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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.

Starting Money

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.

Table 6–1: Coin Values
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.

Other Currency

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.

Item Level

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.

Bulk Limits

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.

Bulk Values

Items can have a number to indicate their Bulk value, or they can be light (indicated by an L) or negligible (indicated by a —) for the purpose of determining Bulk.

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
Tiny 1
Small 3
Medium 6
Large 12
Huge 24
Gargantuan 48


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.

Wielding Items

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.

Item Damage

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.

Table 6–2: Changing Equipment
Change Hands Action
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.

Object Immunities

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.

Shoddy Items

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.

Armor Class

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.

Armor Statistics

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.

AC Bonus

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.

Check Penalty

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.

Speed 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.

Table 6–3: Unarmored Defense
Unarmored Price AC Bonus Dex Cap Check Penalty Speed Penalty Strength Bulk Group Armor Traits Source
No armor +0 PRGCRB2
Explorer’s clothing 1 sp +0 +5 L Cloth Comfort PRGCRB2
Gi 2 sp +0 +5 L Cloth Comfort PTV
Scroll robes 15 sp +0 +5 L Cloth Inscribed PTV
Table 6–4: Armor
Light Armor Price AC Bonus Dex Cap Check Penalty Speed Penalty Strength Bulk Group Armor Traits Source
Padded armor 2 sp +1 +3 10 L Comfort PRGCRB2
Leather 2 gp +1 +4 –1 10 1 PRGCRB2
Leather lamellar 3 gp +1 +4 -1 10 1 Composite Laminar PTV
Quilted armor 3 gp +2 +2 -1 12 1 Cloth Comfort PTV
Studded leather 3 gp +2 +3 –1 12 1 PRGCRB2
Leaf weave 4 gp +1 +4 -1 10 1 Wood Laminar PTV
Buckle armor 4 gp +2 +3 -1 12 1 Leather Adjusted storage, noisy PTV
Chain shirt 5 gp +2 +3 –1 12 1 Flexible, Noisy PRGCRB2
Sankeit 5 gp +2 +3 -1 12 1 Wood Laminar PTV
Mantis shell (level 1) 10 gp +2 +3 -1 12 1 Skeletal Adjusted weapon harness PTV
Medium Armor Price AC Bonus Dex Cap Check Penalty Speed Penalty Strength Bulk Group Armor Traits Source
Hide 2 gp +3 +2 –2 –5 ft. 14 2 Leather PRGCRB2
Scale mail 4 gp +3 +2 –2 –5 ft. 14 2 Composite PRGCRB2
Niyaháat 5 gp +3 +2 -2 -5 ft. 14 2 Skeletal Laminar PTV
Coral Armor 5 gp +3 +2 -2 -5 ft. 14 2 Skeletal Aquadynamic PTV
Ceramic plate 6 gp +3 +2 -2 -5 ft. 14 2 Plate Adjusted armor latches, noisy PTV
Wooden breastplate 6 gp +3 +2 -2 -5 ft. 14 2 Wood PTV
Chain mail 6 gp +4 +1 –2 –5 ft. 16 2 Chain Flexible, noisy PRGCRB2
Lamellar breastplate 7 gp +4 +1 -2 -5 ft. 16 2 Composite Hindering, laminar PTV
Breastplate 8 gp +4 +1 –2 –5 ft. 16 2 Plate PRGCRB2
Lattice armor 9 gp +4 +1 -2 -5 ft. 16 2 Chain PTV
Hellknight breastplate (level 1) 10 gp +4 +1 -2 -5 ft. 16 2 Plate PTV
Heavy Armor Price AC Bonus Dex Cap Check Penalty Speed Penalty Strength Bulk Group Armor Traits Source
Splint mail (level 1) 13 gp +5 +1 –3 –10 ft. 16 3 Composite PRGCRB2
Half plate (level 1) 18 gp +5 +1 –3 –10 ft. 16 3 Plate PRGCRB2
Hellknight half plate (level 1) 20 gp +5 +1 -3 -10 ft. 16 3 Plate PTV
Full plate (level 2) 30 gp +6 +0 –3 –10 ft. 18 4 Plate Bulwark PRGCRB2
Fortress plate 32 gp +6 +0 -3 -10 ft. 18 5 Plate Bulwark, entrench (level 2) ranged, ponderous PTV
Bastion plate 33 gp +6 +0 -3 -10 ft. 18 5 Plate Bulwark, entrench (level 2) melee, hindering PTV
Hellknight plate (level 2) 35 gp +6 +0 -3 -10 ft. 18 4 Plate Bulwark PTV
O-yoroi 35 gp +6 +0 -3 -10 ft. 18 5 Composite Bulwark, laminar (level 2) PTV

Armor Traits

The traits for each suit of armor appear in this entry.

Armor can have the following traits.

Adjusted: The equipment comes with an adjustment described in its entry. This adjustment is built into the equipment permanently, meaning the equipment can’t have another adjustment added, nor can it be swapped out for a different adjustment. If the adjustment alters the item’s base statistics, such as adding the noisy trait, that’s reflected in the equipment’s table entry. Source PVT

Aquadynamic: This armor is designed for use underwater, with streamlined design and buoyant materials used in strategic places. You don’t apply the armor’s check penalty to Acrobatics or Athletics checks in water or similar liquids. Source PVT

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.

Entrench: You can position yourself in the armor or reposition its articulated pieces to better protect against some attacks. If you’re trained in this armor, while wearing it you can spend a single action to gain a +1 circumstance bonus to AC against a certain type of attack until the start of your next turn. The entrench trait lists the type of attack this bonus applies against, typically entrench melee or entrench ranged. Source PVT

Flexible: The armor is flexible enough that it doesn’t hinder most actions. You don’t apply its check penalty to Acrobatics or Athletics checks.

Hindering: This armor is so heavy and bulky it slows you down no matter what. You take a -5 penalty to all your Speeds (to a minimum of a 5-foot Speed). This is separate from and in addition to the armor’s Speed penalty, and affects you even if your Strength or an ability lets you reduce or ignore the armor’s Speed penalty. Source PVT

Inscribed: The armor has been treated so it can be inscribed with magical symbols using the same method as Crafting a scroll. Inscribed attire can hold one scroll inscribed on it. You need a free hand to Activate the scroll, but you don’t need to Interact to draw it. You can also Activate the magic to erase the scroll the armor currently contains. You can’t inscribe a new scroll onto the armor if a scroll is currently inscribed on it or if the armor is broken. Source PVT

Laminar: The armor is made up of layered sections, so when it breaks, it isn’t as much of a problem. The status penalty to AC if this armor is broken is -1 for broken medium armor, -2 for broken heavy armor, or no penalty for broken light armor. Source PVT

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.

Skeletal: Armor made from the bone or exoskeleton of creatures as diverse as bears, insects, and coral, skeletal armor protects vital points from precision damage. You gain resistance to precision damage equal to 3 + the value of the armor’s potency rune for medium armor, or 5 + the value of the armor’s potency rune for heavy armor. Source PVT

Wood: Wood armor is generally flexible and light, but it can splinter as it breaks, throwing off shards and fragments that damage foes who deal you critical blows. If a foe critically hits you with a melee unarmed attack or critically hits you with any melee attack while adjacent to you, it takes piercing damage equal to 3 + the armor’s potency rune value for medium armor, or 5 + the armor’s potency rune value for heavy armor. Source PVT

Armor Descriptions

Each type of armor is described in more detail below.

Bastion Plate (PTV): This cumbersome and sturdy plate armor has fluting and additional protection built into the cuirass, helm, pauldrons, and vambraces. Bastion plate was invented for protection in combat tournaments meant to be sporting rather than lethal.

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.

Buckle Armor: Style once led famous adventurers to wear clothing with an unusual number of buckles, pouches, and straps. This fashion birthed a trend that led to “buckle armor”, a colloquial name for chic armor with spacious tool storage. Buckle armor comes with the storage armor adjustment. Source PVT

Ceramic Plate: Traditional armor from some parts of the world, ceramic plate alleviates the need for metallurgy and smithing, instead relying on ceramic firing, glazing, and strong cord work with a backing of leather and thick canvas. Ceramic plate that follows its homeland’s style is colorful and artistic, and is built with the armor latches armor adjustment. Source PVT

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.

Coral Armor: A good option for undersea explorers and aquatic peoples alike, coral armor consists of panels of carved coral. If worn underwater, some of this coral can even be alive. Source PVT

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.

