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
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Hanbo 1 gp1d41d6x22 lbs.Bmonk, trip

Martial Weapons (Eastern)

(Martial – Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Sword, Butterfly20 gp1d31d419–20/×21 lb.Smonk
Iron Brush2 gp1d21d3×210 ft.P
Jutte8 gp1d41d6×21 lb.Bdisarm, monk
Kerambit 2 gp1d21d3×3S
Kukri8 gp1d31d418–20/x22 lbs.S
Lungchuan tamo5 gp1d31d4×210 ft.1 lb.P or Smonk
Shang gou6 gp1d31d4×21 lb.Sdisarm or trip (see text), monk
Tonfa1 gp1d41d6×21 lb.Bblocking, monk
Wushu dart (5)1 gp1d21d3×210 ft.Pmonk
(Martial – Eastern)
One-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Broadsword, Nine-Ring15 gp1d61d8×34 lbs.Smonk
Double Chicken Saber12 gp1d41d619–20/×23 lbs.Sdisarm, monk
Sibat2 gp1d41d6×310 ft.2 lbs.P or Ssee text
(Martial – Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Hooked lance3 gp1d61d8×410 lbs.Preach, trip
Monk’s spade20 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×212 lbs.B or P or Sdouble, monk
Naginata35 gp1d61d8×49 lbs.Sreach
Nodachi60 gp1d81d1018–20/×28 lbs.S or Pbrace
Sansetsukon8 gp1d81d1019–20/×23 lbs.Bblocking, disarm, monk
Sword, Tri-Point Double-Edged 12 gp1d81d10×314 lbs.Preach
Tiger Fork 5 gp1d61d8×28 lbs.Pbrace, monk
(Martial – Eastern)
Ranged Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Tube arrow shooter3 gp1d31d4×240 ft.1/2 lb.P
Arrow, Bamboo shaft (10)1 gp1/2 lb.
Arrow, iron-tipped distance (20)1 gp4 lbs.
Arrow(s), whistling (20)2 gp3 lbs.
Poisoned sand tube1 gpspecialspecial1 lb.
(Exotic – Eastern)
Light Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Bich’hwa5 gp1d31d419-20/x22 lbs.P or Smonk
Dan bong1 sp1d21d319–20/×210 ft.Bblocking, monk
Emei piercer3 gp1d21d319–20/×2Pmonk, see text
Fighting Fan 5 gp1d31d4×3S or Pdistracting, monk
Kama2 gp1d41d6x22 lbs.Smonk, trip
Madu (leather)40 gp1d31d4x25 lbs.Pperformance
Madu (steel)40 gp1d31d4x26 lbs.Pperformance
Nunchaku2 gp1d41d6x22 lbs.Bdisarm, monk
Pata14 gp1d41d6x33 lbs.Pperformance
Sai1 gp1d31d4x21 lb.Bdisarm, monk
Siangham3 gp1d41d6x21 lb.Pmonk
Tekko-kagi (iron claw)2 gp1d21d3×2Pdisarm, see text
Wakizashi35 gp1d41d618–20/×22 lbs.P or Sdeadly
(Exotic – Eastern)
One-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Katana 50 gp1d61d818–20/×26 lbs.Sdeadly
Nine-section whip8 gp1d61d819–20/×23 lbs.Bblocking, distracting, monk, trip
Sword, temple30 gp1d61d819-20/x23 lbs.Smonk, trip
Urumi30 gp1d61d818-20/x26 lbs.S
(Exotic – Eastern)
Two-Handed Melee Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Bo staff1 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×23 lbs.Bblocking, double, monk
Chain spear15 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×213 lbs.P and Sdouble, trip
Chain, spiked25 gp1d62d4x210 lbs.Pdisarm, trip
Kama, double-chained8 gp1d4/1d41d6/1d6×24 lbs.Sdouble, monk, reach, trip
Katana, double walking stick50 gp1d41d619-20/×26 lbs.S
Kusarigama (sickle and chain)12 gp1d2/1d41d3/1d6×23 lbs.S or Bdouble, monk, reach, trip, grapple
Kyoketsu shoge6 gp1d31d4×220 ft.1 lb.S or Pdisarm, grapple, monk, reach
Meteor hammer10 gp1d61d8×210 lbs.Breach, trip
Sword, Seven-Branched50 gp1d81d10×37 lbs.Sdisarm, monk
Tetsubo20 gp1d81d10×410 lbs.B
(Exotic – Eastern)
Ranged Weapons
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Chakram, crystal20 gp1d41d618-20/x22 lbs.S
Rope dart1 gp1d31d4×220 ft.Pblocking, distracting, monk
(Exotic – Eastern)
CostDmg (S)Dmg (M)CriticalRangeWeight1Type2Special
Shuriken (5)1 gp11d2x210 ft.1/2 lb.Pmonk

