Guns are not strangers to fantasy. The earliest authors of fantasy and weird fiction often included guns in their stories. Heroes like Burroughs’s John Carter or Howard’s Solomon Kane carried pistols alongside their swords, and it’s hard to imagine a pirate ship without cannons blazing. These authors likely included guns because they are exciting, but also because the guns they chose were primitive ones relatively unpredictable weapons, prone to misfire and malfunction. This made firearms excellent storytelling devices. Such weapons could cause hero or villain to falter or triumph, changing the action within the tale in a flash or a fizzle. Still, a firearm remains an ominous and terrible weapon in the hands of a skilled gunman.
This section presents an anachronistic collection of hand-held black powder weapons. Most of them are single-shot muzzle-loaders with highly inefficient triggering mechanisms’ traditional sword and sorcery firearms. More advanced firearms are also presented for those brave enough to mix their fantasy with a technology much closer to that of the Old West than the slow and unstable weapons that gave musketeers their name. If you are interested in letting such weapons in your game, do so with the following warning: Advanced guns can substantially change the assumptions of your game world, in the same way that they changed the face of warfare in the real world. If you like your fantasy to be of the more traditional variety, stand clear. Or, better yet, run for cover.
Firearms in Your Campaign
Firearms and gunslingers are not for every campaign, and even if you are excited about introducing firearms into your campaign, you should still make a decision about how commonplace they are. The following are broad categories of firearm rarity and the rules that govern them. Pathfinder’s world of Golarion uses the rules for emerging guns, which is also the default category of gun rarity.
No Guns: If you do not want guns in your campaign, simply don’t allow the rules that follow.
Very Rare Guns: Early firearms are rare; advanced firearms, the Gunslinger class, the Amateur Gunslinger feat, and archetypes that use the firearm rules do not exist in this type of campaign. Firearms are treated more like magic items “things of wonder and mystery” rather than like things that are mass-produced. Few know the strange secrets of firearm creation. Only NPCs can take the Gunsmithing feat.
Emerging Guns: Firearms become more common. They are mass produced by small guilds, lone gunsmiths, dwarven clans, or maybe even a nation or two -the secret is slipping out,and the occasional rare adventurer uses guns. The baseline gunslinger rules and the prices for ammunition given in this chapter are for this type of campaign. Early firearms are available, but are relatively rare. Adventurers who want to use guns must take the Gunsmithing feat just to make them feasible weapons. Advanced firearms may exist, but only as rare and wondrous items – the stuff of high-level treasure troves.
Commonplace Guns: While still expensive and tricky to wield, early firearms are readily available. Instead of requiring the Exotic Weapon Proficiency feat, all firearms are martial weapons. Early firearms and their ammunition cost 25% of the amounts listed in this book, but advanced firearms and their ammunition are still rare and cost the full price to purchase or craft.
Guns Everywhere: Guns are commonplace. Early firearms are seen as antiques, and advanced firearms are widespread. Firearms are simple weapons, and early firearms, advanced guns, and their ammunition are bought or crafted for 10% of the cost listed in this chapter. The Gunslinger loses the gunsmith class feature and instead gains the gun training class feature at 1st level.
Firearms work differently from other ranged projectile weapons – they instead use the following rules.
Firearm Proficiency: The Exotic Weapon Proficiency (firearms) feat allows you to use all firearms without penalty. A nonproficient character takes the standard -4 penalty on attack rolls with firearms, and a nonproficient character who loads a firearm increases all misfire values by 4 for the shots he loads.
Even though the Exotic Weapon Proficiency (firearms) feat grants you proficiency with all firearms, anytime you take a feat that modifies a single type of weapon (such as Weapon Focus or Rapid Reload), you must still pick one specific type of firearm (such as musket, axe musket, blunderbuss, pistol, or double pistol) for that feat to affect.
All firearms are part of the same weapon group for the purposes of the fighter’s weapon training class feature.
Capacity: A firearm’s capacity is the number of shots it can hold at one time. When making a full-attack action, you may fire a firearm as many times in a round as you have attacks, up to this limit, unless you can reload the weapon as a swift or free action while making a full-attack action. In the case of early firearms, capacity often indicates the number of barrels a firearm has. In the case of advanced firearms, it typically indicates the number of chambers the weapon has.
Range and Penetration: Armor, whether manufactured or natural, provides little protection against the force of a bullet at short range.
Early Firearms: When firing an early firearm, the attack resolves against the target’s touch AC when the target is within the first range increment of the weapon, but this type of attack is not considered a touch attack for the purposes of feats and abilities such as Deadly Aim. At higher range increments, the attack resolves normally, including taking the normal cumulative -2 penalty for each full range increment. Unlike other projectile weapons, early firearms have a maximum range of five range increments.