Fortress Plate: Dwarves developed fortress plate. A trained wearer can adjust the articulated armor’s overlapping layers of plates and panels to provide protection from missiles. Source PVT

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.

Gi: Also called martial arts suits or practice clothes, gi are outfits of tough cloth built for comfort and unrestricted movement – ideal for practicing martial arts. They have reinforced stitching resistant to strenuous use. Source PVT

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.

Hellknight Armor: Hellknights wear a variety of armors decorated with designs specific to the order. Hellknight half plate is the armor of choice for Hellknight signifiers, and Hellknight breastplate serves those in the order who lack the training to wear heavy armor. This armor is considered uncommon. Source PVT

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.

Lamellar Breastplate: Slats of lacquered steel or other metal held together with cord, whether leather or silk, make up most lamellar breastplates. The lacquering prevents the metal from corroding. Source PVT

Lattice Armor: Fine metal cables woven into latticework patterns form this armor. This armor disperses blows much like rings of chain mail, but is much tighter in construction, making it quieter. Source PVT

Leaf Weave: Specialized crafters, often elves, create leaf weave out of sturdy leaves from ancient or magically enriched trees. Such leaves, when treated properly, have the strength of leather, and other tough plant materials hold the leaves together to form the armor. Such suits are popular among those who wish to avoid materials taken from slain beasts. As a material, leaf weave has the same statistics as thin wood. Source PVT

Leather: A mix of flexible and molded boiled leather, a suit of this type of armor provides some protection with maximum flexibility.

Leather Lamellar: Leather lamellar is a composite armor made of small rectangular pieces of lacquered leather laced together with high-quality cord. It’s typically worn with an undershirt. Source PVT

Mantis Shell: Construction of mantis shell armor originates with an order of assassins. Authentic mantis shell can be found in some dark markets, but wearing such armor can attract deadly attention from the armor’s originators. Mantis shell comes with the weapon harness adjustment, though these special vambraces are meant to hold sawtooth sabers, and attaching anything else is an insult to the order’s assassins. This armor is considered uncommon. Source PVT

Niyaháat: Communities where wood is hard to come by fashion armor from slats and strips of bone or horn, along with whole bones or horns. Wealthier wearers sometimes pay for decorative embellishments made of more precious materials. Niyaháat is usually woven together with strong cord, forming a suit like a breastplate. This suit is worn over heavy clothing or a surcoat like padded armor. Some suits incorporate parts of powerful creatures, creating a storied history for the suit and its wearers. Source PVT

O-Yoroi: Larger plates coupled with lamellar pieces to make up a suit of heavy lamellar. The custom-fitted and often highly decorative suit covers most of the body. Rounding out the suit are a tiered helmet and fearsome mask, often depicting a fiendish or monstrous creature. Source PVT

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.

Quilted Armor: Quilted armor is built in a long coat intended for defensive use without other armor. Quilted armor protects the upper body and legs, differentiating it further from the typical padded undercoat. This armor is frequently made in stylish colors or patterns to facilitate use as protective outerwear or a military uniform. Source PVT

Sankeit: Sankeit is made of small wooden plates or longer slats, typically vertical, joined with sinew or cord and painted with decorations. Sankeit traditionally comes with a fearsome wooden helm carved in the shape of a mighty creature. Source PVT

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.

Scroll Robes: Scroll robes are composed of paper alchemically treated for strength and flexibility. A layered structure prevents cutting and tearing, and for the purpose of calculating damage, the robes are considered to be cloth. The paper accepts all sorts of decoration, including magical writing, as detailed in the inscribed trait. Source PVT

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.

Wooden Breastplate: A suit of carved and tempered wood, a wooden breastplate resembles a metal breastplate in shape and function. Such suits can be carved from large pieces of wood, but they most often come from wood coaxed magically from special trees, whether by druids, elves, fey, or plant creatures such as arboreals or leshys.


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.

Shield Statistics

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.

AC Bonus

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.

Table 6–5: Shields
Shield Price AC Bonus 1 Speed Penalty Bulk Hardness HP (BT) Shield Traits Source
Buckler 1 gp +1 L 3 6 (3) PRGCRB2
Wooden shield 1 gp +2 1 3 12 (6) PRGCRB2
Caster’s targe 2 gp +1 1 3 12 (6) Inscribed PTV
Hide shield 2 gp +2 1 4 20 (10) Deflecting bludeoning PTV
Steel shield 2 gp +2 1 5 20 (10) PRGCRB2
Klar 3 gp +1 1 3 10 (5) Integrated 1d6 S (versatile P) PTV
Heavy rondache 4 gp +1 1 5 24 (12) PTV
Meteor shield 4 gp +2 1 4 16 (8) Shield throw 30 ft. PTV
Gauntlet buckler 5 gp +1 1 3 6 (3) Foldaway PTV
Razor disc 5 gp +1 1 4 16 (8) Integreat 1d6 S, shield throw 20 ft. PTV
Harnessed shield 5 gp +2 -5 ft. 2 5 20 (10) Harnessed PTV
Salvo shield 6 gp +2 1 4 20 (10) Deflecting physical ranged PTV
Swordstealer shield 6 gp +2 1 4 20 (10) Deflecting slashing PTV
Dart shield 8 gp +1 1 3 12 (6) Launching dart PTV
Tower shield 10 gp +2/+4 2 –5 ft. 4 5 20 (10) PRGCRB2
Fortress shield (level 1) 20 gp +3/+422 -10 ft. 5 6 24 (12) Hefty 14 PTV

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.

Shield Traits

The traits for shields can be found in this column.

Shields can have the following traits.

Deflecting: This shield is designed to block or divert certain types of attacks or weapons. Increase the shield’s Hardness against the listed type of attack by 2. Source PVT

Foldaway: This shield can collapse into a smaller form, which is attached to a gauntlet for stability and easy travel. Source PVT

Harnessed: This shield features a special brace or opening designed to hold jousting weapons. Source PVT

Hefty: A hefty shield is so heavy that raising it takes more effort. Raising a Shield with the hefty trait is a 2-action activity unless your Strength score equals or exceeds the number with the trait. Source PVT

Inscribed: The shield has been treated so it can be inscribed with magical symbols, using the same methods as Crafting a scroll. Source PVT

Integrated: This shield has been created to include a weapon in its construction, which works like an attached weapon but can’t be removed from the shield. Source PVT

Launching: A mechanism within this shield can shoot projectiles, functioning as a ranged weapon. Source PVT

Shield Throw: A shield with this trait is designed to be thrown as a ranged attack. Source PVT

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.

Shield Descriptions

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.

Caster’s Targe: This small shield is made from wood. It features a special panel of parchment along the inside surface that allows for writing. Source PVT

Dart Shield: This wooden shield features a spring-loaded device on its surface that can fire darts with powerful force. A small mechanism within the shield allows you to fire a dart even while actively holding the shield or blocking with it. Source PVT

Fortress Shield: Also known as portable walls, these thick and heavy shields are slightly larger than tower shields. Like tower shields, they’re typically made from wood reinforced with metal, but many are made from larger amounts of metal or even stone. Source PVT

Gauntlet Buckler: This buckler-sized shield is segmented, allowing it to collapse into a housing bound to a gauntlet for easy storage. A small catch enables you to expand the shield quickly in battle when you’re in need of defense. Source PVT

Harnessed Shield: This large steel shield features a specialized opening to hold lances and similar weapons. Harnessed shields are a common backup for those who fight with jousting weapons in case they’re forced into combat without their mounts. Balancing the weapon within the shield’s hold is somewhat awkward, and longer weapons, like lances, need to be held closer to the body than usual for proper support. Source PVT

Heavy Rondache: Similar in size to a buckler, this steel shield is intended to absorb as many blows as possible instead of deflecting attacks. It features multiple layers of metal and is reinforced with additional wood. Source PVT

Hide Shield: Hide shields come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Specialized tanning techniques combined with tough hides from creatures such as owlbears result in these particularly tough shields. The hardened hide of the shield still has enough flexibility to diminish the impact of battering and pummeling attacks. Source PVT

Klar: This traditional armament combines a short metal blade with the skull of a large horned lizard, fashioned as a shield. The lightweight shield allows for quick attacks with its integrated blade. Source PVT

Meteor Shield: Meteor shields are specifically designed with throwing in mind. A meteor shield is made from thin steel and has quick-release straps, allowing for easy, long-distance throws. Source PVT

Razor Disc: Several small blades line the outside edge of this steel shield. This specialized throwing shield is common where its blades can cut down foliage as it flies. Source PVT

Salvo Shield: This specialized steel shield features an outer layer of angled wooden or steel plates, which help deflect or redirect incoming ranged projectiles but don’t offer any additional protection against melee weapons. Source PVT

Swordstealer Shield: This specialized steel shield features several wide metal hooks along its surface. These hooks help catch swords and other blades, reducing the impact of their incoming attacks. Source PVT

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.

