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    Default Martial/Exotic Crossbow

    Hello All,

    In an upcoming game I was thinking of playing a demon-hunter based
    Paladin/Ranger, part of the fluff for the character is using a crossbow with the rapid reload feat. I wanted to know if there were any Crossbows that were a little more powerful to match with bows that would fit into the matial/exotic catigories.
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    Default Re: Martial/Exotic Crossbow

    There's the Icechucker in Frostburn, an exotic crossbow that fires either large icicles or javelins, dealing 1d12 base damage with a x3 crit. It takes a full round action to reload, which would be down to a move action with Rapid Reload, so you still wouldn't be able to full attack with it.

    There's really no reason to use a crossbow over a bow other than (lack of) proficiency. Historically, soldiers were trained to use crossbows because it was so much easier to master than a bow, shove a bunch of crossbows into the hands of some peasants with some basic instruction and you've got an army. The better trained/skilled soldiers used bows because they were superior weapons, crossbows were a second choice that generals would resort to when they needed troops quickly. A soldier who knew how to use a bow wouldn't be given a crossbow and mixed in with the lower class conscripts, and a PC who knows how to use a bow shouldn't try to make the best of a second-rate weapon when you've got a superior option.

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    Default Re: Martial/Exotic Crossbow

    The Crossbow Sniper feat could be useful for a Rogue or Scout due to doubling the range at which you can use Skirmish or Sneak Attack damage to a crossbow while letting youapply half your Dex to damage. (It's on page 31 of http://crystalkeep.com/d20/rules/DnD3.5Index-Feats.pdf .)
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    Default Re: Martial/Exotic Crossbow

    Tempest may I use your thread to ask a similar question? - Thank you...

    I'm a huge fan of Waylander the Slayer (David A. Gemmell, Drenai Saga) and I'm looking for a hand-crossbow like the one Waylander has. Something like a double-handcrossbow, that fires 2 bolt's with a full round action.

    Have you guys seen something like this in ANY of the books out there?

    edit: and please don't tell me about "repeating" crossbows...
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    Default Re: Martial/Exotic Crossbow

    Quote Originally Posted by SethFahad View Post
    Tempest may I use your thread to ask a similar question? - Thank you...

    I'm a huge fan of Waylander the Slayer (David A. Gemmell, Drenai Saga) and I'm looking for a hand-crossbow like the one Waylander has. Something like a double-handcrossbow, that fires 2 bolt's with a full round action.

    Have you guys seen something like this in ANY of the books out there?

    edit: and please don't tell me about "repeating" crossbows...
    Double hand crossbow? Link

    Races of Stone has the Great Crossbow. 2d8, 18-20x2, but its not listed in the rapid reload feat description.
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    Default Re: Martial/Exotic Crossbow

    I was kinda thinking about using the double Crossbow, by the way when enchanting it would you have to enchant the whole thing or each crossbow individualy?
    Last edited by TempesT; 2009-07-23 at 09:26 AM.

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