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How does power attack interact with multiple attacks from a high BAB?

Let's say that I'm a level 13 bloodrager with +13/+8/+3 BAB. When I make a full attack, do I calculate the effects of Power Attack on each attack that I make, or only the first one? Just to make ...
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Is a vitalist's Steal Health ability a natural weapon, as a lamia's touch attack is?

At 3rd level, a vitalist gains Steal Health, a supernatural ability, the rules for which state that such actions take a standard action to perform unless otherwise specified. As a touch attack, ...
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How does mounted ride-by attack work?

I'm designing a semi-hostile cavalier type npc for the players to encounter on a road at some point. I understand completely how cavaliers function off the horse. However, the poorly worded feats and ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as a full attack?

In Pathfinder, does using FoB count as a full attack for purposes such as using Medusa's Wrath?
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Can one attack for damage after having grappled an opponent?

The grappling rules sure are... light. Supposing one has an Extra Attack: Assuming one has successfully grappled an opponent with one's first attack, can one then perform a normal attack action with ...
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Is additional damage from a spell counted as part of the same attack?

For specifics let's look at Witch Bolt (page 289 PHB), there may be others but I am far too lazy to look through each and every one for other examples. Witch Bolt Make a ranged spell attack ...
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What is a slam attack?

Any number of monsters in D&D 5e (and previous editions, but 5e is my concern) have attacks labeled Slam. What, descriptively, does an attack of this kind entail? For example, doppelgangers have ...
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Do you know the value of an attack or damage roll on you before the hit is resolved?

In D+D 5e, there are many effects that enable AC, attack rolls, or damage rolls to be modified after being rolled but before the hit is resolves. Examples are the Shield spell and the "Parry" Battle ...
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Does an Otyugh really have 3 melee attacks per round?

The Otyugh description reads: Tentacle, At-Will Attack: Melee 3 (one creature); +12 vs. AC The way I read it due to it mentioning "one creature" that its 3 attacks per standard action. Is ...
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Shadows vs. Sleeping Characters

The following question is for DND 3.5 -- The links however are SRD rules links IF that matters somehow. Shadows deal 1D6 strength damage with their incorporeal melee touch attacks. If a shadow were ...
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How do touch attacks work in Microlite20?

How do touch attacks work in the Microlite20 system? For example, on page 7 the description of the 1st Level Arcane Spell "Shocking Grasp" reads as follows: Touch delivers 1d6/level electricity ...
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How many iterative attacks does an epic creature with class levels get?

A naztharune rakshasa (MM3 136-7) has from its Hit Dice a Base Attack Bonus of +11, 8 levels of rogue granting a Base Attack Bonus of +6, and 6 levels of scout (CW 10-13) granting a Base Attack Bonus ...
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Does the marked condition affect Secondary Attacks?

More specifically, Deathrattle Viper on MM1 page 240 makes a secondary attack vs Fortitude. From my point of view this secondary attack should not be affected by Marked condition, since it's a ...
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What is the definition of “hitting” when a move misses but still deals damage

What is the definition of "hitting" when a move misses but still deals damage in relation to using consecutive powers. For example: Jaws of the Wolf Attack: Strength vs. AC (main weapon and ...
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How are damage penalties on melee attacks calculated?

Several attacks get only half the Strength bonus to damage - off-hand attacks or attacks from light weapons come to mind. Of course, main hand, non-light attacks get the full Strength bonus and two ...
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How does a full attack for a Corpse Stirge work?

I have recently create a corpse stirge, by applying the corpse template to a stirge. The template gives the stirge a slam attack, that deals 1d3 damage. (1d3-2 after adding strength modifier) ...
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Can an animal companion use all their primary attacks

I was pretty confident that animal companions could use all their primary attacks until I thought about it in the context of the Multiattack feat. Can an animal companion do so before obtaining this ...
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Why can't a feint be part of a full round attack?

When reading the rules from PH3.5 about feints, it states that a feint is a standard action, or with the feat "improved feint" it can be a movement action. So unlike with others special attacks that ...
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Standard attack vs full attack at low level

At a low enough level that a character only has one BAB, is there any incentive to using a full attack, or is it more advantageous to hang on to the move action and use a standard attack?
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Eidolon attacks per round

I'm a new Pathfinder player and I have some problems in understanding the rules. I have a 1st level summoner with a biped eidolon. I understand that its claw attack is not an "iterative attack" (like ...
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Does the aid another “special attack” become automatic at mid level?

Under PF core rulebook page 197 it states that "Aid Another" is an attack roll against AC 10. Some of our first level characters have a +5 to hit. When level 5 is reached, a fighter could easily ...
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Can a power with “target: one creature” be used on an empty square in an attempt to hit a hidden creature?

Say that I'm in the midst of a battle, and I know that there's an Invisible and Hidden creature somewhere. Am I allowed to use a power that says "Target: One creature" on a random square in an attempt ...
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If a feat replaces the Strength mod to melee attacks with a different stat, can I still choose to use Strength?

Can you revert to using base attack roll stats (i.e. Strength for calculating melee attack rolls) if you have a feat that lets you use a different stat, or does taking the feat permanently switch you ...
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What's the attack of opportunity for a monk

What if a monk is allowed to do an attack of opportunity on a spellcasting enemy, is the monk only allowed to one attack, or use full attack like +10 / +5 for a level 14 monk?
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Can I “use” an alternative ki-focus to the one I make an attack with?

I know usually you have to decide whether you use your ki focus or your enchantment on your weapon to decide damage and special effects. However I couldn't help to notice that in some of the text of ...
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What's the reach of swarm creatures?

