[RPG] Can an Eldritch Knight’s Weapon Bond be broken


One of my players intentionally gave an Ancient Red Dragon a sword that he was bonded to so that he could summon it at some point in the future and therefore draw the ire of a super powerful being to some location, kinda as a last ditch suicide bomb. I fully intend for this to work (it's super clever.) However, I do find it kind of odd that there doesn't seem to be anything anyone can do to stop this — even if the dragon knew about the bond it can't break it. This is even stranger when compared to Drawmij's Instant Summons, which could at least be dispelled, and that's a level 6 spell costing 1000 gp.

So can a weapon bond be broken? If so, how?

Best Answer


A weapon bond can be broken in the following ways that I could find.

  1. The fighter breaks the bond by bonding a third weapon.

  2. Wish.

  3. DM fiat (aka story reasons).

And... that's it. The fighter apparently can't even voluntarily break the bond without binding a third weapon.

As for Drawmij's Instant Summons, there are a few key differences.

  • The Fighter is limited to weapons, the Wizard by item size.
  • The Fighter is limited to two, the Wizard by gold.
  • The Fighter takes an hour, the Wizard a minute
  • The Fighter must be on the same plane, the Wizard doesn't have to be.
  • The Fighter doesn't care what situation the weapon is in, the Wizard has to hope nobody is holding or carrying the item.
  • The Fighter can't be dispelled, the Wizard can.