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As to the title, I am testing out a class and something occurred to me. There is a power that gives a power bonus to damage rolls. I know there are plenty of powers that do such things, but the part I never came across before until the test:

If I use magic missile as an example that has the effect do auto damage to the target, would the power bonus to damage rolls apply or would it not simply because that it says specifically do damage rolls and not flat damage by itself?

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There are two different ways extra damage applies. Either to the "Damage roll" or by adding to the damage done. If the power/item says it adds to the damage roll then it does not apply to powers like magic missile. If the power says it adds to the "damage" then it can be applied to magic missile and its compadres.

Another note per Simon's comment. If the power specifies the power must hit then it will not add on a power like magic missile that does damage on the effect line rather than the hit line. No matter if you roll the damage or not.

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Note also, that a power that adds damage on a hit does not add damage to a power that does not hit such as magic missile. –  Simon Withers Jul 27 '11 at 1:55
    
right. I should update to include that case –  wax eagle Jul 27 '11 at 1:57
    
Interesting. I don't know of any powers off the top of my head that give the bonus to damage. Is there an example that you can provide that does so? –  zapoqx Jul 27 '11 at 2:08
    
@zapoqx - shadowfell gloves –  wax eagle Jul 27 '11 at 2:10
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I like to think that some people at D&D Research & Development would have suggested to roll the magic missile damage as 3d1+Int, just for rendering its static damage as a damage roll and solve the problem with magic implements and other bonuses to damage rolls. At least I'd suggested it. :) –  Erik Burigo Jul 27 '11 at 12:04
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