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Eastern Weapons

From wushu’s whirling chains and multi-bladed polearms to the awe-evoking mystique of the samurai’s gleaming blades, the martial arts of the East evoke images of fantastic weaponry. Exotic even within their own cultures, a number of these weapons require specialized training, and the secrets of their mastery are well protected in remote temples and secret dojos. In most Eastern cultures, the weapon is more than just a means of defense; possibly representing a cultural tradition or philosophy. It may display social status or even tell the history of a clan or house.

This section contains all the Eastern weapons needed to run an Eastern-inspired fantasy campaign. They were chosen from a variety of Asian cultures, including those of China, Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, and more.

Table: Eastern Weapons

Simple Weapons (Eastern)
(Simple - Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Hanbo 1 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 2 lbs. B monk, trip AA
Martial Weapons (Eastern)
(Martial - Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Butterfly sword 20 gp 1d3 1d4 19–20/×2 1 lb. S monk UC
Iron brush 2 gp 1d2 1d3 ×2 10 ft. P UC
Jutte 8 gp 1d4 1d6 ×2 1 lb. B disarm, monk UC
Kerambit 2 gp 1d2 1d3 ×3 S UC
Kukri 8 gp 1d3 1d4 18–20/x2 2 lbs. S CRB
Lungchuan tamo 5 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 10 ft. 1 lb. P or S monk UC
Shang gou 6 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 1 lb. S disarm or trip (see text), monk UC
Tonfa 1 gp 1d4 1d6 ×2 1 lb. B blocking, monk UC
Wushu dart (5) 1 gp 1d2 1d3 ×2 10 ft. P monk UC
(Martial - Eastern)
One-Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Broadsword, nine ring 15 gp 1d6 1d8 ×3 4 lbs. S monk UC
Double chicken saber 12 gp 1d4 1d6 19–20/×2 3 lbs. S disarm, monk UC
Sibat 2 gp 1d4 1d6 ×3 10 ft. 2 lbs. P or S see text UC
(Martial - Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Hooked lance 3 gp 1d6 1d8 ×4 10 lbs. P reach, trip UC
Monk’s spade 20 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×2 12 lbs. B or P or S double, monk UC
Naginata 35 gp 1d6 1d8 ×4 9 lbs. S reach UC
Nodachi 60 gp 1d8 1d10 18–20/×2 8 lbs. S or P brace UC
Sansetsukon 8 gp 1d8 1d10 19–20/×2 3 lbs. B blocking, disarm, monk UC
Sword, tri-point double-edged 12 gp 1d8 1d10 ×3 14 lbs. P reach UC
Tiger fork 5 gp 1d6 1d8 ×2 8 lbs. P brace, monk UC
(Martial - Eastern)
Ranged Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Tube arrow shooter 3 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 40 ft. 1/2 lb. P UC
Arrow, Bamboo shaft (10) 1 gp 1/2 lb. UC
Arrow, iron-tipped distance (20) 1 gp 4 lbs. UC
Arrow(s), whistling (20) 2 gp 3 lbs. UC
Poisoned sand tube 1 gp special special 1 lb. UC
Exotic Weapons (Eastern)
(Exotic - Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Bich’hwa 5 gp 1d3 1d4 19-20/x2 2 lbs. P or S monk ?
Dan bong 1 sp 1d2 1d3 19–20/×2 10 ft. B blocking, monk UC
Emei piercer 3 gp 1d2 1d3 19–20/×2 P monk, see text UC
Fighting fan 5 gp 1d3 1d4 ×3 S or P distracting, monk UC
Kama 2 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 2 lbs. S monk, trip CRB
Madu (leather) 40 gp 1d3 1d4 x2 5 lbs. P performance UC
Madu (steel) 40 gp 1d3 1d4 x2 6 lbs. P performance UC
Nunchaku 2 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 2 lbs. B disarm, monk CRB
Pata 14 gp 1d4 1d6 x3 3 lbs. P performance UC
Sai 1 gp 1d3 1d4 x2 1 lb. B disarm, monk CRB
Siangham 3 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 1 lb. P monk CRB
Tekko-kagi (iron claw) 2 gp 1d2 1d3 ×2 P disarm, see text UC
Wakizashi 35 gp 1d4 1d6 18–20/×2 2 lbs. P or S deadly UC
(Exotic - Eastern)
One-Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Katana 50 gp 1d6 1d8 18–20/×2 6 lbs. S deadly UC
Nine-section whip 8 gp 1d6 1d8 19–20/×2 3 lbs. B blocking, distracting, monk, trip UC
Sword, temple 30 gp 1d6 1d8 19-20/x2 3 lbs. S monk, trip APG
Urumi 30 gp 1d6 1d8 18-20/x2 6 lbs. S ISWG
(Exotic - Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Bo staff 1 gp 1d4 1d6 ×2 3 lbs. B blocking, double, monk UC
Chain, spiked 25 gp 1d6 2d4 x2 10 lbs. P disarm, trip CRB
Kama, double-chained 8 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×2 4 lbs. S double, monk, reach, trip UC
Katana, double walking stick 50 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×3 6 lbs. B double UC
Kusarigama (sickle and chain) 12 gp 1d2/1d4 1d3/1d6 ×2 3 lbs. S or B double, monk, reach, trip, grapple UC
Kyoketsu shoge 6 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 20 ft. 1 lb. S or P disarm, grapple, monk, reach UC
Meteor hammer 10 gp 1d6 1d8 ×2 10 lbs. B reach, trip UC
Sword, seven-branched 50 gp 1d8 1d10 ×3 7 lbs. S disarm, monk UC
Tetsubo 20 gp 1d8 1d10 ×4 10 lbs. B UC
(Exotic - Eastern)
Ranged Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Chakram, crystal 20 gp 1d4 1d6 18-20/x2 2 lbs. S CHR
Rope dart 1 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 20 ft. P blocking, distracting, monk UC
(Exotic - Eastern)
Ammunition
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Shuriken (5) 1 gp 1 1d2 x2 10 ft. 1/2 lb. P monk CRB

1 Weight figures are for Medium weapons. A Small weapon weighs half as much, and a Large weapon weighs twice as much.
2 A weapon with two types is both types if the entry specifies “and,” or either type (wielder's choice) if the entry specifies “or.”