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The cestus is a glove of leather or thick cloth that covers the wielder from mid-finger to mid-forearm. The close combat weapon is reinforced with metal plates over the fingers and often lined with wicked spikes along the backs of the hands and wrists.

Benefit: While wearing a cestus, you are considered armed and your unarmed attacks deal normal damage. If you are proficient with a cestus, your unarmed strikes may deal bludgeoning or piercing damage. Monks are proficient with the cestus.

Drawback: When using a cestus, your fingers are mostly exposed, allowing you to wield or carry items in that hand, but the constriction of the weapon at your knuckles gives you a –2 penalty on all precision-based tasks involving that hand (such as opening locks).

Weapon Feature(s): monk

Light Melee Weapon
Cost Dmg (S) Dmg (M) Critical Range Weight Type Special
Cestus 5 gp 1d3 1d4 19-20/x2 1 lb. B or P monk
Errata from Adventurer's Armory

Inside front cover—In the Cestus entry, change Type to “B or P.”

Page 3—In the Cestus entry, in the third sentence, remove the words “unarmed” and “rather than nonlethal damage.”

Table Entry: Cestus 5 gp 1d3 1d4 19–20/×2 — 1 lb. B or P monk