Questions tagged [damage-reduction]

For questions about damage reduction, a mechanic in several RPGs that allows certain creatures to reduce amount of damage taken. Some systems distinguish between damage resistance and damage reduction, affecting the amount of damage taken in different ways.

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Abalative Armor and Stone Construct Interplay

Abalative Armor provides damage reduction 15/- at 10th level, once the infused item has prevented damage from a single attack even if not all the damage reduction is needed, the magic fades. Stone ...
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Is DR/magic weak to all spells, or does it resist spells that cause physical damage?

Ok, so one of the characters in our game is getting DR and is arguing that any damage caused by any spell bypasses the DR. A creature with this special quality ignores damage from most weapons and ...
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Damage reduction vs Dying/Bleeding Out [duplicate]

When a character has less than 0 but more than -10 HP, they are considred "dying". According to the SRD: A dying character loses 1 hit point every round. This continues until the character dies or ...
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How does the damage from Aura of the Guardian and the Berserker Axe interact?

Redemption Paladins get an “Aura of the Guardian” : Starting at 7th level, you can shield others from harm at the cost of your own health. When a creature within 10 feet of you takes damage, you ...
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D&D3.5e — Damage Reduction — DR/Unholy vs DR/Evil [duplicate]

We've got a party with a Celestial Mystic (Book of Exalted Deeds), and I was reading about his level 9 ability, which grants him DR 10/Unholy. Would this be different from DR/evil, as in it would only ...
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Is there a difference between DR/evil and DR/unholy?

We've got a party with a Celestial Mystic (Book of Exalted Deeds), and I was reading about his level 9 ability, which grants him DR 10/Unholy. Would this be different from DR/evil, as in it would only ...
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Does Immunity/Resistance to a type of damage count as Damage Reduction?

Does Immunity to a type of damage or Resistance to a type of damage count as Damage Reduction?
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Are Spell Cartridges affected by Damage Resistance or Spell Resistance?

The feat Spell Cartridges allows your gun to shoot force bullets instead of regular ammo. These bullets count as magic for bypassing Damage Resistance. But something bothers me: if these are Force ...
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How does the fire damage reduction on this character work?

In Hoard of the Dragon Queen, there is a character in chapter 7, section 2 that has the following property: I'm unsure how to correctly parse this sentence. Is this supposed to be read as the first ...
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In what order do damage resistance, damage reduction, damage thresholds, and half-damage from a successful save apply?

I am curious how different damage-reducing rules in Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition play with one another. Mainly, it is an order-of-operations question. There are the more common effects: Damage ...
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How can I reduce/ignore any damage reduction with weapon attacks?

How can I reduce/ignore any damage reduction with weapon attacks? I know the Mountain Hammer line from Tome of Battle: As part of this maneuver, you make a single melee attack. This attack deals ...
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Does a creature with DR/alignment bypass DR/magic?

The natural attacks of a creature with DR/x, bypass DR/x. Additionally, high enhancement bonuses bypass DR/ certain materials and alignments. DR/ weapon type (bludgeoning, piercing, slashing) ...
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Can an Ancestral Guardian Barbarian use Spirit Shield to reduce damage against themselves?

If a level 6 Path of the Ancestral Guardian Barbarian is hit by an attack, can he use his reaction to Spirit Shield himself? The Spirit Shield feature (XGtE, p. 10) says: Beginning at 6th level, the ...
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If a poisoned arrow's piercing damage is reduced to 0, do you still get poisoned?

I have created a fighter, who is using heavy armor and has the Heavy Armor Master feat. The Heavy Armor Master feat (PHB, p. 167) states that: While you are wearing heavy armor, bludgeoning, ...
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Resistance and Parry [duplicate]

I am running a barbarian and fighter multiclass. When raging, I have resistance to all bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage. And the fighter Battle Master Maneuver Parry allows me to expend a ...
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How do I overcome Regen X/Good as a wizard, in Pathfinder, short of summoning a celestial with a good aligned weapon?

