counterspells: This ring might seem to be a ring of spell storing upon first examination. However, while it allows a single spell of 1st through 6th level to be cast into it, that spell cannot be cast out of the ring again. Instead, should that spell ever be cast upon the wearer, it is immediately countered, as a counterspell action, requiring no action (or even knowledge) on the wearer's part. Once so used, the spell cast within the ring is gone. A new spell (or the same one as before) can be placed in it again.

Moderate evocation; CL 11th; imbue with spell ability, greater dispel magic; Price 3,300 gp.

Elemental Command: All four kinds of elemental command rings are very powerful. Each appears to be nothing more than a lesser magic ring until fully activated (by meeting a special condition, such as single-handedly slaying an elemental of the appropriate type or exposure to a sacred material of the appropriate element), but each has certain other powers as well as the following common properties.

Elementals of the plane to which the ring is attuned can't attack the wearer, or even approach within 5 feet of him. If the wearer desires, he can forego this protection and instead attempt to charm the elemental (as charm monster, Will DC 17 negates). If the charm attempt fails, however, absolute protection is lost and no further attempt at charming can be made.

Creatures from the plane to which the ring is attuned who attack the wearer take a -1 penalty on their attack rolls, and the wearer gains a +2 resistance bonus on applicable saving throws against their attacks. He gains a +4 morale bonus on all attack rolls against such creatures; any weapon he uses bypasses their damage reduction, regardless of any qualities the weapon may or may not have.

The wearer of the ring can converse with creatures from the plane to which his ring is attuned. They recognize that he wears the ring and show a healthy respect for the wearer if alignments are similar. If alignments are opposed, creatures fear him if he is strong; if he is weak, they hate and desire to slay him.

The possessor of a ring of elemental command takes a saving throw penalty as follows:


Element Saving Throw Penalty
Air -2 against earth-based effects
Earth -2 against air- or electricity-based effects
Fire -2 against water- or cold-based effects
Water -2 against fire-based effects

In addition to the powers described above, each specific ring gives its wearer the following abilities according to its kind.



Ring of Elemental Command (Air)
  • Feather fall (unlimited use, wearer only)
  • Resist energy (electricity) (as a major ring of electricity resistance)
  • Gust of wind (twice per day)
  • Wind wall (unlimited use)
  • Air walk (once per day, wearer only)
  • Chain lightning (once per week)

The ring appears to be a ring of feather falling until a certain condition is met to activate its full potential. It must be reactivated each time a new wearer acquires it.

Ring of Elemental Command (Earth)

  • Meld into stone (unlimited use, wearer only)
  • Soften earth or stone (unlimited use)
  • Stone shape (twice per day)
  • Stoneskin (once per week, wearer only)
  • Passwall (twice per week)
  • Wall of stone (once per day)

The ring appears to be a ring of meld into stone until the established condition is met.

Ring of Elemental Command (Fire)

  • Resist energy (fire) (as a major ring of fire resistance)
  • Burning hands (unlimited use)
  • Flaming sphere (twice per day)
  • Pyrotechnics (twice per day)
  • Wall of fire (once per day)
  • Flame strike (twice per week)

The ring appears to be a major ring of fire resistance until the established condition is met.

Ring of Elemental Command (Water)

  • Water walk (unlimited use)
  • Create water (unlimited use)
  • Water breathing (unlimited use)
  • Wall of ice (once per day)
  • Ice storm (twice per week)
  • Control water (twice per week)

The ring appears to be a ring of water walking until the established condition is met.

Strong conjuration; CL 15th; summon monster VI, all appropriate spells; Price 225,180 gp (air), 258,480 gp (earth), 215,460 gp (fire), 265,700 gp (water).

Energy Resistance: This reddish iron ring continually protects the wearer from damage from one type of energy - acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic (chosen by the creator of the item; determine randomly if found as part of a treasure hoard). Each time the wearer would normally take such damage, subtract the ring's resistance value from the damage dealt.

A minor ring of energy resistance grants 10 points of resistance. A major ring of energy resistance grants 20 points of resistance. A greater ring of energy resistance grants 30 points of resistance.

Faint (minor or major) or moderate (greater) abjuration; CL 3rd (minor), 7th (major), or 11th (greater); resist energy; Price 12,000 gp (minor), 28,000 gp (major), 44,000 gp (greater).

Evasion: This ring continually grants the wearer the ability to avoid damage as if she had evasion. Whenever she makes a Reflex saving throw to determine whether she takes half damage, a successful save results in one-quarter damage.

Moderate transmutation; CL 7th; jump; Price 25,000 gp.

Feather Falling: This ring is crafted with a feather pattern all around its edge. It acts exactly like a feather fall spell, activated immediately if the wearer falls more than 5 feet.

Faint transmutation; CL 1st; feather fall; Price 2,000 gp.

Force Shield: An iron band, this simple ring generates a shield-sized and -shaped wall of force that stays with the ring and can be wielded by the wearer as if it were a heavy shield (+3 AC). This special creation has no Dex or Concentration check penalties since it is weightless and encumbrance-free. It can be activated and deactivated at will as a free action.

Moderate evocation; CL 9th; wall of force; Price 8,500 gp.

Freedom of Movement: This gold ring allows the wearer to act as if continually under the effect of a freedom of movement spell.

Moderate abjuration; CL 7th; freedom of movement; Price 44,800 gp.

Friend Shield: These curious rings always come in pairs. A friend shield ring without its mate is useless. Either wearer of one of a pair of the rings can, at any time, command his or her ring to cast a shield other spell with the wearer of the mated ring as the recipient. This effect has no range limitation.

Moderate abjuration; CL 10th; shield other; Price 50,000 gp (for a pair).

Ineffable Evil: The wearer of this ring is constantly sheathed in an unholy aura effect. It drains one Hit Die from any good creature that puts it on. The lost Hit Die remains as long as the ring is worn and disappears when the ring is removed. It cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the ring is worn.

Strong abjuration [evil]; CL 15th; unholy aura, creator must be evil; Price 864,000 gp.

Invisibility: By activating this simple silver ring, the wearer can benefit from invisibility, as the spell.

Faint illusion; CL 3rd; invisibility; Price 20,000 gp.

Ironskin: This ring grants its wearer damage reduction 15/adamantine.

Strong transmutation; CL 20th; iron body; Price 320,000 gp.

Jumping: This ring continually allows the wearer to leap about, providing a +5 competence bonus on all his Jump checks.

Faint transmutation; CL 2nd; creator must have 5 ranks in the Jump skill; Price 2,500 gp.

Jumping, Improved: As jumping, except it grants a +10 competence bonus on its wearer's Jump check.
Moderate transmutation; CL 7th; creator must have 10 ranks in the Jump skill; Price 10,000 gp.

Mind Shielding: This ring is usually of fine workmanship and wrought from heavy gold. The wearer is continually immune to detect thoughts, discern lies, and any attempt to magically discern her alignment.

Faint aburation; CL 3rd; nondetection; Price 8,000 gp.

Protection: This ring offers continual magical protection in the form of a deflection bonus of +1 to +10 to AC.

Faint abjuration; CL 5th; shield of faith, caster must be of a level at least three times greater than the ring's bonus; Price 2,000 gp (ring +1); 8,000 gp (ring +2); 18,000 gp (ring +3); 32,000 gp (ring +4); 50,000 gp (ring +5); 72,000 gp (ring +6); 98,000 gp (ring +7); 128,000 (ring +8); 162,000 gp (ring +9); 200,000 gp (ring +10).

Ram: The ring of the ram is an ornate ring forged of hard metal, usually iron or an iron alloy. It has the head of a ram as its device.

The wearer can command the ring to give forth a ramlike force, manifested by a vaguely discernible shape that resembles the head of a ram or a goat. This force strikes a single target, dealing 1d6 points of damage if 1 charge is expended, 2d6 points if 2 charges are used, or 3d6 points if 3 charges (the maximum) are used. Treat this as a ranged attack with a 50-foot maximum range and no penalties for distance.

The force of the blow is considerable, and those struck by the ring are subject to a bull rush if within 30 feet of the ring-wearer. (The ram has Strength 25 and is Large.) The ram gains a +1 bonus on the bull rush attempt if 2 charges are expended, or +2 if 3 charges are expended.

In addition to its attack mode, the ring of the ram also has the power to open doors as if it were a character with Strength 25. If 2 charges are expended, the effect is equivalent to a character with Strength 27. If 3 charges are expended, the effect is that of a character with Strength 29.

A newly created ring has 50 charges. When all the charges are expended, the ring becomes a nonmagical item.

Moderate transmutation; CL 9th; bull's strength, telekinesis; Price 8,600 gp.

Rapid Healing: This ring grants a living wearer fast healing 3. It must be worn for 24 hours before its powers activate, and if removed it will not function again until it has been worn for 24 hours by the same individual.

Strong necromancy; CL 20th; regenerate; Price 300,000 gp.

Regeneration: This white gold ring continually allows a living wearer to heal 1 point of damage per level every hour rather than every day. (This ability cannot be aided by the Heal skill.) Nonlethal damage heals at a rate of 1 point of damage per level every 5 minutes. If the wearer loses a limb, an organ, or any other body part while wearing this ring, the ring regenerates it as the spell. In either case, only damage taken while wearing the ring is regenerated.

