Does ‘Awesome Blow’ attract an AofO?


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Guys - I should know this. But I can’t find a historic thread for this question.

Does a monster attract an attack of opportunity if it uses ‘Awesome Blow’?

Thanks all.


With a prerequisite of improved bull rush, which prevents an AOO.. I'd say no, it doesn't.


Ahhh…makes sense. Thanks.


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Yes, if you have really good cocaine, then it will attract many Attacks of Opportunity.

J/k :)

Brawler wrote:

Awesome Blow (Ex)

At 16th level, the brawler can as a standard action perform an awesome blow combat maneuver against a corporeal creature of her size or smaller. If the combat maneuver check succeeds, the opponent takes damage as if the brawler hit it with the close weapon she is wielding or an unarmed strike, it is knocked flying 10 feet in a direction of the brawler’s choice, and it falls prone. The brawler can only push the opponent in a straight line, and the opponent can’t move closer to the brawler than the square it started in. If an obstacle prevents the completion of the opponent’s move, the opponent and the obstacle each take 1d6 points of damage, and the opponent is knocked prone in the space adjacent to the obstacle. (Unlike the Awesome Blow monster feat, the brawler can be of any size to use this ability.)
Improved Awesome Blow (Ex)

At 20th level, the brawler can use her awesome blow ability as an attack rather than as a standard action. She may use it on creatures of any size. If the maneuver roll is a natural 20, the brawler can immediately attempt to confirm the critical by rolling another combat maneuver check with all the same modifiers as the one just rolled; if the confirmation roll is successful, the attack deals double damage, and the damage from hitting an obstacle (if any) is also doubled.

Awesome Blow (Monster) wrote:

Awesome Blow (Monster)

This creature can send opponents flying.

Prerequisites: Str 25, Power Attack, Improved Bull Rush, size Large or larger.

Benefit: As a standard action, the creature may perform an awesome blow combat maneuver. If the creature’s maneuver succeeds against a corporeal opponent smaller than itself, its opponent takes damage (typically slam damage plus Strength bonus) and is knocked flying 10 feet in a direction of the attacking creature’s choice and falls prone. The attacking creature can only push the opponent in a straight line, and the opponent can’t move closer to the attacking creature than the square it started in. If an obstacle prevents the completion of the opponent’s move, the opponent and the obstacle each take 1d6 points of damage, and the opponent is knocked prone in the space adjacent to the obstacle.

Improved Awesome Blow wrote:

Improved Awesome Blow (Combat)

You are skilled at sending your opponents flying.

Prerequisite(s): Str 13; Awesome Blow or awesome blow class feature; Power Attack

Benefit(s): You receive a +2 bonus on checks to perform an awesome blow combat maneuver. You also gain a +2 bonus to your combat maneuver defense whenever an opponent tries to perform an awesome blow combat maneuver against you. Whenever you successfully perform an awesome blow combat maneuver, your opponent’s movement provokes attacks of opportunity from all your allies (but not you).

Normal: Creatures moved by awesome blow do not provoke attacks of opportunity.

Joking aside, Awesome Blow does not provoke Attacks of Opportunity from either the Brawler or the Monster who performs the Awesome Blow, but does provoke an AoO from the target that they involuntarily move if they have Improved Awesome Blow.


awesome blow seem like a combination of an attack and bull-rush.
the feat require improved bull rush but do notice that the monster ability (not feat) has no requirement (and in fact i think predate the feat).
as it work pretty much like the feat id say that it too shouldn't provoke aoo.


Ryze Kuja wrote:

Yes, if you have really good cocaine, then it will attract many Attacks of Opportunity.

J/k :)

well played

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