Advanced Light Ballista (3.5e Equipment)

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Date Created: 2-24-14
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Advanced Light Ballista

Exotic Projectile

Cost: 800 gp
Damage (Small): 3d8
Damage (Medium)1: 4d8
Critical: 19-20/x2
Range Increment: 120 ft'
Weight2: 64 lbs
Type3: Piercing
HP4: 50
Hardness: 5

1. See Damage Increases by Size to calculate the damage for a weapon larger than Medium or smaller than Small.
2. Weight figures are for Medium weapons. A Small weapon weighs half as much, and a Large weapon weighs twice as much.
3. When two types are given, the weapon is both types if the entry specifies "and", either type (player's choice at time of attack) if the entry specifies "or", or each end of the double weapon is a different type if the entry specifies "/".
4. The hp value given is for Medium armor, weapons, and shields. Divide by 2 for each size category of the item smaller than Medium, or multiply it by 2 for each size category larger than Medium.

The ballista is a siege weapon which is in essence a ground mounted huge light crossbow. However it typically can't be wielded as a weapon, and requires a crew to maintain and load. Its frame has wheels enabling it to be pushed along the ground at a speed of 10 ft as a move action. The advanced light ballista differs from the normal light ballista in being made with new and more modern construction techniques to pull out more bang for the buck and ease in reloading. It fills the space of a Large creature (10 x 10).

Reloading an advanced light ballista requires a full-round action. Most keep a crew of two on hand, one to fire and another to reload so as to fire once every round. Having more than 2 crew lessens the time spend between them. For example a crew of three would spend a standard action (to fire) and can use one move action from each remaining crew to load the bolt. Crew members smaller than its intended size (such as a small creature on a ballista intended for medium) count as half as many crew members, and larger creatures count as twice as many for the purpose of reloading.

Having the Exotic Weapon Proficiency (siege weapons) gives proficiency in all siege weapons, including this one.

The pricing assumes a standard D&D world, in some worlds the advanced ballistas are standard issue and thus have the price of a normal light ballista (500 gp).

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AuthorEiji-kun +
ClassProjectile +
Cost800 gp +
Critical19-20/x2 +
Damage4d8 +
Damage TypePiercing +
Hardness5 +
Hit Points50 +
Identifier3.5e Equipment +
ProficiencyExotic +
Range120 ft +
RatingUndiscussed +
TitleAdvanced Light Ballista +
Weight64 +