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Mithral, also known as mithril,[1][2] was a precious metal produced from ore found in mountain ranges in certain areas of Faerûn and in the Underdark.[citation needed]


Mithral was produced through a process similar to that of steel-smelting. Items cast from mithral weighed only half as much as similar items forged from steel.[3] Since pieces of armor made from this valuable metal were very light, they allowed the wearer to make better use of their natural agility and were less restrictive on spellcasting.[4]

Rumors and legendsEdit

Among some bardic circles it was said that mithral combined with steel could create adamantine, but according to dwarves, this was laughable.[3]


For a list of mithral items, see: Category: Mithral items.




  1. Gary Gygax (1979). Dungeon Masters Guide 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 164. ISBN 0-9356-9602-4.
  2. Jeff Grubb (July 1987). Manual of the Planes 1st edition. (TSR), p. 43. ISBN 0880383992.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  4. Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 284. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.

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