A dull crescent-moon blade placed atop a long pole, the sasumata is a pole arm designed to capture opponents with a minimum of harm. A wielder who hits a Small or Medium opponent with a sasumata can immediately initiate a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. (See Grapple in Chapter 8 of the Player's Handbook for more information.) In addition to the normal options available to a grappler, the wielder of the sasumata can attempt to pull his target to the ground (the equivalent of a trip attack, though no attack roll is necessary).
A sasumata has reach. You can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you can't use it against an adjacent foe. A sasumata is also known as a grasping pole in the Book of Exalted Deeds.
|Exotic Weapon - Melee|
|Two-handed weapon. This weapon has reach; you can use it to strike foes 10 feet away, but not adjacent foes.|
Preferred weapon of: No known deity.