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Weapons Mastery – Pike

Pike polearm
Pike (polearm)

A pike is a pole weapon, a very long thrusting spear formerly used extensively by infantry. Pikes were used regularly in European warfare from the Late Middle Ages to the early 18th century, and were wielded by foot soldiers deployed in close quarters, until their replacement by the bayonet. The pike found extensive use with Landsknecht armies and Swiss mercenaries, who employed it as their main weapon and used it in pike square formations. A similar weapon, the sarissa, was also used by Alexander the Great’s Macedonian phalanx infantry to great effect. Generally, a spear becomes a pike when it is too long to be wielded with one hand in combat.

  • 5E Stats – Two Handed Martial Weapon, Costs 5 gp and has a weight of 18 lb.
  • Weapon Options: Armour-Piercing Thrust, Grinding Halt, Phalanx, Rebuff, Unmount, Vault

Weapons Mastery – Pike (polearm)

  • Pike Attack: (Non-Proficient) + to hit, Heavy, Two Handed, one target
    • Hit: 1d6+mod Piercing.
  • Pike Attack: (Proficient) + to hit, Charge, Heavy, Reach (5 ft), Set, Two Handed, one target
    • Hit: 2d6+mod Piercing + Charge
    • (F) Charge – If you move 20 ft in a straight line before attacking all hits are treated as a Crit
    • (R) Set – Get a free attack against a charging foe, if it hits, score double damage
  • Pike Attack: (Skilled) + to hit, Charge, Heavy, Reach (5 ft), Set, Two Handed, one target
    • Hit: 3d6+mod Piercing + Charge
    • (F) Charge – If you move 20 ft in a straight line before attacking all hits are treated as a Crit
    • (R) Set – Get a free attack against a charging foe, if it hits, score double damage
    • (B) AC Defence (+1/2) – You gain an armour class bonus, for a set number of attacks each round.
    • (B) Deflect (1) – Before an attack is made you can choose to deflect several attacks instead using your attack roll instead of your AC.
  • Pike Attack: (Expert) + to hit, Charge, Heavy, Reach (5 ft), Set, Two Handed, one target
    • Hit: 2d8+mod Piercing + Charge
    • (F) Charge – If you move 20 ft in a straight line before attacking all hits are treated as a Crit
    • (R) Set – Get a free attack against a charging foe, if it hits, score double damage
    • (B) AC Defence (+1/3) – You gain an armour class bonus, for a set number of attacks each round.
    • (B) Deflect (1) – Before an attack is made you can choose to deflect several attacks instead using your attack roll instead of your AC.
  • Pike Attack: (Master) + to hit, Charge, Heavy, Reach (5 ft), Set, Two Handed, one target
    • Hit: 2d10+mod Piercing + Charge
    • (F) Charge – If you move 20 ft in a straight line before attacking all hits are treated as a Crit
    • (R) Set – Get a free attack against a charging foe, if it hits, score double damage
    • (B) AC Defence (+2/4) – You gain an armour class bonus, for a set number of attacks each round.
    • (B) Deflect (2) – Before an attack is made you can choose to deflect several attacks instead using your attack roll instead of your AC.
  • Pike Attack: (Grand Master) + to hit, Charge, Heavy, Reach (5 ft), Set, Two Handed, one target
    • Hit: 2d12+mod Piercing + Charge
    • (F) Charge – If you move 20 ft in a straight line before attacking all hits are treated as a Crit
    • (R) Set – Get a free attack against a charging foe, if it hits, score double damage
    • (B) AC Defence (+2/5) – You gain an armour class bonus, for a set number of attacks each round.
    • (B) Deflect (2) – Before an attack is made you can choose to deflect several attacks instead using your attack roll instead of your AC.

Weapon Qualities – Pike (polearm)

  • AC Defence (+ AC bonus/number of attacks): If you spend your bonus action this round on this quality you gain a bonus for your armour class for the next indicated number of attacks.
  • 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.
  • Charge: If the attacker can move twenty or more feet in a straight line before attacking, then a hit is treated as a critical hit.
  • Deflect (number of attacks): If you spend your bonus action this round on this quality, you can attempt to deflect several attacks per round. This can be used to deflect melee or ranged attacks with a base of ability mod for weapon using the attack roll as DC. Failure to deflect an attack still uses the ability. On a successful deflect you weapon takes half the damage you deflected.
  • Heavy: Attacks are at disadvantage on attack rolls with heavy weapons. A heavy weapon’s size and bulk make it too large for a non-proficient creature to use effectively.
  • Heavy (additional effects with proficiency): Small creatures have disadvantage on attack rolls with heavy weapons. A heavy weapon’s size and bulk make it too large for a Small creature to use effectively.
  • Reach: This weapon adds the listed distance to your reach when you attack with it.
  • Set: As a reaction, a wilder can set this weapon against a charging foe, receiving a free attack which if it hits, is treated as a Crit. The target must make a Strength saving throw vs Base DC or be knocked prone (also dismounted if mounted).
  • Two-Handed: This weapon requires two hands to use.

Weapon Options – Pike (polearm)

  • Armour-Piercing Thrust: As an action, you may pinpoint a weak point of an opponent’s armour and make a single attack with your weapon against it. This attack pierces armour, treating the target’s AC as 10 + their Dexterity modifier. On a hit, this attack does normal weapon damage.
  • Grinding Halt: Whenever you must make a Strength saving throw to avoid being moved against your will, you can dig the weapon into the ground as a reaction. Roll your weapons damage and add the number rolled to the saving throw. If the effect pushing you does not have a saving throw, you move 5 feet fewer.
  • Phalanx: If you are adjacent to at least two other phalanx trained and equipped allies, your attacks attacks have advantage.
  • Rebuff: As an attack while you are wielding a polearm, you may use the haft of your weapon to rebuff up to two adjacent creatures. Make a single attack roll against one or two adjacent creatures within 5 feet of you. If the attack hits a target, you push it up to 10 feet away from you.
  • Unmount: As an action while wielding this polearm, you may make a single attack against a mounted creature. If the attack hits, the target must make a Strength saving throw. On a failure, the target is dismounted and falls prone.
  • Vault: You can use your weapon as an action to double the length of your long jump, allowing you to leap a number of feet up to twice your Strength score (this jump is part of your movement). If you land adjacent to a creature at the end of this jump, you can make a single attack with your weapon as part of this action.

Design Details on building Weapons Mastery

I have managed to even out most of the damage, but also increased it in this case as it is working better with my magical weapon enhancment changes.

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

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