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Equipment is a general term used to describe the items in a character's inventory. It includes combat items such as weapons and armor, adventuring gear such as ropes and backpacks, valuables such as coins and gems, and precious reminders of home or inspirations toward vengeance, and other miscellaneous possessions.

Starting Equipment

When you create your character, you receive equipment based on a combination of your class and background.

Class Starting Wealth
Alternatively, you can start with a number of gold pieces based on your class and spend them on items. You decide how your character came by this starting equipment or wealth. If you choose this option, then you do not get the items stated in your class and background.


While wealth is generally seen as a collection of currency, it can take many forms. Precious gemstones, trade goods, art, animals, and property can all be considered wealth.

Not all classes accept the same payments. Only merchants, adventurers, and people providing professional services commonly deal with coins, especially those more valuable than a copper piece. Peasants often trade with goods and pay taxes in grain and cheese, and nobles may trade using gold bars instead of coins or in property deeds and other legal rights.

Coinage. Coins come in several variants, their worth of which is determined by the metal used to make the coin and its size. The most common coins are gold pieces (gp), silver pieces (sp), and copper pieces (cp). Gold is the most standard unit for pricing, even if the coin isn't used itself. If something is being described as worth thousands of gold pieces, the actual transaction may actually involve other forms of wealth.

Gold pieces are mostly used by adventurers and the merchants who deal with them, artisans, and other such people. A single gold coin can buy a bundle of ammunition, 50 feet of hempen rope, or even a sickle or spear. It also has more practical uses, such as buying animals or some artisan's tools.

Silver pieces are the most relevant coin to commoners. A single piece can buy a day of labor, a flask of lamp oil, a ladder, or a night at an inn.

Copper pieces are used among the poor, such as laborers and beggars. A single piece can buy simple things, like a candle, torch, or a piece of chalk.

Coins are also minted from other metals, such electrum and platinum, but are uncommon to the point where using them may raise caution.

For specifics of coinage used within the Realms and their surrounding ares, see the Currency section.

A single coin weighs roughly one-third of an ounce. Fifty coins weigh a pound.

Exchange Rates

Copper (CP) 1 1/10 1/50 1/100 1/1000
Silver (SP) 10 1 1/5 1/10 1/100
Electrum (EP) 50 5 1 1/2 1/20
Gold (GP) 100 10 2 1 1/10
Platinum (PP) 1,000 100 20 10 1

Selling Treasure. As adventurers progress through dungeons and quests, they will inevitably find treasure and other loot. However, depending on the item being sold, it will be either very difficult or very easy to find a buyer.

Weapons, Armor, and Other Equipment: The general rule for adventuring gear is that undamaged equipment can be sold for half of their buying cost. However, weapons and armor used by monsters are rarely in good enough condition to sell and may only be sold at dramatically low prices.
Gems, Jewelry, and Art: These treasures retain their full value in the marketplace. You can trade them for coin or use them as currency themselves. For exceptionally valuable treasures, your DM may require you to find a large city first, whether wealthier buyers are more prevalent.
Trade Goods: Like treasures, trade goods such as livestock, bags of grain or salt, and the like keep their full market value and can be used as currency among poorer people.
Magic Items: Selling magic items is generally difficult. While potions and scrolls may go easily, other items are generally far too pricey to be bought by anyone but the most wealthy of people. Likewise, they are also not commonly found in stores or other trades. The value of magic is beyond material coin and is always treated as such.

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