An upcoming encounter with a dire toad (Monster Manual II 74, 76) has me concerned with its tongue attack. The stat block lists the creature's tongue Attack as tongue +5 ranged and the creature's tongue Damage as tongue. This is singularly unhelpful for several reasons.
- Is the dire toad's tongue a natural weapon therefore usable in conjunction with the dire toad's bite when the creature takes a full attack action?
- Were the dire toad armed (e.g. spiked armor/armor spikes), could the dire toad take the full attack action to make its weapon attacks (usually suffering a -4 penalty due to nonproficiency) and, although suffering a -5 penalty for making a secondary natural weapon attack, also use its tongue attack?
- The tongue is given neither range nor range increment despite being a ranged attack (further, the tongue's not a ranged touch attack--weird but whatever). Does the dire toad's tongue attack have a range increment of 0 ft.?
The tongue attack is unchanged by the D&D 3.5 Revision Update booklet.
(As an aside, the tongue is the focus of the dire toad's extraordinary ability improved grab. If the tongue's usable at 0 ft. this is dumb, but if it's usable at, like, 30 ft. this is awesome, as, instead of dragging its tongued foes toward it like one would expect, to maintain the grapple the dire toad must enter its foe's square, allowing the dire toad to launch itself across the battlefield, Spider-man style, using its foes. That's cool and ridiculous.)
Note: If moderators insist, I'll break this up into multiple questions, but I believe all one's dire toad tongue needs should be met by a single multi-part question.
No discussion of enormous toads is complete without one of the best illustrations in the Monster Manual for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.
You're welcome. And, yes, the D&D 3.X dire toad has the extraordinary ability swallow whole, too.