While not truly an artifact
, the epic magic item is a creation of such power that it surpasses other magic items.
Epic magic items are objects of great power and value. The following are typical characteristics of an epic magic item. In general, an item with even one of these characteristics is an epic magic item.
• Grants a bonus on attacks or damage
greater than +5.
• Grants an enhancement bonus to armor
higher than +5.
• Grants an armor
bonus of greater than +10 (not including magic armor
's enhancement bonus).
• Grants an enhancement bonus to an ability score greater than +6.
• Grants an enhancement bonus on a skill check
greater than +30.
• Mimics a spell of an effective level higher than 9th.
An epic magic item that grants a bonus beyond those allowed for normal magic items
has a higher market price
than indicated by the formulas for non-epic items.
Epic magic items are not artifacts
. They are not unique, though they are certainly very rare, and anyone with the proper item creation feats
can build them. Even an epic magic item can never grant a dodge
bonus, and the maximum inherent bonus that can be applied to an ability score is +5. An epic magic item cannot be created that uses or mimics an epic spell. A major artifact
might be able to mimic such a spell, however.