Strong conjuration; CL 15th; regenerate; Price 90,000 gp.

Scarab Ring: This valuable item takes the form of a gold ring with a small scarab mounted on it. Anyone who dies while wearing this ring has a 90% chance of being raised 1d4 rounds after dying, as the raise dead spell. The wearer loses 1 level or 1 Con point, but his hit points are restored to 50% of their maximum, instead of 1 per HD. As with raise dead, the ring will not work if the wearer dies of old age, is undead, or has been killed by a death effect. The ring works only once, then crumbles into fine gold dust (worth 10 gp).

Moderate conjuration; CL 10th; raise dead; Price 50,000 gp.

Sequestering: This ring becomes invisible when worn. Upon command, the wearer gains the benefits of a sequester spell (though he does not become comatose as normal for the spell).

Strong abjuration; CL 20th; sequester; Price 252,000 gp.

Shooting Stars: This ring has two modes of operation, one for being in shadowy darkness or outdoors at night and a second one when the wearer is underground or indoors at night.

During the night under the open sky or in areas of shadow or darkness, the ring of shooting stars can perform the following functions on command.

  • Dancing lights (once per hour)
  • Light (twice per night)
  • Ball lightning (special, once per night)
  • Shooting stars (special, three per week)

The first special function, ball lightning, releases one to four balls of lightning (ring wearer's choice). These glowing globes resemble dancing lights, and the ring wearer controls them in the same fashion (see the dancing lights spell description). The spheres have a 120-foot range and a duration of 4 rounds. They can be moved at 120 feet per round. Each sphere is about 3 feet in diameter, and any creature who comes within 5 feet of one causes its charge to dissipate, taking electricity damage in the process according to the number of balls created.


Number of Balls Damage per Ball
4 lightning balls 1d6 points of damage each
3 lightning balls 2d6 points of damage each
2 lightning balls 3d6 points of damage each
1 lightning ball 4d6 points of damage

Once the ball lightning function is activated, the balls can be released at any time before the sun rises. (Multiple balls can be released in the same round.)

The second special function produces three shooting stars that can be released from the ring each week, simultaneously or one at a time. They impact for 12 points of damage and spread (as a fireball) in a 5-foot-radius sphere for 24 points of fire damage.

Any creature struck by a shooting star takes full damage from impact plus full fire damage from the spread unless it makes a DC 13 Reflex save. Creatures not struck but within the spread ignore the impact damage and take only half damage from the fire spread on a successful DC 13 Reflex save. Range is 70 feet, at the end of which the shooting star explodes, unless it strikes a creature or object before that. A shooting star always follows a straight line, and any creature in its path must make a save or be hit by the projectile.

Indoors at night, or underground, the ring of shooting stars has the following properties.

  • Faerie fire (twice per day)
  • Spark shower (special, once per day)

The spark shower is a flying cloud of sizzling purple sparks that fan out from the ring for a distance of 20 feet in an arc 10 feet wide. Creatures within this area take 2d8 points of damage each if not wearing metal armor or carrying a metal weapon. Those wearing metal armor and/or carrying a metal weapon take 4d8 points of damage.

Strong evocation; CL 12th; light, faerie fire, fireball, lightning bolt; Price 50,000 gp.

Spell Storing, Minor: A minor ring of spell storing contains up to three levels of spells that the wearer can cast. Each spell has a caster level equal to the minimum level needed to cast that spell. The user need not provide any material components or focus, or pay an ability burn cost to cast the spell, and there is no Concentration check penalty for wearing armor (because the ring wearer need not gesture). The activation time for the ring is same as the casting time for the relevant spell, with a minimum of 1 standard action.

For a randomly generated ring, treat it as a scroll to determine what spells are stored in it. If you roll a spell that would put the ring over the three-level limit, ignore that roll; the ring has no more spells in it. (Not every newly discovered ring need be fully charged.)

A spellcaster can cast any spells into the ring, so long as the total spell levels do not add up to more than three. Metamagic versions of spells take up storage space equal to their spell level modified by the metamagic feat. A spellcaster can use a scroll to put a spell into the ring.

The ring magically imparts to the wearer the names of all spells currently stored within it.

Faint evocation; CL 5th; imbue with spell ability; Price 18,000 gp.

Spell Storing: As the minor ring of spell storing, except it holds up to five levels of spells.

Moderate evocation; CL 9th; imbue with spell ability; Price 50,000 gp.

Spell Storing, Major: As the minor ring of spell storing, except it holds up to ten levels of spells.