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.”


Japanese arrow stand with a pair of Yumi bows.

Yumi is the Japanese term for bows, and includes the longbow, Daikyu and the shortbow, hankyu) used in the practice of kyudo, or Japanese archery. The yumi is exceptionally tall (standing over two meters), surpassing the height of the archer . They are made by laminating bamboo, wood and leather. The construction used may be a Japanese development of the laminated bows widely used for centuries across Northern Eurasia and in Jomon times in Japan.

Yumi, Daikyu (DnD Equipment)

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Created By Eroneko

Date Created: 11/21/2007

Daikyu Yumi

Exotic Two-Handed Projectile Critical: ×3
Range Increment: 100 ft.
Type: piercing
Hardness: 5

Small75 gp1d61–1/2 lb.2
Medium75 gp1d83 lb.5

The Daikyu is the Japanese
version of the European longbow, and is utilized in much the same way to much
the same effect. The bow is constructed of bamboo, and as such is relatively
lightweight compared to some other bows constructed of solid wood. Typically
the bamboo is cut into strips and then ‘woven’ together in layers around a core
of wood to form a very strong, but quite flexible frame. The construction of
a Daikyu, from the gathering of materials to the weaving and then finishing,
is done by a single person, and it is said that it takes 10 years for a master
bowCraftsman to train himself to create the
perfect bow. Any good bow requires proper care be taken of it or it will fall
into disrepair, but the Daikyu’s construction and Craftsmanship
allows it to be repaired with relative ease.

Two hands are always required
to use a bow, regardless of its size. A Daikyu Yumi is too unwieldy to use properly
while riding a horse or other mount, and a character attempting to do so must
take appropriate penalties to their attack roll. A character adds their Strength
modifier, even if negative, to all damage rolls when wielding a Daikyu Yumi.

Yumi, Hankyu

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Created By Eroneko

Date Created: 11/21/2007

Hankyu Yumi

Exotic Two-Handed Projectile Critical: ×3
Range Increment: 60 ft.
Type: piercing
Hardness: 5

Small30 gp1d41 lb.2
Medium30 gp1d62 lb.5

You need at least two hands
to use a hankyu yumi, regardless of its size. You can use a hankyu yumi while
mounted. If you have a penalty for low Strength, apply it to damage rolls when
you use a shortbow.


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Created By dinosaurhunter

Date Created: Febuary 8,2009

Critical: 19-20/x3

Range Increment: —

Type: slashing

Hardness: —


A sword resembling a massisive

The feat Weapon
can be used on this weapon


First illustration of Fire Lance And a Grenade, 10th Century, Dunhuang. Appears to be a detail from an illustration of Sakyamuni's temptation by Mara, with the demons at upper right threatening with the fire lance and other weapons while those at lower right tempt with pleasures."The Genius of China", Robert Temple 10th century

First illustration of Fire Lance And a Grenade, 10th Century,
Dunhuang. Appears to be a detail from an illustration of Sakyamuni’s temptation
by Mara, with the demons at upper right threatening with the fire lance and
other weapons while those at lower right tempt with pleasures.”The Genius
of China”, Robert Temple 10th century

From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia

The fire lance or fire
spear is one of the first gunpowder weapons in the world.


