Q: Dear Sage,
Does the dragon shaman’s power draconic aura (PHB II, 13) affect non-weapon attacks? What about attacks that deal ability score damage?
A: Yes and yes.
The draconic aura text doesn’t limit the effect to melee weapon attacks, nor does it apply only to attacks that deal hit point damage.
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