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One of the Uratha in our pack has the first dot of the Unarmed Defense merit:

From God Machine Chronicles, p65:

Like a Book (*): ... When facing an unarmed opponent and not Dodging, increase your character's Defense by half of his Brawl (round down).

Does a werewolf using claws or teeth (in an appropriate form) count as being unarmed? Does a spirit that attacks with claws count as unarmed?

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Yes. A character using natural weapons like claws or fangs is fighting using Unarmed Combat (using the Brawl skill) and so counts as an unarmed opponent. (See the description of a spear, which offers +1 Defense against an opponent who is unarmed or using a weapon of Size 1.)

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