Advanced Firearms: Advanced firearms resolve their attacks against touch AC when the target is within the first five range increments, but this type of attack is not considered a touch attack for the purposes of feats such as Deadly Aim. At higher range increments, the attack resolves normally, including taking the normal cumulative -2
penalty for each full-range increment. Advanced firearms have a maximum range of 10 range increments.
Loading a Firearm:You need at least one hand free to load one-handed and two-handed firearms. In the case of two-handed firearms, you hold the weapon in one hand and load it with the other – you only need to hold it in two hands to aim and shoot the firearm. Loading siege firearms requires both hands, and one hand usually manipulates a large ramrod (which can be wielded as a club in combat). The Rapid Reload feat reduces the time required to load one-handed and two-handed firearms, but this feat does not reduce the time it takes to load siege firearms.
Loading any firearm provokes attacks of opportunity. Other rules for loading a firearm depend on whether the firearm is an early firearm or an advanced firearm.
Early Firearms: Early firearms are muzzle-loaded, requiring bullets or pellets and black powder to be rammed down the muzzle. If an early firearm has multiple barrels, each barrel must be loaded separately. It is a standard action to load each barrel of a one-handed early firearm and a full-round action to load each barrel of a two-handed early firearm. It takes three full-round actions by one person to load a siege firearm. This can be reduced to two full-round actions if more than one person is loading the cannon.
Advanced Firearms: Advanced firearms are chamber-loaded. It is a move action to load a one-handed
or two-handed advanced firearm to its full capacity.
*Misfires: (See FAQ below) If the natural result of your attack roll falls within a firearm’s misfire value, that shot misses, even if you would have otherwise hit the target. When a firearm misfires, it gains the broken condition. While it has the broken condition, it suffers the normal disadvantages that broken weapons do, and its misfire value increases by 4 unless the wielder has gun training in the particular type of firearm (see Gunslinger). In that case, the misfire value increases by 2 instead of 4.
If I roll a misfire when attempting to confirm a critical hit with a firearm, what happens?
You cannot misfire on a critical hit confirmation roll. If you roll a misfire when attempting to confirm a critical hit, just treat it as a normal result of the die (which might confirm the crit or fail to do so).
Early Firearms: If an early firearm with the broken condition misfires again, it explodes. When a nonmagical firearm explodes, the weapon is destroyed. Magical firearms are wrecked, which means they can’t fire until they are fully restored (which requires either the make whole spell or the Gunsmithing feat). When a gun explodes, pick one corner of your square, the explosion creates a burst from that point of origin. Each firearm has a burst size noted in parentheses after its misfire value. Any creature within this burst (including the firearm’s wielder) takes damage as if it had been hit by the weapon’ a DC 12 Reflex save halves this damage.
Advanced Firearms: Advanced firearms can misfire, but when they do, they only gain the broken condition. A further misfire does not cause advanced firearms to explode.
Ammunition: Firearm ammunition takes two forms: either black powder and shot (either bullets or pellets) or cartridges. Unlike other types of ammunition, firearm ammunition is destroyed when it is used, and has no chance of being retrieved on a miss. No part of a cartridge can be reused to create new cartridges. Firearm ammunition cannot be treated with poison, unless you are using a pitted bullet.
Concealing Firearms: Like light weapons and hand crossbows, one-handed firearms are easy to conceal on your person. Some smaller firearms (like the coat pistol) can grant bonuses to conceal a weapon on your person.
*Inappropriately Sized Firearms: (See FAQ below) You cannot make optimum use of a firearm that is not properly sized for you. A cumulative -2 penalty applies on attack rolls for each size category of difference between your size and the size of the firearm. If you are not proficient with the firearm, a -4 nonproficiency penalty also applies. The size of a firearm never affects how many hands you need to use to shoot it, the exception being siege firearms and Large or larger creatures. In most cases, a Large or larger creature can use a siege firearm as a two-handed firearm, but the creature takes a 4 penalty for using it this way because of its awkwardness.
Do the inappropriately sized firearms rules allow a Medium or smaller creature to use larger firearms of any size?
The text of the rule is, “The size of a firearm never affects how many hands you need to use to shoot it.” The intent of that rule was to prevent a Medium character from using a Small rifle as a one-handed pistol; it wasn’t intended to let a Medium character use a Large, Huge, Gargantuan, or Colossal two-handed firearm as a two-handed weapon. Just like with non-firearms, a creature cannot wield a weapon that’s far too big or small for it. Specifically in the case of firearms, a Medium character can’t use a two-handed firearm sized for a Large or larger creature, and a Small character can’t use a two-handed firearm sized for a Medium or larger creature.
