A flame tongue was a rare type of magical sword with a burning blade.[1][3][4][5]

Powers[edit | edit source]

After the Year of Shadows, 1358 DR, these were treated as plain +1 swords.[1] However, these swords were further enhanced against certain creatures: regenerating creatures (like trolls and lycanthropes); avians, flammable creatures, and cold-using creatures (like ice toads, white dragons, winter wolves, and yeti); and especially the undead.[1][2]

After the Year of Wild Magic, 1372 DR, these were treated as +1 flaming burst longswords.[3][4] Once a day, the sword could be used to launch a ray of fire up to 30 feet (9 meters).[3][4]

Upon utterance of its command word, a flame tongue would erupt into flames, radiating a bright light. The arcane fire would remain until commanded to stop, or unless the blade was dropped or sheathed.[1][5]

The flames could easily burn paper, parchment, dry wood, and webs, and ignite oils.[1]

Creation[edit | edit source]

These blades were created with the use of the scorching ray and either the flame blade, flame strike or fireball spells.[3]

Notable Flame Tongues[edit | edit source]

Notable Owners[edit | edit source]

Appendix[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Adventures
Ghosts of Dragonspear CastleOut of the Abyss
Video Games
Descent to UndermountainBaldur's GateTales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation
Card Games
AD&D Trading Cards

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 slade et al (November 1995). Encyclopedia Magica Volume IV. (TSR, Inc.), p. 1369. ISBN 0-7869-0289-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 BioWare (December 1998). Designed by James Ohlen. Baldur's Gate. Black Isle Studios.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (September 2000). Dungeon Master's Guide 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 188. ISBN 978-0786915514.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 226, 227. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 170. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  6. BioWare (June 2002). Designed by Brent Knowles, James Ohlen. Neverwinter Nights. Atari.
  7. slade, et al. (April 1996). “Daggerford”. In James Butler ed. The North: Guide to the Savage Frontier (TSR, Inc.), p. 13. ISBN 0-7869-0391-0.
  8. Christopher Perkins, et al. (August 2013). Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 135. ISBN 978-0786965311.
  9. Tito Leati, Matthew Sernett and Chris Sims (February 2014). Scourge of the Sword Coast. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14.
  10. Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Three: Erlkazar & Folk of Intrigue. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  11. Allen Varney, ed. (June 1994). Planescape Monstrous Compendium Appendix. (TSR, Inc.), p. 7. ISBN 978-1560768623.
  12. BKOM Studios (2017). Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation.
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