Tuesday Magic Item – Spirit Hunter’s Candle

31 January, 2023

No unliving yet . . .Gollaon lit the candles and placed it inside a lantern.  “Cannot risk an errant breeze putting this out.”

Voddick shook his head.  “How did I let you talk me into spirit hunting again?”

“And the purse of gold has nothing to do with it?”

Voddick just grumbled.

Spirit Hunter’s Candle

These candles have an odd sheen to their wax, which is usually black or dark red, they are difficult to extinguish once lit.

The candle burns with a white flame unless one of the unbound or unliving is nearby.  If either is within 60′, the candle flame changes color becoming deeper as they get closer.

Unbound spirits cause the flame to burn red, unliving creatures cause it to burn blue, and if both are present, an eerie purple.

If one, or more of the unbound approaches within 30′, they are outlined in a shimmering red aura that has the same effect as faerie fire.

Normally the candle burns slowly, lasting eight hours, but each round with one of the unbound within 30′ consumes half an hour of burn time.

The unbound and unliving preferentially attack someone holding a spirit hunter’s candle.

Aura faint divination; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 300; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, detect undead; Cost 150

For D&D 5E:

Wondrous item (candle), uncommon

As above.

Notes: A useful tool for any spirit hunter.  One showed up in an adventure I ran recently . . . so I figured I should figure out its actual effects.

Image from PxHere and is in the Public Domain.


  1. “Unbound spirits cause the flame to burn red, unliving creatures cause it to burn red, and if both are present, an eerie purple.”

    Should one of those reds be blue?

    • Thank you, I will correct that, the unliving cause blue flames.

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