- Carrying and Using Items
- Alchemical Gear
- Magical Gear
- Specific Armor and Weapons
- Property Runes
To make your mark on the world, you’ll need to have the right equipment, including armor, weapons, and other gear. This section presents the various equipment that you can purchase during character creation. You can usually find these items for sale in most cities and other large settlements.
Your character starts out with 15 gold pieces (150 silver pieces) to spend on any common items from this section. Items with an uncommon rarity can be purchased only if you have special access from abilities you selected during character creation or your GM gives you permission to purchase them.
Once you’ve purchased your starting items, there are three main ways to gain new items and equipment: you can find them during an adventure, make them using the Crafting skill, or purchase them from a merchant.
|Copper piece (cp)||1||1/10||1/100||1/1,000|
|Silver piece (sp)||10||1||1/10||1/100|
|Gold piece (gp)||100||10||1||1/10|
|Platinum piece (pp)||1,000||100||10||1|
Coins and Currency
Though you might be able to barter valuable items in some areas, currency is the most versatile way to make transactions when you head to market. The most common currency is coins. For most commoners and beginning adventurers, the standard unit is the silver piece (sp). Each silver piece is a standard weight of silver and is typically accepted by any merchant or kingdom no matter where it was minted. There are three other common types of coins, each likewise standardized in weight and value. The first is the copper piece (cp). Each copper piece is worth one?tenth of a silver piece. The gold piece (gp) is often used for purchasing magic items and other expensive items, as 1 gold piece is worth 10 silver pieces or 100 copper pieces.
The platinum piece (pp) is used by nobles to demonstrate their wealth, for the purchase of very expensive items, or simply as a way to easily transport large sums of currency.
A platinum piece is worth 10 gold pieces, 100 silver pieces, or 1,000 copper pieces. See Table 6–1: Coin Values for the exchange rates of common types of coins.
Art objects, gems, and raw materials (such as those used for the Craft activity) can be used much like currency: you can sell them for the same price you can buy them.
Most items in the following tables have a price, which is the amount of currency it typically takes to purchase that item. An item with a price of “—” can’t be purchased. An item with a price of 0 is normally free, but its value could be higher based on the materials used to create it. Most items can be sold for half their Price, but coins, gems, art objects, and raw materials (such as components for the Craft activity) can be exchanged for their full Price.
Each item has an item level, which represents the item’s complexity and any magic used in its construction.
Simpler items with a lower level are easier to construct, and you can’t Craft items that have a higher level than your own. If an item’s level isn’t listed, its level is 0. While characters can use items of any level, GMs should keep in mind that allowing characters access to items far above their current level may have a negative impact on the game.
Carrying and Using Items
A character typically has two hands, allowing them to hold an item in each hand or a single two-handed item using both hands. Drawing or changing how you’re carrying an item usually requires you to use an Interact action (though to drop an item, you use the Release action instead).
Table 6–2: Changing Equipment lists some ways that you might change the items you’re holding or carrying, and the number of hands you need to do so.
Many ways of using items require you to spend multiple actions. For example, drinking a potion stowed in your belt pouch requires using an Interact action to draw it and then using a second action to drink it as described in its Activate entry.
Carrying especially heavy or unwieldy items can make it more difficult for you to move, as can overloading yourself with too much gear. The Bulk value of an item reflects how difficult the item is to handle, representing its size, weight, and general awkwardness. If you have a high Strength score, you usually don’t need to worry about Bulk unless you’re carrying numerous substantial items.
You can carry an amount of Bulk equal to 5 plus your Strength modifier without penalty; if you carry more, you gain the encumbered condition. You can’t hold or carry more Bulk than 10 plus your Strength modifier.
For instance, full plate armor is 4 Bulk, a longsword is 1 Bulk, a dagger or scroll is light, and a piece of chalk is negligible. Ten Light items count as 1 Bulk, and you round down fractions (so 9 Light items count as 0 Bulk, and 11 Light items count as 1 Bulk). Items of negligible Bulk don’t count toward Bulk unless you try to carry vast numbers of them, as determined by the GM.
Estimating an Item’s Bulk
As a general rule, an item that weighs 5 to 10 pounds is 1 Bulk, an item weighing less than a few ounces is negligible, and anything in between is Light. Particularly awkward or unwieldy items might have higher Bulk values. For example, a 10-foot pole isn’t heavy, but its length makes it difficult for you to move while you have one on your person, so its Bulk is 1. Items made for larger or smaller creatures have greater or lesser Bulk.
Bulk of Coins
Coins are a popular means of exchange due to their portability, but they can still add up. A thousand coins of any denomination or combination of denominations count as 1 Bulk. It’s not usually necessary to determine the Bulk of coins in fractions of 1,000; simply round down fractions of 1,000. In other words, 100 coins don’t count as a light item, and 1,999 coins are 1 Bulk, not 2.
Bulk of Creatures
You might need to know the Bulk of a creature, especially if you need to carry someone off the battlefield. The table that follows lists the typical Bulk of a creature based on its size, but the GM might adjust this number.
|Size of Creature||Bulk|
In some situations, you might drag an object or creature rather than carry it. If you’re dragging something, treat its Bulk as half. Typically, you can drag one thing at a time, you must use both hands to do so, and you drag slowly—roughly 50 feet per minute unless you have some means to speed it up. Use the total Bulk of what you’re dragging, so if you have a sack laden with goods, use the sum of all the Bulk it carries instead of an individual item within.
Some abilities require you to wield an item, typically a weapon. You’re wielding an item any time you’re holding it in the number of hands needed to use it effectively.
When wielding an item, you’re not just carrying it around—you’re ready to use it. Other abilities might require you to merely carry or have an item. These apply as long as you have the item on your person; you don’t have to wield it.
An item can be broken or destroyed if it takes enough damage. Every item has a Hardness value. Each time an item takes damage, reduce any damage the item takes by its Hardness. The rest of the damage reduces the item’s Hit Points. Normally an item takes damage only when a creature is directly attacking it—commonly targeted items include doors and traps. A creature that attacks you doesn’t normally damage your armor or other gear, even if it hits you. However, the Shield Block reaction can cause your shield to take damage as you use it to prevent damage to yourself, and some monsters have exceptional abilities that can damage your items.
An item that takes damage can become broken and eventually destroyed. It becomes broken when its Hit Points are equal to or lower than its Broken Threshold (BT); once its Hit Points are reduced to 0, it is destroyed. A broken item has the broken condition until Repaired above its Broken Threshold. Anything that automatically makes an item broken immediately reduces its Hit Points to its Broken Threshold if the item had more Hit Points than that when the effect occurred.
If an item has no Broken Threshold, then it has no relevant changes to its function due to being broken, but it’s still destroyed at 0 Hit Points. (See the broken condition definition for more information.)
A destroyed item can’t be Repaired.
An item’s Hardness, Hit Points, and Broken Threshold usually depend on the material the item is made of.
|Draw, stow, or pick up an item1||1 or 2||Interact|
|Pass an item to or take an item from a willing creature2||1 or 2||Interact|
|Drop an item to the ground||1 or 2||Release|
|Detach a shield or item strapped to you||1||Interact|
|Change your grip by removing a hand from an item||2||Release|
|Change your grip by adding a hand to an item||2||Interact|
|Retrieve an item from a backpack3 or satchel||2||Interact|
1 If you retrieve a two-handed item with only one hand, you still need to change your grip before you can wield or use it.
2 A creature must have a hand free for someone to pass an item to them, and they might then need to change their grip if they receive an item requiring two hands to wield or use.
3 Retrieving an item stowed in your own backpack requires first taking off the backpack with a separate Interact action.
Inanimate objects and hazards are immune to bleed, death effects, disease, Healing, mental effects, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, and poison, as well as the doomed, drained , fatigued, paralyzed, sickened, and unconscious conditions. An item that has a mind is not immune to mental effects. Many objects are immune to other conditions, at the GM’s discretion. For instance, a sword has no Speed, so it can’t take a penalty to its Speed, but an effect that causes a Speed penalty might work on a moving blade trap.
Improvised or of dubious make, shoddy items are never available for purchase except for in the most desperate of communities. When available, a shoddy item usually costs half the Price of a standard item, though you can never sell one in any case. Attacks and checks involving a shoddy item take a –2 item penalty. This penalty also applies to any DCs that a shoddy item applies to (such as AC, for shoddy armor). A shoddy suit of armor also worsens the armor’s check penalty by 2. A shoddy item’s Hit Points and Broken
Threshold are each half that of a normal item of its type.
Armor increases your character’s defenses, but some medium or heavy armor can hamper movement. If you want to increase your character’s defense beyond the protection your armor provides, they can use a shield. Armor protects your character only while they’re wearing it.
Your Armor Class (AC) measures how well you can defend against attacks. When a creature attacks you, your Armor Class is the DC for that attack roll.
Armor Class = 10 + Dexterity modifier (up to your armor’s Dex Cap) + proficiency bonus + armor’s item bonus to AC + other bonuses + penalties
Use your proficiency bonus for the category (light, medium, or heavy) or the specific type of armor you’re wearing. If you’re not wearing armor, use your proficiency in unarmored defense.
Donning and Removing Armor
Getting in and out of armor is time consuming—so make sure you’re wearing it when you need it! Donning and removing armor are both activities involving many Interact actions. It takes 1 minute to don light armor, 5 minutes to don medium or heavy armor, and 1 minute to remove any armor.
Table 6–3: Unarmored Defense provides the statistics for the various forms of protection without wearing armor. Table 6–4: Armor provides the statistics for suits of armor that can be purchased and worn, organized by category. The columns in both tables provide the following statistics.
The armor’s category—unarmored, light armor, medium armor, or heavy armor—indicates which proficiency bonus you use while wearing the armor.
This number is the item bonus you add for the armor when determining Armor Class.
Dexterity Modifier Cap (Dex Cap)
This number is the maximum amount of your Dexterity modifier that can apply to your AC while you are wearing a given suit of armor. For example, if you have a Dexterity modifier of +4 and you are wearing a suit of half plate, you apply only a +1 bonus from your Dexterity modifier to your AC while wearing that armor.
While wearing your armor, you take this penalty to Strength– and Dexterity-based skill checks, except for those that have the attack trait. If you meet the armor’s Strength threshold (see Strength below), you don’t take this penalty.
While wearing a suit of armor, you take the penalty listed in this entry to your Speed, as well as to any other movement types you have, such as a climb Speed or swim Speed, to a minimum Speed of 5 feet. If you meet the armor’s Strength threshold (see below), you reduce the penalty by 5 feet.
This entry indicates the Strength score at which you are strong enough to overcome some of the armor’s penalties.
If your Strength is equal to or greater than this value, you no longer take the armor’s check penalty, and you decrease the Speed penalty by 5 feet (to no penalty if the penalty was –5 feet, or to a –5-foot penalty if the penalty was –10 feet).
This entry gives the armor’s Bulk, assuming you’re wearing the armor and distributing its weight across your body. A suit of armor that’s carried or worn usually has 1 more Bulk than what’s listed here (or 1 Bulk total for armor of light Bulk). An armor’s Bulk is increased or decreased if it’s sized for creatures that aren’t Small or Medium in size.
