What do you do if you need healing and none is readily available? You’re in the thick of battle and you realize your hit points are getting dangerously low. You call out to the healer for help, but he’s got nothing to offer. He’s already expended this encounter’s allotment. Or worse yet, maybe your party doesn’t have a leader? No problem, you use your second wind. But what if you’ve already done that too. Now you’re in a situation with no healer and no way to easily expend a healing surge. What now?
As PCs get more powerful and the monsters get more and more hit points the above scenario is likely to happen with increasing frequency. There you are barely above 0 hit points and the monster isn’t even bloodied. Unless you can figure out a way to expend another healing surge your outcome looks pretty grim. Get ready to start making death saves.
Many classes have powers that allow you or an ally to spend a healing surge, but most are dependent upon a successful attack roll. So although these powers help, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be available when you need them the most. That’s when it’s best to rely on magic items.
There are a handful of magic items that allow you to spend healing surges and regain hit points. I’m not talking about temporary hit points, I’m talking about actually healing real hit points. If you’re lucky enough to find one of these items in a random treasure hoard, cherish it. Having the ability to expend a healing surge during battle, aside from the usual second wind, means that you can stay in the thick of things longer and can take a few more beats than the usual PC of your class and level.
Below is a list of items that allow PCs to expend a healing surge and regain hit points. This list only covers items in the heroic tier. In some cases these items exist at various power levels. I’ve only listed the weakest version (i.e., the +1 version). This list does not include items that grant temporary hit points. That particular list will be provided in a future post.
I’ve provided the relevant details and a brief description of each item’s power. The name of each item is linked to its description in the D&D Compendium. Unfortunately you need an active DDI subscription to read this content.
|Dwarven Armor||2||Armor||Free||(Daily) Regain hit points as if you had spent a healing surge.|
|Life Vine Armor||3||Armor||Immediate
|(Daily) When you’re hit with a crit you can spend a healing surge. You also regain bonus hit points equal to the armor’s enhancement bonus.|
|Stanching Armor||3||Armor||Minor||(Daily) You can spend a healing surge. You also regain bonus hit points equal to the armor’s enhancement bonus.|
|Cloak of the
|4||Neck||N/A||If you’re bloodied and use your second wind you can spend two healing surges instead of one.|
|Robe of Contingency||4||Armor||Immediate
|(Daily) If you’re bloodied and take damage, teleport 6 squares and spend a healing surge.|
|Symbol of the
|N/A||On a crit, you or an ally can spend a healing surge.|
|Armor of Sacrifice||5||Armor||Minor||(Daily) Spend a healing surge plus an ally regains hit points as if they too spent a healing surge.|
|Enduring Beast Armor||5||Armor||Minor||(Daily) Spend a healing surge.|
|Marauder’s Armor||7||Armor||Free||(Daily) When you charge and hit, make a saving throw or spend a healing surge. You also regain bonus hit points equal to the armor’s enhancement bonus.|
|Ravenclaw Warblade||8||Weapon||N/A||When you kill a non-minion you can spend a healing surge or make a saving throw.|
|Shield of Defiance||8||Arms||Immediate
|(Daily) When you’re hit with a crit you can spend a healing surge.|
|Staff of the
|Minor||(Daily) Use the Cleric’s healing word power. You must have the Initiate of the Faith feat.|
|(At-Will) If you take radiant damage you can spend a healing surge. You also regain bonus hit points equal to the armor’s enhancement bonus.|
|Diamond Cincture||10||Waist||Minor||(At-Will) Regain hit points as if you had spent a healing surge. The belt’s item bonus is reduced by one. This power recharges after an extended rest.|
If you can think of any additional items that allow you to expend a healing surge, please add it in the comments below.