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According to the grapple rules in the SRD:

...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike.

When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see:

unarmed attacks

Would that mean grappling does bludgeoning damage?

This might seem like a trivial question, but we're experiencing disagreement on this point.

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Yes, of course. That's exactly what it's saying.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I realize this question borderlines ridiculousness, but I asked it to get someone to 'see, I'm not the only one that says so.' \$\endgroup\$
    – Ruut
    Jul 23, 2015 at 18:02
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Ruut Fair enough! That's useful context information to put in the question. I added that to the question — but if you could elaborate on what the argument against is, I can elaborate in this answer on the argument for, tailoring it to the difficulty you're trying to solve. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 23, 2015 at 18:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ A fellow player, I am not DM'ing for a change, is telling the DM that grappling damage is un-typed and therefore not subject to damage reduction effects. I told him that it deals damage according to unarmed strike. His argument is based on "as if" meaning "similar but not the same." I told him he was reading way too deep into things that don't exist. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ruut
    Jul 23, 2015 at 18:19

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