Bucklers: You can use a one-handed or two-handed firearm without penalty while carrying a buckler.
Fire while Prone: Firearms, like crossbows, can be fired while their wielders are prone.
Firearms, black powder, and Water: black powder becomes useless when exposed to water, but powder horns and cartridges protect black powder from exposure. You cannot normally load an early firearm underwater or fire any firearm underwater without magical aid.
Deflecting and Snatching Bullets: The Deflect Arrows feat and the Snatch Arrows feat can be used to deflect bullets, but not Pellets shot from a scatter weapon. Neither of these feats can be used to deflect siege firearm attacks.
There are two general categories of firearms: early and advanced. Firearms are further divided into one-handed,
two-handed, and siege firearms. As the category’s name implies, one-handed firearms need only one hand to wield and shoot. Two-handed firearms work best when you use two-hands while shooting them. Two-handed firearms can be shot with one hand at a -4 penalty on the attack roll.
Siege weapons are typically mounted on some sort of platform, movable or otherwise, and have greater power
but a much slower rate of fire – they’re detailed in their own section.
Scatter Weapon Quality: A weapon with the scatter weapon quality can shoot two different types of ammunition. It can fire normal bullets that target one creature, or it can make a scattering shot, attacking all creatures within a cone. Cannons with the scatter weapon quality only fire grapeshot, unless their descriptions state otherwise.
When a scatter weapon attacks all creatures within a cone, it makes a separate attack roll against each creature within the cone. Each attack roll takes a -2 penalty, and its attack damage cannot be modified by precision damage or damage-increasing feats such as Vital Strike. Effects that grant concealment, such as fog or smoke, or the blur, invisibility, or mirror image spells, do not foil a scatter attack. If any of the attack rolls threaten a critical, confirm the critical for that attack roll alone. A firearm that makes a scatter shot misfires only if all of the attack rolls made misfire. If a scatter weapon explodes on a misfire, it deals triple its damage to all creatures within the misfire radius.
|(Early) One-Handed Firearms||Cost||Dmg |
|Buckler gun||750 gp||1d4||1d6||×4||10 ft.||1 (5 ft.)||2||6 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Pepperbox||3,000 gp||1d6||1d8||×4||20 ft.||12
|6||5 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Pistol||1,000 gp||1d6||1d8||×4||20 ft.||1 (5 ft.)||1||4 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Pistol, coat||750 gp||1d3||1d4||×3||10 ft.||1 (5 ft.)||1||1 lb.||B and P||–|
|Pistol,dagger||740 gp||1d3||1d4||×3||10 ft.||1 (5 ft.)||1||1 lb.||B and P||–|
|Pistol, double-barreled||1,750 gp||1d6||1d8||×4||20 ft.||1-2 (5 ft.)||2||5 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Pistol, dragon||1,000 gp||1d4||1d6||×4||20 ft.||1-2 (5 ft.)||1||3 lbs.||B and P||scatter|
|Pistol, sword cane||775 gp||1d3||1d4||×3||10 ft.||1 (5 ft.)||1||1 lb.||B and P||–|
|(Early) Two-Handed Firearms||Cost||Dmg (S)||Dmg (M)||Critical||Range||Misfire||Capacity||Weight1||Type2||Special|
|Blunderbuss||2,000 gp||1d6||1d8||×2||special||1-2 (10 ft.)||1||8 lbs.||B and P||scatter|
|Culverin||4,000 gp||2d6||2d8||×4||30 ft.||1 (10 ft.)||1||40 lbs.||B and P||scatter|
|Double hackbut||4,000 gp||2d10||2d12||×4||50 ft.||1-2 (5 ft.)||2||18 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Fire lance||25 gp||1d4||1d6||×4||10 ft.||1-4 (5 ft.)||1||4 lbs.||P||–|
|Musket||1,500 gp||1d10||1d12||×4||40 ft.||1-2 (5 ft.)||1||9 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Musket, axe||1,600 gp||1d6||1d8||×4||30 ft.||1-2 (5 ft.)||1||6 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Musket, double-barreled||2,500 gp||1d10||1d12||×4||40 ft.||1-3 (5 ft.)||2||11 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Musket, warhammer||1,600 gp||1d6||1d8||×4||30 ft.||1-2 (5 ft.)||1||6 lbs.||B and P||–|
|(Advanced) One-Handed Firearms||Cost||Dmg (S)||Dmg (M)||Critical||Range||Misfire||Capacity||Weight1||Type2||Special|
|Revolver||4,000 gp||1d6||1d8||×4||20 ft.||1||6||4 lbs.||B and P||–|
|(Advanced) Two-Handed Firearms||Cost||Dmg (S)||Dmg (M)||Critical||Range||Misfire||Capacity||Weight1||Type2||Special|
|Rifle||5,000 gp||1d8||1d10||×4||80 ft.||1||1||12 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Rifle, pepperbox||7,000 gp||1d8||1d10||×4||80 ft.||1-2||4||15 lbs.||B and P||–|
|Shotgun||5,000 gp||1d6||1d8||×2||20 ft.||1-2||1||12 lbs.||B and P||scatter|
|Shotgun, double-barreled||7,000 gp||1d6||1d8||×2||20 ft.||1-2||2||15 lbs.||B and P||scatter|
|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.|
Early firearms are typically matchlock, wheellock, or flintlock weapons, and require more finesse and care to use than advanced firearms. Early firearms are muzzle-loaded, requiring a bullet and powder (or other special alchemical substances) to be shoved down the barrel before the weapon is fired. Early firearm ammunition can be loaded from a cartridge, but that cartridge is made of soft material (like paper or cloth) that is torn open so that the contents may be shoved down the barrel.
