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Painclaw, ghoulish

Starfinder Adventure Path #02: Temple of the Twelve (Dead Suns 2 of 6) p.53

Level: 3
Price: 1250
Damage: 1d8 S & P
Bulk: 1
Special: Injection (see text), unwieldy, usage (1, 40 charges)

This powered gauntlet has bladed spikes for fingers, which have built-in injectors connected to three reservoirs for storing substances used with the injection weapon special property. A painclaw can carry up to 3 doses of a drug, an injury poison, or a medicinal compound. Rather than trigger the injection on the weapon’s first attack, you can choose whether to inject one of these substances upon dealing damage with the painclaw (and even select which material to inject, if the three reservoirs contain different compounds). A painclaw can inject only one substance per attack.
The hand wearing a painclaw can’t be used to hold or operate any other weapon or piece of equipment. Donning or removing the painclaw is a full action. A painclaw cannot be disarmed.

One-handed WeaponsTypeLevelPriceDamageCriticalBulkSpecialSource
Painclaw, ghoulishAdvanced312501d8 S & P1Injection (see text), unwieldy, usage (1, 40 charges)DS02 p.53
Painclaw, demonicAdvanced11250002d8 S & PBleed 1d61Injection (see text), unwieldy, usage (1, 40 charges)DS02 p.53
Painclaw, draconicAdvanced195600006d8 S & PBleed 2d61Injection (see text), unwieldy, usage (1, 40 charges)DS02 p.53


This weapon or its ammunition can be filled with a drug, an injury poison, or a medicinal compound. On a successful attack with the weapon (either the first attack if it’s a melee weapon or an attack with the relevant piece of ammunition if it’s a ranged weapon), the weapon automatically injects the target with the substance. Refilling the weapon with a new substance acts as reloading it and is a move action. Each different injectable material must be bought separately and can be used in any weapon with the injection special property. See page 231 for rules and prices for drugs, medicinals, and poisons.


Weapons with the unwieldy special property are large and awkward, can’t be fired without cooling down first, or are otherwise difficult to use with repeated attacks. You can’t use an unwieldy weapon as part of a full attack (or any other action in which you could make multiple attacks), you can’t attack with it more than once per round, and you can’t use it to make an attack of opportunity.

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