Ancient/Melee Weapons

All weapons on the website that are considered melee or “ancient” are available made of new lightweight materials, but not likely of metal, more likely of carbon fiber or ultra-hardened ceramic (or both). Additionally, like with firearms above, you can purchase a “socketed” weapon at 10x the cost.

Simple Weapons
Light Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Puchick 40c 1d4 1lb P Finesse
Club/Baton 1d6 3lb B Light
Dagger 20c 1d4 1lb P Finesse, light, thrown (range 20/60)
Mace, Light 50c 1d6 4lb B
Mace, Heavy 80c 1d8 8lb B
Quabone 30c 1d6 4lb P
Tonfa 50c 1d4 2lb B Defensive, +1 AC
Two-Handed Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Great Tonfa 100c 1d6 5lb B Defensive +2 AC
Quarterstaff 1d6/1d6 4lb B Versatile (1d8)
Spear 20c 1d8 6lb P Thrown (range 20/60), versitile (1d8)
Ranged Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Blowgun 50c 10’ 4lb P
Needles, blowgun (20) 10c 1pt
Pelota 20c 1d4 10’ 1lb B/P Thrown
Pelota, hinged 60c 15’ 2lb B See Below
Martial Weapons
Light Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Gladius 150c 1d6 3lbs S/P Finesse, Light
Hand axe 60c 1d6 3lbs S Light, Thrown (20/60)
Forearm axe 300c 1d4 1lb S Finesse, Light
Macahuitl, Small 200c 1d6 2 lb. S Finesse, Light
Slodak 180c 1d6 4 lb. S Finesse, Light
Tortoise Blade 20c 1d4 2lb P Finesse, Light
One-Handed Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Alak 70c 1d6 6lb P Versitile (1d10)
Alhulak 400c 1d6 9lb P Reach
Carrikal 100c 1d8 6lb S Versitile (1d10)
Impaler 80c 1d6 5lb P
Sword (long/broad) 300c 1d8 4lbs S Versitile (1d10)
Scimitar 320c 1d6 4lbs S Finesse, Light
Warhammer 120c 1d8 5lbs B Versitile (1d10)
Two-handed Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Crusher, Fixed 600c 1d8 12lb B Heavy, two-handed
Datchi Club 50c 1d8 10lb B Heavy, two-handed, reach
Gouge 200c 1d10 12lb P Heavy, two-handed
Macahuitl, Great 500c 2d6 12lb S Heavy, two-handed
Maul 250c 1d12 10lb B Heavy, two-handed
Tkaesali 90c 1d10 7lb S Heavy, two-handed
Ranged Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Longbow 200c 1d8 100’ 3lb P Heavy, two-handed
Shortbow 150c 1d6 60’ 2lb P Two-handed
Chatkcha 50c 1d6 20’ 3lb P Thrown
Exotic Weapons
Light Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Bard’s Friend 200c 1d4 3lbs S/P Finesse, light, poison
Ko 10c 1d4 2lb P
Garrote, Bard’s 200c 2d4 1lb B Grappling, finesse, light
Handfork 200c 1d4 2lb S Finesse, light
Lajav 80c 1d4 1lb B Grappling, finesse, light
Singing Sticks 100c 1d6 1lb B Finesse, light
Talid 400c 1d6 4lb P Finesse, light, unarmed
Window’s Knife 500c 1d4 2lb P Finesse, light, poison
Wrist Razor 150c 1d6 2lb S Finesse, light
One-Handed Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Elven Longblade 300c 1d8 3lb S Finesse, light
Two-Handed Melee Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Crusher, Free 180c 1d10 12lb B Heavy, two-handed
Gythka 600c 1d8/1d8 25lb S Double Weapon
Lotulis 300c 1d8/1d8 9lb S Double Weapon
Spear, double-tipped 200c 1d8/1d8 20’ 6lb P Double Weapon
Thanak 200c 2d6 10lb S Heavy, two-handed
Weighted Pike 250c 1d6/1d6 15lb B/P Double Weapon
Ranged Weapons Cost DMG Rng Wgt Type Properties
Blowgun, Greater 100c 1d4 10’ 4lb P
Darts (20) 10c
Lasso 2c 10’ 1lb B
Net 35c 10′ 10lb

Weapon Descriptions

If the weapon is not described here, it is the same as the online version.