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.


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.

Attack Rolls

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.

Melee attack modifier = Strength modifier (or optionally Dexterity for a finesse weapon) + proficiency bonus + other bonuses + penalties

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.

Damage Rolls

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.

Critical Hits

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.

Unarmed Attacks

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.

Improvised Weapons

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.

Weapon Statistics

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.


This entry gives the weapon’s Bulk. A weapon’s Bulk is increased or decreased if it’s sized for creatures that aren’t Small or Medium size.


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.

Weapon Traits

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.

Table 6–6: Unarmed Attacks
Unarmed Attack Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Fist 1d4 B 1 Brawling Agile, finesse, nonlethal, unarmed PRGCRB2
Table 6–7: Melee Weapons
Simple Melee Weapons Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Club 0 1d6 B 1 1 Club Thrown 10 ft. PRGCRB2
Corset knife 3 sp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile concealable, finesse, thrown 10 ft. PTV
Dagger 2 sp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, finesse, thrown 10 ft., versatile S PRGCRB2
Frying Pan 1 sp 1d4 B L 1 Club Fatal d8, halfling PTV
Gauntlet 2 sp 1d4 B L 1 Brawling Agile, free-hand PRGCRB2
Light mace 4 sp 1d4 B L 1 Club Agile, finesse, shove PRGCRB2
Longspear 5 sp 1d8 P 2 2 Spear Reach PRGCRB2
Mace 1 gp 1d6 B 1 1 Club Shove PRGCRB2
Morningstar 1 gp 1d6 B 1 1 Club Versatile P PRGCRB2
Sickle 2 sp 1d4 S L 1 Knife Agile, finesse, trip PRGCRB2
Spear 1 sp 1d6 P 1 1 Spear Thrown 20 ft. PRGCRB2
Spiked gauntlet 3 sp 1d4 P L 1 Brawling Agile, free-hand PRGCRB2
Staff 0 1d4 B 1 1 Club Two-hand d8 PRGCRB2
Uncommon Simple Melee Weapons Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Battle lute 15 gp 1d4 B 1 1 Club Shove, two-hand d8 PAPAV
Clan dagger 2 gp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, dwarf, parry, versatile B PRGCRB2
Juggling club 1 sp 1d4 B L 1 Club Agile, nonlethal, thrown 20 feet PAP151
Katar 3 sp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, deadly d6, monk PRGCRB2
Poi 2 sp 1d4 B L 1 Flail Agile, backswing, finesse, nonlethal PAP151
Throwing knife 3 sp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, finesse, thrown 20 feet, twin PAP151
Martial Melee Weapons Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Bastard sword 4 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Two-hand d12 PRGCRB2
Battle axe 1 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Axe Sweep PRGCRB2
Battle saddle 6 gp 1d8 S 2 2 Axe Parry, sweep, vehicular PTV
Bec de corbin 4 gp 1d8 P 2 2 Polearm Razing, reach, shove, versatile B PTV
Bo staff 2 sp 1d8 B 2 2 Club Monk, parry, reach, trip PRGCRB2
Dancer’s spear 3 gp 1d6 P 1 2 Spear Backswing, finesse, reach, sweep, versatile B PTV
Earthbreaker 4 gp 1d6 B 2 1 Hammer Razing, shove, two-hand d10, versatile P PTV
Falchion 3 gp 1d10 S 2 2 Sword Forceful, sweep PRGCRB2
Flail 8 sp 1d6 B 1 1 Flail Disarm, sweep, trip PRGCRB2
Flyssa 1 gp 1d6 S L 1 Knife Agile, finesse versatile P PTV
Glaive 1 gp 1d8 S 2 2 Polearm Deadly d8, forceful, reach PRGCRB2
Greataxe 2 gp 1d12 S 2 2 Axe Sweep PRGCRB2
Greatclub 1 gp 1d10 B 2 2 Club Backswing, shove PRGCRB2
Greatpick 1 gp 1d10 P 2 2 Pick Fatal d12 PRGCRB2
Greatsword 2 gp 1d12 S 2 2 Sword Versatile P PRGCRB2
Guisarme 2 gp 1d10 S 2 2 Polearm Reach, trip PRGCRB2
Halberd 2 gp 1d10 P 2 2 Polearm Reach, versatile S PRGCRB2
Hatchet 4 sp 1d6 S L 1 Axe Agile, sweep, thrown 10 ft. PRGCRB2
Lance 1 gp 1d8 P 2 2 Spear Deadly d8, jousting d6, reach PRGCRB2
Light hammer 3 sp 1d6 B L 1 Hammer Agile, thrown 20 ft. PRGCRB2
Light pick 4 sp 1d4 P L 1 Pick Agile, fatal d8 PRGCRB2
Long hammer 5 gp 1d8 B 2 2 Hammer Brace, dwarf, reach, trip, versatile P PTV
Longsword 1 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Versatile P PRGCRB2
Machete 7 sp 1d6 S L 1 Sword Deadly d8, sweep PLOG&M2E, PTV
Main-gauche 5 sp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, disarm, finesse, parry, versatile S PRGCRB2
Maul 3 gp 1d12 B 2 2 Hammer Shove PRGCRB2
Meteor hammer 3 gp 1d8 B 2 2 Flail Backswing, disarm, reach, trip PLOG&M2E, PTV
Panabas 1 gp 1d6 S 1 1 Sword Forceful, sweep, two-hand d10 PTV
Pick 7 sp 1d6 P 1 1 Pick Fatal d10 PRGCRB2
Ranseur 2 gp 1d10 P 2 2 Polearm Disarm, reach PRGCRB2
Rapier 2 gp 1d6 P 1 1 Sword Deadly d8, disarm, finesse PRGCRB2
Sap 1 sp 1d6 B L 1 Club Agile, nonlethal PRGCRB2
Scimitar 1 gp 1d6 S 1 1 Sword Forceful, sweep PRGCRB2
Scizore 9 sp 1d6 S L 1 Knife Disarm, parry PTV
Scythe 2 gp 1d10 S 2 2 Polearm Deadly d10, trip PRGCRB2
Shield bash 1d4 B 1 Shield PRGCRB2
Shield boss 5 sp 1d6 B 1 Shield Attached to shield PRGCRB2
Shield spikes 5 sp 1d6 P 1 Shield Attached to shield PRGCRB2
Shortsword 9 sp 1d6 P L 1 Sword Agile, finesse, versatile S PRGCRB2
Starknife 2 gp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, deadly d6, finesse, thrown 20 ft., versatile S PRGCRB2
Trident 1 gp 1d8 P 1 1 Spear Thrown 20 ft. PRGCRB2
War flail 2 gp 1d10 B 2 2 Flail Disarm, sweep, trip PRGCRB2
Warhammer 1 gp 1d8 B 1 1 Hammer Shove PRGCRB2
War razor 3 sp 1d4 S L 1 Knife Agile, backstabber, deadly d8, finesse PLOG&M2E, PTV
Whip 1 sp 1d4 S 1 1 Flail Disarm, finesse, nonlethal, reach, trip PRGCRB2
Uncommon Martial Melee Weapons Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Bladed scarf 3 gp 1d8 S 1 2 Flail Disarm, reach, sweep, trip PLOG&M2E, PTV
Breaching pike 8 gp 1d6 P 1 1 Spear Hobgoblin, razing, reach PTV
Combat lure 2 gp 1d6 B 1 2 Flail HFinesse, tethered, thrown 20 feet, training PTV
Dogslicer 1 sp 1d6 S L 1 Sword Agile, backstabber, finesse, goblin PRGCRB2
Elven curve blade 4 gp 1d8 S 2 2 Sword Elf, finesse, forceful PRGCRB2
Filcher’s fork 1 gp 1d4 P L 1 Spear Agile, backstabber, deadly d6, finesse, halfling, thrown 20 ft. PRGCRB2
Fighting fan 11 sp 1d4 S L 1 Knife Agile, backstabber, deadly d6, finesse, monk PLOG&M2E, PTV
Gnome hooked hammer 2 gp 1d6 B 1 1 Hammer Gnome, trip, two-hand d10, versatile P PRGCRB2
Horsechopper 9 sp 1d8 S 2 2 Polearm Goblin, reach, trip, versatile P PRGCRB2
Jiu huan dao 9 sp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Sweep PTV
Kama 1 gp 1d6 S L 1 Knife Agile, monk, trip PRGCRB2
Katana 2 gp 1d6 S 1 1 Sword Deadly d8, two-hand d10, versatile P PRGCRB2
Khopesh 2 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Trip PLOG&M2E, PTV
Kukri 6 sp 1d6 S L 1 Knife Agile, finesse, trip PRGCRB2
Leiomano 2 gp 1d6 B 1 1 Club Datal d10, versatile S PTV
Mambele 6 sp 1d6 S 1 1 Axe Disarm, deadly d8, thrown 20 feet PLOG&M2E, PTV
