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Detecting Dart

Source Monster Hunter's Handbook pg. 28
Aura moderate divination CL 7th
Slot none; Price 2,000 gp; Weight


This tiny dart is made of iron and engraved with runes. The back half of the dart has a colorful tuft of fletching that detaches when the dart is thrown or fired through a blowgun, fluttering to the ground in the user’s space. A successful ranged touch attack with the front half of the dart deals 1 point of damage and embeds the needle-like point into the target’s flesh. The attack causes little pain, and the target only notices the embedded dart with a successful DC 14 Perception check. Removing the dart takes a standard action and deals 1 additional point of damage.

Once separated, the back half of the dart detects where the front half is as long as both pieces are within 1 mile of each other. Every hour, the back half gives a distinct hum and its fletching flutters in the direction of the front half for 1 minute. This effect continues for up to 24 hours or until the dart is removed, at which point its magic fades forever.

Should a creature eat the flesh of a target with an embedded detecting dart, it has a 50% chance of consuming the dart. Should the dart transfer from one creature to another in this way, the dart’s back half instead tracks the new creature.


Requirements Craft Magic Arms and Armor, locate creature; Price 1,000 gp