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Questions tagged [mutants-and-masterminds-3e]

M&M 3E is the third edition of Green Ronin's Mutants & Masterminds superhero roleplaying game. M&M 3E is the ruleset behind the DC Adventures roleplaying game. M&M 3E is based on a heavily-modified D20 system and features dynamic power creation.

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Is it possible to use an effect with Triggered as an Instant effect?

The text for the Triggered Flat Extra (my emphasis): You can “set” an instant duration effect with this modifier to activate under particular circumstances, such as in response to a particular ...
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Immunity from Metal

I'm making a villain for my party to go up against, who is a metal manipulator. Not sure yet if I'm going to have his power be magnetism or just metal shaping. Anyway, his super outfit is, of course,...
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Can reaction powers by default be disabled as a free action?

The reaction modifier's description includes, The user can only prevent the reaction effect from occurring by choosing to deactivate the effect entirely (as a free action), in which case no ...
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Can you take the Recover Action outside of combat?

In Mutants and Masterminds 3E, there is a Recover Action that lets one use a Standard action during an encounter to heal your worst condition, but only once per encounter. Recovery outside of combat ...
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Do Fast Grab and (Damaging) Move Object work together?

The Damaging Modifier on the Move Object Power (page 119) states: Damaging: Your effect can inflict damage, like an application of normal Strength with damage equal to its rank This includes ...
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What's a reasonable way to make the DC 15 Athletics check for running balanced?

M&M 3E allows an Athletics check as a Free action to add one rank to your speed that round, effectively doubling your speed. You can make a DC 15 Athletics check as a free action to run faster: ...
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Does Immunity Stack?

So I've got a guy who's playing an "elemental" character with the Insubstantial 3 (Fire-Energy) power. He already has Fire Immunity 5, so when he "flames on" does the Fire-immunity of the ...
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If a character shapeshifts into a larger creature, how do I determine their mass?

I've got a character with the ability to shape shift into any animal. I've got everything else squared away, but I'm wondering about mass. If the character turns into a creature larger than what the ...
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What does the Precise Modifier actually accomplish for Protection power?

I'm looking at the character archetypes and I noticed that the Gadgeteer archetype has the "Precise" modifier on their Protection power. Does it make it different to other Sustained Protection powers?
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Complication: Clone of an Evil-Doer

We have a player that wants to be the good-aligned clone of Mina Kosmova, the Cosmic Mind. I'm trying to work with the player and so far, we've come up with nothing. What sort of sample complications ...
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How should I handle a player trying to use their ability to command insects to destroy a large number of toy adversaries?

I'm playing in a PbP campaign. One of the players chose to be able to control insects using the Affliction power. I think he's realizing the limitations of what he chose, and is looking to try to game ...
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Where does the “Hide Minions” extra come from?

The Hero Lab implementation of 3E Mutants and Masterminds includes a power Extra for the Summon power of "Hide Minions" with the following text: This extra hides your summoned minions. This is ...
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How would a Telepath be able to tell that they're not going crazy? [closed]

It's the Psychic player again. She asked me a pretty good question to better roleplay the character. Her character has been able to read people's minds since early adulthood. As soon as she said this, ...
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How does Mind Control work against a Stormer?

I'm going to be running Emerald City Knights soon and I have a question: what would happen if a Psychic attempted to Mind Control a Stormer? Taken from Emerald City Knights: While two of the ...
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Does Movement (Dimensional) allow you to choose where you go?

This came up in an extended discussion moved to chat for Need help making a Headquarters via Equipment Advantage as portable pocket dimension?. Hey I Can Chan: That addresses one concern, but I'm ...
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Need help making a Headquarters via Equipment Advantage as portable pocket dimension?

In the M&M3e Gamemaster's Kit the Mystic gets a Headquarters Advantage. Equipment 3 (Headquarters) Headquarters—Size: Medium, Toughness: 10; Features: Concealed, Dual-size (Huge), ...
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Does the Hindered status effect affect only walking speed or over all speed?

