Question about ray attacks.

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Question about ray attacks.

Postby L Brown » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:01 pm

Are ray attacks subject to the -4 penalty for firing into combat? If so, do point blank shot and precise shot work for ray attacks?
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Question about ray attacks.


Re: Question about ray attacks.

Postby VentilatorOfDoom » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:27 am

Point Blank Shot: +1 bonus on ranged attacks when target is within 3 squares.
Precise Shot: No -4 penalty when shooting at a target involved in melee combat.

As for do ray spells (ranged touch attack) incur the -4 penalty? Dunno, probably yes. It's easy to find out though. You cast a ray spell and click on the roll. You should see something like:
+4 Base Attack Bonus
+4 Dexterity Bonus
+1 Weapon Focus Ranged Touch Attack
-4 Firing into Melee

However, the question is: does it matter? You wouldn't waste a feat on precise Shot for your Wizard? Ranged touch attacks ignore armor so hitting stuff even with the -4 penalty should cease to be a problem soon-ish.
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Re: Question about ray attacks.

Postby BlueSalamander » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:50 pm

Hello L Brown,
Yes the penalty applies to ray attacks and yes the feat Precise Shot removes the penalty. I just pick targets that aren't melee fighting.
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