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Rank 5 Red Talon Gifts

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

Crocodile Pact

Rank 5 Red Talon (Kucha Ekundu) Gift

When the Red Talons first came to Africa and struck their deal with the Mokolé, the mighty werecrocodiles agreed that if the Garou could breed with the hunting dogs and do their appointed task in Africa without making war on the other Fera, they could stay. The Red Talons have (thus far) made good on their promises, and the eldest of the Kucha Ekundu have been rewarded with this Gift. The werewolf may call upon the Mokolé-mbembe for aid, in battle or otherwise. The spirits of the Dragon Kings teach this Gift.

System: The player spends two Gnosis points and rolls Charisma + Rituals (difficulty 7). If the roll succeeds, the Garou receives aid within the hour, whether it’s from a local clutch or from the spirits who witnessed the pacts between the Memory of Gaia and the Garou. The Storyteller has the final say over exactly what form the Garou’s succor takes, but it might range from rampaging werecrocodiles arriving to fight with the Kucha Ekundu to great ancestor-spirits called forth by the Mokolé to give the Garou advice.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Blessing of the First Pack

Rank 5 Red Talon Gift

The Red Talons believe that the very first pack of Garou set the standards for the auspices, and that only the Talons retain a strong enough connection to that First Pack to use this Gift. This may or may not be true, but no non-Talon Garou has ever exhibited this might Gift (but then, very few among the Talons even know of it). To learn this Gift, the Talon must have at least one dot in Ancestors. The Garou calls upon her the originator of her auspice and s temporarily transformed into the pinnavle of her moon-sign. An avatar of Wolf or a powerful Lune may teach this Gift, but neither does so often.

System:  The player spends two Gnosis points and rolls Charisma + Ancestors (difficulty 8). If the roll succeeds, the character becomes infused with the very essence of her auspice. For the remainder of the scene, the character receives five dots of Pure Breed in addition to any she already possesses. She may also make use of any auspice Gift for her particular auspice of level 4 or lower. (Gifts taken from sources other than Werewolf are subject to Storyteller approval.) In addition, Blessing of the First Pack grants power based on the character’s auspice:

Auspice          Bonus

Ragabash:      +3 to Stealth, +2 to Wits and Dexterity

Theurge:         +3 to Enigmas, +2 to Intelligence and Gnosis

Philodox:        +3 to Rituals, +2 to Manipulation and Stamina

Galliard:          +3 to Expression, +2 to Charisma and Strength

Ahroun:           +3 to Leadership, +2 to Strength and Rage


Source: Red Talons (revised)

Gaia’s Vengeance

Rank 5 Red Talon Gift / Rank 5 White Howler Gift

The Garou calls to the spirits of the surrounding forest to attack intruders. The terrain responds as best it can: Rocks roll and smash, vines trip, and water sucks victims under. An avatar of Gaia herself teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one Gnosis point and one Rage point then rolls Charisma + Primal-Urge (difficulty of the local Gauntlet). The exact effects depend on the terrain and are left to the Storyteller.

Source: Core book revised / 20th Anniversary Edition

Curse of Lycaon

Rank 5 Red Talon Gift

In the ultimate twist, this Gift allows a Red Talon to transform a human being into a wolf. This Gift also works on Garou, forcing them into Lupus form. A wolf-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends one point of Gnosis and rolls Gnosis (difficulty of the target’s Willpower). Only one success is necessary. Werewolves are forced into Lupus form for the duration of the scene. When used on humans, the effect of the Gift is permanent. The person remains a normal wolf in body and mind for the rest of his life.

Source: Core book revised.

Scabwalker Curse

Rank 5 Red Talon Gift

The Red Talon suffuses a target with a superabundance of Wyld energy, making them violently allergic to the Weaver-works of man. Any artificial material blisters and abrades the target’s skin, concrete sidewalks and artificial carpet fibers shred her feet, polyester clothing causes her body to break out in weeping sores, and steel tools blister her hands. An avatar of Griffin teaches this Gift.

System: The Red Talon spends a turn snarling at a target within 20 feet (6 m). The player then spends one Gnosis point and rolls Manipulation + Survival (difficulty 7). The target takes one level of bashing damage per turn of physical contact with any non-natural material (crafted objects formed entirely of natural materials, such as wooden furniture held together with iron nails, are safe). This curse lasts for one day per success, and can easily prove fatal if invoked in the heart of a city.

Source: 20th Anniversary Gift

Shattering Howl

Rank 5 Red Talon Gift
Howl Gift

By using this Gift, the Garou releases a howl with enough power to shatter any man-made object. The Shattering Howl can splinter plastic, crack stone, and puncture rubber and similar materials. The werewolf does not have any control over what she shatters with this Gift, however, so she is advised to use it with care.

System: The player spends one Willpower point and rolls Rage (difficulty 7). Exactly what kind of material the howl shatters depends on the number of successes rolled. One success shatters normal glass. Three cracks concrete. Five successes rends solid steel. The character may use this Gift on successive turns, but each use requires another Willpower point and a new roll.

Source: Tribebook: Red Talons (revised)