- Other than the few exceptions you have listed, no it is not possible without some improvisation by the DM.
IMO, this is because removing a weapon or implement from a PC causes a huge drag on combat flow as the player is forced to recalculate all his attack powers and the penalty is often greater than just the raw enhancement bonus of the weapon. Most PCs don't carry backup weapons or implements.
Also monsters that use weapons often have the weapons used baked into their attack powers. If you deprive a monster of his weapon, he literally becomes helpless except for the DM improvising an unarmed attack. For other monsters, it makes no difference at all. So allowing PCs to disarm monsters is either too powerful or ineffectual.
Unless there is a specific circumstance that necessitates disarming, I do not allow PCs (or monsters) to disarm other combatants at my tables.
--- In LivingFR@yahoogroups.com, Roger Bert <rogerbert@...> wrote:
> Greetings folks.
> Other than Liria Valthorin (Blademaster the House of Flowers), Kyrion
> (Shadar-kai Weaponmaster), any Githyanki Sword Stalker, and of course
> Jarlaxle Baenre (Famous FR personality), and the death throws of certain
> Draconians I have come to the conclusion it is not possible to disarm
> weapons from opponents in fourth edition.
> Anyone know a way to disarm a weapon from a foe possible by player
> characters? I can't find one but I figured someone here might know.
- A NPC does the same static damage with, or without a weapon.Disarm away, wont change the damage done.Well now sundering is a whole different kettle of fish but aren't we all glad that 4E got away from heroes having to rely on their magical equipment?
From: Roger Bert <rogerbert@...>
Sent: Wednesday, 4 July 2012, 16:27
Subject: Re: [LivingFR] DisarmOn 7/3/2012 10:49 PM, Tom Bollis wrote:
I suppose this could work in the right situations, just like the higher-level fighter power mentioned, or just subduing an opponent. The reason I asked about disarming has more to do with interactions between various player characters and non-player characters in situations where players don't have full information on what is going on. I am not actually looking to disarm anyone or find some combat trick. :) One of my players wanted to disarm a NPC before he possibly hit another NPC without actually damaging the NPC. This can all be handled with skill checks or skill challenges for sure or even some magic. But many players recall things they have done in editions past. In fourth edition you technically would have to beat the crap out of the NPC and choose not to kill him on the killing blow if you are a martial character with no meaningful skills that applied. He didn't want to do that. Everything was resolved fine in the game session but I just wanted to ask if there was indeed some kind of disarming I overlooked. I don't actually care much for disarming or stuff like sundering weapons. But everyone remembers doing it or having it done to them at some point. The long memory of D&D...Dominate the enemy. You should be able to command him to drop or hand you his wielded weapon.Tom Bollis