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Bad News is a unique firearm created and used by Percival de Rolo. It is a larger, more elongated version of his first pepperbox pistol. It has an incredible range and its shots are more powerful than a standard pistol, but it can only hold one bullet at a time.

Bad News is a breech-loading wheel lock precision sniper musket with optics, similar to the one in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.[3]


Bad News is a longarm that requires two hands to wield, and can hold only one bullet before needing to be reloaded, with a 15% chance of misfiring. Each shot deals 2d12 piercing damage, and has a standard range of 200 feet and a long range of 800 feet.[1]


  • The gun's name comes from the phrase "bad news travels far and fast."[4]
  • Beauregard Lionett (or Marisha) mentioned reading about "this thing called a Bad News once and it would sometimes explode."[5]
  • In The Legend of Vox Machina series, Percy uses the rifle to deal piercing damage to the giant's shoulder and knocks it down. He also mentioned that the gun is still a work in progress.
    • This may be a reference to Percy's first usage of the gun in "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01), the first episode of Critical Role, where he rolls a critical hit on an ogre and blasts it in the shoulder, knocking it back into a wall.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 DDB Gunslinger on D&D Beyond
  2. See "Hope" (1x56) at 0:38:17.  It cost Percy 400 gp to repair Bad News. Under Matt's Gunslinger rules, repairing a gun costs half as much as the price of the gun, therefore Bad News must cost 800 gp.
  3. See Taliesin's tweet and the compiled information at Critical Analysis.
  4. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:29:14.
  5. See "Lingering Wounds" (2x89) at 59:43.
  6. See "Arrival at Kraghammer" (1x01) at 2:27:20.


  1. Fan art of Bad News, by Joma Cueto (source). Used with permission.