Taunt is used to provoke an enemy into dropping his guard for a short time.
Requires training: No
Special: At five ranks, the Taunt effects all enemies within 5 feet of the initial target. This radius increases by 5 feet for every additional five ranks the character has. Using Taunt provokes an attack of opportunity; however, at higher levels, you can taunt mobs while they are too far away to perform a melee attack (e.g., 15-20 feet). Taunt penalties are not cumulative.
Use: Selected (combat)
- Reducing an opponent's AC in this manner provides similar benefits to increasing the character's attack bonus, but without counting towards the +20 attack bonus cap.
- Taunt cannot be used by someone trying to remain unseen (as its use involves being seen). That is, it cannot be used while invisible or in stealth mode, even if it becomes clear that the target has seen through the attempt to remain unseen. If the character is in puppet mode (they are normally in "A.I." mode, unless the player changes these settings), attempting a Taunt under these circumstances may instead only result in an in-game message that states: "The target must be aware of you to use this ability." Characters in A.I. mode will simply leave stealth or invisibility upon commencing a taunt.
- Although Taunt's range expands every 5 ranks from the initial target to effect additional enemies, the distance required to use it on the initial target does not. Specifically:
- In order to attempt a Taunt the user must be within 10 feet of the initial target.
- If a character attempts to Taunt an opponent more than 10 feet away, those with puppet mode enabled may receive the in-game message noted above and will and need to be moved within range to execute their attempt. Otherwise (if "A.I." is on) the character will automatically move within range and attempt a taunt.
- If the PC needs to move within range to attempt a taunt, failing tumble checks while passing nearby opponents may provoke attacks of opportunity.
- Aside from the initial target, use of taunt where other opponents are within range may provoke additional attacks of opportunity.
- Taunt counts as an offensive action but is not an attack per se.
- A Taunt takes approximately two seconds (one flurry) and has a cool down cycle of six seconds. Attacks that might otherwise occur during the flurry in which a Taunt is attempted will be delayed. This may cause unusual and/or undesired results in combat mechanics. For example, attacks delayed from a taunt may hit in the same round the taunt was attempted, but damage from them may not be applied until the following round - possibly allowing an opponent to survive a bit longer.
- Regardless of success, Taunt may provoke the initial target (and others, if in range) to attack the user instead of his allies.
- Since they are free actions, Combat Expertise or Improved Combat Expertise may be toggled to help defend the user during a Taunt attempt.
DnD 3.5 comparison
This skill does not exist in DnD 3.5, although it is very similar to the demoralise opponent aspect of intimidate.
In NWN1, if the taunt was successful, the opponent suffered an armor class penalty equal to the difference between the Taunt roll and the defender’s roll (to a max of a -6 penalty) for 5 rounds. The target also suffered a 30% chance of spell failure, if they didn’t resist the taunt.