Each type of medium and heavy armor belongs to an armor group, which classifies it with similar types of armor. Some abilities reference armor groups, typically to grant armor specialization effects.
|Unarmored||Price||AC Bonus||Dex Cap||Check Penalty||Speed Penalty||Bulk||Armor Traits|
|Explorer’s clothing||1 sp||+0||+5||—||—||L||Comfort|
|Light Armor||Price||AC Bonus||Dex Cap||Check Penalty||Speed Penalty||Strength||Bulk||Group||Armor Traits|
|Padded armor||2 sp||+1||+3||—||—||10||L||—||Comfort|
|Studded leather||3 gp||+2||+3||–1||—||12||1||—||—|
|Chain shirt||5 gp||+2||+3||–1||—||12||1||—||Flexible, Noisy|
|Medium Armor||Price||AC Bonus||Dex Cap||Check Penalty||Speed Penalty||Strength||Bulk||Group||Armor Traits|
|Hide||2 gp||+3||+2||–2||–5 ft.||14||2||Leather||—|
|Scale mail||4 gp||+3||+2||–2||–5 ft.||14||2||Composite||—|
|Chain mail||6 gp||+4||+1||–2||–5 ft.||16||2||Chain||Flexible, noisy|
|Breastplate||8 gp||+4||+1||–2||–5 ft.||16||2||Plate||—|
|Heavy Armor||Price||AC Bonus||Dex Cap||Check Penalty||Speed Penalty||Strength||Bulk||Group||Armor Traits|
|Splint mail (level 1)||13 gp||+5||+1||–3||–10 ft.||16||3||Composite||—|
|Half plate (level 1)||18 gp||+5||+1||–3||–10 ft.||16||3||Plate||—|
|Full plate (level 2)||30 gp||+6||+0||–3||–10 ft.||18||4||Plate||Bulwark|
The traits for each suit of armor appear in this entry.
Armor can have the following traits.
Bulwark: The armor covers you so completely that it provides benefits against some damaging effects. On Reflex saves to avoid a damaging effect, such as a fireball, you add a +3 modifier instead of your Dexterity modifier.
Comfort: The armor is so comfortable that you can rest normally while wearing it.
Noisy: This armor is loud and likely to alert others to your presence when you’re using the Avoid Notice exploration activity.
Armor Specialization Effects
Certain class features can grant you additional benefits with certain armors. This is called an armor specialization effect. The exact effect depends on which armor group your armor belongs to, as listed below. Only medium and heavy armors have armor specialization effects.
Chain: The armor is so flexible it can bend with a critical hit and absorb some of the blow. Reduce the damage from critical hits by either 4 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for medium armor, or 6 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for heavy armor. This can’t reduce the damage to less than the damage rolled for the hit before doubling for a critical hit.
Composite: The numerous overlapping pieces of this armor protect you from piercing attacks. You gain resistance to piercing damage equal to 1 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for medium armor, or 2 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for heavy armor.
Leather: The thick second skin of the armor disperses blunt force to reduce bludgeoning damage. You gain resistance to bludgeoning damage equal to 1 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for medium armor, or 2 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for heavy armor.
Plate: The sturdy plate provides no purchase for a cutting edge. You gain resistance to slashing damage equal to 1 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for medium armor, or 2 + the value of the armor’s Potency Rune for heavy armor.
Your armor’s statistics are based on the material it’s predominantly made from. It’s not likely your armor will take damage, as explained in Item Damage.
Each type of armor is described in more detail below.
Breastplate: Though referred to as a breastplate, this type of armor consists of several pieces of plate or half?plate armor that protect the torso, chest, neck, and sometimes the hips and lower legs. It strategically grants some of the protection of plate while allowing greater flexibility and speed.
Chain Mail: A suit of chain mail consists of several pieces of armor composed of small metal rings linked together in a protective mesh. It typically includes a chain shirt, leggings, a pair of arms, and a coif, collectively protecting most of the body.
Chain Shirt: Sometimes called a hauberk, this is a long shirt constructed of the same metal rings as chainmail. However, it is much Lighter than chainmail and protects only the torso, upper arms, and upper legs of its wearer.
Explorer’s Clothing: Adventurers who don’t wear armor travel in durable clothing. Though it’s not armor and uses your unarmored defense proficiency, it still has a Dex Cap and can grant an item bonus to AC if etched with Potency Runes.
Full Plate: Plate mail consists of interlocking plates that encase nearly the entire body in a carapace of steel. It is costly and heavy, and the wearer often requires help to don it correctly, but it provides some of the best defense armor can supply. A suit of this armor comes with an undercoat of padded armor (see below) and a pair of gauntlets.
Half Plate: Half plate consists of most of the upper body plates used in full plate, with lighter or sparser steel plate protection for the arms and legs. This provides some of the protection of full plate with greater flexibility and speed. A suit of this armor comes with an undercoat of padded armor (see below) and a pair of gauntlets.
Hide: A mix of furs, sturdy hide, and sometimes molded boiled leather, this armor provides protection due to its layers of leather, though its bulkiness slows the wearer down and decreases mobility.
Leather: A mix of flexible and molded boiled leather, a suit of this type of armor provides some protection with maximum flexibility.
Padded Armor: This armor is simply a layer of heavy, quilted cloth, but it is sometimes used because it’s so inexpensive. Padded armor is easier to damage and destroy than other types of armor. Heavy armor comes with a padded armor undercoat included in its Price, though it loses the comfort trait when worn under heavy armor. You can wear just that padded armor undercoat to sleep in, if your heavy armor is destroyed, or when otherwise not wearing the full heavy armor. This allows you to keep the armor invested and benefit from the power of any Runes on the associated heavy armor, but no one else can wear your heavy armor without the padded undercoat.
Scale Mail: Scale mail consists of many metal scales sewn onto a reinforced leather backing, often in the form of a long shirt that protects the torso, arms, and legs.
Splint Mail: This type of armor is chain mail reinforced with flexible, interlocking metal plates, typically located on the wearer’s torso, upper arms, and legs. A suit of this armor comes with an undercoat of padded armor (see above) and a pair of gauntlets.
Studded Leather: This leather armor is reinforced with metal studs and sometimes small metal plates, providing most of the flexibility of leather armor with more robust protection.
|Cloth (explorer’s clothing, padded armor)||1||4||2|
|Leather (hide, leather, studded leather)||4||16||8|
|Metal (breastplate, chain mail, chain shirt, full plate, half plate, scale mail, splint mail)||9||36||18|
A shield can increase your character’s defense beyond the protection their armor provides.
Your character must be wielding a shield in one hand to make use of it, and it grants its bonus to AC only if they use an action to Raise a Shield. This action grants the shield’s bonus to AC as a circumstance bonus until their next turn starts. A shield’s Speed penalty applies whenever your character is holding the shield, whether they have raised it or not.
Raise a Shield is the action most commonly used with shields. Most shields must be held in one hand, so you can’t hold anything with that hand and Raise a Shield. A buckler, however, doesn’t take up your hand, so you can Raise a Shield with a buckler if the hand is free (or, at the GM’s discretion, if it’s holding a simple, lightweight object that’s not a weapon). You lose the benefits of Raise a Shield if that hand is no longer free.
When you have a tower shield raised, you can use the Take Cover action to increase the circumstance bonus to AC to +4. This lasts until the shield is no longer raised. If you would normally provide lesser cover against an attack, having your tower shield raised provides standard cover against it (and other creatures can Take Cover as normal using the cover from your shield).
If you have access to the Shield Block reaction (from your class or from a feat), you can use it while Raising your Shield to reduce the damage you take by an amount equal to the shield’s Hardness. Both you and the shield then take any remaining damage.
Shields have statistics that follow the same rules as armor: Price, Speed Penalty, and Bulk. See the rules for those statistics. Their other statistics are described here.
A shield grants a circumstance bonus to AC, but only when the shield is raised. This requires using the Raise a Shield action.
Whenever a shield takes damage, the amount of damage it takes is reduced by this amount. This number is particularly relevant for shields because of the Shield Block feat.
|Shield||Price||AC Bonus 1||Speed Penalty||Bulk||Hardness||HP (BT)|
|Buckler||1 gp||+1||—||L||3||6 (3)|
|Wooden shield||1 gp||+2||—||1||3||12 (6)|
|Steel shield||2 gp||+2||—||1||5||20 (10)|
|Tower shield||10 gp||+2/+4 2||–5 ft.||4||5||20 (10)|
1 Gaining a shield’s circumstance bonus to AC requires using the Raise a Shield action.
2 Getting the higher bonus for a tower shield requires using the Take Cover action while the shield is raised.
This column lists the shield’s Hit Points (HP) and Broken Threshold (BT). These measure how much damage the shield can take before it’s destroyed (its total HP) and how much it can take before being broken and unusable (its BT).
These matter primarily for the Shield Block reaction.
Attacking with a Shield
A shield can be used as a martial weapon for attacks, using the statistics listed for a shield bash on Table 6–7: Melee Weapons. The shield bash is an option only for shields that weren’t designed to be used as weapons. A shield can’t have Runes added to it. You can also buy and attach a shield boss or shield spikes to a shield to make it a more practical weapon. These can be found on Table 6–7. These work like other weapons and can even be etched with Runes.
Precious Material Shields
Shields made of precious materials are more expensive and have different durabilities. You can make bucklers and most shields out of any of these precious materials, but only darkwood can be used to make tower shields.
Each type of shield is described in more detail below.
Buckler: This very small shield is a favorite of duelists and quick, lightly armored warriors. It’s typically made of steel and strapped to your forearm. You can Raise a Shield with your buckler as long as you have that hand free or are holding a light object that’s not a weapon in that hand.
Wooden Shield: Though they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, the protection offered by wooden shields comes from the stoutness of their materials. While wooden shields are less expensive than steel shields, they break more easily.
Steel Shield: Like wooden shields, steel shields come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Though more expensive than wooden shields, they are much more durable.
Tower Shield: These massive shields can be used to provide cover to nearly the entire body. Due to their size, they are typically made of wood reinforced with metal.
Most characters in Pathfinder carry weapons, ranging from mighty warhammers to graceful bows to even simple clubs. Full details on how you calculate the bonuses, modifiers, and penalties for attack rolls and damage rolls are summarized here, followed by the rules for weapons and dozens of weapon choices.
When making an attack roll, determine the result by rolling 1d20 and adding your attack modifier for the weapon or unarmed attack you’re using. Modifiers for melee and ranged attacks are calculated differently.
Ranged attack modifier = Dexterity modifier + proficiency bonus + other bonuses + penalties
Bonuses, and penalties apply to these rolls just like with other types of checks. Weapons with Potency Runes add an item bonus to your attack rolls.
Multiple Attack Penalty
If you use an action with the attack trait more than once on the same turn, your attacks after the first take a penalty called a multiple attack penalty. Your second attack takes a –5 penalty, and any subsequent attacks take a –10 penalty.
The multiple attack penalty doesn’t apply to attacks you make when it isn’t your turn (such as attacks made as part of a reaction). You can use a weapon with the agile trait to reduce your multiple attack penalty.
When the result of your attack roll with a weapon or unarmed attack equals or exceeds your target’s AC, you hit your target! Roll the weapon or unarmed attack’s damage die and add the relevant modifiers, bonuses, and penalties to determine the amount of damage you deal.
Calculate a damage roll as follows.
Melee damage roll = damage die of weapon or unarmed attack + Strength modifier + bonuses + penalties
Ranged damage roll = damage die of weapon + Strength modifier for thrown weapons + bonuses + penalties
Ranged weapons don’t normally add an ability modifier to the damage roll, though weapons with the propulsive trait add half your Strength modifier (or your full modifier if it is a negative number), and thrown weapons add your full Strength modifier.
Magic weapons with Striking, greater Striking, or major Striking Runes add one or more weapon damage dice to your damage roll. These extra dice are the same die size as the weapon’s damage die. At higher levels, most characters also gain extra damage from weapon specialization.
When you make an attack and roll a natural 20 (the number on the die is 20), or if the result of your attack exceeds the target’s AC by 10, you achieve a critical success (also known as a critical hit).
If you critically succeed at a Strike, your attack deals double damage. Other attacks, such as spell attack rolls and some uses of the Athletics skill, describe the specific effects that occur when their outcomes are critical successes.
Almost all characters start out trained in unarmed attacks. You can Strike with your fist or another body part, calculating your attack and damage rolls in the same way you would with a weapon. Unarmed attacks can belong to a weapon group, and they might have weapon traits. However, unarmed attacks aren’t weapons, and effects and abilities that work with weapons never work with unarmed attacks unless they specifically say so.
