Pathfinder RPG Reference Document
Pathfinder Reference Document

Weapon Special Abilities

A magic weapon is enhanced to strike more truly and deliver more damage. Magic weapons have enhancement bonuses ranging from +1 to +5. They apply these bonuses to both attack and damage rolls when used in combat. All magic weapons are also masterwork weapons, but their masterwork bonuses on attack rolls do not stack with their enhancement bonuses on attack rolls.

Weapons come in two basic categories: melee and ranged. Some of the weapons listed as melee weapons can also be used as ranged weapons. In this case, their enhancement bonuses apply to both melee and ranged attacks.

Some magic weapons have special abilities. Special abilities count as additional bonuses for determining the market value of the item, but do not modify attack or damage bonuses (except where specifically noted). A single weapon cannot have a modified bonus (enhancement bonus plus special ability bonus equivalents, including from character abilities and spells) higher than +10. A weapon with a special ability must also have at least a +1 enhancement bonus. Weapons cannot possess the same special ability more than once.

Weapons or ammunition can be made of an unusual material. Roll d%: 01–95 indicates that the item is of a standard sort, and 96–100 indicates that it is made of a special material.

Caster Level for Weapons: The caster level of a weapon with a special ability is given in the item description. For an item with only an enhancement bonus and no other abilities, the caster level is three times the enhancement bonus. If an item has both an enhancement bonus and a special ability, the higher of the two caster level requirements must be met.

Additional Damage Dice: Some magic weapons deal additional dice of damage. Unlike other modifiers to damage, additional dice of damage are not multiplied when the attacker scores a critical hit.

Ranged Weapons and Ammunition: The enhancement bonus from a ranged weapon does not stack with the enhancement bonus from ammunition. Only the higher of the two enhancement bonuses applies.

Ammunition fired from a projectile weapon with an enhancement bonus of +1 or higher is treated as a magic weapon for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction. Similarly, ammunition fired from a projectile weapon with an alignment gains the alignment of that projectile weapon.

Light Generation: Fully 30% of magic weapons shed light equivalent to a light spell. These glowing weapons are quite obviously magical. They can't be concealed when drawn, nor can their light be shut off. Some of the specific weapons detailed below always or never glow, as defined in their descriptions.

Hardness and Hit Points: Each +1 of a magic weapon's enhancement bonus adds +2 to its hardness and +10 to its hit points.

Activation: Usually a character benefits from a magic weapon in the same way a character benefits from a mundane weapon—by wielding (attacking with) it. If a weapon has a special ability that the user needs to activate, then the user usually needs to utter a command word (a standard action). A character can activate the special abilities of 50 pieces of ammunition at the same time, assuming each piece has identical abilities.

Magic Weapons and Critical Hits: Some weapon qualities and some specific weapons have an extra effect on a critical hit. This special effect also functions against creatures not normally subject to critical hits. On a successful critical roll, apply the special effect, but do not multiply the weapon's regular damage.

Weapons for Unusually Sized Creatures: The cost of weapons for creatures that are neither Small nor Medium varies. The cost of the masterwork quality and any magical enhancement remains the same.

Special Qualities: Roll d%. A 01–30 result indicates that the item sheds light, 31–45 indicates that something (a design, inscription, or the like) provides a clue to the weapon's function, and 46–100 indicates no special qualities.