Alak: An alak consists of a 2‐foot long shaft of bone or wood, with four serrated bones tied to the sharp end, like the four prongs of a grappling hook. When using an alak, add a +2 bonus on the opposed attack roll when attempting to disarm an opponent (including the roll to avoid being disarmed if you fail to disarm your opponent).
Alhulak: The alhulak consists of an alak tied to a 5‐ foot long leather cord, which wraps around your wrist at the other end. An alhulak has reach. You can strike opponents 10 ft. away with it. In addition, you can use it against an adjacent foe. When using an alhulak, add a +2 bonus on the opposed attack roll when attempting to disarm an opponent (including the roll to avoid being disarmed if the character fails to disarm his or her opponent).
Bard’s Friend: This weapon is crafted with several obsidian blades and wooden prongs, which are fastened to a handle. Several small spikes jut out from where the knuckles hold the weapon. Bards are known for smearing These spikes with injury poison. The bard’s friend can be coated with three charges of poison, but only one may be delivered per attack made with the weapon.
Blowgun: The blowgun is a long tube through which you blow air to fire needles. The needles don’t deal much damage, but are often coated in poison.
Blowgun, Greater: The greater blowgun fires blowgun darts, which are slightly smaller than thrown darts, and are capable of delivering poison as well.
Carrikal: The sharpened jawbone of a large creature is lashed to a haft. The jagged edges are sharpened, forming a sort of battleaxe with two forward‐facing heads.
Chatkcha: The chatkcha returns to a proficient thrower on a missed attack roll. To catch it, the character must make an attack roll against AC 10 using the same bonus they threw the chatkcha with. Failure indicates the weapon falls to the ground 10 ft. in a random direction from the thrower. Catching the chatkcha is part of the attack and does not count as a separate attack.
Crusher: The crusher is made from a large stone or metal weight, mounted at the end of a 15‐foot long shaft of springy wood. The weight is whipped back and forth. The crusher is a reach weapon. You can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you cannot use it against an adjacent foe. You need a 15‐foot ceiling to use the weapon, but it can reach over cover. Crushers come in two varieties, fixed and free. A fixed crusher requires a base to use. The fixed crusher’s base is enormously heavy, usually consisting of a thick slab of stone with a hole drilled through it to support the crusher’s pole. The base is transported separately from the pole, and it takes one full minute to set the fixed crusher up for battle. The fixed crusher is a martial weapon, finding most use in infantry units. It is possible to use the crusher pole without the base as a free crusher, but this requires considerable epertise. You need an exotic weapon proficiency in the free crusher to accomplish this feat without the –4 proficiency penalty, even if you are proficient in the fixed crusher.
Datchi Club: A datchi club has reach. You can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you cannot use it against an adjacent foe. This weapon, generally found in the arenas, is made by affixing a 4‐5 foot length of dried insect hive or roots to a three‐foot long shaft. Teeth, claws, or obsidian shards are embedded into the head of the weapon.
Forearm Axe: Strapped to the forearm like a buckler, the forearm axe resembles a double‐headed battleaxe, with the wearer’s arm serving as the haft of the axe. You may continue to use your hand normally, but you cannot attack with the forearm axe and a wielded weapon in the same hand in one round. Your opponent cannot use a disarm action to disarm you of a forearm axe.
Garrote, Bard’s: This exotic weapon is made from a thin filament of carbon fiber. A bard’s garrote can only be used as part of a grapple attack, and you must wield it with both hands regardless of your size. As part of a grapple attack, using a garrote subjects you to attacks of opportunity and all other limitations described in the Player’s Handbook grappling rules, except that as follows: The garrote inflicts 2d4 points of nonlethal damage plus 1.5 times your Strength bonus. You can use a bard’s garrote to deliver a coup de grace.
Gouge: Worn in an over‐the‐shoulder harness, the gouge is commonly found in the Nibenese infantry. A wide blade of bone, obsidian or chitin is mounted to a three‐foot long shaft of wood. Your opponent cannot use a disarm action to disarm you of a gouge while you are wearing the harness. Donning the harness is a full‐round action. Removing it is a move action.
