A halberd does triple damage on a critical hit and double damage when set to receive charge.

What happens when you set to receive charge and you get a critical? Is it double or triple damage?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Did this happen? I mean, in nearly 20 years at this game (including 3.5), I've only ever once had a PC even be in a position to brace for charge… and the monster charged someone else. To critically hit when braced for charge? To me that's like the d20 equivalent of a hole in one. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 10:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ It hasn't happen to me. I know this would be a rare situation but I like using pole arms and was curious if the rules covered it just in case it happened. \$\endgroup\$
    – huginn
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 10:23

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Enjoy quadruple damage!

The Glossary on Multiplying says

When you are asked to apply more than one multiplier to a roll, the multipliers are not multiplied by one another. Instead, you combine them into a single multiplier, with each extra multiple adding 1 less than its value to the first multiple. For example, if you are asked to apply a ×2 multiplier twice, the result would be ×3, not ×4.

A halberd's critical hit multiplier is ×3 and it deals ×2 damage when braced for a charge so a critical hit when its braced for a charge deals ×4 damage.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You can also see "×2" as "+100%", "×3" as "+200%", etc. and add the "multipliers". So "×3 ×2" becomes "+200%+100%" which is "+300%" or "×4". \$\endgroup\$
    – Luris
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 10:33

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