Combat Thesaurus, Volume II

While I was fairly content with the work I had done on the previous Combat Thesaurus, something’s been nagging at me. Sure, it’s a finer thing to say that your character’s +1 flaming scimitar simultaneously chars and lacerates an enemy creature than merely hitting it, but what then? What happens to the creature’s body after the fact? And—equally importantly—what was your character doing moments before he or she landed the killing blow? To help answer these questions, we have the Combat Thesaurus, Volume II. Packed with more synonyms than a something else that would have many, but still fewer synonyms, Volume II is guaranteed* to enliven each and every encounter!

*Nothing in life is ever truly guaranteed. Restrictions may and/or will apply. See the augury spell for details.

Melee Attack

  • Assault, beset, besiege, storm, swing, swipe

Ranged Attack

  • Cast, fire, launch, project, throw, toss

Getting Hit

  • Battered, beaten, bloodied, hurt, pounded, struck, wounded

Dodging an Attack

  • Avoid, duck, elude, evade, hedge, skirt, sidestep, swerve

Blocking an Attack

  • Block, catch, deflect, dismiss, hinder, intercept

Resisting an Effect

  • Bear, brook, defy, endure, outlast, persevere, resist, stand fast, withstand

Blood, Guts, et al.

  • Bone, bowels, entrails, gore, innards, insides, intestines, ligaments, muscles, organs, sinew


Mikael has been playing board games for the last two years, tabletop RPGs for the last eight, and has been an on-again, off-again Magic: The Gathering player since the Rath block (don’t ask how long ago that was). He is currently working on his Ph.D. in History, but spends the better part of his time and student loans on gaming. Mikael enjoys designing homebrewed material for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and in 2014, he ranked as a Top 16 Finalist in Paizo Publishing’s RPG Superstar Competition. He lives in Southern California where he shares spells with his rabbit familiar, Acorn.

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