[RPG] What do I do about PCs using Con damage to “nuke” bosses


So recently my players realized that they can spam poison-based Con damage on my bosses to effectively nuke them down in a couple rounds. This is basically ruining the challenge of my fights, but they seem to love it. I'm not sure how to handle this without basically saying "No, you can't do that." Or making the bosses suddenly immune for some reason. Their entire tactics rely on lowering the enemies saves, then spamming Con Damage to lower it more, which allows easier Con Damage spam, until it's dead by round three.

I don't know how to handle this. I don't want to be an ass and just start doing it back in a "Well fine, if you do ima do it too" fashion.

This sucks…

Best Answer

Don't make all of the bosses suddenly immune, but you can certainly add in strong henchmen with immunities. If I were a big baddie in your campaign (and had a pulse) then I'd be recruiting bodyguards who didn't care about con damage. Especially if the PCs aren't shy about their strategy. Even if so, some divination here and there wouldn't be game-breaking.

Depending on what ways your PCs are delivering con damage, you might try shifting the battlefield around. Is it the melee battlers? The next bad guy is an archer with some serious high terrain advantage. Magic? This would-be tyrant invested in some spell resistant cloaks.

Basically, the answer boils down to this: Your party is relying heavily on one strategy. Villains who don't prepare for that strategy die, and the rest thrive. Ever heard the phrase "there will always be somebody stronger?" Add in "survival of the fittest," too.

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