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A bolas is an exotic ranged weapon.
A set of bolas consists of two or three spheres connected by long cords to a central point. The spheres may be made of heavy wood, metal, or leather bags filled with stones. The cords may be woven leather straps or heavy twine. A typical bolas costs 5gp and weighs 2lbs (0.9kg).
The bolas is held at the connecting point and twirled in a circle high enough that the ground does not interfere, then released and thrown at the target where they hopefully entangle and wrap themselves around the legs of the opponent, causing them to trip. The bolas requires a lot of skill and practice to use effectively, therefore it is classified as an exotic weapon.
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The bolas is not mentioned in the 1st or 2nd edition player's handbooks.
- ↑ Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 117. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 115,117. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb and Tim Beach (September 1991). Fires of Zatal. (TSR, Inc), p. 62. ISBN 1-5607-6139-3.