Some of the evil outsiders in Pathfinder have a regeneration that can only be negated by 'good' e.g. damage from good aligned weapons, our natural weapons of good aligned beings. How do you overcome ...
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How does the Shield Guardian's damage transfer work when the bearer is immune/resistant to the damage type?

It's been asked before here what happens when a target is hit with damage a shield guardian is immune to. What about the other way around? Say a character is immune to a type of damage and takes ...
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Does Spirit Shield reduce Damage before or after it carries over because of Warding Bond

The warding bond spell says While the target is within 60 feet of you, it gains a +1 bonus to AC and saving throws, and it has resistance to all damage. Also, each time it takes damage, you take ...
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What part of a multi-type damage roll is reduced by a non-type-specific effect?

Effects like Cutting Words (PHB, p. 54) and Spirit Shield (XGtE, p. 10) reduce damage by a roll, irrespective of damage type (PHB 196). However, single damage rolls can have multiple damage types, as ...
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Are there any RAW effects that give a flat damage reduction?

I was going to ask a question about which damage type is reduced by the "magical aura" referenced in the PHB under Damage Resistance and Vulnerability if the damage in question has multiple damage ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack in Starfinder

This question is mainly for me looking at the different feats and class powers I have with a Solarian build I'm going for. Without going into too much detail, I have a Soldier 1/Solarian 4 with Blitz ...
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Armor of Agathys and Damage Prevention [closed]

A character in my group has multiple ways to reduce/prevent incoming damage, among others the Heavy Armor Master feat and such things. This wasn't a big problem so far. I could just throw more bad ...
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Is DR/- better than DR/magic?

I'm a bit confused by the text for damage reduction. It is stated that: DR 5/magic means that a creature takes 5 less points of damage from all weapons that are not magic. If a dash follows the ...
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How does armor with Hull Points function against AVPL weapons?

This was an interesting point brought up on the Facebook group wherein Alan Bahr was invoked to rule upon it. By the book, weapons capable of doing Hull damage will simply obliterate anything they go ...
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Does damage reduction apply to Wall of Thorns' slashing damage?

So, I've referenced the SRD and other RPG Stack Exchange questions on this, and can't find a definitive answer. The SRD entry for Damage Reduction speaks only of weapons (using the word weapon 32 ...
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Are normal ghouls' claws considered magic for the purposes of DR?

Ghouls are undead, magical by nature. They have claws that can cause paralysis. However, this requires a fortitude save and leads me to believe it is not a magical effect. Can their claws overcome ...
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Why does some armor have both Hull Points and Damage Reduction?

All armors within the game of Planet Mercenary sport some degree of Damage Reduction, which reduces incoming damage. Damage Reduction: Each time you suffer damage while wearing the armor, reduce ...
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Can a willing creature lower its damage reduction?

The entry for damage reduction does not state that the creature can voluntary lower its own damage reduction, like it says for spell resistance. Can a creature choose to be harmed by an attack its ...
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How can an Acolyte mitigate or avoid the damage received from Fire Shield?

Fire Shield relevant text: While this power is in effect, any character in range and line of sight that successfully strikes the psyker with an attack immediately suffers Energy damage equal to ...
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Do adamantine shields have damage reduction?

The SRD discusses the benefit of adamantine to weapons and armor. It specifies that armor gets damage reduction dependent on whether the armor is heavy (3), medium (2), or light (1). There is no ...
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Is there any spell, feat, or class ability that allows natural attacks to bypass DR/Cold Iron?

I have seen the feat 'Eldritch Claws' which allows natural attacks to bypass DR magic and/or silver, but I have never found anything similar to bypass DR/cold iron. The DR rules are also pretty ...
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Pathfinder's Armor Class to Damage Reduction variant in 5e

I've been DMing Dungeons and Dragons for more than 20 years, and have always had "issues" with the AC system. I was pretty happy when I found the AC as Damage Reduction Variant in the PF Combat ...
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How do I combine different DR?

I'm creating a bad guy who is half-fiend, which gives him DR 5/magic. He's going to cast righteous might which then gives him DR 5/good. What is the resulting stat block? Do they need both magic and ...
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Does DR x/— from Pain Taster and Barbarian stack?

