I purchased the roll20 version of Hoard of the Dragon Queen a while ago. It includes all the monsters needed for the campaign. The roll20 version of the Dragonclaw has two attacks included:

  • Scimitar: +5 to hit, 1d6 slashing damage
  • Scimitar (Fanatical Advantage): +5 to hit, 3d6 slashing damage

I have been playing using these attacks for a while but I recently noticed that the D&D Beyond Dragonclaw actually has the Scimitar damage listed as (emphasis mine):

Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.

I searched for HotDQ errata and this is not listed. I am leaning towards the D&D Beyond version being correct with the Scimitar being a finesse weapon and using DEX bonus for damage.

I don't own a physical copy of the book. What is the correct damage for a Dragonclaw's Scimitar attack?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to clarify, is this question based on the fact that the roll20 version (judging by your bullet points, which I assume come directly from the roll20 version) do not include the DEX modifier in the damage? \$\endgroup\$ – NathanS Jul 25 '19 at 10:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @NathanS Yes, I want to confirm if the roll20 version is incorrect or that was something that is actually done in the book \$\endgroup\$ – Sdjz Jul 25 '19 at 10:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Out of interest, do the other stat blocks provided in roll20 also omit the STR/DEX/whatever modifiers from damage? \$\endgroup\$ – NathanS Jul 25 '19 at 10:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NathanS Yes, any modifier is usually included in damage rolls automatically by roll20 in provided published content \$\endgroup\$ – Sdjz Jul 25 '19 at 10:32

The book matches D&D Beyond

In the Hoard of the Dragon Queen, p. 89, the stats of the Dragonclaw shows the Scimitar attack as:

Scimitar. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) slashing damage.

In other words, it matches D&D Beyond's statblock.

It is likely that the roll20 version forgot to add their DEX modifier (which is listed as +3 in their statblock in the HotDQ book), since (as you said in a comment; it might be deleted for future readers of this answer) roll20 does usually include such modifiers in the damage for such attacks.

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