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  1. #11
    Does your change also affect all other types of DR?
    For example:
    DR:5 E does not stop energy damage. It goes to stamina.
    DR:5 fire does not stop fire damage. It goes to stamina.

    I was seeing a problem with RESIST earlier unless I maxed out fatigue, but now I can't reproduce it.
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    Why would DR: 5 E or DR: 5 fire stop either of those? DR only works against kinetic damage (bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage) per pg 263 of the CRB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deer_buster View Post
    Why would DR: 5 E or DR: 5 fire stop either of those? DR only works against kinetic damage (bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage) per pg 263 of the CRB.
    Yep:
    Damage reduction (DR) applies to kinetic damage—any bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage—that a character takes, regardless of that damage's source. It does not apply against damage with no damage type or any other damage type, including acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic, though these can be mitigated by energy resistance (see page 264)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trenloe View Post
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    Yes - but, unfortunately, that definition is not complete.

    I have researched this issue in the past, and it minimally at least includes magic and as a type as well as aligned damage. There are multiple references to using magic to bypass DR. And, the smart money is making it work with all the energy types.

    Why would you design a ruleset and remove support for the expanded set of DR damage types when it's just easier to leave it in place and support the other defined uses now or in the future?

    For example, there are differences in the setups for PCs vs. Monsters. Monsters get multiple attacks, trample and other things PCs don't have. And, it is likely that they will also have other types of DR that PCs do not have. So, if you hack out all the DR tags, then they may not end up working with the monster setups.

    So, please add support for DR for all the damage tags so that we have the needed flexibility. If we need them, they are there, and if we don't, there is no downside.
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  6. #16
    Alien Archive, p. 32: Deh-Nolo: DR 10/magic
    Alien Archive, p. 34: Endbringer Devil (Dhalochar): DR 14/good and magic
    Alien Archive, p. 38: Young Adult Blue Dragon: DR 5/magic (and other dragon templates)
    Alien Archive, p. 66: Anhamut: DR 10/chaotic
    Alien Archive, p. 100: DR 5/adamantine -- others have DR/cold iron, the SF Armory includes DR/silver (electroplating - p. 157)
    Bunch have DR/evil, or other aligned types

    A quick look through Alien Archive shows that they are consistent with respect to energy resistance types vs. DR types. But, DR obviously still requires an expanded set that includes alignment, special materials and magic. Do those currently work? Have you checked through Alien Archive 2 and 3? (I don't own them.)

    I also just quickly checked the Armory and the COM and those also seem consistent with the base ruling of resistance for energy types and DR for other types. Maybe cleaner than Pathfinder. So, maybe the situation of DR for an energy type won't arise...but, again, having that functionality doesn't hurt. It's mostly semantic anyway and it may be useful as a workaround when you want to bypass a certain resistance.

    And some quick effect unit retesting as I did in the past when checking some of these DR types:
    adamantine, cold iron, silver: still doesn't work
    good, evil, chaotic, lawful: still doesn't work
    magic: still doesn't work

    The DR rules should probably also include the force descriptor as an override as we needed on the PF side to ensure that certain damage would always get through, bypassing all resistance, DR, etc. For example, CRB p. 112: Rune of the Eldritch Knight (Su) bypasses DR and hits incorporeal.

    Is the ghost touch damage type implemented?
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    DR only effects physical damage types - B, P and S - it doesn't effect energy damage types, which is covered under energy resistance (RESIST). The damage type mentioned in the DR statement is to overcome the base DR (which resists damage of types B, P and S). DR still only ever reduces B, P or S damage types. It will never reduce energy damage types (fire, acid, electricity, etc.) that is energy resistance. And, energy doesn't overcome DR - from the same page (263) of the core rulebook:

    Weapons made from a certain material, magic weapons (any weapon with a weapon fusion; see page 191), and weapons imbued with a specific alignment often can overcome this reduction.
    This ties in with the DR entries mentioned by @HoloGnome in post #16 above.

    The FG Starfinder ruleset should cater for these types of damage types to overcome DR (as per the rules) but, IMO, shouldn't cater for energy damage as this is not called out as something that overcomes DR and is covered by Energy Resistance.
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  8. #18
    Interesting discussion. I'm still relatively early in my digging into the Starfinder rules, but I agree that DR for energy is obviously not called out. However, I don't think it hurts to include those tags as they may prove functionally useful at some point, perhaps as work-arounds. I don't know. They also may end up never being used, but in that case, there is no harm in having them there. They don't break anything.

    I like that Starfinder makes a clear distinction relating to damage types, but in the world of FG, flexibility has often proved valuable, since the ruleset can't handle every circumstance that might arise. And DR vs. RESIST tags basically do the same thing in terms of functionality, which is what I meant by "semantic" above.

    Otherwise, all the other types above still need to be implemented, and should probably include force and ghost touch.
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  9. #19
    Since we are having this discussion, I just had a look through some of my character sheets and the wiki.

    Other tags not mentioned above are:
    negative, positive: the Positive and Negative energy planes still exist in the SF world, so maybe these will be needed (Death Ward or mitigating other negative energy effects?)
    epic: there is an epic difficulty tier, but this tag may not be useful
    spell: there are definitely modifiers relating to spell-specific damage - incorporeal, etc.

    So, in your review of this stuff, it would probably be good to make sure the "incorporeal" condition tag is working. I haven't specifically checked it.

    Also, with respect to force and spell damage types, it looks like SF brings forward similar rules to PF:

    Quote Originally Posted by "CRB p. 264 - Incorporeal
    "An incorporeal creature takes full damage from other incorporeal creatures and effects, as well as from all force effects. Corporeal spells and effects that do not cause damage have only a 50% chance of affecting an incorporeal creature. An incorporeal creature is immune to critical hits."
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  10. #20
    wow, thanks for digging into this and explaining this out for me guys. I was originally confused on this due to a player making a Tiefling and the racial traits stated Resistance 5.. to cold, electricity, and fire. the number after Resistance confused me into thinking that it was like DR for Physical attacks, and would negate the first 5 points of damage from those types. As was pointed out numerous times DR is strictly for B,P, and S damages.. so from here on, I will just ignore the 5 and just give the player resistance to those damage types.

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