After asking this question for clarifications on how the acid damage dealt by the toad's Swallow works, I realised I need another explanation about this attack. A Giant Toad can make a Swallow attack on a creature it has grappled, as follows:

Swallow. The toad makes a bite attack against a Medium or smaller target it is grappling. If the attack hits, the target is swallowed, and the grapple ends. The swallowed target is blinded and restrained [...]

Specifying what happens if said attack hits, the text doesn't mention damage at all. Does this mean Bite is referenced only for its range and attack roll bonus? If yes, then Swallow doesn't deal damage at all, aside from the acid damage starting from the next turn (according to the conclusions drawn from my previous question). If no, then the damage of Bite is rolled and applied, followed by the effects of Swallow. Is this correct?



Swallow. The toad makes a bite attack

The toad makes its bite attack with normal resolution. If the attack hits, it deals damage. Additionally, it allows the Toad to use Swallow.

This is the general rule — when a creature has the "makes X attack(s)" phrase in its action description, that means it makes this attack and deals its damage, if the attack hits. The most obvious example is the Multiattack action:

Multiattack. The bear makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.

See the corresponding attack description to figure out the damage total.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "the toad can't bite another target" - so the toad can't Attack at all. It can't bite and has already swallowed a target. Quite disappointing. Or can it perform an unarmed strike? \$\endgroup\$ – StackLloyd Sep 5 '19 at 12:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ @StackLloyd the toad can hit (and swallow) only the target it is already grappling with its mouth \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Sep 5 '19 at 12:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @enkrypotr Yes, that was clear, I meant: once it has swallowed someone, it can't attack anymore, right? \$\endgroup\$ – StackLloyd Sep 5 '19 at 12:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @StackLloyd it can because the grapple ends when swallowing. the bite restriction only functions while grappling (this is extending the scope of comments and a new question might've been better here) \$\endgroup\$ – Sdjz Sep 5 '19 at 12:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Sdjz Yeah sorry I didn't want to make yet another question about the darn Giant Toad. Thanks for clarifying. \$\endgroup\$ – StackLloyd Sep 5 '19 at 12:59

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