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While typing up my answer for Where are Vicious Weapons detailed? I noticed there's an inconsistency with the description for Vicious Weapon between what's written in the DMG and the SRD.

The DMG states:

When you roll a 20 on your attack roll with this magic weapon, the target takes an extra 7 damage of the weapon's type.

Whereas the SRD says:

When you roll a 20 on your attack roll with this magic weapon, the target takes an extra 2d6 damage of the weapon's type.

I checked the DMG errata and there hasn't been a correction added there.

Has this been updated elsewhere and which text is meant to be the correct damage for Viscious Weapon: 7 or 2d6?

P.S I know the average roll of 2d6 is going to be about 7 anyway but that's not the point.

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There has not been any word of god statement on the matter...

...and the v1.1 DMG Errata (May 2016) doesn't cover it.

However, on Jun 7 '17 the Vicious Weapon entry on D&D Beyond said "2d6". As of June 7 2018 (possibly earlier), D&D Beyond was changed to match the printed DMG, "7".

...but it is now clear the SRD is in err.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The D&D Beyond page currently lists it as 7 as well (not 2d6). \$\endgroup\$ – V2Blast Jun 7 '18 at 15:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @v2blast Oh? Its changed since I wrote this, then. \$\endgroup\$ – T.J.L. Jun 7 '18 at 15:31

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