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Cestus

Source Ultimate Equipment pg. 17 (Amazon), Advanced Player's Guide pg. 1 (Amazon), Adventurer's Armory pg. 3 (Amazon)

Statistics

Cost 5 gp Weight 1 lb.
Damage 1d3 (small), 1d4 (medium); Critical 19-20/x2; Range —; Type B or P; Special monk, see text
Category Light; Proficiency Simple

Description

The cestus is a glove of leather or thick cloth that covers the wielder from mid-finger to mid-forearm. The close combat weapon is reinforced with metal plates over the fingers and often lined with wicked spikes along the backs of the hands and wrists. While wearing a cestus, you are considered armed and your unarmed attacks deal lethal damage. If you are proficient with a cestus, you can have your unarmed strikes deal bludgeoning or piercing damage. Monks are proficient with the cestus. When using a cestus, your fingers are mostly exposed, allowing you to wield or carry items in that hand, but the constriction of the weapon at your knuckles gives you a –2 penalty on all precision-based tasks involving that hand (such as opening locks). A cestus can’t be disarmed.