You don't need anything to fight unarmed. On the other hand, there are aids to increase damage dealt.
Unarmed fighting uses the fighting.unarmed.striking skill for hitting targets and the damaged dealt.
Links to weapons tables:
- Melee ~ Axes | Daggers | Flails | Heavy-swords | Misc weapons | Polearms | Swords | Maces ~ Unarmed
- Ranged ~ Fired | Thrown Weapons < Shields > < Armours > < Scabbards >
Aids can increase the damage dealt with unarmed attacks that use them, but not all attacks. For example, attacks with your feet or hands (not claws) while wearing lion paws will not be increased.
All aids on the same part are incompatible, you can only use one of them.
Some items included are thought to increase damage, but research did not detect a measurable increase. They are included here for completeness. Please add your experience in the relevant research pages and summarize here.
|Lion paws||hands||Armour||With extended claws increases damage in the new attacks that are pure sharp. It is a quest item that cannot be traded. Thought to be doing the most damage.|
|Squirming black tentacle||hands||Item||Arm turns into a large tentacle dealing pure blunt damage, cannot hold or wear anything on the arm/hand used with it active. Thought to be doing the most damage after lion paws.|
|Old Bellicus' Brazen Knuckles||hands||Spell||Increases damage, attacks are blunt damage. Weak attacks are not more powerful.|
|Iron gauntlets||hands||Armour||Unclear damage increase, possibly only from strength boost. Stat item +2 strength. Takes 30 gp every 30 to 60 seconds, on average using 1 or 2 gp per heartbeat.|
|Knuckle-dusters||hands||Armour||Unclear damage increase, possibly none. Reduces melee skills while worn.|
|Leather-strap gloves||hands||Armour||Research did not detect increase to damage dealt while wearing these.|
|Clompy boots||feet||Armour||Research did not detect increase to damage dealt while wearing these.|
- The statue of Cas'leb the Merciless in Sto Lat grants the special ability of knee attacks when fighting unarmed.