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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.

Simple Weapons (Eastern)

(Simple – Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Hanbo1 gp1d41d6x22 lbs.Bmonk, tripAA

Martial Weapons (Eastern)

(Martial – Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Butterfly sword20 gp1d31d419–20/×21 lb.SmonkPRG:UC
Iron brush2 gp1d21d3×210 ft.PPRG:UC
Jutte8 gp1d41d6×21 lb.Bdisarm, monkPRG:UC
Kerambit2 gp1d21d3×3SPRG:UC
Kukri8 gp1d31d418–20/x22 lbs.SPRG:CRB
Lungchuan tamo5 gp1d31d4×210 ft.1 lb.P or SmonkPRG:UC
Shang gou6 gp1d31d4×21 lb.Sdisarm or trip (see text), monkPRG:UC
Tonfa1 gp1d41d6×21 lb.Bblocking, monkPRG:UC
Wushu dart (5)1 gp1d21d3×210 ft.PmonkPRG:UC

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(Martial – Eastern)
One-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Broadsword, nine ring15 gp1d61d8×34 lbs.SmonkPRG:UC
Double chicken saber12 gp1d41d619–20/×23 lbs.Sdisarm, monkPRG:UC
Sibat2 gp1d41d6×310 ft.2 lbs.P or Ssee textPRG:UC

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(Martial – Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Hooked lance3 gp1d61d8×410 lbs.Preach, tripPRG:UC
Monk’s spade20 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×212 lbs.B or P or Sdouble, monkPRG:UC
Naginata35 gp1d61d8×49 lbs.SreachPRG:UC
Nodachi60 gp1d81d1018–20/×28 lbs.S or PbracePRG:UC
Sansetsukon8 gp1d81d1019–20/×23 lbs.Bblocking, disarm, monkPRG:UC
Sword, tri-point double-edged12 gp1d81d10×314 lbs.PreachPRG:UC
Tiger fork5 gp1d61d8×28 lbs.Pbrace, monkPRG:UC

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(Martial – Eastern)
Ranged Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Tube arrow shooter3 gp1d31d4×240 ft.1/2 lb.PPRG:UC
Arrow, Bamboo shaft (10)1 gp1/2 lb.PRG:UC
Arrow, iron-tipped distance (20)1 gp4 lbs.PRG:UC
Arrow(s), whistling (20)2 gp3 lbs.PRG:UC
Poisoned sand tube1 gpspecialspecial1 lb.PRG:UC

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(Exotic – Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Bich’hwa5 gp1d31d419-20/x22 lbs.P or Smonk?
Dan bong1 sp1d21d319–20/×210 ft.Bblocking, monkPRG:UC
Emei piercer3 gp1d21d319–20/×2Pmonk, see textPRG:UC
Fighting fan5 gp1d31d4×3S or Pdistracting, monkPRG:UC
Kama2 gp1d41d6x22 lbs.Smonk, tripPRG:CRB
Madu (leather)40 gp1d31d4x25 lbs.PperformancePRG:UC
Madu (steel)40 gp1d31d4x26 lbs.PperformancePRG:UC
Nunchaku2 gp1d41d6x22 lbs.Bdisarm, monkPRG:CRB
Pata14 gp1d41d6x33 lbs.PperformancePRG:UC
Sai1 gp1d31d4x21 lb.Bdisarm, monkPRG:CRB
Siangham3 gp1d41d6x21 lb.PmonkPRG:CRB
Tekko-kagi (iron claw)2 gp1d21d3×2Pdisarm, see textPRG:UC
Wakizashi35 gp1d41d618–20/×22 lbs.P or SdeadlyPRG:UC

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(Exotic – Eastern)
One-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Katana50 gp1d61d818–20/×26 lbs.SdeadlyPRG:UC
Nine-section whip8 gp1d61d819–20/×23 lbs.Bblocking, distracting, monk, tripPRG:UC
Sword, temple30 gp1d61d819-20/x23 lbs.Smonk, tripPRG:APG
Urumi30 gp1d61d818-20/x26 lbs.SPCS:ISWG

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(Exotic – Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Bo staff1 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×23 lbs.Bblocking, double, monkPRG:UC
Chain spear15 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×213 lbs.P and Sdouble, tripPRG:UE
Chain, spiked25 gp1d62d4x210 lbs.Pdisarm, tripPRG:CRB
Kama, double-chained8 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×24 lbs.Sdouble, monk, reach, tripPRG:UC
Katana, double walking stick50 gp1d41d619-20/×26 lbs.SPRG:UC
Kusarigama (sickle and chain)12 gp1d2/1d41d3/1d6×23 lbs.S or Bdouble, monk, reach, trip, grapplePRG:UC
Kyoketsu shoge6 gp1d31d4×220 ft.1 lb.S or Pdisarm, grapple, monk, reachPRG:UC
Meteor hammer10 gp1d61d8×210 lbs.Breach, tripPRG:UC
Sword, seven-branched50 gp1d81d10×37 lbs.Sdisarm, monkPRG:UC
Tetsubo20 gp1d81d10×410 lbs.BPRG:UC

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(Exotic – Eastern)
Ranged Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Chakram, crystal20 gp1d41d618-20/x22 lbs.SPCh:CHR
Rope dart1 gp1d31d4×220 ft.Pblocking, distracting, monkPRG:UC

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(Exotic – Eastern)
Ammunition
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2SpecialSource
Shuriken (5)1 gp11d2x210 ft.1/2 lb.PmonkPRG: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.”