Gythka: A gythka is a double weapon. You may fight as if fighting with two weapons, but if you do, you incur all the normal attack penalties associated with fighting with a light off‐hand weapon. A creature using a double weapon in one hand, such as a half‐giant using a gythka can’t use it as a double weapon.
Handfork: The handfork, most popular among tareks, is a slicing weapon with a handle‐grip and obsidian blades that join above the knuckles in an “M” shape.
Impaler: Like many Athasian weapons, the impaler was developed for the arenas. Two blades are mounted parallel to the end of a four‐foot long shaft, forming a bladed ‘T’. The impaler is swung horizontally or vertically with great force.
Ko: The Ko combines a jagged blade that has been carved from a roughly oval stone. This exotic weapon of kreen manufacture is typically used in matching pairs. The ko is designed to pierce chitin, shells and tough skin. If a ko is used against a creature with natural armor, the attacker gets a +1 bonus to attack rolls.
Lajav: The lajav is a kreen weapon designed to capture opponents. It incorporates two flattened bones, joined in a hinge about two feet from the end. The result looks something like a nutcracker, and is used roughly in the same crushing way. If you hit an opponent at least one size category smaller than yourself with a lajav, you can immediately initiate a grapple (as a free action) without provoking an attack of opportunity (PH 155). Regardless of your size, you need two hands to use a lajav, since a second hand is required to catch the other end of the lajav. As with the gythka, kreen are able to wield two lajav at a time because of their four arms.
Lasso: This weapon consists of a rope that you can throw and then draw closed. The total range of your lasso depends on the length of the rope. Throwing a lasso is a ranged touch attack. If you successfully hit your opponent, make a grapple check. If you succeed at the grapple check, then your opponent is grappled, and you can continue the grapple contest by continuing to pull on the rope. You can make trip attacks with a lasso against a grappling opponent. If you are tripped during your own trip attempt, you can drop the lasso to avoid being tripped.
Longblade, Elven: You can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier, rather than your Strength modifier, to all attack rolls made with the elven longblade.
Lotulis: Two barbed, crescent shaped blades adorn either end of the lotulis, a double weapon once popular in the arena of Tyr. You may fight as if fighting with two weapons, but if you do, you incur all the normal attack penalties associated with fighting with a light off–hand weapon (PH 160). A creature using a double weapon in one hand, such as a half‐giant using a lotulis can’t use it as a double weapon.
Master’s Whip: The master’s whip is usually braided from giant hair or leather, and has shards of chitin, obsidian or bone braided into the end of the whip. Unlike normal whips, the master’s whip deals damage normally, has only a ten‐foot range, and you apply your Strength modifier to damage dealt. In all other respects, it is treated as a normal whip.
Maul: A maul is effectively a very large sledgehammer that crushes opponents to death. This weapon is commonly used by dwarves, muls, half‐giants and other creatures that value great strength.
Pelota: Popular in arena games and increasingly popular in the street games of some city‐states, pelota are hollow leaden spheres with small holes that cause the sphere to whistle as it flies through the air. The surface of most pelota is studded with obsidian shards. You can use the dejada throwing glove to cast pelota at much higher speed and with greater accuracy, dealing more damage than a pelota thrown by hand.
Pelota, Hinged: To the careless eye a hinged pelota looks like an ordinary pelota without obsidian spikes. Hinged pelota can be twisted open like a small jar. Bards and assassins often use this feature to insert a splashglobe—a thin crystal sphere that contains acid, injury poison, contact poison, alchemical fire, or some other liquid. When the pelota strikes, the globe breaks, spilling the liquid through the holes of the pelota. Like pelota, hinged pelota can be thrown with a dejada. Hinged pelotas are also used as ammunition for the splashbow.
Puchik: A bone or obsidian punching dagger.
