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Although the following list is not exhaustive, generally an article about a magic item should be categorized according to:

General

All magic items should belong to Category:Magic items. Subcategories should also be included, as outlined below, but this general category should contain all articles on magic items within the project.

Type

Magic items are divided up into types based on how they work mechanically. While game mechanics are generally not welcome in the bodies of articles, they function well as concrete definitions for categories. Every magic item should be categorized by its type, such as rings, rods, staves, and wondrous items. Using these examples, one would categorize an article in each group (respectively) as Category:Rings, Category:Rods, Category:Staves, and Category:Wondrous items.

Caster level

As with type, caster level is an easy way to categorize magic items by relative power, similar to how creatures are categorized by challenge rating. If given in an item's writeup, its caster level should be noted through inclusion in a category. A sihedron medallion would thus be included in the Category:CL 5 magic items category. (Note that use of these categories is still the subject of debate, but should be included until such time as the community can come to a decision regarding their inclusion.)

Slot

Magic items should also be categorized by their slot on a wielder's body, such that an amulet would belong to Category:Amulets, bracers would belong to Category:Bracers, and a magic sword would belong to Category:Magic swords.

Miscellaneous

Some magic items also belong to additional categories, such as artifacts (Category:Artifacts) and minor or major artifacts as subcategories (Category:Major artifacts and Category:Minor artifacts, respectively).

Unsure about Categories?

If you have written an article and are unsure about which categories to apply, or simply want your categories double checked, then please feel free to add this text at the bottom of your article in this format:

[[Category:Please check categories]]

This will flag to others that the article's categories need checking or adding. We hope that, soon thereafter, another wiki member will be along to help.