Dungeons Master’s Guide Errata (ZIP 34 Kb)

DMG Errata Coming … In a While: D&D Creative Director T’ed Stark: DMG Errata will be coming along as quickly as we can compile it. Unfortunately, it’s been a very busy time here in the office, so I can pretty much guarantee the material won’t be posted until later on this month. Right now, I’m reviewing quite a bit of material and getting ready to attend the GAMA Trade Show. When I return, finalizing errata for the DMG, the MM, and our already-released products becomes a top priority. Thanks for your patience.

Assassin Sneak Attack: The reference to sneak attacks while flanking was inadvertently dropped in the assassin prestige class description. The assassin sneak attack ability is the same as a rogue’s (except that assassins use Table 2-9 in the Dungeon Master’s Guide to determine sneak attack damage).

Keen Weapons Correction: Scooper “Alarandar” received word from Skip Williams that the DMG is incorrect about “keen” weapons only being slashing weapons. “…table 8-15 in the DMG and the following description (pages 185, 187) are incorrect. Keen is intended to be placed on piercing as well as slashing.”

Wizard NPC Table Misalignment: WotC’s Sean Reynolds explains how to read one of the DMG NPC tables given that there’s a misalignment with the table layout: The column headers are misaligned … check right under where it says “Table 2-43: NPC Wizard” and you’ll see “Crossbow Spllc/Kno”

Leadership Feat: If you want multiple cohorts, you take the [Leadership] feat multiple times.

Staff of the Deathsong: (Monte Cook, as reported by Sean Reynolds) The staff of the deathsong is in error. The DCs should be 13 [for shatter] and 16 [for shout]. (This staff is mentioned on p. 173-174).

Which Witch Spells?: (Monte Cook, as reported by Sean Reynolds) A number of spells given on the Witch spell list no longer exist in 3E or have had name changes. Here are the corrections:

Cure blindness/deafness should be Remove blindness/deafness
Spectral force should be Major image
Advanced illusion should be Mirage arcana
Attraction should be replaced with False Vision
Avoidance should be replaced with Sending
Animate should be Animate objects
Also note that antipathy/sympathy at 8th level are two spells, and should be separated by a comma (actually, should be arranged in alphabetical order).
Holy Avenger: According to Monte Cook, the holy avenger sword should get +2d6 damage from its “holy” bonus, not +1d6.

Decipher Scrolls: Alex at WotC Game Support indicates that the DC for deciphering a scroll spell using the Spellcraft skill is 20+spell’s level. This is correct in the PHB on p. 155, but incorrect in the PHB Survival Guide on p. 11 and the DMG on p. 203.

Magic Item Caster Level vs. Level Prerequisites: Sean Reynolds offers a correction to these sentences that appers on Dungeon Master’s Guide p. 178 under the heading Caster Level:

“For other magic items, the caster level is determined by the item itself. In this case, the creator’s caster level must be as high as the item’s caster level (and prerequisites may effectively put a higher minimum on the creator’s level).” The caster level is NOT a prereq and was never intended as one. We can sort of salvage that quoted text by changing the last sentence to: “In this case, the creator’s caster level must be as high as the item’s MINIMUM caster level (and prerequisites may effectively put a higher minimum on the creator’s level).” So the minimum caster level of an item that makes a fireball would be 5, since that’s the minimum caster level for a fireball.