I'm drawing a blank, so I'm hoping someone will know what I'm talking about. I remember seeing a weapon described as an "extended reach" weapon. (That meant that it could attack only creatures 15 feet away from it.)

What I seem to remember:

  • “Extended reach” property
  • It was a humongous spear with a 10-foot shaft and a 5-foot spearhead
  • It's based on a real weapon used in ancient Greece for siege warfare

I'm trying to find this weapon again because we have a Summoner in our party who has a huge eidolon. Normal and reach weapons don't work for this character while riding his pet. Having a weapon with a 15-foot reach would be great, you know?

What weapon am I thinking of?


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The Sarissa from the Giant Hunter's Handbook matches your description:

This spearlike weapon is about 15 feet long. Its unwieldy length is counterbalanced by a heavy brass base. A sarissa provides extended reach—tripling your reach rather than doubling it. A Medium wielder would threaten spaces 10 to 15 feet away, but not adjacent squares or squares 5 to 10 feet away (as with a typical reach weapon).

Emphasis mine to show your use of 'extended reach' in the description.

  • \$\begingroup\$ YES! That's absolutely the weapon I was asking about. Thank you so much! \$\endgroup\$
    – Ev-
    Nov 13, 2017 at 7:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Ev- To give you an idea how they might fight: the Macedon Phalanx had 4-5 meter (12-15 feet) spears. A medieval pike (longt&thin variant) is of similar length. \$\endgroup\$
    – Trish
    Nov 13, 2017 at 8:07

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