Table 6–6: Unarmed Attacks lists the statistics for an unarmed attack with a fist, though you’ll usually use the same statistics for attacks made with any other parts of your body. Certain ancestry feats, class features, and spells give access to special, more powerful unarmed attacks. Details for those unarmed attacks are provided in the abilities that grant them.
If you attack with something that wasn’t built to be a weapon, such as a chair or a vase, you’re making an attack with an improvised weapon. You take a –2 item penalty to attack rolls with an improvised weapon.
The GM determines the amount and type of damage the attack deals, if any, as well as any weapon traits the improvised weapon should have.
The Weapon tables list the statistics for various melee and ranged weapons that you can purchase, as well as the statistics for Striking with a fist (or another basic unarmed attack). The tables present the following statistics.
All weapons listed in this section have an item level of 0.
This entry lists the weapon’s damage die and the type of damage it deals: B for bludgeoning, P for piercing, or S for slashing.
Ranged and thrown weapons have a range increment.
Attacks with these weapons work normally up to that distance. Attack rolls beyond a weapon’s range increment take a –2 penalty for each additional multiple of that increment between you and the target. Attacks beyond the sixth range increment are impossible.
For example, a shortbow takes no penalty against a target up to 60 feet away, a –2 penalty against a target beyond 60 feet but up to 120 feet away, and a –4 penalty against a target beyond 120 feet but up to 180 feet away, and so on, up to 360 feet.
While all weapons need some amount of time to get into position, many ranged weapons also need to be loaded and reloaded. This entry indicates how many Interact actions it takes to reload such weapons. This can be 0 if drawing ammunition and firing the weapon are part of the same action. If an item takes 2 or more actions to reload, the GM determines whether they must be performed together as an activity, or you can spend some of those actions during one turn and the rest during your next turn.
An item with an entry of “—” must be drawn to be thrown, which usually takes an Interact action just like drawing any other weapon. Reloading a ranged weapon and drawing a thrown weapon both require a free hand.
Switching your grip to free a hand and then to place your hands in the grip necessary to wield the weapon are both included in the actions you spend to reload a weapon.
Some weapons require one hand to wield, and others require two. A few items, such as a longbow, list 1+ for its Hands entry. You can hold a weapon with a 1+ entry in one hand, but the process of shooting it requires using a second to retrieve, nock, and loose an arrow. This means you can do things with your free hand while holding the bow without changing your grip, but the other hand must be free when you shoot. To properly wield a 1+ weapon, you must hold it in one hand and also have a hand free.
Weapons requiring two hands typically deal more damage.
Some one-handed weapons have the two-hand trait, causing them to deal a different size of weapon damage die when used in two hands. In addition, some abilities require you to wield a weapon in two hands. You meet this requirement while holding the weapon in two hands, even if it doesn’t require two hands or have the two-hand trait.
A weapon or unarmed attack’s group classifies it with similar weapons. Groups affect some abilities and what the weapon does on a critical hit if you have access to that weapon or unarmed attack’s critical specialization effects; for full details.
The traits a weapon or unarmed attack has are listed in this entry. Any trait that refers to a “weapon” can also apply to an unarmed attack that has that trait.
Some entries in the ranged weapons tables are followed by an entry indicating the type of ammunition that weapon launches. The damage die is determined by the weapon, not the ammunition. Because that and other relevant statistics vary by weapon, ammunition entries list only the name, quantity, Price, and Bulk.
|Unarmed Attack||Price||Damage||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Fist||—||1d4 B||—||1||Brawling||Agile, finesse, nonlethal, unarmed|
|Simple Weapons||Price||Damage||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Club||0||1d6 B||1||1||Club||Thrown 10 ft.|
|Dagger||2 sp||1d4 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, finesse, thrown 10 ft., versatile S|
|Gauntlet||2 sp||1d4 B||L||1||Brawling||Agile, free-hand|
|Light mace||4 sp||1d4 B||L||1||Club||Agile, finesse, shove|
|Longspear||5 sp||1d8 P||2||2||Spear||Reach|
|Mace||1 gp||1d6 B||1||1||Club||Shove|
|Morningstar||1 gp||1d6 B||1||1||Club||Versatile P|
|Sickle||2 sp||1d4 S||L||1||Knife||Agile, finesse, trip|
|Spear||1 sp||1d6 P||1||1||Spear||Thrown 20 ft.|
|Spiked gauntlet||3 sp||1d4 P||L||1||Brawling||Agile, free-hand|
|Staff||0||1d4 B||1||1||Club||Two-hand d8|
|Uncommon Simple Weapons||Price||Damage||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Clan dagger||2 gp||1d4 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, dwarf, parry, versatile B|
|Katar||3 sp||1d4 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, deadly d6, monk|
|Martial Weapons||Price||Damage||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Bastard sword||4 gp||1d8 S||1||1||Sword||Two-hand d12|
|Battle axe||1 gp||1d8 S||1||1||Axe||Sweep|
|Bo staff||2 sp||1d8 B||2||2||Club||Monk, parry, reach, trip|
|Falchion||3 gp||1d10 S||2||2||Sword||Forceful, sweep|
|Flail||8 sp||1d6 B||1||1||Flail||Disarm, sweep, trip|
|Glaive||1 gp||1d8 S||2||2||Polearm||Deadly d8, forceful, reach|
|Greataxe||2 gp||1d12 S||2||2||Axe||Sweep|
|Greatclub||1 gp||1d10 B||2||2||Club||Backswing, shove|
|Greatpick||1 gp||1d10 P||2||2||Pick||Fatal d12|
|Greatsword||2 gp||1d12 S||2||2||Sword||Versatile P|
|Guisarme||2 gp||1d10 S||2||2||Polearm||Reach, trip|
|Halberd||2 gp||1d10 P||2||2||Polearm||Reach, versatile S|
|Hatchet||4 sp||1d6 S||L||1||Axe||Agile, sweep, thrown 10 ft.|
|Lance||1 gp||1d8 P||2||2||Spear||Deadly d8, jousting d6, reach|
|Light hammer||3 sp||1d6 B||L||1||Hammer||Agile, thrown 20 ft.|
|Light pick||4 sp||1d4 P||L||1||Pick||Agile, fatal d8|
|Longsword||1 gp||1d8 S||1||1||Sword||Versatile P|
|Main-gauche||5 sp||1d4 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, disarm, finesse, parry, versatile S|
|Maul||3 gp||1d12 B||2||2||Hammer||Shove|
|Pick||7 sp||1d6 P||1||1||Pick||Fatal d10|
|Ranseur||2 gp||1d10 P||2||2||Polearm||Disarm, reach|
|Rapier||2 gp||1d6 P||1||1||Sword||Deadly d8, disarm, finesse|
|Sap||1 sp||1d6 B||L||1||Club||Agile, nonlethal|
|Scimitar||1 gp||1d6 S||1||1||Sword||Forceful, sweep|
|Scythe||2 gp||1d10 S||2||2||Polearm||Deadly d10, trip|
|Shield bash||—||1d4 B||—||1||Shield||—|
|Shield boss||5 sp||1d6 B||—||1||Shield||Attached to shield|
|Shield spikes||5 sp||1d6 P||—||1||Shield||Attached to shield|
|Shortsword||9 sp||1d6 P||L||1||Sword||Agile, finesse, versatile S|
|Starknife||2 gp||1d4 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, deadly d6, finesse, thrown 20 ft., versatile S|
|Trident||1 gp||1d8 P||1||1||Spear||Thrown 20 ft.|
|War flail||2 gp||1d10 B||2||2||Flail||Disarm, sweep, trip|
|Warhammer||1 gp||1d8 B||1||1||Hammer||Shove|
|Whip||1 sp||1d4 S||1||1||Flail||Disarm, finesse, nonlethal, reach, trip|
|Uncommon Martial Weapons||Price||Damage||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Dogslicer||1 sp||1d6 S||L||1||Sword||Agile, backstabber, finesse, goblin|
|Elven curve blade||4 gp||1d8 S||2||2||Sword||Elf, finesse, forceful|
|Filcher’s fork||1 gp||1d4 P||L||1||Spear||Agile, backstabber, deadly d6, finesse, halfling, thrown 20 ft.|
|Gnome hooked hammer||2 gp||1d6 B||1||1||Hammer||Gnome, trip, two-hand d10, versatile P|
|Horsechopper||9 sp||1d8 S||2||2||Polearm||Goblin, reach, trip, versatile P|
|Kama||1 gp||1d6 S||L||1||Knife||Agile, monk, trip|
|Katana||2 gp||1d6 S||1||1||Sword||Deadly d8, two-hand d10, versatile P|
|Kukri||6 sp||1d6 S||L||1||Knife||Agile, finesse, trip|
|Nunchaku||2 sp||1d6 B||L||1||Club||Backswing, disarm, finesse, monk|
|Orc knuckle dagger||7 sp||1d6 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, disarm, orc|
|Sai||6 sp||1d4 P||L||1||Knife||Agile, disarm, finesse, monk, versatile B|
|Spiked chain||3 gp||1d8 S||1||2||Flail||Disarm, finesse, trip|
|Temple sword||2 gp||1d8 S||1||1||Sword||Monk, trip|
|Uncommon Advanced Weapons||Price||Damage||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Dwarven waraxe||3 gp||1d8 S||2||1||Axe||Dwarf, sweep, two-hand d12|
|Gnome flickmace||3 gp||1d8 B||2||1||Flail||Gnome, reach|
|Orc necksplitter||2 gp||1d8 S||1||1||Axe||Forceful, orc, sweep|
|Sawtooth saber||5 gp||1d6 S||L||1||Sword||Agile, finesse, twin|
|Simple Weapons||Price||Damage||Range||Reload||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Blowgun||1 sp||1 P||20 ft.||1||L||1||Dart||Agile, nonlethal|
|10 blowgun darts||5 cp||L|
|Crossbow||3 gp||1d8 P||120 ft.||1||1||2||Bow||—|
|10 bolts||1 sp||L|
|Dart||1 cp||1d4 P||20 ft.||—||L||1||Dart||Agile, thrown|
|Hand crossbow||3 gp||1d6 P||60 ft.||1||L||1||Bow||—|
|10 bolts||1 sp||L|
|Heavy crossbow||4 gp||1d10 P||120 ft.||2||2||2||Bow||—|
|10 bolts||1 sp||L|
|Javelin||1 sp||1d6 P||30 ft.||—||L||1||Dart||Thrown|
|Sling||0||1d6 B||50 ft.||1||L||1||Sling||Propulsive|
|10 sling bullets||1 cp||L|
|Martial Weapons||Price||Damage||Range||Reload||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Alchemical bomb*||Varies||Varies||20 ft.||—||L||1||Bomb||Varies|
|Composite longbow||20 gp||1d8 P||100 ft.||0||2||1+||Bow||Deadly d10, propulsive, volley 30 ft.|
|10 arrows||1 sp||L|
|Composite shortbow||14 gp||1d6 P||60 ft.||0||1||1+||Bow||Deadly d10, propulsive|
|10 arrows||1 sp||L|
|Longbow||6 gp||1d8 P||100 ft.||0||2||1+||Bow||Deadly d10, volley 30 ft.|
|10 arrows||1 sp||L|
|Shortbow||3 gp||1d6 P||60 ft.||0||1||1+||Bow||Deadly d10|
|10 arrows||1 sp||L|
|Uncommon Martial Weapons||Price||Damage||Range||Reload||Bulk||Hands||Group||Weapon Traits|
|Halfling sling staff||5 gp||1d10 B||80 ft.||1||1||2||Sling||Halfling, propulsive|
|10 sling bullets||1 cp||L|
|Shuriken||1 cp||1d4 P||20 ft.||0||—||1||Dart||Agile, monk, thrown|
* See alchemical bombs.
