## How does burst and blast attacks work in flying combat?

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LJSLarsson
Joined May 2007
85 Posts

Hi, I wonder how burst- and blast attacks work in flying combat. I'm planning to let my players encounter a dragon and was going to let it use it's breath attacks while airborne.
In 3D i find it help if you view squares as cubes. If you play with airborne it means you'g going 3D and as such, it is generally accepted that Close Burst 1 extend from you in all direction for exemple, including squares at altitude 1 and Close Blast 1 can be directed from your space extending upward up to altitude 3. Finally Area Burst 1 affect 9 squares at any altitude within its range for exemple. Number of squareswill increase if Area of Effects are bigger.

Alcestis
Joined Oct 2009
8509 Posts
That. Everything in 4e is cubic. A large monster is a 2x2x2 cube. A medium/small one is a 1x1x1 cube. A 3x3 close blast is a 3x3x3 cube. etc.
MarkB
Joined Jul 2004
1659 Posts
It's worth keeping this in mind for regular '2D' ground-level combat, too. For instance, a spellcaster flanked by two Large or larger opponents could fire his close blast attack directly above his head, catching both opponents in the blast whilst leaving himself (and any Medium-sized allies in the area) untouched.
mvincent
Joined Jun 2004
8513 Posts
From the forum FAQ, if desired for reference:
'How do area effects function in a 3-D environment? Since vertical distances are measured the same as horizontal distances, they take on a cube shape. Discussed in the 5/10/10 podcast.'

'What area do creatures occupy in a 3-D environment? A cube. RC p.200 says "A creature's space is the area, measured in squares, that the creature  occupies on the battle grid. This area represents the three-dimensional space that the creature needs to take part in an encounter, allowing it to turn around attack, fall prone, and so on. Despite the cubic shape of its space, a creature is not actually a cube (unless it's a gelatinous cube)".  Also, the 5/10/10 podcast states that medium (and small) characters occupy a 5'x5'x5' square regardless of their actual height.'
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