One of my players just hit level 3 and is taking the soulknife rogue subclass, as written in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything.
The weapon granted by the class has a weird specification that it has "no long range." I’m curious how this should be interpreted, seeing as I can’t find other examples of such a property.
This is what Tasha’s says:
You can manifest your psionic power as shimmering blades of psychic energy. Whenever you take the Attack action, you can manifest a psychic blade from your free hand and make the attack with that blade. This magic blade is a simple melee weapon with the finesse and thrown properties. It has a normal range of 60 feet and no long range, and on a hit, it deals psychic damage equal to 1d6 plus the ability modifier you used for the attack roll. The blade vanishes immediately after it hits or misses its target, and it leaves no mark on its target if it deals damage.
There are two possibilities in my mind:
The knife simply can’t go beyond 60 feet, just like the range of a ranged spell attack.
The knife can go arbitrarily far, and after 60 feet the attack is at disadvantage.
I’m inclined to lean for the first choice since an infinitely long ranged attack seems dumb. Though I suppose there’s an argument to be made that the manifested blade is a "psychic attack" so you can attack someone so long as you can see them.
This is the language of ranged weapon attacks, per the PHB:
A weapon that can be used to make a ranged Attack has a range in parentheses after the Ammunition or thrown property. The range lists two numbers. The first is the weapon’s normal range in feet, and the second indicates the weapon’s long range. When attacking a target beyond normal range, you have disadvantage on the Attack roll. You can’t Attack a target beyond the weapon’s long range.