Advanced firearms are more reliable and accurate than early firearms. The ammunition of an advanced firearm takes the form of metal (usually brass) cartridges that are loaded into a chamber rather than shoved down the muzzle.
Firearm Ammunition and Adventuring Gear
Those who wield guns have a number of options when it comes to loading their weapons, and often need gunsmith’s kits to provide proper care and upkeep for their firearms.
An alchemical cartridge is a prepared bundle of black powder with a bullet or pellets, sometimes with more exotic material added, which is then wrapped in paper or cloth and sealed with beeswax, lard, or tallow. There are many types of alchemical cartridges, the simplest being the paper cartridge’ a simple mix of black powder and either pellets or a bullet. Alchemical cartridges make loading a firearm easier, reducing the time to load a firearm by one step (a full-round action becomes a standard action, a standard action becomes a move action, and a move action becomes a free action), but they tend to be unstable. The misfire value of a weapon firing an alchemical cartridge increases as listed in each entry.
Firearm Adventuring Gear Descriptions
|Alchemical cartridge, dragon’s breath||40 gp||–|
|Alchemical cartridge, entangling shot||40 gp||–|
|Alchemical cartridge, flare||10 gp||–|
|Alchemical cartridge, paper (bullet or pellet)||12 gp||–|
|Alchemical cartridge, salt shot||12 gp||–|
|Black powder (dose)||10 gp||–|
|Black powder (keg)||1,000|
|Firearm bullet (1)||1 gp||–|
|Firearm bullet (30)||30 gp||1/2 lb.|
|Bullet, adamantine||61 gp||–|
|Firearm bullet, pitted||5 gp||–|
|Firearm bullet, silver||25 gp||–|
|Gunsmith’s kit||15 gp||2 lb.|
|Metal cartridge||15 gp||–|
|Pellets (handful)||1 gp||–|
|Pellets (30 handfuls)||30 gp||1/2 lb.|
|Powder horn||3 gp||1 lb.|
Firearm Magic Items
The following magic items and magic qualities all pertain to firearms. Most grant extra abilities or protections to the firearm user, but others protect creatures from some of the effects of firearms.
Firearm Ammunition Special Abilities
The following special ability allows a firearm to be fired with the affected ammunition in environments without air, including underwater.
|Aura faint abjuration; CL 3rd; Price 30 gp per cartridge or 1,500 gp for 50 cartridges|
|This special ability can only be applied to alchemical or metal firearm cartridges. Dry load cartridges can be used to load guns underwater or in other airless environments, such as a vacuum. This ability protects the cartridge’s contents as it is being loaded and creates a residual bubble of air that surrounds the firearm, further protecting the ammunition and allowing the firearm with this ammunition to be fired in an airless environment. After the cartridge is loaded, the bubble of air lasts for 3 minutes, or until the firearm is fired, whichever occurs first. A firearm loaded with this ammunition still takes the -2 penalty on attack rolls when fired underwater for every 5 feet of water the bullet passes through, in addition to the normal penalties to range. When firing a dry load cartridge underwater or in an airless environment, a misfire that results in a firearm explosion occurs normally.|
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Air Bubble|
Specific Firearm Ammunition
Several types of magical bullets have been developed to be used with firearms. The following represent just a few of these types.