Can a swarm attack an adjacent creature, or must they occupy the same space as a creature to attack them? Let's consider the regular "Swarm of Teeth" attack of a Rat Swarm for an example: is its reach ...
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Stealth and Sneak Attack Rogue in combat

I have a rogue in my party who likes to constantly use stealth in combat after he makes an attack, in order to get the CA required for the sneak attack dice. He justifies this by standing far away and ...
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How does Vulnerability interact with multiple instances of bonus damage?

Suppose I have vulnerable 5 fire on a monster and I hit it with a basic melee attack. This melee attack comes with an extra 3 fire damage from Swordmage's Burning Blade, and an extra 1d4 fire damage ...
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DnD Next (Final Playtest) Finesse + Ability Modifier Damage

The the How to play document says Weapon Attacks. If you’re attacking with a melee weapon, apply your Strength modifier to the damage, and if you’re attacking with a ranged weapon, apply ...
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Wizard's Fury grants a second attack per turn?

I was wondering if it was possible to chain the effect of Wizard's Fury's power on following turns (after the turn I activate it) with other attack spells for a secondary attack each turn, seeing as ...
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What should happen in a legendarily successful attack against a mook?

Last night, I was GMing a game of Fate Accelerated Edition with my friends, and their characters were up against a gang of mooks: the mooks had only 2 stress boxes each and could not take ...
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Targetting empty squares for area burst attacks?

An interesting thing came up during my last session (D&D 4e). There's another wizard in the party besides me and we had two battles in the same area (mutated dogs, then our Longtooth Shifter ...
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How many times can this power attack one target?

One of my players wants to use this homebrew class, but we're unclear on how to read one of its powers: Rotating Turret Gunslinger Attack 1 Enemies close in from all sides. You make them ...
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How can a human terkow rogue use his special attacks?

I'm running a published adventure that includes a male human terkow rogue as a monster. His melee attack stat is: 3 claws +17 (1d6+4/19-20 plus grab). His Special Attacks stats include blood drain and ...
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confusion/question for attack power description in character builder

I'm confused as to the description of some of the attack powers for my players' characters. I'm using Wizards character builder for this so im referring to their attack power cards they include in ...
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Barbarian Attack and Damage?

How do you calculate the attack and damage bonuses for a level 1 barbarian? Assume an 18 (+4) strength and the Power Attack & Weapon Focus (Greatsword) feats. My attempt to do so is below, but I ...
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Touch Attack Spells vs Incorporeal Creatures

Is it possible to hit an incorporeal creature with a spell that requires a melee touch attack without the use of any magical ability that allows one to make contact with incorporeal beings? Put ...
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When does a power count as an attack?

I thought it was pretty simple: a power's an attack if it says Attack in the top right. Apparently, it's not that simple. I keep hearing there are other conditions a power must fulfil to count ...
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Does Staff of Provocation allow enemy attack himself?

Suppose two players are fighting, and one of them has the Staff of Provocation (PHB2): Power (Daily ✦Charm):Free Action. Trigger: You hit an enemy with an attack power using this staff. ...
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How do I read these attacks?

Attack: Ranged 10 (one creature); +9 vs. Fortitude Attack: Melee 2 (one creature); +9 vs. AC Attack: Ranged 5/10 (one creature); +6 Can anybody break these down for me?
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What affects the Druid beast form attack bonus?

I have a Lv1 Razorclaw Shifter, Predator Druid with +5 WIS mod. If I'm in beast form and I attack with Grasping Claws, is it really just +5 vs Reflex? I don't have a bonus from any implements and ...
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Should I pay attention to the defenses targeted when choosing my powers?

I'm building a 1st level human wizard for my first 4e campaign. As of now, my at-wills are Winged Horde (targets Will), Unraveling Dart (targets Fortitude) and Arc Lightning (targets Reflex). I was ...
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Attack Power and Heavy Throw

If an Attack Power is say Dex vs. AC, but you're using a Heavy Throw weapon (which is then based on Strength) does the Power still count from Dex?
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How do multiple natural attacks work?

Okay, I need some clarification. The Pathfinder Core Rules state this about natural attacks: You do not receive additional natural attacks for a high base attack bonus. Instead, you receive ...
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Attack Bonus question for Monsters with multiple attacks from multiple weapons

When a monster wields multiple weapons, and can attack multiple times with each, how do I alter (or should I leave) the given attack bonuses on each type of attack on the enemy's stat block? Take, ...
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How many attacks can an Olethrodaemon get with a full round attack?

I am a new DM having a little trouble understanding the monster stas blocks for higher level Pathfinder monsters. I get most of the lower CR monsters, but then I doubt myself when enemies seem to be ...
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Can a defender counter on a multiple attack power where only one attack includes her as a target? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do marks interact with dual attacks? Defenders usually have a power with a trigger like: Trigger: An enemy marked by you makes an attack that does not include ...
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Flurry of Blows calculation

Let's say, we have there 1st level Monk, and he has STR 17/+3. Now we are calculating base attack with his Flurry of Blows. For first level, we have "Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus" -1/-1, plus 1st ...
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Brilliant energy not all it's cracked up to be?

I have this sai and it's already a speed weapon. That character will be taking improved disarm. Am looking at the entry for brilliant energy. "A brilliant energy weapon ignores nonliving matter." ...
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Order of actions in combat

Is there a specific order in which move / move-equivalent actions and standard actions should occur during a combat round? I know you can take the 5-foot step at the beginning or the end of the turn, ...