Weapons and unarmed attacks with the weapon trait can have the following traits.
Agile: The multiple attack penalty you take with this weapon on the second attack on your turn is –4 instead of –5, and –8 instead of –10 on the third and subsequent attacks in the turn.
Attached: An attached weapon must be combined with another piece of gear to be used. The trait lists what type of item the weapon must be attached to. You must be wielding or wearing the item the weapon is attached to in order to attack with it. For example, shield spikes are attached to a shield, allowing you to attack with the spikes instead of a shield bash, but only if you’re wielding the shield. An attached weapon is usually bolted onto or built into the item it’s attached to, and typically an item can have only one weapon attached to it. An attached weapon can be affixed to an item with 10 minutes of work and a successful DC 10 Crafting check; this includes the time needed to remove the weapon from a previous item, if necessary. If an item is destroyed, its attached weapon can usually be salvaged.
Backstabber: When you hit a flat-footed creature, this weapon deals 1 precision damage in addition to its normal damage. The precision damage increases to 2 if the weapon is a +3 weapon.
Backswing: You can use the momentum from a missed attack with this weapon to lead into your next attack. After missing with this weapon on your turn, you gain a +1 circumstance bonus to your next attack with this weapon before the end of your turn.
Deadly: On a critical hit, the weapon adds a weapon damage die of the listed size. Roll this after doubling the weapon’s damage. This increases to two dice if the weapon has a greater Striking Rune and three dice if the weapon has a major Striking Rune. For instance, a rapier with a greater Striking Rune deals 2d8 extra piercing damage on a critical hit. An ability that changes the size of the weapon’s normal damage dice doesn’t change the size of its deadly die.
Disarm: You can use this weapon to Disarm with the Athletics skill even if you don’t have a free hand. This uses the weapon’s reach (if different from your own) and adds the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls (if any) as an item bonus to the Athletics check. If you critically fail a check to Disarm using the weapon, you can drop the weapon to take the effects of a failure instead of a critical failure. On a critical success, you still need a free hand if you want to take the item.
Dwarf: Dwarves craft and use these weapons.
Elf: Elves craft and use these weapons.
Fatal: The fatal trait includes a die size. On a critical hit, the weapon’s damage die increases to that die size instead of the normal die size, and the weapon adds one additional damage die of the listed size.
Forceful: This weapon becomes more dangerous as you build momentum. When you attack with it more than once on your turn, the second attack gains a circumstance bonus to damage equal to the number of weapon damage dice, and each subsequent attack gains a circumstance bonus to damage equal to double the number of weapon damage dice.
Free-Hand: This weapon doesn’t take up your hand, usually because it is built into your armor. A free-hand weapon can’t be Disarmed. You can use the hand covered by your free-hand weapon to wield other items, perform manipulate actions, and so on. You can’t attack with a free-hand weapon if you’re wielding anything in that hand or otherwise using that hand. When you’re not wielding anything and not otherwise using the hand, you can use abilities that require you to have a hand free as well as those that require you to be wielding a weapon in that hand. Each of your hands can have only one free?hand weapon on it.
Gnome: Gnomes craft and use these weapons.
Goblin: Goblins craft and use these weapons.
Grapple: You can use this weapon to Grapple with the Athletics skill even if you don’t have a free hand. This uses the weapon’s reach (if different from your own) and adds the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls as an item bonus to the Athletics check. If you critically fail a check to Grapple using the weapon, you can drop the weapon to take the effects of a failure instead of a critical failure.
Halfling: Halflings craft and use these weapons.
Jousting: The weapon is suited for mounted combat with a harness or similar means. When mounted, if you moved at least 10 feet on the action before your attack, add a circumstance bonus to damage for that attack equal to the number of damage dice for the weapon. In addition, while mounted, you can wield the weapon in one hand, changing the damage die to the listed value.
Monk: Many monks learn to use these weapons.
Nonlethal: Attacks with this weapon are nonlethal, and are used to knock creatures unconscious instead of kill them. You can use a nonlethal weapon to make a lethal attack with a –2 circumstance penalty.
Orc: Orcs craft and use these weapons.
Parry: This weapon can be used defensively to block attacks. While wielding this weapon, if your proficiency with it is trained or better, you can spend an Interact action to position your weapon defensively, gaining a +1 circumstance bonus to AC until the start of your next turn.
Reach: This weapon is long and can be used to attack creatures up to 10 feet away instead of only adjacent creatures. For creatures that already have reach with the limb or limbs that wield the weapon, the weapon increases their reach by 5 feet.
Shove: You can use this weapon to Shove with the Athletics skill even if you don’t have a free hand. This uses the weapon’s reach (if different from your own) and adds the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls as an item bonus to the Athletics check. If you critically fail a check to Shove using the weapon, you can drop the weapon to take the effects of a failure instead of a critical failure.
Sweep: This weapon makes wide sweeping or spinning attacks, making it easier to attack multiple enemies. When you attack with this weapon, you gain a +1 circumstance bonus to your attack roll if you already attempted to attack a different target this turn using this weapon.
Thrown: You can throw this weapon as a ranged attack. A thrown weapon adds your Strength modifier to damage just like a melee weapon does. When this trait appears on a melee weapon, it also includes the range increment. Ranged weapons with this trait use the range increment specified in the weapon’s Range entry.
Trip: You can use this weapon to Trip with the Athletics skill even if you don’t have a free hand. This uses the weapon’s reach (if different from your own) and adds the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls as an item bonus to the Athletics check. If you critically fail a check to Trip using the weapon, you can drop the weapon to take the effects of a failure instead of a critical failure.
Twin: These weapons are used as a pair, complementing each other. When you attack with a twin weapon, you add a circumstance bonus to the damage roll equal to the weapon’s number of damage dice if you have previously attacked with a different weapon of the same type this turn. The weapons must be of the same type to benefit from this trait, but they don’t need to have the same Runes.
Two-Hand: This weapon can be wielded with two hands. Doing so changes its weapon damage die to the indicated value. This change applies to all the weapon’s damage dice, such as those from Striking Runes.
Unarmed: An unarmed attack uses your body rather than a manufactured weapon. An unarmed attack isn’t a weapon, though it’s categorized with weapons for weapon groups, and it might have weapon traits. Since it’s part of your body, an unarmed attack can’t be Disarmed. It also doesn’t take up a hand, though a fist or other grasping appendage follows the same rules as a free-hand weapon.
Versatile: A versatile weapon can be used to deal a different type of damage than that listed in the Damage entry. This trait indicates the alternate damage type. For instance, a piercing weapon that is versatile S can be used to deal piercing or slashing damage. You choose the damage type each time you make an attack.
Volley: This ranged weapon is less effective at close distances. Your attacks against targets that are at a distance within the range listed take a –2 penalty.
Critical Specialization Effects
Certain feats, class features, weapon Runes, and other effects can grant you additional benefits when you make an attack with certain weapons and get a critical success.
This is called a critical specialization effect. The exact effect depends on which weapon group your weapon belongs to, as listed below. You can always decide not to add the critical specialization effect of your weapon.
Axe: Choose one creature adjacent to the initial target and within reach. If its AC is lower than your attack roll result for the critical hit, you deal damage to that creature equal to the result of the weapon damage die you rolled (including extra dice for its Potency Rune, if any). This amount isn’t doubled, and no bonuses or other additional dice apply to this damage.
Bomb: Increase the radius of the bomb’s splash damage (if any) to 10 feet.
Bow: If the target of the critical hit is adjacent to a surface, it gets stuck to that surface by the missile. The target is immobilized and must spend an Interact action to attempt a DC 10 Athletics check to pull the missile free; it can’t move from its space until it succeeds. The creature doesn’t become stuck if it is incorporeal, is liquid (like a water elemental or some oozes), or could otherwise escape without effort.
Club: You knock the target away from you up to 10 feet (you choose the distance). This is forced movement.
Dart: The target takes 1d6 persistent bleed damage. You gain an item bonus to this bleed damage equal to the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls.
Flail: The target is knocked prone.
Hammer: The target is knocked prone.
Knife: The target takes 1d6 persistent bleed damage. You gain an item bonus to this bleed damage equal to the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls.
Pick: The weapon viciously pierces the target, who takes 2 additional damage per weapon damage die.
Polearm: The target is moved 5 feet in a direction of your choice. This is forced movement.
Shield: You knock the target back from you 5 feet. This is forced movement.
Spear: The weapon pierces the target, weakening its attacks. The target is clumsy 1 until the start of your next turn.
Sword: The target is made off-balance by your attack, becoming flat-footed until the start of your next turn.
Each of the weapons listed in Tables 6–7 and 6–8 are described below.
Aklys: The aklys is a throwing club with a hook on one end and a lengthy cord attached to the other. It is an uncommon advanced melee weapon in the club group. It deals 1d6 bludgeoning damage and has 1 Bulk. It requires one hand to use and has the ranged trip, tethered, thrown 20 feet, and trip weapon traits; the new traits are described below. Though aklyses aren’t available in most shops, one might be purchased for 5 gp from a vendor that specializes in strange weapons.
Ranged Trip: This weapon can be used to Trip with the Athletics skill at a distance up to the weapon’s first range increment. The skill check takes a -2 circumstance penalty. You can add the weapon’s item bonus to attack rolls as a bonus to the check. As with using a melee weapon to trip, a ranged trip doesn’t deal any damage when used to Trip. This trait usually only appears on a thrown weapon.
Tethered: This weapon is attached to a length of rope or chain that allows you to retrieve it after it has left your hand. If you have a free hand while wielding this weapon, you can use an Interact action to pull the weapon back into your grasp after you have thrown it as a ranged attack or after it has been disarmed (unless it is being held by another creature).
Alchemical Bomb: These bombs come in a variety of types and levels of power, but no matter the variety, you throw the bomb at the target and it explodes, unleashing its alchemical blast.
Arrow: These projectiles are the ammunition for bows. The shaft of an arrow is made of wood. It is stabilized in flight by fletching at one end and bears a metal head on the other.
Bastard Sword: This broad-bladed sword, sometimes called the hand?and?a?half sword, has a longer grip so it can be held in one hand or used with two hands to provide extra piercing or slashing power.
Battle Axe: These axes are designed explicitly as weapons, rather than tools. They typically weigh less, with a shaft reinforced with metal bands or bolts, and have a sharper blade, making them ideal for chopping limbs rather than wood.
Bolt: Shorter than traditional arrows but similar in construction, bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows.
Blowgun: This long, narrow tube is used for shooting blowgun darts, using only the power of a forcefully exhaled breath.
Blowgun Dart: These thin, light darts are typically made of hardwood and stabilized with fletching of down or fur. They are often hollow so they can be used to deliver poison.
Bo Staff: This strong but slender staff is tapered at the ends and well balanced. It’s designed to be an offensive and defensive weapon.
Clan Dagger: This broad dagger is carried by dwarves as a weapon, tool, and designation of clan. Losing or having to surrender a clan dagger is considered a mark of embarrassment to most dwarves.
Club: This is a piece of stout wood shaped or repurposed to bludgeon an enemy. Clubs can be intricately carved pieces of martial art or as simple as a tree branch or piece of wood.
Composite Longbow: This projectile weapon is made from horn, wood, and sinew laminated together to increase the power of its pull and the force of its projectile. Like all longbows, its great size also increases the bow’s range and power. You must use two hands to fire it, and it cannot be used while mounted. Any time an ability is specifically restricted to a longbow, such as The Hunter’s favored weapon, it also applies to composite longbows unless otherwise stated.
Composite Shortbow: This shortbow is made from horn, wood, and sinew laminated together to increase the power of its pull and the force of its projectile. Its compact size and power make it a favorite of mounted archers. Any time an ability is specifically restricted to a shortbow, it also applies to composite shortbows unless otherwise stated.