Magic Weapons
d%Lesser Minor Weapon
01–80+1 weapon
81–100Lesser minor specific weapon
d%Greater Minor Weapon
01–26+1 weapon
27–53+2 weapon
54–80+1 weapon with one +1 special ability*
81–100Greater minor specific weapon
d%Lesser Medium Weapon
01–10+1 weapon
11–20+2 weapon
21–32+3 weapon
33–44+1 weapon with one +1 special ability*
45–56+1 weapon with two +1 special abilities*
57–68+1 weapon with one +2 special ability*
69–80+2 weapon with one +1 special ability*
81–100Lesser medium specific weapon
d%Greater Medium Weapon
01–10+2 weapon
11–22+3 weapon
23–32+1 weapon with one +1 special ability*
33–44+1 weapon with one +2 special ability*
45–56+2 weapon with one +1 special ability*
57–68+2 weapon with one +2 special ability*
69–80+3 weapon with one +1 special ability*
81–100Greater medium specific weapon
d%Lesser Major Weapon
01–10+3 weapon
11–22+4 weapon
23–32+1 weapon with one +2 special ability*
33–44+1 weapon with one +3 special ability*
45–56+2 weapon with one +2 special ability*
57–68+3 weapon with one +1 special ability*
69–80+4 weapon with one +1 special ability*
81–100Lesser major specific weapon
d%Greater Major Weapon
01–10+4 weapon
11–20+5 weapon
21–30+4 weapon with one +1 special ability*
31–38+4 weapon with one +2 special ability*
39–46+4 weapon with one +3 special ability*
47–51+4 weapon with one +4 special ability*
52–59+5 weapon with one +1 special ability*
60–67+5 weapon with one +2 special ability*
68–71+5 weapon with one +3 special ability*
72–74+5 weapon with one +4 special ability*
75–77+5 weapon with one +4 special ability and one +1 special ability*
78–80+5 weapon with one +3 special ability and one +2 special ability*
81–100Greater major specific weapon
* See the Melee Weapon Special Abilities table for Melee Weapon Special Abilities, the Ranged Weapons Special Abilities table for
Ranged Weapon Special Abilities, and the Ammunition Special Abilities table for Ammunition Special Abilities.
Melee Weapon Special Abilities
d%+1 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01Impervious+3,000 gp
02Glamered+4,000 gp
03Allying+1 bonus
04–08Bane+1 bonus
09Benevolent+1 bonus
10Called+1 bonus
11–12Conductive+1 bonus
13–16Corrosive+1 bonus
17Countering+1 bonus
18Courageous+1 bonus
19Cruel+1 bonus
20–21Cunning+1 bonus
22Deadly+1 bonus
23–26Defending+1 bonus
27Dispelling+1 bonus
28–33Flaming+1 bonus
34–39Frost+1 bonus
40–41Furious+1 bonus
42–45Ghost touch+1 bonus
46–47Grayflame+1 bonus
48Grounding+1 bonus
49Guardian+1 bonus
50Heartseeker+1 bonus
51–52Huntsman+1 bonus
53–54Jurist+1 bonus
55–59Keen3+1 bonus
60–61Ki focus+1 bonus
62Limning+1 bonus
63–64Menacing+1 bonus
65Merciful+1 bonus
66–68Mighty cleaving+1 bonus
69Mimetic+1 bonus
70Neutralizing+1 bonus
71Ominous+1 bonus
72Planar+1 bonus
73Quenching+1 bonus
74Seaborne+1 bonus
75–80Shock+1 bonus
81–85Spell storing+1 bonus
86Thawing+1 bonus
87–91Throwing+1 bonus
92–96Thundering +1 bonus
97Valiant+1 bonus
98–100Vicious+1 bonus
d%+2 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01Advancing+2 bonus
02–10Anarchic+2 bonus
11–19Anchoring+2 bonus
20Axiomatic+2 bonus
21–27Corrosive burst+2 bonus
28Defiant+2 bonus
29Dispelling burst+2 bonus
30–38Disruption2+2 bonus
39–47Flaming burst+2 bonus
48Furyborn+2 bonus
49Glorious+2 bonus
50–58Holy+2 bonus
59–67Icy burst+2 bonus
68Igniting+2 bonus
69Impact3+2 bonus
70Invigorating+2 bonus
71Ki intensifying+2 bonus
72Lifesurge+2 bonus
73Negating+2 bonus
74Phase locking+2 bonus
75–83Shocking burst+2 bonus
84Stalking+2 bonus
85–91Unholy+2 bonus
92–100Wounding+2 bonus
d%+3 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–20Nullifying+3 bonus
21–40Repositioning+3 bonus
41–80Speed+3 bonus
81–100Spellstealing+3 bonus
d%+4 or +5 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–40Brilliant energy+4 bonus
41–80Dancing+4 bonus
81–90Vorpal3+5 bonus
91–95Transformative+10,000 gp
96–100Dueling+14,000 gp
1 Add to enhancement bonus on the Weapon Pricing by Bonus table to determine total price.
2 Bludgeoning weapons only.
3 Piercing or slashing weapons only (slashing only for vorpal).
4 This special ability cannot be applied to light melee weapons.
Weapon Pricing by Bonus
Weapon BonusBase Price1
+12,000 gp
+28,000 gp
+318,000 gp
+432,000 gp
+550,000 gp
+6272,000 gp
+7298,000 gp
+82128,000 gp
+92162,000 gp
+102200,000 gp
1 For ammunition, this price is for 50 arrows, bolts, bullets, or firearm ammunition.
2 A weapon can't have an enhancement bonus higher than +5.
Use these lines to determine price when special ability are added in.
Ranged Weapon Special Abilities
d%+1 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01Adaptive2+1,000 gp
02Impervious+3,000 gp
03Glamered+4,000 gp
04–06Allying+1 bonus
07–15Bane3+1 bonus
16Called+1 bonus
17–19Conductive+1 bonus
20Conserving4+1 bonus
21–24Corrosive3+1 bonus
25Cruel+1 bonus
26–28Cunning+1 bonus
29–36Distance+1 bonus
37–45Flaming3+1 bonus
46–54Frost3+1 bonus
55–58Huntsman+1 bonus
59–62Jurist+1 bonus
63Limning+1 bonus
64Lucky5+1 bonus
65–66Merciful3+1 bonus
67Planar+1 bonus
68Reliable5+1 bonus
69–76Returning6+1 bonus
77–84Seeking+1 bonus
85–92Shock3+1 bonus
93–100Thundering3+1 bonus
d%+2 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–10Anarchic3+2 bonus
11–13Anchoring6+2 bonus
14–23Axiomatic3+2 bonus
24–31Corrosive burst3+2 bonus
32–34Designating, lesser3+2 bonus
35–37Endless ammunition7+2 bonus
38–48Flaming burst3+2 bonus
49–58Holy3+2 bonus
59–69Icy burst3+2 bonus
70–73Igniting3+2 bonus
74–76Phase locking3+2 bonus
77–86Shocking burst3+2 bonus
87–90Stalking+2 bonus
91–100Unholy3+2 bonus
d%+3 Weapon Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–25Lucky, greater5+3 bonus
26–45Reliable, greater5+3 bonus
46–85Speed+3 bonus
86–94Brilliant energy3+4 bonus
95–96Designating, greater+4 bonus
97–98Nimble shot+4 bonus
99–100Second chance3+4 bonus
1Add to enhancement bonus on the Weapon Pricing by Bonus table to determine total price.
2 Only bows can have this ability (composite only for adaptive).
3 Projectile weapons with this ability bestow this power upon their ammunition.
4 Firearms cannot have this special ability.
5Only firearms can have this special ability.
6Only thrown ranged weapons can have this special ability.
7Only bows and crossbows can have this special ability.
Ammunition Special Abilities
d%+1 Ammunition Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–05Dry load2+1,500 gp
06–16Bane+1 bonus
17Conductive+1 bonus
18–28Corrosive+1 bonus
29Cruel+1 bonus
30Cunning+1 bonus
31–43Flaming+1 bonus
44–56Frost+1 bonus
57–64Ghost touch+1 bonus
65Limning+1 bonus
66–67Merciful+1 bonus
68Planar+1 bonus
69–73Seeking+1 bonus
74–86Shock+1 bonus
87–100Thundering+1 bonus
d%+2 Ammunition Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–10Anarchic+2 bonus
11–20Axiomatic+2 bonus
21–30Corrosive burst+2 bonus
31–33Designating, lesser+2 bonus
34–45Flaming burst+2 bonus
46–55Holy+2 bonus
56–67Icy burst+2 bonus
68–70Igniting+2 bonus
71–80Phase locking+2 bonus
81–90Shocking burst+2 bonus
91–100Unholy+2 bonus
d%+4 Ammunition Special AbilityBase Price Modifier1
01–66Brilliant energy+4 bonus
67–00Designating, greater+4 bonus
1 Add to enhancement bonus on the Weapon Pricing by Bonus table to determine total price.
2 This special ability can only be applied to alchemical or metal firearm cartridges.

Magic Weapon Special Ability Descriptions

A weapon with a special ability must also have at least a +1 enhancement bonus.

Adaptive

Price +1,000 gp; Aura faint transmutation; CL 1st; Weight

This ability can only be placed on composite bows. An adaptive bow responds to the strength of its wielder, acting as a bow with a strength rating equal to its wielder's Strength bonus. The wielder can fire it with a lesser Strength bonus (and cause less damage) if desired.

Construction Requirements

Cost +500 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, warp wood

Advancing

Price +2 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This ability can only be placed on melee weapons. Once per round, when the wielder damages a creature in melee with an advancing weapon, she can take a 5-foot step as a swift action after the attack but before the end of her turn. This movement does not count against her ability to move or take a 5-foot step earlier or later in the round, though using this ability imposes a –2 penalty on all attack rolls until the start of her next turn. This ability may not be used in conjunction with any other ability or effect that allows moving as part of an attack.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, feather step (Advanced Player's Guide)

Allying

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

An allying weapon allows the wielder to transfer some or all of the weapon's enhancement bonus to one weapon being used by an ally of the wielder. The wielder must have line of sight to the intended ally. As a free action, at the start of her turn before using her weapon, the wielder chooses how to allocate her weapon's enhancement bonus. The bonus to the ally's weapon lasts until the allying weapon's wielder's next turn. The enhancement bonus from the allying weapon does not stack with the enhancement bonus on the ally's weapon (if any).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, magic weapon

Anarchic

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 7th; Weight

An anarchic weapon is infused with the power of chaos. It makes the weapon chaotically aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against all creatures of lawful alignment. It bestows one permanent negative level (Core Rulebook 562) on any lawful creature attempting to wield it. The negative level remains as long as the weapon is in hand and disappears when the weapon is no longer wielded. This negative level cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the weapon is wielded.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chaos hammer, creator must be chaotic

