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Rank 1 Philodox Gifts

A list of all Rank 1 Philodox Auspice Gifts for Werewolf: the Apocalypse, compiled from all source books, using the revised edition of books when available. For Philodox Gifts of all ranks, see All Philodox Gifts.

Resist Pain

Rank 1 Philodox Gift / Rank 1 Children of Gaia Gift / Rank 1 Get of Fenris Gift / Rank 1 Wendigo Gift

Through force of will, the Philodox is able to ignore the pain of his wounds and continue acting normally. A bear-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Willpower point; his character may ignore all wound penalties for the rest of the scene.

Source: Core book revised.


Ma’at’s Feather

Rank 1 Philodox Gift

According to Egyptian legend, if the heart of one of the dead was heavier than Ma’at’s feather, she would feed it to the beast Ammit, destroying their soul entirely. If it was lighter, then the dead person was admitted to the afterlife. This Gift was first the province of Silent Strider Philodox (and is still most common amongst that tribe), but has spread throughout all of Garou society. It allows the Philodox to sense the weight of a fallen Garou’s soul and determine if he died as one of Gaia, or had fallen to the Wyrm. It is used to determine what rituals will be undertaken for the deceased, and is taught by a bird- or lion-spirit.

System: If the Garou died in the service of Gaia, the Gift works automatically, revealing this to be so. If however, the Garou had betrayed the Mother, then a roll of the Philodox’s Perception + Occult (difficulty of the deceased’s former Gnosis) is needed to correctly determine their guilt. A simple success is sufficient, and the Storyteller is encouraged to roll secretly for each use of this Gift, to keep the players guessing.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)


Truth of Gaia

Rank 1 Philodox Gift

As judges of the Litany, Philodox have the ability to sense whether others have spoken truth or falsehood. A Gaffling of Falcon teaches this Gift.

System: The player rolls Intelligence + Empathy (difficulty of the subject’s Manipulation + Subterfuge). This Gift reveals only whether the target speaks the truth or lies.

Source: Core book revised.


Fangs of Judgement

Rank 1 Philodox Gift

It falls upon the Philodox to levy not only judgment but also punishment against those who have fallen from their proper stations. This Gift, taught by an ancestor-spirit, causes the werewolf’s claws and fangs to burn with the righteous power of law.

System: The player spends one Willpower point. For the next full day, all of the Garou’s natural weaponry attacks do two extra dice of damage to all beings who have fallen from their original purpose to the service of the Wyrm (such as Black Spiral Dancers, fomori, and corrupted nature spirits; Banes which came into existence as agents of the Wyrm are, regrettably, exempt from this Gift’s sanction).

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition


Scent of the True Form

Rank 1 Philodox Gift

This Gift allows the Garou to determine the true nature of a person. This information is conveyed as an olfactory sensation — it is actually a scent of the target’s natural form. Any spirit servant of Gaia can teach this Gift.

System: The Garou can tell automatically when someone is a werewolf; anything else requires a Perception + Primal-Urge roll. It takes two successes to detect vampires, faeries or other shapeshifters as such, and it takes four to detect fomori or mages.

Source: Core book revised.


Moon Lore

Rank 1 Philodox Gift

Using this Gift, the werewolf can learn the phase of the moon that heralded the birth of another. Although it can determine auspice, Moon Lore gives no clue to whether the subject is a werewolf or even if it is supernatural in any way; being born under a waxing gibbous moon means much more to a Garou than it does to a normal human. Any moon-spirit can teach this Gift.

System: A single success on a Perception + Primal-Urge roll (difficulty 6) is required to determine the moon’s phase at the time of the subject’s birth; two successes determine whether tit was waxing or waning.

Source: Book of Auspices


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