Does the barbarian's DR x/— damage reduction stack with the DR x/— from the Pain Taster prestige class? For example, does a Barbarian 10/Pain Taster 2 have DR 3/— or DR 2/—?
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Piercing DR/magic without using equipment to get DR/magic

My Character for a 3.5 D&D game is a Barbarian going for the Bear Warrior-War Shaper route. I even took a Fist of The Forest to hope doing some real nice Kung fu Panda stuff. But unfortunately my ...
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Damage reduction and damage resistance: how to calculate?

Assume a character has both damage reduction and damage resistance vs an incoming attack. One example of damage reduction is the Heavy Armor Master feat: While you are wearing heavy armor, ...
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Is it possible for books used as weapons to overcome damage reduction? [closed]

I want my character to use books as melee weapons. But I'm concerned about overcoming damage reduction. Is it possible to make a book out of a special material such as cold iron, adamantine, or ...
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If DR negates all damage do special effects still apply?

If someone is hit by an attack with special effects like poison, disease, paralysis, ability damage and his/her damage reduction is high enough to prevent all damage, do the specials still apply? ...
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How can a monster get damage reduction?

I'm running a custom campaign that has a party of 4 level 5 PCs. Their opponents are often goblins. I want to create a goblin boss for a dungeon. However, I am unsure what would be too powerful. I ...
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How is Damage Reduction (DR) applied in Pathfinder?

If a creature has DR 3, and is hit by a weapon that does 1d8 damage, then the damage it will take is between 0 and 5. I think I understand that part. What I really want help with is understanding how ...
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What overcomes “DR 15/cold iron and magic”?

A friend showed me a wendigo and there was something in its entry that left me confused. DR 15/cold iron and magic; Now to overcome the DR / Magic could be done by any magic weapon or spell as in ...
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What overcomes the DR granted by Fighter Armor Mastery?

Armor Mastery (Ex): At 19th level, a fighter gains Damage Reduction 5/— whenever he is wearing armor or using a shield. What overcomes this Damage Reduction? Nothing? playing Pathfinder
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Would the non-leathal damage from Aqueous Orb bypass DR?

So it came up recently that my group was fighting creatures with DR, (silver, for what it matters), and we assumed that aqueous orb, while it would still contain them, wouldn't bypass their DR. I got ...
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Does a magic weapon convert all damage to all magic damage, or just the enhancement?

As the title, for example, will a +1 Short Sword do: 1d6 piercing, 1 magic damage; or 1d6+1 piercing magic damage? If I'm not mistaken, it does matter when concerning resistances and such. I've ...
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Does a creature with swallow whole retain damage reduction inside?

When a creature is swallowed whole in Pathfinder, it can attempt to attack the swallowing creature from the inside to cut its way out with a light or natural weapon. The armor class is 10+1/2 nat ...
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Damage reduction and Saint template

I'm currently speaking with the DM and another player, and we're having a disagreement. I'm looking at the Saint template, listed here. The issue is that I'm being told that at Level 12+ the Saint ...
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Does damage reduction nullify sneak attack damage as a “special effect”?

The DMG states (p.292): "Whenever damage reduction completely negates the damage from an attack, it also negates most special effects that accompany the attack, such as injury type poison, monk'...
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Does magic immunity have any impact on a monster's DR in Pathfinder?

My players will encounter a Flesh Golem. It has DR 5/adamantine and is immune to magic (and othe construct traits). My players possess each +1 magic weapons and they will use it. I can imagine that ...
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Does the Heavy Armor Master feat reduce damage twice against a mixed damage attack?

Displacer Beasts have a Tentacle attack that does 7 (1d6 + 4) bludgeoning damage plus 3 (1d6) piercing damage. Does the bludgeoning and piercing damage reduction granted by Heavy Armor Master reduce ...
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Does the damage from Supernatural abilities bypass damage reduction?

The maneuver Obscuring Shadow Veil does 5d6 damage and is described as a supernatural ability. If I make an attack on a Devil with DR 10/good with a weapon and do 6 damage + 20 damage from the ...