The Heavy Blade Opportunity feat (PHB) lets a character use any of their at-will powers for their opportunity attacks.

Opportunity attacks, on the other hand, target the triggering creature.

What happens when using an at-will power that mandates to target two different attacks, such as the tempest-fighter power Dual Strike (MP)? Is the second attack wasted because you can only target the triggerer? Or does it let you target a second, non-triggering enemy?


Specific rules override general rules, so you'd follow the text of the At-Will that replaces your regular Attack of Opportunity.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "Specific ovverides general" brings us from "You make a melee basic attack against the triggering enemy" to "You use an at-will [weapon] power that uses an heavy blade against the triggering enemy" (and ensures that the two rules don't conflict), but the problem still remains. By the way I have found that the problem never existed to begin with, and I will write an answer to explain why. \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Sep 10 '17 at 12:04

The Dual Strike power does not target two different enemies. It targets a single enemy (causing no conflict with the usual targeting of attacks of opportunity) and then, as an effect, mandates you to perform a secondary attack against a different target. This second attack is separated from the attack of opportunity and does not need to follow its rules.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are you talking about the ranger at-will or the fighter at-will? The ranger and fighter both have at-wills that attack twice, but because the fighter is a defender their at-will explicitly requires you to attack two different targets, while the ranger one allows focus fire. \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage Sep 10 '17 at 12:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage I was talking about the fighter at will (the ranger's is Twin Stike). Due to the unerrataed Dual Strike only targeting a single creature (attacking it twice) and a bad writeup in the character sheet of the player using Dual Strike, I gathered that its target line was "two different creatures", while it is not. \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Sep 10 '17 at 12:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ The errata makes it quite clear that it targets two different creatures. \$\endgroup\$ – Oblivious Sage Sep 10 '17 at 12:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ObliviousSage yes, but my player wrote on his sheet "target: two different creatures" when in reality it is "Target: one creature; Effect: make a secondary attack; Secondary target. a different creature." Quite the difference. \$\endgroup\$ – Zachiel Sep 10 '17 at 13:32

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