Crossbow: This ranged weapon has a bow-like assembly mounted on a handled frame called a tiller. The tiller has a mechanism to lock the bowstring in place, attached to a trigger mechanism that releases the tension and launches a bolt.
Dagger: This small, bladed weapon is held in one hand and used to stab a creature in close combat. It can also be thrown.
Dart: This thrown weapon is larger than an arrow but shorter than a javelin. It typically has a short shaft of wood ending in a metal tip and is sometimes stabilized by feathers or fur.
Dogslicer: This short, curved, and crude makeshift blade often has holes drilled into it to reduce its weight. It’s a favored weapon of goblins.
Dwarven Waraxe: This favored weapon of the dwarves has a large, ornate head mounted on a thick handle. This powerful axe can be wielded with one hand or two.
Elven Curve Blade: Essentially a longer version of the scimitar, this traditional elven weapon has a thinner blade than its cousin.
Falchion: This weapon is a heavier, two?handed version of the curved-bladed scimitar. It is weighted toward the blade’s end, making it a powerful slashing weapon.
Filcher’s Fork: This halfling weapon looks like a long, two-pronged fork and is used as both a weapon and a cooking implement.
Flail: This weapon consists of a wooden handle attached to a spiked ball or cylinder by a chain, rope, or strap of leather.
Gauntlet: A pair of these metal gloves comes with full plate, half plate, and splint armor; they can also be purchased separately and worn with other types of armor. They not only protect your hands but also transform your hands into lethal weapons.
Glaive: This polearm consists of a long, single-edged blade on the end of a 7-foot pole. It is extremely effective at delivering lethal cuts at a distance.
Gnome Flickmace: More a flail than a mace, this weapon has a short handle attached to a length of chain with a ball at the end. The ball is propelled to its reach with the flick of the wrist, the momentum of which brings the ball back to the wielder after the strike.
Gnome Hooked Hammer: This gnome tool and weapon features a hammer at one end and a curved pick on the other. It’s such a strange and awkward weapon that others think the gnomes are slightly erratic for using it.
Greataxe: This large battle axe is too heavy to wield with only one hand. Many greataxes incorporate two blades, and they are often “bearded,” having a hook at the bottom to increase the strength of their chopping power.
Greatclub: While many greatclubs are intricately carved, others are little more than a sturdy tree branch. These massive clubs are too heavy to wield with only one hand.
Greatpick: This pick has a longer handle and broader head than a regular pick. It is too heavy to wield in one hand.
Greatsword: This immense two-handed sword is nearly as tall as its wielder. Its lower blade is often somewhat dulled to allow it to be gripped for extra leverage in close-quarter fights.
Guisarme: This polearm bears a long, often one-sided, curved blade with a hook protruding from the blunt side of the blade, which can allow its wielder to trip opponents at a distance. Its shaft is usually 8 feet long.
Halberd: This polearm has a relatively short, 5-foot shaft. The business end is a long spike with an axe blade attached.
Halfling Sling Staff: This staff ends in a Y-shaped split that cradles a sling. The length of the staff provides excellent leverage when used two?handed to fling rocks or bullets from the sling.
Hand Crossbow: Sometimes referred to as an alley bow by rogues or ruffians, this small crossbow fires small bolts that are sometimes used to deliver poison to the target. It’s small enough to be shot one-handed, but it still requires two hands to load.
Hatchet: This small axe can be used in close combat or thrown.
Heavy Crossbow: This large crossbow is harder to load and more substantial than a regular crossbow, but it packs a greater punch.
Horsechopper: Created by goblins to battle horses, this weapon is essentially a long shaft ending in a blade with a large hook.
Javelin: This thin spear is well balanced for throwing but is not designed for melee use.
Kama: Similar to a sickle and used in some regions to reap grain, a kama has a short, slightly curved blade and a wooden handle.
Katana: A katana is a curved, single-edged sword known for its wickedly sharped blade.
Katar: Also known as punching daggers, katars are characterized by their H-shaped hand grip that allows the blade to jut out from the knuckles.
Kukri: The blade of this foot-long knife curves inward and lacks a cross guard at the hilt.
Lance: This spear-like weapon is used by a mounted creature to deal a great deal of damage.
Light Hammer: This smaller version of the warhammer has a wooden or metal shaft ending in a metal head. Unlike its heavier cousin, it is Light enough to throw.
Light Mace: A Light mace has a short wooden or metal shaft ending with a dense metal head. Used much like a club, it delivers heavy bludgeoning blows, but with extra power derived from the head’s metal ridges or spikes.
Light Pick: A Light pick is a modified mining implement with a wooden shaft ending in a pick head crafted more to pierce armor and flesh than chip rocks.
Longbow: This 5-foot-tall bow, usually made of a single piece of elm, hickory, or yew, has a powerful draw and is excellent at propelling arrows with great force and at an extreme distance. You must use two hands to fire a longbow, and it can’t be used while mounted.
Longspear: This very long spear, sometimes called a pike, is purely for thrusting rather than throwing. Used by many soldiers and city watch for crowd control and defense against charging enemies, it must be wielded with two hands.
Longsword: Longswords can be one-edged or two?edged swords. Their blades are heavy and they’re between 3 and 4 feet in length.
Shortbow: This smaller bow is made of a single piece of wood and favored by skirmishers and cavalry.
Shortsword: These blades come in a variety of shapes and styles, but they are typically 2 feet long.
Shuriken: This “throwing star” is a small piece of flat metal with sharp edges, designed to be flung with a flick of the wrist.
Sickle: Originally a farming tool used for reaping grain, this one-handed weapon has a short wooden handle ending in a curved blade, sometimes sharpened on both sides.
Sling: Little more than a leather cup attached to a pair of straps, a sling can be used to fling smooth stones or sling bullets at a range.
Sling Bullet: These are small metal balls, typically either iron or lead, designed to be used as ammunition in slings.
Spear: A long metal shaft ending with a metal spike, a spear can be used one-handed as a melee weapon and can be thrown.
Spiked Chain: This 4?foot?long length of chain is covered with barbs and has spikes on one or both ends. Some feature metal hoops used as handgrips.
Spiked Gauntlet: Providing the same defensive function as a standard gauntlet, this version has a group of spikes protruding from the knuckles to deliver piercing damage with a punch.
Staff: This long piece of wood can aid in walking and deliver a mighty blow.
Starknife: From a central metal ring, four tapering metal blades extend like points on a compass rose. When gripping a starknife from the center, the wielder can use it as a melee weapon. It can also be thrown short distances.
Temple Sword: This heavy blade is favored by guardians of religious sites. It has a distinctive, crescent-shaped blade that seems to be a mix of a sickle and sword. It often has holes drilled into the blade or the pommel so that bells or other holy trinkets can be affixed to the weapon as an aid for prayer or mediation.
Trident: This three-pronged, spear-like weapon typically has a 4-foot shaft. Like a spear, it can be wielded with one hand or thrown.
War Flail: This large flail has a long shaft connected to a shorter piece of stout wood or metal that’s sometimes inlaid with spikes.
Warhammer: This weapon has a wooden shaft ending in a large, heavy metal head. The head of the hammer might be single-sided or double-sided, but it’s always capable of delivering powerful bludgeoning blows.
Whip: This long strand of thick leather, often braided, delivers a painful but nonlethal slash at a distance, usually accompanied by a distinctive cracking sound.
Mace: With a stout haft and a heavy metal head, a mace is sturdy and allows its wielder to deliver powerful blows and dent armor.
Main-Gauche: This parrying dagger features a robust guard to protect the wielder’s hand.
Maul: Mauls are massive warhammers that must be swung with two hands.
Morningstar: This weapon has a short shaft ending in a metal ball studded with spikes.
Nunchaku: The nunchaku is constructed of two wooden or metal bars connected by a short length of rope or chain.
Orc Knuckle Dagger: This stout, metal blade of orc design has a horizontal basket hilt with blades jutting from each end, or sometimes one blade like that of a katar.
Orc Necksplitter: This single-bladed bearded axe has a jagged blade that’s perfect for separating bone from tendon and cartilage.
Pick: A pick designed solely for combat has a sturdy wooden shaft and a heavy, pointed head to deliver devastating blows.
Ranseur: This polearm is a long trident with a central prong that’s longer than the other two.
Rapier: The rapier is a long and thin piercing blade with a basket hilt. It is prized among many as a dueling weapon.
Sai: This piercing dagger is a metal spike flanked by a pair of prongs that can be used to trap an enemy’s weapon.
Sap: A sap has a soft wrapping around a dense core, typically a leather sheath around a lead rod. Its head is wider than its grip to disperse the force of a blow, as the weapon’s purpose is to knock out its victim rather than to draw blood.
Sawtooth Saber: The signature weapon of the Red Mantis assassins, this curved blade is serrated like a saw, hence the name.
Scimitar: This one-handed curved blade is sharp on one side.
Scythe: Derived from a farming tool used to mow down long grains and cereals, this weapon has a long wooden shaft with protruding handles, capped with a curved blade set at a right angle.
Shield Bash: A shield bash is not actually a weapon, but a maneuver in which you thrust or swing your shield to hit your foe with an impromptu attack.
Shield Boss: Typically a round, convex, or conical piece of thick metal attached to the center of a shield, a shield boss increases the bludgeoning damage of a shield bash.
Shield Spikes: These metal spikes are strategically placed on the defensive side of the shield to deal piercing damage with a shield bash.
Your character needs all sorts of items both while exploring and in downtime, ranging from rations to climbing gear to fancy clothing, depending on the situation.
Tables 6–9 and 6–10 list Price and Bulk entries for a wide variety of gear. Any item with a number after it in parentheses indicates that the item’s Price is for the indicated quantity, though the Bulk entry for such an item is the value for only one such item. All items in this section are level 0 unless the item name is followed by a higher item level in parentheses.
This lists how many hands it takes to use the item effectively. Most items that require two hands can be carried in only one hand, but you must spend an Interact action to change your grip in order to use the item. The GM may determine that an item is too big to carry in one hand (or even two hands, for particularly large items).
These items follow special rules or require more detail.
Adventurer’s Pack: This item is the starter kit for an adventurer, containing the essential items for exploration and survival. The Bulk value is for the entire pack together, but see the descriptions of individual items as necessary. The pack contains the following items: backpack (containing the other goods), bedroll, two belt pouches, 10 pieces of chalk, flint and steel, 50 feet of rope, 2 weeks’ rations, soap, 5 torches, and a waterskin.
Alchemist’s Tools: These beakers and chemicals can be used to set up a mobile alchemical laboratory. Expanded alchemist’s tools give a +1 item bonus to Crafting checks to create alchemical items. When you carry the tools from place to place, you keep many of the components handy on your person, in pockets or bandoliers.
Artisan’s Tools: You need these tools to create items from raw materials with the Craft skill. Sterling artisan’s tools give you a +1 item bonus to the check. Different sets are needed for different work, as determined by the GM; for example, blacksmith’s tools differ from woodworker’s tools.
Backpack: A backpack holds up to 4 Bulk of items. If you’re carrying or stowing the pack rather than wearing it on your back, its bulk is Light instead of negligible.
Bandolier: A bandolier holds up to eight items of light Bulk within easy reach and is usually used for alchemical items or potions. If you are carrying or stowing a bandolier rather than wearing it around your chest, it has light Bulk instead of negligible. A bandolier can be dedicated to a full set of tools, such as healer’s tools, allowing you to draw the tools as part of the action that requires them.
Basic Crafter’s Book: This book contains the formulas for Crafting the common items in this section .
Belt Pouch: A belt pouch holds up to four items of light Bulk.
