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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 – 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 PZO1118
Iron brush 2 gp 1d2 1d3 ×2 10 ft. P PZO1118
Jutte 8 gp 1d4 1d6 ×2 1 lb. B disarm, monk PZO1118
Kerambit 2 gp 1d2 1d3 ×3 S PZO1118
Kukri 8 gp 1d3 1d4 18–20/x2 2 lbs. S PZO1110
Lungchuan tamo 5 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 10 ft. 1 lb. P or S monk PZO1118
Shang gou 6 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 1 lb. S disarm or trip (see text), monk PZO1118
Tonfa 1 gp 1d4 1d6 ×2 1 lb. B blocking, monk PZO1118
Wushu dart (5) 1 gp 1d2 1d3 ×2 10 ft. P monk PZO1118
(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 PZO1118
Double chicken saber 12 gp 1d4 1d6 19–20/×2 3 lbs. S disarm, monk PZO1118
Sibat 2 gp 1d4 1d6 ×3 10 ft. 2 lbs. P or S see text PZO1118
(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 PZO1118
Monk’s spade 20 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×2 12 lbs. B or P or S double, monk PZO1118
Naginata 35 gp 1d6 1d8 ×4 9 lbs. S reach PZO1118
Nodachi 60 gp 1d8 1d10 18–20/×2 8 lbs. S or P brace PZO1118
Sansetsukon 8 gp 1d8 1d10 19–20/×2 3 lbs. B blocking, disarm, monk PZO1118
Sword, tri-point double-edged 12 gp 1d8 1d10 ×3 14 lbs. P reach PZO1118
Tiger fork 5 gp 1d6 1d8 ×2 8 lbs. P brace, monk PZO1118
(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 PZO1118
Arrow, Bamboo shaft (10) 1 gp 1/2 lb. PZO1118
Arrow, iron-tipped distance (20) 1 gp 4 lbs. PZO1118
Arrow(s), whistling (20) 2 gp 3 lbs. PZO1118
Poisoned sand tube 1 gp special special 1 lb. PZO1118
(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 PZO1118
Emei piercer 3 gp 1d2 1d3 19–20/×2 P monk, see text PZO1118
Fighting fan 5 gp 1d3 1d4 ×3 S or P distracting, monk PZO1118
Kama 2 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 2 lbs. S monk, trip PZO1110
Madu (leather) 40 gp 1d3 1d4 x2 5 lbs. P performance PZO1118
Madu (steel) 40 gp 1d3 1d4 x2 6 lbs. P performance PZO1118
Nunchaku 2 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 2 lbs. B disarm, monk PZO1110
Pata 14 gp 1d4 1d6 x3 3 lbs. P performance PZO1118
Sai 1 gp 1d3 1d4 x2 1 lb. B disarm, monk PZO1110
Siangham 3 gp 1d4 1d6 x2 1 lb. P monk PZO1110
Tekko-kagi (iron claw) 2 gp 1d2 1d3 ×2 P disarm, see text PZO1118
Wakizashi 35 gp 1d4 1d6 18–20/×2 2 lbs. P or S deadly PZO1118
(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 PZO1118
Nine-section whip 8 gp 1d6 1d8 19–20/×2 3 lbs. B blocking, distracting, monk, trip PZO1118
Sword, temple 30 gp 1d6 1d8 19-20/x2 3 lbs. S monk, trip PZO1115
Urumi 30 gp 1d6 1d8 18-20/x2 6 lbs. S PZO9226
(Exotic – Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special Source
Bo staff 1 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×2 3 lbs. B blocking, double, monk PZO1118
Chain spear 15 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×2 13 lbs. P and S double, trip PZO1123
Chain, spiked 25 gp 1d6 2d4 x2 10 lbs. P disarm, trip PZO1110
Kama, double-chained 8 gp 1d4/1d4 1d6/1d6 ×2 4 lbs. S double, monk, reach, trip PZO1118
Katana, double walking stick 50 gp 1d4 1d6 19-20/×2 6 lbs. S PZO1118
Kusarigama (sickle and chain) 12 gp 1d2/1d4 1d3/1d6 ×2 3 lbs. S or B double, monk, reach, trip, grapple PZO1118
Kyoketsu shoge 6 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 20 ft. 1 lb. S or P disarm, grapple, monk, reach PZO1118
Meteor hammer 10 gp 1d6 1d8 ×2 10 lbs. B reach, trip PZO1118
Sword, seven-branched 50 gp 1d8 1d10 ×3 7 lbs. S disarm, monk PZO1118
Tetsubo 20 gp 1d8 1d10 ×4 10 lbs. B PZO1118
(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 PCh:CHR
Rope dart 1 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 20 ft. P blocking, distracting, monk PZO1118
(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 PZO1110

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.”