New and Modified Weapons

This page lists new weapons and any weapons that have been modified from the official version in the Pathfinder RPG.

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Weapon Charts

One-Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight Type Special
Belaying pin 5 sp 1d3 1d4 ×2 10 ft. 2 lbs. B
Gaff 10 gp 1d3 1d4 ×2 1 lb. S trip
One Handed Melee Weapons
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight Type Special
Cutlass 15 gp 1d4 1d6 18-20/×2 4 lbs. S basket hilt
Sabre 18 gp 1d4 1d6 19-20/×2 3 lbs. P / S basket hilt, finesse

Special Weapon Features

Basket hilt: Some one-handed slashing melee weapons are fitted with a heavy iron basket hilt – a protective shield of metal that surrounds the hand holding the weapon. These hilts can be used as a “gauntlet punch” in close quarters and they also grant a +1 bonus against disarm attempts made by an opponent. Because of the shape of these hilts, weapons with this kind of hilt cannot be wielded by someone who is actually wearing a gauntlet.

Weapon Descriptions

Belaying Pin

Belaying pins are actually small club-shaped pieces of wood or metal found aboard ship. They are designed to be slipped through holes bored through the ship’s rail, and ships ropes are made fast (tied) to them. It can also be yanked free and brought into violent contact with enemies; in a pirate fight, anyone who loses a weapon or starts out without one usually ends up with a belaying pin in his hand.


A cutlass is a short, curved sword with a single sharp edge. Pirates favor cutlasses because the blade is sharp enough to cut through rigging (and enemy sailors) but is short enough to use in crowded shipboard melees.

Weapon Feature(s): basket hilt

Gaff (hook)

The gaff is a metal hook with a sharp tip and a wooden or metal crossbar at the base; it’s held in one hand, the hook protruding between the middle and ring fingers. Normally used to latch onto an object, usually for the purposes of moving it, butchers use two together to move slabs of meat, farmers use two together to move bales of hay, and sailors use one or two to move cargo around the ship’s hold. Like the belaying pin, they are in fairly ready supply on board any ship.

Weapon Feature(s): trip


Single edged, slightly curved, and sharpened on the convex edge, the saber is primarily a slashing weapon but can also be thrust. Like the cutlass, it has a heavy iron basket hilt.

You can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier to attack rolls with a sabre sized for you, even though it isn’t a light weapon.

Weapon Feature(s): basket hilt, finesse