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Oriental Campaign Arms & Equipment Guide 5e


Prepare to explore and adventure into the mysterious world of the Orient !

        But, for this you will have to be well armed and armored. Don’t worry, this guide got you covered. You won’t have to explore the ancient Asiatic steppes with your monk carrying a weapon of medieval Europe with you.

 I have compiled an extensive list of Chinese, Japanese and Thai weapons for you to equip your PC. Some comes from 2nd edition Player’s Options: Combat & Tactics and The Complete Ninja’s Handbook, but many come from extensive research on the diverse weaponry of ancient Oriental worlds.
 Please note that some item are not necessarily upgrades on standard Player’s Handbook gear as much as flavor gear to give dept and texture to your characters. In the list of possible weapons for Asian adventures, I have included some from the Player’s Handbook, and others contained in the Arms & Equipment Guide - 5e which I previously made available on ( If have identified origins of weapons and armor from other books in the tabs presented in this PDF.

I have done my best to harmonize the weapon damage and cost to the standards of the 5th edition Player’s Handbook, but sometimes there were inconsistencies in the cost relative to damage, or in the actual real weight of the weapons, so I had to use common sense.  

I hope that this resource will save you time and give you more flavor to your games, by making readily accessible a whole array of armament to arm your hero and villains alike in their glorious encounters.

- 71 new Oriental weapons and conversion of Western weapons in Oriental settings.

- 17 new ninja specific equipment

- armor and weapons of PHB availability table for Oriental settings

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Marc A May 15, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Hi Frederic,

I really like the concept of what you've done here.
There are, however, two things I'd point out:

Regarding readability, I'd suggest making the background a little lighter.
It's a small thing, but the "dark spots" on it make for some low contrast in some places, making things a little hard to read at times.

Secondly, I noticed the katana being a 1d10 one-hander. That makes it the single best one-hander in the game.
I would suggest either bringing it down to 1d8, or making it do less damage (or attack with disadvantage) against plate armor.

Historically speaking, katanas were made to cut through the armor used in that region of the world. Hammering it against a European plate armor, however, wouldn't accomplish much.
You can find videos on youtube where they explore this, as well as videos where they try fighting with a longsword against a katana.
In short, the katana is a lot sharper, but it's also a lot...See more
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Frederic L May 15, 2017 7:22 pm UTC
Hey Marc,
thanks for the constructive feedback :)

For readability, I have also included a printer-friendly version where you don't have the background.

For Katana, I agree about the softness of the blade-smith which is wanted in Japanese blades because they are laminates of soft and hard metal; according to a Japanese blade-smith interview I have listened to recently, this increase the sharpness of blade which is not only the cutting edge but thinness of it which gives less resistance for the blade to cut and push into flesh. I used original 2nd edition stats updated for most weapons, including Katana which was originally also better than a long sword. I agree that in real combat it would be also including parrying and it would be less efficient against Western swords, they're also the No-dachi to think of which are the super long katanas that you sometime see on photos paired with Samurai armors, these would have the same challenge to measure in dice damage for D&D... ...See more
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Ralph T September 24, 2018 2:56 am UTC

I agree with Marc A regarding the background. I would highly recommend you lighten it considerably; it would be easier to read, and yes I realize there is a printer friendly version but that misses the point. If you are going to use the argument that you have a printer friendly version than you should remove the parchment background. I for one would like the parchment background, but with a much lighter background so the material is easier to read, so if you would please make the parchment background lighter. =)
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