I'm playing an Avenger multi-classed Ranger, and I got powers like Snarling Wolf Stance, Vengeful Parry and Fox's Cunning.

Can I use the shift granted by those powers to negate the triggering attack by moving out of the melee range of the attacking enemy, or I do my action only AFTER the attack has been resolved (and the damage has been rolled)? I'm a bit confused because in my language (Italian) the wording is unclear.


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No, powers that let you shift as an REACTION don't negate attacks.

There are two different kind of immediate actions: Immediate Reactions and Immediate Interrupt.

  1. Immediate Reactions powers happpen AFTER the action that triggert it has been resolved.
  2. Immediate Interrupt powers occur BEFORE the action that triggers the power.

When you are attacked and use an Immediate Reaction you resolve the attack first and then the Immediate Reaction.

When you are attacked and use an Immediate Interrupt you resolve the Immediate Interrupt first and attack later. Now you might not be a valid target anymore or your AC/NAD is to high so now the attack might miss.

Snarling Wolf Stance: Reaction, so happens after you have been hit or missed.

Vengeful Parry: Interrupt, BUT you have to slide the enemy adjacent so this won't get you out of melee range.

Fox's Cunning: Reaction, this happens after you have been hit or missed. You can shift and MELEE attack him back, so shift adjacent to him or you have to have reach when you shift away.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Many thanks for the excellent answer! I just have one more question. On PHB on page 219 I found a rule about forced movement stating that I can decide not to force move my opponent, and so the state "shift the enemy in a square adjacent to you" only applies if I decide to move the enemy at all. If I am correct, I am allowed to "dodge" an incoming blow by shifting back and not moving my enemy? \$\endgroup\$
    – cesare
    May 25, 2016 at 15:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ hmmm, good question. After looking at the forced movement glossary at the online dnd tools I found this: "When a destination is specified, it is absolute; the creature or effect must either move the target to that destination or NOT MOVE IT AT ALL. For instance, a character’s power might say, “You slide the target up to 5 squares to a square adjacent to you,” which means the character CAN move the target up to 5 squares but only if the move ends in a square adjacent to that character." \$\endgroup\$
    – Tijnkwan
    May 25, 2016 at 21:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think Vengeful Parry might not work quite like that. "Trigger: An enemy adjacent to you hits or misses you. Effect: The target takes a -2 penalty to the attack roll. Then make the attack against the target." That says to me "enemy completes its attack first (with a penalty), then you counterattack." The Interrupt part is for applying the penalty to the attack. \$\endgroup\$ May 26, 2016 at 0:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ So if I not move the target at all I can just shift back? @Mike: but if my power has to be completely done before he could resume the triggering action, the attack and the shifht would be in I think, even if I'm uncertain. What do you think about that Tjnkwan? \$\endgroup\$
    – cesare
    May 26, 2016 at 9:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @cesare Why would your Interrupt power have to be completely done? It's perfectly capable of saying "do this, and after the trigger is done, also do that," which it seems to be doing in slightly less explicit language. \$\endgroup\$ May 26, 2016 at 11:23

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