Caltrops: These four-pronged metal spikes can cause damage to a creature’s feet. You can scatter caltrops in an empty square adjacent to you with an Interact action. The first creature that moves into that square must succeed at a DC 14 Acrobatics check or take 1d4 piercing damage and 1 persistent bleed damage. A creature taking persistent bleed damage from caltrops takes a –5-foot penalty to its Speed. Spending an Interact action to pluck the caltrops free reduces the DC to stop the bleeding. Once a creature takes damage from caltrops, enough caltrops are ruined that other creatures moving into the square are safe. Deployed caltrops can be salvaged and reused if no creatures took damage from them. Otherwise, enough caltrops are ruined that they can’t be salvaged.
Candle: A lit candle sheds dim light in a 10-foot radius.
Chest: A wooden chest can hold up to 8 Bulk of items.
Climbing Kit: This satchel includes 50 feet of rope, pulleys, a dozen pitons, a hammer, a grappling hook, and one set of crampons. Climbing kits allow you to attach yourself to the wall you’re Climbing, moving half as quickly as usual (minimum 5 feet) but letting you attempt a DC 5 flat check whenever you critically fail to prevent a fall. You gain a +1 item bonus to Athletics checks to Climb while using an extreme climbing kit. A single kit has only enough materials for one climber; each climber needs their own kit.
Clothing: Ordinary clothing is functional with basic tailoring, such as peasant garb, monk’s robes, or work clothes.
Explorer’s clothing is sturdy enough that it can be reinforced to protect you, even though it isn’t a suit of armor. It comes in many forms, though the most common sorts look like clerical vestments, monk’s garments, or wizard’s robes, as members of all three classes are likely to avoid wearing armor.
Fine clothing, suitable for a noble or royal, is made with expensive fabrics, Precious metals, and intricate patterns. You gain a +1 item bonus to checks to Make an Impression on nobility or other upper-class folk while wearing highfashion fine clothing.
Winter clothing allows you to negate the damage from severe environmental cold and reduce the damage from extreme cold to that of severe cold.
Compass: A compass helps you Sense Direction or navigate, provided you’re in a location with uniform magnetic fields. Without a compass, you take a –2 item penalty to these checks (similar to using a shoddy item). A lensatic compass gives you a +1 item bonus to these checks.
Crowbar: When Forcing Open an object that doesn’t have an easy grip, a crowbar makes it easier to gain the necessary leverage. Without a crowbar, prying something open takes a –2 item penalty to the Athletics check to Force Open (similar to using a shoddy item). A levered crowbar grants you a +1 item bonus to Athletics checks to Force Open anything that can be pried open.
Disguise Kit: This small wooden box contains cosmetics, false facial hair, spirit gum, and a few simple wigs. You usually need a disguise kit to set up a disguise in order to Impersonate someone using the Deception skill. An elite disguise kit adds a +1 item bonus to relevant checks. If you’ve crafted a large number of disguises, you can replenish your cosmetics supply with replacement cosmetics suitable for the type of your disguise kit.
Fishing Tackle: This kit include a collapsible fishing pole, fishhooks, line, lures, and a fishing net. Professional fishing tackle grants a +1 item bonus to checks to fish.
Flint and Steel: Flint and steel are useful in creating a fire if you have the time to catch a spark, though using them is typically too time-consuming to be practical during an encounter. Even in ideal conditions, using flint and steel to Light a flame requires using at least 3 actions, and often significantly longer.
Formula Book: A formula book holds the formulas necessary to make items other than common equipment; alchemists typically get one for free. Each formula book can hold the formulas for up to 100 different items. Formulas can also appear on parchment sheets, tablets, and almost any other medium; there’s no need for you to copy them into a specific book as long as you can keep them on hand to reference them.
Grappling Hook: You can throw a grappling hook with a rope tied to it to make a climb easier. To anchor a grappling hook, make an attack roll with the secret trait against a DC depending on the target, typically at least DC 20. On a success, your hook has a firm hold, but on a critical failure, the hook seems like it will hold but actually falls when you’re partway up.
Healer’s Tools: This kit of bandages, herbs, and suturing tools is necessary for Medicine checks to Administer First Aid, Treat Disease, Treat Poison, or Treat Wounds. Expanded healer’s tools provide a +1 item bonus to such checks. When you carry the tools from place to place, you keep many of the components handy on your person, in pockets or bandoliers.
Holly and Mistletoe: Plants of supernatural significance provide a primal focus for primal spellcasters, such as druids, when using certain abilities and casting some spells. A bundle of holly and mistletoe must be held in one hand to use it. Other primal foci exist for druids focused on other aspects of nature.
Lantern: A lantern sheds bright light and requires 1 pint of oil to function for 6 hours. A bull’s-eye lantern emits its Light in a 60?foot cone (and dim light in the next 60 feet). A hooded lantern sheds Light in a 30?foot radius (and dim light in the next 30 feet) and is equipped with shutters, which you can close to block the Light. Closing or opening the shutters takes an Interact action.
Lock: Picking a poor lock requires two successful DC 15 Thievery checks, a simple lock requires three successful DC 20 Thievery checks, an average lock requires four successes at DC 25, a good lock requires five successes at DC 30, and a superior lock six successes at DC 40.
Magnifying Glass: This quality handheld lens gives you a +1 item bonus to Perception checks to notice minute details of documents, fabric, and the like.
Manacles: You can manacle someone who is willing or otherwise at your mercy as an exploration activity taking 10–30 seconds depending on the creature’s size and how many manacles you apply. A two-legged creature with its legs bound takes a –15-foot circumstance penalty to its Speeds, and a two-handed creature with its wrists bound has to succeed at a DC 5 flat check any time it uses a manipulate action or else that action fails. This DC may be higher depending on how tightly the manacles constrain the hands. A creature bound to a stationary object is immobilized. For creatures with more or fewer limbs, the GM determines what effect manacles have, if any. Freeing a creature from poor manacles requires two successful DC 17 Thievery checks, simple manacles requires three successes at DC 22, average manacles require four successes at DC 27, good manacles require five successes at DC 32, and superior manacles require six successes at DC 42.
Material Component Pouch: This pouch contains material components for those spells that require them. Though the components are used up over time, you can refill spent components during your daily preparations.
Musical Instrument: Handheld instruments include bagpipes, a small set of chimes, small drums, fiddles and viols, flutes and recorders, small harps, lutes, trumpets, and similarly sized instruments. The GM might rule that an especially large handheld instrument (like a tuba) has greater Bulk. Heavy instruments such as large drums, a full set of chimes, and keyboard instruments are less portable and generally need to be stationary while played. A virtuoso instrument gives a +1 item bonus to Performance checks using that instrument.
Oil: You can use oil to fuel lanterns, but you can also set a pint of oil aflame and throw it. You must first spend an Interact action preparing the oil, then throw it with another action as a ranged attack. If you hit, it splatters on the creature or in a single 5-foot square you target. You must succeed at a DC 10 flat check for the oil to ignite successfully when it hits. If the oil ignites, the target takes 1d6 fire damage.
Piton: These small spikes can be used as anchors to make climbing easier. To affix a piton, you must hold it in one hand and use a hammer to drive it in with your other hand. You can attach a rope to the hammered piton so that you don’t fall all the way to the ground on a critical failure while Climbing.
Religious Symbol: This piece of wood or silver is emblazoned with an image representing a deity. Some divine spellcasters, such as clerics, can use a religious symbol of their deity as a divine focus to use certain abilities and cast some spells. A religious symbol must be held in one hand to use it.
Religious Text: This manuscript contains scripture of a particular religion. Some divine spellcasters, such as clerics, can use a religious text as a divine focus to use certain abilities and cast some spells. A religious text must be held in one hand to use it.
Repair Kit: A repair kit allows you to perform simple repairs while traveling. It contains a portable anvil, tongs, woodworking tools, a whetstone, and oils for conditioning leather and wood. You can use a repair kit to Repair items using the Crafting skill. A superb repair kit gives you a +1 item bonus to the check.
Sack: A sack can hold up to 8 Bulk worth of items. A sack containing 2 Bulk or less can be worn on the body, usually tucked into a belt. You can carry a sack with one hand, but must use two hands to transfer items in and out.
Saddlebags: Saddlebags come in a pair. Each can hold up to 3 Bulk of items. The Bulk value given is for saddlebags worn by a mount. If you are carrying or stowing saddlebags, they count as 1 Bulk instead of light Bulk.
Scholarly Journal: Scholarly journals are uncommon. Each scholarly journal is a folio on a very specific topic, such as vampires or the history of a single town or neighborhood of a city. If you spend 1 minute referencing an academic journal before attempting a skill check to Recall Knowledge about the subject, you gain a +1 item bonus to the check. A compendium of journals costs five times as much as a single journal and requires both hands to use; each compendium contains several journals and grants its bonus on a broader topic, such as all undead or a whole city. The GM determines what scholarly journals are available in any location.
Scroll Case: Scrolls, maps, and other rolled documents are stored in scroll cases for safe transport.
Sheath: A sheath or scabbard lets you easily carry a weapon on your person.
Signal Whistle: When sounded, a signal whistle can be heard clearly up to half a mile away across open terrain.
Snare Kit: This kit contains tools and materials for creating snares. A snare kit allows you to Craft snares using the Crafting skill. A specialist snare kit gives you a +1 item bonus to the check.
Spellbook: A spellbook holds the written knowledge necessary to learn and prepare various spells, a necessity for wizards (who typically get one for free) and a useful luxury for other spellcasters looking to learn additional spells. Each spellbook can hold up to 100 spells. The Price listed is for a blank spellbook.
Spyglass: A typical spyglass lets you see eight times farther than normal. A fine spyglass adds a +1 item bonus to Perception checks to notice details at a distance.
Survey Map: Maps are uncommon. Most maps you can find are simple and functional. A survey map details a single location in excellent detail. One of these maps gives you a +1 item bonus to Survival checks and any skill checks to Recall Knowledge, provided the checks are related to the location detailed on the map. Maps sometimes come in atlases, containing a number of maps of the same quality, often on similar topics. An atlas costs five times as much as a single map and requires both hands to use. The GM determines what maps are available in any location.
Tack: Tack includes all the gear required to outfit a riding animal, including a saddle, bit and bridle, and stirrups if necessary. Especially large or oddly shaped animals might require specialty saddles. These can be more expensive or hard to find, as determined by the GM. The Bulk value given is for tack worn by a creature. If carried, the Bulk increases to 2.
Ten-Foot Pole: When wielding this long pole, you can use Seek to search a square up to 10 feet away. The pole is not sturdy enough to use as a weapon.
Thieves’ Tools: You need thieves’ tools to Pick Locks or Disable Devices (of some types) using the Thievery skill. Infiltrator thieves’ tools add a +1 item bonus to checks to Pick Locks and Disable Devices. If your thieves’ tools are broken, you can repair them by replacing the lock picks with replacement picks appropriate to your tools; this doesn’t require using the Repair action.
Tool: This entry is a catchall for basic hand tools that don’t have a specific adventuring purpose. A hoe, shovel, or sledgehammer is a long tool, and a hand drill, ice hook, or trowel is a short tool. A tool can usually be used as an improvised weapon, dealing 1d4 damage for a short tool or 1d6 for a long tool. The GM determines the damage type that’s appropriate or adjusts the damage if needed.
Torch: A torch sheds bright light in a 20-foot radius (and dim light to the next 20 feet). It can be used as an improvised weapon that deals 1d4 bludgeoning damage plus 1 fire damage.
Vial: A simple glass vial holds up to 1 ounce of liquid.
Waterskin: When it’s full, a waterskin has 1 Bulk and contains roughly 1 day’s worth of water for a Small or Medium creature.
