5e Are Ioun stones supposed to need attunement?

pemerton

Legend
DMG does not mention attunement but SRD says Attunement. Which is officially true?
An unhelpful non-canonical answer - but in The Dying Earth RPG I'm pretty sure IOUN stones require attunement, which is presumably based on what Vance wrote in his stories.

So surely that counts in favour of the SRD as opposed to the DMG!
 

S'mon

Legend
Well the issue is that 5e limits attunement to 3 items, so no ioun stone clouds. My preference is no attunement for that reason, but wondering what the intent was.
 
One house rule I've toyed with using is to allow "sets" of items to share an attunement slot. Thus allowing a cloud of Ioun stones to count as one attuned item.
 

Yardiff

Explorer
Personally I think attunement is fine, the limit of 3 is like you know really limiting. Use attunement but drop the number limit completely.
 

Yardiff

Explorer
I might do something like...can only have attuned one item of a given type i.e. one weapon, one glove/gauntlet, etc. and all items require attunement.


Edit: except consumables of course.
 
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Gradine

Final Form
Wasn't there a canon character who had so many Ioun Stones they technically qualified for partial cover? Or am I misremembering some other 3.5-based fever dream?
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Personally I think attunement is fine, the limit of 3 is like you know really limiting. Use attunement but drop the number limit completely.
....to quote the Great Buddha, Keanu, .... Woah ....

How about the other way? Let's get gritty. Keep attunement, but make it ONE (1) item.


Or, to borrow and expand your idea, keep attunement, but set the number at 0.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 

MerricB

Eternal Optimist
It's in mine, and I have the first printing. I doubt they removed it for subsequent printings but maybe there was an error?
I have three separate printings of the DMG (first edition, first errata, and gift set) and each one says they require attunement.

Cheers!
 

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