Do I get any added attack bonuses or anything, or is it just an insta-kill on crit? In addition, the weapon ignores resistance to slashing damage. The vorpal sword only does its thing on a crit, so fight him normally until he crits, and use your lucky feat whenever he does so to make him reroll. Compendium Character Vault Manage Audio Roll20 for iPad and Android Token Marker Library. Generic variant, major tier, legendary (requires attunement) You gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. Vorpal Sword. As a fighter who is trying to build like a Myrmidon this is exciting. Crawford agrees via Twitter: Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide by Wizards of the Coast Call of Cthulhu Investigator Handbook by Chaosium Inc. Tools Toggle Dropdown. The vorpal weapon is a slashing weapon, everything hinges on slashing damage, slashing the sword etc. Just landed a Vorpal Sword in my 5e campaign. The Vorpal Sword is a magic weapon that ignores resistance to slashing damage. Vorpal Swords in Dungeons and Dragons first appeared in the Greyhawk Supplement to Original Dungeons and Dragons in 1975. This wicked sword had the ability to sever the head of an opponent instantly killing those with only one head to lose. I think if you're trying to knock someone out then you're not doing slashing damage and therefore the vorpal effect (which only applies to slashing swords, as the description states), would not be permitted. Vorpal Sword property activates; If beheading is not possible, sword delivers 6d8 damage; A 20 is also a critical, which would then activate the double dice; The extra 6d8 is the damage dealt upon rolling the Natural 20 if , and damage dice are doubled on a critical hit. In addition, the weapon ignores resistance to slashing damage. In D&D 5e, the vorpal sword is ... *Weapon (Any sword that deals slashing damage) Legendary (requires attunement)* After examining the Vorpal Sword (DMG, pg. DMG p209. Carroll never provided a definition. Weapon (any sword that deals slashing damage), legendary (requires attunement) You gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. Vorpal Sword [ Épée vorpale] Weapon (any sword that deals slashing damage), legendary (requires attunement) You gain a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls made with this magic weapon. Dont know much except that when I crit, I sever heads. So the logic was the sword is criting because if the sneak attack, but it's not natural, so he gets the 6d8 instead. Now the 6d8 is coming from when the vorpal sword crits, but isn't a natural crit. Rarity Character Level Bonus Value; Common: 1st or higher-50-100 gp: Uncommon: 1st or higher-101-500 gp: Rare: 5th or higher +1: 501 -5,000 gp: Very rare: 11th or higher Character Vault. In addition, the weapon ignores resistance to slashing damage. 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