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Can the D&D 5e version of the Staff of the Python be used as a weapon? If so, what are its stats?

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Yes, and it has the statistics of a quarterstaff.

According to the Magic Item Categories listed in the Dungeon Master's Guide (Chapter 7):

Unless a staff's description says otherwise, a staff can be used as a quarterstaff.

Since the staff of the python doesn't say otherwise, it can be used as a quarterstaff, so it deals 1d6 bludgeoning damage and has the Versatile (d8) property. Since it is a magic item that is a weapon, it counts as a magic weapon for purposes of overcoming damage resistances and immunities.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it considered a magic weapon, even though it has no specific magical bonus? \$\endgroup\$
    – Wes F.
    Mar 29, 2019 at 19:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ It is a weapon, and it is a magic item, so it is a magic weapon. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 29, 2019 at 19:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related, regarding whether or not the staff is a magic weapon : rpg.stackexchange.com/a/169994/77044 \$\endgroup\$
    – Matthieu
    May 15 at 13:17

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