The mechanics for receiving and inflicting harm or injury.

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Ongoing effects and Wildshape [closed]

So a player and I had a discussion earlier today about wildshape affecting ongoing damage. The player's character had a spear broken off in his body, dealing damage whenever he took strenuous ...
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What does “… when it enters the spell’s area for the first time on a turn or starts its turn there” mean

From When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?, it was suggested that some comments be made into a Q&A. So: From the Cloud of Daggers spell (others have similar wording) You fill the ...
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When do you roll the damage for Cloud of Daggers?

The cloud lasts up to 1 minute, and specifies 4d4 damage. Is the damage rolled when you cast it, or is it rolled each time an enemy is afflicted by the cloud?
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What happens when a Mage Hand takes damage?

If a Mage Hand triggers a trap (in my case, by screwing a lightbulb into a booby-trapped socket) or otherwise takes damage from some effect, what happens to it? Does it just sit there and ignore the ...
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What does 3/6/9 mean for damage?

For instance, divine sanction says the enemy takes damage equal to 3/6/9 + Charisma modifier. How do I determine how much damage that actually does?
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How Should I Change the Star Trek Phaser Table? [closed]

I'm setting up an online campaign using the Star Trek RPG by Last Unicorn Games. While going over the rules, I came across the following "Phaser Damage" table, and several things immediately stood ...
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Level 1 fighter seems over powered

I have a level 1 fighter who can do a ridiculous amount of damage and easily fight monsters with CR of two or three. I am completely new to pathfinder so I feel that I might be calculating some damage ...
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Options for leveraging non-lethal damage

What options exist for creating a character focused on doing solely non-lethal damage? Are there ways to have increased damage output compared to a lethal-damage-dealing characters by accepting the ...
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How much does ongoing damage add to the average damage when creating a monster?

GMing D&D 4e, I got used to creating new monsters and it's been quite simple so far with the guidance of the errata and observation of the Monster Manual 3 damage expressions. But here is ...
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Explosive and Incendiary ammunition on vampires

In the game we are playing right now, a character was a sniper who tried to kill a criminal, but failed because the criminal was actually a vampire. Now, the sniper is a vampire too, and he's ...
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Improved unarmed strike damage bonus?

My character is a level 1 fighter with improved unarmed strike and I just wanted to know if that makes his damage 1D6 rather than 1D3 because I was told that it does but everywhere I've looked all it ...
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How often does an enhancement bonus add damage?

If I had a +2 longsword & I used a 3[W] power, would I add the +2 once, or three times?
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Cavalier challenge bonus

I started playing a level 10 two weapon fighter samurai and had a question from the first game last night about part of the Challenge ability: The cavalier's melee attacks deal extra damage ...
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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How do I read the hit damage for monsters? [duplicate]

I just got the new 5th edition of D&D and I started reading the new mechanics. One puzzles me. I'm trying to understand the Hit Damage. I'll use the Aarakocra from the monster manual. It says for ...
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Do acid and sonic damage bypass object hardness?

Similar to Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?, but in 3.5. Particularly relevant is the following: Hardness: Each object has hardness—a number ...
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Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?

I've heard comments that energy damage, or particularly acid damage, somehow bypasses object hardness - either fully, or in half. However, I haven't found a consistent citation or interpretation for ...
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Warforged ability damage with Improved Fortification

In D&D3.5, I'm playing a warforged crusader who has recently taken a lot of CON damage. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I have the Improved Fortification feat which makes him immune to ...
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Does Great Weapon Fighting apply to Superiority Die rolls?

Great Weapon Fighting states: When you roll a 1 or 2 on a damage die for an attack you make with a melee weapon that you are wielding with two hands, you can reroll the die and must use the new ...
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When adding 1-1/2 or 1/2 your strength mod to damage how does it round?

The pathfinder core books states: "Off-Hand Weapon: When you deal damage with a weapon in your off hand, you add only 1/2 your Strength bonus. If you have a Strength penalty, the entire penalty ...
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Death via ability damage vs magic items

I'm looking for a clarification on how reducing an ability to 0 is affected by magic items that increase that ability. For instance, a character with CON 18 is wearing a belt of Constitution +2, ...
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Does creature size affect weapon damage?

I have no idea whether or not this is true in D&D 5e; it was in 3.5 and Pathfinder, but it is not mentioned in the 5e Player's Handbook. For example, in 3.5 and Pathfinder, a halfling's longsword ...
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How does the Damage Conversion knack work?

We're not quite sure how the Epic Stamina knack Damage Conversion works. Let's say I take 22 lethal damage from an attack, and I soak 11 lethal and 13 bashing. Do I: Spend a point of legend to ...
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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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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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What happens when a creature falls on player-improvised spikes?

