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Gauntlets of excavation, from Dragon Magazine issue #341
Gauntlets of Excavation
3rd edition rules
Type Attached
Category Basic
Magical Aura Moderate Transmutation
Caster Level 5th
Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, alter self, soften earth and stone
Price 8,000 gp
Weight 8 lbs.
Source Dragon Magazine issue #341

Gauntlets of excavation are a pair of attached warforged components forged from dull gray pig-iron, and appear battered from use, even when newly created. When a warforged activates the gauntlets, his arms extend from his body and his hands transform into shovels that can dig earth.[1]

3rd Edition MechanicsEdit

When activated, the shovel arms can displace 10 cubic feet of earth or 2 cubic feet of stone every 10 minutes. They have an effective strength score equal to 20 or the warforged's own strength score, whichever is greater. Because of their weight on the upper portion of the body, the warforged loses its Dodge bonus to AC (if it has any) and takes a -5 penalty on all Dexterity-based checks. Both gauntlets must be worn to be effective. The warforged may use the gauntlets for no more than 1 hour per day. This duration does not need to be consecutive, but each activation period must be at least 10 minutes.

In addition, the warforged may use the extended shovel blades as exotic weapons. These blades to 1d4 points of slashing damage.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Arcane Upgrade: Warforged Magic Items" (March 2005) by John PolojacDragon magazine issue 341. 

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