3e SRD:Helpless Defenders

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Helpless Characters

Regular Attack

A melee attack against a helpless character gets a +4 circumstance bonus on the attack roll. A ranged attack gets no special bonus. A helpless defender has a Dexterity score of 0.

Coup de Grace

Description: A character can use a melee weapon to deliver a coup de grace to a helpless foe. A character can also use a bow or crossbow, provided the character is adjacent to the target. The attacker automatically hits and scores a critical hit. If the target survives the damage, the target must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + damage dealt) or die.

Its overkill, but a rogue also gets her extra sneak attack damage against a helpless foe when delivering a coup de grace.

A character can't deliver a coup de grace against an opponent that is immune to critical hits, such as a golem.



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