In the Forgotten Realms, there are all sorts of magical items that can help you in your quests. One such magic item is the Bracer of Flying Daggers. If you’re looking for a versatile and stealthy piece of equipment that allows you to perform two attacks with one action (and look cool doing it), the Bracer of Flying Daggers might be for you.
In this article, we cover:
- What is the Bracer of Flying Daggers?
- How do you use the Bracer of Flying Daggers?
- Which classes can use the Bracer of Flying Daggers?
What is the Bracer of Flying Daggers?
The Bracer of Flying Daggers is a wondrous item introduced in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist which acts as a magic container from which you can draw magic daggers for throwing purposes.
The description from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist reads:
This armband appears to have thin daggers strapped to it. As an action, you can pull up to two magic daggers from the bracer and immediately hurl them, making a ranged attack with each dagger. A dagger vanishes if you don’t hurl it right away, and the daggers disappear right after they hit or miss. The bracer never runs out of daggers.
The bracer is a wondrous item so it can be used by any class. But it requires attunement so you can’t just strap it on and expect to start throwing magic daggers.
The description doesn’t say anything about the daggers being anything other than magical, so they deal magical piercing damage equal to 1d4 + your ability modifier.
We can also assume the daggers have a normal range of 20 feet and a long range of 60 feet. If you’re focusing on ranged attacks, you certainly have better options when it comes to range and damage, but the value here is:
- unlimited daggers
- each dagger vanishes (style points)
- magical piercing damage
- 2 attacks per action
The magical piercing damage is a big deal because the demilich is the only creature resistant to it and there are no creatures immune to it.
How to Use the Bracer of Flying Daggers
The description makes it clear the bracer is used only to make a ranged attack. Since the magic daggers disappear if you don’t immediately hurl them, they can’t be used for a melee attack.
Next, a key part of the description is that you can make “a ranged attack with each dagger.” This means you can target two different creatures with the daggers or target the same creature twice.
So, if you have Sneak Attack, you double your chances of getting that sweet Sneak Attack damage while retaining your bonus action. This is a powerful upgrade from basic two-weapon fighting because two-weapon fighting requires you use your bonus action to attack.
With that said, if you’re holding a light weapon in your off hand when you attack with the magic daggers in the bracer, you can still use your bonus action to throw the light weapon in your off hand.
Which classes can use the Bracer of Flying Daggers?
Any class can use it, but it’s best used by classes that will make the most of daggers because there’s nothing special about the thin daggers other than they inflict magical piercing damage (which is one of the most effective damage types).
Since the daggers only deal 1d4 + ability modifier, they’re best utilized by rogues because of their Sneak Attack ability.
Aside from rogues, the bracer would be a good choice for monks because monks in 5e are limited in their weapon selection and the bracer provides a stealthy method to carry weapons around. This is especially true if you wear robes or a long sleeve shirt to conceal the bracer.
Conclusion—Is the Bracer of Flying Daggers good?
It’s a great item for rogues because of how Sneak Attack works. But it can be good for any class that wants to make the most of throwing daggers. It’s also a great item for any character who is looking for a versatile and stealthy way to perform two attacks with one action. Plus, it’s a cool look to have thin daggers strapped to your forearm.
Dungeons and Dragons may be a game of the imagination, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to be stylish AF. Thanks for reading!
What experience do you have with the Bracer of Flying Daggers? What classes would you recommend it for? Let us know in the comments!