A comprehensive guide to attack actions and reactions.
Today I’m here to tell you about an attack action and how reactions interact with it. Since the June 2019 FAQ clarified a lot of reaction windows people have gotten very confused about certain reactions, specifically those that happen during an attack action. Many players believe that “during an attack action” is a single reaction window within itself which is entirely wrong. Don’t worry, I’ll be showing you how everything works.
First thing’s first, here’s a breakdown of an attack action that I’ve drawn up:
This is a visual version of the attack action sequence from the Nightvault core rulebook. I’ve also added some steps which have been clarified in FAQs such as how an attack succeeds in step 5a then you deal damage in step 6 (thanks to the clarification on what stops Rebound). I feel it’s mostly accurate but should help everyone understand attack actions and reactions better.
Now let’s look at some big offenders. To begin with you need to remember that when a reaction says “during an attack action” it does not mean the reaction occurs during the whole attack sequence as the card text is followed by words to help guide you through when the card can be played. I’ll go through this with some examples.
A common question. Trap is played during an attack action that drives an enemy fighter back (step 7b) whereas Pit Trap happens AFTER an attack action where an enemy fighter would be driven back (so after step 8).
Rebound can be played when an enemy attack action succeeds (step 5a) but before damage is inflicted. While Last Chance can be played during an attack action this is only when a fighter would be taken out of action (step 7a) which is after the step Rebound occupies despite before reactions happening during an attack reaction.
A simple one, both cards can be played when an attack action succeeds thus Rebound always has priority over Twist the Knife when played during an attack action in an activation.
Despite Potion of Constitution being played when damage is dealt (step 6) this is after when an attack succeeds (step 5a) resulting in it not stopping Twist the Knife but still allowing it to be played after the ploy is.
Potion of Rage is played when you declare an attack action but before dice are rolled (step 1). Aggressive Defence shares the same window but is just worded slightly differently. Still it will block Potion of Rage.
With that I’m pretty much done. Feel free to copy and share the attack action diagram as desired (just remember to credit the source haha). If you need any help clarifying reactions during the attack action and can’t figure it out with the flowchart just comment as I’ll be more than happy to help. Don’t get confused by reactions and keep rolling crits!