Weapon Wednesday: Hand Viper

Hand Viper

One-handed martial weapon. 2d3 piercing or slashing damage. x3 critical. Disarm. 20 gp. 2 lbs.

So called because of the puncture marks it can create on an opponent, the hand viper is designed as a short and nasty stabbing weapon. Reliable yet vicious, it can be used with the weapon finesse feat as if it were a light weapon.


I’ve always thought that different damage dice options can really help to differentiate a character and make them interesting. In this case, a more reliable amount of damage contrasts with the higher damage potential of the longsword or similar one-handed weapons, while having an inferior critical threat range to the rapier or scimitar.

-Max Porter Zasada


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