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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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How long do powers copied by Mimic power persist?

There is a power called Mimic on Page 169 of Deluxe Hero Handbook that reads as such. You can duplicate the traits of another character you can perceive, requiring a move action to scan them. You ...
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Why are there general use extras/flaws that aren't listed in extras/flaws? (+a resource for those wanting to use them)

Something I noticed is that on pg. 149 where Afflictions are listed, the Effect Description format has the following to say about how Extras are listed "A listing of extras relevant or unique to ...
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Is there a flaw to represent an ability being undone when a condition is met?

To clarify further I am imagining a character who uses affliction in order to turn darkness against their enemies, shadows tying them and squeezing them and so on. However I wanted to add a flaw where ...
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What are all the Normal Traits of Characters in M&M? (And what of them can be reduced?)

Mutants and Masterminds often has a lot of its information hidden and this is generally one of them that is a bit sad since the Reduced Trait Flaw listed in Enhanced Trait (pg. 159) could be used on ...
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RAW, can you use Equipment Trait Rules on Removable Powers?

Generally speaking, devices are powers with the Removable flaw applied to them... but what kind of device that is seems to not come up much. Vehicles and Headquarters have listed 'traits' that can be ...
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Are Arrays Bad? Enhanced Trait with Variable Descriptor

Reading Power Profiles has been a time. Relevant text as follows (pg. 100 of Power Profiles) Lucky Shot - Enhanced Extra (Penetrating), Variable Descriptor (Attacks), Quirk (Limited to Lower of ...
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What power lets you modify game actions? (Power Profiles are weird)

Lightning Disarm has the following text in Power Profiles Burst Area on Strength for Disarming, Selective - 2 points per rank (maximum rank equal to Strength) This threw me off because...well, that'...
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RAW, how does Full Power Leaps work when you crash into something before the movement ends?

Relevant Full Power Flaw text for reference (pg. 167 PHB): You can only leap your maximum distance; you can make shorter leaps only by not using your Leaping effect at all, just the normal jumping ...
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Does Weaken Trait: Summon immediately reduce the PL of those already Summoned?

Context. So you're sustaining/continuing your Summon and a wizard decides he wants to send a message because he thinks your Size 6 Animated Object: Mecha (via "Limited to Available Objects" ...
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Does Reaction: When Touched effects trigger when you hit a Close Attack?

Was looking at Power Profiles and found some interesting information on the Fire Power: Flame Aura (pg. 69, nice)... Attacks with Reaction: When Touched don't need a Attack Check since they're already ...
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What are all effects written in the book that can directly influence characters without a resistance check?

So one of my players for the PL 8 game I run has Immunity 200: All Resistible Effects (condensed version of Immunity to effects resisted by Toughness, Fortitude, Will, Parry, and Dodge). Normally this ...
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Summon Battlefield: Attacking your own minions for benefit?

This was a boss I've made for my players that ended up very different from anything from the community I've seen thus far so I decided to post it here and ask if this is all RAW proper so that players ...
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Striking the Earth! The True Magic of M&M?

Was wondering if this works not only RAW, as this feels...too funny to be RAI. Inanimate objects are Defenseless, meaning that you can make Finishing Attacks against as a DC 10 to get a critical hit (...
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Using Precise Insubstantial linked to Growth to trap people in a Walking Prison?

Trying to figure out if the following is interpretation is RAW, disregarding rule 0 for clarity. The intended mechanic is for a boss monster to use Growth (probably of some kind of inorganic/...
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Do Critical Hit Alternate Effects using attacks that originally had the Reaction Extra require you to keep it on the Alternate Effect?

Question explains itself but for clarity I'll give a example. Idea starts with getting a Critical Hit with the following power: Pinwheel Revolver Ranged Damage 8 (Reaction: When a character within 5 ...
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The Install of TTRPGs: Triggered 8+, a new way to play Mutants and Masterminds?

