A driftglobe was a small glass orb that magically floated in the air and emitted light.


A driftglobe was a small sphere of thick glass, that weighed about one pound (0.45 kg).[2]


The most common driftglobes had three basic magical effects. They glowed with bright light, equal to a torch, as per the cantrip light, on command. They could also glow with the brightness of full daylight, as per the spell daylight for an hour at a time, though use of this ability was limited to a number of charges before being used up. Lastly, the driftglobe floated in the air, as per the magical spell levitate. A driftglobe could also follow a creature that touched it, similar to the disk created by Tenser's floating disk.[2]


Driftglobes date back at least to the time of Cormanthyr at its height and were seen lighting up the night in Myth Drannor.[3] The arcanist Congenio Ioun created the first light-emitting ioun stones sometime in the age of Netheril but these were personal items that remained near their owner.[4] Driftglobes could be found in use across the modern Realms, as well as in dungeons and ruins.[2]


Driftglobes were quite easy to make, and the process was well known. A caster needed little more than a glass globe and the ability to cast daylight and Tenser's floating disk.[2]


  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 166. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Rand Sharpsword (2003-01-29). Odds and Ends for Silver Marches. Rand's Travelogue. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
  3. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 64. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  4. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (Encyclopedia Arcana). (TSR, Inc.), p. 6. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.