Quarterstaves should absolutely have the versatile property, yes...

However (just to confirm and clarify the link), if it's about being able to have a free hand to do something, then you don't need to worry - two-handed weapons only need you to be holding them with both hands when you actually use them - you can take one hand off at any other time to, say, pull a lever, or possibly deflect a missile. A two-handing paladin does not have to put their greatsword away in order to do the somatic components of a spell - they can just take one hand off the sword temporarily while they're not actively swinging it about. By contrast, someone using a sword and shield cannot free up hand to pull a lever or the like without having to drop or stow something - but someone using a two-handed weapon (or a versatile one with both hands), and only a two-handed weapon, can temporarily free one hand to use it for other things, without having the use any part of their turn economy.

Last edited by Niara; 18/11/21 07:17 PM.