Creative uses for our Favorite Tool Proficiencies in D&D 5E (other than Thieves Tools)

Creative uses for our Favorite Tool Proficiencies in D&D 5E (other than Thieves Tools)

Other than Thieves Tools, what is your Favorite Tool Proficiency in D&D 5E and what are some creative uses for them?

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Fred – @How to D&D
Eric – @FryMinis
Julie – @FryMinis
Wally – @Wally DM

0:43 Disguise Kit
2:55 Cartographer’s Tools
4:40 Brewers Tools
8:16 Herbalism Kit
15:11 How to Craft Potions with Herbalism Kit
16:42 Cook’s Utensils
17:25 Alchemist Tools vs Herbalism Kit
21:42 Woodcarver’s Tools to make Wands
26:56 Round Table Final Thoughts


  1. FryMinis on May 22, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Yay! Loved doing this one.

  2. Joel Hagan on May 22, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Perssonally for me, I love the Forgery Kit. The ability to create phony replicas of things like Deeds to land, Guild certificates etc. is just awesome. I’m in a game currently where my character is trying to pass himself off as a wealthy dignitary. Don’t sleep on the Forgery Kit.

  3. Twilight Gardens presentations on May 22, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Sharpening stone to increase damage and penetration for the swords first few strikes. I got that from a dragon magazine around nineteen ninety one

  4. YOUjustJEALOUS on May 22, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Reading through the phb, there are a few tool proficiencies that you don’t actually need the tools on you to get something from them. The masons tools for instance, may allow you to find hidden areas with architectural knowledge or allow the character to deduce the integrity of a structure/bridge/etc. you may even be able to use that knowledge to destabilize that structure to great effect.

    Some of them are the martial equivalent of predigistation/thaumaturgy/druidcraft. The usefulness seems only to be hindered by creativity.

  5. Dr. Feargood on May 22, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    So listening to this I need to set things up so the PC’s proficiencies can help them out in the scenarios.

  6. NegatveSpace on May 22, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    For wants I like the idea of what makes them magical is what’s in them or what they’re made out of. Harry Potter doesn’t port well to how dnd works but I like how their wands have many different attributes to them like they have the core of a dragon’s heart string. Maybe in dnd there’s a possibility for a story there like a dragon gave one of their hairs to a wand maker to use to make fire spells more powerful or to hold fire spells or there could be tons of imaginative directions it could go in.

  7. RIVERS RPG Channel on May 22, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Nice forum
    Yes I like the idea of brewers tools and the disguise kits.
    Wally how do you feel about Belgian ales and Strong ales?

  8. J Birmingham on May 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    My interpretation of the potions kit are: Herbalism- medicine, alchemy-arcana. If there is some magical component involved such as immediate health restoration you need alchemy kit, but if you are simply healing a disease or stopping bleeding then the herbalism kit would be more appropriate.

  9. Demetri Night on May 22, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    One of my players is playing a lizard folk. They can make items from bone or leather from slain creatures in a short rest as a racial ability. This is presented in Volo’s Guide to Monsters by using the leather working kit. I have added a bone working kit to make bone weapons and tools. It’s a really fun feature of lizard folk.

  10. Dungeon Dad on May 22, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Heck yeah, you guys rock!

  11. Twilight Gardens presentations on May 22, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I see herbalism healing with the option to poison and alchemy as poisoning with an option to heal

  12. David Rose on May 22, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Great discussion, loved every bit of it. ❤️👍 Thank you all!

    Can honestly say neither I if I’m playing nor my players if I’m DM’ing have pushed each other to utilize our tools and proficiency. Going to have to change that.

  13. Great Moustache on May 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I like the cook tools, lead me down a path for a cook class (homebrew someone made) and used in a game, was interesting (kinda like an alchemist)

  14. NegatveSpace on May 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    I think the pronunciation of potable might be a regional thing. I’ve worked around potable water at a few jobs I’ve had and everyone I’ve ever known has pronounced it the way Wally did.

  15. The Cleric Corner on May 22, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Great overview! It’s good to be experimental with tools. Thanks!

  16. Non Ya on May 22, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Geezer here….
    Tools, ya, learn them all… That’s is why you’re character has thumbs.
    If a game system allows mapping "tools" are my first pick.
    Possible money maker for the character. Along with other aspects.
    Gaming on…
    And Yes, Beer.

  17. Julie O'Brien on May 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Such a fun conversation! Thanks for hosting!

  18. itzybitzyspyder tv on May 22, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Mispronouncing words shows that you learned the word from reading. You extrapolated the meaning and used it in the correct context but had never heard it spoken.

  19. Extremely Casual on May 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    The Final Fantasy 14 housing thumbnail lured me in. The discussion kept me here.

  20. How to D&D on May 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks for having me on the channel Wally. We just need to get Eric and Julie in to more of these in the future.