Power Attack

You can make exceptionally deadly melee attacks by sacrificing accuracy for strength.

Prerequisites: Str 13, Base Attack Bonus +1 (Before Mods).

Benefit: You can choose to take a –1 penalty on all melee attack rolls and combat maneuver checks to gain a +2 bonus on all melee damage rolls. This bonus to damage is increased by half (+50%) if you are making an attack with a two-handed weapon, a one handed weapon using two hands, or a primary natural weapon that adds 1-1/2 times your Strength modifier on damage rolls. This bonus to damage is halved (–50%) if you are making an attack with an off-hand weapon or secondary natural weapon.

When your base attack bonus reaches +4, and every 4 points thereafter, the penalty increases by –1 and the bonus to damage increases by +2. (max -6)

You must choose to use this feat before making an attack roll, and its effects last until your next turn. The bonus damage does not apply to touch attacks or effects that do not deal hit point damage.

Power Attack and light weapons

Light weapons cannot be used with Power Attack. Please refer to Piranha Strike for a feat that allows you to do so.

Power attack and unarmed strikes

you can use power attack with unarmed strikers


you can use power attack with gauntlets

Power Attack chart

BAB Penalty to hit Bonus to damage
+1 -1 +2
+4 -2 +4
+8 -3 +6
+12 -4 +8
+16 -5 +10
+20 -6 +12
+24 -7 +14
+28 -8 +16
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