Any character can use two weapons simultaneously. This is known as dual-wielding. This allows the character to gain additional attacks from a weapon in their off-hand at the cost of a penalty to her attack bonus. The penalties depend on a number of conditions.


If a character wields a second weapon in his off hand, he can get one extra attack per round with that weapon.

He suffers a –6 penalty with his regular attack or attacks with the primary hand and a –10 penalty to attacks with the off hand when fighting this way. Also, off-hand weapons only add half of the Strength modifier to damage roll; however, for Insightful Strike, the full Intelligence modifier applies to both weapons.

These penalties can be reduced in two ways:

  • If the off-hand weapon is light, the penalties are reduced by 2 each.
  • The Two-Weapon Fighting feat lessens the primary hand penalty by 2, and the off-hand penalty by 6.
Circumstances Primary
Normal penalties –6 –10
Off-hand weapon is light –4 –8
Two-Weapon Fighting feat –4 –4
Off-hand weapon is light and Two-Weapon Fighting feat –2 –2

Additional off-hand attacks[]

Additional off-hand attacks may be gained by selecting further two weapon fighting feats.

Other Modifiers[]

  • Monkey Grip allows the use of two handed weapons in one hand at a -2 penalty to AB. If using an oversize weapon in each hand, subtract 2 from each.
  • Haste effect adds an extra attack to the main hand only.
  • Two-Weapon Defense gives a +1 shield bonus to AC when dual-wielding.
  • Improved Two-Weapon Defense gives a +2 shield bonus to AC when dual-wielding.
  • Whirlwind Attack ignores the off-hand weapon and behaves as if the character is single-wielding.

Double weapons[]

There are no double weapons in NWN2.

Thrown weapons[]

In NWN2, Thrown and Ranged Weapons CANNOT be dual wielded.


Rangers who choose the two-weapon fighting combat style gain dual-wielding feats as they level, even if they do not meet the prerequisites. However these are only active if a ranger is wearing light or no armor.

  • Ranger level 2: Two-Weapon Fighting
  • Ranger level 6: Improved Two-Weapon Fighting
  • Ranger level 11: Greater Two-Weapon Fighting
  • Ranger level 21: Perfect Two-Weapon Fighting

3.5E Rules Comparison[]

Unarmed strike cannot be used as either the primary or off-hand attack in two-weapon fighting in NWN2.