Tuesday Magic Item – Leading Spear (weapon special ability) for Pathfinder and D&D5

10 March, 2015

Pointy end towards enemyThe soldier on the wall barely had time to cry out before before four more spears pierced him and he toppled back into the courtyard.

The alarm bell rang out and shouts of “Close the gates!” echoed.

“So much for a nice quiet post,” said Golloan, putting on a helmet and readying his sword.

“We had a quiet few days at least and the food was acceptable,” shrugged Voddick picking up his shield.

“As long as you like salt pork and mash,” muttered Golloan.

Leading (weapon special ability)

This weapon ability can be applied to any thrown weapon or ammunition.  It is a single use ability and discharges if the attack hits or not.  Weapons with this enchantment are usually decorated in a colorful manner, often with ribbons or streamers.

The leading weapon gains an additional +2 to its enhancement bonus to attack but no bonuses to damage.  If it hits its target, until the end of the round all other ranged attacks against the target gain a +2 attack bonus and ignore concealment, they gain an additional +1 circumstance bonus to attack only to counter cover bonuses to the target’s armor class.

Price +2,000
Aura faint divination; CL 5th; Weight
Construction Requirements
Craft Magic Arms and Armor, light and prayer or true strike; Cost +1,000

For D&D5:

These thron or missile weapons have a +3 bonus to attack but none to damage.  If they hit their target, all other ranged attacks against the target have advantage and ignore cover.  Each is good for only one use, discharging their magic even on a miss.

Notes: Just a thought that came to me.  Now for Pathfinder, expendable weapons such as javelins should be treated as ammunition as far as the cost of making them magical otherwise javelin  throwers are just out of luck.

Photo by Jonathan O’Donnell and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.



  1. I like it. Kind of like my dwarf ADWR’s favorite spell, Guiding Bolt! (Always with the exclamation point.) I might prefer a less potent but reusable version.

    • You could make it a permanent effect, but it would be sad when your target fell into a pool of lava with it sticking out of him.

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