Anchoring

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 10th; Weight

This special ability can only be added to a melee weapon or a thrown weapon. An anchoring weapon pins a target in place and prevents it from moving. As a swift action, the weapon can be fixed in place in a point in space, functioning as an immovable rod. This ability can also be used when the wielder hits a creature with a melee attack using an anchoring weapon. This anchors the target to the weapon, preventing it from moving away from the weapon. The target is not entangled or paralyzed; it simply cannot move from its location without first destroying the weapon or making a successful DC 30 Strength check as a full-round action to move with the weapon up to 10 feet. An anchoring weapon remains motionless and cannot be used to attack while it is anchoring a creature. An anchoring weapon has no effect on amorphous creatures, including elementals, oozes, and creatures in gaseous or liquid form. It also cannot anchor incorporeal creatures unless the weapon also has the ghost touch special ability.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, levitate

Axiomatic

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 7th; Weight

An axiomatic weapon is infused with lawful power. It makes the weapon law-aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against chaotic creatures. It bestows one permanent negative level (Core Rulebook 562) on any chaotic creature attempting to wield it. The negative level remains as long as the weapon is in hand and disappears when the weapon is no longer wielded. This negative level cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the weapon is wielded.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, order's wrath, creator must be lawful

Bane

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 8th; Weight

A bane weapon excels against certain foes. Against a designated foe, the weapon's enhancement bonus is +2 better than its actual bonus. It also deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against such foes. To randomly determine a weapon's designated foe, roll on the following table.

d%Designated Foe
01–05Aberrations
06–09Animals
10–16Constructs
17–22Dragons
23–27Fey
28–60Humanoids (pick one subtype)
61–65Magical beasts
66–70Monstrous humanoids
71–72Oozes
73–88Outsiders (pick one subtype)
89–90Plants
91–98Undead
99–100Vermin

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, summon monster I

Benevolent

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint enchantment; CL 5th; Weight

This ability can only be placed on a melee weapon. When the wielder of a benevolent weapon uses the aid another action to grant an ally a bonus on attack rolls, he increases the aid another bonus by the enhancement bonus of the weapon.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, aid

Brilliant Energy

Price +4 bonus; Aura strong transmutation; CL 16th; Weight

A brilliant energy weapon has its significant portion transformed into light, although this does not modify the item's weight. It always gives off light as a torch (20-foot radius). A brilliant energy weapon ignores nonliving matter. Armor and shield bonuses to AC (including any enhancement bonuses to that armor) do not count against it because the weapon passes through armor. (Dexterity, deflection, dodge, natural armor, and other such bonuses still apply.) A brilliant energy weapon cannot harm undead, constructs, or objects.

Construction Requirements

Cost +4 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, gaseous form, continual flame

Called

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th; Weight

A called weapon can be teleported to the wielder's hand as a swift action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity, even if the weapon is in the possession of another creature. This ability has a maximum range of 100 feet, and effects that block teleportation prevent the return of a called weapon. A called weapon must be in a creature's possession for at least 24 hours for this ability to function.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, teleport

Conductive

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate necromancy; CL 8th; Weight

A conductive weapon is able to channel the energy of a spell-like or supernatural ability that relies on a melee or ranged touch attack to hit its target (such as from a cleric's domain granted power, sorcerer's bloodline power, oracle's mystery revelation, or wizard's arcane school power). When the wielder makes a successful attack of the appropriate type, he may choose to expend two uses of his magical ability to channel it through the weapon to the struck opponent, which suffers the effects of both the weapon attack and the special ability. (If the wielder has unlimited uses of a special ability, she may channel through the weapon every round.) For example, a paladin who strikes an undead opponent with her conductive greatsword can expend two uses of her lay on hands ability (a supernatural melee touch attack) to deal both greatsword damage and damage from one use of lay on hands. This weapon special ability can only be used once per round, and only works with magical abilities of the same type as the weapon (melee or ranged).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, spectral hand

Conserving

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 7th; Weight

This ability cannot be placed on firearms. Only projectile weapons can be made conserving. When the wielder misses with a ranged attack, the fired ammunition teleports unharmed to its quiver, case, or pouch. If the ammunition in question would be destroyed for other reasons than merely being launched, such as an arrow that breaks apart in flight, this special ability does not function and the ammunition is destroyed as normal. Effects that block teleportation prevent this special ability from working.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, abundant ammunition (Ultimate Combat), dimension door

Corrosive

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 10th; Weight

Upon command, a corrosive weapon becomes slick with acid that deals an extra 1d6 points of acid damage on a successful hit. The acid does not harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, acid arrow

Corrosive Burst

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 12th; Weight

A Corrosive burst weapon functions as a corrosive weapon that explodes with searing acid upon striking a successful critical hit. The acid does not harm the wielder. In addition to the extra acid damage from the corrosive special ability, a Corrosive burst weapon deals an extra 1d10 points of acid damage on a successful critical hit. If the weapon's critical modifier is ×3, add an extra 2d10 points of acid damage instead, and if the modifier is ×4, add an extra 3d10 points.

Even if the corrosive ability is not active, the weapon still deals its extra acid damage on a successful critical hit.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, acid arrow

Countering

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

A countering weapon gives its wielder a +2 bonus to his combat maneuver defense against combat maneuvers made to disarm or sunder this weapon. If the attempt fails, the wielder can immediately attempt the same maneuver against the opponent without provoking attacks of opportunity. The wielder never risks dropping his weapon with a failed disarm combat maneuver when counterattacking in this manner. This ability can be used even if the attacker is not within the wielder's reach. Countering can only be placed on melee weapons.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Combat Reflexes, Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cat's grace

Courageous

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint enchantment; CL 3rd; Weight

This special ability can only be added to a melee weapon. A courageous weapon fortifies the wielder's courage and morale in battle. The wielder gains a morale bonus on saving throws against fear equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus. In addition, any morale bonus the wielder gains from any other source is increased by half the weapon's enhancement bonus (minimum 1).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, heroism, remove fear

Cruel

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint necromancy; CL 5th; Weight

When the wielder strikes a creature that is frightened, shaken, or panicked with a cruel weapon, that creature becomes sickened for 1 round. When the wielder uses the weapon to knock unconscious or kill a creature, he gains 5 temporary hit points that last for 10 minutes.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cause fear, death knell

Cunning

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate divination; CL 6th; Weight

This special ability allows a weapon to find chinks in a foe's defenses using the wielder's knowledge of the target. Whenever the weapon's attack is a critical threat, the wielder gains a +2 bonus on the confirmation roll if she has 5 or more ranks in a Knowledge skill that is related to the target's creature type (such as Knowledge [planes] for an outsider opponent).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, true strike

Dancing

Price +4 bonus; Aura strong transmutation; CL 15th; Weight

As a standard action, a dancing weapon can be loosed to attack on its own. It fights for 4 rounds using the base attack bonus of the one who loosed it and then drops. While dancing, it cannot make attacks of opportunity, and the activating character it is not considered armed with the weapon. The weapon is considered wielded or attended by the activating character for all maneuvers and effects that target items. While dancing, the weapon shares the same space as the activating character and can attack adjacent foes (weapons with reach can attack opponents up to 10 feet away). The dancing weapon accompanies the activating character everywhere, whether she moves by physical or magical means. If the activating character has an unoccupied hand, she can grasp it while it is attacking on its own as a free action; when so retrieved, the weapon can't dance (attack on its own) again for 4 rounds. This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons.

