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 Post subject: Whirling Blade Damage Question
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:33 pm 

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The spell Whirling Blade states:

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On a successful attack, your weapon deals damage as normal plus an additional 1d8 of the same type as your weapon.


The question is this "as normal". Does that mean I get to add in my strength or dexterity modifier? Or just the dice and any modifiers specific to the weapon (aka +1 for a +1 weapon)?

For example, with a 14 Strength and a +1 Longsword. Does it do 1d8+1d8+1 or 1d8+1d8+3?

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 Post subject: Re: Whirling Blade Damage Question
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:09 am 
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This is a great question, and I think it's vague from the wording of the spell.

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 Post subject: Re: Whirling Blade Damage Question
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:29 am 
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Compared to what Magic Missile does (3d4+3). Average: 10.5 damage. I don't think you get the ability modifier as damage. A thrown +1 long sword would be 2d8+1 with an average of 10 damage. That's rough parity. An ability score bonus would take the average damage higher w/o requiring a higher spell slot.

I agree it's ambiguous. Also although a few points extra points of damage is advantageous, it's unlikely to be the kind of bent/broken combo that swings a battle.

My opinions.

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 Post subject: Re: Whirling Blade Damage Question
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:13 pm 

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I checked with the StatMonkey. He said it is just the weapon damage, no ability modifiers are added.

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