In a recent battle my rogue was in, I knocked out a wizard with one of my favorite powers.. uh.. Knockout. The text says:

Hit:...and the target is knocked unconscious (save ends). If the unconscious target takes any damage, it is no longer unconscious.

Deciding I didn't like sleeping Wizards I then unleashed my other favorite Circling Predator:

Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage.
Effect: You can shift 1 square and must end adjacent to the target. Then make a secondary attack against it.
Secondary Attack: Dexterity vs AC
Hit: 1[W] + Dexterity modifier damage, and you gain combat advantage against the target until the end of your next turn.

The group all agreed that I would get a Coup De Grace on the first hit, for sure. What we weren't sure about is whether the second attack of the Circling Predator power allows for a second Coup De Grace. My gut instinct is no, but I was curious what the rules say about it.

Can you perform two Coup De Grace's against an unconscious opponent who wakes after taking damage, if it's with a single power?


I would think the answer is no, unless once awake the target remains in a status that's susceptible to CdG - such as tied up.

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    \$\begingroup\$ +1. Has the target taken damage? Yes? Then they are no longer unconscious :) \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon Apr 13 '11 at 2:33

I would say no because if coup de grace succeeds, the creature is dead.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi Baja... Could you expand on this answer a bit? Lots of legal things can leave a creature dead (like succeeding on a Coup de Grace with the first hit of Circling Predator), so that doesn't rule it out on its own. \$\endgroup\$ – AceCalhoon May 1 '12 at 18:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is incorrect per the 4e rules. You have to meet a certain damage threshold to actually kill an enemy with a coup de grace in 4e (enemy's bloodied value). \$\endgroup\$ – wax eagle May 1 '12 at 19:47

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