|Aura moderate necromancy; CL 9th (burrowing bullet) or 13th (greater burrowing bullet) |
Slot none; Price 1,722 gp (burrowing bullet) or 3,447 gp (greater burrowing bullet); Weight –
|This +1 firearm bullet deals normal damage, but when it hits a living creature, it burrows into the creature’s flesh, causing wracking pain until removed or until the bullet burrows its way out of the creature. While these bullets burrow, the creature is staggered. This effect lasts for 1d3 rounds or until the bullet is removed with a DC 15 Heal check made as a standard action. Greater burrowing bullets take longer to pass though the bodies of living creatures (the staggered effect lasts 1d3+2 rounds) and are harder to remove (DC 20 Heal check as a standard action).|
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, symbol of pain (burrowing bullet) or symbol of stunning (greater burrowing bullet); Cost 861 gp (burrowing bullet) or 1,723 gp (greater burrowing bullet).|
|Aura faint evocation; CL 2nd
Slot none; Price 100 gp; Weight –
|These +1 firearm bullets deal no damage, but instead cause a pale glow to outline the target, granting the effect of a faerie fire spell and causing the target to take|
a -2 penalty to AC against ranged attacks. These effects last for 1d4 rounds.
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, faerie fire;Cost 50 gp|
Magic Firearm Special Abilities
The following special abilities are exclusively for firearms.
|Aura moderate transmutation; CL 8th; Price +1 bonus|
|This special ability can only be placed on one-handed or two-handed firearms. A lucky firearm has its own magical reservoir of grit. Usually this grit is stored within the marks of an engraving or in a trinket that hangs from the firearm. Often these marks take the form of holy symbols or fetishes, but such a reservoir can take just about any form. This reservoir holds 1 grit point, which is refreshed at the start of each day. Whether or not the wielder of a lucky firearm has any deeds (see page 10), she can always spend 1 grit point from the lucky firearm to reroll an attack from it|
that would result in a misfire. When the wielder does so, she must take the second result, even if that attack roll also results in a misfire.
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, heroism, creator must be a grit user|
|Aura moderate enchantment; CL 12th; Price +3 bonus|
|This special ability can only be placed on one-handed or two-handed firearms. A greater lucky firearm is nearly identical to a lucky gun, but its reservoir holds 3 grit points instead of 1. A firearm cannot have both this special ability and the lucky special ability.|
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, greater heroism, creator must be a grit user|
|Aura moderate transmutation; CL 8th; Price +1 bonus|
|This special ability can only be placed on firearms. A reliable firearm is enchanted so that it is less likely to jam than other firearms. This enchantment reduces the misfire value of the affected firearm by 1 (minimum 0). This reduction occurs after any increases are calculated for firing with the broken condition, or for any other effect that might increase the misfire value of a firearm.|
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, mending|
|Aura moderate enchantment; CL 12th; Price +3 bonus|
|This special ability can only be placed on one-handed or two-handed firearms. A greater reliable firearm is enchanted so as to be less likely to jam than other firearms. It reduces the misfire value of the affected firearm by 4 (minimum 0). This reduction occurs after any increases are calculated for firing with the broken condition, or for any other effect that might increase the misfire value of a firearm. A firearm with greater reliable cannot have the reliable special ability.|
|Craft Magic Arms and Armor, make whole|
Ultimate Equipment Guide II
Author Greg Lynch, J. C. Alvarez
Publisher Mongoose Publishing
Publish date 2005
OGL Section 15 ueg2
Content Puller Mark Gedak
Netbook can be found on the following website
The material below is designated as Open Game Content
Bombs are designed to be dropped by the rider of a flying mount onto enemies below. They are crude devices that do not always work correctly, and can be dangerous to handle, especially without a bomb box built into the saddle. Most bombs share a fairly standard construction. They consist of an outer shell of extremely thin wood in the shape of a tube with a protrusion at one end (the end which is intended to strike the ground first). This end is capped with a metal plug. At the other end are several long strips of cloth, used to hold the bomb before dropping, and which serve to create drag on that end, making the pointed end more likely to strike ground first. Inside the point of the wooden shell is a thunderstone, and seated directly above it is a huge flask of alchemist’s fire (thrice the normal size). Packed between the flask and the wooden shell is the bomb’s ammunition.
Ideally, when the bomb strikes the ground, sharp spike on the back of the metal plug is driven into the thunderstone, which then detonates, causing the flask of alchemist’s fire to explode. The explosion scatters the bombs payload of ammunition. Bombs are grenade-like weapons, usually targeted at a five-foot square, rather than a single creature. The armour class of the square is AC 5, and the bombs have a range increment of 20 feet. Note that the range of a bomb is limited only by the height to which the creature dropping it can fly, but the higher one Climbs, the more difficult it is to drop the bomb onto the desired square. It is, of course, possible to aim a bomb at a specific creature, but the range penalty of the attacker is doubled when attempting this. Additionally, the targeted creature is entitled to a Reflex saving throw (DC 15) to step aside, avoiding a direct hit. The base damage of a bomb is 2d6 to everyone within a ten-foot radius of the point of detonation, in addition to the potential deafening effects of the thunderstone. A Reflex saving throw (DC 25) will reduce this damage by one half. A creature struck directly by the bomb is subject to 4d6 damage, with an additional one hit point of damage for every range increment the bomb passed through on its way to earth (maximum five points).
