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Strike, Unarmed

An unarmed strike is always considered a light weapon. Therefore, you can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier to attack rolls with an unarmed strike. Unarmed strikes do not count as natural weapons (see Combat). The damage from an unarmed strike is considered weapon damage for the purposes of effects that give you a bonus on weapon damage rolls.


  • A Medium character deals 1d3 points of nonlethal damage with an unarmed strike.
  • A Small character deals 1d2 points of nonlethal damage.

A monk or any character with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat can deal lethal or nonlethal damage with unarmed strikes, at his discretion.

Unarmed Attacks
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight1 Type2 Special
Unarmed strike 1d2 1d3 x2 B nonlethal

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Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. Copyright 2009, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Author: Jason Bulmahn, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.