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USAFpilot01 May 2017 1:49 p.m. PST

Recently picked up 5e Monster Manual and began reading. Under "skeleton" it lists damage vulnerabilies: bludeoning, but it doesn't tell you what that means. I remember from the 1st edition MM something about slashing and piercing weapons only did half damage. Am I missing something? I can't seem to find an explanation anywhere in the book.

On a positive note, the artwork throughout the book is pretty good. Demons and devils as monsters have made a comeback after being stripped from the 2nd edition.

wminsing Inactive Member01 May 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

The damage types are back in the Player's Handbook. Check the equipment table; it should list the damage types a weapon can cause. Swords generally do Slashing, maces generally do Bludgeoning, etc.


TGerritsen01 May 2017 1:57 p.m. PST

I don't have the book in front of me, but it is explained in the beginning of the Monster Manual. The basics are:

Resistance. If a target has resistance to a type of damage, that damage is halved against the target.

Vulnerability. If a target has vulnerability to a type of damage, that damage is doubled against the target.

USAFpilot01 May 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

Thanks guys; I just found the answer, it's on page 197 of the PH. It's not in the MM as you would think; just a vague statement in the front. So far I like most of the rule improvement to 5e; but find the information kind of spread out and hard to find. 5e is also very wordy with lots of fluff; I miss having the information presented in lots of tables and charts as in 1e. Thanks

wminsing Inactive Member02 May 2017 9:26 a.m. PST

Agreed the info is spread out, and often not where I would 'expect'. Definitely make sure to use the Index; the index in each book is actually quite good.


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