Dragon # 402 | 8/30/2011
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Tools of Two TradesD&D Insider Article
By James Auwaerter and Chad Brown

Many adventurers choose early in their careers to concentrate either on attacking their enemies with weapons, or channeling power against them with implements, and thereafter they never switch between the two techniques. There are exceptions to this general statement, of course. For instance, divine characters can vary their choice of prayers to use both holy symbols and weapons to further their goals, and bards have a wide variety of spells that variously make use of ranged weapons, melee weapons, and implements.

Although concentrating on either weapon use or implement use has obvious benefits in the game, there are several reasons why an adventurer might want to branch out from relying strictly on one kind of tool.

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