D&D CATCH-ALL because Baron is dumb

Quintin_Stone wrote:

So for 5E monk weapons, it seems to be a matter of preference. Shortbow and light crossbow have two-handed property so they are out. One-handed versatile weapons (spear and quarterstaff) seem best for melee combat while the javelin or hand axe are top for ranged weapons. Until you run out, of course. My monk is currently carrying 10 darts which came as part of his monk starting equipment.

One of the oddities of weapons is darts are not light weapons, which means you can't throw one with an offhand attack per RAW. My Monk just bought a bunch of daggers, reflavored them as heavy throwing stars, and can therefore throw an extra one in the rare cases he's not just running up and punching people (and then running away, hooray for the Drunken Master, the most fun of Monks).

But handaxe is Light which weighs 8 times as much as a dart!

The weight makes the handaxe range 20/60 compared to Milkman's "throwing stars" which are 40/120 if you're considering them small knives. All you get with a handaxe is shorter range for 1d6 damage instead of 1d4.

I just thought it was a funny incongruity.

Darts exist in kind of a weird space since they are one of the few Thrown Ranged weapons. They don't get the Light tag because Two-Weapon Fighting only applies to melee weapons.

They're also technically not Monk Weapons so they don't benefit from Martial Arts. Daggers, Handaxes, and Javelins are better overall, but they're a lot heavier and more expensive.

muttonchop wrote:

Darts exist in kind of a weird space since they are one of the few Thrown Ranged weapons. They don't get the Light tag because Two-Weapon Fighting only applies to melee weapons.

They're also technically not Monk Weapons so they don't benefit from Martial Arts. Daggers, Handaxes, and Javelins are better overall, but they're a lot heavier and more expensive.

In 1st Ed AD&D, my Wizards used to always have them because of the weak weapon choices.

What do you guys use darts for in 5e? A medium to get poison into someone's bloodstream for your Assassin? A fun RP thing where you can whip out the darts at the campsites or in the taverns? Toothpicks?

-BEP

A 1st level monk starts with darts if you're doing package starts.

I upgraded to a couple of javelins. Darts will be a backup ranged weapon.

Every dart hit is a constitution saving throw for an enemy spellcaster who is out of range.