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    I've been looking around a bit for stats for a war scythe matching this type of weapon: War Scythe.

    If anyone could point out a weapon that would be similar and I could substitute the stats for it, or a good suggestion for a homebrew stats it'd be much appreciated.

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    As far as D&D goes, there's pretty much no reason not to give it glaive stats.

    Alternatively, scythe stats, dropping the tripping part, which was anyway slightly unbalanced compared to falchion, for example.
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    The weapon already exists. Did you think the martial weapon called scythe is a farmer's tool?

    If that's not fancy enough for you, being from the core books, try Talenta Sharrash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenish View Post
    The weapon already exists. Did you think the martial weapon called scythe is a farmer's tool?

    If that's not fancy enough for you, being from the core books, try Talenta Sharrash.
    Eh, fluff and art describes it as more the farming tool, despite the clumsiness there of.
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    The Fauchard (this is from the Pathfinder SRD) might be something for you. But really, in spite of whatever the fluff on the War Scythe might say it is still a decent weapon.

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    Despite the illustration in the PHB, the Scythe is supposed to be a war scythe, not a farmers tool. Whether the stats accurately reflect this is open for debate.

    As noted above, glaive or fauchard are pretty good matches, too.

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    Looks like a naginata.

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    Well, thing about the scythe in the PHB is that, as has been stated, it is shown in illustration and fluff to be closer to the farmer's tool (though "balanced a strengthened for war"). And while that's not entirely law as far as what my character has to be carrying there's a certain amount of other people's perception that comes into play with it. Most people will think of a grim reaper scythe

    Of course when it comes down to it, it's just a name and some numbers, but I'd rather take a similar weapon and use those stats with the name to differentiate it, rather than just alter the name and use the same stats. It's kind of a personal flavor thing.

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions. Naginata is pretty close, just with the blade curved the other way.

    Which now that I spent some more time looking at weapons, I haven't noticed anything with reach and an expanded threat. Lots of x3 crits, but no 19-20/x2 crits. Would such a weapon be considered overpowered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfgang Hype View Post
    Which now that I spent some more time looking at weapons, I haven't noticed anything with reach and an expanded threat. Lots of x3 crits, but no 19-20/x2 crits. Would such a weapon be considered overpowered?
    Yeah, that's odd - I had a look, and I believe you're right.

    Mechanically, 19-20/x2 is the same as 20/x3, so a reach weapon with 19-20/x2 should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thurbane View Post
    Mechanically, 19-20/x2 is the same as 20/x3, so a reach weapon with 19-20/x2 should be fine.
    The mathematician in me has to object. A 19-20/x2 weapon is slightly superior, as any damage over what's necessary to kill a creature is wasted, so having more smaller crits "wastes" less damage than a few larger crits.

    That said, D&D treats the two as equivalent, so just go with it.
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