So I have a small party (2 players) and they both decided that they wanted to use weapons that don't look like weapons. The first player is using a doll that had a very heavy metal in it, the second player is using a weighted yo-yo (he got good crafting rolls so I allowed it). I am just not sure what weapons those are similar to. I'm thinking that the yo-yo is similar enough to a flail, however I have no idea on the doll. We also have a third member that is planning on adding to the mini meme and wants to have a frying pan as part of his weapon set. I'm just not sure what the doll and frying pan would count as when it comes to weapon damage. Thoughts?
Sometimes characters don't have their weapons and have to attack with whatever is at hand. An improvised weapon includes any object you can wield in one or two hands, such as broken glass, a table leg, a frying pan, a wagon wheel, or a dead goblin.
Often, an improvised weapon is similar to an actual weapon and can be treated as such. For example, a table leg is akin to a club. At the DM's option, a character proficient with a weapon can use a similar object as if it were that weapon and use his or her proficiency bonus.
An object that bears no resemblance to a weapon deals 1d4 damage (the DM assigns a damage type appropriate to the object). If a character uses a ranged weapon to make a melee attack, or throws a melee weapon that does not have the thrown property, it also deals 1d4 damage. An improvised thrown weapon has a normal range of 20 feet and a long range of 60 feet.
Sometimes an object doesn't resemble a weapon. That's fine. 1d4 damage, no proficiency.