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


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]


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

Notable Flame TonguesEdit

Movanic devas commonly wielded two-handed swords with flame tongue enchantments.[11]



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