When I my Barbarian flies into a rage he gains amongst other things +4 morale bonus to Strength. Does this affect the modifier too?

My strength is 18STR+MOD4

If I add the morale bonus is it 22STR+MOD4 or 22STR+MOD6?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Part of the issue here may come from the game's vocabulary: a bonus is different from an ability score modifier, for instance. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Nov 20 '16 at 14:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ I feel like you're mixing scores and modifiers; your Strength wouldn't be 18+Mod4, it should be interpreted as 18 (4), where 18 is the score and 4 is how much it affects related rolls (the mod is always == SCORE-10 // 2, no matter what. There is no such thing as 22Str with a mod of 4). Any modifier is based on the score and derived from the score, there is no concept of changing the modifier directly. \$\endgroup\$ – Delioth Nov 21 '16 at 18:46

A barbarian's rage grants the barbarian bonuses to the barbarian's ability scores, not directly to the barbarian's ability score modifiers.

For example, a barbarian that normally possesses a Strength of 18 enters a rage, gaining a +4 morale bonus to his Strength score. Normally, such a barbarian's Strength modifier is +4 (for having Str 18) but while in that rage the barbarian's Strength modifier is +6 (for having Str 22).

Note: Don't feel hemmed in by the ability score bonuses from rage being merely Temporary Ability Score Bonuses. This FAQ entry (from a 2013 messageboard post by Pathfinder Design Team) clarifies that items listed as changed by temporary ability score bonuses are to ease bookkeeping rather than a finite list of changes.

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