Fun ideas for more unique solar weapons.


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Scarab Sages

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So, we all know that solar weapons can take any form. They have to be wielded by one hand, but if we abstract it out to “at least one hand has to be free” we open ourselves up to a lot of creative ideas for what your solar weapon can be. The core book suggests a set of glowing tunes, here are just a few other ideas. Can you think of more?

A Stand from JoJo’s bizzare adventure (a humanoid figure that pops out and punches enemies for you.

Animal limbs, such as the ‘gifters’ From One Piece

Giant half of scissors From kill la kill and more.

Combat Yo-yo Bridget from guilty gear, Killua from hunterxhunter, Smokey quartz from Steven universe.


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VampByDay wrote:
So, we all know that solar weapons can take any form. They have to be wielded by one hand, but if we abstract it out to “at least one hand has to be free” we open ourselves up to a lot of creative ideas for what your solar weapon can be. The core book suggests a set of glowing tunes, here are just a few other ideas. Can you think of more?

So is this for society play? If not why limit it to one handed? I don't know why Paizo made it so that you can't have two solar weapons like double daggers (etc). I mean does it affect gameplay at all? If you open this up the possibilities are endless.

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JetSetRadio wrote:
VampByDay wrote:
So, we all know that solar weapons can take any form. They have to be wielded by one hand, but if we abstract it out to “at least one hand has to be free” we open ourselves up to a lot of creative ideas for what your solar weapon can be. The core book suggests a set of glowing tunes, here are just a few other ideas. Can you think of more?
So is this for society play? If not why limit it to one handed? I don't know why Paizo made it so that you can't have two solar weapons like double daggers (etc). I mean does it affect gameplay at all? If you open this up the possibilities are endless.

Just following the rules as written:

Core rulebook-Soalr weapon wrote:
Your solar weapon functions as a one-handed kinetic advanced melee weapon, and you’re automatically proficient with it. At 1st level, choose whether your solar weapon deals bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage


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Oh I know the text. I was just asking for your thoughts. There really isn't 2 weapon fighting so attacking with the first solar dagger and then attacking with the second you are still at -4 for both attacks. Are you going by the book or looking for things someone would see when they start a fight with an NPC solarian?

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JetSetRadio wrote:
Oh I know the text. I was just asking for your thoughts. There really isn't 2 weapon fighting so attacking with the first solar dagger and then attacking with the second you are still at -4 for both attacks. Are you going by the book or looking for things someone would see when they start a fight with an NPC solarian?

Just looking for interesting options that follow RAW so that it can apply to SFS/stringent GMs/whatevs. It could be for PCs, NPCs, or whatever.


Back when Beta and I were first going through the CRB, I rolled up a Shirren Solarian (Bounty Hunter) with Profession (Door-to-Door Salesman) as his backstory. He'd track down perps, pretending to try to sell goods from his pitch-black briefcase (Solar weapon, bludgeoning). Plus when someone tries to escape, he simply clicks open the briefcase and a vortex pulls them back to him (Blackhole revelation).

- Alpha


My Female human solarion Veronica really like punching things. So her solar weapon is a literal power fist.

Also a bit of a tangent, but I'm just a bit irked when everyone makes comparisons of a solar weapon to a lightsaber. Solar weapons way more like the energy weapons you see in anime like dragonball or a poor man's green lantern with how you are the source of the weapon and how you can define it's shape. Making an instant equation to lightsabers kinda boxes in creative applications IMO.


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WhiteWeasel wrote:

My Female human solarion Veronica really like punching things. So her solar weapon is a literal power fist.

Also a bit of a tangent, but I'm just a bit irked when everyone makes comparisons of a solar weapon to a lightsaber. Solar weapons way more like the energy weapons you see in anime like dragonball or a poor man's green lantern with how you are the source of the weapon and how you can define it's shape. Making an instant equation to lightsabers kinda boxes in creative applications IMO.

While that's true, it was a pretty clear developer intention that Solarians be the Starfinder version of Jedi, even if they have a broader range of abilities and ways that they can be fluffed, and even if soldiers can also use "light sabers". We can't fault people too much for thinking narrowly along the explicitly stated design goals.

Scarab Sages

A few others:

Gadoken a short range energy projectile that could be flavored as a melee attack. From Dan Hibiki of Street Fighter

A 4001 Rickenbacker Bass Guitar from Haruko of FLCL

A massive sword wielded in one hand Nightmare, Soul Calibur


Hand on a chain.


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I had an NPC that I just described his solarian weapon as a fist of utter darkness covered in black glowing runes.

Scarab Sages

Keep the ideas coming!

Frying Pan From Tangled/Princess Peach

Books From The final fantasy series (and the living Grimoire archetype from pathfinder.)

Chopsticks used by Kirin from Ranma 1/2: Big trouble in Nekonron, China.


A glow-in-the-dark yo-yo.. and a fiery length of chain.


A crowbar

A fishing pole.

A large fish.

Combine with the previous two ideas and get a fish on a pole...

A dog on a leash.

A large bone

A giant log used as a club (Not sure how this could work one handed)

A disgruntled armor solarion upset weapons solarions get crystals to improve their weapons and all he gets is the MonStar schtick. Not a solar weapon directly, just a solarion picking up another one and using his armored form as a weapon.

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Man, I gotta comment on some of these, they’re great!

FirstChAoS wrote:
A crowbar

Fun story, I had a friend who made a PFS rogue with catch off guard and improved disarm. He had a ‘trusty buddy’ build where he specialized in hitting people with trusty buddy. He picked up a level in bard and used arcane strike to make it magical.

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A fishing pole.

Gon Freecess From Hunterxhunter

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A large fish.

just going to leave this here

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A large bone

A caveman Solarian!

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A giant log used as a club (Not sure how this could work one handed)

Pretty sure I’ e seen this somewhere but I can’t recall where. On a related note, my friends and I did come up with a PFS build that let you wield an orc skull ram 1-handed, which is basically the same thing.


A gun with a bayonet. Bluff your enemies into thinking it's a ranged weapon. Bonus points if it's a plug bayonet and they still fall for it.

A sword held backwards as a bludgeoning weapon.

A fanged mouth.

A giant squeaky hammer toy.


A giant crab claw sheathed over your arm.


A disco ball flail. For When It's Time To Get Funky lol. Also a toy gun like the one the Joker uses... the one that shoots out a little flag with bang on it. Also I would make armor in the shape of a Darkness riot shield.


Drill bits of varying styles.

A workshop hammer, just to make "this is not a drill" jokes.


A rubber chicken.

A pie (good for orcs).

A kris


A diskos.

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The Ragi wrote:
A diskos.

This is how my brain works:

So your quote reminded me of:
an Identity disk from Tron

That it turn reminded me of Kingdom hearts, which brought to mind:

A Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts,

And THAT reminded my of Goofy’s Weapon in the game which behaves suspiciously like:
Captain America’s shield


Oh, we're doing KH now?

Scarab Sages

The Sideromancer wrote:
Oh, we're doing KH now?

Well, some of those work. The crossbow-guns don’t really, nor do the spears (not as he uses them, just floating around) but punching daggers and that Beserker club thing do just fine. Plus we could go full circle and include Xemnas’s Weapon which seems familiar.


I'm gming a game where one of my players(at my suggestion) has a Spatulaxe for his solar weapon.

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