Pearl (3.5e Equipment)

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An ideal material for use underwater. Long lasting and available, but it does take some work to put it to any use. Pearl isn't just those little round gems-of-the-sea, its the shell too, and therein lies the biggest cache of potential. From pieces of a clam's great shell, to thousands of small shells linked together to form chain mail, pearl gear is useful and elegantly pleasing to look at. However, it comes at a price. It also comes in four different colored varieties for several purposes.

Table: Pearl Types
Color Hardness Weight Base Market Price Hit Points
White 8 100% ×3 25/inch of thickness
Black 8 75% ×5 25/inch of thickness
Copper-Red 12 100% ×10 30/inch of thickness
Blue-Green 12 500% ×3 30/inch of thickness

White Pearl[edit]

White pearl gear costs three times as much as standard gear. It can substitute for metal, wood or other hard and inflexible materials. Once broken, only magic can mend a break. It weighs the same as standard items. White pearl is the easiest to come by and is made by many clams, scallops and oysters.


Armor Check Penalties are reduced by one as all black pearl items must be masterwork items. Arcane Spell Failure reduces by 10%. Armor’s Maximum Dexterity Bonus is improved by 1. Black pearl gear costs five times as much a normal gear (plus the masterwork component). Black pearl is less common, as it originates from a few kinds of oysters.

Copper Red[edit]

This pearl is tougher than white pearl. These items are always masterwork items and cost ten times as much as normal items (plus the masterwork component). Copper Red pearl is harvested from the knight conch, which are slow growing as well as rare.


Used only in the manufacture of the great staff. Blue-green pearl is harvested from a special abalone.

Pearl Gear[edit]

Pearl gear is typically not traded. However it does occasionally make its way into market places on land. It is very difficult to resize a suit of armor made from pearl without using magic to alter it. Any check made to resize a suit of pearl armor for a new wearer (without proper magical aide, such as a pearl shape) suffers a −6 penalty.

Pearl's hardness can be increased with pearl harden.

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