True Shillelagh (5e Equipment)

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Weapon (club, quarterstaff), legendary (requires attunement by a druid)

Naturally formed from the distinctive burl of an ancient tree whose name is lost to history, this legendary weapon precedes the shillelagh cantrip now familiar to all druids. The True Shillelagh is immediately recognizable to any druid, and a druid becomes aware of its properties as soon as they touch it. It has a near-golden sheen with an undercoat of deep magenta, and weighs three times as much as a normal club or quarterstaff. Attacks made with this weapon using Strength or Dexterity have disadvantage on their attack rolls.

First of its Kind. You have a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon, in addition to the following benefits:

  • You can use your spellcasting ability modifier instead of Strength for the attack and damage rolls of melee attacks using this weapon.
  • You can use a d10 for the weapon's damage die. If the weapon is a quarterstaff and you wield it with both hands, you can use a d12 instead.
  • Attacks made with this weapon ignore resistance to bludgeoning damage and deal an additional 1d6 damage on a hit.
  • Immediately when you cast shillelagh targeting this weapon and for the duration of the spell, you can use a bonus action on each of your turns to make a melee attack with the True Shillelagh.

Superior Druidic Focus. This weapon can be used as a druidic focus. While you hold it, you have a +1 bonus to spell attack rolls with your druid spells.

Timeless Legend. If the True Shillelagh is destroyed, it reappears in 3d10 years inside of a random tree on the material plane. If there are no trees on the material plane, it appears in the feywild instead. If the True Shillelagh was a quarterstaff when it was destroyed, it reappears as a club. If it was a club, it reappears as a quarterstaff.

To cast the 'shillelagh' spell is to invoke the power of this very item, which lies dormant within all trees.

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