Episode 3 - Drizzt Do'broken

This week we cover the amazing Drizzt Do'urden and how brokenly overpowered his character would be in a 5e campaign setting.

Show Notes

Demon Wars Reformation - R.A. Salvatore

5e Monster Manual, Page 126-129

5e Monster Manual, Page 126-129

Drizzt Do'Urden

Drizzt Do'Urden



Bruenor Battlehammer

Bruenor Battlehammer





Twinkle: +2 Defending Scimitar - 3rd Edition

Defender - 5th Edition

Weapon (any sword), legendary (requires attunement)

You gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon.

The first time you attack with the sword on each of your turns, you can transfer some or all of the sword’s bonus to your Armor Class, instead of using the bonus on any attacks that turn. For example, you could reduce the bonus to your attack and damage rolls to +1 and gain a +2 bonus to AC. The adjusted bonuses remain in effect until the start of your next turn, although you must hold the sword to gain a bonus to AC from it.

─ Dungeon Master's Guide, Page 164

Differences between the D&D Editions

Icingdeath: +3 Frost Scimitar - 2nd & 3rd Edition

5e Monster Manual, Page 55

5e Monster Manual, Page 55


Some magic items require a creature to form a bond with them before their magical properties can be used. This bond is called attunement, and certain items have a prerequisite for it. If the prerequisite is a class, a creature must be a member of that class to attune to the item. (If the class is a spellcasting class, a monster qualifies if that monster has spell slots and uses that class's spell list.)

Without becoming attuned to an item that requires attunement, a creature gains only its nonmagical benefits, unless its description states otherwise. For example, a magic shield that requires attunement provides the benefits of a normal shield to a creature not attuned to it, but none of its magical properties.

Attuning to an item requires a creature to spend a short rest focused on only that item while being in physical contact with it (this can't be the same short rest used to learn the item's properties). This focus can take the form of weapon practice (for a weapon), meditation (for a wondrous item), or some other appropriate activity. If the short rest is interrupted, the attunement attempt fails. Otherwise, at the end of the short rest,

An item can be attuned to only one creature at time and a creature can be attuned to no more than three magic items at a time. Any attempt to attune to a forth item fails; the creature must end its attunement to an item first. Additionally, a creature can't attune to more than one copy of an item. For example, a creature can’t attune to more than one ring of protection at a time.

A creature's attunement to an item ends if the creature no longer satisfies the prerequisites for attunement, if the item has been more than 100 feet away for at least 24 hours, if the creature dies, or if another creature attunes to the item. A creature can also voluntarily end attunement by spending another short rest focused the item, unless the item is cursed.

─ 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide, Page 136, 138

Bracers of the Blinding Strike - 3rd Edition

Ad'non's Silk Shirt - 3.5 Edition (Fortification)

Found on the body of Ad'non, a renegade drow working with the orc king Obould, this +5 spidersilk shirt is also moderately fortified. A magical force protects vital areas of the wearer more effectively. When a critical hit or sneak attack is scored on the wearer, there is a 75% chance that the critical hit or sneak attack is negated and damage is instead rolled normally.

Sneak Attack – Rogue Class Feature

Beginning at 1st level, you know how to strike subtly and exploit a foe’s distraction. Once per turn, you can deal an extra 1d6 damage to one creature you hit with an attack if you have advantage on the attack roll. The attack must use a finesse or a ranged weapon.

You don’t need advantage on the attack roll if another enemy of the target is within 5 feet of it, that enemy isn’t incapacitated, and you don’t have disadvantage on the attack roll.

The amount of the extra damage increases as you gain levels in this class, as shown in the Sneak Attack column of the Rogue table.

─ 5e Player’s Handbook, Page 96

Pack Tactics ─ Various Creature Ability

The [creature] has advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the [creature's] allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn't incapacitated.

Taulmaril - 3rd Edition

Quiver of Anariel - 3.5 Edition (Possibly related to a Quiver of Plenty from 2nd Edition?)

Cloak of Elvenkind - 3.5 Edition

Drow Arms and Armor

Drow craft weapons made of adamantine, a dark and supernaturally hard metal. Drow artisans adorn their weapons and armor with web-like filigree and spider motifs, and mages sometimes imbue items with magic to enhance their effectiveness. However, such magic fades when exposed to sunlight, so that magical drow weapons and armor rarely retain their enhancement bonuses and magical properties when brought to the surface.

─ 5e Monster Manual, Page 127

Whistle to summon Andahar

Figurine of Wondrous Power

5e Dungeon Master's Guide, Pages 169-170

5e Dungeon Master's Guide, Pages 169-170

Variant: Customizing Ability Scores

At your Dungeon Master’s option, you can use this variant for determining your ability scores. The method described here allows you to build a character with a set of ability scores you choose individually.

You have 27 points to spend on your ability scores. The cost of each score is shown on the Ability Score Point Cost table. For example, a score of 14 costs 7 points. Using this method, 15 is the highest ability score you can end up with, before applying racial increases. You can’t have a score lower than 8.

This method of determining ability scores enables you to create a set of three high numbers and three low ones (15, 15, 15, 8, 8, 8), a set of numbers that are above average and nearly equal (13, 13, 13, 12, 12, 12), or any set of numbers between those extremes.

─ 5e Player’s Handbook, Page 13

Drow Ability Modifiers - 3.5 Edition

  • +2 Dexterity
  • +2 Intelligence
  • +2 Charisma
  • –2 Constitution

Point Buy Chart for 3rd & 3.5 Edition


In a typical campaign, characters aren't driven mad by the horrors they face and the carnage they inflict day after day, but sometimes the stress of being an adventurer can be too much to bear. If your campaign has a strong horror theme, you might want to use madness as a way to reinforce that theme, emphasizing the extraordinarily horrific nature of the threats the adventurers face.

Going Mad

Various magical effects can inflict madness on an otherwise stable mind. Certain spells, such as contact other plane and symbol, can cause insanity, and you can use the madness rules here instead of the spell effects in the Player's Handbook. Diseases, poisons, and planar effects such as psychic wind or the howling winds of Pandemonium can all inflict madness. Some artifacts can also break the psyche of a character who uses or becomes attuned to them.

Resisting a madness-inducing effect usually requires a Wisdom or Charisma saving throw. If your game includes the Sanity score (see chapter 9, "Dungeon Master's Workshop"), a creature makes a Sanity saving throw instead.

Madness Effects

Madness can be short-term, long-term, or indefinite. Most relatively mundane effects impose short-term madness, which lasts for just a few minutes. More horrific effects or cumulative effects can result in long term or indefinite madness.

A character afflicted with short-term madness is subjected to an effect from the Short-Term Madness table for 1d10 minutes.

A character afflicted with long-term madness is subjected to an effect from the Long-Term Madness table for 1d10 x 10 hours.

A character afflicted with indefinite madness gains a new character flaw from the Indefinite Madness table that lasts until cured.

Curing Madness

A calm emotions spell can suppress the effects of madness, while a lesser restoration spell can rid a character of a short-term or long-term madness. Depending on the source of the madness, remove curse or dispel evil might also prove effective. A greater restoration spell or more powerful magic is required to rid a character of indefinite madness.

─ 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide, Pages 258-26

Bonus Content

Video of Tony, Bethany, and Josh trying to replicate the coin flip trick from the Legend of Drizzt.