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Improved Choking Strike (Combat)

You are skilled at choking opponents.

Prerequisite: Dex 13, Improved Unarmed Strike.

Benefit: You do not provoke an attack of opportunity when performing a choking strike combat maneuver (see below.) In addition, you receive a +2 bonus on checks made to deliver a choking strike to a foe. You also receive a +2 bonus to your CMD whenever an opponent tries to attack you with a choking strike (see below.)

Normal: You provoke an attack of opportunity when performing a choking strike combat maneuver.


A choking strike is shocking and stressful to nearly any foe, making it an effective strategy in melee combat. A quick strike to the throat stops a target in its tracks. You can attempt to use a choking strike in place of a melee attack. If you do not have the Improved Choking Strike feat, or a similar ability, attempting to deliver a choking strike to a foe provokes an attack of opportunity from the target of your maneuver.

A choking strike is a quick, powerful blow to the throat that momentarily closes the windpipe. If your attack is successful, your opponent is staggered for 1 round, +1 round for every 5 by which your attack exceeds your opponent’s CMD.

Attempting a choking strike maneuver on creatures that do not breathe, such as undead and constructs, is simply a unarmed strike attack and does not cause the target to become staggered.

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Strategists and Tacticians. Copyright 2010, 4 Winds Fantasy Gaming; Author Ryan Costello, Jr.

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