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DnD Weapons Mastery Cestus

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Weapons Mastery – Cestus

A glove made out of leather or metal used for fighting with fists. A gauntlet as part of a set of armour can feature this.

  • 5E Stats – One Handed Simple Weapon, Costs 5 gp and has a weight of 1 lb.
  • Weapon Options: Blackjack, Bruising Blow, Ribshatter, Sunder Joints

Weapons Mastery – Cestus

  • Cestus Attack: (Non-Proficient) + to hit, one target
    • Hit: 1d2+mod bludgeoning.
  • Cestus Attack: (Proficient) + to hit, Light, Extra Attack, one target
    • Hit: 1d4+mod bludgeoning.
    • (B) Extra Attack – Can use this attack if other attack in the round was a light weapon. This attack includes your mod bonus to damage.
  • Cestus Attack: (Skilled) + to hit, Light, Extra Attack, one target
    • Hit: 1d6+mod bludgeoning.
    • (B) Extra Attack – Can use this attack if other attack in the round was a light weapon. This attack includes your mod bonus to damage.
  • Cestus Attack: (Expert) + to hit, Light, Extra Attack, one target
    • Hit: 2d4+mod bludgeoning.
    • (B) Extra Attack – Can use this attack if other attack in the round was a light weapon. This attack includes your mod bonus to damage.
  • Cestus Attack: (Master) + to hit, Light, Extra Attack, one target
    • Hit: 2d6+mod bludgeoning.
    • (B) Extra Attack – Can use this attack if other attack in the round was a light weapon. This attack includes your mod bonus to damage.
  • Cestus Attack: (Grand Master) + to hit, Light, Extra Attack, one target
    • Hit: 3d6+mod bludgeoning.
    • (B) Extra Attack – Can use this attack if other attack in the round was a light weapon. This attack includes your mod bonus to damage.

Weapon Qualities – Cestus

  • Base DC (+number): Some of the effects produced by weapons masters has a saving throw to resist. This saving throw is calculated as 8 plus the ability modifier used in the attack roll. This is sometimes increased as you gain skill with the weapon, gain the Weapon Mastery feat or the fighter archetype.
  • Extra Attack: As a bonus action, an attack can be done with this weapon if you have already attacked with another one-handed weapon this round. The attack, unlike usual two weapon fighting, adds the ability bonus to damage if striking the same target. Otherwise this is treated as a Light weapon.
  • Light: Can be used with Two Weapon Fighting.
  • Two-Weapon Fighting: As a bonus action you can use this attack if other attack in the round was a light weapon. This attack does not use your mod bonus to damage.

Weapon Options – Cestus

  • Blackjack. Make a single attack roll with your weapon against a humanoid target. If the attack hits, it does no damage, but the target must make a Constitution saving throw (vs Base DC) or be stunned until the beginning of its next turn.
  • Bruising Blow: As an action, make a single attack roll with your weapon against a living creature. If the attack hits, it deals normal weapon damage and the target must make a Constitution saving throw (against your Base DC). On a failure, the target does not add its Dexterity modifier to its AC until the end of your next turn or until it is treated with a successful DC 10 Wisdom (Medicine) check.
  • Ribshatter: Make a single attack roll with your weapon against a humanoid target. This attack does normal weapon damage and the target must make a Constitution saving throw (against Base DC). On a failure, it is stunned until the beginning of its next turn. If the damage you dealt was greater than the creature’s maximum hit dice, it is stunned until the end of its next turn.
  • Sunder Joints. When you make a melee weapon attack with this weapon against a creature in medium or heavy armour, you may choose to damage the joints of their armour instead of dealing damage to the creature. If the attack hits, the creature’s movement is reduced by 10 feet until the end of their next turn. This reduction is not cumulative.

Design Details

Here I have increased the weapon options and extended the weapon out to its full mastery range after cleaning up the mastery details. This is something that should be part of armours and give players options when they have training.

Content Updates

  • 2021-08-05 – Updates to the layout and menu.
  • 2020-06-09 – Qualities and layout.
  • 2020-03-28 – Structure.
  • 2020-03-07 – New Structure
Weapons Mastery

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Simple 1H or Versatile: Blackjack (or Sap), Cestus, Club (or torch), Dagger, Handaxe (or Tomahawk), Javelin, Lasso, Light Hammer, Mace, Quarterstaff, Sickle, Spear, Unarmed

Simple 2H: Greatclub, Scythe

Simple Ranged: Bola, Dart, Light Crossbow, Shortbow, Sling

Martial 1H or Versatile: Bastard Sword, Battleaxe, Flail, Lance, Longsword, Morningstar, Rapier, Scimitar, Shortsword, Spontoon, Trident, Warhammer, Warpick, Whip

Martial 2H: Bardiche, Bill, Glaive, Greataxe, Greatsword, Guisarme, Halberd, Lochaber Axe, Maul, Partisan, Pike, Poleaxe, Ranseur, Spectum, Voulge

Martial Ranged: Blowgun 1H, Blowgun 2H, Hand Crossbow, Heavy Crossbow, Longbow, Net

Martial Shield: Horned Shield, Knife Shield, Sword Shield, Throwing Shield, Tusked Shield

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