Can Arcane Lock 5e dnd uses be applied to backpacks or books?

Arcane Lock 5e

Arcane Lock 5e dnd uses

Your DM can decide upon that whether Arcane Lock 5e dnd uses be applied to objects such as backpacks or books. It doesn’t matter if it works for a lock-bound book (like a modern diary) or a book that does not have such a locking mechanism. I don’t know what to rule on that based on the examples provided by the spell.

The spell reads (PHB, page 215):  A closed door, window, or gate is a way to enter.

These are usually things with locks or can. A book can be locked (i.e., The locked diary), then the question is, “Does Arcane Lock Lock Things That Can Have Locks on But Don’t?”

The spell also states:

This spell makes it more difficult for the object to be broken or forced open. The DC to pick it up or break any locks increases by 10.

It states “to pick or break any locks on it.” That suggests that the objects should be locked, as this seems to have been written with a locked door in view. These are the main routes to bypass a locked door. This interpretation could lead a DM to rule that you can cast an arcane lock onto a book with a lock on it but not on a book without a lock.

The fact that it says “or” could also be understood to mean “if it’s locked, you can pick it, but if it’s not, you have to break it.” That means that any door, window, or other object is a valid target for arcane locks. What stops this spell from targeting any object, then? We already have an inconsistent list that includes “chest or another entryway.

We’re left with the “up to DM” option. If the DM allowed it, anyone who wants to view your arcane-locked books would need to pick it or open it (with great difficulty). It would apply to any item that the DM ruled valid (backpacks etc.).

How to beat an arcane lock in d&d?

For 10 minutes, knocking on an object will disable arcane locks. The object becomes more difficult to open or break while it is affected by this spell. In addition, the DC to pick it up or break any locks it has increases by 10.

Can an Arcane Lock cast on living material?

The spell is not restricted to non-living material. However, if it’s on the list or counts as an entryway, it can be locked with this spell. A door is both on this list and an entryway. This spell will lock it, whether made from iron, living wood, or demon flesh. The tentacle or vine wrapped around a piece of material is not an entryway. The spell will not lock it. A mimic is not an entryway and will therefore not be locked. Nevertheless, you can see the next point. You’ll need to ask your GM if a creature’s mouth or any other orifice is considered an entryway. Keep your face straight when you ask. Even if your GM agrees an orifice can be an entryway, it may prove difficult to use this spell in combat. The spell requires that you touch the entryway (and not the creature it belongs to).

There are no side effects to locking a living entranceway. It is harder for things to get through an entryway locked. Anyone who plans to use the entryway will be inconvenienced, if not annoyed.

Can Arcane Lock in dnd 5e Make an Object Resistant to Damage More?

Arcane Lock claims that it increases the DC to pick the lock or break the object by 10. There is no increase in the object’s AC and HP.

It prevents the spell from being opened and does not cause damage.

“You and any creatures you designate when casting this spell can open the object normally.

That is the part of the spell description that clarifies:

A password can be set that will disable this spell for one minute when spoken within 5 ft of an object. It will be impossible to use until the spell is broken1 or it is removed or suppressed. It refers to the object on which the spell was cast. Broken can refer to an object that takes damage until it is repaired.

D&D 5e is not one thing. You can break something or attack it to cause damage. One is a Strength Check to force it open, snap it in half, or cave it in. It succeeds or fails on one roll. The other uses normal hitting with a weapon to deal HP damage until it runs out of HP. At that point, it is broken.

There are many ways to skin a cat. Do you trust your strength? You can. Check your DC against this increased barrier. You can also work smarter and not harder by using a tool. Take a look at the lever, the simplest tool for increasing the force you apply to something.

Example: A small chest that is “resilient,” on p. 247 in the DMG, has a 3d6 hit point. It would have an AC of 15 if it were made from wood. If made of Adamantine, the AC would be 23. It can be hit with a weapon enough to smash it, even if an arcane lock protects it. It will make any mundane or magical lock irrelevant. It is not clear what that does to the contents.

According to the DM assigned, doors and other structural elements will have hit points and AC per page 246.

The DM might waive the “autohit of a 20” restriction on objects (which I would do as DM) so that especially strong objects require a lot more effort to break by brute force.

Is an arcane lock 5e a Ritual?

Arcane Lock 5e uses its power to lock the door. Your Arcana check with a +5 bonus sets the DC for Thievery or Strength checks that are required to open the door. You can perform the ritual to allow certain creatures or types of creatures to pass through your door without the ward’s effect.


Touch a closed door or window, gate, chest, etc., and it will become locked for the Duration. The object can be opened normally by you and any creatures you have designated when you cast the spell. A password can be set that, when spoken within 5 feet from the object, will disable this spell for 1 minute. It will remain impassable until the spell is dispelled, broken, or it is broken again. Arcane locks are suppressed for 10 minutes by knocking on the object.

This spell makes it more difficult for the object to be broken or forced open. The DC to pick it up or break any locks increases by 10.

Level 2
School Abjuration
Casting Time One action
Range: Touch
Components V S M (Gold dust worth at least 25 gp, that the spell consumes)
Duration Until dispelled
Classes Wizard
Target A closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway