Do I add my Strength modifier to the damage of unarmed strikes if I have the Tavern Brawler feat?

From my understanding, the attack roll would be 1d20 + Proficiency + Str modifier. My question is about the damage roll. Would that be 1d4 + Str modifier, or just 1d4?

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    – V2Blast
    Commented Feb 10, 2019 at 7:26

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The SRD states clearly (whether you are a Tavern Brawler or not) that:

...you can use an unarmed strike: a punch, kick, head-butt, or similar forceful blow (none of which count as weapons). On a hit, an unarmed strike deals bludgeoning damage equal to 1 + your Strength modifier.

(emphasis mine)

And when you take the Tavern Brawler feat:

Your unarmed strikes use a d4 for damage.

That means the "1" in the above formula (the base damage) changes to 1d4 -- it does not say that it takes away the Strength modifier, so you still keep that modifier.


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