SRD Talk:Quarterstaff

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"Actually, it's a buck-and-a-quarter quarterstaff, but I'm not telling him that." —Daffy Duck 8 March 1958

Sledged 14:48, 5 January 2007 (MST)

No normal price?[edit]

Perhaps this is my ignorance speaking, here, but can Quarterstaves really only be Masterwork? And if so, where would I find this ruling? There appear to be no non-masterwork prices listed for the weapon, is why I ask. Jwguy 01:51, 4 October 2011 (MDT)

No, quarterstaves can be non-masterwork. The absence of a normal price is due to the fact that very few will pay for something they can walk into the woods and just pick up off the ground or cut off a tree. This also applies to the club. —Sledged (talk) 22:45, 8 October 2011 (MDT)


Okay, so here's the thing. I, like probably 99.5% of this community, assumed that a "Quarterstaff" was like a "Bo Staff", only smaller. Something that might be 3 1/2' - 4' long. Hence the "Quarter" aspect. But, doing research because I want to get back into martial arts in real life, discovered this is actually not the case at all.

A Quarterstaff derives its name because instead of being lathed down from a branch it was lathed down from the trunk of a tree where the wood was more dense. In a typical section you could make four staves, which is where the term "Quarter" came from.

In all aspects and consideration, a typical Quarterstaff could range all the way up to 8' long, with most being between 6' - 8'. This being said, would a Quarterstaff have an effective range of 5' or of 10'?

I know that most will argue "You only strike with half at a time, so 5'", but it is entirely possible to lunge the entire weapon or swing it by one end like a hammer. So, is it 10'?

I know this doesn't technically matter, but I am currently building a Base Class specifically around fighting with a Quarterstaff involving three styles of martial arts so I'd like an appropriate answer so I know how to work / limit accordingly.


First, please sign your posts. Second, go for it! Its fine to give your class the ability to make attacks with a quarterstaff at range. Just keep in mind 1 thing; a traditional European Quarterstaff is sized so that, standing strait with his right arm upwards and his palm down, it rest on the top of his quarterstaff. Yeah, as long as it is balanced and can be explained somewhat, its fine. --Salasay Δ 22:23, 16 January 2014 (MST)
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