It weighs the least amount on the entire weapons list. Even a hand crossbow is considered a "Light" weapon.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Related: Can You Two-Weapon Fight With a Dart? \$\endgroup\$
    – Olorin
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 20:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you looking for an explanation from a dev, or something else? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 23:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Explanation from a dev would be great, but Im just looking to understand why they didnt choose to make a dart a "Light" weapon. \$\endgroup\$
    – Al Sun
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 23:14

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Being light doesn't have anything to do with weight. The definition of a Light weapon is as follows:

Light. A light weapon is small and easy to handle, making it ideal for use when fighting with two weapons.

Darts are small, obviously. So if a dart isn't a light weapon, it's because it isn't easy to handle, and therefore, not ideal for two-weapon fighting.

Note that while he doesn't say why, Crawford confirmed that darts are not meant to be light. Twice.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Then why add Hand Crossbows to the "Light" list? It too cannot be used in TWF. Why, as a rogue, does it make sense to use slight of hand to hide a "Light" Hand crossbow but not a dart? \$\endgroup\$
    – Al Sun
    Commented Aug 7, 2016 at 23:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AlSun Well, Mearls says it's for use in DM rulings. But that's a different question (this one), and it's not really a sensible way to approach this one - "This extremely unusual weapon is light, why isn't this other weapon?" Hand crossbows are definitely the exception not the rule. \$\endgroup\$
    – Miniman
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 0:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for answering my question. Seeing as there are no other answers I'll accept this one - Darts are small but not easy to handle thus not really a light weapon. Im guessing the Dev wanted to make sure that darts would never be used for TWF. Thanks again. \$\endgroup\$
    – Al Sun
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 13:34

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