The earliest fire lances
were spear-like weapons combining a tube containing gunpowder and projectiles
tied to a Chinese spear. Upon firing, the charge ejected a small projectile
or poison dart along with the flame. These fire lances had a range of only a
few feet. Being a weapon that combines with a spear, it was initially used as
a hand-to-hand weapon with the gunpowder shot designed to give the wielder an
edge in close-quarter combat.

Inventors soon saw the
merit in the gunpowder/tube design and fire lances then appeared independent
of the spear.

Diagrams, illustrations
and books from the 10th century show the fire lance being used in battle, but
it saw the most prolific usage during early to mid Song Dynasty, when various
northern peoples encroached on Chinese soil. These short-ranged, one-shot, disposable
weapons were often held in racks on city walls and gave Chinese defenders a
tremendous tactical and psychological advantage when fired in volleys. They
were ideal for dealing with enemies trying to scale city walls, or for holding
the enemy at bay behind a breached gate.


The first fire-lances were
seen in China during the 10th century, but by about 1260 they had developed
into a variety of forms and although normally associated with peasant rebels,
regular Song troops also used them, their use by cavalry being described at
the siege of Yangzhou in 1276. They were cheap and popular for several centuries
sometimes being used in racks to defend cities and remained in use until well
after the Ming period. The development of gunpowder in the fire lance to have
enough force to hurl a killing projectile was a key step along the development
of the first true guns.

This weapon paved the way
for further improvements to gunpowder weapons and is the direct ancestor of
the modern-day firearm and artillery.

The weapon seems also to
have evolved into rockets, which were used as a weapon in their own right.


From Wikipedia,
the free encyclopedia

Huochong is a tube-like,
projection firearm. It first appeared in the Song Dynasty and was constructed
of bamboo. The bamboo body was replaced with bronze sometime in the late 13th
or early 14th century. The oldest metal huochong, which is seen by many as the
first known cannon, is a bronze huochong which has an inscription dating back
to 1298. This piece has no certain find context, however, and is therefore disputed
in authenticity. The first certain bronze huochong comes from 1332.


A chinese sword, known as Jiàn, with its scabbard.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The jian is a double-edged straight sword used during the last 2,500 years in China. One-handed versions have blades varying  in length. 

Known as “The Gentleman of Weapons” and is considered one of the four major weapons, along with the Gun (staff), Qiang (spear), and the Dao (sabre).


Jian (DnD Equipment)

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Created By Eiji

Date Created: 11-23-07


Martial One-Handed Melee Critical: 19-20/x2
Range Increment: —
Type: Slashing & Piercing
Hardness: 10

Small301d61 lb5
Medium301d82 lb.10

The Jian is a double-edged
straight sword used during the last 2,500 years in China. It has a hilt to protect
from opposing blades, and is often equipped with a tassel at the end. The Green
Destiny sword from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is an example of one of these

They are very light and
fairly flexible. The Weapon Finesse feat can apply to this weapon as such, even though it is not a light weapon.
Like the rapier, you can’t wield a jian in
two hands in order to apply 1½ times your Strength bonus to damage.

Meteor hammer

A meteor hammer

This weapon consists of one or two spherical weights attached by a 10-foot chain. You whirl the weights and wrap them around an opponent’s body.

Benefit: If you succeed at a trip attempt with a meteor hammer, you can drag your opponent 5 feet closer to you rather than knocking her prone.

You may use this weapon in two different ways:

Meteor: In meteor mode you use it as a double weapon.

Fortress: In fortress mode you cannot use it as a double weapon but gain reach
and a +1 shield bonus to AC.

Switching between these two modes is a free action decided at the start of your

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