Bracers of Archery in DnD 5e: Our Favorite Early Game Item!

Last Updated on November 5, 2023

Bracers of Archery

Wondrous Item, uncommon (requires attunement)

While wearing these bracers, you have proficiency with the longbow and shortbow, and you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls on ranged attacks made with such weapons.

Cost:  We value the Bracers of Archery at 2,000 gp

What Are Bracers of Archery in DnD 5e?

The Bracers of Archery is a magical item that makes the wearer particularly apt at archery in DnD 5e. Specifically, this item improves the wearer’s ability to use shortbows and longbows.

Much like any item that gives characters some sort of bonus, the Bracers of Archery require attunement

An attuned item is connected to a character, allowing only them to benefit from the magical properties of the item.

What’s important to remember here is that a creature can only be attuned to a maximum of three items at a time.

The wearer gains proficiency in shortbows and longbows, meaning they can add their proficiency bonus to the attack roll.

Then, and this is the real kicker, attacks that hit with these weapons gain a +2 bonus to damage. Especially at lower levels when this kind of item is the best thing you have available. 

Are the Bracers of Archery a Good Item?

The Bracers of Archery are just that, a good item. They’re by no means fantastic, but they’re an improvement over not having an item, so that means they’re at the very least good.

It’s an archery-focused item that gives the wielder proficiency with longbows and shortbows. A character looking to use either item would already have these proficiencies.

The only thing we’re left with is a +2 to damage rolls, and that’s always going to be nice to have, but it’s far from incredible. 

Uncommon items themselves rarely breach into “very good” territory, let alone any of the other superlatives we might hope to see thrown around. 

They’re meant to be replaceable items — magical abilities that we have for a period of time and toss to the wayside when something better comes along.

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