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Aronar’s Exotic Armory
The optional rules contained here are not for every campaign. They represent a selection of fantasy-flavored firearms as well as clockwork, mechanical, and trick weapons. The DM will decide which of these are appropriate for the campaign and setting. Also available at GM Binder.
These weapons are mechanical in nature.
|Simple Melee Weapons|
|Lash Pole||20 gp||1d6 piercing||3 lb.||Ingenuity, special|
|Punch Hammer||50 gp||2d4 bludgeoning||8 lb.||Heavy, ingenuity, two-handed|
|Switch Staff||60 gp||1d6 bludgeoning||6 lb.||Special, versatile (1d8)|
|Simple Ranged Weapons|
|Flamer||1200 gp||3d4 fire||20 lb.||Cartridge (6, range 10), heavy, slow loading, special, two-handed|
|Slug Thrower||250 gp||2d4 bludgeoning||8 lb.||Ammunition (range 50/100), loading, two-handed|
|Speargun||150 gp||2d4 piercing||5 lb.||Ammunition (range 40/160), ingenuity, loading, special, two-handed|
|Martial Melee Weapons|
|Blade Whip||250 gp||1d6 slashing||3 lb.||Ingenuity, reach, special|
|Clockwork Saw||125 gp||1d8 slashing||6 lb.||Ingenuity, versatile (1d8)|
|Fire Lance||50 gp||2d4 piercing||10 lb.||Ammunition, heavy, reach, slow loading, special, two-handed|
|Martial Ranged Weapons|
|Blunderbuss, Double||600 gp||3d6 piercing||9 lb.||Ammunition (range 20/40), cartridge (2), slow loading, special, two-handed|
|Blunderbuss, Howler||500 gp||2d6 piercing||7 lb.||Ammunition (range 40/80) , loading, two-handed|
|Blunderbuss, Spreader||750 gp||2d4 slashing||8 lb.||Ammunition (range 15/30), loading, special, two-handed|
|Crossbow, Repeating||300 gp||1d8 piercing||6 lb.||Ammunition (range 60/240), cartridge (10), two-handed|
|Hand Cannon||3000 gp||2d10 bludgeoning||40 lb.||Ammunition (range 100/800), heavy, slow loading, two-handed|
|Pistol, Cartridge||900 gp||1d8 piercing||3 lb.||Ammunition (range 40/80), cartridge (4)|
|Pistol, Single Shot||700 gp||1d10 piercing||2 lb.||Ammunition (range 50/100), loading|
|Rifle, Cartridge||800 gp||1d10 piercing||10 lb.||Ammunition (range 60/120), cartridge (5), two-handed|
|Rifle, Single Shot||500 gp||1d12 piercing||8 lb.||Ammunition (range 80/160), loading, two-handed|
|Rifle, Zoomer||1500 gp||1d12 piercing||12 lb.||Ammunition (range 200/400), loading, two-handed|
|Wrist Darts||100 gp||1d4 piercing||1 lb.||Range (20/60), reload (4), special|
Blade Whip. This weapon appears as a serrated curved sword, but the blade can be extended into a slashing chain whip. Attacks made with the whip deal 1d4 slashing damage and have a reach of 10 feet.
Blunderbuss, Double. This weapon fires two slugs with each attack (reflected in the damage). It has a cartridge size of 2, but both shots are consumed in a single attack. If a cartridge only has one piece of ammunition, the weapon deals only 2d6 damage.
Blunderbuss, Howler. This blunderbuss model fires a single slug with greater range.
Blunderbuss, Spreader. Whenever you hit a creature with this weapon, each creature within 5 feet of that creature (or a 5-foot section of your choice on it if it is Large or larger) must make a Dexterity saving throw against your combined attack roll. If the save is failed, the creature takes 2d4 slashing damage.
Clockwork Saw. This weapon infuses rotating cogs and serrated blades to rend flesh and bone. Many are similar in shape to an axe, but some feature elongated sword-like saws sometimes referred to as chain swords. Regardless of whether it is held in one or two hands, its damage remains the same.
Crossbow, Repeating. A cartridge-slotted crossbow loaded by a lever..
Fire Lance. This polearm acts much like a pike, but features a chamber along the point that contains a charge of boom powder. When you hit a creature with this weapon, you can activate this blast and deal an additional 2d6 fire damage. After using this feature, the weapon must be reloaded to use it again.
Flamer. This handheld device spews flames in a 10-foot cone. Make a single attack roll and apply the result against each target within the cone. The flamer is loaded with a tank which typically contains a special blend of alchemical fire.
Hand Cannon. This heavy firearm shoots a heavy spherical round. In order to attack with this weapon, you can’t have moved during your turn, and after firing this weapon your movement speed is reduced to 0 until the end of your turn.
