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Both! The Dungeon Master's Guide (1979) for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons says that All magic swords receive their stated bonus both for purposes of hitting (as a bonus to the "to hit" die) and for damage (as +1, +2, +3, etc. addition to hit points of damage scored). (165) Thus, consider a fighter armed with a longsword +1, +2 vs. magic-using and ...


Hit dice in AD&D are d8 unless otherwise specified. A creature with 4 hit dice would have 4d8 hit points. That means that you roll a d8 four times and add the results together to generate its hit points. HIT DICE indicates the parameters of the number of hit points a creature can withstand before being killed. Unless stated otherwise hit dice are ...

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