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D&D: What Iron Spikes Are Used For | Screen Rant

The average 1st level Dungeons & Dragons character tends to stock up on items at every opportunity, even though most of their gear will never be used, but iron spikes might have more utility than some players realize. It's often better to have something and not need it, than to need something and not have it, which is why lots of players buy a bag of iron spikes from the equipment list in the Player's Handbook, without realizing their main purpose.

The current edition of D&D has a streamlined set of rules for equipment at level one, where players are given items and weapons based on the character class and background. This makes it a lot faster to roll up a character, as players in the old D&D editions were given a bag of gold and told to buy everything fresh, leading to mini shopping sprees that went on for too long. There is an option in the current edition to eschew the regular system and roll for gold, but the streamlined approach is often a lot quicker and ensures the group has everything they need.

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The Adventuring Gear section of the Player's Handbook is a table that contains miscellaneous items that a player might need in the wild. One of the most curious entries on this list is a bag of ten iron spikes, which cost a single gold piece. Piton's cost five copper pieces each and they are similar to iron spikes, as they are used for climbing, so why are iron spikes so expensive? Are iron spikes just a relic of the old days of D&D, or do they have some higher function that isn't described in the book?

Iron spikes are used in conjunction with a hammer to quickly lock or block things. If a D&D party is being pursued down a corridor and they get past a door, one of them can hammer an iron spike into the ground to wedge it shut. This can buy the party precious extra time to run away. Wedging a door shut is also a good idea if the party suspects they are being followed while in a dungeon, as the pursuer will either be unable to follow or will need to make a lot of noise breaking the spike. The iron spikes can also be used in keyholes to seal a door, assuming the party isn't too concerned about needing an escape route.

There are other obvious uses for iron spikes, such as an emergency D&D improvised weapon in combat, or keeping a tent up in the wilderness, but their use as aggressive door stoppers is their main function in Dungeons & Dragons. It might be worth investing a gold piece in some, as Hodor from Game of Thrones might still be alive if he just had a bag of iron spikes.

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