Construction Requirements

Cost +4 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, animate objects

Deadly

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint necromancy; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons that normally deal nonlethal damage, such as whips and saps. All damage a deadly weapon deals is normal (lethal) damage. A whip (or similar weapon that is not normally able to damage creatures with armor or natural armor bonuses) with this special ability deals damage even to creatures with armor or natural armor. On command, the weapon suppresses this ability until the wielder commands it to resume.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, inflict light wounds

Defending

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate abjuration; CL 8th; Weight

A defending weapon allows the wielder to transfer some or all of the weapon's enhancement bonus to his AC as a bonus that stacks with all others. As a free action, the wielder chooses how to allocate the weapon's enhancement bonus at the start of his turn before using the weapon, and the bonus to AC lasts until his next turn. This ability can only be placed on melee weapons.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, shield or shield of faith

Defiant

Price +2 bonus; Aura strong abjuration; CL 10th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A defiant weapon helps its wielder stay alive in desperate conditions. It stays in its wielder's hand even if she is panicked, stunned, or unconscious. She adds the weapon's enhancement bonus as a bonus on checks to stabilize when dying and on saving throws to end ongoing conditions such as disease, poison, and hold person. If the wielder possesses Heroic Defiance, Heroic Recovery, Improved Great Fortitude, Improved Iron Will, or Improved Lightning Reflexes, she gains a number of additional daily uses equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus that can be used on any of these feats.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Heroic Defiance, break enchantment, stabilize

Designating, Greater

Price +4 Bonus; Aura moderate enchantment; CL 12th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on ranged weapons or ammunition. Each time a ranged weapon or ammunition with this ability hits a creature, its magic designates the target. Allies gain a +4 morale bonus on melee attack rolls and a +6 morale bonus on melee damage rolls against the designated target for 1 round. Multiple successful shots fired at the same target do not increase the bonuses or their duration.

Construction Requirements

Cost +4 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, instant enemy (Advanced Player's Guide)

Designating, Lesser

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate enchantment; CL 7th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on ranged weapons or ammunition. Each time a ranged weapon or ammunition with this ability hits a creature, its magic designates the target. Allies gain a +2 morale bonus on melee attack and melee damage rolls against the designated target for 1 round. Multiple successful shots fired at the same target do not increase the bonuses or their duration.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, instant enemy (Advanced Player's Guide)

Dispelling

Price +1 bonus; Aura strong abjuration; CL 10th; Weight

A dispelling weapon functions like a spell storing weapon, but it may only store dispel magic; however, the caster level check to dispel gains an additional bonus equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus. This bonus also applies to a magus's dispelling strike arcana or a barbarian's spell sunder or sunder enchantment combat maneuver check.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, dispel magic, creator must be a caster of at least 10th level

Dispelling Burst

Price +2 bonus; Aura strong abjuration; CL 12th; Weight

A dispelling burst weapon functions like a dispelling weapon but may store dispel magic or greater dispel magic. In addition, these spells can be discharged as a free action when the wielder of a dispelling burst weapon confirms a critical hit. When the wielder does so, the bonus to the check made to dispel (including from dispelling strike, spell sunder, or sunder enchantment) increases by an amount equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus or the weapon's critical multiplier (whichever is higher).

If a dispelling burst weapon confirms a critical hit while it is not currently storing a dispel magic or greater dispel magic spell, yet if the wielder has either spell prepared (or is a spontaneous caster able to cast either spell), she may cast either spell into the weapon as a swift action and then immediately discharge it into the target as a free action.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, greater dispel magic, creator must be a caster of at least 12th level

Disruption

Price +2 bonus; Aura strong conjuration; CL 14th; Weight

A disruption weapon is the bane of all undead. Any undead creature struck in combat must succeed at a DC 14 Will save or be destroyed. A disruption weapon must be a bludgeoning melee weapon.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, heal

Distance

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate divination; CL 6th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on a ranged weapon. A distance weapon has double the range increment of other weapons of its kind.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, clairaudience/clairvoyance

Dry Load

Price +1,500 gp; Aura faint abjuration; CL 3rd; Weight

This weapon special ability can only be applied to alchemical or metal firearm cartridges. Dry load cartridges can be used to load guns underwater or in other airless environments, such as a vacuum. This special ability protects the cartridge's contents as it is being loaded into a firearm and creates a residual bubble of air that surrounds that firearm, further protecting the ammunition and allowing the firearm with this ammunition loaded in it to be fired in an airless environment. After the cartridge is loaded, the bubble of air lasts for 3 minutes or until the firearm is fired, whichever occurs first.

A firearm loaded with this ammunition still takes the –2 penalty on attack rolls when fired underwater for every 5 feet of water the bullet passes through, in addition to the normal penalties to range. When firing a dry load cartridge underwater or in an airless environment, a misfire that results in a firearm explosion occurs normally.

The listed price is for 50 dry load cartridges.

Construction Requirements

Cost +750 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, air bubble (Ultimate Combat)

Dueling

Price +14,000 gp; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A dueling weapon (which must be a weapon that can be used with the Weapon Finesse feat) gives the wielder a +4 enhancement bonus on initiative checks, provided the weapon is drawn and in hand when the Initiative check is made. It provides a +2 bonus on disarm checks and feint checks, a +2 bonus to CMD to resist disarm attempts, and a +2 to the DC to perform a feint against the wielder.

Construction Requirements

Cost +7,000 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cat's grace

endless ammunition

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th; Weight

Only bows and crossbows can be made into endless ammunition weapons—firearms and other projectile weapons cannot. Each time an endless ammunition weapon is nocked, a single nonmagical arrow or bolt is spontaneously created by the magic, so the weapon's wielder never needs to load the weapon with ammunition.

If the wielder attempts to load the weapon with other ammunition, the created arrow or bolt immediately vanishes and the wielder can load the weapon as normal. This ability does not reduce the amount of time required to load or fire the weapon. The created arrow or bolt vanishes if removed from the weapon; it persists only if fired. Unlike normal bow and crossbow ammunition, these arrows and bolts are always destroyed when fired.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, minor creation

Flaming

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 10th; Weight

Upon command, a flaming weapon is sheathed in fire that deals an extra 1d6 points of fire damage on a successful hit. The fire does not harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor and fireball, flame blade, or flame strike

Flaming Burst

Price +2 bonus; Aura strong evocation; CL 12th; Weight

A flaming burst weapon functions as a flaming weapon that also explodes with flame upon striking a successful critical hit. The fire does not harm the wielder. In addition to the extra fire damage from the flaming ability (see above), a flaming burst weapon deals an extra 1d10 points of fire damage on a successful critical hit. If the weapon's critical multiplier is ×3, add an extra 2d10 points of fire damage instead, and if the multiplier is ×4, add an extra 3d10 points of fire damage.

