A magic tinderbox was a tinderbox enchanted for better reliability. It was invented by the Halruaan mage Daltim Flamefist.[1]


A magic tinderbox resembled a perfectly ordinary tinderbox, being a set of typical tools for making a fire, including a piece of flint and steel and dry materials to burn. These were kept inside an engraved wooden box to keep them dry.[1]


The tools of a magic tinderbox were used in the same way as those of a traditional tinderbox. The flint-and-steel was enchanted to always create sufficient sparks to ignite a fire. This worked in wind and rain, though extreme conditions such as a gale or torrential downpour were too great for proper functioning.[1]


The Halruaan mage Daltim Flamefist developed the magic tinderbox in the 1360s DR. His technique circulated in Faerûn, and magic tinderboxes came to be used by several well-equipped adventuring companies.[1]

Daltim wrote details of the magic tinderbox and notes for creating one in his spellbook Daltim's Tome of Fire, which he lost in Tethyr in the 1360s DR.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ed Greenwood, Tim Beach (1995). Pages from the Mages. (TSR, Inc), p. 39. ISBN 0-7869-0183-7.
  2. Ed Greenwood, Tim Beach (1995). Pages from the Mages. (TSR, Inc), p. 35. ISBN 0-7869-0183-7.