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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 like this written there, but now I am doubting myself.

So, can my wood elf cleric use a sword?

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    \$\begingroup\$ For more information about the sharp weapon thing, see Why can’t clerics use sharp weapons? Note that it does not apply to 5e (or 4e or 3e). \$\endgroup\$ – KRyan May 16 '16 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @V2Blast was there any point to your edit or just rep hunting? This question was from 2016 \$\endgroup\$ – WendyG Dec 9 '19 at 11:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ @WendyG: Older questions aren't immune from being improved. I came across the question and it was missing the [cleric] tag, so I added it and made a few other minor edits while I was doing so. \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Dec 9 '19 at 17:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @WendyG I'm very sorry you feel your voice was removed, I'm sure that was far from the intention (and no, that is not a requirement). By my reading, the edit improved the readability of your post in several non-trivial ways. The period at the end of the first thought makes it more clear that that thought had ended and removed the run on sentence issue. The added words make it flow a bit better to me as well. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Dec 9 '19 at 19:22
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    \$\begingroup\$ @WendyG Remember that we maintain posts for future users as well, so we make improvements to help our questions and answers to be helpful to the greatest number of people. That sometimes involves tweaks to wordings and phrases. If an edit has actively harmed your post you can always revert it, but please don't revert changes that improve the question. I've made an edit making it a bit closer to what you originally said while maintaining the improvements. I hope that helps. \$\endgroup\$ – Rubiksmoose Dec 9 '19 at 19:25
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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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