Quabone: Four jawbones or jawbone shaped ceramic or carbon fiber pieces are fastened around a central haft, at right angles to one another. The quabone is often used in the arenas. The wounds it inflicts are nonlethal, yet have entertainment value, as the quabone tends to open up many small cuts that bleed freely—for a brief time.
Singing Stick: A singing stick is a carefully crafted and polished club, often used in pairs. Singing sticks draw their name from the characteristic whistling sound they make when used. A character proficient with singing sticks may use a pair of singing sticks as if he had the Two‐Weapon Fighting feat. In the hands of a nonproficient character, singing sticks are nothing more than light clubs.
Slodak: The slodak is a wooden short sword, carved from young hardwood trees and treated with a mixture of tree sap and in fiend blood. This treatment renders the blade of the weapon extremely strong, making it a deadly weapon.
Spear, Double‐Tipped: A double‐tipped spear is a double weapon. You can fight with it as if fighting with two weapons, but if you do, you incur all the normal attack penalties associated with fighting with two weapons, just as if you were using a one‐handed weapon and a light weapon. A creature wielding a double‐tipped spear in one hand can’t use it as a double weapon—only one end of the weapon can be used in any given round.
Splashbow: This exotic weapon looks like a misshapen crossbow, only three feet long from bow to handle, but with a horizontal bow nearly five feet wide. Rather than bolts, the splashbow fires hinged pelotas, which can be filled with splash–globes of alchemical fire, contact poison, acids, or other interesting liquids. Splash–globes burst on impact, spraying their contents like a thrown grenade. The splashbow takes a full round to draw and load, assuming that the hinged pelotas have already been prepared.
Talid: The talid, also known as the gladiator’s gauntlet, is made of stiff leather with metal, chitin or bone plating on the hand cover and all along the forearm. Spikes protrude from each of the knuckles and along the back of the hand. A sharp blade runs along the thumb and there is a 6‐inch spike on the elbow. A strike with a talid is considered an armed attack. The cost and weight given are for a single talid. An opponent cannot use a disarm action to disarm a character’s talid.
Thanak: The thanak is a chopping weapon of pterran manufacture resembling a jagged sword or sawblade. It consists of a pair of hardwood strips bound together, with a row of pterrax teeth protruding from between them along one edge of the weapon particularly capable of slicing through muscle and sinew. On a critical hit, the thanak inflicts one point of Strength damage in addition to triple normal damage.
Tkaesali: This polearm, commonly used by the nikaal, consists of long wooden haft topped with a circular, jagged blade. A tkaesali has reach. You can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you can’t use it against an adjacent foe.
Tonfa: The tonfa is a stick with a short handle, and is popular among street‐patrolling Nibenese templars and their guards. You can deal nonlethal damage with a tonfa without taking the usual –4 penalty.
Tortoise Blade: The tortoise blade consists of a footlong dagger mounted to the center of a shell. The tortoise blade is strapped over the wearer’s hand, preventing them from holding anything but the tortoise blade. The tortoise blade also functions as a buckler, granting a +1 armor bonus, inflicting a –1 armor check penalty and incurring a 5% arcane spell failure chance. A masterwork tortoise blade either functions as a masterwork shield or a masterwork weapon (or both, for twice the normal masterwork cost).
Weighted Pike: A solid head, generally stone or baked ceramic, is mounted on the end of a spear or a pike. A weighted pike is a double weapon. You may fight as if fighting with two weapons, but if you do, you incur all the normal attack penalties associated with fighting with a light off‐hand weapon (PH 160). A creature using a double weapon in one hand, such as a half‐giant using a weighted pike can’t use it as a double weapon.
Widow’s Knife: Two prongs are hidden within the hilt of a widow’s knife. On a successful hit, you may trigger the prongs by releasing a catch in the hilt as a free action. The prongs do an additional 1d3 points of damage (1d2 for a Small widow’s knife) when sprung, and take a standard action to reload.
Wrist Razor: Several shards of obsidian or bone are fastened to a strip of leather or other binding material, or are lashed onto the forearm of the wielder. Wrist razors are hard to disarm, granting you a +2 bonus when opposing a disarm attempt.