Lash Pole. A club with a spring-loaded spear point. The user can opt to use this as a club and instead deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage on a successful attack.
Pistol, Cartridge. This one-handed firearm has a small cartridge
Pistol, Single Shot. A hand-loaded pistol.
Punch Hammer. This weapon uses gears and springs to smash a target when swung for extra impact. Alternate models can attach a puncturing blade to deal piercing damage instead.
Rifle, Cartridge. A rifle with an easy to slot cartridge to fire multiple shots before reloading.
Rifle, Single Shot. A basic rifle that requires reloading after each shot.
Rifle, Zoomer. This rifle is designed to make long range attacks. It includes a small sized spy glass configured to allow the user to precisely see targets when lining up the shot.
Slug Thrower. An easy to use ranged slug dispenser that fires in an arc. It often is used to disperse alchemical poultices on the battlefield. It can be loaded with powders or makeshift flak at the DM’s discretion.
Speargun. This is a type of crossbow that fires short, heavy bolts. It suffers no penalties when used underwater or in similar environments.
Switch Staff. This trick weapon appears as a quarterstaff with grooves along its shaft. With a simple motion, blades can spring from the grooves allowing the wielder to change its damage type to slashing. The weapon can be changed with each attack as part of the attack.
Wrist Darts. This special bracer has a trio of mechanisms in it that can fire a single dart each without requiring the user to change weapons. The wrist dart doesn’t require the use of the wielder’s hand, freeing it to hold another weapon, tool, or provide the somatic and material components for casting a spell.
Cartridge. This weapon requires ammunition loaded into a case that allows the weapon to fire the number of shots indicated before it must be reloaded. Reloading the weapon requires either a bonus action or action. If you have a feature that allows you to ignore the loading property , the cartridge can be replaced without an action unless the weapon has the slow loading property.
Ingenuity. When making attacks with an ingenuity weapon, you use your choice of Strength or Intelligence modifier for the attack and damage rolls. You must use the same modifier for both rolls.
Slow Loading. Due to the mechanism to load the weapon it requires a bonus action or action to reload. Features which affect the loading property don’t affect the slow loading property.
The following are additional items for use with the weapons above.
|Bolt, Speargun (10)||1 gp||1 lb.||Flamer Tank, Alchemical Fire||250 gp||3 lb.|
|Boom Powder (pouch)||5 gp||2 lb.||Flamer Tank, Poison||50 gp||3 lb.|
|Cannon Shot||10 gp||1 lb.||Round, Blunderbuss (10)||5 gp||2 lb.|
|Cannon Shot, Explosive||200 gp||1 lb.||Round, Pistol (10)||4 gp||1 lb.|
|Cartridge, Crossbow||15 gp||1 lb.||Round, Rifle (10)||3 gp||1 lb.|
|Cartridge, Double Blunderbuss||5 gp||½ lb.||Slug, Acidic (5)||25 gp||1 lb.|
|Cartridge, Pistol||20 gp||½ lb.||Slug, Alchemical Fire (5)||50 gp||1 lb.|
|Cartridge, Rifle||15 gp||½ lb.||Slug, Poison (5)||40 gp||1 lb.|
|Fire Lance Charge||3 gp||¼ lb.||Slug, Standard (5)||1 gp||1 lb.|
|Flamer Tank, Acid||100 gp||3 lb.|
Boom Powder. This alchemical powder is used in many firearms to project a shot or slug. If ignited, it will burn, dealing 1d4 fire damage to a creature in contact with it. Boom powder only explodes when sparked, such as in a firearm, but will simply burn when set aflame.
Cannon Shot, Explosive. Each creature within 10 feet of the impact point of this shot must make a Dexterity saving throw against a DC 12. A creature suffers 3d6 fire damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful one.
Cartridge. A cartridge is merely a slottable container for a cartridge-using weapon. Ammunition is required to fill a cartridge. Users typically carry a number of cartridges to speed up the reloading procedure. A cartridge requires as much space as a flask. To refill a cartridge, you must use your action and can’t move during that turn. You must have appropriate ammunition for the weapon.
Flamer Tank, Acid. This tank is filled with a mixture of acid that changes the flamer’s fire damage to acid.
Flamer Tank, Poison. This tank is filled with a caustic poison that changes the flamer’s fire damage to poison.
Slug, Acidic. This slug is filled with acid and spills on impact dealing an additional 1d8 acid damage unless the target succeeds a DC 12 Dexterity saving throw.
Slug, Alchemical Fire. When this slug impacts, it spreads alchemical fire within a 5-foot square.
