Do wizards apply their STR mod to the Transmutation school ability Telekinetic Fist?

"Telekinetic Fist (Sp): As a standard action you can strike with a telekinetic fist, targeting any foe within 30 feet as a ranged touch attack. The telekinetic fist deals 1d4 points of bludgeoning damage + 1 for every two wizard levels you possess. You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Intelligence modifier."

  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the critical modifier just x2? \$\endgroup\$ – FrancisJohn Aug 18 '16 at 17:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ And does this count as a magical weapon for DR purposes? \$\endgroup\$ – FrancisJohn Aug 18 '16 at 17:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Unless otherwise stated, an attack that deals damage has a threat range of 20 and deals ×2 damage on a critical hit. That second comment is answered (albeit indirectly) here. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Aug 18 '16 at 17:40


The ability details what damage it does (1d4 + level/2), and Str isn't included.

However, since it is a ranged touch attack, your Dex mod would be added to the attack roll.


A transmuter's telekinetic fist deals only 1d4 points of bludgeoning damage and +1 point of damage per 2 wizard levels

Because the transmuter's spell-like ability telekinetic fist doesn't say that the wizard adds his Strength modifier to the damage the telekinetic fist deals, the wizard does not add his Strength modifier to the damage it deals. The description of the Strength ability says, "You apply your character's Strength modifier to… [d]amage rolls when using a melee weapon or a thrown weapon, including a sling." A telekinetic fist, despite the slightly misleading name, isn't a melee or thrown weapon. However, a telekinetic fist still has a threat range of 20 and deals ×2 damage on a critical hit, and, because it's called out as bludgeoning damage, the telekinetic fist isn't considered a magic weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR according to this sidebar FAQ.


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