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Improved Grapple

( Oriental Adventures, p. 63)


You are skilled in martial arts that emphasize holds and throws.


Improved Unarmed Strike (PH) ,

Required for

Choke Hold (OA) , Mighty Works Mastery I (OA) ,


If you hit with an unarmed strike, you deal normal damage and can attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. No initial touch attack is required. You can deal normal damage while grappling, rather than subdual damage, without suffering a penalty on your grapple check.


Characters without this feat make a melee touch attack to grab their opponent and provoke an attack of opportunity when doing so. They also suffer a —4 penalty on their grapple checks when trying to inflict normal damage in a grapple.

Also appears in

  1. Deities and Demigods
  2. Player's Handbook v.3.5
  3. Unapproachable East

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