Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

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PureSparta
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Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

Post Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:40 pm

Hello.
While reading through the monster rules i've noticed some monsters have special abilities indicated in their attack routine as "+special". I'm not sure how that works.
Considering the monster uses it full attack routines during their rounds, do their "special abilities" also activate in the same fashion?

Like, the Harpy i.e. Her attack reads "2 claws/1 weapon + special". That means that every attack she does she casts her special ability, or i choose between her attack routine OR the special ability as her attack action for the turn?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

Post Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:04 am

PureSparta wrote:
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:40 pm
Like, the Harpy i.e. Her attack reads "2 claws/1 weapon + special". That means that every attack she does she casts her special ability, or i choose between her attack routine OR the special ability as her attack action for the turn?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

Post Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:29 am

Depends on the creature in question. Some "specials" are alternative attacks, while other might work continuously, and then others that trigger under certain circumstances.

For instance, some humanoid monsters might have actual spells cast by a shaman (alternate attacks); a Troglodyte "stench" is continuous while within range (essentially continuous); and then a Succubus drains while kissing (a special circumstance).

Each monster creator can detail out how these "specials" work in the monster description.
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Re: Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

Post Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:37 am

Thanks for the clarification. Indeed that harpy seems kinda OP for a group of 1st level characters, but then again, that's the reason we like retro-clones i guess. Simple rules, deadly combat.

The special ability thing makes sense for me now. Much appreciated.
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Re: Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

Post Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:53 am

PureSparta wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:37 am
Thanks for the clarification. Indeed that harpy seems kinda OP for a group of 1st level characters, but then again, that's the reason we like retro-clones i guess. Simple rules, deadly combat.

The special ability thing makes sense for me now. Much appreciated.
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Re: Regarding Monster Abilities and Attacks.

Post Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:53 pm

"+ special" usually means "in addition to normal attacks."

"or special" usually means "instead of normal attacks."

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