Adamantine was a jet-black alloy of adamantium and other metals.[1] Usually black in colour, adamantine had a green sheen when viewed by candlelight or a purple-white sheen when viewed by magical light.[1]

It was found only in veins of ore near earth nodes and areas of faerzress in the Underdark.[citation needed] Occasionally, small meteorites consisting of some adamantine would fall to Abeir-Toril as well.[2]

Adamantine, when smelted, was ultra-hard but this was a costly procedure. Adamantine weapons were useful for damaging the weapons and armor of opponents. A set of adamantine armor or a shield was nearly impenetrable to normal weapons.[citation needed]

Adamantine was often used by drow elves of the Underdark, and their adamantine weapons were usually swords that were magically enhanced. Their magical strength and sharpness faded if brought into contact with direct sunlight.[citation needed]
Menzo Drow Adamantite Armor

A suit of drow adamantine armor.[3]


See also: Star metal


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 55. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  2. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 283. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
  3. Dreamforge Intertainment, Inc. (1994). John McGirk. MenzoberranzanStrategic Simulations, Inc..

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