Was wondering how grammatically correct/RAW this interpretation of Triggered is (disregarding rule 0), since this take on it is certainly not RAI but given how dynamic action economy becomes by using ...
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RAW Attacking a surface with Damage (Contagious, Increased Mass 8+) for pseudo AoE?

With the wording "Contagious effects work on both the target and anyone coming into contact with the target" (pg. 192) it implies the initial target does not need to be a character, and ...
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Throwing Summons with Strength Based Throwing Attacks with Homing?

Summon Constructs (Multiple Minions 4, Controlled, Horde) with Flight and Interpose + Strength Based Ranged Damage (Homing) was a funny idea a player of mine and I came up with a couple weeks ago so I ...
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RAW, Check Required DC 28 + Skill Mastery on a +18 Skill

So my current campaign has banned arrays from the starting progression of the server (gotta get them as rewards through power stunts in fights you win), so a good number of people use "Check ...
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RAW, how do Maneuvers and Critical Hits apply to Rocket Launcher AoEs?

Pg. 219 has a funny weapon listed in equipment called a Rocket Launcher, a "Ranged Damage 10, Burst Area 7" weapon. This only costs 27 points, with the description saying "the primary ...
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How long does Activation last?

I'm wanting to create a character who has to drink from an enchanted chalice at the start of each day, allowing them to access their powers for 24 hours. Would an Activation flaw cover this, or is ...
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Using the Transform Power to make Disasters?

So Transform as a power is pretty generous with its wording, but I was looking into the Gamemaster's Guide for M&M and found a section called 'Disasters' at pg.174 which lists things like Floods, ...
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What does adding Projection to Extra Limbs do if not to be used as Cover?

So Mutants and Masterminds has something a bit weird in terms of what "Projected" means in the game. Extra Limbs specifically has the following text referencing limbs that confuses me a bit ...
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Chaining Attacks in Mutants and Masterminds 3e?

So, for context, I saw a gif of a diablo like game where a spell caster tossed a spell, hit an enemy then when the enemy died is created 2 more spell missles, and it basically propagated through a ...
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Clarification on Attack & Effect Balance

Currently I am trying to make a character as a play on Sonic in a MM3e game. I am trying to make that "Homing" attack he has where he jumps up and then like dive attacks an enemy. So far the ...
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What happens when a sniper picks up a bigger gun in Mutants and Masterminds?

In Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition, on page 25 of the Hero's Handbook, the rule for balancing attack bonus and effect rank is as follows; Attack & Effect: The total of your hero's attack ...
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Should Shrinking increase Defensive Roll?

Shrinking states Add half your Shrinking rank (rounded down) to your active defenses. Defensive Roll states You receive a bonus to your Toughness equal to your advantage rank, but it is considered ...
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How do Triggered effects handle whether they hit?

Triggered can be added to effects of any range, Close, Ranged, or Perception, and possibly also Area effects. Normally, Close and Ranged attacks require an attack roll to hit. If one is trying to ...
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How would a house-rule allowing a person attacking a Device to target only part of it work?

Within M&M 3E, there's the Removable Flaw for powers that turns them into items that are worn or carried that can be damaged or removed. The following rule states how the Toughness is calculated: ...
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Is Insubstantial 3 and 4 meant to guard against Affliction?

I recently had a player ask me if their Incorporeal hero would be affected by the cold weather around him. My initial thought was that the power protected against all effects of physical or energy ...
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Damaging illusion area effect

I am new to M&M (3rd edition) and am creating a mystic character whose primary powers are mental. I have taken the illusion power (all senses) at rank 5 (the maximum) and made it independent. I ...
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Does Variable Minion Type empower me to realise my Tron-like character?

I am making a character that has some Tron-like abilities. She is more like a Green Lantern, but with a tron-like theme (not based on Tron, though some effects are for coolness). In any case one of ...
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In Mutants & Masterminds 3e, what does “arc” mean in Multiattack, and how does Selective affect it?

