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Is the Shuriken(5) entry in Players Handbook actually 5 weapons, i.e. the player can attack 5 times without pulling out more shurikens, or a single "notional" weapon and all 5 of the shurikens are thrown in a single attack ?

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It's five single weapons.

Because five shurikens cost one gold, you buy them in units of 5. But they are used singly.

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Perhaps it's better to say it's five single weapons? –  C. Ross Apr 18 '12 at 12:51
    
@C.Ross fixed... –  wax eagle Apr 18 '12 at 13:24
    
I believe this is also the number to which a single enchantment can be applied, much like how other ammunition is enchanted in batches of twenty. –  dlras2 Apr 18 '12 at 16:45
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@DanRasmussen - PHB220 - Some monsters, such as werewolves, are susceptible to attacks made by silvered weapons. A single weapon, 30 arrows, 10 crossbow bolts, 20 sling bullets, or 5 shuriken can be silvered at a cost of 500 gp. This cost represents not only the price of the silver, but the time and expertise needed to add silver to a weapon without making it less effective. –  Hachibushu Apr 18 '12 at 16:57
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@SteveC Where is stated that enhancing a bunch of 5 shurikens costs as enhancing a single throwing axe? The silver coating cost is not the same as making them magical (and thus, returning). –  Erik Burigo Apr 20 '12 at 8:54
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