Strong evocation; CL 17th; imbue with spell ability; Price 200,000 gp.

Spell Turning: Up to three times per day on command, this simple platinum band automatically reflects the next nine levels of spells cast at the wearer, exactly as if spell turning had been cast upon the wearer.

Strong abjuration; CL 13th; spell turning; Price 98,280 gp.

Sustenance: This ring continually provides its wearer with life-sustaining nourishment. The ring also refreshes the body and mind, so that its wearer needs only sleep 2 hours per day to gain the benefit of 8 hours of sleep. The ring must be worn for a full week before it begins to work. If it is removed, the owner must wear it for another week to reattune it to himself.

Faint conjuration; CL 5th; create food and water; Price 2,500 gp.

Swimming: This silver ring has a wave pattern etched into the band. It continually grants the wearer a +5 competence bonus on Swim checks.

Faint transmutation; CL 2nd; creator must have 5 ranks in the Swim skill; Price 2,500 gp.

Swimming, Improved: As swimming, except it grants a +10 competence bonus on its wearer's Swim checks.

Moderate transmutation; CL 7th; creator must have 10 ranks in the Swim skill; Price 10,000 gp.

Telekinesis: This ring allows the caster to use the spell telekinesis on command.

Moderate transmutation; CL 9th; telekinesis; Price 75,000 gp.

Three Wishes: This ring is set with three rubies. Each ruby stores a limited wish spell, activated by the ring. When a wish is used, that ruby disappears. For a randomly generated ring, roll 1d3 to determine the remaining number of rubies. When all the wishes are used, the ring becomes a nonmagical item.

Strong evocation (if lesser miracle is used); CL 15th; limited wish or lesser miracle; Price 56,927 gp.

Universal Energy Resistance, Greater: This ring functions as a ring of greater energy resistance for all types of energy - fire, cold, electricity, acid, and sonic. When the wearer would normally take such damage, subtract 30 points of damage per round from the amount before applying.

Strong abjuration; CL 20th; protection from energy; Price 396,000 gp.

Universal Energy Resistance, Minor: This ring functions as a ring of minor energy resistance for all types of energy: fire, cold, electricity, acid, and sonic. When the wearer would normally take such damage, subtract 10 points of damage per round from the amount before applying.

Strong abjuration; CL 15th; protection from energy; Price 108,000 gp.

Virtuous Good: The wearer of this ring is constantly sheathed in a holy aura effect. It drains one Hit Die from any evil creature that puts it on. The lost Hit Die remains as long as the ring is worn and disappears when the ring is removed. It cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the ring is worn.

Strong abjuration; CL 15th; holy aura, creator must be good; Price 864,000 gp.

Water Walking: This ring, set with an opal, allows the wearer to continually utilize the effects of the spell water walk.

Moderate transmutation; CL 9th; water walk; Price 15,000 gp.

Weaponbreaking: A ring of weaponbreaking is identical to a ring of ironskin, and has one additional power. Any weapon that successfully strikes the wearer must also make a DC 20 Fortitude save or be shattered into pieces.

Strong evocation and transmutation; CL 20th; iron body, shatter; Price 640,000 gp.

Wizardry: This special ring comes in nine kinds (one for each level of spells 1st-9th), all of them useful only to arcane spellcasters. The wearer's arcane spells per day are doubled for one specific spell level. A ring of wizardry I doubles 1st-level spells, a ring of wizardry II doubles 2nd-level spells, etc., all the way to the ring of wizardry IX, which doubles 9th-level spells. Bonus spells from high ability scores or school specialization are not doubled.

Moderate (wizardry I), strong (wizardry II–IV), or overwhelming (wizardry V-IX) (no school); CL 11th (I), 14th (II), 17th (III), 20th (IV), 23rd (V), 26th (VI), 29th (VII), 32nd (VIII), 35th (IX); limited wish; Price 10,000 gp (I), 40,000 gp (II), 70,000 gp (III), 100,000 gp (IV), 130,000 gp (V), 160,000 gp (VI), 190,000 gp (VIII), 220,000 gp (VIII), 250,000 gp (IX).

X-Ray Vision: On command, this ring gives its possessor the ability to see into and through solid matter. Vision range is 20 feet, with the viewer seeing as if he were looking at something in normal light even if there is no illumination. X-ray vision can penetrate 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, or up to 3 feet of wood or dirt. Thicker substances or a thin sheet of lead blocks the vision.

Using the ring is physically exhausting; the wearer takes 1 point of Constitution damage per minute after the first 10 minutes of use in a single day.

Moderate divination; CL 6th; true seeing; Price 25,000 gp.

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