Eldritch Crossbow

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The Eldritch Crossbow is a curious magical weapon for those whose love of wand spells seeks a mate with a ranged weapon.

Aura: moderate enchantment; CL 10th
Slot none; Price: 25,000 gp; Weight 4 lbs.

This ornate crossbow has a somewhat curious design flaw; normal crossbow bolts do not fit into it correctly, and though it has a trigger, there doesn't seem to be a mechanism to launch bolts. However, these aren't flaws in the design, as it is no ordinary crossbow. Certain wands can be mounted in the bolt slot - upon doing so, pulling the crossbow's trigger will activate the wand, firing out a spell in place of a bolt. This consumes charges as normal. The user of the Eldritch Crossbow does not need to make Use Magic Device checks to use the wand inside. However, the user must be proficient with the light crossbow, or else take nonproficiency penalties to their attack roll.

Wands of the following spells can be loaded into the Eldritch Crossbow: Acid Splash, Ray of Frost, Magic Missile, Ray of Enfeeblement, Acid Arrow, Scorching Ray, Fireball, Lightning Bolt, Ray of Exhaustion, Flame Arrow.

Construction
Requirements: A masterwork light crossbow, Greater Magic Weapon; Cost: 12,500 gp

Author's Note: Good for giving characters who don't get Use Magic Device as a class skill the benefit of using wands, at least to attack.

Additional Ratings
Balance:
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Utility:
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Clarity:
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