Naginata 3 gp 1d8 S 2 2 Polearm Deadly d8, reach, versatile P PLOG&M2E, PTV
Nine-ring sword 9 sp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Disarm PLOG&M2E
Nunchaku 2 sp 1d6 B L 1 Club Backswing, disarm, finesse, monk PRGCRB2
Orc knuckle dagger 7 sp 1d6 P L 1 Knife Agile, disarm, orc PRGCRB2
Polytool (level 1) 10 gp 1d6 modular 1 1 Sword Agile, modular B, P, or S PLOG&M2E, PTV
Rope dart 1 gp 1d4 P 1 2 Dart Disarm, finesse, sweep, tethered, thrown 20 ft., trip PTV
Sai 6 sp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, disarm, finesse, monk, versatile B PRGCRB2
Sansetsukon 2 gp 1d8 B 2 2 Flail Backswing, disarm, monk, parry PTV
Scorpion whip 5 sp 1d4 S L 1 Flail Disarm, finesse, reach, trip PAP151
Shauth blade 2 gp 1d4 S L 1 Knife Agile, deadly d8, finesse, versatile P PAPAV
Spiked chain 3 gp 1d8 S 1 2 Flail Disarm, finesse, trip PRGCRB2
Tekko-kagi 2 sp 1d4 S L 1 Brawling Agile, disarm, finesse, parry, trip PLOG&M2E, PTV
Temple sword 2 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Monk, trip PRGCRB2
Urumi 2 gp 1d6 S 2 1 Flail Deadly d10, sweep PLOG&M2E, PTV
Whipstaff 3 gp 1d6 B L 2 Club Agile, finesse, monk, parry, sweep PTV
Advanced Melee Weapons Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Falcata 3 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Sword Fatal d12 PTV
Nodachi 6 gp 1d8 S 2 2 Sword Brace, deadly d12, reach PTV
Uncommon Advanced Melee Weapons Price Damage Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Butterfly sword 2 gp 1d4 S L 1 Sword Agile, concealable, disarm, finesse, monk, parry, twin PTV
Bladed diabolo 20 sp 1d4 S L 2 Flail Backswing, disarm, finesse, thrown 40 feet, trip PAP151
Bladed hoop 25 sp 1d6 S 1 0+ Knife Finesse, sweep, two-hand d8 PAP151
Chain sword 6 gp 1d6 S 1 1 Sword Finesse, reach, sweep PTV
Dwarven dorn-dergar 8 gp 1d10 B 2 2 Flail Dwarf, razing, reach PTV
Dwarven waraxe 3 gp 1d8 S 2 1 Axe Dwarf, sweep, two-hand d12 PRGCRB2
Feng huo lun 2 gp 1d4 S L 1 Knife Agile, disarm, finesse, monk, parry, twin, versatile P PTV
Fire poi 50 sp 1d4 B + 1d4 F L 1 Flail Agile, backswing, finesse, twin PAP151
Gnome flickmace 3 gp 1d8 B 2 1 Flail Gnome, reach PRGCRB2
Hook Sword 3 gp 1d6 S 1 1 Sword Disarm, monk, parry, trip, twin PTV
Karambit 2 gp 1d4 P L 1 Knife Agile, fatal d8, finesse, versatile S PTV
Orc necksplitter 2 gp 1d8 S 1 1 Axe Forceful, orc, sweep PRGCRB2
Rhoka sword 4 gp 1d8 S 2 1 Sword Deadly d8, two-hand d10 PAPAV
Sawtooth saber 5 gp 1d6 S L 1 Sword Agile, finesse, twin PRGCRB2
Shauth lash 8 gp 1d6 S 1 2 Flail Deadly d10, finesse, trip PAPAV
Tamchal chakram 5 gp 1d6 S L 1 Dart Agile, deadly d6, finesse, thrown 20 feet PAPAV
Three-sectiion naginata 12 gp 1d8 S 2 2 Flail Deadly d8, forceful, sweep, versatile B PTV
Table 6–8: Ranged Weapons
Simple Ranged Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Atlatl 2 sp 1d6 P 60 ft. 1 1 1 Dart Propulsive PTV
Blowgun 1 sp 1 P 20 ft. 1 L 1 Dart Agile, nonlethal PRGCRB2
10 blowgun darts 5 cp L PRGCRB2
Crossbow 3 gp 1d8 P 120 ft. 1 1 2 Bow PRGCRB2
10 bolts 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Dart 1 cp 1d4 P 20 ft. L 1 Dart Agile, thrown PRGCRB2
Hand crossbow 3 gp 1d6 P 60 ft. 1 L 1 Bow PRGCRB2
10 bolts 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Heavy crossbow 4 gp 1d10 P 120 ft. 2 2 2 Bow PRGCRB2
10 bolts 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Javelin 1 sp 1d6 P 30 ft. L 1 Dart Thrown PRGCRB2
Sling 0 1d6 B 50 ft. 1 L 1 Sling Propulsive PRGCRB2
10 sling bullets 1 cp L PRGCRB2
Martial Ranged Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Alchemical bomb* Varies Varies 20 ft. L 1 Bomb Varies PRGCRB2
Bola 5 sp 1d6 B 20 ft. L 1 Sling Nonlethal, ranged trip, thrown PTV
Composite longbow 20 gp 1d8 P 100 ft. 0 2 1+ Bow Deadly d10, propulsive, volley 30 ft. PRGCRB2
10 arrows 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Composite shortbow 14 gp 1d6 P 60 ft. 0 1 1+ Bow Deadly d10, propulsive PRGCRB2
10 arrows 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Gakgung 6 gp 1d6 P 100 ft. 0 L 1+ Bow Deadly d8, monk, propolsive PTV
10 arrows 1 sp L PTV
Gauntlet bow 9 gp 1d4 P 60 ft. 1 1 1 Bow Capacity 4, free-hand, parry PTV
10 bolts 1 sp L PTV
Harpoon 1 gp 1d8 P 30 ft. 1 2 Dart Tethered, thrown PTV
Longbow 6 gp 1d8 P 100 ft. 0 2 1+ Bow Deadly d10, volley 30 ft. PRGCRB2
10 arrows 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Rotary Bow 8 gp 1d8 P 80 ft. 1 1 1 Bow Capacity 5 PTV
10 bolts 1 sp L PTV
Shield bow 5 gp 1d6 P 50 ft. 0 1 1+ Bow Deadly d8, parry PTV
10 arrows 1 sp L PTV
Shortbow 3 gp 1d6 P 60 ft. 0 1 1+ Bow Deadly d10 PRGCRB2
10 arrows 1 sp L PRGCRB2
Sukgung (level 1) 7 gp 1d8 P 200 ft. 1 1 1 Bow Fatal aim d12 PTV
10 bolts 1 sp L PTV
Uncommon Martial Ranged Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Bola 5 sp 1d6 B 20 ft. L 1 Sling Nonlethal, ranged trip, thrown 20 feet PLOG&M2E
Boomerang 2 sp 1d6 B 60 ft. L 1 Club Recovery, thrown PTV
Chakri 2 sp 1d6 S 40 ft. L 1 Dart Recovery, thrown PTV
Halfling sling staff 5 gp 1d10 B 80 ft. 1 1 2 Sling Halfling, propulsive PRGCRB2
10 sling bullets 1 cp L PRGCRB2
Shuriken 1 cp 1d4 P 20 ft. 0 1 Dart Agile, monk, thrown PRGCRB2
Spraysling 1 gp 1d6 B 20 ft. 1 L 1 Sling Halfling, propulsive, scatter 5 ft. PTV
10 spray pellets 1 sp L PTV
Thunder sling 5 gp 1d6 P 50 ft. 1 L 1 Sling Agile, propulsive, tengu PTV
Advanced Ranged Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Phalanx piercer 10 gp 1d10 P 80 ft. 1 2 1+ Bow Concussive, hobgoblin, propulsive, (level 1) razing, volley 30 ft. PTV
5 bolts 1 sp L PTV
Uncommon Advanced Ranged Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Barricade buster 9 gp 1d10 B 40 ft. 0 3 2 Firearm Kickback, orc, razing, repeating, (level 1) volley 20 ft. PTV
8 round magazine 2 sp L PTV
Repeating hand crossbow 10 gp 1d6 P 60 ft. 0 L 1 Bow Repeating PAPAV
Magazine with 5 bolts 9 sp PAPAV
Taw launcher 10 gp 1d10 modular 100 ft. 1 1 2 Bow Conrasu, deadly d10, modular (B, P, or S) PTV
10 wooden taws 1 sp L PTV
Table 1-7: Combination Weapons
Martial Combination Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Bow staff 8 gp 1d6 P 80 ft. 0 1 1+ Bow Deadly d8, monk PTV
(Melee usage) 1d6 B 1 2 Club Finesse, monk, parry, sweep PTV
10 arrows 1 sp L PTV
Crescent cross 4 gp 1d6 P 30 ft. 1 L 1 Bow Capacity 3, parry PTV
(Melee usage) 1d4 S L 1 Knife Critical fusion, parry PTV
10 rounds 1 sp L PTV
Lancer 8 gp 1d8 P 60 ft. 2 2 2 Bow Capacity 2 PTV
(Melee usage) 1d6 P 2 2 Spear Critical fusion, reach PTV
10 bolts 1 sp L PTV
Mikazuki 8 gp 1d6 P 70 ft. 1 2 1+ Bow Monk, propulsive PTV
(Melee usage) 1d6 B 2 2 Flail Backswing, disarm, monk, parry PTV
10 arrows 1 sp L PTV
Advanced Combination Weapons Price Damage Range Reload Bulk Hands Group Weapon Traits Source
Wrecker 8 gp 1d6 B 20 ft. 1 2 2 Sling Dwarf, ranged trip, razing PTV
(Melee usage) 1d8 B 2 2 Flail Dwarf, razing, reach PTV

