[RPG] What does the enhancement bonus of Blue Ice stack with


Frostburn lists Blue Ice as an Exotic material (p. 80). It weighs half as much as iron and can be forged, shaped and utilized as if it were iron. (Very useful to keep your beer cold!)

When forged into a slashing weapon it has a +1 enhancement bonus on damage.

If I were to create a masterwork blue ice long sword, would it be the same as a +1 blue ice long sword — with +1 to attack and +1 to damage — just non-magical?

If the weapon were magical, would this enhancement bonus stack with the magic bonus? For example, would a +2 blue ice long sword give a +2 to attack and +3 to damage?

(Please support answers with references, preferably from rulebooks.)

Best Answer

If I were to crate a masterwork blue ice long sword, would it be the same as +1 blue ice long sword? (Minus it being magical) +1 to touch and +1 to damage?

For the purposes of attack and damage rolls, yes. For most other purposes, no.

The issue is that while attack rolls with the weapon have a +1 enhancement bonus, and damage rolls with the weapon have a +1 enhancement bonus, this is not the same as the weapon itself having a +1 enhancement bonus. Enhancement bonuses to weapons add enhancement bonuses of the same value to attack and damage rolls, but they do more than that. They increase the weapon’s hardness, they allow the use of weapon augment crystals, and so on.

The weapon is also not magical. It’s not subject to dispel magic, but it doesn’t overcome DR as a magic weapon would, either. It has no chance to glow (as 30% of magic weapons do). Anything that talks about magic weapons isn’t talking about a masterwork blue ice weapon.

Does this enhancement stack if the weapon were to be magical, say a +2 blue ice long sword. Giving a +2 to attack and +3 to damage?

No. Both the enhancement bonus to a magic weapon and the blue ice apply an enhancement bonus to damage rolls; enhancement bonuses never stack.

Magic weapons have enhancement bonuses ranging from +1 to +5. They apply these bonuses to both attack and damage rolls when used in combat.

(emphasis mine; the bonus is not just the number, but the type too.)

Enhancement bonus

An enhancement bonus represents an increase in the sturdiness and/or effectiveness of armor or natural armor, or the effectiveness of a weapon, or a general bonus to an ability score. Multiple enhancement bonuses on the same object (in the case of armor and weapons), creature (in the case of natural armor), or ability score do not stack. Only the highest enhancement bonus applies. Since enhancement bonuses to armor or natural armor effectively increase the armor or natural armor's bonus to AC, they don't apply against touch attacks.