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Tuesday Magic Item – Knockabout Knuckledusters

24 January, 2023

That's gonna hurtGollaon winched as the thug went down to a vicious blow to the jaw.

Voddick disabled another with a stomp to the foot.  The rest fled in panic.

“Well done,” said Gollaon, “you dispatched those ruffians with alacrity.”

“Your friend looked ready for a fight and there were six of them,” she replied, slipping the knuckle dusters off her hand.  “And I did not want to see your pretty face scarred.”

Knockabout Knuckledusters

These weapons are knuckle dusters and are almost always made in pairs and can be plain or fancy but are usually plain and practical, weapons for thugs and scrappers, not knights and nobles.

A knockabout knuckleduster is a set of +1 brass knuckles and on a critical hit, the target must make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + the wearer’s Strength modifier) or be knocked prone or pushed back 5′ (wielders choice).  Large creatures gain a +4 on this save and huge and larger creatures are unaffected.

The wielder can also use the knock-down or push effect on a successful attack up to five times a day.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot none; Price 4,301; Weight 1 lb
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Items, bull’s strength, shatter; Cost 2,000 + 301 for the knuckledusters

For D&D 5E:

Weapon (knuckledusters), uncommon

First paragraph as above.

A knockabout knuckleduster gives the wielder +1 to attack and damage to strikes with their bare hands, which are treated as a magic weapon, and on a critical hit, the target must make a Strength saving throw (DC 8+ the wearer’s Proficiency bonus + Strength modifier) or be knocked prone or pushed back 5′ (wielders choice).  Large creatures gain advantage on this save and huge and larger creatures are unaffected.

The wielder can also use the knock-down or push effect on a successful attack up to a number of times equal to their proficiency bonus, reqaining all expended uses after a long rest.

Notes: A concealable and useful weapon to have around.  Thata Iccei definitely has a set.

Image brass knuckles by Mr_Person found on Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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