Writing Set: Using a writing set, you can draft correspondence and scribe scrolls. A set includes stationery, including a variety of paper and parchment, as well as ink, a quill or inkpen, sealing wax, and a simple seal. If you’ve written a large amount, you can refill your kit with extra ink and paper.
|Adventurer’s pack||7 sp||2||—|
|Alchemist’s tools||5 gp||2||2|
|Expanded alchemist’s tools (level 3)||55 gp||2||2|
|Artisan’s tools||4 gp||2||2|
|Sterling artisan’s tools (level 3)||50 gp||2||2|
|Basic crafter’s book||1 sp||L||2|
|Belt pouch||4 cp||—||—|
|Candle (10)||1 cp||—||1|
|Chain (10 feet)||4 gp||1||2|
|Chalk (10)||1 cp||—||1|
|Climbing kit||5 sp||1||2|
|Extreme climbing kit (level 3)||40 gp||1||2|
|High-fashion fine (level 3)||55 gp||L||—|
|Lensatic compass (level 3)||20 gp||—||1|
|Levered crowbar (level 3)||20 gp||L||2|
|Disguise kit||2 gp||L||2|
|Replacement cosmetics||1 sp||—||—|
|Elite disguise kit (level 3)||40 gp||L||2|
|Elite cosmetics (level 3)||5 sp||—||—|
|Fishing tackle||8 sp||1||2|
|Professional fishing tackle (level 3)||20 gp||1||2|
|Flint and steel||5 cp||—||2|
|Formula book (blank)||1 gp||1||1|
|Grappling hook||1 sp||L||1|
|Healer’s tools||5 gp||1||2|
|Expanded healer’s tools (level 3)||50 gp||1||2|
|Holly and mistletoe||0||—||1|
|Ladder (10-foot)||3 cp||3||2|
|Poor lock (level 0)||2 sp||—||2|
|Simple lock (level 1)||2 gp||—||2|
|Average lock (level 3)||15 gp||—||2|
|Good lock (level 9)||200 gp||—||2|
|Superior lock (level 17)||4,500 gp||—||2|
|Magnifying glass (level 3)||40 gp||—||1|
|Poor manacles (level 0)||3 sp||—||2|
|Simple manacles (level 1)||3 gp||—||2|
|Average manacles (level 3)||20 gp||—||2|
|Good manacles (level 9)||250 gp||—||2|
|Superior manacles (level 17)||5,000 gp||—||2|
|Material component pouch||5 sp||L||1|
|Merchant’s scale||2 sp||L||2|
|Virtuoso handheld (level 3)||50 gp||1||2|
|Virtuoso heavy (level 3)||100 gp||16||2|
|Oil (1 pint)||1 cp||—||2|
|Rations (1 week)||4 sp||L||1|
|Religious text||1 gp||L||1|
|Repair kit||2 gp||1||2|
|Superb repair kit (level 3)||25 gp||1||2|
|Sack (5)||1 cp||L||1|
|Scroll case||1 sp||—||2|
|Signal whistle||8 cp||—||1|
|Snare kit||5 gp||2||2|
|Specialist snare kit (level 3)||55 gp||2||2|
|Spellbook (blank)||1 gp||1||1|
|Fine spyglass (level 4)||80 gp||L||2|
|Ten-foot pole||1 cp||1||2|
|Pavilion (level 2)||40 gp||12||2|
|Thieves’ tools||3 gp||L||2|
|Replacement picks||3 sp||—||—|
|Infiltrator thieves’ tools (level 3)||50 gp||L||2|
|Infiltrator picks (level 3)||3 gp||—||—|
|Long tool||1 gp||1||2|
|Short tool||4 sp||L||1 or 2|
|Writing set||1 gp||L||2|
|Extra ink and paper||1 sp||—||—|
|Scholarly journal (level 3)||6 gp||L||1|
|Scholarly journal compendium (level 3)||30 gp||L||2|
|Survey map (level 3)||10 gp||L||1|
|Survey map atlas (level 3)||50 gp||L||2|
If you want to quickly decide how to spend your starting money on what your class needs, start with one of these kits.
Note than an adventurer’s pack, which is included in each kit, contains a backpack, a bedroll, two belt pouches, 10 pieces of chalk, flint and steel, 50 feet of rope, 2 weeks’ rations, soap, 5 torches, and a waterskin.
Price 9 gp, 6 sp; Bulk 4 Bulk, 6 Light; Money Left Over 5 gp, 4 sp
Armor studded leather armor; Weapons dagger, sling with 20 sling bullets
Gear adventurer’s pack, alchemist’s tools, bandolier, basic crafter’s book, 2 sets of caltrops, sheath
Options repair kit (2 gp)
Price 3 gp, 2 sp; Bulk 3 Bulk, 5 Light; Money Left Over 11 gp, 8 sp
Armor hide armor; Weapons 4 javelins
Gear adventurer’s pack, grappling hook, 2 sheaths
Options greataxe (2 gp), greatclub (1 gp), greatsword (2 gp), or battle axe and steel shield (3 gp)
Price 6 gp, 8 sp; Bulk 4 Bulk, 3 Light; Money Left Over 8 gp, 2 sp
Armor studded leather armor; Weapons dagger, rapier, sling with 20 sling bullets
Gear adventurer’s pack, bandolier, handheld instrument, sheath
Price 3 gp, 8 sp; Bulk 3 Bulk, 7 Light; Money Left Over 11 gp, 2 sp
Armor hide armor; Weapons dagger, 4 javelins
Gear adventurer’s pack, crowbar, grappling hook, sheath
Options your deity’s favored weapon; use the price listed)
Price 1 gp, 5 sp; Bulk 1 Bulk, 3 Light; Money Left Over 13 gp
Gear adventurer’s pack, bandolier, 2 sets of caltrops, religious symbol (wooden)
Options your deity’s favored weapon; use the price listed), hide armor (2 gp)
Price 3 gp, 7 sp; Bulk 4 Bulk, 4 Light; Money Left Over 11 gp, 3 sp
Armor leather armor; Weapons 4 javelins, longspear
Gear adventurer’s pack, bandolier, holly and mistletoe
Options healer’s tools (5 gp)
Price 3 gp; Bulk 3 Bulk, 2 Light; Money Left Over gp
Armor hide armor; Weapons dagger Gear adventurer’s pack, grappling hook, sheath
Options greatsword (2 gp), longbow with 20 arrows (6 gp, 2 sp), or longsword and steel shield (3 gp)
Price 4 gp, 9 sp; Bulk 4 Bulk, 2 Light; Money Left Over 10 gp, 2 sp
Weapons longspear, staff
Gear adventurer’s pack, bandolier, climbing kit, grappling hook, lesser smokestick
Price 9 gp, 1 sp; Bulk 3 Bulk, 3 Light; Money Left Over 5 gp, 9 sp
Armor leather armor; Weapons dagger, longbow with 20 arrows
Gear adventurer’s pack, sheath
Price 5 gp, 4 sp; Bulk 4 Bulk, 1 Light; Money Left Over 9 gp, 6 sp
Armor leather armor; Weapons dagger, rapier Gear adventurer’s pack, climbing kit, sheath
Options thieves’ tools (3 gp)
Price 1 gp, 6 sp; Bulk 1 Bulk, 6 Light; Money Left Over 12 gp, 9 sp
Weapons dagger, slingshot with 20 sling bullets
Gear adventurer’s pack, bandolier, 2 sets of caltrops, sheath
Price 1 gp, 2 sp; Bulk 2 Bulk, 2 Light; Money Left Over 11 gp, 8 sp
Gear adventurer’s pack, material component pouch, writing set
Options crossbow with 20 bolts (3 gp, 2 sp)
The items listed on Table 6–11 are the most widely available alchemical items, which a 1st-level character could likely access. The descriptions below are short summaries; each item’s full entry appears on the page listed in the table. Your GM might allow you to start with other alchemical items from on a case-by-case basis.
|Lesser acid flask||3 gp||L|
|Lesser alchemist’s fire||3 gp||L|
|Lesser bottled Lightning||3 gp||L|
|Lesser frost vial||3 gp||L|
|Lesser tanglefoot bag||3 gp||L|
|Lesser thunderstone||3 gp||L|
|Lesser antidote||3 gp||L|
|Lesser antiplague||3 gp||L|
|Lesser elixir of life||3 gp||L|
|Lesser smokestick||3 gp||L|
|Tindertwig (10)||2 sp||—|
Alchemical bombs are consumable weapons that deal damage or produce special effects, and they sometimes deal splash damage. For more on alchemical bombs.
Lesser Acid Flask: This alchemical bomb deals 1 acid damage, 1d6 persistent acid damage, and 1 acid splash damage.
Lesser Alchemist’s Fire: This alchemical bomb deals 1d8 fire damage, 1 persistent fire damage, and 1 fire splash damage.
Lesser Bottled Lightning: This alchemical bomb deals 1d6 electricity damage and 1 electricity splash damage, and it makes the target flat-footed.
Lesser Frost Vial: This alchemical bomb deals 1d6 cold damage and 1 cold splash damage, and it gives the target a –5-foot status penalty to its Speeds until the end of its next turn.
Lesser Tanglefoot Bag: This alchemical bomb gives the target a –10-foot status penalty to its Speeds for 1 minute, and the target is immobilized on a critical hit unless it Escapes.
Lesser Thunderstone: This alchemical bomb deals 1d4 Sonic damage and 1 Sonic splash damage, and any creature within 10 feet that fails a DC 17 Fortitude save is deafened until the end of its turn.
Elixirs are alchemical items you drink to gain various unusual effects. For more on elixirs.
Lesser Antidote: After drinking a lesser antidote, you gain a +2 item bonus to Fortitude saves against poison for 6 hours.
Lesser Antiplague: After drinking a lesser antiplague, you gain a +2 item bonus to Fortitude saves against disease for 24 hours, including your saves against diseases’ progression.
Lesser Elixir of Life: Drinking a lesser elixir of life restores 1d6 Hit Points and grants a +1 item bonus to saving throws against diseases and poisons for 10 minutes.
Alchemical tools are a type of alchemical item you use, rather than drink or throw. For more on alchemical tools.
Smokestick: You create a 5-foot radius smokescreen for 1 minute.
Sunrod: You can strike a sunrod on a hard surface as an Interact action to cause it to shed bright light in a 20-foot radius (dim light in the next 20 feet) for 6 hours.
Tindertwig: You can use a tindertwig to ignite something flammable with a single Interact action, faster than with flint and steel.
The items on Table 6–12 are the magic items that a 1st-level character could most frequently access. The descriptions below are short summaries. Your GM might allow you to start with other magic items on a case-by-case basis.
|Consumable Magic Items||Price||Bulk|
|Holy water||3 gp||L|
|Unholy water||3 gp||L|
|Minor Healing potion||3 gp||L|
|Scroll of a common 1st-level spell||4 gp||L|
|Potency crystal||4 gp||—|
Consumable Magic Items
You can typically purchase holy and unholy water in a settlement. Particularly good settlements tend to ban unholy water and evil settlements tend to ban holy water.
Holy Water: You can throw holy water like a bomb, dealing 1d6 good damage to fiends, undead, and other creatures weak to good damage.
Unholy Water: You can throw unholy water like a bomb, dealing 1d6 good damage to celestials and other creatures weak to evil damage.
Potions are magic items you drink to gain a variety of benefits. For more on potions.
Minor Healing Potion: After drinking a minor Healing potion, you regain 1d8 Hit Points.
Scrolls are magical scriptures that hold the necessary magic to cast a particular spell without using your spell slots.
The Price listed in the table is for a scroll with a common 1st-level spell. For more on scrolls.
A talisman is a special, single-use item you affix to your armor, a weapon, or elsewhere, allowing you to activate the talisman later for a special benefit. For more on talismans.
- Potency Crystal: When you affix the crystal to a weapon and activate it, this talisman empowers the weapon for the rest of the turn, granting it a +1 item bonus to attack rolls and a second weapon damage die.
Formulas are instructions for making items with the Craft activity. You can usually read a formula as long as you can read the language it’s written in, though you might lack the skill to Craft the item. Often, alchemists and crafting guilds use obscure languages or create codes to protect their formulas from rivals.
