Ask Wizards07/06/2007


Q: Dear Sage
Since a vorpal weapons needs a successful confirmation roll to confirm a critical before its attack lops off someone’s head, can the successful use of the fortification armor ability stop a vorpal weapon critical from taking off a head?

A: Please consult the updated answer for this question, re-stated on 07/25/2007. You bet! Although a vorpal weapon certainly increases the power of a critical hit, can sometimes score its particular kind of critical hit against creatures that typically are immune to such things (like the vampire or other creatures the DM sees fit), and can even modify some aspects of the weapon’s critical ranger (a vorpal weapon with a critical range greater than 20 can score a critical that doesn’t decapitate its target), its trademark ability is still contingent on the confirmation of a critical hit. If that critical hit is ignored, the vorpal ability is stymied.

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