Bombs are hideously dangerous, not only to their targets but to the individual using them as well. Rolling a natural one on an attack with a bomb is truly disastrous, causing the bomb to strike its wielder or its wielder’s mount, exploding immediately. In such a case, both wielder and mount are considered to have been subject to a “direct hit” from the bomb, suffering all the damage that entails. Additionally, an exposed bomb makes a tempting target for an enemy. Because of the extremely thin wood used in their construction, bombs have a hardness of 3 and two hit points. A bomb destroyed in an attack that overcomes its hardness and hit points has a 50% chance of detonating. If it does not detonate, it is ruined, its alchemist’ fire and payload falling away toward the ground below. Lastly, exposed bombs are extremely vulnerable to area effect spells like fireball. If the bomb is within the area of effect of a spell which deals fire, electrical, force or impact damage, the wielder of the bomb fails his saving throw against the effect and the bomb is destroyed, it has a 50% chance of detonating immediately. In the case of someone carrying several bombs, the result could be quite unfortunate.
In addition to their danger, bombs are unreliable. Every range increment through which the bomb falls gives it a cumulative 5% chance of not landing point-down, and thus not exploding properly. Games Masters may rule, depending on the circumstances, whether or not the bomb still exploded from the impact.
Bombs may also be used as ammunition for siege engines such as catapults or trebuchets. Doing so is not without risk, however. If the crew chief for the siege engine rolls a one on his attack roll, the bomb will detonate the moment it is fired, likely damaging or destroying the engine and certainly causing injuries amongst the siege engine’s crew.
Among the most horrid of the bombs that are commonly used, the acid bomb creates a hellish wave of boiling acid at its point of impact. It is constructed like most other bombs, with an alchemist’s fire and thunderstone
core inside a thin wooden box. Between the alchemist’s fire and the sides of the box are eight large, and very fragile, ceramic flasks of acid.
Every creature within ten feet of the point of detonation will take 4d6 hit points of damage from the acid, with no saving throw possible. Every creature between ten and 15 feet will take 2d6 hit points of damage, and may attempt a Reflex saving throw (DC 15) to take half damage. Every creature between 15 and 20 feet will take 1d6 hit points of damage, and may attempt a Reflex saving throw (DC 10) to take half damage. This is in addition to normal bomb damage.
Acid Bomb: 400 gp; 60 lb.
The largest of the bombs is the caltrop bomb, too large to fit inside a regular bomb box. Packed tightly around the core of alchemist’s fire are hundreds of small caltrops. When the bomb explodes on impact, the caltrops are fired out in every direction. Everyone within a ten-foot radius of the detonation will be struck by 1d8 caltrops for 1d4 points of damage each, in addition to base bomb damage. The caltrops will scatter out to a radius of 40 feet densely enough to make travel through any square within that 40-foot radius hazardous to a man on foot. The caltrops are too small to cause any damage to a horse, though riders will have to stop to remove the caltrops from their mount’s hooves.
Caltrop Bomb: 200 gp; 45 lb.
Often referred to as the mundane fireball, the fire bomb certainly lives up to its reputation. Rather than having merely a core of alchemist’s fire, as do other bombs, the fire bomb is packed with flasks of the alchemical mixture. Stuffed into every nook and cranny between all these flasks is an assortment of nails, glass and sundry other small, sharp objects. The fire bomb contains the equivalent of a dozen flasks of alchemists fire, and when it explodes it unleashes a glimpse of hell itself. A creature struck directly by a fire bomb will take 9d6 damage from the fire and shrapnel, with no saving throw possible. Every creature not directly struck, but still within ten feet of the point of detonation, will take 5d6 damage from the blast, and is entitled to a Reflex saving throw (DC 20) to cut the damage in half. Every creature between ten and 20 feet of the blast will take 2d6 hit points of damage, and is entitled to a Reflex saving throw (DC 15) to halve the damage.
Fire Bomb: 900 gp; 50 lb.
Holy Water Bomb
Combining two things most undead fear (fire and Holy Water), the Holy Water bomb is exceptionally effective against the walking dead, and is also extremely useful against evil outsiders. It is constructed exactly like the acid bomb, save that the payload is Holy Water, not acid. Every creature susceptible to Holy Water damage within ten feet of the point of detonation will take 8d4 hit points of damage from the Holy Water, with no saving throw possible, in addition to regular bomb damage. Every creature between ten and 15 feet will take 4d4 hit points of damage, and may attempt a Reflex saving throw (DC 15) to take half damage. Every creature between 15 and 20 feet will take 2d4 hit points of damage, and may attempt a Reflex saving throw (DC 10) to take half damage.
