Monkey’s Paw (Minor Artifact)

Slot none; Aura strong necromancy and universal; CL 20th; Weight 2 lbs..


This dimension-hopping artifact waits patiently until a creature picks it up. Each time it is picked up by a new user, the monkey’s paw grants that creature three wishes, as if it were a ring of three wishes. Once a new user picks up the monkey’s paw, it cannot be discarded, not even by way of a wish or a miracle spell. Even if stolen, it reappears among the user’s possessions within 1d4 hours. It can only be parted from its bearer when all three of its wishes are used or it is destroyed—but such a feat takes time and patience. When a bearer uses a wish granted by the monkey’s paw, he is then subject to a curse, as per the spell major curse (DC 25 to remove). This curse manifests as the creature taking a —4 penalty to attack rolls, saves, ability checks, and skill checks until the curse is removed. These penalties are cumulative in cases where multiple wishes are used before past curses are removed. Once all three wishes are used, the monkey paw plane shifts to a random plane and begins the process anew.


The monkey’s paw is destroyed when its user retains the artifact and is cursed by it for 1,000 years.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Ultimate Equipment (OGL) © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, Benjamin Bruck, Ross Byers, Brian J. Cortijo, Ryan Costello, Mike Ferguson, Matt Goetz, Jim Groves, Tracy Hurley, Matt James, Jonathan H. Keith, Michael Kenway, Hal MacLean, Jason Nelson, Tork Shaw, Owen KC Stephens, Russ Taylor, and numerous RPG Superstar contributors

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