No Weapon Finesse?


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As the subject says...I find nothing on Weapon Finesse...so I presume we go with Str for melee and Dex for ranged, and that's that?


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I don't have my book at hand, so someone correct me if I'm wrong...

But I believe "finesse-able" weapons, aka operative weapons, automatically allow you to use dex. No feat required.


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Operative weapons use Dex to hit without needing a feat. Pretty much everyone has it now.


Gotcha! I see that now. Thank you! :)


[Glares at weapons list] there are only three types of operative weapons: batons, daggers/knives and sword canes. They're also only basic melee weapons, why?

A whip aka taclash or xenolash should be dex based not strength, especially since it gives you trip and disarm which is all about precisely wrapping the whip around a specific part of the body/weapon.


GreekChorus wrote:

[Glares at weapons list] there are only three types of operative weapons: batons, daggers/knives and sword canes. They're also only basic melee weapons, why?

A whip aka taclash or xenolash should be dex based not strength, especially since it gives you trip and disarm which is all about precisely wrapping the whip around a specific part of the body/weapon.

I think it's a balance for the fact Operatives gain a lot of benefits from using operative weapons. For the same reason unarmed strikes cannot use Dex to attack.


In reality, the dueling sword is basically a futuristic rapier and should be an operative weapon if a sword cane is, but I'm holding out hope that Starfinder Armory will add more operative weapons.

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Yeah, I highly doubt we'll see an advanced melee operative weapon, for one thing operatives don't get that feat, and for another the damage curve would be unbalanced when considering trick attack.


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Also, don't forget that operative weapons come with a downside: they only get half specialization damage, just like small arms. Operatives might want a dueling sword to be such, but lots of other classes would rather have the extra damage than the ( possibly irrelevant ) substitution of Dex for Str.

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