Clarification on Dimensional Slice Curve Blade


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Silver Crusade

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I'm a bit confused about the Dimensional Slice version of the Curve Blade. It's Powered with a capacity of 40 or a usage of 2. This is different from all the other melee weapons labelled "dimensional slice," which are analog weapons.

So...was this a typo? Is the dimensional slice curve blade supposed to be analog, or is it genuinely meant to be a powered weapon, and if so, what makes this particular weapon different from other non-powered dimensional slice weapons?

Silver Crusade

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I apologize for the bump, but I'm concerned this question might have gotten lost in the shuffle over the holiday weekend.


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Probably an error. With equipment tables as big as Starfinder's, there are bound to be a few (and a couple have been FAQ'd already).

Might be a bit of a wait until we can get official clarification though.


The level 16 "curve blade, buzzblade" is powered, and the "curve blade, dimensional slice" is presumably an improved version of that.

Silver Crusade

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I initially thought that as well, but it isn't consistent with other dimensional slice weapons like the dimensional slice longsword, starknife or doshko, all of which are analog weapons.


While no other dimensional x weapon has the powered property, they also do not have any critical effects. These may even be connected in terms of mechanical balance. Narratively, I'm not sure why you'd apply the "dimensional slice" quality to the chainsaw version instead of the established norm of analog weapons, but perhaps there was a particularly ornery lumberjack in weapons development.

Or perhaps it's more meta and it's a weird quirk that was either overlooked or just accepted.

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