[RPG] Does magical ammunition stack with a magical weapon


One of my players has a +1 shortbow, and recently found some +1 arrows. If he fires a +1 arrow from a +1 bow, will the bonus to attack and damage be +1, or +2?

Best Answer

According to 5e designer Jeremy Crawford, "Bonuses stack, unless a feature or item tells you otherwise." Therefore, firing a +1 arrow from a +1 shortbow results in a +2 to the attack and damage rolls. The tweet exchange occurred on November 28 - December 4, 2014 and is below.

@rwallace8665 asked:

@JeremyECrawford already have a question. Ranger with Arrow +1 and bow +2. Do the bonuses stack, or take the higher?

Crawford answered:

@rwallace8665 Bonuses stack, unless a feature or item tells you otherwise. And remember that magic ammunition loses its magic when it hits.

@rwallace8665 asked:

@JeremyECrawford thought so, but thanks for verifying. I'm going to guess that rolling +1 ammo on the random [DMG] table means one, not a quiver?

@JeremyECrawford replied:

@rwallace8665 That's correct. A generous DM could certainly turn it into a quiver!