Bombs are classified as martial thrown weapons. Neither the fundamental nor property runes state that the weapon cannot be consumable.

Is there anything stopping me from getting Thrower's Bandolier, loading it out with 20 bombs each day and having them gain benefits of all the runes applied to the bandolier whenever drawn?

Would +3 major striking Thrower's Bandolier essentially turn lesser Alchemist Fire into a major one, with the exception of splash and persistent damage?

  • \$\begingroup\$ For some reason when I saw the title of this post I imaged a rune-etched GBU-32 1000lb bomb being dropped from an F/A-18 and thinking "we are so screwed". \$\endgroup\$
    – mj_
    Mar 24 at 13:56

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Runes must be etched onto permanent items, such as armor, weapons, or runestones to grant their benefit.

Bombs, while weapons, are not permanent items. They are consumables. See Table 6–4: Treasure by level in Advanced Player's Guide. Bombs are listed under "Consumables" and not under "Permanent Items" which appear in the same table.


Thrower's Bandolier does not work with bombs

Thrower's Bandolier:

This bandolier is covered in straps and pouches capable of holding up to 2 Bulk of one-handed thrown weapons

Bombs lack the thrown trait (quite counterintuitively, as they are thrown).

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think this is 100% clear by RAW. My reasoning: 1. Bombs are thrown weapons: "Bombs are martial thrown weapons with a range increment of 20 feet." 2e.aonprd.com/Rules.aspx?ID=703 2. Thrower's Bandolier never mention the word "trait", it simply says "thrown weapons", which bombs are as per the above. The link to the thrown trait in the description (as seen here 2e.aonprd.com/Equipment.aspx?ID=2313) is something AON added. Still, I'm fairly convinced that RAI is that bombs should not work with the Thrower's Bandolier, as runes normally don't work with bombs. \$\endgroup\$
    – Linus
    Mar 24 at 9:56

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