Can you deal non-lethal sneak attack damage with natural weapons?


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No, unless your natural weapon normally deals nonlethal damage.

With a sap (blackjack) or an unarmed strike, a rogue can make a sneak attack that deals nonlethal damage instead of lethal damage. She cannot use a weapon that deals lethal damage to deal nonlethal damage in a sneak attack, not even with the usual -4 penalty.

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Natural weapon is not an unarmed strike and deals lethal damage (If it is not some special natural weapon that normally deals nonlethal damage).


Yes. But it needs a feat.

Subduing Strike, a feat from the Book of Exalted Deeds (pg 46) allows you to do nonlethal damage with any melee weapon, including Sneak Attack.

See Do natural attacks count as melee weapons? for further details on natural weapons as melee weapon.

If you are a Monk, the Monk's Unarmed Strike class feature, allows for nonlethal damage explicitly at no penalty, so you can use Sneak Attack freely.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Please include this as something other then an answer, since the question has already been answered. Thanks for the tip on the feat btw! :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Simon
    May 9, 2016 at 15:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Simon No, this is the right place for Scrollreader's post. A question can have new answers even if it already has an accepted answer. (Where else could it go, anyway?) \$\endgroup\$ May 9, 2016 at 16:28

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