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
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 19:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Wendy, we don't really do updates like that in the question here; they just add unnecessary noise. Usually if you want to post an "update" on what you've done then you would post it as an answer with details about how it solved the issue, as long as it is an actual answer to the question. Otherwise it's probably best to just leave it out. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 28, 2021 at 8:26

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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
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 21:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jaska Last millennium, then? \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 16, 2016 at 22:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ cringe Might as well remind me that I have kids now, too. \$\endgroup\$
    – galois
    Commented May 16, 2016 at 22:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @jaska And just look at how big they're getting! \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 17, 2016 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
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 16:07

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