I'm new to D&D 4e. What happens when a creature falls on some spikes or on the blade of a weapon from 10 feet or higher? I've encountered situations where, for example, one character lifts an ...
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Are Missile Attack bonuses added to Attack or Damage rolls?

I am playing with a group of relatively new players aside from one and the DM, and while another character and I seem to be contradicting each other, we have both been told we are right. What we don't ...
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How do Bane bonuses from multiple sources stack?

If I have a +1 dragons-bane Body Wrap of Mighty Strikes and a +1 dragons-bane Amulet of Mighty Fists, what happens? Do my unarmed strikes have an enhancement bonus vs dragons of +4 or +6 (or something ...
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Did I Calculate this Crit Damage Correctly?

Based on the questions below, I think I probably did: Does sneak attack damage do max damage on a critical hit? Is extra damage from free actions maximized with a critial hit? Is the extra damage ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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Arcane and Divine Spells vs Massive Damage

So, let's say we've got a character who can learn both Wizard's and Cleric's spells up to 9th spell level. The said character knows that he will face something that deals massive damage (and, by ...
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How to calculate the expected damage increase from Empowered Spell?

In D&D 5th Edition the Sorcerer Metamagic ability Empowered Spell states the following: "When you roll damage for a spell, you can spend 1 sorcery point to reroll a number of the damage dice up ...
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Is Smite Evil damage multiplied by a critical hit?

In Pathfinder, smite damage adds +paladin level (or 2 × paladin level) to damage when smiting evil. The rules for critical hits say: A critical hit means that you roll your damage more ...
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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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In D&D 3.5, are Ability Checks, Attack Rolls, and Damage Rolls mechanically distinct?

I've seen answers to this question for Pathfinder and D&D 5, but I cannot seem to locate any explicit statements for D&D 3.5. Essentially, I'm looking for a reference that explains whether or ...
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Does telekinesis do Bashing or Lethal?

I'm trying to figure out what type of damage a direct physical assault with telekinesis would result in. (From NWoD) From pg. 212 of World of Darkness: Alternately, the ghost can make a direct ...
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I have an Electrified Baton, what damage does it do?

I have an electrified baton. Normally a baton only gives +3 bashing damage to attacks, but with it being electrified with the same amount of juice equal to a protective fence (per "The World of ...
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How does the additional damage from rend apply to DR?

All forms of rend, that I have seen, state that rend is additional damage. How is this additional damage applied? Is the "additional" damage added to the damage of the triggering attack, both attacks ...
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How do I calculate my damage in 3.5?

My PC is a barbarian using a two-handed great sword with a +2 str bonus, Power attack and weapon specialization. My DM isn't clear about how the multipliers apply and it reached the point where the ...
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I'm confused about combat; how can I hope to hit anything?

Me and my friends are pretty new to D&D and are likely getting the majority of the rules wrong. I believe I understand AC: an AC of 16 means you must roll a die (+modifier) of 16 or greater to ...
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Designing a damage system for our rules [closed]

We are designing a rule system that would better suit our tastes. The goal is to create something relatively simple, that does not get in the way of the story but still offers enjoyable game ...
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What does “Strength modifier damage” mean? [duplicate]

Some powers, for instance the warden's Earth Shield Strike, say "1[W] plus Strength modifier damage", though I've seen the same line used with different ability scores in different powers. What is ...
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Isn't wielding inappropriately large weapons pretty powerful?

Inappropriately Sized Weapons: A creature can't make optimum use of a weapon that isn't properly sized for it. A cumulative –2 penalty applies on attack rolls for each size category of difference ...
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Are damage bonuses for a weapon doubled for 2[W] rolls?

I am a dwarf fighter with a +1 greataxe, and Dwarven Weapon Training (+2 damage). For a 1[W] damage I assume I roll 1d12+3, but for a 2[W] attack do I roll 2d12 and add 6? Any help on this would be ...
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Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus damage them when they fall?

Can you teleport a monster vertically up and thus do them the D10 per 10' falling damage?
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When smashing an object, do you subtract the hardness every time?

Does hardness work as damage reduction, reducing the damage taken by the object each time it is hit, or does it work as bonus hitpoints? I think it's the former, but I'm not sure.
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In 3.5 does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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How do I calculate average damage for WFRPG using AnyDice?

In First Edition of WFRPG Damage during combat works as follows: You roll 2d10 as a perctile die. If you get lower than your skills you hit. You then roll a 1d6 + damage modifier. If you roll a 6, ...
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How to read creature attack stats and defense stats

I am trying to setup a game for my players (GM). I am new to this and I am trying to figure out what some of these creature stats mean. Melee short sword +3 (1d6+1/19-20) Do I divide by 19-20, ...
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Does bonus damage from a feat apply to an ongoing damage effect?

When a character hits a target with a power that has an ongoing damage effect of 5 (for example psychic damage), and they have a feat which adds bonus damage of the same type of damage, does that ...