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For the purposes of using Sharpshooter (-5/+10 Dam) can I use a Chakram?

The weapon is from the Odyssey of the dragon lords campaign with a description of:

Thylean Weapon: Chakram
Martial Weapon. Damage: 1d6 slashing. Properties: Thrown (range 60/120 ft.), light, finesse, special: The chakram returns to you when thrown, unless you fumble the attack by rolling a natural 1. Weight: 2 lbs. Cost 10 gp.

Im assuming a martial weapon can be melee or ranged. Is it possible the Chakram is both a melee weapon and a ranged weapon? If so, can the 2 weapon fighting attack be used (where you use a light melee weapon in both hands and attack again as a bonus action with the off hand)?

Please only use RAW to answer the question. Thanks.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does the book not explicitly say? If they're using WOTC style guide, it should say if it's ranged/melee. A weapon isn't just martial by itself, it's either martial melee or martial ranged, with both descriptors. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 26 at 6:17
  • \$\begingroup\$ RAW PHB p146 - "A melee weapon is used to attack a target within 5 feet of you, whereas a ranged weapon is used to attack a target at a distance." A chakram can be used either way effectively. What has initially thrown me off was the "Thrown" property which is usually used for melee weapons...but then the Net and Dart weapons also has the thrown property and they are ranged weapons. \$\endgroup\$
    – Al Sun
    Feb 26 at 6:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is this the source material? \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Feb 26 at 6:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ More specifically, the Player's Guide? \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Feb 26 at 6:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes - PHB is Players hand book. but you bring up a good point about the source of where my other info came from. i will post shortly. \$\endgroup\$
    – Al Sun
    Feb 26 at 6:55
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Assuming the guide mentioned in the comments is correct...

It's a martial ranged weapon

On page 21 of the guide:

Chakram. This bladed circular disc is an unusual thrown weapon. It glides through the air, slicing through anything in its path. Warriors who specialize with the chakram can learn to throw it in such a way that it returns to them after cutting the enemy.

And on page 48:

.... Each huntress is formidable in close quarters with her deadly kopis blade, but she also trains with an exotic ranged weapon called the chakram.

The description on page 49, as you quoted in the question calls it a martial weapon, but lacked the word 'ranged' or melee' as it should.

And as such, it should work with Sharpshooter.

Also on page 49 is something called the "Chakram Technique" which specifies throwing the weapon and having it ricochet off multiple targets.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Chakram usually exist in various homebrew rules for other D&N systems, sometimes throwing melee weapons, sometimes distance throwing weapons. To my knowledge, only Pathfinder had it officially, as a distance weapon and a specific rule when using it as a melee weapon (-1 on attack roll and DC 15 Reflex save not to cut yourself using the chakram) \$\endgroup\$
    – Glaerferyn
    Feb 26 at 12:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ricocheting off of multiple targets? Someone has been watching too many episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 26 at 19:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ Or dreams of batarangs \$\endgroup\$
    – MivaScott
    Feb 26 at 19:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AllanMills One cannot watch too many episodes of Xena. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Feb 27 at 5:09

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