Even if the flaming ability is not active, the weapon still deals its extra fire damage on a successful critical hit.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor and fireball, flame blade, or flame strike

Frost

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 8th; Weight

Upon command, a frost weapon is sheathed in a terrible, icy cold that deals an extra 1d6 points of cold damage on a successful hit. The cold does not harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chill metal or ice storm

Furious

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate enchantment; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A furious weapon serves as a focus for its wielder's anger. When the wielder is raging or under the effect of a rage spell, the weapon's enhancement bonus is +2 better than normal. If the wielder has a rage power that gives a skill bonus while raging (such as raging climber, raging leaper, or raging swimmer), the wielder gains an enhancement bonus to that skill whenever the weapon is wielded or held in her hand, even when she is not raging. This bonus is equal to the enhancement bonus of the weapon (and also includes the +2 if the wielder is raging).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, rage

Furyborn

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate enchantment; CL 7th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A furyborn weapon draws power from the anger and frustration the wielder feels when battling foes that refuse to die. Each time the wielder damages an opponent with the weapon, its enhancement bonus increases by +1 when making attacks against that opponent (to a maximum total enhancement bonus of +5). This extra enhancement bonus goes away if the opponent dies, the wielder uses the weapon to attack a different creature, or 1 hour passes.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, rage

Ghost Touch

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th; Weight

A ghost touch weapon deals damage normally against incorporeal creatures, regardless of its bonus. An incorporeal creature's 50% reduction in damage from corporeal sources does not apply to attacks made against it with ghost touch weapons. The weapon can be picked up and moved by an incorporeal creature at any time. A manifesting ghost can wield the weapon against corporeal foes. Essentially, a ghost touch weapon counts as both corporeal or incorporeal. This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons and ammunition.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, plane shift

Glamered

Price +4,000 gp; Aura moderate illusion; CL 10th; Weight

A glamered weapon can be commanded to change its shape and appearance to assume the form of another object of similar size. The weapon retains all its properties (including weight) when so disguised but does not radiate magic. Only true seeing or similar magic reveals the true nature of a glamered weapon while it is disguised. After a glamered weapon is used to attack, this special ability is suppressed for 1 minute.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2,000 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, disguise self, magic aura

Glorious

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 5th; Weight

A glorious weapon glows with a dazzling light equal to a daylight spell when drawn. The wielder cannot suppress this light, though it can be temporarily suppressed by any effect that can suppress daylight. A glorious weapon flashes with light, and any creature the wielder attacks in melee is automatically dazzled until the beginning of the wielder's next turn. When a glorious weapon confirms a critical hit, the target is blinded until the beginning of the wielder's next turn (DC 14 Will negates); if the weapon's critical multiplier is greater than ×2, this blindness lasts 1 additional round per multiple over ×2. Only a melee weapon can have the glorious ability.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, blindness/deafness, daylight, flare

Grayflame

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 6th; Weight

This weapon responds to channeled positive and negative energy. When the wielder spends a swift action to channel energy through the weapon, it ignites with a strange gray flame that sheds light as a torch, increases the weapon's enhancement bonus by +1, and deals +1d6 damage (as the divine power from flame strike) to creatures struck by the weapon. This flame lasts for 1 round for every d6 of damage or healing the channeling normally provides. When charged with positive energy, the flame is a silvery gray, good creatures are immune to the weapon's extra damage, and the weapon counts as a good and silver weapon for the purpose of bypassing damage reduction. When charged with negative energy, the flame is an ashen gray, evil creatures are immune to the weapon's extra damage, and the weapon counts as an evil and cold iron weapon for the purpose of bypassing damage reduction. This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Channel Smite, align weapon

Grounding

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A grounding weapon can safely touch electrically charged surfaces without harm to its wielder. When used against a creature of the air subtype, it deals an extra 1d6 points of damage. The wielder of a grounding weapon receives a +2 competence bonus on saving throws against air- and electricity-based effects, and the weapon itself is immune to electricity damage.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, shocking grasp

Guardian

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate abjuration; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A guardian weapon allows the wielder to transfer some or all of the weapon's enhancement bonus to his saving throws as a bonus that stacks with all others. As a free action, the wielder chooses how to allocate the weapon's enhancement bonus at the start of his turn before using the weapon. The bonus on saving throws lasts until his next turn. Only the weapon's own enhancement bonus can be sacrificed, not any enhancement bonus provided by other effects such as a greater magic weapon spell. However, the total of such effects is still diminished by the amount allocated to improving saving throws.

If a weapon has both the defending and guardian abilities, allocating a single point of enhancement bonus increases either AC or saving throws, but not both.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, resistance

Heartseeker

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate necromancy; CL 7th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A heartseeker weapon is drawn unerringly toward beating hearts. A heartseeker weapon ignores the miss chance for concealment against most living targets, though the attack must still target the proper square. This special ability does not apply against aberrations, oozes, plants, outsiders with the elemental subtype, or any creature specifically noted to lack a heart.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, death knell

Holy

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 7th; Weight

A holy weapon is imbued with holy power. This power makes the weapon good-aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against all creatures of evil alignment. It bestows one permanent negative level on any evil creature attempting to wield it. The negative level remains as long as the weapon is in hand and disappears when the weapon is no longer wielded. This negative level cannot be overcome in any way (including by restoration spells) while the weapon is wielded.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, holy smite, creator must be good

Huntsman

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate divination; CL 7th; Weight

A huntsman weapon helps its wielder locate and capture quarry. When the weapon is held in hand, the wielder gains an enhancement bonus on Survival checks made to track any creature the weapon has damaged in the past day. It also deals +1d6 points of damage to creatures the wielder has tracked with Survival in the past day.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, detect animals or plants

Icy Burst

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 10th; Weight

An icy burst weapon functions as a frost weapon that also explodes with frost upon striking a successful critical hit. The frost does not harm the wielder. In addition to the extra damage from the frost ability, an icy burst weapon deals an extra 1d10 points of cold damage on a successful critical hit. If the weapon's critical multiplier is ×3, add an extra 2d10 points of cold damage instead, and if the multiplier is ×4, add an extra 3d10 points.

