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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 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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Can Move Object (precise) be used to pick locks?

The description of the Move Object power effect says: This effect can move objects, but cannot perform tasks of fine manipulation (like untying knots, typing, or manipulating controls) without the ...
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Does Quickness work in the midst of battle without Skill Mastery?

The description of Quickness indicates that it only works with Routine actions. You can perform routine tasks—anything that can be done as a routine check (see Routine Checks in The Basics)—fast, ...
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Was Sallah the husband of Adrian Eldrich before?

From NetherWar #2: The Pentagram Peril The event’s guest of honor is Sallah, Adrian Eldrich’s surviving partner. A handsome older Egyptian man, he retains legal control of his departed husband’s ...
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Do objects (like doors) start with a base Defense of 10?

When Damaging Objects, considered to be Defenseless: Inanimate objects are defenseless by definition and therefore subject to finishing attacks (see the Finishing Attack maneuver): essentially, you ...
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Is there a feature in Mutants & Masterminds 3e that is mechanically similar to Evasion in D&D 5e?

In Mutants and Masterminds, much like in many versions of D&D, Area of Attack abilities allow you a dodge check to take half effect. That's all fine and dandy, but I'm trying to create a character ...
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How does “ranged” work for effects that don't have an attack roll?

Normally, ranged attacks have 3 range categories (short/medium/long) with different penalties to the attack roll (-0/-2/-5). Which one do you use if an effect doesn't have an attack roll? E.g. an area ...
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How does Enhanced Trait: Affect Others Only function as a device?

This is a continuation of this question for Mutants and Masterminds 3e. So, the character I proposed could spawn a minimum of 6 constructs with 30pp worth of powers/skills by using Invention at ...
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Are there any PL2 options that are viable in a PL20 setting?

I’ve been doing a thought experiment involving Inventing in Mutants and Masterminds 3e. The way Inventing works is a DC 10+pp Technology check to design something at the rate of 1hrs/pp followed by a ...
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Can Equipment be removed without a Hero Point for the Complication?

In a recent discussion on Reddit, a few of us asserted that Equipment, unlike Powers and Devices, can be removed without warning by the GM, whether it's a temporary removal (the gun jams, or runs out ...
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What are the drawbacks of this Variable Summon power?

I'm just futzing around with Mutants and Masterminds 3e again and had an idea for a magic user. my thought was that they'd carry around a spellbook that they would reference to prepare their casts for ...
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Unarmed strikes in mutants and masterminds

I have looked for how to perform unarmed strikes, but i can’t find it. I have looked in weapons and attacking but it does not say anything
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How would a gravity-based AoE Flight attack be resisted?

I'm trying to build a power that changes which way is "down" in a certain volume. I'm planning to use the Flight effect, with Burst Area and Attack modifiers. As I understand it, unwilling targets ...
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Swarm Concealment power issues

I'm trying to use a swarm of insects as a Concealment effect, making the insects flying around the enemies and not let them see or hear (due to the buzz sound). but I faced some issues. Concealment ...
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Is this Summonable Character too overtuned?

I've been working on a Pokemon setting for Mutants and Masterminds 3rd Edition for a while now, and have started to make headway on the creatures that people can find. Type advantages are built into ...
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Extended Vision changes ranged effects modifiers due to distance?

I'm trying to build a character that has incredible powers of sight, using her Extended Senses (Vision). She uses firearms in battle. I kinda wanted to simulate her efficiency in shooting at great ...
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What kind of Close Combat skill do I need for grab-like moves?

The description of the Close Combat skill says, in part: Close Combat: Unarmed is an option, meaning skill with unarmed strikes like punches and kicks. However, this bonus does not apply to other ...
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Affects Others, Area and Personal Range power combination is possible?

I'm trying to build a hero with telekinesis capable of creating a force field in an area for protection, like a wall or even a dome. My first thought was to use Protection effect with Area (Burst), ...
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Enhanced Dodge/Parry should be adjusted to Reaction Action?

Should I change the Action to Reaction if I'm buying Enhanced Dodge/Parry?
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Can the “Damaging” Extra be turned off for Move Object's effect?

I'm using the Portuguese version of the 3rd edition. The general rule for Extras is that they can't be turned off, changing the power effects permanently. But the Damaging Extra describes that 'your ...
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Are these change to Penetrating and Impervious overpowered?

I'll be the DM for a new campaign and I don't particularly like how Impervious was handled in this edition. But, I also think that the 2nd edition one was OP (overpowered). The idea behind the ...
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Was Steve Kenson involved in the design of Mutants & Masterminds 3e?

I was talking to a group of gaming friends and the topic of Green Ronin and Steve Kenson came up. Someone commented that Steve Kenson was working on Aberrant and didn't seem to do anything for Green ...
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What is the cost of Multiattack on Unarmed Attacks?

It may be a newbie question but nontheless... How much does the Multiattack Extra cost on Unarmed Strikes, if it is even possible? I have a Unarmed Attack based character, with the current strength of ...
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Can I include a Metamorphosis Machine in my HQ/Installation to get a supply of superpowered minions?

In the Powers chapter of the sourcebook Gadget Guide, it lists the Metamorphosis Machine as a device that can empower people to superhuman states, using the following power: Metamorphosis Machine: ...
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How does the Insidious Extra interact with the Weaken Power?

