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Hand crossbow
Attack bonus if proficient +2
Weapon die ([W]) 1d6
Type ranged
Range 10/20
Handedness one-handed
Proficiency category simple
Weapon group
Weapon property load free
Price 25 gp
Weight 2 lb.

A hand crossbow is a simple one-handed ranged weapon in the crossbow weapon group.[PH:219]

Loading a hand crossbow is a free action requiring the use of both hands.[PH:217]

Ardents, artificers, assassins, avengers, bards, battleminds, clerics, druids, fighters, invokers, paladins, psions, rangers, runepriests, seekers, sorcerers, swordmages, vampires, wardens, warlocks, and warlords are proficient with all simple ranged weapons, including the hand crossbow. Rogues are also proficient with the hand crossbow.

Other classes do not have proficiency with the hand crossbow as a class trait, but any character can become proficient by taking a Weapon Proficiency feat.


Feat requirement Effect
Drow Fighting Style Drow, Dex 15 Light Blade + Hand Crossbow prevents opportunity attacks with Hand Crossbow.