Quarterstaffs in DnD 5E

Uncover versatility with Quarterstaffs 5E in DnD. Explore their combat applications and strategic use.

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Doing double duty as both a weapon and walking stick, a quarterstaff in 5E (PHB) is a simple and ancient piece of technology. In this article, we’ll take a look at how quarterstaffs work in 5E and interesting ways to use them.

How quarterstaffs work

A quarterstaff is a simple weapon that costs 2 SP and does 1d6 bludgeoning damage on a hit. It has the versatile property, meaning that you can choose to use two hands when you attack with the weapon, increasing the damage from 1d6 to 1d8. A magical staff, or staff that functions as an arcane focus, can also be used as a quarterstaff for the purpose of making melee attacks.

Big ol’ beat stick

If you’re enamored with the idea of smacking around monsters with a long stick for your next PC you might be wondering which classes get the most out of it and how you can make it better. Fear not, here are a couple of examples to get your creative juices flowing:

Druid – These nature casters have access to the Shillelagh cantrip, which allows them to use their Wisdom Modifier instead of Strength, makes the damage magical, and makes the damage a d8 even if they only use one hand. That last benefit synergizes very well with a Druid’s shield proficiency, allowing them to make up for lacking metal armor without missing out on damage.

Monk – Using a quarterstaff with two hands is an easy way for most Monks to optimize their damage, allowing them to outpace their Martial Arts damage until Tier 3.

Warlock Specifically, Pact of the Tome Warlocks can get a lot out of a quarterstaff by taking Shillelagh to use Charisma instead of Strength. However, they can then take it even further by using Shillelagh together with either Green-Flame Blade or Booming Blade, and even Hex in harder fights. This allows a Warlock to do good melee damage, whilst being Charisma SAD without needing to be a Hexblade.

We hope that this article has been helpful and helped you look bonk some sense into evil-doers. If you’re a new player learning the game, then check out our how to play DnD 5E section, or if you’re here because you’re considering a quarterstaff-using Monk, then check out our Monk 5E guide. Until next time, may your staff never break and your arms never tire.

What is a quarterstaff in DnD 5E?

A quarterstaff is a type of versatile simple melee weapon in DnD 5E.

How does a quarterstaff work in DnD 5E?

A quarterstaff is a versatile weapon that can be used either one or two-handed, with a d6 damage for the former and a d8 damage for the latter.

Can a character use a quarterstaff with two-weapon fighting in DnD 5E?

Yes, but only if you take the Dual Wielder feat. You can’t use a quarterstaff with two-weapon fighting without this feat as a quarterstaff is not a light weapon. However, if you do take the feat, whilst using two-weapon fighting you won’t be able to use the versatile trait.

How does a quarterstaff interact with other abilities and spells in DnD 5E?

The most notable interaction between a quarterstaff and another part of the game is the Shillelagh cantrip natively available to Druids. This cantrip allows a Druid to use Wisdom instead of Strength, sets the damage of the staff to 1d8 even one-handed, and makes the damage magical.

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