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Want more 5e D&D potions? Look no further

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D&D 5e potionsFor those who played Dungeons & Dragons prior to Fifth Edition, they might have noticed some old, favorite potions no longer appearing in the 5e Dungeon Master’s Guide. This makes sense as Fifth Edition is the most streamlined version of the game so far.

What to do, then, if you want to include those potions in your current 5e game? Simple. You turn to The Emporium of Uncanny Magic – Lost Potions from Insane Angel Studios, available at the DMs Guild in pdf format for only 99 cents.

What you get within this 8-page file are 27 potions which once shined in earlier versions of D&D. Not only that, but you also get rules for four potion curses and some information about the League of the White Lotus.

Many old favorites can be found here, such as the Oil of Impact, the Potion of Polymorph Self, and the Elixir of Hiding, all with rules for Fifth Edition D&D.

5 e potionsA personal favorite is the Potion of Infertility, which causes the imbiber to be unable to spawn offspring for a year. While some of the more … um … randy characters might find a personal use for this potion, think of how much of a threat it could be to royalty, even nobility.

Then there’s the good, old Potion of Superheroism, which for an hour provides 20 temporary hit points, the effects of a bless spell, and any weapon used by the drinker becomes magical and deals out extra damage and a chance to hit. In earlier version of D&D I played, this potion proved quite popular at times, and I’m thinking its bonuses here will only carry forth that popularity.

It must be said, however, that one of the most unique aspects of The Emporium of Uncanny Magic – Lost Potions is the inclusion of potion curses. The general idea here is for a potion to work as intended, but for it also to have a negative aspect that kicks in at some point. There are several ideas given for why and how a potion could be cursed, and rules are provided for identifying and negating such curses. The Curse of Poison and the Curse of Fumbling are just two of the curses outlined.

D&D 5e potionsIf you are interested in other magic items besides potions, Insane Angel Studios also has available in pdf The Emporium of Uncanny Magic – Curious Rings, also for 99 cents. The Emporium of Uncanny Magic is a series, so hopefully there will be more additions in the future.

As for Insane Angel Studios, it is headed up by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. If you don’t know that name, you should. It appears under the editor listings in each of the core books for Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons, and it has appeared among the credits of numerous D&D products going back at least a decade. Also, Scott Fitzgerald Gray is a fiction author with a number of books available, including We Can Be Heroes, Three Coins for Confession, and Sidnye: Queen of the Universe.

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Ty Johnston

A former newspaper editor for two decades in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky, Ty now earns his lunch money as a fiction writer, mostly in the fantasy and horror genres. He is vice president of Rogue Blades Foundation, a non-profit focused upon publishing heroic literature. In his free time he enjoys tabletop and video gaming, long swording, target shooting, reading, and bourbon. Find City of Rogues and other books and e-books by Ty Johnston at Amazon.


  • Helmwulfe
    June 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Thank You Ty for article, I remember from an old Dragon Magazine article a Potion of Multiple Attacks that caused the to grow Two additional Arms permanently known to be created by Priest of the Crow goddess Lothe I do believe!

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