Created By: deuxhero on October 24, 2011 Last Edited By: deuxhero on March 14, 2012

Magically Restricted Weapon

Only X can weild this weapon: because magic

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A weapon simply can't be wielded by someone who doesn't meet the requirements, even though they can normally wield weapons of its type, generally an Ancestral Weapon usable only by someone with the right Heroic Lineage. This is traditional of any Sword In The Stone.

  • Dungeons & Dragons has the potential for an item to have restrictions on the name, sex, race, or alignment (only the last two are present on any significant number of pre-published items). It also provides a work around in the "Use Magic Device" skill, which let's a user "bluff" an item into using it.
  • Fire Emblem!
    • "Prf" rank weapons can be used only by their assigned wielder. Typically this is a "Rapier", a slightly better than normal sword with large bonuses against armored and cavalry units for the game's main character and given no explanation for why no one else can use it (The dancers in the third game could, but otherwise exclusive). The variants wielded by Lyn (a magic sword that "chose" her) Hector (his "favorite axe") and Ike (custom made for him) receive some explanation, but most don't. The most Egregious is Micaiah's Thani, which is just stolen from a random chest.
    • Legendary Weapons in the entire series generally stick with the Heroic Lineage variant. The 4th game makes breeding the lineage a gameplay mechanic.
  • Averted in Castlevania Portrait Of Ruin, the Vampire Killer can be used just fine without the ritual to bind it to Johnathan, it just becomes a mundane whip with damage that only beats bare hands (It has a good deal more range, but that's it).
  • The Trope Codifier is the Sword In The Stone which only the rightful king of Britain can draw.
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  • October 24, 2011
    Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of...THOR!
  • October 24, 2011
  • October 25, 2011
    First impression of the title: Weapons that can only work on magic things; normal things unaffected. :/
  • October 25, 2011
    Only The Pure Of Heart is a Sister Trope concerning the need for the user of a weapon/spell/ability/etc. to be particularly pure. Some of the examples on that page are this trope as well, such as the sword Dyrnwyn in The Prydain Chronicles.

    May involve an Empathic Weapon.

    Related to Only The Worthy May Pass, which involves getting past a barrier of some kind.
  • October 25, 2011

    Video games

    • The Master Sword may well be a homage to Excalibur, sharing several distinct similarites. It is set in the Pedastal of Time just as Excalibur is set in its stone. Likewise, it can only be drawn by the Chosen Hero, and is mythological in origion, much like the Arthurian sword of legend.
  • October 25, 2011
    Video Games
    • In Worldof Warcraft, many items that you loot in raids are bound to your avatar and cannot be transferred to anyone else. Also, some enchants bind the item to the enchanter.
  • October 27, 2011
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  • March 14, 2012
    In Naruto, the living sword Samehada can be held only by her chosen master. If someone else who's not him tries to pick it up, it grows spikes on the handle. Also, in Yaiba, the titular Kid Samurai is the only person who can wield the Raijin Sword when the Raijin Orb is encased. In this case, however, the focal Mac Guffin seems to be the orb rather then the sword: whem Musashi pick up the orbless sword later he suffers no harm.
  • March 14, 2012