Creating an effective character in 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) isn’t just about combining a good mix of attributes, powers, feats, race, class, and skills. A truly effective character also needs the right selection of magic items to synergize with the character’s build. Inefficient or useless magic items can make a character surprisingly weak, while powerful and efficient magic items can greatly increase the effectiveness of a character. Presented are some of the best magic items for making an effective 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons shaman.
Cloak of Displacement – Because shamans channel attack powers through a spirit that has a range of 20, shamans will generally remain away from melee combat. This cloak will protect the shaman from ranged attacks likely to be targeted at the shaman.
Displacer Armor – For the rare fight when a shaman gets caught in melee combat, this armor is the best defense available, reducing the chance of an enemy hitting by as much as 25%.
Totemic Spear – This spear essentially grants reach 2 to the spirit companion of a shaman for all attacks. This provides much greater flexibility in positioning the companion for optimal effectiveness of the shaman’s powers.
Nine Furies Totem – Shamans have an at-will power that provides temporary hit points. The property on this totem greatly increases the effectiveness of that at-will power.
Iron Armbands of Power – Almost every attack delivered through a spirit companion is a melee attack. These armbands will greatly increase the otherwise mediocre damage of a shaman.
Salve of Power – Shamans are rarely in the thick of combat, and as such tend to use fewer healing surges than other classes. This magic items allows a shaman to trade an otherwise unused healing surge for another use of a daily power.
Healer’s Brooch – Because shamans heal multiple targets at the same time, this brooch doubles in effectiveness each time a healing power is used.
Mace of Healing – Shamans generally have a hand free anyway. This mace is a great way to fill the hand and like the healer’s brooch, the healing benefit is doubled with every use.
Defensive Weapon – Spirit companions can take opportunity attacks. A good tactic for a shaman stuck near melee is to use the total defense action, move the spirit companion next to a threatening enemy while provoking an opportunity attack and walking away. This weapon will increase the shaman’s defenses while doing this and then the enemy will need to provoke from the spirit companion to follow.
Proper selection of magic items is all about choosing magic items that work best with the strengths of the characters. Shamans specialize in providing strong benefits to allies that are near the shaman’s spirit companion and providing healing to multiple allies at a time. This short list of magic items will give your shaman a powerful advantage in a 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign.