The paladin in my sport ceaselessly makes use of his backhand to “appropriate” the ranger/murderer/warlock. The desk enjoys these social interactions, as a part of their bromance. It largely occurs out of fight, however we do nonetheless roll harm for the slaps. Because the paladin will not be the neatest of the bunch this might doubtlessly backfire if he hurts his ally an excessive amount of (or on the mistaken time), particularly for the reason that ranger is now weak to radiant harm (as a consequence of homebrew occasions).
In line with How a lot harm does a punch deal?, by default:
An unarmed strike offers 1 + Power modifier harm.
Improved Divine Smite (IDS)
By 11th degree, everytime you hit a creature with a melee weapon, the creature takes an additional 1d8 radiant harm.
I learn someplace that an unarmed strike counts as a easy melee weapon and subsequently means that you can add proficiency bonus to assault rolls if the (N)PC is proficient in easy melee weapons. However sadly I can not discover the supply for that assertion. If that is true, it implies the IDS would set off when hitting with unarmed strikes.
Analysis, with sources:
Is an Unarmed Strike thought of a Weapon assault?
As an alternative of utilizing a weapon to make a melee weapon assault, you need to use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head-butt, or related forceful blow (none of which depend as weapons).
For a primary unarmed strike, is barely the proficiency bonus included within the assault roll, or is the Power modifier additionally added?
For instance, an unarmed strike counts as a melee weapon assault, although the attacker’s physique isn’t thought of a weapon.
Each accepted solutions recommend that the slapping hand itself wouldn’t depend as a weapon, and would subsequently not set off IDS, because the again of a hand will not be a melee weapon. Though these solutions trace in the direction of my conclusion, they do not give a transparent sure or no to my query.
Does Improved Divine Smite set off when a paladin makes an unarmed strike?
In different phrases, is my present conclusion appropriate? Or am I misinterpreting the wording of the paladin function?