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My DM, who hasn't played newer versions of D&D, was asking if my cleric was allowed to use sharp weapons, I double checked the descriptions and didn't see anything written, but now I am doubting myself.

So can my wood elf cleric use a sword?

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Any character can use any weapon; there are no limitations (except size - a medium creature can't use a storm giant's axe or a pixie's dagger). If they are proficient in that weapon they get their proficiency bonus; if not, they don't.

A wood elf cleric is proficient in longsword, shortsword, shortbow, and longbow (from wood elf) and all simple weapons (from cleric). Further, if they are of the Tempest or War domain they are proficient in all martial weapons as well.

By the way, your DM is really old (like me); the sharp weapon thing went out in 3rd edition - that is, last century.

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    \$\begingroup\$ "Last century" oh God don't word it like that! \$\endgroup\$ – galois May 16 '16 at 21:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jaska Last millennium, then? \$\endgroup\$ – WakiNadiVellir May 16 '16 at 22:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ cringe Might as well remind me that I have kids now, too. \$\endgroup\$ – galois May 16 '16 at 22:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jaska And just look at how big they're getting! \$\endgroup\$ – Wesley Obenshain May 17 '16 at 3:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well my DM decided last session that "my God didn't like me spilling blood using all these pointy weapons" in fact none of the gods did in this realm. So I am intending to smash everyone's chests and getting blood spurting from the smash wounds. Well providing I can actually damn well roll to hit. \$\endgroup\$ – WendyG Sep 6 '16 at 16:07

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