Does the Hindered status effect affect only walking speed or over all speed? Meaning is flight, tunneling, swimming effected and reduced Rank -1?
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Is the intent of Deflect to allow defending a single target or multiple? And for how many attacks?

This is in regards to Mutants and Masterminds 3E Deflect. Action: Standard • Range: Ranged • Duration: Instant • Cost: 1 point per rank You can actively defend for characters other than ...
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Trying to make a Familiar like D&D 3.5e for a Magical Boy in M&M3e

I'm playing a magical boy or better version of Tuxedo Mask. I want to emulate what D&D 3.5e Familiars can do. Would a Power or an Advantage be better to do so? Minion, Summon, or Sidekick? How do ...
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Why is there a large difference in CP between the Advantages Minion and Sidekick?

Why is there a large difference in CP between the Advantages Minion and Sidekick? Sidekick = 5 CP/rank Minion = 15 CP/rank Shouldn't that be the other way around?s
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Creating Weapons and armor with Creation Power?

Creating Weapons and armor with Creation Power? I'm familiar with Creations rule on complex things are limited to the technological marvel of the hinge. So I figure archaic weapons and some modern ...
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Healing power requires a CD 10 to activate. Is there any bonuses to the roll?

Healing power requires a CD 10 to activate. Is there any bonuses to the roll? Do you add you Healing rank, Treatment skill (Int + Skill Rank), or both?
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Can you use the Healing Extra Restorative to heal loss of Toughness (-x Toughness save) due to failed damage saved from combat? [duplicate]

Can you use the Healing Extra Restorative to heal loss of Toughness (-x Toughness save) due to save vs damage? Restorative: Your Healing effect can restore character points removed by Weaken ...
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Why does “Healing” effect only apply to status conditions like daze or hindered?

Why does "Healing" effect only apply to status conditions like daze or hindered? Why doesn't heal loss of Toughness defense if toughness the equivalent of the games HP?
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How to design D&D 3rd ed Rogue's Sneak Attack in M&M3e?

How to design D&D 3rd ed. Rogue's Sneak Attack in M&M3e? What effects are being utilized? My first idea was a Affliction X vs Dodge or Parry, for an additional degree of failure to a ...
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Making a Shield-based Weapon Master

Is the math right on this character sheet? Points of Interest: 1) Deflection's affects on active defense. 2) Offense Stats Riot Act: Alex Ryder ABILITIES (50pp) Strength: 3 Agility: 5 ...
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Managing complications for a publicly known identity

We have a player that wants to have their Identity known, meaning that their name and face is known (or will be known after the events of the Silver Storm) to the public. My question is twofold: 1) ...
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Can Communication or Mind Reading be used to speak with someone who doesn't share a language with you?

I'm looking at the Psychic's Telepathy Power. It's functionally two powers. It's the Communication power and Mind Reading power. The mind reading power does not require the Comprehend power to ...
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Can the Move Objects power be used to 'force choke' someone?

According to Rules as Written, can the Move Object power be used to "force choke" someone (in essence strangle someone), even without any of the extras? Or would the Damaging Extra need to be bought? ...
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Does Mutants and Masterminds 3e have Canon for Mutants Origins and Statistics?

I've been scouring the sourcebooks and I can't really find anything pertaining to mutants. Sure there are some pieces about mutants districts, mutant supremacists, and government programs/research but ...
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Can you spend a Power Point to add a power to a premade Array of Powers?

We have finally played our first session in Mutants and Masterminds 3e, a premade module that at the end of it, offered to each of my players 3 Power Points to spend and power up their characters. My ...
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Explanation on Area Attacks

I am new to M&M 3e, coming from a dnd3.5 career and I am trying to get the rules right before our first session. My problem is with the Area attacks. While I get it that you get a dodge save VS DC=...
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How to cause variable stat changes over extended period?

