Backstabbing (weapon enhancement)

This weapon is slightly deadlier than normal, for those with the knack to handle it. In the hands of a character who can deal sneak attack damage (such as a rogue) or someone whose race’s favoured class is rogue, a backstabbing weapon deals +1d6 bonus damage on a successful sneak attack. Ranged weapons so enchanted bestow the ability on their ammunition.

Faint evocation; CL 5th; Craft Magic Arms and Armor, true strike; Price: +1 bonus.

Author’s note: I’ve seen two +1d6 sneak attack enhancements in other publications since I first created this one - one priced at +½, the other at +2. Since sneak attack works only on living creatures with a discernable anatomy, and only when the opponent is flanked or caught flat-footed, and even then it can be rendered impossible by many situations or properties, I have priced it at +1, the same as a flaming weapon (+1d6 fire damage).