Ask Wizards03/23/2007


Q: Dear Sage,
Does the dragon shaman’s vigor draconic aura (PHB II, 13) affect warforged? Is the healing halved?

A: Yes and yes.

The draconic aura is a supernatural ability, and warforged gain only half the normal healing from supernatural abilities that heal hit point or ability score damage.

This means that a warforged is completely unaffected by the vigor aura until its bonus reaches 2 (since half of 1 rounded down is 0). While damage rolls and hit point rolls have a minimum of 1 (PHB, 304: “Rounding Fractions”), no such general rule applies to healing effects.

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