Slug, Poison. This slug contains toxins which splash on a creature it hits. The creature must make a DC 12 Constitution saving throw or be poisoned for 1 minute or until it spends an action to wipe away the liquid.
At the DM’s discretion some or all of the feats below can be selected to augment your character’s performance using the exotic weapons in this pack.
You learn how to focus your full attention to line up a shot on your targets, granting you the following benefits.
- Increase your Dexterity, Intelligence, or Wisdom score by 1, to a maximum of 20
- When you hold a ranged weapon, you can use your action to aim at a target and focus on it. Before the end of your next turn, the first attack you make will automatically score a critical hit if you hit your target.
You have practiced using one-handed ranged weaponry and gain the following benefits:
- Once each turn while holding a pistol or hand crossbow in each hand, you may fire both weapons with the same attack provided you attack the same target with each weapon.
- You can take a bonus action when holding a weapon in each hand to reload one of the weapons.
Point Blank Shot
You are adept when using ranged weapons at close range. You have the following benefits:
- Being within 5 feet of a hostile creature doesn’t impose disadvantage on your ranged attack rolls.
- When you make a ranged attack against a target within 10 feet of you, you gain a +2 bonus on your attack roll.
You are adept at using a sturdy ranged weapon in close combat situations. You gain the following benefits:
- Increase your Strength score by 1, to a maximum of 20
- While holding a blunderbuss, crossbow, rifle, slug thrower, or speargun you can use it to make a melee weapon attack which deals 1d4 + your Strength modifier bludgeoning damage on a successful hit.
- When you hit a creature with your melee bash from this feat, you can use your reaction to shoot your weapon, provided it is loaded, at the same target. You make this reaction attack with advantage.
Fighting Style Option
When you choose a new fighting style, the following style is added to your list of options (fighter and ranger).
Whenever you score a critical hit with a pistol, rifle, blunderbuss, or cannon, you deal one extra die of damage with it.
Magical and Psychic Items
The following items can be added to your special treasure lists. They can be either magical or psychic at the DM’s discretion.
Weapon (speargun), rare (requires attunement)
This +1 speargun deals an additional 1d10 weapon damage against aquatic creatures when used underwater.
Wondrous Item (powder), uncommon
This enchanted boom powder is explosive and sealed in a padded pouch. On impact or ignition it explodes in a 20-foot radius sphere. Each target takes 6d6 fire damage. A creature must make a DC16 Dexterity saving throw. If the save succeeds, the creature takes half damage. Each creature Large size or smaller within 5 feet of the powder when it detonates must also make a DC 16 Strength saving throw. If the save is failed, the creature is knocked prone.
Weapon (ammunition), rare
When you hit a target with this ammunition, it explodes on impact and deals an extra 1d6 fire damage to your target.
Weapon (rifle), very rare (requires attunement)
This rifle radiates a cold light in a 10-foot radius sphere which can be activated or deactivated by taking a bonus action. Whenever it deals damage to a creature, it deals an addition 1d6 cold damage. Whenever it scores a critical hit against a creature, the creature’s movement speed is reduced by half and it suffers a -2 penalty on attack rolls and Dexterity saving throws until the end of your next turn.
Weapon (ammunition), uncommon
A target hit by this ammunition is affected by faerie fire until the end of your next turn.
Weapon (hand cannon), legendary (requires attunement)
This magical cannon fires a discharge of lightning in a 30-foot line. Each target in the path takes 4d8 lightning damage. A creature must make a DC 14 Dexterity save, which if successful results in half damage.
Whenever you use this function, roll 1d10. On a roll of 8 or higher, the cannon can’t use its lightning discharge attack again for 1 hour. Add 1 to your roll for each use of this function beyond the first shot taken within 10 minutes.
The lightning cannon can be loaded with hand cannon ammunition. Such attacks are considered magical for the purposed of overcoming damage resistance.
Weapon (pistol), rare (requires attunement)
This +1 pistol scores a critical hit on a 19 or 20. When you deal at least 12 damage with a weapon attack while holding this weapon, you gain a +2 bonus on saving throws until the start of your next turn.
Weapon (rifle), legendary (requires attunement)
This +2 rifle pierces its target allowing you to roll an additional attack against the next creature in range along your firing path.
Weapon (pistol), legendary (requires attunement)
This magical pistol has a cartridge size of 9. When you make an attack with this weapon, you can fire 3 rounds in a single shot. You make a single attack roll which deals 3d8 + your Dexterity modifier piercing damage on a hit. You may use this function 3 times, regaining all uses at the next dawn.
Weapon (blunderbuss, pistol, rifle,or slug thrower), very rare (requires attunement)
Once per round when you miss an attack roll with this +2 weapon, you can make a new attack roll using the same modifiers. This new attack must be against a new target within range of the weapon.