The word ‘Yklwa’ comes from Zulu, where it literally translates as “stick” but can also refer to any number of weapons such as spears or clubs. In this sense, there are many parallels between the African variety and what we know in D&D as the yklwa dnd, but they are (rightly) held as distinct.
What is a Yklwa Game Mechanics
The game mechanics of a Chultan yklwa 5e is largely similar to that of Lolth’s fang +1 in D&D 5e. They match each other point for point with one important difference; where Lolth’s fang is an implement for spellcasting, the yklwa requires one hand. While it lacks the magic bonuses of Lolth’s fang, this more than makes up for it in sheer damage potential. As with most D&D weapons the yklwa is effective only against small size or smaller creatures, with disadvantage against any creature larger than medium size.
History and What the Weapon Looks Like
Yklwa are sacred to the people of Chult, both as a symbol of authority for rulers and as a signature weapon of warriors. The origin of dnd yklwa was most likely influenced by early colonists who traded with natives; it is highly unlikely that the Chultans created the yklwa themselves.
Origins, Why It Is Special or Worth Discussing
While its magical properties are good enough for most instances of combat, the 5e yklwa can become exponentially more useful when wielded by someone who knows how to use it. D&D’s description is fine for the average adventurer but it is important to note that Chultans are highly skilled with this particular weapon. The yklwa weapon was previously used as a hunting tool but eventually evolved into a formidable weapon of war, although it has since become largely ceremonial in modern times.
The way the yklwa dnd 5e is used as a weapon, is typically as a one-handed melee weapon. It can be wielded as a spear but this is not recommended given that it is more prone to breaking from overuse and lacks the reach that spears possess.
d&d Yklwa Combat Styles
The following styles are not traditional to the yklwa, but they may be used by those who train with it.
Disarm: You can use a yklwa to disarm opponents without inflicting damage. You make a melee attack roll against your opponent. If you hit and deal damage, you may use a bonus action to attempt a disarm immediately after the attack. Your opponent makes a Strength saving throw (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength modifier). On success, nothing happens. On failure, the weapon in their hand is knocked prone in a space within 5 feet of them.
Parry: When someone else attacks you with an unarmed strike or non-reach melee weapon, you can spend your reaction to perform a parry. You add your proficiency bonus to your AC for the triggering attack, potentially causing it to miss you.
Precise Throw: When you make a ranged attack with a thrown weapon and have disadvantage on the attack roll, you can cancel disadvantage by spending a Feat card to throw the Yklwa precisely. To throw a weapon precisely, you must be within 5 feet of a target. If the weapon is not thrown at the closest thing to the center of your target, you do not gain any benefit from this feat.
Reload: Reloading requires you use an object interaction to reload 10 arrows, or 1 oil flask or 1 thunderstone. You cannot voluntarily drop a bow that is using this style.
Shoot the Breeze: This style gives your arrows an extra oomph compared to other archers. When you use this style, your ranged attacks with a bow ignore half cover and do not suffer disadvantage for long-range shots or shots made against targets in heavy rain or snow. Additionally, your range increment increases by 10 feet.
Snap Shot: This style reduces the penalties for attacking at long range. When you make a ranged attack with a bow using this style, your shot is more likely to hit its mark. You do not suffer disadvantage when making a ranged attack from beyond 40 feet and you ignore half cover when making a ranged attack at long range.
Sniper: This style is similar to Snap Shot, but the benefits only apply when you are hidden from your target.
Volley: This style allows you to make attacks with a bow against all creatures in a 10 ft by 5 ft cube that has an end adjacent to you or your mount. You can use your bonus action to activate this ability.
Benefits of Using a yklwa d&d Over Other Weapons
A yklwa has several benefits compared to other weapons, making it a powerful choice for melee combat. It does more damage than two daggers, but also has the same amount of critical hit chance. The yklwa image has the reach property, which means that you are able to get in close to your opponent without them being able to retaliate. You are also able to attack enemies within range when they are prone or otherwise unable to retaliate. The only downside is that unlike other melee weapons, the yklwa is not balanced well enough for throwing.
Disadvantages of Using the Weapon
A yklwa is a simple melee weapon that is the traditional weapon of Chultan warriors. It is cheap to acquire and it does good damage, but has a range of 10ft. It also lacks balance when being thrown, causing it to fly wildly after 3 feet. As such, it’s unlikely to hit what you’re looking at.
Origin of the Weapon
The yklwa is an African fighting weapon that originated in Ethiopia and was spread to other parts of Africa as well as Asian countries such as India. The yklwa is usually made from wood which is shaped like a spear shaft with a steel or stone blade coming off of one side. It is used mainly as a melee weapon but can also be thrown.
The word “Yklwa ” means ‘spear’ and it actually appears in the Bible that King David managed to cut off Goliath’s head with a Yklwa that he had received from his servant.
The yklwa is a traditional weapon for Chultan warriors. It consists of a 3-foot wooden shaft with a steel or stone blade up to 18 inches long and it costs 1 gp. The word “Yklwa” means ‘spear’ and in the Bible, King David managed to cut off Goliath’s head with one he had received from his servant.
Ykwlas are mainly used as melee weapons but can also be thrown within 10 feet when you have disadvantage on your attack roll. They do more damage than two daggers, but also have the same amount of critical hit chance due to their reach property which allows them to get close without being able to retaliate because they cannot voluntarily drop bows that use this style.
There are also drawbacks such as the weapon not being balanced well enough for throwing and having a range of 10ft. meaning that there is a higher chance of missing your target. The yklwa is mainly used as an African fighting weapon and has been around since about 5 BC.