I'm trying to create a wizard with a polymorph spell in Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition. I want the power to have the ability to alter a target's stats in a number of different ways for an ...
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Do Continuous effects in an array remain after you switch to a different power?

Note: This is different to What happens when you use a continuous power in an array and then switch to a different power? as that covers 2nd edition, and I'm focused on 3rd. Say you have an array ...
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Does a spaceship need Affects Others on its Immunites to keep its passengers safe?

Say one is making a vehicle to travel through a particularly hostile environment, such as space. Naturally, one would grant the vehicle the Immunity applied to the various dangers of the environment, ...
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Does the target of a grab-based power remain grabbed after the attack?

From my understanding a grab-based power involves the following: The user spends a standard action to make a grab attack on the target. The target can resist the grab as per the normal grab action ...
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High-tech vehicles: Equipment or Device?

In Mutants and Masterminds (3rd ed), are high-tech vehicles (pg 221) Devices or Equipment? With a simple vehicles like a truck it seems rather straightforward, by say I wanted a large space ship or a ...
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Can you use a Hero Point more than once for a particular purpose in a round?

In 2E, you couldn't use a Hero Point more than once in a round for the same purpose. Unless otherwise noted, spending a hero point is a reaction, taking no time. You can spend as many hero points ...
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How should I build vehicles with large crews?

In Mutants & Masterminds (3rd ed), how does one make a PC vehicle (pg 221 of core) that has a large crew (e.g. a submarine, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, etc.)? Can I just say it has a large crew ...
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Do reactions resolve before or after the action they are reacting to?

I'm unsure of how Reactions resolve. The order of priorities seems important both for auras and in particular defences. If Blink chooses could he teleport outside of the target area to get a ...
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Mutants and Masterminds, Linked Actions and Reactions to gain Standard Actions

Linked actions cannot be linked between ones with different action costs, this is pretty straightforward and clearly designed in order to prevent people like me getting extra actions per turn. ...
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Mutants and Masterminds, Linked power confusions

Knife Guy has a linked power related to his poisoned knife. It has a Damage and Weaken(Stamina resisted Fortitude.) effect. Are the effects determined by the order they are listed on the sheet or are ...
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How many extra actions can you gain with Takedown?

Hi so I've been told I should split up my earlier question to allow for more focused answers. Detonate is confronting Dr I.n.Flammable, unfortunately for Flammable, he brought his minions to the ...
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Mutants and Masterminds, Affects other beneficial effects and power levels

Hi so I've been told I should split up my earlier question to allow for more focused answers. I feel this is prevented by Power Levels as it acts directly rather than through circumstantial modifiers ...
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Is there any limit to how many ranks you can take in a power?

Recently I have started to design a character in Mutants and Masterminds third edition, and have hit a snag. We start at power level 8, so could I only take 8 ranks in any power, or could I go as far ...
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How to make an area shield effect power?

This is the first time I am playing M&M 3e, and I am trying to create what is basically a combination of a Force Field and Deflect. I am not sure if this is possible without DM intervention (and ...
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What does a Limited Degree Affliction do to a Minion?

It's a rule that minions suffer the worst possible result with a missed save (simple case, any failed Toughness save renders a minion dead or unconscious). Does this include Limited Degree with ...
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How can super-hacking be simulated?

One of my Mutants & Masterminds players wants to make a hero inspired by Aiden Pierce, the protagonist of the video game Watch Dogs. All was well until we came to the topic of hacking things ...
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Damage effect costing some of your own life

I am currently helping one of my players create a power where he "sacrifices" some of his life in exchange for dealing even more damage to an opponent. I thought it to be like the player has to pass ...
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Why does the Bolas Weapon cost 2 if it's a Snare Rank 3 Item?

I'm learning to build my own equipment, and I am quite confused on the subject of the Bolas weapon. The price of the weapon is 6 Equipment Points, despite the Snare effect costing 3 points per rank; ...