Garrote (3.5e Equipment)

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Exotic Two-Handed Melee Weapon
Weapon Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Dmg (L) Critical Range Increment Weight1 Type
Garrote (cloth or leather) 1 gp 1d3 1d4 1d6 19–20/×2 Bludgeoning (nonlethal)
Garrote (wire) 3 gp 1d4 1d6 1d8 18–20/×2 Slashing (lethal)
  1. Weight figures are for Medium weapons. A Small weapon weighs half as much, and a Large weapon weighs twice as much.

The garrote is an exotic weapon. However, it is a bonus weapon proficiency of any class that has the sneak attack special ability, including rogue and assassin.

Using a garrote requires two hands. It is ineffective against a character with metal neck protection, such as comes with any form of heavy armor. It can only be used against a target with a neck, no more than one size category larger than the attacker.

Using a garrote is a form of grapple attack. As such, it provokes an attack of opportunity, unless the attacker has the improved grapple feat. The attack chance ignores armor and shields, but not natural armor. If the target's condition is eligible for a Dexterity bonus to AC (whether or not he actually has one), the attack receives a -10 penalty.

If the attack succeeds, the target takes damage (with full Strength modifier, if any), and the attacker receives an immediate opportunity to pin the target, with a +2 bonus to the opposed grapple check. In later rounds, the attacker receives a +4 bonus to further attempts to do damage, but may not perform any of the other actions typically available to a pinning character, other than releasing the hold. The defender receives a -4 penalty to any attempts to escape the hold, and is unable to speak.

A leather garrote does nonlethal damage until the victim is unconscious, at which point the damage converts to lethal damage. A wire garrote always does lethal damage.

A garrote can be used in combination with a sneak attack, or with an assassin's death attack.

Three consecutive attacks with a leather garrote, renders the subject unconscious; three consecutive attacks with a wire garrote kills the subject. This effect only works if the subject has an exposed neck and requires to breathe. Undead and other creatures that don't need to breathe aren't affected.

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