Area Attacks

From the Player’s Handbook –

✦ Area of Effect: An area attack creates an area of
effect, usually a burst or a wall, within range. An area
attack affects certain targets within its area of effect,
which has a certain size.

✦ Origin Square: You choose a square within an area
attack’s range as the attack’s origin square, which is
where you center or start the area of effect. You need
line of effect from a square in your space to the origin
square (see “Seeing and Targeting,” page 273). For a
target to be affected by an area attack, there needs to
be line of effect from the origin square to the target.
You don’t have to be able to see the origin square or
the target, and concealment (page 281) between the
origin square and the target doesn’t apply.

✦ Multiple Attack Rolls but One Damage Roll:
When you make an area attack, you make a separate
attack roll against each target in the area of effect,
but you make a single damage roll that affects all
the targets. A Large or larger creature hit by an area
attack is affected only once by the attack, even if
multiple squares of the creature’s space are in the
area of effect.

✦ Provoke Opportunity Attacks: If you use an area
power while adjacent to an enemy, that enemy can
make an opportunity attack against you.

Last Updated: 8/29/2011

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