The nunchaku was a melee weapon typically used by monks.[1]


The nunchaku was made of two hardwood wands or dowels connected at one end by a leather thong or short length of chain. The dowels were slightly tapered toward the chained end.[citation needed]

An average set of nunchaku weighed 2 lbs (0.9 kg).[1]


An average set of nunchaku cost 2 gp.[1]


It took special training, such as monks received, to use this exotic weapon effectively in melee combat.[1]

Nunchaku could be used to disarm an opponent much like the flail. Monks could take full advantage of this quick, bludgeoning weapon.[1]

The taper of the dowels improved grip and increased the weight of the free-swinging ends.[citation needed]


The nunchaku was a favored weapon of clerics of Waukeen. The goddess herself wielded a nunchaku in the form of a cloud of coins.[4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 115,117,120. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  2. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 41. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  3. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 149. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  4. Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 87,88. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.