Zanbato (3.5e Equipment)

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Exotic Two-Handed
Critical: 18-20/x2
Range Increment:
Type: Slashing
Hardness: 10
Size Cost1 Damage Weight1 hp
Fine * * 1
Diminutive * * 1
Tiny 100 gp 1d8 3lb. 2
Small 160 gp 1d10 6lb. 5
Medium 160 gp 2d6 12lb. 10
Large 300 gp 2d8 18lb. 20
Huge * * 40
Gargantuan * * 80
Colossal * * 160
  1. The SRD only gives a means to determine costs and weights of weapons for Large and Small versions based on the Medium weapons. Any other supplied values are the author's best determination.

+2 to attack rolls against mounted targets

The Zanbatō resembles a large katana. This weapon is from the oriental lands originally and was used by infantry against cavalry. In the hands of a skilled warrior, this weapon could kill both the rider and sweep on through to kill the horse below it, too. Such a weapon however required a descent amount of strength and training to use effectively. Due to the size of these weapons they were often very difficult to make, and a smith that could make a quality Zanbato could display it as a sign of their skill.

Any character needs a minimum Strength score of 18 to weild effectively. The weapon automatically grants the Cleave feat.

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