Banshee’s Howl

Price 38,480 gp; Slot none; CL 17th; Weight 2 lbs.; Aura strong necromancy


This jet-black +3 rapier weeps quietly when wielded in combat.

A creature critically hit by banshee’s howl must succeed at a DC 16 Will save or be affected by crushing despair for 1 minute. Each time an affected creature fails this save, the effect’s duration increases by 1 minute.

As a free action upon confirming a critical hit with a banshee’s howl, the wielder can twist the blade in the wound. Doing so causes the weapon’s blade to release a ghostly female elven form that rises up to unleash a devastating cry, functioning as a wail of the banshee (Fort DC 23 negates). The wielder and her allies gain no special protection against this effect, and the creature struck by the critical hit takes a -4 penalty on its saving throw against it. Once a banshee’s howl has used this ability, it can never do so again, but it does retain its other abilities. A banshee’s howl whose wail of the banshee ability has been expended is still worth 32,320 gp.


Cost 19,400 gp; Feats Craft Magic Arms and Armor; Spells crushing despair, wail of the banshee

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Adventurer’s Guide © 2017, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Benjamin Bruck, John Compton, Crystal Frasier, Tim Hitchcock, Jenny Jarzabski, Isabelle Lee, Joe Pasini, Jessica Price, David Schwartz, and Josh Vogt.

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