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A vorpal sword is a greatsword, longsword or scimitar that can behead opponents on lucky strikes.[1]

Description[]

The wielder gains a +3 bonus to attack and damage rolls. Additionally, attacks made with this weapon ignore resistance to slashing damage.

When the wielder rolls a 20 on an attack roll, they can cut off one of the target's heads, killing the target instantly unless it can survive without the head. A creature that is immune to slashing damage, has legendary resistances, lacks a head or doesn't need its head is immune to the decapitation effect. Additionally, a GM may decide a creature's head is too big for this action to be feasible. In these cases, the target instead takes an extra 6d8 slashing damage.[1]

History[]

Derrig had a vorpal longsword. However, he did not roll a natural 20 on his attack roll to decapitate an opponent.[2]

Trivia[]

The name "vorpal sword" comes from Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky".[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 DDB Vorpal sword on D&D Beyond (backup link)
  2. See "Dalen's Closet" (Sx47) at 1:24:58.
  3. See Vorpal sword on Wikipedia.

Art:

  1. Depiction of a vorpal sword from D&D: Dungeon Master's Guide, 5th edition, p. 209. This page contains unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Wizards of the Coast Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
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