do quickmetal bracers work with a monk’s unarmed strikes?


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just as the title says :-)


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Seems like it'd work. And with no "unwieldy" penalty.


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I would think these should also work on natural claw attacks with no unwieldy penalty?


Or you just use handwraps, and avoid pesky RAW/RAI debates.

As a GM, I'd allow it, but still impose the -2 penalty, because you aren't used to having your hand locked in position by a metal casing.


No Quickmetal Bracers don't.

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The user can cover a two-handed melee weapon or up to two one-handed or light melee weapons.

Unarmed-Attacks

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“Armed” Unarmed Attacks: Sometimes a character’s or creature’s unarmed attack counts as an armed attack. A monk, a character with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, a spellcaster delivering a touch attack spell, and a creature with natural physical weapons all count as being armed (see natural attacks).

The bracers need a melee weapon, and the unarmed attack is not such.

/cevah


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I'd say they do, though I'm not convinced they'd be worth the money:

The Monk rules wrote:
A monk’s unarmed strike is treated as both a manufactured weapon and a natural weapon for the purpose of spells and effects that enhance or improve either manufactured weapons or natural weapons.


Cevah wrote:

No Quickmetal Bracers don't.

Quote:
The user can cover a two-handed melee weapon or up to two one-handed or light melee weapons.

Unarmed-Attacks

Quote:
“Armed” Unarmed Attacks: Sometimes a character’s or creature’s unarmed attack counts as an armed attack. A monk, a character with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, a spellcaster delivering a touch attack spell, and a creature with natural physical weapons all count as being armed (see natural attacks).

The bracers need a melee weapon, and the unarmed attack is not such.

/cevah

Yeah, but a Monk's unarmed attacks count as manufactured weapons for the purposed of effects that enhance manufactured weapons.


Scott Wilhelm wrote:
Cevah wrote:

No Quickmetal Bracers don't.

Quote:
The user can cover a two-handed melee weapon or up to two one-handed or light melee weapons.

Unarmed-Attacks

Quote:
“Armed” Unarmed Attacks: Sometimes a character’s or creature’s unarmed attack counts as an armed attack. A monk, a character with the Improved Unarmed Strike feat, a spellcaster delivering a touch attack spell, and a creature with natural physical weapons all count as being armed (see natural attacks).
The bracers need a melee weapon, and the unarmed attack is not such.
Yeah, but a Monk's unarmed attacks count as manufactured weapons for the purposed of effects that enhance manufactured weapons.
Monk wrote:
A monk’s unarmed strike is treated as both a manufactured weapon and a natural weapon for the purpose of spells and effects that enhance or improve either manufactured weapons or natural weapons.

Two questions:

1) Is a magic item an effect?
2) Is a manufactured weapon either a two-handed melee weapon or a one-handed or light melee weapons?

Given this ambiguity, I would still say no.

/cevah


No bc the item states it only works with MELEE weapons and the unarmed strike is classified as a "simple unarmed weapon" per RAW.
https://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment/weapons/

RAI/IMO would allow it since "Unarmed" should be a melee-weapon-subset, not its own classification.

Scarab Sages

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FAQ wrote:

Magus: When using spell combat, can the weapon in my other hand be an unarmed strike or a natural weapon?

Yes, so long as the weapon is a light or one-handed melee weapon and is associated with that hand. For example, unarmed strikes, claws, and slams are light melee weapons associated with a hand, and therefore are valid for use with spell combat. A tail slap is not associated with a hand, and therefore is not valid for use with spell combat.

According to the design team, unarmed strikes and natural attacks are light melee weapons. That means the bracers should probably work even if it’s not a monk. That combined with the monk text about counting as a manufactured weapon should leave little doubt that they should work.


Ferious Thune wrote:
FAQ wrote:

Magus: When using spell combat, can the weapon in my other hand be an unarmed strike or a natural weapon?

Yes, so long as the weapon is a light or one-handed melee weapon and is associated with that hand. For example, unarmed strikes, claws, and slams are light melee weapons associated with a hand, and therefore are valid for use with spell combat. A tail slap is not associated with a hand, and therefore is not valid for use with spell combat.
According to the design team, unarmed strikes and natural attacks are light melee weapons. That means the bracers should probably work even if it’s not a monk. That combined with the monk text about counting as a manufactured weapon should leave little doubt that they should work.

They did NOT include natural weapons, and some unarmed strikes like a tail slap do not count. Also, Spell Combat is spells, not an effect.

I will admit, the barrier to use by rule is being eroded, but not yet gone, in my opinion.

/cevah

Scarab Sages

They included claws and slams. It's whether or not the attack is with the hand that matters (in the case of the Magus). That's probably a fair ruling on the armbands as well. But that doesn't mean that tail slaps, bites, gores, etc. aren't light melee weapons. They are. They just aren't light melee weapons associated with a hand.

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