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Sun Blade 5e| D&D 5th Edition

Sun Blade 5e is one of the powerful weapons in Dungeons and Dragon’s fifth edition adventure game and popularly called D&D 5e. The Sun Blade is a newer weapon when compared with the infamous Vorpal Sword; however, it is still one of the most powerful weapons for any adventure mission.

The sun blade is especially adored,  by clerics who worship the god of the sun, Pelor for Greyhawk and Lathander for the Forgotten Realms, the blade is indeed a weapon to find or craft.

The Standard for Sun Blade 5e

According to the Dungeon and Dragon handbook, states that Sun Blade is: “This item appears to be a Longsword hilt. While grasping the hilt, you can use a Bonus Action to cause a blade of pure radiance to spring into existence, or make the blade disappear. While the blade exists, this magic Longsword has the Finesse property. If you are proficient with shortswords or longswords, you are proficient with the sun blade..”

“You gain a +2 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this weapon, which deals radiant damage instead of slashing damage. When you hit an undead with it, that target takes an extra 1d8 radiant damage.” Read also the Wall of fire 5e: The 5e Wall of Fire in Dungeon and Dragon

“The sword’s luminous blade emits bright light in a 15-foot radius and dim light for an additional 15 feet. The light is sunlight. While the blade persists, you can use an action to expand or reduce its radius of bright and dim light by 5 feet each, to a maximum of 30 feet each or a minimum of 10 feet each.”

Attributes of the 5e Sun Blade

   
Damage1d8
Damage TypeRadiant
Item RarityRare
Item TypeMelee Weapon
ModifiersMelee Attacks +2, Melee Damage +2
PropertiesFinesse, Versatile
Secondary Damage1d10
SubtypeSword, Martial
Weight3

Proficiency With Sun Blade 5e

An adventurer who is proficient with the use of longsword is automatically proficient with sun blade as it allows the adventurer to add the longsword proficiency bonus to the attack roll for any attack made with it.

The Finesse

An attack with a finesse weapon allows you to choose to either use your strength or Dexterity modifier for the attack or damage rolls. Note: By rule, it is compulsory to use the same modifier for both the attack roll and the damage rolls

The Versatile

The Sun Blade as a dungeon and dragon weapon can be carried with one or two hands. The damage caused when the sun blade is used with two hands to make a melee attack, as a damage value in parentheses appears with the property

Where the Sun Blade is found

The Sun Blade is Found On the Magic Item Table G. Check out the Wand of Secrets: The 5e Wand of Secrets Magical Power

Source

The sun blade is in DMG, page 205. Available in the SRD.

What is Sun Blade 5e?

Sun blade 5e

Sun Blade 5e is one of the main iconic and powerful weapons in dungeon and dragon fifth edition, though not a bit newer than Vorpal Sword, the weapon is still one of the most adorable weapons in D&D 5e mission.

The weapon is adored mostly,  by clerics who worship and believed in the god of the sun, as well as Pelor for Greyhawk and Lathander for the Forgotten Realms. In summary, the sun blade is a magical longsword whose blade consisted of pure sunlight.

When the sun blade is deactivated it will look like a longsword hilt with no blade. Any creature that is attuned by the sun blade, could cause a bright radiant blade to appear or disappear by force of will.

The carrier of the sun blade can adjust the light emitted from the blade, the emitted light from the blade is capable of illuminating a radius of 20 feet​ to ​60 feet or (6.2​ to ​17 meters).

The sun blade is a weapon you can find or craft by yourself, will discuss how to craft the sun blade later in this post, read to the end to see how to craft the sun blade.

Powers of the Sun Blade

The Sun blade is an extremely light object that can carry with the same finesse as that of longsword or shortsword allow. You can also read the Shortbow 5e: The Shortbow range 5e in Dungeon and Dragon

Secondly, the light emitted by the blade of the sword is an actual sun-light or pure light from the sun, and its radiant energy is damaging to any undead creature.

The Rumors and Legends of Sun Blade

Many scholars believe that the different sun blade existed throughout the Dungeons were all modeled from the original Sunsword, that is, the first sentient weapon that was rumored to be lost in Barovia.

Some Major Sun Blades in the Dungeon

There are two  notable Sun Blades that appeared in the dungeons are

  • Scintilmorn and
  • Dawnbringer

Scintilmorn

 The Scintilmorn sun blade is a notable blade that was built to destroy vampires. The Scintilmorn blade was believed to have been lost in Undermountain.

Dawnbringer

The Dawnbringer is a sentient sun blade, believed to have  lost in the Underdark

Brief History of the Sun Blade

Now let us take a brief tour into the history of the magical item called Sun Blade as well as the various ways you could craft the blade by yourself for a mission in dungeon and dragon fifth edition (D&D 5e).

The first iteration of the Sun Blade was in I6 Ravenloft in 1983, though the sword, as of then was typically for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, the name during that period was Sunsword.

The sun sword has a crystal glass blade, which could make you think whether it was a different sword as of that time.

So later in 1989, the name sun blade  appeared in the 2nd  edition Dungeon master’s guide of the Advanced dungeons and dragons

In this 2nd edition of the Dungeon and Dragon publication in 1989, the name Sunsword did not appear, rather only the Sun Blade appeared but with slightly different mechanics.

The very first time the Sunsword and the Sun Blade appeared together in the Encyclopedia Magical Volume 4 of 1995.Check out the Ray of Frost 5e: D&D 5e Ray of Frost in Dungeon and Dragon

The appearance of Sun Blade in Greyhawk Adventure Path

Even though the Sun Blade has been established as a dreaded magical weapon in recent editions of the dungeon and dragon, the weapon was never used in any 2nd edition adventures or missions.