Holy Water Bomb: 400 gp; 40 lb.
As destructive and terrifyingly impressive as the detonation of a lightning bomb can be, it has a far smaller area of effect than most other bombs, concentrating its destructive power within a ten-foot radius of the point of impact. The lightning bomb shares the standard thunderstone and alchemist fire core, but carries a payload of a full score of globes of bottled lightning. Its area of effect is limited as it is by the construction of these globes, which cannot survive the detonation of the bomb, even if wrapped in padding like the thunderstone bomb. Therefore, the payload of the bomb cannot be scattered as is the case with most bombs, concentrating its full destruction in a small area. For this reason, the lightning bomb is more commonly used against a single foe than other bombs. When it detonates, the lightning bomb creates a virtual spider’s web of lancing bolts of electricity, arcing crazily throughout its area of effect, the appearance of which is enough to put a chain lightning spell to shame, though the lightning bomb deals far less damage. A creature struck directly by a lightning bomb will take 6d6 damage from the electricity, in addition to the standard 2d6 hit points of damage from the blast of the bomb. Every creature not directly struck, but still within ten feet of the point of detonation, will take 4d6 damage from the blast, in addition to base bomb damage, and is entitled to a Reflex saving throw (DC 20) to cut the damage in half. Creatures further than ten feet from the point of detonation are unaffected.
Lightning Bomb: 750 gp; 35 lb.
Unlike other bombs, the midnight bomb is designed less to deal damage than to instill panic in an enemy. It shares the same basic construction as other bombs, but carries a unique payload. The top of the wooden shell of the midnight bomb has a hinged opening in it, enabling it to be opened and loaded at the last minute before the rider intending to drop it takes to the air, a vital asset, considering that this bomb makes use of the darkness spell. The payload of a midnight bomb is a cluster of hard rubber balls, each one an inch or so in diameter, and each with a darkness spell cast on it. Once enspelled, the balls are sealed inside the bomb’s wooden case, which contains the darkness from the balls until the bomb is used. The number of balls in the bomb, obviously, depends on the number of darkness spells available, but in any case cannot exceed 50.
When the bomb detonates, it deals normal bomb damage (2d6 points of damage, Reflex save for half) on all creatures within ten feet of the detonation. The rubber balls, freed from the wooden case and empowered by the kinetic force of the explosion, are fired out from the point of impact, travelling 10 to 100 feet in a random direction (Games Masters should roll 1d8 to determine the path each ball follows), establishing 20-foot radius hemispheres of magical darkness throughout the ranks of the enemy. If a ball happens to impact an unyielding object, such as a wall or a tree, its trajectory is altered. For the sake of simplicity, if the ball hits such an object at a 90-degree angle, it will reverse its course, traveling back toward the point of the bomb blast for the remainder of its ten to 100 foot movement. If the ball hits the unyielding object at an angle, it will bounce off the object at an identical angle and continue moving.
Midnight Bomb: 200 gp (not including price of darkness spells, if any); 20 lb.
Initially created as a bomb to be dropped at night, the noon bomb is also uniquely suited to be used against the drow, or any other foe that has ventured in force from the Underdeep to wage war upon the surface. It shares the same alchemist’s fire and thunderstone core that other bombs have, but its payload is, like the midnight bomb, not intended to cause direct harm. Rather, the noon bomb has a payload of two dozen starstones packed inside it. When the bomb detonates, causing regular bomb damage, the starstones are flung outward from the blast, traveling from ten to 60 feet in a random direction from the point of detonation (Games Masters should roll 1d8 to determine the path each starstone follows). The heat of the exploding alchemist’s fire ignites the starstones, bathing the area around the blast in bright light. With night’s concealment gone, this light can be used to aim other bombs, or it can be used as a target point for catapults and other siege engines. Noon bombs were initially constructed using sunrods, But once the construction of starstones was discovered. A bomb delivering a payload of sunrods is still possible, but less effective. The sunrods are ignited by the force of the bomb’s explosion, and are flung outward from the blast to a radius of from ten to 30 feet.
Noon Bomb: 450 gp; 35 lb.
