Improved draconic wings states that:

You can make a dive attack. A dive attack works like a charge(...). You can make a dive attack only when wielding a piercing weapon.

Since the bow deals piercing damage, could I make a dive attack with it?

The "works like a charge" part got me confused.


Charging only permits a (single) melee attack, so you can't make a ranged attack as part of a dive attack:

After moving, you may make a single melee attack.

That only makes sense, anyway. The point of a dive attack, like in a charge, is to add the impact of your body's own momentum to the attack, which doesn't work for a missile that impacts by itself.

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    \$\begingroup\$ (well, actually, it does work in RL. But that's besides the point) \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 5 '15 at 22:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ @thedarkwanderer Sort of. It's not the same mechanism, since you're not forcing the target flesh to absorb all or a large fraction of your pesonal body's momentum, you're using your relative speeds to impart a tiny bit more force to the projectile. Same idea, vastly different physics. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Apr 5 '15 at 22:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ That is absolutely true. I upvoted, I'm just not good at letting things go ^^; \$\endgroup\$ – Please stop being evil Apr 6 '15 at 0:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ I got a +1 valorous dragonfang halberd for +2 damage and +1 multiplier. Now when I'm tired of shooting I can dive attack and deal shitloads of damage. \$\endgroup\$ – Jean-Luc Nacif Coelho Apr 18 '15 at 8:18

With a bow, no. Only a melee piercing weapon works because the rules for a charge specify that a melee weapon must be used. Funnily, there are two melee weapons that deliver a crossbow bolt: the Spear Spikard and War Spikard (Magic of Eberron pp137~138).

A spear spikard resembles a thicker-than-normal shortspear. [truncated] A spear spikard is actually a hollow weapon capable of delivering a bolt as part of a melee strike.

(Magic of Eberron p137)

A war spikard is similar in principle to the spear spikard, but its crossbow mechanism is melded smoothly into a weapon that resembles an oversized warhammer.

(Magic of Eberron p138)


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