Defy Death (Rage Power)

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Defy Death (Ex)

Requires: Barbarian 1
Benefit: Once per round as a free action, you may activate Defy Death. The next attack made against you, assuming it occurs before the start of your next turn, deals only half damage. Damage reduced by Defy Death is reduced before any other sources of damage reduction (such as DR) are applied. If the attack deals any non-damaging effects, such as inflicting status conditions, Defy Death does not prevent these effects.

Progression:

  • 10th Level: If you are able to mitigate an attack with Defy Death, you immediately add 2 bonus hit points to your current hit points. If these bonus hit points would cause you to exceed your maximum hit point total, your maximum hit point total is increased to accommodate the new bonus hit points. All bonus hit points (and any increase to your maximum hit points caused by bonus hit points) are removed at the end of the encounter or when your rage ends (whichever comes first).
  • 20th Level: If you are able to mitigate an attack with Defy Death, you immediately add 4 bonus hit points to your current hit points (instead of 2). If these bonus hit points would cause you to exceed your maximum hit point total, your maximum hit point total is increased to accommodate the new bonus hit points. All bonus hit points (and any increase to your maximum hit points caused by bonus hit points) are removed at the end of the encounter or when your rage ends (whichever comes first).
  • 30th Level: You take no damage at all from an attack mitigated by Defy Death. Non-damaging effects from the attack are still resolved against you as though the attack hit.