New Ancient Weapons

Just because it’s an old design, doesn’t mean it’s obsolete. Beyond crafting with new materials, there are a few other options that can be added to Ancient Weapons. Here is the list and the cost.

Just because it’s an old design, doesn’t mean it’s obsolete. Beyond crafting with new materials, there are a few other options that can be added to Ancient Weapons.

Weapon Option Cost
Collapsable/Retractable x 5 base cost of weapon
Compound Bows see below
Compound +2 x 5 base cost of weapon
Compound +3 x 10 base cost of weapon
Compound +4 x20 base cost of weapon

Collapsable/Retractable:  The weapon collapses into a smaller size or retracts into a hilt. It is only available for the following weapons: Baton/Club, Quarterstaff, Dagger (a la switchblades), Short Sword, Long Sword, Bastard Sword/Katana, Shortbow, Longbow. Extending the blade or bow is a swift action and is the same as readying a weapon. If you have the feat Quick Draw, it applies to these weapons.

Compound Bows:  This can apply to either longbows or shortbows. Whether the cams are attached to the ends of the limbs, or they are in-line, they gain a bonus to damage and range listed below. This does not affect the character’s bonus to hit. That is still dependent on the character’s BAB and Dex bonus.

Compound +2:  +2 to damage ; +10 to base range increment
Compound +3:  +3 to damage ; +15 to base range increment
Compound +4:  +4 to damage ; +20 to base range increment

Specialty Arrows

Speciality Arrows Cost
Sonic Arrows 100c per arrow
Flash Arrows 100c per arrow
Explosive Arrows 350c per arrow
Grapple Arrows 150c per arrow
Trapline Arrows 250c per arrow
TrapFoam™ Arrows 250c per arrow

Sonic Arrows:  These arrows have an explosive tip that explodes with a loud bang on impact. They cause no damage, but any creature struck with them must make a Fortitude save TN 25 or be Deafened

Flash Arrows:  These arrows explode with a bright flash upon impact. They cause no damage, but any creature within 5m of the flash must make a Fortitude save TN 25 or be Blinded

Explosive Arrows:  These arrows explode on impact and cause 3d6 damage to a 10m area. The damage of the arrow is included in the 3d6 damage. A Reflex save TN 20 will half the damage.

Grapple Arrows:  These arrows have specially designed arrowheads to grip easily into most solid substances. To secure the line, the player must roll to hit to hit and do at least 5 points of damage. After that the line is secure and they can attach the other end to anything they want or use it to climb. All Climbing rules apply

Trapline Arrows:  These arrows have a specially designed shaft that separates in flight and has microfiber mesh in between the two halves. This is used for a few things. First, it can be fired at a limb, rendering it useless until removed. If fired at a hand, it is handled like a Grapple where the character can use his to hit with their bow instead of their CMB (all bonuses apply). If fired at feet or legs, it is handled like a Trip where again the character uses their to hit with the bow instead of their CMB (all bonuses apply).

TrapFoam™ Arrows:  A fluid capsule is at the end of an arrow instead of the usual arrowhead. Upon impact, the capsule breaks and the fluid inside expands and then hardens. Though the fluid expands and hardens pretty quick, there’s still a chance to move out. Upon impact, an area of 5m is affected and anyone in that area must make a Reflex save TN 25 or be trapped and immobilized in the hardened foam.

Pelota Upgrades

Here are some new options for putting inside a Hinged Pelota. The options are only for the “hinged” Pelota and not for regular pelotas.

Pelota Explosives DMG AOE Cost
Mini-Frag 3d6 20′ 300c
Mini-Smoke Fog Cloud 30′ 140c
Mini-Gas Stinking Cloud 20′ 200c

Mini-Frag: a smaller version of a standard fragmentation grenade can be inserted into the pelota to create a small grenade. Because of its reduction in size, it does not do as much damage to as large an area, but it still packs a punch.

Mini-Smoke: a small, fragile globe is filled with a chemical that vaporizes upon contact with air. When a pelota is filled with this globe and it is thrown, upon impact, it breaks and the vapor pours out. This functions exactly like Fog Cloud.

Mini-Gas: a small, fragile globe is filled with a chemical that vaporizes upon contact with air and creates a noxious fumes. When a pelota is filled with this globe and it is thrown, upon impact, it breaks and the vapor pours out. This functions exactly like Stinking Cloud.