In a previous article, I listed spells whose names had been altered (showing both the traditional names and the new names). I later received an email asking if I could do the same for magic items that have had their names changed.

The request actually just asked for those spells that had been changed to remove NPC names from the item names, so I started there. This is a list of those items:

Traditional NameNew Name
Apparatus of KwalishApparatus of the Crab
Bucknard’s Everful Purse*Removed*
Daern’s Instant FortressInstant Fortress
Keoghtom’s OintmentRestorative Ointment
Nolzurs’ Marvelous PigmentsMarvelous Pigments
Quaal’s Feather TokenFeather Token
Talisman of ZagyTalisman of Reluctant Wishes

I was a little surprised to discover that there were only these seven items. I would have sworn that there were more.


Hereafter is a list of 1e Artifacts that contain NPC names. None of these exist in Pathfinder. Only “Mace of Cuthbert” still exists within 3.5e (it was renamed the “Saint’s Mace”).

Baba Yaga’s Hut
Cup & Talisman of Al’Akbar
Eye of Vecna
Hand of Vecna
Heward’s Mystical Organ
Invulnerable Coat of Arnd
Iron Flask of Tuerny the Merciless
Johydee’s Mask
Kuroth’s Quill
Mace of Cuthbert
Machine of Lum the Mad
Mighty Servant of Leuk-O
Queen Ehlissa’s Marvelous Nightingale
Recorder of Ye’Cind
Ring of Gaxx
Sword of Kas
Teeth of Dahlver-Nar
Wand of Orcus

Other Changes

Unfortunately, I didn’t preserve the new names when I went through my database and restored the original names. Therefore, I can’t easily generate a list of other changes. Nor do I want to do a thorough search to generate such a list. However, here is a list of the ones that jumped out at me during a cursory check:

Traditional NameNew Name
Bracers of DefenseBracers of Armor
Eyes of Minute SeeingGoggles of Minute Seeing
Girdle of Giant StrengthBelt of Giant Strength
Medallion of ESPMedallion of Thoughts
Necklace of MissilesNecklace of Fireballs
Necklace of Prayer BeadsStrand of Prayer Beads
Ring of Djinni SummoningRing of Djinni Calling
Ring of Fire ResistanceRing of Energy Resistance (Fire)
Ring of Free ActionRing of Freedom of Movement
Staff of the SerpentRod of the Python/Rod of the Viper
Staff of WitheringRod of Withering
Wand of ConjurationStaff of Conjuration
Wand of Enemy DetectionRod of Enemy Detection
Wand of NegationRod of Negation
Wand of WonderRod of Wonder

Note that this list is in no way comprehensive. These are just the items I noticed during a quick pass. Also note that Wands, Rods, and Staves were shifted around in order to comply with rules in newer editions relating to these items.