Even if the frost ability is not active, the weapon still deals its extra cold damage on a successful critical hit.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chill metal or ice storm

Igniting

Price +2 bonus; Aura strong evocation; CL 12th; Weight

An igniting weapon functions as a flaming weapon that also causes the target to catch fire (Core Rulebook 444) upon striking it with a successful critical hit. The target does not get a saving throw to avoid catching fire, but can make a save each round on its turn to put out the fire. The flaming ability must be active for the weapon to set enemies on fire.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, flame blade, flame strike, or fireball

Impact

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons that are not light weapons. An impact weapon delivers a potent kinetic jolt when it strikes, dealing damage as if the weapon were one size category larger. In addition, any bull rush combat maneuver the wielder attempts while wielding the weapon gains a bonus equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus; this includes all bull rush attempts, not only those in which a weapon is used, such as Bull Rush Strike, Shield Slam, or Unseat.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bull's strength, lead blades (Advanced Player's Guide), righteous might or giant form I

Impervious

Price +3,000 gp; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th; Weight

An impervious weapon is warded from damage and decay. A metallic weapon cannot rust and a wooden weapon cannot rot or warp, even by magical or supernatural means. An impervious weapon gains double the normal bonus to its hardness and hit points for each point of its enhancement bonus. The break DC for an impervious weapon and the wielder's combat maneuver defense against sunder maneuvers against the impervious weapon each gain a bonus equal to twice the weapon's enhancement bonus.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1,500 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, fabricate, make whole

Invigorating

Price +2 bonus; Aura faint enchantment; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. After an attack with this weapon drops a living foe (kills it or drops it to negative hit points), the weapon infuses its wielder with vigor. If its wielder is fatigued, the weapon removes the fatigue. If exhausted, the wielder becomes fatigued instead. If neither exhausted nor fatigued, the wielder gains a +2 morale bonus on attack rolls and a +10 foot enhancement bonus to all modes of movement possessed until the end of the wielder's next turn.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, good hope

Jurist

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 4th; Weight

When an inquisitor wielder uses her judgment class ability while wielding a jurist weapon, it grants her an enhancement bonus on her Perception checks and to CMD. The bonus is +1 on the first round of her judgment, and increases by +1 each round, to a maximum of +3 on the third and following rounds.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, owl's wisdom

Keen

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 10th; Weight

This ability doubles the threat range of a weapon. Only piercing or slashing melee weapons can be keen. If you roll this special ability randomly for an inappropriate weapon, reroll. This benefit doesn't stack with any other effects that expand the threat range of a weapon (such as the keen edge spell or the Improved Critical feat).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, keen edge

Ki Focus

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can be placed only on melee weapons. The magic weapon serves as a channel for the wielder's ki, allowing her to use her special ki attacks through the weapon as if they were unarmed attacks. These attacks include the monk's ki strike, quivering palm, and the Stunning Fist feat (including any condition that the monk can apply using this feat).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, creator must be a monk

Ki Intensifying

Price +2 bonus; Aura strong transmutation; CL 12th; Weight

The weapon channels and amplifies the wielder's ki, allowing her to use her special ki attacks through the weapon as though they were unarmed attacks. These attacks include the monk's ki strike, quivering palm, and the Stunning Fist feat. The save DC for ki abilities used through the weapon increases by half the enhancement bonus of the weapon (minimum 1).

After a successful strike with a ki intensifying weapon, the wielder can spend 1 ki point as a swift action to perform a combat maneuver to bull rush, disarm, reposition, or trip as a free action without provoking attacks of opportunity. Any bonuses or penalties applicable to the weapon attack also apply to this combat maneuver check. The wielder cannot move from her space as a part of the chosen maneuver.

Only melee weapons can have the ki intensifying ability. It cannot be placed on an amulet of mighty fist or similar non-weapon item. Weapons with the ki focus ability can be upgraded to be ki intensifying.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, creator must be a monk

Lifesurge

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A lifesurge weapon boosts and sustains the wielder's life energy while he is in the throes of combat. The wielder gains a bonus on saving throws against necromantic effects—including the ability damage, ability drain, and energy drain powers of the undead—equal to the weapon's enhancement bonus. In addition, whenever the wielder receives temporary hit points from any source, he adds the weapon's enhancement bonus to these temporary hit points; this does not stack for temporary hit points from multiple sources, and these points are lost if the lifesurge weapon is not being wielded.

In combat, the weapon's critical threat range is doubled against undead; this does not stack with the keen special ability or Improved Critical. Whenever a lifesurge weapon confirms a critical hit against an undead creature, it erupts with 1d8 points of positive energy (2d8 for weapons with a critical multiplier of ×3, 3d8 if it is ×4); the wielder may choose to deal this as damage to an undead target or to absorb half this amount as healing, with the remaining positive energy dissipating.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, Channel Smite, cure serious wounds, death ward, disrupt undead

Limning

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint evocation; CL 5th; Weight

When a liming weapon is wielded, a pale glow outlines it. On a successful strike against a creature affected by a means of magical concealment, the weapon outlines the creature in faerie fire (as the spell) for 1 round. Magical means of concealment include blur, displacement, invisibility, and similar effects, whether from a spell, spell-like ability, or supernatural means, but not those provided by extraordinary abilities. A liming weapon has no special effect against creatures merely hiding or concealed by nonmagical means, or those hidden by environmental conditions (even magical) such as darkness or fog.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, faerie fire

Lucky

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on one-handed or two-handed firearms. A lucky firearm has its own magical reservoir of grit (see Ultimate Combat). Usually this grit is stored within the marks of an engraving or in a trinket that hangs from the firearm. Often these marks take the form of holy symbols or fetishes, but such a reservoir can take just about any form. This reservoir holds 1 grit point, which is refreshed at the start of each day. Whether or not the wielder of a lucky firearm has any deeds (see Ultimate Combat), she can always spend 1 grit point from the lucky firearm to reroll an attack from it that would result in a misfire. When the wielder does so, she must take the second result, even if that attack roll also results in a misfire.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, heroism, creator must be a grit user

Lucky, Greater

Price +3 bonus; Aura strong enchantment; CL 12th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on one-handed or two-handed firearms. A greater lucky firearm is nearly identical to a lucky firearm, but its reservoir holds 3 grit points instead of 1. A firearm cannot have both this special ability and the lucky special ability.

Construction Requirements

Cost +3 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, greater heroism, creator must be a grit user

Menacing

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate illusion; CL 10th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A menacing weapon helps allies deal with flanked foes. When the wielder is adjacent to a creature that is being flanked by an ally, the flanking bonus on attack rolls for all flanking allies increases by +2. This ability works even if the wielder is not one of the characters flanking the creature.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, phantasmal killer

Merciful

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint conjuration; CL 5th; Weight

A merciful weapon deals an extra 1d6 points of damage, but all damage it deals is nonlethal damage. On command, the weapon suppresses this ability until told to resume it (allowing it to deal lethal damage, but without any bonus damage from this ability).