* See alchemical bombs.

Weapon Trait Descriptions

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.

Brace: A brace weapon is effective at damaging moving opponents. When you Ready to Strike an opponent that moves within your reach, until the start of your next turn Strikes with the brace weapon deal an additional 2 precision damage for each weapon damage die it has. Source PVT

Brutal: A ranged attack with this trait uses its Strength modifier instead of Dexterity on the attack roll.

Capacity: Weapons that have the capacity trait typically have multiple barrels or chambers capable of containing a bolt or round of ammunition. Capacity is always accompanied by a number indicating the number of barrels or chambers. After firing a capacity weapon, you can select the next loaded barrel or chamber as an Interact action that doesn’t require a free hand. You can use abilities that let or require you to Interact to reload to switch barrels or chambers of a capacity weapon instead. Each barrel or chamber can be individually reloaded after it’s fired as a separate Interact action. Source PVT

Combination: Combination weapons combine the functionality of melee weapons and ranged weapons in unique or unusual ways. A combination weapon has a ranged form or usage and a melee weapon form or usage. The combination weapons table lists the ranged weapon statistics first and the melee weapon statistics indented beneath, just above the ammunition. Switching between the melee weapon usage and the ranged weapon usage requires an Interact action. However, if your last action was a successful melee Strike against a foe using a combination weapon, you can make a ranged Strike with the combination weapon against that foe without fully switching to the ranged weapon usage, firing the ranged weapon just as you hit with the melee attack. In this case, the combination weapon returns to its melee usage after the ranged weapon Strike.

Since a combination weapon is one weapon with two usages, both usages share any fundamental runes. You can put a property rune on a combination weapon as long as it’s appropriate for either of the two usages, but if only one of the usages meets the property rune’s requirements, the effects of the property rune only apply for that usage. For instance, a vorpal axe musket only applies the vorpal property rune when you’re using it as an axe. Due to their complexity, combination weapons can’t have another weapon, such as a bayonet or reinforced stock, attached to them. Source PVT

Concealable: This weapon is designed to be inconspicuous or easily concealed. You gain a +2 circumstance bonus to Stealth checks and DCs to hide or conceal a weapon with this trait. Source PVT

Concussive: These weapons smash as much as puncture. When determining a creature’s resistance or immunity to damage from this weapon, use the weaker of the target’s resistance or immunity to piercing or to bludgeoning. For instance, if the creature were immune to piercing and had no resistance or immunity to bludgeoning damage, it would take full damage from a concussive weapon. Resistance or immunity to all physical damage, or all damage, applies as normal Source PVT.

Critical Fusion: Critical fusion is a trait for combination weapons. It grants you two additional options for the critical specialization effect when using the combination weapon’s melee version to make a melee attack while the ranged weapon is loaded. If you choose to use one of them, it replaces the melee usage’s normal critical specialization effect.

First, if the ranged weapon is a firearm, you can discharge it to create a loud bang and concussion, using the critical specialization effect for firearms instead of the melee weapon group’s critical specialization effect. Second, you can choose to discharge the ranged weapon to increase the critical hit’s momentum or shoot the foe as you attack in melee, dealing 2 additional damage per weapon damage die. Both of these options discharge the ranged weapon, which typically means you have to reload it before firing it again. Source PVT

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.

Fatal Aim: It’s possible to hold the stock of this weapon under one arm so you can fire it with a single hand as long as the other hand isn’t holding a weapon, shield, or anything else you would need to move and position, to ensure the weapon doesn’t slip out from under your arm. However, if you use both hands, the weapon can make fatal attacks. When you wield the weapon in two hands, it gains the fatal trait with the listed damage die. Holding the weapon underarm stably enough to fire is significantly more complicated than just releasing one hand from the weapon, so to switch between the two grips, you must do so with an Interact action rather than Releasing or as part of reloading. Source PVT

Finesse: You can use your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier on attack rolls using this melee weapon. You still use your Strength modifier when calculating damage.

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.

Kickback: A kickback weapon is extra powerful and difficult to use. A kickback weapon deals 1 additional damage with all attacks. Firing a kickback weapon gives a -2 circumstance penalty to the attack roll, but characters with 14 or more Strength ignore the penalty. Attaching a kickback weapon to a deployed bipod, tripod, or other stabilizer can reduce or negate this penalty. Source PVT

Modular: The weapon has multiple configurations that you can switch between using an Interact action. Typically, switching between configurations of a modular weapon allows it to deal different types of damage (listed in the trait, such as “modular B, P, or S”), though it’s possible for a modular weapon’s description to list more complicated configurations. Source PLOG&M2E, PVT

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.

Propulsive: You add half your Strength modifier (if Positive) to damage rolls with a propulsive ranged weapon. If you have a negative Strength modifier, you add your full Strength modifier instead.

Ranged Trip: The weapon can be used to Trip with the Athletics skill at a distance up to the weapon’s first range increment. The skill check is attempted with 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 weapon doesn’t deal any damage when used to Trip. This trait usually appears only on a thrown weapon. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Razing: Razing weapons are particularly good at damaging objects, structures, and vehicles. Whenever you deal damage to an object (including shields and animated objects), structure, or vehicle with a razing weapon, the object takes an amount of additional damage equal to double the number of weapon damage dice. Source PTV

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.

