A piece of sharpened metal, there were many sizes and shapes in use, but there were three main kinds of shuriken: the spike, the small star, and the large star. The spike was simply a large pin that tapered to a sharp point. A star could have three to eight razor-edged points; the design ensured that at least one point would strike a target.
A shuriken could only be used as a throwing weapon, thrown with the hand, and was not used in melee. It inflicted small piercing injuries. Their effective range was quite short; typically 10 feet (3 meters).
The shuriken was an exotic weapon that required special training to use effectively. It was commonly wielded by monks, who could use it with their special martial arts techniques. However, they were primarily used by ninja.
Notable Users of Shurikens
- Monks within the Dark Moon heresy were known to be capable of manifesting shurikens from the shadows.
- The shuriken was the favored weapon of the deity Mystra. The knights that served in the Mystran Order of the Blue Moon referred to shuriken as whirlstars. Shurikens were also a favored weapon of the goddesses Lliira and Tymora.
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