[RPG] Is rapier considered a light melee weapon

dnd-3.5e

For duel wielding penalties, I was not sure if duel wielding rapiers would allow me to use the two weapon fighting feat or not.

Best Answer

Looking at the weapons table under Martial weapons, we can see a list of all Light melee weapons (which does not include Rapier), followed by a list of (non-light) One-Handed melee weapons (which does include Rapier).

Looking at the description of Rapier, we can see that it can be used in some ways like a light weapon (Weapon Finesse; no extra Strength bonus for using two-handed), but is not actually a light weapon for any other purpose.

You can use the Weapon Finesse feat to apply your Dexterity modifier instead of your Strength modifier to attack rolls with a rapier sized for you, even though it isn’t a light weapon for you. You can’t wield a rapier in two hands in order to apply 1½ times your Strength bonus to damage.

Since it doesn't specify that it counts as light for two weapon style, then it defaults to what it actually is, which is a one-handed (non light) weapon.

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