It was after 18 years of the first appearance of the sword before it could be used in a published Greyhawk adventure.

So later In 2007, the Dragon Magazine on page number 145 titled the “Adventure City of Broken Idols “advances the adventure path Savage Tide for the 3rd edition Dungeon and Dragon.

On the City of Broken Idol as published in the Dragon Magazine,  on the Isle of Dread, is a lake. And on that lake, there is another island, named the Taboo Island.  On that Taboo Island there is a temple and in that very temple that is located in a random crypt lies the Sun Blade.

The Reappearance of the Sun Blade in D&D 5th Edition

Sun Blade appearance in Out of Abyss in 2015 as a sentient sword and was called the Dawnbringer. The other appearance of the sun blade was in the remake of the Ravenloft module, Curse of Strahd in 2016, and was called the Sunsword again.  

Fortunately,  the two swords have a blade out of sunlight and pure light energy, as against the original Sunsword. So these two swords are mere iterations of the raw Sun Blade, however, they still have some additional properties.

Note: The two swords are sentient while the original Sun Blade found in the Taboo Temple is not. Check out the Kobold 5e: Kobold (Dungeons & Dragons)

Crafting the 5e Sun Blade

Yes, you can find the 5e sun blade in a dungeon or find it in possession of the cleric of Pelor and or Lathander. However, is it could be nice to craft the blade by yourself.

The Rules of Crafting the sun blade 5e

To create a sun blade, the creator will need to attain a minimum level of 6; this is because the sun blade is a rare weapon of adventure. It cost about 15,000 GP to create the sword, So what this means is that it takes a player about 200 days or more to create a blade.

The creation of the normal longsword +2 and the creation of sun blade 5e have no much difference, as both swords were almost the same item. The Dungeon master’s guide as help to simplify the process, I believed that’s what everyone likes in the dungeon and dragon.

How to Craft the Sun Blade 5e

I do not like the way magical items creation is been handled in dungeon and dragon fifth edition. I think every single thing that your character does should be part of the whole process or rather the story.

The process that involves some persons sitting in the lab to create an item for a whole 200 days just creating one magical item, is not that fun with me. Read also the Half Plate 5e: The Half Plate Armor In D&D 5e

Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Volo’s master guide for All Things Magical that was published in 1996; I just like how magical items have been created in the guide.

In the Volo’s guide, the author tries as much as possible to present some various ways of creating magical items, the author presented how to create magic items either by a wizard or through a cleric.

Of course, at a point the author over-complicated the process a little bit by inventing a lot of spells; however, the whole idea behind the creation is fun and simple.

One major standout of the Volo’s guide for All Thing Magical is the giving out of magical properties to various resources, which makes the whole creation process a research and gathering operation.

So whichever way you may wish to approach the process as a DM is solely dependent on you. With the Volo’s, you can let them research any kind of materials they needed and the kind of spells they may need to cast or you can rather present it to them. Probably they want to find and hire somebody who can create the blade for them.

My very best choice is Sarana, a 15th level cleric and high matriarch of Pelor, the cleric that is leading the temple in the Free City of Greyhawk. But she wouldn’t do this for free, so you may have that at the back of your mind.

Materials for Crafting Sun Blade

The materials you need are metal for the hilt as well as a gemstone to glue the power of the blade. One of the most essential materials or ingredients mentioned in Volo’s Guide is a gemstone called the Heliodor.

Now here are other materials  you need, they include

  • Mountain range that is known for yellow beryls.
  • Crystalmist Mountains which is not difficult to achieve.

So, after you have achieved all these gems, then you will have to cut in a specific shape, for instance, a  Round Rose cut. Check out the Guard 5e: Guard Captain 5e In Dungeon Dragon

As for the metals you are free to use any combination of pristine material. A mixture of gold and white-silver may be appropriate.

What is Heliodor?

Heliodor is a stone of a dark yellow variety of golden beryl varying in hue from greenish-yellow to reddish-yellow that yields large or medium impressive faceted gemstones.

Heliodor is used magically as a casting component in every priest spells of the sunlight sphere, in an environment of normal components that you may lack, as long as it will not need to be specially constructed. Another important essential ingredient is the powdered heliodor which is very useful in the forging of a sun blade. 

The Process of Creating the Sun Blade

In Dungeon and Dragon fifth edition, it is structured in a special manner that allows all clerics to automatically learn every spell of their level. With this, the implementation of new spells for creating an item does not make much sense.

Rather, I will take it that the cleric who wants to create the Sun Blade has to invent some kind of ritual to please their gods to achieve the power to create the sword.Heroism 5e: Heroism Spell and Temporary Hit Points

I suggest that your players should research more on this, however, your players can as well get creative and come up with their ideas too.

Assumptions

  1. The Sun Blade must be created on a holy place of the gods ( these include the Pelor, Lathander)
  2.  You must have a way to please your gods before creating the Sword
  3.  A 24 hour ritual with the use of holy ingredients such as holy water and holy incenses

Final Thought – Sun Blade 5e

This is how I have been implementing the Sun Blade 5e into my D&D 5e missions. Everything I have narrated here forms the processes that I apply in my mission or campaign, as well as tasking my players to achieve one thing for the group

If you follow these steps, you will realize that the whole creation cost might end be in line with what the Dungeon and Dragon Master’s Guide specified, including the time it took might also be the same. However, It’s more calm and cool to be part of this process and not just doing it in a mere downtime.

My Question for you: Have you ever used the Sun Blade? If yes!! How were you able to handle magic item creation in your adventure, mission ore campaign? Comment below with your answer

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