Question: If a mod offers a magic weapon reward, say a +1 Lightning Weapon, can a caster choose that weapon as a quarterstaff/implement.
I am aware of the general differences between using a staff as an implement vs. as a quarterstaff. But the staff section of PHB2 (p 206) makes it clear that a magic staff may function as both, depending on its use.
So if I choose a +1 Lightning Quarterstaff, can I use the +1 enhancement bonus on my Implement attacks? The Lightning Weapon description (PHB 235) refers to "damage dealt by this weapon", so would that mean the Lightning Quarterstaff's powers would only work if it were used as a melee weapon, not as an implement?
I took the bonus money, since the rules lawyer at the table ruled that you could not take a magic quarterstaff and use it as an implement, so the point is moot. However, I would like to hear some opinions for when it comes up again.