I'm trying to decide what to take as a feat for my unarmed monk build. I came across the Dual Wielder feat which says

You master fighting with two weapons, gaining the following benefits:

• You gain a +1 bonus to AC while you are wielding a separate melee weapon in each hand.

• You can use two-weapon fighting even when the one-handed melee weapons you are wielding aren’t light.

• You can draw or stow two one-handed weapons when you would normally be able to draw or stow only one.

Does the fist count as a weapon in the context of the first bullet?

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    \$\begingroup\$ As a note, even if it did, it's probably not worth spending an entire feat on +1 AC. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    Apr 6, 2018 at 8:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Like @Jason_c_o said. If you're not planning to use weapons, take a +2 to Dex instead of the feat. You still get +1 AC as well as anything else that uses Dex. \$\endgroup\$
    – Asher
    Apr 13, 2018 at 17:33

2 Answers 2



Unarmed strikes are not weapons. See PHB p.195:

Instead of using a weapon to attack you can use an unarmed strike. (Emphasis mine)

(Note that early printings of the PHB included "unarmed strike" in the weapons table; that has been corrected by errata.)


RAW, the answer is most likely no.

Melee weapons are listed on PHB page 149. Unfortunately, fists are not in that list.

On PHB page 146, under weapons:

Your class grants proficiency in certain weapons, reflecting both the class's focus and the tools you are most likely to use. (emphasis mine)

Based on this, the answer to your question is no, because while the weapon list is not exhaustive, the description of 'weapons' in the rules seems to classify weapons as tools. Fists are unfortunately not tools.

  • \$\begingroup\$ related on unarmed strikes \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ But isn't unarmed strike listed as a weapon on PHB page 149 Quarterstaff 2 sp 1d6 bludgeoning 4 lb. Versatile (1d8) Sickle 1 gp 1d4 slashing 2 lb. Light Spear 1 gp 1d6 piercing 3 lb. Thrown (range 20/60), versatile (1d8) Unarmed strike — 1 bludgeoning — — \$\endgroup\$
    – Zacarius
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can't find what you're referring to, Zacarius, but if the top answer on NautArch's linked question is correct, I am wrong. \$\endgroup\$
    – Simon H.
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ It's possible @Zacarius has an early printing of the PHB which lists unarmed strikes in the weapon table. (In which case they should avail themselves of the 1-pg. errata which would bring their PHB into consonance with the rest of the 5e ecosystem.) \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Zacarius Take a look here. \$\endgroup\$
    – Slagmoth
    Apr 6, 2018 at 2:40

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