Teaching An Old Magic Item New Tricks

Last night there was some short discussion about whether you can add new enchantments onto an existing magical item. The RAW allow you to do this. Here is the passage from the Core Rulebook:

Sometimes, lack of funds or time make it impossible for a magic item crafter to create the desired item from scratch. Fortunately, it is possible to enhance or build upon an existing magic item. Only time, gold, and the various prerequisites required of the new ability to be added to the magic item restrict the type of additional powers one can place.
The cost to add additional abilities to an item is the same as if the item was not magical, less the value of the original item. Thus, a +1 longsword can be made into a +2 vorpal longsword, with the cost to create it being equal to that of a +2 vorpal sword minus the cost of a +1 longsword.
If the item is one that occupies a specific place on a character’s body, the cost of adding any additional ability to that item increases by 50%. For example, if a character adds the power to confer invisibility to her ring of protection +2, the cost of adding this ability is the same as for creating a ring of invisibility multiplied by 1.5.

So unless we decide to house rule this my future rich self plans on lighting everyone’s ass on fire by myself the next time you’re hostile, greased and glittered and not with the help of some untrustworthy gnome.

5 Comments on “Teaching An Old Magic Item New Tricks

  1. Them’s the rules. Thanks for searching for that.

    You can have anything made in Magnimar as long as the total enhancement bonus is no higher than +2. There is a table here ( http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic-items/magic-weapons ) that shows what special magic stuff counts as, bonus wise. So you could have a +1 Returning Throwing Axe, because the +1 is a +1 bonus and the Returning quality is a +1 bonus. You couldn’t get that +2 Vorpal Longsword, because the +2 is a +2 bonus and the Vorpal quality is a +5 bonus. Same goes for Armour.

  2. I keep forgetting that Fort Rannick and associated parties has good relations with a wizard who specializes in stone.

    Any magic items you want custom made out of stone/rock and which are typically made of stone/rock (it will say in their item description) can bypass the +2 bonus enhancement limit for making things in Magnimar.

    This does not include Ioun Stones (which aren’t really stones), but does include Obsidian and Stone special materials.

  3. If you want to make an item out of stone that you think is typically made of stone, but it neglects to mention that in the description, ask me. Doesn’t hurt to ask.

    A warhammer for example, seems like it could be made out of stone without attracting any funny looks. Scimitar, not so much.