Have you ever questioned why you acquire so many tool proficiencies that you only use once during the course of a D&D campaign?
Players of all skill levels enjoy the challenging and exciting game of Dungeons & Dragons. You might be unsure of what you need to maximize your experience if you’re just starting out in 5e.
In this blog post, we will discuss the best 5e tools for dungeon masters, and how to use 5e tools. Keep reading.
List Of The 5e Tools
Artisan’s Tools. The things required to pursue a craft or trade are among these special tools. Any ability checks you make using the tools in your craft are enhanced by your proficiency bonus when you are proficient with a particular set of artisan tools. There are specific skills needed for each type of artisan’s tool.
Disguise Kit. You can create disguises that alter your physical appearance with the help of this pouch of cosmetics, hair dye, and small props. Possessing this kit proficiently enables you to add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to produce a visual disguise.
Forgery Kit. This small box contains a variety of papers and parchments, pens and inks, seals and sealing wax, gold and silver leaf, and other materials required to fabricate authentic-looking copies of real documents. If you are proficient with this kit, you can add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to produce a physical forgery of a document.
Gaming Set. Dice and card decks (for games like Three-Dragon Ante) are included in this category, which includes a wide variety of game pieces. When making ability checks to use a gaming set, you can add your proficiency bonus if you have it. A different proficiency is needed for each type of gaming equipment.
Herbalism Kit. This kit includes various tools that herbalists use to make remedies and potions, including clippers, a mortar and pestle, pouches, and vials. Your proficiency bonus can be applied to any ability checks you make to recognize or use herbs if you are proficient with this kit. Additionally, creating antitoxin and healing potions with this kit requires proficiency.
Musical Instrument. The table provides examples of a few of the most popular categories of musical instruments. You can add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to play music with a specific musical instrument if you are proficient with it. The focus of a bard’s spellcasting can be a musical instrument. It takes a different level of proficiency to play each kind of musical instrument.
Navigator’s Tools. These tools are used for marine navigation. You can chart a ship’s course and follow navigational charts if you are proficient with the navigator’s tools. With the aid of these tools, you can also avoid getting lost at sea by adding your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make.
Poisoner’s Kit. The vials, chemicals, and other supplies found in a poisoner’s kit are used to make poisons. If you have this kit down pat, you can add your proficiency bonus to any checks you make to create or use poisons.
Thieves’ Tools. This set of tools includes a small file, a set of lock picks, a tiny mirror mounted on a metal handle, a set of narrow-bladed scissors, and a pair of pliers. If you are proficient with these tools, you can add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to open locks or disarm traps.
5e Tools For D&D
The dice are possibly the most significant 5e tool.
5e would not be the same without dice. There is a variety of different dice that can be used for Dungeons & Dragons 5e, but you’ll need a set of six dice:
- 20-sided die, D20
- 12-sided die, D12
- 10-sided die, D10
- 8-sided die, D8
- 6-sided die, D6
- 4-sided die, D4
You can play with one of each, but if you plan to play for more than a few sessions, you’ll need more than one D6. When I locate a set of dice I like, I purchase two sets so I have two of each die. Simple solution.
Which dice you choose depends on your personal preferences. Dice are available in many different types of materials, including plastic, metal, and even wood. Dice come in a wide range of colors as well, so take your time and find a set that you really like.
How To Use 5e Tools?
Ok, so now that we are aware of the tools, let’s explore inventive applications for them. Any use of these tools as described below will, of course, be at the DM’s discretion. To think creatively outside the box is the goal.
Artisan Tools: The most varied tool sets are the artisan tools, so I won’t go into all of their applications here. I will, however, draw attention to a few that you may find helpful for your own situation. Of course, if your character is entrepreneurial, they could also use this toolkit to launch a business.
- Alchemist Supplies: Probably the least advertised tool, the alchemist supplies would inform you of how various substances interact with one another. This could be used to make things like bombs.
- Carpenter’s Tools: Mastery of this toolset will provide you with in-depth knowledge of how to construct buildings correctly and lay a solid foundation. Not very impressive unless you are trying to halt a siege and you suddenly know how to best fortify the gates, or if you are the one laying siege, how to build the siege towers.
- Smith’s Tools: If you are skilled with this toolset, you might not need to worry as much about battling oozes or rust monsters. If you want to be a little imaginative, you could say that your familiarity with these tools equips you with the knowledge of how to best fix harmed metal or decay brought on by time or magical effects. Alternately, perhaps your skill with a whetstone will allow your weapons to deal a little bit more damage for a while.
Disguise Kit: In this section, we’ll discuss how to use tools in a more direct manner. When trying to pass for another person, the disguise kit is most frequently used. However, have you ever thought about the other possibilities? You could use the wandering goblin you’ve captured as bait by dressing him up to resemble a Halfling. Protecting NPCs is another inventive application for the disguise kit. While your party diverts the attention of the remaining Orcs, if you discover a group of NPCs imprisoned, you can disguise them as their Orcish aggressors and send them out. Use your 5e tools to your advantage in a variety of ways, such as this.
Forgery Kit: Another kit that seems to be used only for one thing but actually serves multiple purposes. The forgery kit is all about producing forgeries that are realistic. You may not be aware that your character can detect fakes with the aid of this kit. That’s right no more sweating about the contract you “signed” while drunk with that Spiked Devil.
Gaming Set: Who doesn’t like the idea of making quick money through gambling, after all? Yes, you can win gold using this deck! However, do you know what else it is capable of? It can assist you in creating your own game that you can sell to earn some extra money while you go on adventures. Alternatively, if you like to be cunning, you can use this ability to create a diversion. You can keep the guards off-balance by playing poker while the rogue tries to sneak into the prison to free that overly aggressive-barbarian!
Herbalism Kit: Well, well, antitoxins and healing brews! We already know everything we need to about this kit. False—if you know how to use 5e tools effectively, you’ll realize that knowing your herbs is useful for much more than that. This kit can give you a significant advantage when traveling, from identifying edible plants to figuring out what animals are likely to be nearby based on the local plant life.
Musical Instruments: You can play the lute! What better way to play D&D than to pretend to be the Witcher’s Dandelion? On the other hand, I don’t really see many different applications for this one. However, feel free to argue in the comments about how beneficial learning to play the lute is! Incorporating rumors or stories into your music is one way you could use this to boost support for your cause or rouse shady opponents.
Navigator’s Tools: You can travel by sea with the aid of these tools. They are made to prevent you from getting lost. They might, however, also help you in other ways. You have lost track of the infamous pirate you were chasing. If you are skilled with these tools, you might be able to track them down by knowing the possible routes they may have taken to flee you or return to land for repairs. On the trail again!
Poisoner’s Kit: You need to improve your use of the poisoner’s kit after learning how to use your other 5e tools. More than just creating poisons is possible with the Poisoner’s Kit. You will be better able to identify poisons, diagnose them more quickly, and know how to treat them according to their specific needs if you have a thorough understanding of how to use this kit.
Thieves Tools: You can learn how to pick locks and disarm traps with Thieves Tools, and you also get access to a wealth of information to enhance your dungeoneering experience. You gain a deeper understanding of locks, which can help ensure your own safeguards are of the highest caliber, as well as a better understanding of where traps might be placed, which you could use to help you find them. You also learn how to arm traps safely and gain knowledge of how to arm traps. Speaking of unlocking treasures, see what your players can find by looking through my list of trinkets!