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Adventurers are notably above-average individuals. i.e. Each place that Gruumsh wanted had already been claimed. Now running a 5E campaign for my wife and her coworkers and loving it.

From this, we can determine that the orc war chief will prefer to use Battle Cry rather than Attack when it commands a force of at least 10 ordinary orcs. Greataxe.Melee Weapon Attack: +6 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Something that the PCs can loot from his dead body but might think twice about donning themselves because it looks kinda gross and/or has a drawback in addition to its awesome bennies. An orc war chief commanding five to nine other orcs will charge first, then use Battle Cry (action) on its second round, then make one attack against its chosen enemy (bonus action). And, curiously, they possess a social skill (Intimidation +2). The elven god Corellon Larethian half-blinded Gruumsh with a well-placed arrow to the orc god's eye. It possesses the orog’s Strength and Constitution, a high Charisma, less Intelligence than an orog but more than an average orc, Multiattack ability, and proficiency bonuses on several types of saving throws, plus two fearsome features: Gruumsh’s Fury and Battle Cry. By itself, an orc war chief, with +6 to hit, has a 70 percent chance to hit an AC 13 opponent. I’d say it would first take a blessing for itself, then give one to the orc war chief, if there is one, then to any other individual that stands out in the group.). If the orc attacks with advantage, however, its chance to hit increases from 65 percent to 88 percent, so its expected damage increases to 8.3 hp.

Ahh. Thanks for helpful insights. If the orcs’ adjusted experience points would make them a Deadly encounter for the party, they’re stronger; otherwise, they’re weaker.) At a two-thirds chance to hit, it’s an even match.

Hit Points 15 (2d8 + 6) Thanks again. That does open up other spell options for the Eye of Gruumsh. As a dungeon master, you should therefore assume that first contact with a group of orcs always takes place at this distance, that the orcs will be initially hostile, and that they’ll charge the second they decide talking is boring. Unlike goblins and kobolds, orcs are strong and tough. If the player and the orcs both succeed, the orcs appraise the situation, attacking immediately if they’re stronger than the party but retreating if they’re weaker. Our way of saying thanks! With orcs, I continue my examination of the cannon-fodder humanoid monsters of Dungeons & Dragons. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Thaumaturgy is interesting, but one has to consider its primary application to be during the parley phase, when the orcs are trying to maximize their fearsomeness.

Orogs will also have the sense to Disengage (action) before repositioning in melee combat and may even order regular orcs to do the same. Below 50 percent, three with advantage are significantly better. Orcs are brutes.

Orcs worship Gruumsh, the mightiest of the orc deities and their creator.

A group of orcs containing one or more orogs will prefer to attack under cover of darkness, if given a choice. The ones who live will long for payback. How does the fifth edition of D&D make orcs unique?

A group of orcs that includes one or more orogs and that knows the PCs are in the area won’t go after them right away but rather will wait until nightfall, to take advantage of the orcs’ darkvision: in darkness, PCs who lack darkvision will be effectively blinded and will attack with disadvantage, while the orcs will have advantage when attacking them. An orc war chief commanding 10 or more other orcs will use Battle Cry (action) in the same round that the orcs charge, then charge himself on the following round. Turning his injury into a baleful gift, Gruumsh grants divine might to any champion who willingly plucks out one of its eyes in his honor. If attacked by more than one enemy, an orc will move to a position where it can fight only one, if possible. (My own inclination is to have orcs that see their fellows retreating successfully be more willing to retreat themselves, while orcs whose fellows have been slain will fight to the death themselves.)

The standard Orc in the Monster Manual is just a typical orc. It would simply know intuitively, from its battlefield experience (which comes mostly from fighting other orcs, who have AC 13), that issuing a Battle Cry before charging seems to make a difference in a group of 10 or more orc warriors, while in a smaller group, it doesn’t. If the player fails, the orcs attack. After savaging a settlement, orcs pick it clean of wealth and items usable in their own lands.

Bless is a strong spell, but it doesn’t provide bonus actions the way spiritual weapon does, so on the basis of action economy alone, it has to take a backseat.

Salvatore, Bookshop Amazon Barnes & Noble TargetIndigo Kobo Google Play iBooks. And what if the orcs are accompanied by… say… an Ettin, or a Hill Giant, or an Ogre, or some other ally?

(If the PC acts first, the command is wasted: he or she simply stands back up.)

Question: What if we also take into account the Orcs from Volo’s Guide to Monsters?

However, their Wisdom is no higher than that of a regular orc, so they’ll be prone to the same “death before dishonor” attitude when they’re low on hit points. The orcs believe that in ancient days, the gods gathered to divide the world among their followers.

Orcs build only for defense, making no innovation or improvement to their lairs beyond mounting the severed body parts of their victims on spiked stockade walls or pikes jutting up from moats arid trenches. Buy We See It Differently on the DMs’ Guild.

It does an average of 15 hp of damage with every hit, and it gets two swings per Attack action. If they succeed, the orcs will believe their lie.

AC 17: WC av 16.2, O goes up over 2.11 from 4.6, 8 is worth it. If the player succeeds on his or her Intimidation check and the orcs fail their Wisdom check, the orcs are rattled, their attitude shifts to indifferent, and the player gets advantage on his or her next use of a social skill with the orcs. Rejecting notions of racial purity, they proudly welcome ogres, trolls, half-orcs, and orogs into their ranks. AC 13: WC av 22.2, O goes up 2.11375 from 6.5, so 11 is worth it. increase of +1.82875, so 14 orcs makes it worth it. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window).

The orcs of such a tribe must range far across the countryside to sate their appetites. Multiattack.The orog makes two greataxe attacks.

Finally, a PC may try to threaten back!

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