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Animate Rope
Exploration 2
Time: 1 minute
Duration: 1 minute
Component Cost: 5 gp, a focus, and 1 healing surge
Market Price: 100 gp
Key Skill: Arcana (no check)

Animate Rope is a ritual introduced in Dragon Magazine article Heroic Tier Rituals.[Dr405]

The rope you use as the focus for this ritual gains the ability to move and to tie itself under your command. To command the rope, you must have line of sight and line of effect to it, and the rope must be within 20 squares of you. You can take a move action to command the rope to move, coil up, uncoil, and so forth. The rope has a speed of 6 and a climb speed of 6. As a standard action, you can command the rope to tie a knot, form a tied loop, and so forth. The animated rope cannot carry or pull any weight.

Focus: A rope of any length.


  • This ritual has strong overlap with Mage hand, which can manipulate available ropes with slightly more effort but no resource cost.