If an Attack Power is say Dex vs. AC, but you're using a Heavy Throw weapon (which is then based on Strength) does the Power still count from Dex?

  • \$\begingroup\$ You might want to indicate the game system this question applies to. I assume it's D&D 4e but it's best to make it clear. \$\endgroup\$
    – leokhorn
    Commented Feb 3, 2013 at 8:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ So there is no Class with skills that allows you to use Heavy Throw weapons as your weapon efficently? \$\endgroup\$
    – Lucifer
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 6:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Lucifer Slayer could as it relies on basic attacks and is strength based, but generally ranged characters have powers that are not strength based. They can still use the heavy weapons, but their basic attacks will be off stat from their main attack powers. Throw and stab rangers are another group that can make very good use of heavy thrown weapons. \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 16:16

2 Answers 2


No, the attack power should be used as written.

Heavy Thrown - Compendium (emphasis is mine):

A thrown weapon is a ranged weapon that is hurled from the hand, rather than used to launch a projectile. A ranged basic attack with a heavy thrown weapon uses the wielder’s Strength modifier for the attack and damage rolls, unless otherwise noted in the description of the power used.


In the Players Handbook, page 216/17, weapon properties are described. I assume you have already read through this but, the description of 'Heavy Thrown' weapons is

'You hurl a weapon thrown from you hand, rather than using it to loose a projectile. A ranged basic attack with a heavy thrown weapon uses your Strength instead of your Dexterity for the attack and damage rolls.'

This would indicate that the Str instead of Dex rule applies only to heavy thrown weapons when they are used in basic attacks and not powers. However, as a player I would speak to my DM about this. If the power is something that heavily relies upon accuracy, perhaps Dex should be the determining attribute, regardless of weapon used. If, however, it is simply a ranged weapon power, I would ask my DM to use Str as the determining attribute when using heavy thrown weapons.

As a DM I would let my players use Str but, if you want to solidly stick to the rules, only basic attacks. Hope this helped.


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