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WotBS Potion Bracer in 5E

Salicus

Villager
Hello Guys,

since Caela has a potion bracer, I was looking for the effect of that Item and am wondering if this is intended as written.
Since it just says, that u can use an action to drink a potion from the bracer.
I was thinking, that it is actually a good item if u put it as a bonus action and not a full action. Because right now I just dont see how that item is actually useful.
I was looking at DND 4e and it seems that it gave u the possibility to use a free action to drink it. But free actions are not really a thing in 5e as far as I know.

Wanted to ask you guys what u did about the bracer in the 5e adventure path. Still having a lot of fun btw, me as a gm and all the players seem to like it as well =)
 

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In 3rd edition, you had to spend a move action to draw a potion and a standard action to drink it. The potion bracer kept your potions right on your arm, so you could skip the 'move action to draw' portion. That was especially useful for an agile foe like Caela who would want to fly away from PCs and quaff a potion to prepare for the next volley of combat.

I don't think it's actually good for game balance to let people in 5e consume potions as a bonus action simply for a small cash investment. In 5e you get one free 'object interaction' per round, and normally that's what you'd use to draw a potion. So a potion bracer would let you use a potion without first having to do an 'object interaction.' For something that costs, like, a gold piece, it basically is a fairly niche but potentially handy tool. You could now, for instance, move, open a door with your object interaction, get to the other side, then drink a potion as an action, and use your bonus action if you have something useful to do with it.
 

Salicus

Villager
In 3rd edition, you had to spend a move action to draw a potion and a standard action to drink it. The potion bracer kept your potions right on your arm, so you could skip the 'move action to draw' portion. That was especially useful for an agile foe like Caela who would want to fly away from PCs and quaff a potion to prepare for the next volley of combat.

I don't think it's actually good for game balance to let people in 5e consume potions as a bonus action simply for a small cash investment. In 5e you get one free 'object interaction' per round, and normally that's what you'd use to draw a potion. So a potion bracer would let you use a potion without first having to do an 'object interaction.' For something that costs, like, a gold piece, it basically is a fairly niche but potentially handy tool. You could now, for instance, move, open a door with your object interaction, get to the other side, then drink a potion as an action, and use your bonus action if you have something useful to do with it.
It is not a gold piece though, more like 500 since it is listed as uncommon :D I think that is a fairly okay investment for something like that.
 


Salicus

Villager
In 3rd edition, you had to spend a move action to draw a potion and a standard action to drink it. The potion bracer kept your potions right on your arm, so you could skip the 'move action to draw' portion. That was especially useful for an agile foe like Caela who would want to fly away from PCs and quaff a potion to prepare for the next volley of combat.

I don't think it's actually good for game balance to let people in 5e consume potions as a bonus action simply for a small cash investment. In 5e you get one free 'object interaction' per round, and normally that's what you'd use to draw a potion. So a potion bracer would let you use a potion without first having to do an 'object interaction.' For something that costs, like, a gold piece, it basically is a fairly niche but potentially handy tool. You could now, for instance, move, open a door with your object interaction, get to the other side, then drink a potion as an action, and use your bonus action if you have something useful to do with it.
Hey just asking, what do u think of this variant? I think it is much more balanced then just giving them 10 Potions in the Bracer.
It is Homebrew but actually seems like a possibility to make the item really useful.

Edit: Maybe limit it to 2 Potions max.
 

I honestly don't know what potions they've printed for 5e beyond the basic low-level stuff, so I wouldn't know what would qualify as overpowered. I suppose it sounds fair.
 

Tormyr

Adventurer
Hello Guys,

since Caela has a potion bracer, I was looking for the effect of that Item and am wondering if this is intended as written.
Since it just says, that u can use an action to drink a potion from the bracer.
I was thinking, that it is actually a good item if u put it as a bonus action and not a full action. Because right now I just dont see how that item is actually useful.
I was looking at DND 4e and it seems that it gave u the possibility to use a free action to drink it. But free actions are not really a thing in 5e as far as I know.

Wanted to ask you guys what u did about the bracer in the 5e adventure path. Still having a lot of fun btw, me as a gm and all the players seem to like it as well =)
I modelled it after the handy haversack, including the action economy. It's primary advantage as written is that you can drink a potion while your hands are full (like when using a sword and shield). It's not a huge bonus, so feel free to add another advantage if you want.
 

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