This weapon is a light, flexible spear intended for throwing. You can use it in melee, but not well. Since it is not designed for melee, you are treated as nonproficient with it and take a –4 penalty on attack rolls if you use a javelin as a melee weapon.

Simple, Ranged
Cost: 1gp Weight: 2 lb
Dmg (S): 1d4, Dmg (M): 1d6, Dmg (L): 1d8, Critical: x2, Piercing
Range Increment: 30 Feet

Source: Player's Handbook

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