Improvised Melee Weapon

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Improvised Melee Weapon is a common Action that allows the user to improvise an attack by picking up an item or creature off the ground or from their inventory.


Pick up an item or creature and use it to make a melee attack.

Your Strength affects how much weight you can lift. Heavier items deal more damage.


Object Damage TypesBludgeoning damage
Attack roll
 Melee: 1.5 m / 5  ft

Range for picking up objects from the ground is AoE: 1 m / 3 ft (Radius)

  • Damage:
    • For weapons with the Thrown Thrown property, the damage roll and damage type is the same as the weapon's melee damage
    • For other objects and creatures, damage is determined by the targets weight[note 1] of the object being thrown:
      • Light objects: under  Weight: 10 kg / 20 lb:
        1d4Damage TypesBludgeoning damage.
      • Medium objects:  Weight: 10 kg / 20 lb - 50 kg / 100 lb:
        2d4Damage TypesBludgeoning damage.
      • Heavy objects: over  Weight: 50 kg / 100 lb:
        2d4Damage TypesBludgeoning damage.
  • If the thrown object or creature is heavier than half the targets weight the target will be knocked back 2 m / 7 ft.[note 1]
  • If the thrown object or creature is heavier the targets weight the target will become Prone Prone (no saving throw).[note 1]
  • Throwing a creature will apply Prone Prone to that thrown creature (no saving throw).

Condition: Prone

Prone Prone

Duration: 1 turn


  • A creature can pick up items and other creatures weighing up to  kg[1]. For example, with a Strength score of 18, the weight limit for Improvised Weapon is  Weight: 64.8 kg / 129.6 lb.
    • It requires a Strength of at least 20 to pick up a normal humanoid ( Weight: 75 kg / 150 lb).
  • Triggers Extra Attack Extra Attack.
  • Can be done as a free attack after triggering Extra Attack Extra Attack.
  • Berserker Barbarian can do this as a bonus action via Improvised Melee Weapon (Bonus Action) Improvised Melee Weapon (Bonus Action).
  • Improvised Melee Weapon counts as a melee unarmed attack.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 This weight is not influenced by a creatures equipped items or items inside a creatures inventory or a container. The weight is not how much it weighs to pick up or have in your inventory, but the weight of only the object/creature itself. You can see this weight by clicking "Examine -> Detailed Info" and looking under "Weight: ".

References[edit | edit source]

  1. From the definition of CanImprovisedWeaponWeight() in Scripts/thoth/helpers/CommonConditions.khn.