The ooze bomb is the rarest of the bombs, not because of any lack of efficacy, but rather because of the danger and difficulty of preparing it for release. It is constructed much like the acid bomb, except that instead of four separate flasks, it contains one enormous ceramic bowl inside, with a hole in the middle for the usual core of alchemist’s fire and thunderstone. This ceramic reservoir is intended to contain a jelly, ooze or slime (see SRD, Ooze). When the bomb explodes, the ooze inside is splattered over everything within a 15-foot radius of the point of detonation. The great danger in preparing this bomb, obviously, is getting the ooze inside the bomb in the first place. The difficulty lies in finding a species that is immune to fire, or finding a way to give the thing resistance against fire damage. Otherwise, the explosion of the bomb will quite possibly destroy the creature inside, making the ooze bomb an expensive and extremely weak version of a fire bomb. The exact damage done to creatures struck by the ooze after the bomb explodes is entirely dependent upon which creature the bomb is carrying as its payload. There is no saving throw to avoid the effects of a fully-armed ooze bomb.
Ooze Bomb: 200 gp; 30 lb. (price and weight given for an unloaded bomb)
Dangerous and dishonourable, the poison bomb is a deadly weapon. The inner core of alchemist’s fire in one of these bombs is surrounded by thin bladders filled with poison. In the case of an injected poison, the bladders are also filled with small shards of metal to help deliver the poison. Poisons delivered by means of a poison bomb are either contact, injected or inhaled poisons. It takes a full 40 doses of poison to fill up the reservoirs of a poison bomb, making this weapon at least as expensive as it is dangerous. The poison bomb does bomb damage in addition to the effects of its deadly payload.
A poison bomb filled with contact poison will affect everyone within five feet of the detonation automatically, with no saving throw possible to avoid the poison (saving throws against the poison’s effects are still possible, of course). Everyone within 15 feet of the detonation will be required to make a Reflex save (DC 20) to avoid the spray of poison. Those within ten feet of the detonation suffer an automatic -4 penalty on their Reflex saves.
A poison bomb filled with inhaled poison creates a poisonous cloud with a 30-foot radius.
A poison bomb filled with injected poison is the deadliest of all poison bombs. Everyone within a ten-foot radius of the detonation will be struck by 1d8 doses of the poison, with no saving throw to avoid the swarms of hot, poisoned metal flying through the air (saving throws against the poison’s effects are still possible). Everyone between ten and 20 feet of the explosion must make a Reflex save (DC 20) to avoid being hit by a shard of poisoned metal.
Poison Bomb: 150 gp + price of 40 doses of poison to be used in the bomb; 25 lb. (weight given is without the bomb’s poison payload)
A tanglefoot bomb is essentially an enormous tanglefoot bag, though it still has the thunderstone and alchemist’s fire core. When it strikes the ground, it explodes in a huge spray of tanglefoot glue. All creatures within ten feet of the detonation are automatically struck by the goo. Creatures between ten and 30 feet from the point of detonation are allowed a Reflex saving throw (DC 15) to avoid the glue. The tanglefoot bomb still deals normal bomb damage of 2d6 from the fire and flying fragments of wood.
Tanglefoot Bomb: 500 gp; 60 lb.
It is usually assumed the thunderstone bomb is simply one enormous thunderstone. Or, failing that, that it is simply a normal bomb filled with thunderstones that detonate together at the point of impact. The second supposition is closer to the truth, but the actual design of the thunderstone bomb is more ingenious than that. The bomb carries a payload of two dozen thunderstones, all wrapped in cotton batting. The thick cotton absorbs enough of the kinetic energy of the bomb blast to prevent the thunderstones from detonating along with the bomb’s alchemist’s fire core. The thunderstones are expelled from the explosion like shrapnel, fired outward at a colossal speed, their cotton cocoons burned off in a blink of an eye by the intense heat of the explosion. By the time the thunderstones have travelled five feet from the point of detonation, the cotton surrounding them has been burned and blasted enough that it is no longer effective in protecting the thunderstones from direct impact. Each thunderstone is expelled in a random direction (Games Masters should roll 1d8 to determine the path each thunderstone follows), travelling anywhere from ten to 50 feet from the point of impact.
A thunderstone passing through an occupied square has a 50% chance to strike the creature or object in that square, detonating as it does. Such is the speed at which the thunderstones are travelling that any creature hit by one will take 1d6 hit points of damage from the impact, in addition to the possibility of being deafened by the thunderstone. A thunderstone that does not hit a creature or object will usually detonate when it strikes the ground at the end of its ten to 50-foot journey. However, as a general rule of thumb, any given thunderstone has a 25% chance of not detonating when it hits the earth. Games Masters may feel free to adjust that percentage up or down depending on the consistency of the ground struck by the thunderstone (in muddy conditions, it may be as high as 50%, while on a barren expanse of rock, it may be as low as 10%). Used effectively on a massed enemy, the thunderstone bomb could conceivably render every enemy within 60 feet of the point of the bomb’s detonation deaf.
thunderstone Bomb: 800 gp; 45 lb.