Pathfinder: Basic Equipment Loads

Making characters is fun, but sometimes the minutia of mundane equipment is boring, repetitive and takes a lot of time to sort out – time that could be better spent adventuring!

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)

 

 

Of all the facets of character design, purchasing mundane equipment is perhaps the least thrilling. If you are crunched for time, or just can’t be bothered to pick your PC’s mundane equipment, use the pre-selected equipment bundles presented below to get you playing faster.

Each equipment bundle comes with total cost and weight listings (for both Small and Medium characters) so you can see at a glance if your PC can afford to buy (and carry) the listed equipment.

None of the equipment loads includes armour or weapons, because these purchase are too character-specific to list in generic equipment loads. (That said, every character should carry at least one dagger).

Basic Starting Bundle

Cost 17 gp, 6 sp, 5 cp; Weight Medium 26 lbs., Small 9 lbs.

  • Worn: traveller’s gear, wooden holy symbol.
  • Backpack (contains bedroll, trail rations [4], waterskin, bag of caltrops, sack)
  • Belt Pouch I: (contains candle, flint & steel, whetstone, scroll case, parchment [2])
  • Belt Pouch II: (tindertwig [2], sunrod, chalk [2])

Augmented Starting Bundle

Cost 29 gp, 6 sp, 5 cp; Weight Medium 41 lbs., Small 24 lbs.

  • Worn: traveller’s gear, wooden holy symbol.
  • Backpack (contains bedroll, trail rations [4], waterskin, bag of caltrops, sack, piton [5], hammer, 50 ft. hemp rope)
  • Belt Pouch I: (contains candle, flint & steel, whetstone, scroll case, parchment [2])
  • Belt Pouch II: (tindertwig [2], sunrod, small steel mirror, chalk [2])

Clerics’ Bundle

Add these items to the basic starting bundle or augmented starting bundle.

Cost 135 gp; but assuming you don’t buy a wooden holy symbol for your starting bundle you save 1 gp!; Weight Medium 12 lbs., Small 7 lbs

  • Cleric’s vestments
  • Silver holy symbol
  • Holy water [2]
  • Healer’s kit
  • Spell component pouch

Thieves’ Bundle

Add these items to the basic or augmented starting bundle. If you’re using the basic starting bundle, add pitons and a hammer to your load).

Cost 412 gp (+70 gp if using masterwork thieves’ tools); Weight Medium 25 lbs., Small 15 lbs (+1 lb. if using masterwork thieves’ tools)

  • Thieves’ tools
  • Climber’s kit
  • Disguise kit
  • Crowbar
  • Magnifying glass
  • 50 ft. silk rope
  • Smokestick [2]
  • Antitoxin [2]

Optional Extras

  • Light source
  • Spellbook (15 gp, 3 lbs.)
  • Spell component pouch (5 gp, 2 lbs.)
  • Thieves’ tools (30 gp, 1 lb)

Wilderness Travel

For extended wilderness travels, add these items to your equipment list.

Cost 28 gp; Weight Medium 54 lbs., Small 19 lbs.

  • Explorer’s outfit
  • Tent
  • Winter blanket
  • Trail rations (7 days)
  • Waterskins (2)
  • Shovel

 

Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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8 thoughts on “Pathfinder: Basic Equipment Loads

  1. The only question mark about this article is the total cost for thieves gear – 412gp, +70 if you want MW? No starting character is ever going to have access to this kind of money, even if the party clubs together. Is this figure intended to be for a 2nd+ level character perhaps?

  2. In my reading of p. 79 of the CRB, the initial spellbook is free (but not weightless). I do allow players to opt for a traveling spellbook (APG) instead, of course, so weight can vary.