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A magic item’s power often depends on its creator level, which is determined at the time of the item's creation. The creator level is, at most, the same as the character level of the creator of the item, but it can also be any level lower than that. Magic item creator levels range from level 1 to at least level 35, though rumors of items with creator levels significantly higher than this have been reported. It is unknown if these items are created by the gods themselves, or simply those on the path to godhood, but their power is certainly not something to underestimate.

A creator level is nearly always an indication of just how powerful the item is — the higher the creator level, the more powerful the item. This is especially true when it comes to determining any spell-based variables that a magic item might produce. Magic items that produce spells or spell-like effects will nearly always use their own creator level instead of the wielder's character or caster level to calculate damage, saving throws, or other variable effects of that spell or spell-like effect.

Very often, magic items are built at the minimum creator level possible to make the item successfully. Such items are much more affordable than their higher-creator-level counterparts, and are therefore in greater demand. The minimum creator level of a magic item that produces a spell-based effect is always the same as the minimum caster level to cast the spell, namely double the spell level of the spell on the item minus one (i.e., (2 * spell level) - 1).

Finally, not ever item can be made at every creator level. Some items only benefit from being at their minimum creator level, while others achieve some threshold at a higher creator level that is less than 35. Many magic items are only upgradable in steps, with specific creator levels for each step.