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, cure light wounds

Mighty Cleaving

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A mighty cleaving weapon allows a wielder using the Cleave feat to make one additional attack if the first attack hits, as long as the next foe is adjacent to the first and also within reach. This additional attack cannot be against the first foe.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, divine power

Mimetic

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint abjuration; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. Each time the wielder damages a creature using a mimetic weapon, he gains resistance 10 to one energy type that the creature is resistant or immune to for 1 round (if the creature damaged has multiple types of resistance, the wielder chooses one of those resistances to take). This resistance stacks with itself, to a maximum of 30 points of resistance against a given energy type, but not with other sources of energy resistance. The creature's own resistances and immunities are unaffected.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, resist energy

Negating

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate abjuration; CL 5th; Weight

A negating weapon briefly nullifies some forms of damage reduction when it damages a creature. Whenever a negating weapon damages a foe with DR/chaotic, DR/evil, DR/good, DR/lawful, or DR/magic, it reduces the value of that damage reduction by 5 points for 1 round. For example, a +1 negating lance hitting a creature with DR 10/good and lawful reduces the creature's DR to 5/good and lawful. If the creature has a component to its damage reduction other than the alignment types listed above, that component is unaffected. Thus, if the +1 negating lance above hits a demon with DR 10/good and cold iron, it would leave the demon with DR 10/cold iron and 5/good for 1 round. The effects of multiple negating weapons (or multiple hits from the same weapon) do not stack. This ability can only be placed on melee weapons.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, dispel chaos, evil, good, or law

Neutralizing

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A neutralizing weapon thrust into up to 1 gallon of nonmagical corrosive liquid transforms it into harmless water. When used against a creature of the earth subtype, it deals an extra 1d6 points of damage. The wielder of a neutralizing weapon receives a +2 competence bonus on saving throws against acid- and earth-based effects, and the weapon itself is immune to acid damage.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, purify food and drink

Nimble Shot

Price +4 bonus; Aura moderate abjuration; CL 11th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on ranged weapons. A nimble shot weapon doesn't provoke attacks of opportunity when fired.

Construction Requirements

Cost +4 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bow spirit (Advanced Player's Guide)

Nullifying

Price +3 bonus; Aura strong abjuration; CL 12th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A nullifying weapon suppresses a creature's spell resistance for a short amount of time. Anytime the weapon strikes a creature with spell resistance and the creature takes damage from the weapon, the target's spell resistance is reduced by 1 for 1 minute. On a confirmed critical hit, its spell resistance is instead reduced by an amount equal to the weapon's critical multiplier. Multiple hits from a nullification weapon stack.

Construction Requirements

Cost +3 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, antimagic field

Ominous

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint evocation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. An ominous weapon trails a shadowy haze behind every stroke, and moans a menacing dirge in battle. An ominous weapon adds its enhancement bonus on Intimidate checks made by the wielder. In addition, when an ominous weapon confirms a critical hit, the target is shaken for 1 minute (DC 13 Will negates); if the weapon's critical multiplier is greater than ×2, this condition lasts 1 additional minute per multiple over ×2. A creature that gains the shaken condition from an ominous weapon cannot gain that condition again from the same weapon for 24 hours.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, doom or scare

Phase Locking

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate abjuration; CL 7th; Weight

A phase locking weapon interferes with dimensional travel. A creature damaged by a phase locking weapon is affected as though by the dimensional anchor spell for 1 round.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, dimensional anchor

Planar

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th; Weight

A planar weapon is effective against all types of extradimensional beings, able to pierce their resistance to physical harm. When used to attack outsiders, a planar weapon ignores 5 points of their damage reduction.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, plane shift

Quenching

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A quenching weapon thrust into a nonmagical fire of Medium size or smaller extinguishes it. When used against a creature of the fire subtype, it deals an extra 1d6 points of damage. The wielder of a quenching weapon receives a +2 competence bonus on saving throws against fire-based effects, and the weapon itself is immune to fire damage.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, chill metal

Reliable

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 8th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on firearms. A reliable firearm is enchanted so that it is less likely to jam than other firearms. This enchantment reduces the misfire value of the affected firearm by 1 (minimum 0). This reduction occurs after any increases are calculated for firing with the broken condition, or for any other effect that might increase the misfire value of a firearm.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, mending

Reliable, Greater

Price +3 bonus; Aura strong enchantment; CL 12th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on firearms. A greater reliable firearm is enchanted so as to be less likely to jam than other firearms. The greater reliable special ability reduces the misfire value of the affected firearm by 4 (minimum 0). This reduction occurs after any increases are calculated for firing with the broken condition, or for any other effect that might increase the misfire value of a firearm. A firearm with the greater reliable special ability cannot have the reliable special ability.

Construction Requirements

Cost +3 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, make whole

Repositioning

Price +3 bonus; Aura moderate enchantment; CL 10th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A repositioning weapon grants the wielder a +2 enhancement bonus on combat maneuver checks to reposition a foe (Advanced Player's Guide 322). If the wielder confirms a critical hit with the weapon, he can attempt to reposition his opponent as a free action. These reposition attempts still provoke attacks of opportunity as normal. A weapon cannot have both the anchoring and repositioning special abilities.

Construction Requirements

Cost +3 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, telekinesis

Returning

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on a weapon that can be thrown. A returning weapon flies through the air back to the creature that threw it. It returns to the thrower just before the creature's next turn (and is therefore ready to use again in that turn). Catching a returning weapon when it comes back is a free action. If the character can't catch it, or if the character has moved since throwing it, the weapon drops to the ground in the square from which it was thrown.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, telekinesis

Seaborne

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A seaborne weapon functions easily in watery environments. With the weapon in hand, the wielder gains a bonus on Swim checks equal to twice the weapon's enhancement bonus. In addition, the wielder does not take the normal penalties to attack and damage rolls imposed by being underwater, as if he were subject to the spell freedom of movement.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, freedom of movement, touch of the sea (Advanced Player's Guide)

Second Chance

Price +4 bonus; Aura moderate abjuration; CL 11th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on bows. Once per round, when a shot made with this weapon misses its target, as a free action the weapon's wielder can cause that shot to swerve and try to hit the target again. The arrow fired gets a second attack at the same attack bonus as the first attack it made.

Construction Requirements

Cost +4 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, ricochet shot (Ultimate Combat)

Seeking

Price +1 bonus; Aura strong divination; CL 12th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on ranged weapons. A seeking weapon veers toward its target, negating any miss chances that would otherwise apply, such as from concealment. The wielder still has to aim the weapon at the right square. Arrows mistakenly shot into an empty space, for example, do not veer and hit invisible enemies, even if they are nearby.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, true seeing

Shock

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 8th; Weight

Upon command, a shock weapon is sheathed in crackling electricity that deals an extra 1d6 points of electricity damage on a successful hit. The electricity does not harm the wielder. The effect remains until another command is given.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, call lightning or lightning bolt

Shocking Burst

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 10th; Weight

A shocking burst weapon functions as a shock weapon that explodes with electricity upon striking a successful critical hit. The electricity does not harm the wielder. In addition to the extra electricity damage from the shock ability, a shocking burst weapon deals an extra 1d10 points of electricity damage on a successful critical hit. If the weapon's critical multiplier is ×3, add an extra 2d10 points of electricity damage instead, and if the multiplier is ×4, add an extra 3d10 points.

Even if the shock ability is not active, the weapon still deals its extra electricity damage on a successful critical hit.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, call lightning or lightning bolt

Speed

Price +3 bonus; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 7th; Weight

When making a full-attack action, the wielder of a speed weapon may make one extra attack with it. The attack uses the wielder's full base attack bonus, plus any modifiers appropriate to the situation. (This benefit is not cumulative with similar effects, such as a haste spell.)

