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Ammunition, Firearms, Black Powder

By Lord Mountbatten - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23036042, Ammunition, Firearms, Black Powder
By Lord Mountbatten – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23036042

Black powder is the key explosive component within a firearm that enables it to function, but in larger amounts this alchemical material can be quite destructive on its own as well.

This content was created for the Pathfinder rules by Paizo Publishing LLC and is part of the Pathfinder RPG product line.

Originally posted on d20PFSRD.com

A single dose of black powder is enough to power a single shot from most one-handed and two-handed firearms, while 10 doses are required to fire a cannon. Black powder is often stored and transported in kegs (which hold 100 doses), but in this quantity the powder itself becomes dangerous. Exposure to fire, electricity, or a misfire explosion causes black powder to explode—a single keg that explodes in this manner deals 5d6 points of fire damage to anyone within a 20-foot burst (DC 15 Reflex half ). Storing black powder in a powder horn protects the powder from explosion.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Ultimate Combat. © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Jason Bulmahn, Tim Hitchcock, Colin McComb, Rob McCreary, Jason Nelson, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Sean K Reynolds, Owen K.C. Stephens, and Russ Taylor.

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