[RPG] treat an unarmed strike as a “Light weapon” in terms of two-weapon fighting?


Player's Handbook page 195:

Two-weapon fighting
When you take the Attack action and attack with a light
melee weapon that you're holding in one hand, you can
use a bonus action to attack with a different light melee
weapon that you're holding in the other hand. You don't
add your ability modifier to the damage of the bonus
attack, unless that modifier is negative.
If either weapon has the thrown property, you
can throw the weapon, instead of making a melee
attack with it.

What if a character:

  • holds a light weapon in one hand, and nothing in the other hand
  • fights with bare fists (not being a monk)

Can they use the bonus action for a second attack?

Best Answer

A light weapon is specifically a weapon with the light property. For example, if one were to look up a Shortsword in the Player's Handbook, it lists "light" as one of its properties.

An unarmed strike is not a weapon, so it is not a light weapon.

Given that Two-Weapon Fighting requires a "light weapon," an unarmed strike cannot be used with the Two-Weapon Fighting feature listed in the Player's Handbook as you have cited, because an unarmed strike is not a weapon.