Construction Requirements

Cost +3 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, haste

Spell Storing

Price +1 bonus; Aura strong evocation and varies; CL 12th; Weight

A spell storing weapon allows a spellcaster to store a single targeted spell of up to 3rd level in the weapon. (The spell must have a casting time of 1 standard action.) Anytime the weapon strikes a creature and the creature takes damage from it, the weapon can immediately cast the spell on that creature as a free action if the wielder desires. (This special ability is an exception to the general rule that casting a spell from an item takes at least as long as casting that spell normally.) Once the spell has been cast from the weapon, a spellcaster can cast any other targeted spell of up to 3rd level into it. The weapon magically imparts to the wielder the name of the spell currently stored within it. A randomly rolled spell storing weapon has a 50% chance of having a spell stored in it already. This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons.

A spell storing weapon emits a strong aura of the evocation school, plus the aura of the spell currently stored.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, creator must be a caster of at least 12th level

Spellstealing

Price +3 bonus; Aura strong divination; CL 13th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A spellstealing weapon allows its wielder to siphon protective magic from a target and transfer it to herself. When the wielder rolls a critical threat against a target, she can forgo confirming the critical hit and instead automatically learn which spells or magical effects are active upon the target. The wielder may then make a caster level check to steal her choice of one of those effects, using the spellstealing weapon's caster level plus its enhancement bonus, against a DC of 11 + the caster level of the effect. If the check succeeds, the target immediately loses the benefits of that effect and the wielder gains the effect for 1 minute (or until the effect expires, whichever comes first). If the spellstealing weapon has a critical multiplier greater than ×2, the wielder may attempt to steal one additional spell effect per additional multiple beyond ×2 (two effects for ×3, and so on).

Construction Requirements

Cost +3 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, greater arcane sight, limited wish

Stalking

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate divination; CL 10th; Weight

The longer the wielder of a stalking weapon studies a target, the more effective her strike. As a standard action, a character wielding a stalking weapon can command it to study a creature within 60 feet. The wielder must have line of effect and line of sight to that target. When the wielder attacks the studied creature, on a successful hit the stalking weapon deals +1d6 points of bonus damage per consecutive round spent studying a target, up to a number of bonus dice equal to the stalking weapon's enhancement bonus. This bonus damage is precision damage and only applies to the first successful hit against that creature.

If the wielder attacks a creature other than the studied creature, commands the weapon to study a different creature, or ends her turn more than 60 feet from the studied creature, the weapon loses all bonus damage dice against the previously studied creature.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, hunter's eye, true strike

Thawing

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A thawing weapon thrust into a nonmagical frozen object of Medium size or smaller melts the ice from it. When used against a creature with the cold subtype, it deals an extra 1d6 points of damage. The wielder of a thawing weapon receives a +2 competence bonus on saving throws against ice-based effects, and the weapon itself is immune to cold damage.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, heat metal

Throwing

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A melee weapon crafted with this ability gains a range increment of 10 feet and can be thrown by a wielder proficient in its normal use.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, magic stone

Thundering

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint necromancy; CL 5th; Weight

A thundering weapon creates a cacophonous roar like thunder whenever it strikes a target with a successful critical hit. The sonic energy does not harm the wielder. A thundering weapon deals an extra 1d8 points of sonic damage on a successful critical hit. If the weapon's critical multiplier is ×3, add an extra 2d8 points of sonic damage instead, and if the multiplier is ×4, add an extra 3d8 points of sonic damage. Subjects dealt critical hits by a thundering weapon must make a successful DC 14 Fortitude save or be deafened permanently.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, blindness/deafness

Transformative

Price +10,000 gp; Aura moderate transmutation; CL 10th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A transformative weapon alters its shape at its wielder's command, becoming any other melee weapon of the same general shape and handedness; the weapon's categorization as simple, martial, or exotic is irrelevant. For example, a Medium transformative longsword can take the shape of any other Medium one-handed melee weapon, such as a scimitar, flail, or trident, but not a Medium light or two-handed melee weapon (such as a Medium short sword or a Medium greatsword). It can even take the shape of comparable weapons of different size categories. For example, a Small greatsword is a two-handed slashing weapon for a Small character, but is a one-handed slashing weapon for a Medium character, which is very similar to a Medium longsword; a Small transformative greatsword can thus become an actual Medium longsword, usable by a Medium creature without the –2 penalty for using a weapon of the wrong size. The weapon retains all of its abilities, including enhancement bonuses and weapon special abilities, except those prohibited by its current shape. For example, a keen transformative weapon functions normally in the form of a piercing or slashing weapon, but cannot use the keen special ability when in the shape of a bludgeoning weapon. When unattended, the weapon reverts to its true shape.

Construction Requirements

Cost +5,000 gp

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, major creation

Unholy

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 7th; Weight

An unholy weapon is imbued with unholy power. This power makes the weapon evil-aligned and thus bypasses the corresponding damage reduction. It deals an extra 2d6 points of damage against all creatures of good alignment. It bestows one permanent negative level on any good creature attempting to wield it. The negative level remains as long as the weapon is in hand and disappears when the weapon is no longer wielded. This negative level cannot be overcome in any way (including restoration spells) while the weapon is wielded.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, unholy blight, creator must be evil

Valiant

Price +1 bonus; Aura faint divination; CL 5th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. When a cavalier wielding a valiant weapon targets a foe with his challenge ability, the valiant weapon deals an additional 1d6 points of damage against that foe. The wielder receives a +2 bonus on combat maneuver checks made to disarm or sunder a challenged foe's weapon as well as a +4 bonus to his CMD against disarm and sunder attacks from that foe.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, true strike

Vicious

Price +1 bonus; Aura moderate necromancy; CL 9th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. When a vicious weapon strikes an opponent, it creates a flash of disruptive energy that resonates between the opponent and the wielder. This energy deals an extra 2d6 points of damage to the opponent and 1d6 points of damage to the wielder.

Construction Requirements

Cost +1 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, enervation

Vorpal

Price +5 bonus; Aura strong necromancy and transmutation; CL 18th; Weight

This potent and feared ability allows the weapon to sever the heads of those it strikes. Upon a roll of natural 20 (followed by a successful roll to confirm the critical hit), the weapon severs the opponent's head (if it has one) from its body. Some creatures, such as many aberrations and all oozes, have no heads. Others, such as golems and undead creatures other than vampires, are not affected by the loss of their heads. Most other creatures, however, die when their heads are cut off. A vorpal weapon must be a slashing melee weapon. If you roll this special ability randomly for an inappropriate weapon, reroll.

Construction Requirements

Cost +5 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, circle of death, keen edge

Wounding

Price +2 bonus; Aura moderate evocation; CL 10th; Weight

This special ability can only be placed on melee weapons. A wounding weapon deals 1 point of bleed damage when it hits a creature. Multiple hits from a wounding weapon increase the bleed damage. Bleeding creatures take the bleed damage at the start of their turns. Bleeding can be stopped by a successful DC 15 Heal check or through the application of any spell that cures hit point damage. A critical hit does not multiply the bleed damage. Creatures immune to critical hits are immune to the bleed damage dealt by this weapon.

Construction Requirements

Cost +2 bonus

Craft Magic Arms and Armor, bleed