Under the Multiattack description, it says: You can use Multiattack to hit multiple targets at once by “walking” or “spraying” the Multiattack across an arc. “Arc” is not defined anywhere. There are ...
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What happened to Pseudo?

Pseudo was a heroic Grue metamorph in 2E Freedom City's Freedom League (I have a vague memory that he was not in the 1E book, but I might be wrong on that count). In the 3E Freedom City book, he's no ...
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Are there any rules for using Stealth after attacking?

The 3E Stealth rules for hiding read as follows: HIDING If you have cover or concealment, make a Stealth check, opposed by an observer’s Perception check, to hide and go unnoticed. If others are ...
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Ranged attacks in close range

In D&D, when using a ranged attack within 5 feet of an enemy, you gain disadvantage. Does Mutants and Masterminds have a similar rule?
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How can I make a Vehicle as a Device?

I'm designing a character that wears a power suit, but that also has a second, larger power suit that he uses for long distance travel & hazardous environments. The issue is that the second suit ...
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What are the conditions of an underwater environment?

Parallel to What are the conditions of a Zero-G environment?, Underwater environments are mentioned under Environmental Adaptation, but are otherwise undefined. Was this defined in an official book?
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What are the conditions of a Zero-G environment?

The Heroes Handbook mentions "zero gravity" as a particular environment one might use Environmental Adaptation, under the Movement power, to counter, but doesn't seem to indicate what is ...
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How to buy Impervious Toughness?

Impervious Toughness seems to be a common case in M&Ms to represent characters with great resistance to damage. But how do you buy Impervious for Toughness? Impervious is an Extra with +1/rank ...
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Does the Heroes Handbook suggest that constructs should get an alternate save for Affects Objects?

In 3E, much as in 2E, Constructs are generally built with absent Stamina, much like objects, with Immunity (Fortitude) protecting them from most attacks that would target Stamina, like poison gas or ...
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Does anything in the Area or Removable rules indicate that held/worn objects are not subject to Area attacks?

I have this vague memory that in 2E M&M, it was specifically indicated that, in an Area Attack, Devices and Equipment were not affected, but rather had to be targeted specifically. I can't find ...
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Are Grab-Based powers limited by Campaign PL, or as a tradeoff with the Grab attack bonus?

Semi-related to Does the target of a grab-based power remain grabbed after the attack?, there are a few different ways in which the Grab-based Flaw can work. One is that you have to make the attack ...
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Can Precise Growth let you grow specific parts of your body?

Could a Precise Growth power be used to grow specific parts of your body more than other parts? (e.g. growing an extra-large liver to counter an Affliction or basically acting as the Elongation effect)...
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How do Quickness and Inventing/Artificer/Ritualist work(M&M3e)?

Is it possible to have, say, Quickness 20 (Limited to One Task (Inventing)) and thus push the time it takes to create an invention below a second and thus make an invention in under a second (...
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How can I do a "Fastball Special" to throw my ally at an enemy?

I, being a fairly typical Powerhouse, want to chuck my friends at enemies so they can do a Slam Attack (or is it a Charge Attack? Whatever makes you use movement speed for damage). How would I go ...
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Throwing Allies Without Intent to Harm

I can't find anything for this on the Internet or in the books. Let's say my (fairly typical Powerhouse) character wants to throw his ally up to the top of a skyscraper to save time climbing stairs. ...
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How does post/precognition interact with perception range attacks?

The Perception range modifier allows your attacks to hit anything you can sense. Postcognition lets you see backwards in time and Precognition lets you see forward in time. Can you use this to attack ...
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How Does a Grapple Gun Work?

The crux of the question is how to build an effect that would allow you to target a point, be it with an arrow head, claw, magnetic tip, magical leash, or otherwise, and subsequently use that point as ...
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Can you implant minions in someone?

I will be playing in a M&M game in two weeks and my character concept is an A.I who is everpresent(Represented by summon and teleport abilities) and I was wondering if I could implant an ...
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