Last Updated on January 22, 2023
Welcome to our magic item gear guide to the Ring of Telekinesis. In this guide, we’ll outline what this powerful magical item can do in Dungeons & Dragons 5e, which character classes can make the best use of this item, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how the item works.
Ring of Telekinesis
Ring, very rare (requires attunement)
While wearing this ring, you can cast the Telekinesis spell at will, but you can target only objects that aren’t being worn or carried.
How Does the Ring of Telekinesis Work?
By attuning to a Ring of Telekinesis, the wearer gains the ability to cast a less powerful version of the Telekinesis spell at will.
This allows them to pick up any object within the spell’s range (60 feet) that isn’t being worn or carried by another creature and move it up to 30 feet using their action. The spell’s duration is 10 minutes unless you end it early or your concentration is broken as a result of you failing a Concentration Saving Throw (as a result of taking damage) or casting another spell that requires Concentration. You cannot move the object you are targeting beyond the spell’s range. If you want to target a different object, you must cast the spell again.
While using the spell, the ring’s wearer can exert fine control on objects with the ring’s telekinetic grip. This allows them to perform delicate actions, such as manipulating a simple tool, opening a door or a container, stowing or retrieving an item from an open container, or pouring the contents from a vial.
The range of abilities that can be performed is similar to those that are possible with the Mage Hand cantrip with the main difference being that the Ring of Telekinesis allows the caster to manipulate objects weighing up to 1,000 pounds.
Telekinesis is a spell that requires verbal and somatic components to cast, which means you must have at least one hand free and be able to make noise articulately in order to use the Ring of Telekinesis.
What To Use a Ring of Telekinesis For?
Because of the Ring of Telekinesis’ limitations compared to the Telekinesis spell, which lets you pick up enemies and restrain them in mid-air like you’re playing Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, this magic item shines more as a utility tool than an outright weapon.
You can use it to…
- Smash open a locked door
- Lift a platform across a gap with you and your party riding it
- Hold up a tripwire
- Break a mundane lock
- Pick up something very heavy and drop it on your enemies
- Prime a bear trap
- Reload a crossbow while your hands are busy
- Dig a deep pit for your enemies to fall into (bonus points if you cast Illusory Terrain to conceal the hole
- Drag heavy loot out of the dungeon
- Quickly grab nearby debris to create total cover that moves with your party
- Ring a bell to sound the alarm
- Rearrange the hands on a clock
- Divert a river
- Stop a boat from going over a waterfall
- Deliver a bomb through a second-story window
- Block incoming arrows (debatable; maybe a single ballista bolt)
- Retrieve your weapon (or spellcasting focus) if you are disarmed
- Drive a battering ram
And much, much more. As long as you’re mindful of the item’s limitations, there’s a lot you can do with perpetual telekinesis.
Which Class Is Ring of Telekinesis Best For?
Any classes (or characters) that like to solve problems creatively and maybe don’t always have a spare set of free hands or too much strength of their own can be great Ring of Telekinesis wielders.
Rogues (for the general trickery and trap-making/operation), Rangers (for added mobility), and Wizards (for the ability to build yourself instant cover and Dr. Strange vibes) are all great contenders, but this is a very versatile item that can suit a lot of character concepts.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Use a Ring of Telekinesis?
To use a Ring of Telekinesis, you must be attuned to the ring (a process that takes 1 hour) and able to produce the Verbal (being able to be heard) and Somatic (having at least one free hand) components of the spell. Using your action, you choose an object to manipulate, move, lift, or otherwise affect that you can see within 60 feet that isn’t being worn or carried by a creature (including yourself).
Is Casting Telekinesis a Free Action With the Ring of Telekinesis?
No. The Ring of Telekinesis lets you cast the Telekinesis spell “at will,” but you still need to use your Action to cast the spell. The spell then lasts for 10 minutes, unless you end it early or your concentration is broken.
How Much Does a Ring of Telekinesis Cost?
As a Very Rare magical item, a Ring of Telekinesis has a guide price of anywhere between 5,001 and 50,000 gold pieces, depending on who is selling it, who is buying it, and any number of other factors. Our recommended price is around 30,000 gp.
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