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A musket is an advanced ranged weapon. It somewhat resembles a light crossbow, but shoots bullets propelled by a flamable substance known as gunpowder rather than by a bow mechanism.[1][2]

The musket's primary advantage is its lethality. At close range, and in the hands of a trained soldier, a musket can be as lethal as a heavy crossbow and more deadly. A smaller version of the weapon, the pistol, is slightly less deadly but can be carried more easily and fired with only one hand.


The musket is relatively inaccurate over distances greater than around forty feet.

It also requires a supply of flammable gunpowder to function. In the world of Oerth, this substance fails to function, rendering most firearms inoperable.


  1. Dungeon Master's Guide (5e) (2014), p.267-268.
  2. Dungeon Master's Guide (3.5) (2003), p.146-147.