You can buy common formulas at the Price listed on Table 6–13, or you can hire an NPC to let you copy their formula for the same Price. A purchased formula is typically a schematic on rolled-up parchment of light Bulk. You can copy a formula into your formula book in 1 hour, either from a schematic or directly from someone else’s formula book. If you have a formula, you can Craft a copy of it using the Crafting skill. Formulas for uncommon items and rare items are usually significantly more valuable—if you can find them at all!
If you have an item, you can try to reverse?engineer its formula. This uses the Craft activity and takes the same amount of time as creating the item from a formula would. You must first disassemble the item. After the base downtime, you attempt a Crafting check against the same DC it would take to Craft the item. If you succeed, you Craft the formula at its full Price, and you can keep working to reduce the Price as normal. If you fail, you’re left with raw materials and no formula. If you critically fail, you also waste 10% of the raw materials you’d normally be able to salvage.
The item’s disassembled parts are worth half its Price in raw materials and can’t be reassembled unless you successfully reverse-engineer the formula or acquire the formula another way. Reassembling the item from the formula works just like Crafting it from scratch; you use the disassembled parts as the necessary raw materials.
|Item Level||Formula Price|
* Formulas for all 0-level common items can be purchased collectively in a basic crafter’s book.
Items with Multiple Types
If an item has multiple types of different levels, each type has its own formula, and you need the formula for the specific type of item you want to Craft. For example, if you have a formula for a type I bag of holding but not for a type II bag of holding, you must acquire a separate formula to Craft a type II bag of holding.
The services listed on Table 6–14 describe expenditures for common services and consumables.
|Mug of ale||1 cp||L||1|
|Keg of ale||2 sp||2||2|
|Pot of coffee or tea||2 cp||L||1|
|Bottle of wine||1 sp||L||1|
|Bottle of fine wine||1 gp||L||1|
|Hireling (1 day)|
|Lodging (1 day)|
|Floor space||3 cp|
|Bed (for 1)||1 sp|
|Private room (for 2)||8 sp|
|Extravagant suite (for 6)||10 gp|
|Poor meal||1 cp||L||2|
|Square meal||3 cp||L||2|
|Fine dining||1 gp||L||2|
|Stabling (1 day)||2 cp|
|Toll||at least 1 cp|
|Transportation (per 5 miles)|
|Ferry or riverboat||4 cp|
|Sailing ship||6 cp|
Paid laborers can provide services for you. Unskilled hirelings can perform simple manual labor and are untrained at most skills. Skilled hirelings have expert proficiency in a particular skill. Hirelings are level 0. If a skill check is needed, an untrained hireling has a +0 modifier, while a skilled hireling has a +4 modifier in their area of expertise and +0 for other skill checks. Hirelings’ rates double if they’re going adventuring with you.
The cost to hire transportation includes standard travel with no amenities. Most transit services provide basic sleeping arrangements, and some provide meals at the rates listed on Table 6–14. Arranging transportation into dangerous lands can be more expensive or impossible.
Spellcasting services, listed on Table 6–15, are uncommon.
Having a spell cast for you requires finding a spellcaster who knows and is willing to cast it. It’s hard to find someone who can cast higher-level spells, and uncommon spells typically cost at least 100% more, if you can find someone who knows them at all. Spells that take a long time to cast (over 1 minute) usually cost 25% more. You must pay any cost listed in the spell in addition to the Price on the table.
* Plus any cost required to cast the specific spell.
Cost of Living
Table 6–16 shows how much it costs to get by. This covers room and board, dues, taxes, and other fees.
|Standard of Living||Week||Month||Year|
|Subsistence*||4 sp||2 gp||24 gp|
|Comfortable||1 gp||4 gp||52 gp|
|Fine||30 gp||130 gp||1,600 gp|
|Extravagant||100 gp||430 gp||5,200 gp|
The Prices for animals are listed both for renting and for purchasing them outright. You usually need to pay for animal rentals up front, and if the vendor believes the animal might be put in danger, they typically require a deposit equal to the purchase Price. Most animals panic in battle. When combat begins, they become frightened 4 and fleeing as long as they’re frightened. If you successfully Command your Animal using Nature, you can keep it from fleeing, though this doesn’t remove its frightened condition. If the animal is attacked or damaged, it returns to frightened 4 and fleeing, with the same exceptions.
|Animal||Rental Price (per day)||Purchase Price|
|Guard dog||1 cp||2 sp|
|Riding dog||6 cp||4 gp|
|Riding horse||1 sp||8 gp|
|Warhorse||1 gp||30 gp (level 2)|
|Pack animal||2 cp||2 gp|
|Riding pony||8 cp||7 gp|
|Warpony||8 sp||24 gp (level 2)|
* Might require a deposit equal to the purchase Price.
You can purchase special armor for animals, called barding (shown on Table 6–18). All animals have a trained proficiency rank in light barding, and combat-trained animals are trained in heavy barding. Barding uses the same rules as armor except for the following. The Price and Bulk of barding depend on the animal’s size. Unlike for a suit of armor, barding’s Strength entry is listed as a modifier, not a score. Barding can’t be etched with magic Runes, though special magical barding might be available.
Items and Sizes
The Bulk rules are for Small and Medium creatures, as the items are made for creatures of those sizes. Large creatures can carry more, and smaller creatures can carry less, as noted on Table 6–19.
These rules for Bulk limits come up most often when a group tries to load up a mount or animal companion. The rules for items of different sizes tend to come into play when the characters defeat a big creature that has gear, since in most cases, the only creatures of other sizes are creatures under the GM’s control. In most cases, Small or Medium creatures can wield a Large weapon, though it’s unwieldy, giving them the clumsy 1 condition, and the larger size is canceled by the difficulty of swinging the weapon, so it grants no special benefit. Large armor is simply too large for Small and Medium creatures.
Bulk Conversions for Different Sizes
As shown in Table 6–19, Large or larger creatures are less encumbered by bulky items than Small or Medium creatures, while Tiny creatures become overburdened more quickly. A Large creature treats 10 items of 1 Bulk as 1 Bulk, a Huge creature treats 10 items of 2 Bulk as 1 Bulk, and so on. A Tiny creature treats 10 items of negligible Bulk as 1 Bulk. Negligible items work in a similar way—a Huge creature treats items of 1 Bulk as negligible, so it can carry any number of items of 1 Bulk. A Tiny creature doesn’t treat any items as having negligible Bulk.
|Light Barding||Price||AC Bonus||Dex Cap||Check Penalty||Speed Penalty||Bulk||Strength|
|Small or Medium||10 gp||+1||+5||–1||–5 ft.||2||+3|
|Large||20 gp||+1||+5||–1||–5 ft.||4||+3|
|Heavy Barding||Price||AC Bonus||Dex Cap||Check Penalty||Speed Penalty||Bulk||Strength|
|Small or Medium (level 2)||25 gp||+3||+3||–3||–10 ft.||4||+5|
|Large (level 3)||50 gp||+3||+3||–3||–10 ft.||8||+5|
|Creature Size||Bulk Limit||Treats as Light||Treats as Negligible|
|Small or Medium||Standard||L||—|
|Huge||×4||2 Bulk||1 Bulk|
|Gargantuan||×8||4 Bulk||2 Bulk|
Items of Different Sizes
Creatures of sizes other than Small or Medium need items appropriate to their size. These items have different Bulk and possibly a different Price. Table 6–20 provides the Price and Bulk conversion for such items.
|Creature Size||Price||Bulk||Light Becomes||Negligible Becomes|
|Small or Medium||Standard||Standard||L||—|
|Huge||×4||×4||2 Bulk||1 Bulk|
|Gargantuan||×8||×8||4 Bulk||2 Bulk|
For example, a morningstar sized for a Medium creature has a Price of 1 gp and 1 Bulk, so one made for a Huge creature has a Price of 4 gp and 4 Bulk. One made for a Tiny creature still costs 1 gp (due to its intricacy) and has 1/2 Bulk, which rounds down to Light Bulk.
Because the way that a creature treats Bulk and the Bulk of gear sized for it scale the same way, Tiny or Large (or larger) creatures can usually wear and carry about the same amount of appropriately sized gear as a Medium creature.
Higher-level magic items that cost significantly more than 8 times the cost of a mundane item can use their listed Price regardless of size. Precious materials, however, have a Price based on the Bulk of the item, so multiply the Bulk value as described on Table 6–20, then use the formula in the Precious material’s entry to determine the item’s Price.
Specific Armor and Weapons
Unlike armor and weapons enhanced with runes, specific armor and weapons (such as ghoul hide or a holy avenger) are created for a specific purpose and can work quite differently from other items of their type. Specific magic armor and weapons can’t gain property runes, but you can add or improve their fundamental runes.
Property runes add special abilities to armor or a weapon in addition to the item’s fundamental runes. If a suit of armor or a weapon has multiple etchings of the same rune, only the highest-level one applies. You can upgrade a property rune to a higher-level type of that rune in the same way you would upgrade a fundamental rune.
Rune abilities that must be activated follow the rules for activating magic items.
When transferring a rune to an item that can hold multiple property runes, you can decide whether you transfer a single rune or swap runes between the items. For example, a +2 weapon can hold two property runes. If you transferred a flaming rune from a +1 striking flaming rapier to a +2 striking frost warhammer, you would decide whether you wanted to end up with a +1 striking rapier and a +2 striking flaming frost warhammer or a +1 striking frost rapier and a +2 striking flaming warhammer.
Four fundamental runes produce the most essential magic of protection and destruction: armor potency and resilient runes for armor, and weapon potency and striking runes for weapons. A potency rune is what makes a weapon a magic weapon or armor magic armor.
An item can have only one fundamental rune of each type, though etching a stronger rune can upgrade an existing rune to the more powerful version (as described in each rune’s entry). As you level up, you typically alternate between increasing an item’s potency rune and its striking or resilient rune when you can afford to.
|Fundamental Rune||Etched Onto||Benefit|
|Armor Potency||Armor||Increase item bonus to AC and determine maximum number of property runes|
|Resilient||Armor||Grant item bonus to saves|
|Striking||Weapon||Grant an item bonus to attack rolls and determine maximum number of property runes|
|Weapon Potency||Weapon||Increase weapon damage dice|
Upgrading Armor and Weapon Runes
You’ll often want to upgrade the fundamental runes of magic armor or a magic weapon you already have. This requires upgrading each rune separately. Tables 11–5 and 11–6 summarize the Price of each step, with a number in parentheses indicating the item’s level for the Craft activity. This also indicates the typical progression for an adventurer to follow when upgrading their armor and weapons. The tables here don’t include progressions that aren’t as likely to come up, like turning a +1 weapon directly into a +1 greater striking weapon.
|Starting Armor||Improved Armor||Price and Process|
|+1 armor||+1 resilient armor||340 gp to etch resilient (8th level)|
|+1 resilient armor||+2 resilient armor||900 gp to etch +2 armor potency (11th level)|
|+2 resilient armor||+2 greater resilient armor||3,100 gp to etch greater resilient (14th level)|
|+2 greater resilient armor||+3 greater resilient armor||19,500 gp to etch +3 armor potency (18th level)|
|+3 greater resilient armor||+3 major resilient armor||46,000 gp to etch major resilient (20th level)|
|Starting Weapon||Improved Weapon||Price and Process|
|+1 weapon||+1 striking weapon||65 gp to etch striking (4th level)|
|+1 striking weapon||+2 striking weapon||900 gp to etch +2 weapon potency (10th level)|
|+2 striking weapon||+2 greater striking weapon||1,000 gp to etch greater striking (12th level)|
|+2 greater striking weapon||+3 greater striking weapon||8,000 gp to etch +3 weapon potency (16th level)|
|+3 greater striking weapon||+3 major striking weapon||30,000 gp to etch major striking (19th level)|
All magic shields are specific items with a wide variety of protective effects, as described in their entries. Unlike magic armor, magic shields can’t be etched with runes.
|Pesh (Refined)||1||2 gp||L|