Recently I've been seeing several NPC monster entries with blast range attacks that have no stated target included, whereas player abilities often specifically say what they hit. For example:

Storm Pulse (standard, recharge ) Lightning Close blast 5; +15 vs Reflex; 2d4+8 lightning damage, and the target is weakened (save ends).

Is from a npc sheet, while player abilities often say their targets within the blast ("All creatures, all enemies, one creature, etc.")

I'm a bit unsure how to handle this. When an attack doesn't specify what targets within its range to attack like the one above, what should I default to for the target range?

If you want the specific sheet I'm looking at: http://www.wizards.com/dndinsider/compendium/display.aspx?page=monster&id=3338 (DDI membership needed)

  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm poking this one right now. MM1 usually specified enemies or not at all. Checking MM2 and 3 right now to see if they have additional advice. \$\endgroup\$
    – wax eagle
    Jun 6, 2014 at 13:57

1 Answer 1


Monster Manual 2 (p 7) has the answer for you:

An area attack or a close attack targets each creature within its area of effect, unless otherwise noted.

This gives you your answer. Unless the power specifies "enemies," area and close attacks affect all creatures.


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