I'm very new to Pathfinder and am trying to put pieces of information together. Thanks for your patience in advance.

I have a creature from an adventure path and his melee attack is listed as follows:

Melee dagger +3 (1d4+2/19–20)

Would be great if someone could help verify my below assumptions and clarify one confusion:

1) The creature is medium sized therefore I should assume that he would be wielding a medium sized dagger which is listed in the core rule book as having a DMG(M) of 1d4. This is where the 1d4 is derived from.

2) The creature has the following stats. Str 14, Dex 15, Con 15, Int 8, Wis 12, Cha 10. This implies that he gets +2 bonus to the attack roll, plus since he is a ranger, he gets +1 bonus more to the attack roll. This results in dagger +3.

3) The 19-20 is a special case dice roll threshold, where if hit, it would result in a standard x2 chance for a critical strike if the second roll exceeds his targets AC.

4) This is where I am confused: where is the +2 in the 1d4+2 coming from?

5) Could you give me a sample calculation with its damage output when the above creature has a successful attack roll?



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4) This is where I am confused: where is the +2 in the 1d4+2 coming from?

The creature's Strength bonus applies to melee attacks; so his +2 bonus from his 14 Str is added here as well.

If the creature rolls damage, you roll a 1d4 and then add the 2 for total damage; so if you were to roll a 3 you'd deal a total of 3+2 = 5 damage.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Just might be worth adding - the OP's assumptions 1-3 are correct too. \$\endgroup\$
    – G0BLiN
    Oct 10, 2014 at 23:18

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