The Red Dragon Inn - home of the Audalis campaign setting.  Online D&D gaming, art, poerty, stories, advice, chat, and more

Support the Inn! If you are doing holiday shopping online, please use this affiliate link for Amazon.
You pay the exact same prices, but the Inn earns a small referral fee. Thanks!

We currently have 3984 registered users. Our newest member is .
Online members:
Username Password Remember me
Not a member? Join today! | Forgot your password?
Latest Updated Forum Topics  [more...]
Dungeons and Dragons - The Trilogy War (posted by TannTalas)The Trilogy War
Q&A Threads - Flesh & Blood - A CyberPunk Game (posted by Espatier)Flesh & Blood Q&A
Dungeons and Dragons - Lights Last Embrace - A Wheel of Time Game (posted by Giddy)LLE - WoT Game
Q&A Threads - Star Trek: Veiled Chimera Q&A (posted by Bromern Sal)ST: Chimera Q&A
Q&A Threads - Lights Last Embrace - A Wheel of Time Q&A (posted by Giddy)LLE - WoT
Latest Blog Entries
Revenge of the Drunken Dice
Latest Webcomics
Loaded Dice #80: Priorities
RPG MB #15: Master of the Blade
Floyd Hobart #19: High School Reunion IV
There are currently 0 users logged into DragonChat.
Is the site menu broken for you? Click here for the fix!

You are here: Home --> Forum Home --> General Forum --> Gaming surveys --> Damage Types
Jump to:    1   
    Messages in Damage Types
RDI T-shirts!

Knights: Not Only for Breakfast
Price: $19.00



RDI T-shirts!

Women's RDI Logo Tee
Price: $16.50

Padre J Roulston
Resident
Karma: 16/1
428 Posts


Damage Types

If a special damage type (fire, sonic, shock, etc) is added to a weapon that deals nonlethal damage (whip or sap), is the special damage also nonlethal?

Or would the weapon damage be nonlethal, and the special damage be lethal?
and
In the case of the whip, because it deals a special damage would it then be able to hurt a creature with an armour bonus?


Posted on 2014-12-24 at 12:31:07.

Keeper of Dragons
Devil's Advocate
Karma: 51/18
2200 Posts


Well

The whip damage would still be non-lethal but added damage would be lethal. Imagine getting hit with flaming whip. The whip would just hurt but the fire would be potentially deadly. I would not allow it in my campaign as a DM as it would be a nightmare keeping track of multiple damage types.


Posted on 2014-12-24 at 13:13:51.

Padre J Roulston
Resident
Karma: 16/1
428 Posts


...

I was thinking about having a shocking whip. And the Dungeon master hasn't vetoed the idea, but wanted me to find out how that worked.

So would you say then, that to use a whip against an armoured target, it would be a ranged touch attack then, because I am just trying to touch the whip to the target to deal the shock damage?


Posted on 2014-12-24 at 13:24:18.

Keeper of Dragons
Devil's Advocate
Karma: 51/18
2200 Posts


OK

In that case yes a "shocking whip" would deliver lethal type electric shock. I would likely play it that a successful attack with the whip would allow either of two options:

1. Roll a second attack roll to see if the shock damage occurs

2. Assume auto shock but have the target roll vs spell to determine damage taken.


Posted on 2014-12-24 at 21:27:32.

Odyson
PUN-dit
Karma: 154/25
6094 Posts


My 2 cents.........

The weapon is just the delivery system. I'd see this weapon the same as a rod or staff that would deliver a shock attack. So the rules for rods and staffs would apply. Then it would depend on the weapon rules set you are playing.


Posted on 2014-12-24 at 23:29:45.

Keeper of Dragons
Devil's Advocate
Karma: 51/18
2200 Posts


Ranged touch

Yes a ranged touch attack as you are trying to touch with the whip to allow the shock damage.


Posted on 2014-12-25 at 09:16:04.

Padre J Roulston
Resident
Karma: 16/1
428 Posts


Thank you

Thank you all for your replies. It was very helpful.

And I hope you all have a truly Merry Christmas!.


Posted on 2014-12-25 at 20:24:08.

Philosopher
Bill-osopher
Karma: 37/4
497 Posts


Whips.

Depending on your ruleset, a whip already has been defined as a melee weapon, with 15ft reach. It provokes attacks of opportunity like a ranged weapon. You literally are just adding your energy damage to a standard melee attack. No ranged touch attack, that would be cool and all, but you actually DON'T deal damage to a creature with armor on. The energy would, but the whip does not. It's a niche weapon. For instance, you can use weapon finesse to apply your dexterity to the attack roll instead of your strength.

I'd have to do more research to find out whether or not the magical enhancement would override the damage penalty to armour or not. But there you have it, my understanding of the rules.


Posted on 2014-12-28 at 11:39:38.

   
Jump to:    1   


  Partners:       Dungeons and Dragons resources, from 2nd to 4th Edition gamegrene.com | for the gamer who's sick of the typical Dungeons and Dragons Adventures, #1 resource for D&D Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition  
View/Edit Your Profile | Staff List | Contact Us
Use of the RDINN forums or chatrooms constitutes agreement with our Terms of Service.
You must enable cookies and javascript to use all features of this site.