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Rank 5 Metis Gifts

A list of all Rank 5 Metis breed Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Metis Gifts of all ranks, see All Metis Gifts.

Protean Form

Rank 5 Metis Gift

Born misshapen, the metis takes her deformity and makes it a source of power. She can twist her flesh in any number of ways, sprouting a number of unnatural features, from extra limbs to additional mouths to grasping tentacles. A Chimerling teaches this Gift.

System: The character’s ability to partially transform (see p. 286) is permanently modified, allowing her to make almost any grotesque modifications the player can imagine. These modifications must logically bestow one of the following benefits: +2 dice on a certain category of attack rolls (extra clawed limbs for claw attacks, tentacles for clinches, etc), +2 damage on a certain category of attack rolls (a chest-mounted squid beak for extra damage on clinches, arms coated in shark teeth for boosted claw attacks, etc.), or +5 yards per turn of movement (extra legs, vestigial wings, etc.).

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Totem Gift

Rank 5 Metis Gift

Due to the metis’ strong ties with Garou society, she can plead directly with her tribal totem, gaining some of its power. The effects of this Gift depend on the nature of the tribal totem power. Rat (totem of the Bone Gnawers) might send swarms of rats to attack the Garous’s enemies, and Grandfather Thunder (totem of the Shadow Lords) might smite the Garou’s enemies with a blast of thunder and lightning. The potential of this Gift depends only on the favor of the totem, and it may cross over into the miraculous. Only the tribal totem teaches this gift.

System: The player spends on Gnosis point and rolls Charisma + Rituals (difficulty 7). The greater the number of successes, the more dramatic the effects. One success might cause a minor distraction, whereas 10 successes is the dramatic equivalent of summoning a localized twister to destroy the metis’ foes.

Source: Core book revised.

Twist of Fate

Rank 5 Metis Gift

Some Stargazer metis have used this Gift to deliver a fatal blow to unsuspecting enemies, even knowing that the cost will be their own lives. After a Garou has been dealt her own deathblow, if she invokes this Gift, she may strike her enemy once more ere she dies. It’s bittersweet but often leads to an enemy falling dead alongside the metis warrior. This Gift is taught by a Cobra-spirit.

System: The player need only spend one Rage point to get that final shot; no wound penalties apply. The attack doesn’t automatically land, although the metis may spend Willpower to add to the attack roll’s successes (even though she’s already spent Rage in the turn). The metis’ damage pool is increased by ten dice — a metis’ parting shot channels a lifetime of Rage, and is almost always lethal.

Source: Guardians of the Caerns

Umbral Body

Rank 5 Metis Gift

The metis body is strange. Born in a form not intended by Gaia or nature, deformed and occasionally showing signs of animals entirely unrelated to man or wolf, it is little wonder the breed has been outcast and hated. But some metis have used this body to their advantage, and it is perhaps this strangeness that allows their body to withstand the pressures this Gift inflicts. With this Gift, the metis can partially reach into the Umbra, sending certain body parts into the Umbra while maintaining others in the physical world. Doing so makes the metis difficult to hit in combat, to say the least. A Pattern spider teaches this Gift.

System: The metis rolls Gnosis (difficulty of the local Gauntlet) and if the roll succeeds spends 1 Gnosis. For the rest of the scene, the metis receives one extra automatic success on all Dodge rolls.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)


Rank 5 Metis Gift

The metis struggles his whole life to find a place, a purpose and a sense of stability in his horrifying existence. With this Gift, he can force others to face their inner demons, including insanity and madness. The nature of the derangement varies among individuals, but it will always be sever, making it impossible for the victim to function normally. Lunes, along with spirits of trickery and madness teach this Gift.

System: The player spends a Gnosis point and rolls Manipulation + Intimidation (difficulty of the victim’s Willpower). The insanity lasts a number of days equal to the successes rolled on the attempt. During this time, the metis can increase or decrease the effects of the madness, granting the victim lucidity and then driving him into psychosis. Even after the Gift has ended, the repercussions from the bout with madness often haunt the target for the rest of his life.

Source: Core book revised.