I've been playing around with the Weaken Power and trying to find its best application. As of right now, I think it's in Weaken Senses. Almost every enhancement in Senses requires 1 rank at 1 point ...
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What is a grab check, and how does it interact with Strength, Fighting, and Elongation?

In the M&M 3E Hero's Handbook, it says under Elongation: In addition, Elongation allows you to wrap up and entangle an opponent so it grants a +1 bonus to grab checks per rank (limited by ...
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Can an alternate Effect have the Reaction extra?

I've been playing around with making a Kung-Fu master for some time in Mutants and Masterminds, and I'm nearly done. However, I'm not sure if I constructed their attacks correctly. The image that I ...
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If I have an Extended Teleport effect, can it be triggered when I get knocked out?

This is the power I bought for my character Triggered(1) Extended Teleport 10 Trigger: When Artifice is knocked out, he teleports away from enemies to a teleport beacon he's set up. Teleport ...
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What are the differences between DC Adventures and 3e M&M?

DC Adventures is a version of 3e Mutants & Masterminds, released in advance of the core 3e books. In the course of answering someone's question on the Ronin Army forums about the legality of the ...
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How does the Impervious Modifier apply to Defenses other than Toughness?

It's been about a Month since i started playing Mutants and Masterminds 3e with my friends, and we absolutely LOVE the system (particularly the one-shot modules), but something in the Impervious ...
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How would one create a genie?

I'm trying to create a character based around the Genie from Aladdin. Able to grant wishes with nearly infinite versatility, but not able to act on it's own free will; totally subject to the will of ...
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Would Reluctance count as a Complication?

Would Reluctance count as a Complication for Mutants & Masterminds 3E, reluctance to use her powers or do heroics because of either confidence, doubt, or other psychological hangups? A player in ...
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How do you make a Bicycle in Mutants and Masterminds?

Hopefully the last time I have to ask someone a question about M&M 3e, but here it goes. I've been experimenting with a character that has a Blast Affliction that has the quirk of activating, ...
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How do I build Multiple Defenses/Security Systems for the same Heaquarters?

I'm taking a slog through Mutants and Masterminds 3e again. This time, I'm working on a character with a county-sized headquarters (Awesome headquarters with Grounds feature). In his backstory, the ...
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How do you make a Gravity effect?

I've been doing character building exercises in M&M3e so I can have a better grasp on the Dos and Don'ts of the system. I was thinking of that one scene from Batman Beyond where the one villain ...
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What's the Cap on Minion Summoning?

just screwing around with Character Creation again in Mutants and Masterminds. I'm just a little confused with how the Summon power functions, specifically its limits. I know that each attack and ...
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Do you lose the points you invested in your mecha if it is destroyed?

In Mutants&Masterminds it mentions that if your mecha is destroyed then they can no longer be repaired and they must be rebuilt from scratch. Does that mean that the points you invested in your ...
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How to build a dynamic aura blade type of power?

A player of mine wants to play a Sword master and sword collector type of character. I want it to build the power, if possible, with hero-lab (since is the standard in the group). The general idea is ...
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Is there a “Take 20” mechanic?

Most d20 systems have a "take 20" mechanic as per the d20 SRD When you have plenty of time (generally 2 minutes for a skill that can normally be checked in 1 round, one full-round action, ...
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Did I miscalculate this Variable Power?

I've been messing around with Character Creation in Mutants and Masterminds 3e, and I want to double check to see if I have this right. I wanted to have the Variable power (from p. 132 of the Hero's ...
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How do I assemble this Perception-based Defensive power into Mutants and Masterminds?

My Tabletop group has been discussing running a game of Mutants and Masterminds in the future, so I thought I should get a head start and attempt to build a character. The character i have in mind is ...
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How many points of Benefit to be President of the United States?

How many points in the Benefit advantage would you need to be President of the United States (or the leader of a similarly powerful nation, like Russia or an alternate universe United States or ...
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How can I make an effect that requires a bit of time to use?

One of my characters is a Wizard. I am trying to stat out a sort of "ritual" that takes a minute or more to do, making it inapplicable for in combat. The effect in question is Continuous Summon. The ...
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How fast can you Move an Object?

This came up in another question, although I can't remember if it was here, or in another location. When using Move Object, how fast can you move the object? The long range of Move Object is rank x ...
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How would I stat out an inability to change a Variable effect without a certain object?

So, a PC is a wizard. One of her spells is a Variable Summon effect. She does this by invoking the names of all sorts of things from a magical book. What I am trying to figure out, is how can I make ...
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Stealing in Mutants and Masterminds

In a question on reddit, someone asked about how to create a Power that replicated the common cartoon trope of a villain holding an item only to not notice (until they try to use it) that it has been ...
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Does a target get a Dodge check, for effects they cannot see?

An Area effect allows a dodge check, typically, unless it is also Perception-based. However, what if a target cannot see it--such as an effect with Subtle, that they cannot detect? Do they still get a ...
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Can Immortality Affect Others?

Okay, I've got an odd one here. So, a player in my group has gotten an... Interesting ability. I'm extremely happy, with his innovativeness, but it seems sort of... Like it might not be meant to ...
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Do the Vulnerable and Defenseless conditions affect the Deflect effect?

So I was looking at the Deflect effect, in M&M 3E. Normally, the Vulnerable condition causes someone to half their Active Defenses. The Defenseless condition puts them at zero. The Deflect ...