Recovery: Recovery weapons are thrown weapons designed to return to the thrower when they miss the target. When you make an unsuccessful thrown Strike with this weapon, it flies back to your hand after the Strike is complete, allowing you to try again. If your hands are full when the weapon returns, it falls to the ground in your space. Source PTV

Repeating: A repeating weapon is a type of ranged weapon with a shorter reload time. These weapons can’t be loaded with individual arrows, bolts, or rounds; instead, they require a magazine of specialized ammunition to be loaded into a special slot. Once that magazine is in place, the weapon automatically loads the ammunition each time it is cocked to fire, reducing its reload to the value in its reload entry (typically 0). When the ammunition runs out, a new magazine must be loaded, which requires a free hand and 3 Interact actions (to remove the old magazine, retrieve the new magazine, and slot the new magazine in place). These actions don’t need to be consecutive and are the same as Interacting to reload. Source PTV, PAPAV

Scatter: This weapon fires a cluster of pellets in a wide spray. Scatter always has an area listed with it, indicating the radius of the spray. On a hit, the primary target of attacks with a scatter weapon takes the listed damage, and the target and all other creatures within the listed radius around it take 1 point of splash damage per weapon damage die, of the same type as the initial attack. Source PTV

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.

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).

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.

Training: A training weapon is designed to be used when training an animal to participate in combat by identifying the target for the animal to attack. Striking a creature with a training weapon gives your animal companion or your bonded animal a +1 circumstance bonus to its next attack roll against that target. Source PTV

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.

Vehicular: A vehicular weapon is attached to a vehicle or worn by a mount and can typically only be wielded by the driver of the vehicle or the mount’s primary rider. The driver or rider can control a vehicular weapon with the same hands they use to steer the vehicle or guide the mount. A vehicular weapon can be Disarmed by knocking the controls (typically reins for a mount or a steering device for a vehicle) out of the wielder’s hands. Source PTV

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.

Brawling: The target must succeed at a Fortitude save against your class DC or be slowed 1 until the end of your next turn.

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.

Firearm: The target must succeed at a Fortitude save against your class DC or be stunned 1. Source PTV

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.

Sling: The target must succeed at a Fortitude save against your class DC or be stunned 1.

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.

Weapon Descriptions

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.

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.

Atlatl: Atlatls are long, narrow pieces of shaped wood or antler used as levers to hurl darts faster and farther than would otherwise be possible. An atlatl uses darts as ammunition. Source PTV

Barricade Buster: Developed by a half-orc inventor, the barricade buster features eight barrels fixed around a central pivot attached to a handle and firing mechanism. A barricade buster fires spheres of metal with extreme velocity and very little accuracy.

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.

Battle Lute: This reinforced lute is suitable both for use as a handheld musical instrument and for bashing heads should a crowd turn sour. Its strings are finely braided wires that run along its sturdy metal neck. Source PAPAV

Battle Saddle: The battle saddle is a special saddle for a mount that has two large, winglike blades. These blades normally lie flat alongside the saddle, providing additional protection for the rider, but they can be deployed with a tug on the reins to slash at enemies adjacent to the mount. When using a battle saddle to parry, you can decide whether the circumstance bonus to AC applies to you or to your mount. Source PTV

Bec de Corbin: A bec de corbin is a spiked polearm that uses a hammer head to help balance the spike. The hammer portion can be used as a secondary striking surface, while the spike or fluke is specially designed to punch through armor and shields. Source PTV

Bladed Diabolo: This weapon consists of two bladed discs joined by a central axel, and is spun on a rope whose ends are attached to wand-like sticks. The wielder can hurl the diabolo from the rope like a stone from a sling, or swing it on the rope in melee. Source PAP151

Bladed Hoop: This circular hoop has blades along its outer edge. You can wield it in two hands (using the two-hand damage) or by spinning it around an arm. While you spin the hoop, it gains the free-hand trait. Setting the hoop spinning takes 1 Interact action. In addition to the normal restrictions of the free-hand trait, extended use of the arm for locomotion (such as to Climb) interferes with the hoop’s spinning and forces you to Release the hoop. You can’t spin a hoop underwater. Keeping the hoop spinning requires a free action each round, which has the concentrate and manipulate traits. You can keep a hoop spinning as an exploration activity, but doing so for more than 10 minutes makes you fatigued, similarly to Hustling. Source PAP151

Bladed Scarf: The thin metal plates interwoven throughout this long scarf turn a fashion accessory into a deadly weapon. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

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.

Bola: This throwing weapon consists of weights tied to the end of long cords, which can be used to bludgeon foes or entangle their legs. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Bolt: Shorter than traditional arrows but similar in construction, bolts are the ammunition used by crossbows.

Boomerang: The boomerang is a carved piece of wood designed to curve as it flies through the air, returning to the wielder after a successful throw. Source PTV

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.

Bow Staff: The bow staff is a whipstaff with a retracting spool of wire inside a metal cap on one end and a hooked protrusion on the other. A wielder trained in the weapon’s use can quickly spool and attach or detach the wire to transition the weapon between bow and staff functionality. Source PTV

Breaching Pike: Forged with a heavy metal wedge as a spearhead, breaching pikes are often used by hobgoblin infantry alongside a tower shield. Breaching pikes are particularly effective at damaging enemy shields, leaving large, triangular puncture holes behind. Source PTV

Butterfly Sword: This short, single-edged sword typically features a cross guard that helps catch oncoming attacks. These swords are typically crafted and sold in pairs. Source PTV

Chain Sword: This weapon has a hilt like a longsword attached to several bladed segments connected by chain links. A highly technical weapon, the chain sword is valued by duelists and experienced soldiers.Source PTV

Chakri: Similar to a chakram, chakri are too light to be wielded in melee but allow the user significantly more control over their throws. A chakri is small and light enough that up to two can be worn on each wrist; a chakri worn on the wrist is reload 0 instead of reload -. Source PTV

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.

Combat Lure: A combat lure is a weighted leather sack at the end of a length of toughened cord and can be used both to bludgeon opponents and signal directions to a trained avian or other animal. Source PTV

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.

Corset Knife: A favored self-defense weapon among bar and tavern workers, the corset knife has a weighted hilt and a cylindrical, needlelike blade designed to be easily hidden in clothing, but quickly retrieved in a pinch. Source PTV

Crescent Cross: A crescent cross combines a small scizore with an arm-mounted crossbow apparatus that can hold up to three bolts at a time. Source PTV

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.

Dancer’s Spear: Traditionally a favored weapon for settling disputes between military leaders, the dancer’s spear has seen a recent resurgence in popularity largely due to its effectiveness at striking down attacking skeletons and other undead from a relatively safe distance. A dancer’s spear has a 7-foot-long wooden haft capped with a triangular metal blade at one end, counterbalanced on the other end with a reinforced metal sleeve that, in a pinch, can be used as an effective striking surface. Source PTV

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.

Dwarven Dorn-Dergar: A heavy, weighted cube of metal at the end of a long chain, the dorn-dergar is used by dwarven berserkers and sappers who specialize in breaking through lines of shielded opponents or disabling enemy siege weapons. Source PTV

Earthbreaker: This massive hammer’s metal head is shaped or molded with heavy metal wedges along its primary striking surface, enabling it to tear through shields and armor with ease. Source PTV

Elven Curve Blade: Essentially a longer version of the scimitar, this traditional elven weapon has a thinner blade than its cousin.

Falcata: The falcata is a heavy, one-handed sword with a single cutting edge, usually flaring to be wider towards the point of the weapon and narrower towards the hilt. Source PTV

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.

Feng Huo Lun: Also known as wind and fire wheels, these large, flat steel rings feature several protruding blades typically stylized to resemble flames. Source PTV

Fighting Fan: This fan is useful for elegant dances as well as for slicing unsuspecting foes with the blades along its outer edge. If used in performances, it might be disguised as a frilly accessory, or it might be an obvious, though elegant, weapon. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Filcher’s Fork: This halfling weapon looks like a long, two-pronged fork and is used as both a weapon and a cooking implement.

Fire Poi: These special poi are made from a rare, light metal or from fire-retardant fibers and can be ignited before being wielded. Igniting a pair of fire poi is an Interact action and requires 1 pint of oil for every 10 minutes the poi remain ignited. While lit, fire poi cast dim light in a 10?foot radius; in combat, they deal 1d4 bludgeoning plus 1d4 fire damage. On a critical hit with a lit fire poi, the target takes 1 persistent fire damage. The fire can be extinguished using the Interact action. When unlit, the poi deal only the listed bludgeoning damage. Regardless of whether it is lit, the poi’s 1d4 bludgeoning damage is the weapon damage dice, so striking runes and other effects don’t affect the fire damage. Source PAP151

Flail: This weapon consists of a wooden handle attached to a spiked ball or cylinder by a chain, rope, or strap of leather.

