Shoot (Action)

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Heroic Action Role-Play

Shoot is the skill for ranged combat, either using powers or ranged weapons. Shoot attacks are powerful, but defenses weak; the emphasis is on getting the enemy down before he can hurt you.

Shoot skill defaults to Reflexes and an outcome matching this attribute on a stunt directed against Shoot will often result in a Setback.

Use in Action

Shooting is used mainly in combat, but sometimes you can do stunts based on your precision and reactions; sports photography and some kinds of senor operations can use this skill. You know how to care for your weapons and keep them in prime condition, including simple modifications, but you are not a full-fledged weaponsmith, that takes the Create skill.


You know the make and abilities of the ranged weapons of your time. You know the capabilities of ranged weapons, and what kind of weapon and ammunition to use against each target and in every circumstance. You can judge the Toughness of a target with fair accuracy. You know about famous shootists of your era, both sportsmen and professionals on either side of the law. This includes such details as what signature weapons they use and preferred tactics and schticks. You can identify the skill of a shooter by examining his handiwork; if the shootist is famous you might identify his personal style, tough this is not evidence, just a hunch.


You know gunsmiths (or bowyers and fletchers) and can find someone to sell you lethal hardware almost everywhere, tough you might have to settle for local varieties in out-of-the-way locations. You know shooters in general, but especially in the same line of work as yourself and your opposition. If you are a soldier you know soldiers from different factions. If you are police or criminal you know police sharpshooters and criminal hit men. If you are a ranger, hunter, or sportsman you know other civilian shooters, those they work with, and those who arrange hunts and shooting events. If you are a photographer, you know other media people such as producers, journalists, and especially crew. You know clients, protegees, and mission specialists you have worked with. Some of these people are bitter rivals, but you all respect each others abilities. You can walk into a shooting range almost anywhere and make some local contacts by showing your skill.


You recognize ranged weapons even when hidden. You recognize skilled shooters, even when they're not tooting their weapons. You recognize fields of fire and advantageous firing positions.


Shoot is linked to the forms of Electricity, Fire, and Ice.


List of specific stunts the skill can be used for, and rules for each using the standard power format.


Basic Action

Spend an action aiming at a specific target. You cannot move as a part of this action. If you attack that target as your next action, not having moved or spent any shots in between, and as long as the target stays in the same spot, you get a +3 bonus on your Shoot skill. You can still move on the action you shoot, but you have to shoot before moving.

Covering Fire

Trigger Action (Defense)

When you see someone attacking you or another or performing an action, shoot in their general direction to keep their heads down and disrupt their action. The difficulty of their action now becomes your Shoot skill +3 if it was otherwise less than that.

If you are using a full-auto weapon, you can impair the actions of all creatures in an area equal to your Reflexes in diameter simultaneously, but still only for the current shot.

Normal Ranged Attack

Basic Action

Make a Shoot roll opposed by the target's Dodge. On a success, you hit, adding the Outcome to the damage of the weapon.



While photographic apparatus and technology is covered by Create, actual action photography is covered by Shoot, providing gun-tooting characters something to do in non-action scenarios. To make a photo shoot in action is very much like taking a lethal shot, and most schticks can be used normally. To make a moving and insightful shot of some other aspect of a character requires a Shoot against whatever skill the shot is to manifest—often Charm or Impress. The impact of a successful photograph is decided by the skill of the person being photographed.