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Questions tagged [damage-reduction]

Damage reduction is the name for a mechanic in several editions of D&D that allows certain creatures to reduce the damage they take by a flat amount as long as the damage's source & type meet certain criteria.

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Weaknesses: Vulnerability against X. What about DR or Hardness? [duplicate]

I'm currently in a campaign and and we've been fighting constructs a lot. I'm saving up for an Adamantine Greatsword which would bypass the +10 Hardness, according to our GM. During a fight, he let ...
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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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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 ...
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How can a creature using a weapon bypass DR X/—?

How can a creature using a weapon overcome a foe's damage reduction X/— (like that of the barbarian)? Are the only ways the martial maneuvers foehammer (ToB 59) and mountain hammer (ToB 84) et al.?
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Ways to modify an existing damage reduction

I am curious to know if there are any ways to modify an existing damage reduction. For example, let's take a natural born were-something that has a DR10/silver. Does any of the books contain an ...
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Does a flaming axe's full damage bypass damage reduction?

During a session the GM's dwarf launched an attack with a +2 flaming axe at the PC barbarian with DR 4/—, somehow dealing 40 damage on a critical hit. The GM says that because the axe is flaming, all ...
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How does DR granted by the feat Roll With It actually work?

Dilemma The feat Roll With It (Savage Species, p. 39) contains come text that is confusing1: This applies in addition to any damage reduction you have from other sources. This appears contrary to ...
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What can I polymorph into, whose natural attacks count as magic for DR?

Are there any monsters you can polymorph into that allow you to attack as if you had a magical weapon for the purposes of Damage Reduction? I think an example would be easier to understand: If I ...
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What is available to mitigate the damage of physical blows?

I am working on creating a "Tank" character, of course the goal is to prevent the party to be hit, rather than getting hit, but obviously getting hit is likely and the character should survive hits as ...
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Does ammo blessed by Daybreak Arrow bypass all creatures DR?

Looking at Daybreak Arrow, it talks about adding extra damage to undead, then includes, This extra damage and half of any other damage you deal with an affected projectile results directly from ...
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Typing non-lethal damage and its interaction with DR

In this answer, bacrossland suggests that throwing enemies should inflict non-lethal damage on them. While this is an eminently reasonable suggestion, it leaves one thing open: by RAW, what type is ...
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In Pathfinder, what happens if an undead creature's DR reduces damage to 0?

The combat section in the CRB says Minimum Damage: If penalties reduce the damage result to less than 1, a hit still deals 1 point of nonlethal damage. However, undead creatures are immune to ...
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When does Armor of Agathys take effect?

When does Armor of Agathys take effect given that Damage Reduction happens first? Consider a character with Heavy Armor Master which says: While you are wearing heavy armor, bludgeoning, ...
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In Pathfinder would damage reduction and resistances stack?

Mechanically, in regards to damage reduction from a class and resistances from a race, would those stack? For example a Tiefling [fiendish resistances of 5/ (electricity, cold, and fire) has a class ...
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Do Black Tentacles Bypass DR?

The amusing spell Black Tentacles can be a great spell for harassing enemies in a area while your characters get some popcorn and place bets on which monster can escape the swarm of grappling. The ...
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How does the additional damage from rend apply to DR?

All forms of rend, that I have seen, state that rend is additional damage. How is this additional damage applied? Is the "additional" damage added to the damage of the triggering attack, both attacks ...
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In the Dresden Files RPG is it possible to get mental armor, and if so, how?

My character is a Wizard, and I've always been annoyed at how I can only cast up to 4 spells per scene (at least without going into consequences). So it got me thinking if there was a way around it. ...
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Does untyped damage overcome all DR?

According to a Pathfinder designer, untyped damage overcomes all DR. The comments are recorded in the last entry in this d20pfsrd FAQ section (just before "Blink and Mirror Image (4/22/10)") and comes ...