Power Attack

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Type of feat
General (Tactical)
Str 13+
Required for
Cleave, Divine Might, Divine Shield, Great Cleave, Improved Power Attack, Favored Power Attack.

A character with this feat can make powerful but ungainly attacks. When Power Attack is selected, it grants a +3 bonus to the damage roll, but at the cost of −3 to the attack roll.

A character wielding a two-handed weapon, or wielding a one-handed weapon with both hands, instead adds +6 to the damage dealt with this feat. Power Attack does not add bonus damage to a light weapon (except with unarmed strikes or natural weapon attacks), but the penalty to attack rolls still applies. Certain classes like the Frenzied Berserker enjoy a more favorable bonus to damage. Favored Power Attack can also increase the bonus.

Action Mode

NWN ComparisonEdit

  • Power Attack in NWN gave a fixed +5 bonus to-damage with a fixed -5 to-hit penalty.

3.5E Rules ComparisonEdit

  • D20 System Power Attack allows the character to select any value up to their BAB as a to-hit penalty and damage bonus.

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