This polearm has razor-sharp slashing blades - originally made of obsidian or similar materials - at both ends. Like the chatkcha, the gythka was often used by species without metalworking skills, but it is now more commonly found constructed of metal.
Because of the unique shape of the gythka's blades, it can also be used to make trip attacks. If you are tripped during your own trip attempt, you can drop the gythka to avoid being tripped.
A gythka is a double weapon. You can fight with it as if fighting with two weapons, but if you do, you incur all the normal attack penalties associated with fighting with two weapons: a one-handed weapon and a light weapon. (See the "Attacking with Two Weapons" section in Chapter 8: Combat in the Player's Handbook) Note that you can make two trip attempts with the gythka as a full-round action. A creature using a double weapon in one hand, such as an ogre using a gythka, can't use it as a double weapon.
The gythka is favored by thri-kreen. Thri-kreen (and other creatures with four or more arms) who learn the Multiweapon Fighting feat can wield two gythkas at once as double weapons because of their four arms.
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Preferred weapon of: No known deity.