There are plenty of magic items to choose from in D&D. From incredible weapons to caustic potions, you can find something for every member of your party with ease. When it comes to wizards, one of my favorite low-level options is the Hat of Wizardry. Learn all about it in our Hat of Wizardry 5E Guide.
The Hat of Wizardry
Wondrous Item, common (requires attunement by a wizard)
This antiquated, cone-shaped hat is adorned with gold crescent moons and stars. While you are wearing it, you gain the following benefits:
-You can use the hat as a spellcasting focus for your wizard spells.
-You can try to cast a cantrip that you don’t know. The cantrip must be on the wizard spell list, and you must make a DC 10 Intelligence (Arcana) check. If the check succeeds, you cast the spell. If the check fails, so does the spell, and the action used to cast the spell is wasted. In either case, you can’t use this property again until you finish a long rest.
This magical item released in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything isn’t a life-changing weapon that will serve as the centerpiece of a campaign. While not all-powerful, that does not mean it isn’t useful. In fact, the Hat of Wizardry is one of the best common magical items in D&D.
When attuned to it, this hat lets you cast a single cantrip you don’t already know. This requires your action, and the cantrip must be on the Wizard spell list. There are a few situations where this hat is useful. Often, it is a nice option for using a situational cantrip out of combat like Mold Earth or Mending. It could also be useful in combat when you need to deal a specific type of damage you don’t otherwise have access to, like with Fire Bolt.
There are some downsides. You must attune to the hat to use it, which is likely a waste of an attunement slot at higher levels. You also can only use this option once per day. Finally, there is a risk of failure if you make a bad Arcana check.
How Much is a Hat of Wizardry in 5E?
According to the Dungeon Master’s Guide, common magic items typically sell for between 50 and 100 gold. While that is the standard price, the Hat of Wizardry is strong enough that you could make the case it should have been treated as an uncommon item. A DM could reasonably charge up to 500 gp for this item.
Can Anyone Use the Hat of Wizardry?
Only wizards can attune to the Hat of Wizardry. While any character can don the hat, using it as a spellcasting focus is only possible if you have at least one level in wizard.
Concluding Our Hat of Wizardry 5E Guide
That wraps up our breakdown of the Hat of Wizardry. I love this magical item, having given it out more than once as a DM. It is a fun way to get access to a new cantrip, and there is some luck involved. Altogether, it is a great option. Looking for other magical objects? See our guide to the best magical items for wizards in D&D.