Deciphering Pathfinder Stat Blocks
New to Pathfinder? Here’s how to decipher a couple of the stats for NPCs and monsters listed in Pathfinder scenarios.
Take these stats in the Offense section:
Melee shortsword +3 (1d6+2/19-20)
Ranged shortbow +3 (1d6/x3)
“Melee shortsword +3″ means an attack bonus, pre-calculated to include all bonuses which always apply such as Base Attack Bonus. It may not include some bonuses like “Rage” if there is a bonus which applies conditionally.
“Melee shortsword +3″ is to hit only, and is not a damage bonus.
“19-20″ for the melee shortshord means “possible critical on a 19 or 20″ and if the critical is confirmed, it’s double damage.
“x3″ for the Ranged shortbow means “possible critical on a 20, triple damage if critical is confirmed”