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In B/X, monsters have more various attacks. For example, an Owlbear has: 2 claw/1 Bite that deals 1d8 damage each. But how does this work? Can they use one attack per turn or all their attacks in one turn? Do they have to roll "to hit" for every attack or just one for all their attacks? Do they have to attack just one target or more?

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FWIW -- it seems AD&D is the same way -- should this question be retagged? – Shalvenay Jan 11 '15 at 7:47
@Shalvenay No. Tags are for what specific real questions are about, not about hypothetical, broader questions that might have the same or similar answers. – SevenSidedDie Jan 11 '15 at 8:50
Got it -- just was wondering how to make this findable for AD&D folk, @SevenSidedDie -- or if we should have another question with basically the same answer :) – Shalvenay Jan 14 '15 at 4:04
@Shalvenay A new question, if someone asks it, would be the way to go. This one detail is consistent across some editions of D&D, but real problems people bring here that involve this might have more details relevant to their actual edition. And it's a reading comprehension question anyway — we're unlikely to actually get one for every other edition without more complications to solve. – SevenSidedDie Jan 14 '15 at 23:51
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They get all their attacks every round, and roll to hit separately for them. They can even move and use all their attacks—it's not like D&D 3e, with its "full attack" limitation!

They can split up their multiple attacks against as many engaged opponents as they like. The exception to that is if the description specifically says that they have to attack the same target, but that's pretty rare.

Sometimes you'll see a line like "claw/claw/bite or weapon", in which case they get one set or the other, not all of them: e.g., two claw attacks and one bite, or one weapon attack; not 2 claws, a bite, and a weapon attack.

Yes, creatures with multiple attacks are nasty and dangerous! Make sure you warn players who are B/X novices that such creatures are not to be underestimated.

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