Flyssa: This single-edged blade has a guardless hilt. Often decorated with elaborate etchings, a flyssa is longer than most daggers but shorter than average for most swords, making it useful in close and pitched combat. Source PTV

Frying Pan: The cast-iron frying pan is an essential tool for adventuring halflings, gold panners, and remote tavern owners. Characters with the Halfling Weapon Familiarity ancestry feat are trained in the frying pan. Source PTV

Gakgung: A gakgung is a type of composite reflex bow that combines speed and power in equal amounts for effective precision shooting. Source PTV

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.

Gauntlet Bow: The gauntlet bow is a heavy metal glove with a built-in crossbow and rotating chamber mechanism for easy reloading. A gauntlet bow can be used to make melee attacks like a standard gauntlet. You can’t reload a gauntlet bow with the hand wielding it. Source PTV

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.

Harpoon: Often used for hunting exceptionally large aquatic creatures, the harpoon is similar to a javelin but features a barbed head and rope tether so it (or the corpse it’s attached to) can be easily retrieved. Source PTV

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.

Hook Sword: This long sword has a hook near the tip, making it easy to snag an opponent or their weapons. Source PTV

Javelin: This thin spear is well balanced for throwing but is not designed for melee use.

Juggling Club: A juggling club is lighter than a typical club and balanced to be easily caught and thrown again by a juggler. While a juggling club deals less damage, the extra throwing distance its light weight allows is important for Juggling. Source PAP151

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.

Karambit: This small, curved blade resembles a tiger‘s claw and is capable of delivering deep wounds. Source PTV

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.

Khopesh: This curved sickle sword has a pointed tip, allowing it to be swung like a handaxe or thrust like a short sword. The tip of a khopesh is usually hooked so that it can be used to disarm an opponent’s shield or weapon. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Kukri: The blade of this foot-long knife curves inward and lacks a cross guard at the hilt.

Kusarigama: This impressive but demanding weapon consists of a weight attached to a kama via a length of chain, which aids with disarming an opponent or attacking from a distance. Source PTV

Lance: This spear-like weapon is used by a mounted creature to deal a great deal of damage.

Lancer: This lance has a heavy grip with two parallel crossbow fixtures built into it, making it a useful weapon for combats who prefer to keep their distance at all times. Source PTV

Leiomano: This thick club is inset with sharp teeth, typically from a shark, that easily tear flesh. Source PTV

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.

Long Hammer: The long hammer features a pronged hammer head designed for damaging knees and ankles, counterbalanced by a stout spike and affixed to a reinforced shaft between 5 and 7 feet long. Source PTV

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.

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.

Machete: This medium-length sword has a wide blade and long grip. Though it is typically used to hack through heavy foliage, the machete can also be used as a deadly weapon. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Main-Gauche: This parrying dagger features a robust guard to protect the wielder’s hand.

Mambele: Also known as a hunga munga or danisco, this hybrid knife-axe consists of a hilt and a blade that curves backward toward the wielder. The curve of the blade is such that after a victim has been struck by a mambele, more damage is dealt as the weapon is extracted from the victim’s body. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Maul: Mauls are massive warhammers that must be swung with two hands.

Meteor Hammer: This weapon consists of a long chain connected to a heavy weight at one end. When a wielder swings the weight by the chain, it builds momentum and can serve as a deadly bludgeon with incredible reach. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Mikazuki: The mikazuki combines a sansetsukon with a thin length of metal string and several locking mechanisms built into the joints, allowing it to be quickly locked into configuration as a bow. Source PTV

Morningstar: This weapon has a short shaft ending in a metal ball studded with spikes.

Naginata: This 6-foot staff has a 2-foot-long, slightly curved, swordlike blade attached at one end. The long pole helps keep the wielder out of reach of swords and shorter weapons. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

Nine-Ring Sword: This sword has a broad blade, along which are threaded nine heavy metal rings. The rings add weight to the weapon for downward swings, as well as clashing together to make noise. Source PLOG&M2E

Nodachi: Also known as a zhanmadao, the exceptionally long blade of the nodachi is designed to neutralize enemy mounts and counter the advantages of cavalry units. Its shape and size make it somewhat impractical for close combat but highly effective against charging opponents. Source PTV

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.

Panabas: This weapon has practical uses in both farming and butchering, thanks to the efficiency and brutality of its forward-curving blade. It can be wielded in one or two hands. Source PTV

Phalanx Piercer: This massive bow is made from bone or wood reinforced with flexible metal strips and strung with reinforced cord. Designed by hobgoblin engineers to take down shielded opponents, the phalanx piercer fires heavy, iron-shod bolts. Source PTV

Pick: A pick designed solely for combat has a sturdy wooden shaft and a heavy, pointed head to deliver devastating blows.

Poi: Poi are light weights tethered to ropes or chains. Performers swing the weights, usually one in each hand, in rhythmic patterns. Source PAP151

Polytool: The polytool is a small metal rod with a number of simple tools folded inside. The user can extend a long ceramic blade, as well as an awl, a chisel, a file, flint and steel, a hook, an inkpen, a magnifying glass, pliers, scissors, and a small saw. The flint and steel can be used up to 10 times before needing to be replaced. Though inspired by advanced technology, the polytool is a simple enough feat of metalworking that any blacksmith could produce it. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

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.

Rope Dart: A deceptively simple weapon made from a length of cord attached to a weighted, conical metal spike. A rope dart can be whirled and manipulated at great speeds to attack in unexpected ways and from unexpected angles. Source PTV

Rotary Bow: This one-handed crossbow has four arms instead of two, and four rotating chambers that can be pre-loaded with bolts for more efficient firing. The chamber can be swapped and the arms redrawn with a simple crank device built into the crossbow. Source PTV

Repeating Hand Crossbow: This weapon features an ingeniously designed catch mechanism at the top of the flight grove, just in front of the latch, which automatically loads a bolt from a magazine and resets the string each time the weapon is fired. A typical repeating hand crossbow magazine holds five bolts. Source PAPAV

Rhoka Sword: These dual-bladed swords are commonly used by urdefhan warriors. Source PAPAV

Sai: This piercing dagger is a metal spike flanked by a pair of prongs that can be used to trap an enemy’s weapon.

Sansetsukon: The sansetsukon, also known as a sanjiegun or three-section staff, is made up of three wooden staff segments, each about 14 inches in length. The staff sections are connected by short lengths of cord or chain, similar to nunchaku. Source PTV

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.

Scizore: A scizore is a gauntlet or protective leather tube worn over the forearm and featuring a half-moon blade mounted to the end of the cap on a short pole. Source PTV

Scorpion Whip: A scorpion whip has a series of razor-sharp blades set along its tip. Unlike ordinary whips, a scorpion whip doesn’t have the nonlethal trait, making it deadlier in combat but less effective when the wielder seeks to bring in foes alive. Source PAP151

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.

Shauth Blade: These strange curved blades are jagged and deadly weapons made from the alchemically strengthened teeth of dead urdefhans. Each weapon is typically named for the urdefhan whose teeth were forged into the weapon, which are often carried (and revered) by that urdefhan‘s descendants. Magical shauth blades allow an urdefhan wielder to channel their Wicked Bite ability through shauth blade Strikes. Source PAPAV

Shauth Lash: This metal chain bears hook-like barbs made of alchemically strengthened urdefhan teeth. Magical shauth lashes have the same ability to channel an urdefhan wielder’s Wicked Bite as magical shauth blades, and urdefhans hold these weapons with the same reverence as they do shauth blades. Source PAPAV

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 Bow: As the name implies, a shield bow is a bow with an integrated shielding surface. While versatile and effective, a shield bow’s architecture limits its flexibility somewhat, decreasing its total draw strength and penetrating power. Source PTV

Shield Spikes: These metal spikes are strategically placed on the defensive side of the shield to deal piercing damage with a shield bash.

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.

Spraysling: A spraysling is similar to a standard sling but with a wider cup fitted with a thin blade affixed to the cup’s edges. When used to make an attack with a specially prepared packet of spray pellets, the razor slices open the packet and the weapon launches a cluster of stinging pellets. Source PTV

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.

