[Pathfinder] Use Rope?
Paizo’s Pathfinder Companion: Adventurer’s Armoury added a few new weapons that augmented unarmed strikes: brass knuckles and rope gauntlets. Unsurprisingly, like the humble gauntlet, these weapons are not considered monk weapons (this doesn’t mean that your monk shouldn’t equip them, because you can’t flurry on every round – make that one punch you get at the end of a charge count), but you might find their classifications odd: brass knuckles are simple weapons and rope gauntlets are exotic. In addition, the brass knuckles entry specifically states that monks are proficient with them.
I find it interesting that simples lengths of rope were classified as weapons, allowing for masterwork and magical versions. In all honesty, I’m not sure if I like this, since the rope gauntlets further reduce the value of the Improved Unarmed Strike feat (even non-proficient rope gauntlet wielders are considered armed) and I still need to come to terms with handing out vorpal rope gauntlets as part of a treasure hoard (no matter how cool it sounds).
Anyway, despite my indecision about the rope gauntlets, they did inspire me to investigate other uses of rope as weapons:
|One-handed Simple Weapons||Cost||Dmg (S)||Dmg (M)||Critical||Range||Weight||Type||Special|
|Loaded Sleeve||2 gp.||1d4||1d6||x2||-||3 lb.||B||-|
Slungshot: Also known as a monkey fist, this clever rope knot was originally used to add weight to a rope allowing it to be thrown further. Either thrown at a foe and then snapped back or swung like a flail, a slungshot is capable of doing serious damage. A short length of rope can be fashioned into a slungshot with an appropriate DC 5 craft or profession check.
Loaded Sleeve: Any garment, such as a wizard’s robe, can be modified to incorporate loaded sleeves. These long, flowing sleeves have weights concealed within them and can be swung at enemies with great force. A DC 15 perception check is required to recognise loaded sleeves as weapons.