Menacing weapons - fear effect?


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Hi guys, I haven't quite gotten an answer on this one. Regarding menacing weapons, it gives a bonus +2 to flankers when the wielder is adjacent, flanking or not.

I'm currently in a module where there is a decent amount of undead, and they're immune to mind-affecting stuff like fears, and menacing seems like it would be a fear effect, but it could just be a 'magic effect' of the weapon. I'm not sure if my DM will give me the bonus to attacks or not.

What do you guys think?


It's not a fear effect.


Ziggawatt wrote:

Hi guys, I haven't quite gotten an answer on this one. Regarding menacing weapons, it gives a bonus +2 to flankers when the wielder is adjacent, flanking or not.

I'm currently in a module where there is a decent amount of undead, and they're immune to mind-affecting stuff like fears, and menacing seems like it would be a fear effect, but it could just be a 'magic effect' of the weapon. I'm not sure if my DM will give me the bonus to attacks or not.

What do you guys think?

Quite possibly it should be a fear effect, but it's not called out as one, or even mind-affecting, or related to Intimidation, or anything. So it's not a fear effect. Such things are never implicit in the fluff if they're not mentioned in the crunch. You should definitely get the bonus.


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While menacing does mean scary, it means 'scary because it's dangerous' not 'scary for no reason'.

Whether you are scared or not, the threat is real.


Correct. Menacing in this case means "threatens imminent harm".


Yup you should be good to go.

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