I'm very confused because I really have no idea have to use Battle Chant's effect with the Battle Cry flexible attack rules.

The power effect is:

Special: When you use battle chant, you can choose any battle cry effect you know as if you were making a basic melee attack, with the battle chant attack roll taking the place of the basic melee attack roll.

My question is, with this at-will ranged spell's special effect, can a bard use the battle cries every time he wants as melee attacks without worrying about the flexible attack rules?


No, Battle Chant allows you to make attacks at range and still trigger Battle Cries.

Battle Cries:

Battle cries are triggered by flexible melee attacks.

So, normally a Bard can only trigger his Battle Cries while making melee attacks, which is similar to the way most flexible attacks work. Sometimes, though, making a melee attack isn't possible for the bard. Whether he simply can't reach his foes, doesn't have a weapon, is low on hit points, or has focused on charisma over strength/dexterity, it's possible that he'll want to make a ranged attack instead of melee. Battle Chant gives the Bard a chance to still use his Battle Cries in this situation, albeit at the cost of almost definitely reduced damage.


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