[RPG] What damage type is a sneak attack with a star candle firework


The star candle firework is a type of firework that can be used as a ranged weapon, dealing 1 nonlethal damage and 1 fire damage.

Unlike most alchemical weapons, this one can actually be used for sneak attacks, requiring an attack roll and not being a splash weapon. The difficult part is determining what type of damage is dealt by the sneak attack: nonlethal, fire, or a mix of the two?

Best Answer

The Sneak Attack ability says that:

With a weapon that deals nonlethal damage (like a sap, whip, or an unarmed strike), a rogue can make a sneak attack that deals nonlethal damage instead of lethal damage.

The Star Candle Firework fires a number of projectiles which each

deal 1 point of nonlethal damage and 1 point of fire damage if they hit

I cannot think of another non-technological weapon, other than a torch that inherently does elemental damage without being enchanted.

I would read the Firework's fire damage similarly to the torch, that it does "one point of nonlethal damage, plus one point of fire damage"; much like, say, a Flaming sword that deals an additional 1d6 fire, the fire is over and above whatever would normally happen.

Therefore, sneak attacking with the firework* would deal additional nonlethal damage. Note that the firework's description fails to mention the type of nonlethal damage it does (B/S/P).

*which sounds awesome, by the way