A bag of beans was a rare magical item.
The bag looked like a regular small sack and was made from heavy cloth.
The bag contained dried beans, which looked like regular ordinary beans but they contained powerful magical properties. If a bean was dropped on the ground, it exploded in a brilliant fireball.
The owner of the bag had no way of knowing what power a bean held. But if a bean was planted, the magical properties were revealed. The magical effects of the beans ranged from minor to incredibly powerful.
The known magical properties of the beans are listed below:
- Spawn a treant, although there was a risk it would be evil.
- Summon an aggressive bulette.
- Create a patch of toadstool mushrooms.
- Create a statue that resembled the individual who planted the bean. It was rooted in place but for a day it was animate, and was verbally aggressive towards the individual who planted the bean.
- Create a tree bearing fruit. The fruit had the effect of various potions.
- Create a large pyramid, which contained a mummy lord.
- Sprout a patch of shriekers.
- Create a campfire of blue flame that burned for a full day.
- Summon a geyser of liquid. The liquid could be water, beer, juice, tea or even oil.
- Sprout a gigantic beanstalk.
- Matthew Schutt (July 1991). “101 Surprises in a Bag of Beans”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #171 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 95–97, 116–119.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 152. ISBN 978-0786965622.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 153. ISBN 978-0786965622.