Helmthorn was a hardy, vine-like shrub.[1]


The helmthorn got its name from large, imposing black thorns. The thorns could grow as large as a man's hand. Its indigo berries were often harvested to be either eaten or fermented into a helmthorn wine.[1] Occasionally, the plant would sprout a spring of red berries.[2]


Helmthorn thorns were used as needles and dart points.[1]

Red helmthorn berries could be sold for 1 sp each. When the spell goodberry was cast on these berries, it lasted a day longer than usual.[2]


Helmthorn was common throughout Faerûn.[1]

Helmthorn brush grew dense in the Forest of Wyrms.[3] It was also common in the High Thorog valley in the Nether Mountains.[4]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 79. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 181. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  3. Erik Scott de Bie (2005). Realms of the Dragons II (The Hunting Game). (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 0-7869-3808-0.
  4. Ed Greenwood and Jason Carl (July 2002). Silver Marches. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 134. ISBN 0-7869-2835-2.