Sukgung: The sukgung is an extremely efficient crossbow. Capable of lethal shots at remarkable distances, the sukgung is well-balanced enough to be fired with one hand. Source PTV

Tamchal Chakram: These circular weapons are among the many strange weapons used by urdefhans. The sharp metal circle contains numerous protruding blades, while an angled central handle provides a decent grip that spins the weapon as it’s thrown. Source PAPAV

Taw Launcher: This complex device is a crossbow and fires small wooden bullets known as taws. A system of blades within the launcher can rapidly reshape a taw as it’s loaded, allowing the launcher to fire taws of different shapes, such as fléchettes. Source PTV

Tekko-kagi: Four curved blades attached to a sturdy handlebar give the wielder of this close-combat weapon the illusion of having claws that extend from their fist. Adherents of Bastet favor the tekko-kagi for catching their foes off-guard. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

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. Source PLOG&M2E

Three-Section Naginata: A fusion of a naginata and sansetsukon, this three-section weapon has a sweeping, curved blade along each of the outer sections. Though difficult for anyone but an expert weapon master to use effectively, the three-section naginata can be wielded at devastating speed to slice or smash apart a foe. Source PTV

Throwing Knife: This light knife is optimally balanced to be thrown accurately at a greater distance than a common dagger. While this comes at the cost of a significant cutting edge, the difference is worth it for characters focused on thrown weapons. Source PAP151

Thunder Sling: Tengu use these specialized slings to fire darts further and with greater force than when thrown by hand. A thunder sling uses darts as ammunition. It can also hurl blowgun darts as ammunition but deals 1d4 piercing damage instead of 1d6 when used this way. Source PTV

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.

Urumi: A bouquet of whiplike blades extends from the hilt of this sword. Source PLOG&M2E, PTV

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.

War Razor: A war razor is an exaggerated version of the barbers’ tool. It is a brittle but extremely sharp weapon that is very easy to slip into a pocket or sleeve. Source PLOG&M2E, PTC

Wrecker: The wrecker combines a dwarven dorn-dergar with a heavy, gear-reinforced arm cover that allows it to be fired like an oversized sling, then retrieved and reloaded by manually activating a clockwork spool. A wrecker must be loaded to be switched from its ranged configuration to its melee configuration. Source PTV

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.

Whipstaff: The whipstaff is a 5-foot-long staff carved from alchemically treated wood. Exceptionally light and well-balanced, whipstaffs are favored by travelers and martial artists who prioritize speed over power. Source PTV


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.

Gear Statistics

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).

Adventuring Gear

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.

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.

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.

Satchel: A satchel can hold up to 2 Bulk worth of items. If you are carrying or stowing a satchel rather than wearing it over your shoulder, it counts as light Bulk instead of negligible.

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.

Shootist Bandolier: This leather bandolier holds up to three repeating hand crossbow magazines in leather pockets that pop open with the quick flick of a thumb. You reduce the reload time for a repeating hand crossbow magazine from the bandolier by 1, to a total of 2 actions. You can wear only one shootist bandolier at a time. Source PAPAV

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.

Tools: 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Table 6–9: Adventuring Gear
Item Price Bulk Hands
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
Backpack 1 sp
Bandolier 1 sp
Basic crafter’s book 1 sp L 2
Bedroll 1 cp L
Belt pouch 4 cp
Caltrops 3 sp L 1
Candle (10) 1 cp 1
Chain (10 feet) 4 gp 1 2
Chalk (10) 1 cp 1
Chest 6 sp 2 2
Climbing kit 5 sp 1 2
Extreme climbing kit (level 3) 40 gp 1 2
Ordinary/common 1 sp
Explorer’s 1 sp L
Fine 2 gp L
High-fashion fine (level 3) 55 gp L
Winter 4 sp L
Compass 1 gp 1
Lensatic compass (level 3) 20 gp 1
Cookware 1 gp 2 2
Crowbar 5 sp L 2
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
Hammer 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
Hourglass 3 gp L 1
Ladder (10-foot) 3 cp 3 2
Bull’s-eye 1 gp 1 1
Hooded 7 sp L 1
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
Mirror 1 gp 1
Mug 1 cp 1
Musical instrument
Handheld 8 sp 1 2
Virtuoso handheld (level 3) 50 gp 1 2
Heavy 2 gp 16 2
Virtuoso heavy (level 3) 100 gp 16 2
Oil (1 pint) 1 cp 2
Piton 1 cp 1
Rations (1 week) 4 sp L 1
Religious symbol
Wooden 1 sp L 1
Silver 2 gp L 1
Religious text 1 gp L 1
Repair kit 2 gp 1 2
Superb repair kit (level 3) 25 gp 1 2
Rope 5 sp L 2
Sack (5) 1 cp L 1
Saddlebags 2 sp L 2
Satchel 1 sp 2
Scroll case 1 sp 2
Sheath 1 cp
Signal whistle 8 cp 1
Snare kit 5 gp 2 2
Specialist snare kit (level 3) 55 gp 2 2
Soap 2 cp 1
Spellbook (blank) 1 gp 1 1
Spyglass 20 gp L 2
Fine spyglass (level 4) 80 gp L 2
Tack 4 gp 1
Ten-foot pole 1 cp 1 2
Pup 8 sp L 2
Four-person 5 gp 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
Torch 1 cp L 1
Vial 5 cp 1
Waterskin 5 cp L 1
Writing set 1 gp L 2
Extra ink and paper 1 sp
Table 6–10: Uncommon Adventuring Gear
Item Price Bulk Hands Source
Scholarly journal (level 3) 6 gp L 1 PRGCRB2
Scholarly journal compendium (level 3) 30 gp L 2 PRGCRB2
Shootist bandolier 1 gp PAPAV
Survey map (level 3) 10 gp L 1 PRGCRB2
Survey map atlas (level 3) 50 gp L 2 PRGCRB2

Class Kits

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

Weapons staff

Gear adventurer’s pack, material component pouch, writing set

Options crossbow with 20 bolts (3 gp, 2 sp)

Alchemical Gear

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.

Table 6–11: Alchemical Gear
Alchemical Bombs Price Bulk
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
Elixirs Price Bulk
Lesser antidote 3 gp L
Lesser antiplague 3 gp L
Lesser elixir of life 3 gp L
Alchemical Tools Price Bulk
Lesser smokestick 3 gp L
Sunrod 3 gp L
Tindertwig (10) 2 sp

Alchemical Bombs

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

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.

Magical Gear

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.

Table 6–12: Magical Gear
Consumable Magic Items Price Bulk
Holy water 3 gp L
Unholy water 3 gp L
Potions Price Bulk
Minor Healing potion 3 gp L
Scrolls Price Bulk
Scroll of a common 1st-level spell 4 gp L
Talismans Price Bulk
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.

Table 6–13: Formulas
Item Level Formula Price
0* 5 sp
1 1 gp
2 2 gp
3 3 gp
4 5 gp
5 8 gp
6 13 gp
7 18 gp
8 25 gp
9 35 gp
10 50 gp
11 70 gp
12 100 gp
13 150 gp
14 225 gp
15 325 gp
16 500 gp
17 750 gp
18 1,200 gp
19 2,000 gp
20 3,500 gp

* 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.

Table 6–14: Basic Services and Consumables
Item Price Bulk Hands
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)
Unskilled 1 sp
Skilled 5 sp
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)
Caravan 3 cp
Carriage 2 sp
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.

Table 6–15: Spellcasting Services
Spell Level Price*
1st 3 gp
2nd 7 gp
3rd 18 gp
4th 40 gp
5th 80 gp
6th 160 gp
7th 360 gp
8th 720 gp
9th 1,800 gp

* 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.

Table 6–16: Cost of Living
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

* You can attempt to Subsist using Society or Survival for free.


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.

Warhorses and warponies are combat trained. They don’t become frightened or fleeing during encounters in this way.

Table 6–17: Animals
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.

Table 6–18: Barding
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
Table 6–19: Bulk Conversions
Creature Size Bulk Limit Treats as Light Treats as Negligible
Tiny Half none
Small or Medium Standard L
Large ×2 1 Bulk 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.

Table 6–20: Differently Sized Items
Creature Size Price Bulk Light Becomes Negligible Becomes
Tiny Standard Half*
Small or Medium Standard Standard L
Large ×2 ×2 1 Bulk L
Huge ×4 ×4 2 Bulk 1 Bulk
Gargantuan ×8 ×8 4 Bulk 2 Bulk

* An item that would have its Bulk reduced below 1 has light 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

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.

Fundamental Runes

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.

Table 11-6: Armor Upgrade Prices
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)
Table 11-7: Weapon Upgrade Prices
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.


Name Level Price Bulk
Pesh (Refined) 1 2 gp L
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