A spear can be made of any rigid material but is typically a straight shaft made of wood. The piercing tip of the spear can be formed by just sharpening the shaft to a point or attaching a variety of spearheads made from metal (usually iron, bronze, or steel), stone (such as flint or obsidian), rock crystal, ivory, and even coral. The length of a spear can vary from 5 to 13 feet (1.5 to 4 meters) or more, but a typical spear is approximately 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 meters) or about the size of a quarterstaff and slightly smaller in diameter. An average spear with a metal spearhead costs 1gp and weighs 6lbs (2.7kg).
The spear is one of the simplest and oldest weapons in existence. Spears are typically wielded with two hands but shortspears can be used one-handed. Spears are not usually intended to be thrown because it leaves you without a weapon, but shortspears and regular spears can be thrown if necessary. When set against a charging opponent, a spear can do double the damage of a regular melee attack.
Spears are used by almost every race and especially goblinoids and orcs. Many warriors call it a coward's weapon (as with all pole and ranged weapons), but it has proven itself on the battlefield.
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- ↑ Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast) ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (1978). Players Handbook 1st edition. (TSR, Inc.), p. 38. ISBN 0-9356-9601-6.
- ↑ Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 115,116. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.