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Subject: Magic/Physical Immunity/resistance rss

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Cthu Lhu
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Hi guys,

just a quick question that I came across and could not answer by consulting the rules.

If a monster has physical resistance or immunity, it is immune or resistant to physical damage. Do magic weapons deal full damage? Because they are magic and not physical?

And if resistance of any kind reduces the bonus of an item to half its value, would a +3 be a +2 or a +1?

Thanks for your help!
 
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Seth Oakman
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I believe the numbers are rounded up in AH when you're dealing with resistances. And they are rounded down when you lose half of your items from being hospitalized/institutionalized.

Also, yes, if you are fighting something physically immune/resistant magic weapons in addition to spells do full damage. Just make sure you are not using magic weapons against a Magic resistant/immune monster, because the same conditions apply.

Also note that no matter what, your base fight is always added. It is not cut in half or ignored. This makes Lilly Chen a very good streetsweeper early game as she gets up to +4 non-magical/non-physical combat dice on top of her base fight depending on how many of her hands are empty.

She can potentially save you a LOT of trouble against certain monsters if your weapons are heavily stacked in favor of physical or magical properties.

Enjoy!
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MC Crispy
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Yes, all the damage of a Magical Weapon is considered to be Magical and that of a Physical Weapon is considered to be wholey Physical. There is no "underlying weapon" component. The bonus is a Magical, or a Physical one.

This is an interesting topic for having fun with - a rare opportunity to play the numbers in favour of the Investigator. Because rounding happens in favour of the Investigators, two +3 one-handed Weapons are sometimes better than one double-handed +6 weapon when it comes to resistant Monsters.

As soakman points out, Lily can be devastating in some situations: later on in your career you will meet the dreaded Lloigor, which has the Weapon Immunity ability. Scary huh? Still, it's not immune to a good punch in the throat from Lily. Kapow! Sock! Thwack! Down it goes!

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