Werewolf the Apocalypse information source



Rank 1 Metis Gift

The Garou knows the trick of shedding and growing fur at an alarming rate. This Gift makes the Garou especially difficult to grapple successfully; opponents find themselves holding tufts of fur instead of their target. The Garou can also slide through tight spaces using his shedding fur as natural lubrication. A lizard-spirit or snake-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The Garou may use his slick outer coating to avoid being grappled. With a successful Dexterity + Primal-Urge roll (difficulty 7), he can free himself from any successful grappling attack. The fur also reduces by two the werewolf’s difficulty whenever he squeezes through tight spaces or slips restraints, such as handcuffs.

Source: Player’s Guide Second Edition.

Hidden Killer

Rank 1 Red Talon Gift

The Red Talons did not survive for so many years without learning ways to conceal themselves. This Gift allows a Garou to leave behind no physical evidence that would betray her hand (or claws and teeth) in a slaying. This Gift is taught my a snake-spirit.

System: After a battle, the Garou must lick each wound she inflicted once. The player spends one Gnosis point and rolls Intelligence + Stealth (difficulty 7). If the roll succeeds, the wounds alter themselves so that they resemble stabbing wounds rather than bite marks, and any hair, saliva, blood or other physical evidence from the werewolf’s body disappears. Any peripheral damage (smashed furniture, for example) remains as it was, however.

Source: Tribebook: Red Talons (revised)

Garafena’s Crown

Rank 2 Glass Walker Gift

Garafena was a mythical serpent in Russian folklore that sat upon a golden crown and was called upon to give blessing to his followers. A recent Gift that has only been known since 1998, Garafena now offers his blessings to any Garou who wears his mark. This Gift is taught by a snake-spirit.

System: The Glass Walker must don a crown of some description, a hat, or even a scrap of fabric wrapped around their head will do. The player then spends one Gnosis. For the rest of the scene, any guns fired by the Glass Walker will never run out of ammunition.

Source: Players’ Guide to Garou (revised)

Steel Made Flesh

Rank 2 Glass Walkers Gift

Camp: Cyber Dogs

Sometimes it’s useful to take a step back in order to facilitate many steps forward. An example would be in airports or other places with metal detectors. This Gift allows the Garou to change all cybernetics in his body back into flesh. While flesh, cybernetics do not operate. A snake or cicada-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The Cyber Dog spends one Gnosis. The cybernetics become flesh immediately. The Gift lasts for the rest of the scene.

Source: Tribebook: Glass Walkers (Revised)


Rank 2 Homid Gift

By staring into the eyes of a human or animal, a werewolf can cause the target to flee in terror. This Gift can be used against other werewolves, but the target will freeze in place rather than flee. A ram or snake-spirit teaches this gift.

System: The Garous using this Gift may focus on only one target per turn; the player rolls Charisma + Intimidation (difficulty 5 + the victim’s Rank). The victim flees for one turn per success, although he may expend a Willpower point to resist the Gift’s effects for a turn. Should the character score five or more successes, the victim flees for the duration of the scene. Werewolves (and most powerful Wyrm-monsters) will not flee, but they cannot attack while the Gift’s user continues to stare them down. However, if they are attacked themselves, all bets are off.

Source: Core book revised.

Coils of the Serpent

Rank 2 Uktena Gift / Rank 2 Bunyip Gift

Using this Gift, an Uktena can call forth dark tentacles of mist or fog that wrap around enemies and hold them in a viselike grip. Each coil is four feet long and possesses the same Physical characteristics as the werewolf who summons the coils. Any snake-spirit can teach this Gift.

System: The player rolls Dexterity + Occult, difficulty 7. Each success causes a single coil to come forth from the surrounding air. The coils focus on a single target, unless the player makes attack rolls against multiple targets, with the normal penalties to the rolls for multiple actions. The coils only bind; they can’t inflict damage. To break free, the victim must make a Strength roll, difficulty 7. If his successes exceed the number of coils, he’s free. If not, he’s still a prisoner. The tentacles last until the end of the scene or until the summoner decides to send them away.

Source: Tribebook: Uktena (revised)

Venom Blood

Rank 3 Get of Fenris Gift

The Garou may change her blood into a black, acidic bile that poisons anyone unlucky enough to come into contact with it. A snake- or spider-spirit teaches this Gift.

System: The player spends on Rage point and rolls Stamina + Medicine (difficulty 7). Anyone coming into contact with the Garou’s blood for the duration of the scene takes one die of aggravated damage per success on the first roll.

Source: Core book revised.

Weak Arm

Rank 3 Philodox Gift

Philodox are masters of judgment, and this trait extends even into the field of battle. By watching an opponent’s fighting style, the werewolf can evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. Snake- and wind-spirits teach this Gift.

System: The player rolls Perception + Brawl (difficulty 8). Each success gives her one bonus die to add to her attack or damage rolls against this opponent. For instance, a Philodox who gets four successes on this roll could add two dice to her attack rolls and two to her damage pool. This Gift can be used against a given foe only once per scene, and the benefits are lost at the end of the scene. The Garou must concentrate for a full turn to use this Gift.

Source: Core book revised.

Rattler’s Bite

Rank 4 Metis Gift

The metis’s eyeteeth lengthen, and she can inject a deadly poison with her bite. Some elder Garou look down upon this Gift as a deformity. Spider- and snake-spirits teach this Gift.

System: The player spends a Rage point when attempting to bite an opponent. If the bite is successful, any remaining damage after soak is doubled. If the attack fails or causes no damage, the Rage point is lost.

Source: 20th Anniversary Edition

Wither Limb

Rank 4 Metis Gift

With a snarl and an angry gaze, the werewolf forces a target’s arm or leg to twist, desiccate and wither, making it useless. Creatures with regenerative abilities will restore the limb to full function after one scene; otherwise, the effects are permanent. Snake-spirits, spider-spirits and other venomous spirits teach this Gift. Some werewolves even invoke spirits of disease to learn this Gift.

System: The player spends a Gnosis point and rolls Willpower (difficulty of the victim’s Stamina + 4). The victim adds two to the difficulties of all Dexterity rolls. If his leg is affected, he can move at only half of his normal speed.

Source: Core book revised.

Bark of Willow

Rank 4 Wendigo Gift

Unlike Resist Pain, which allows a character to ignore pain through force of will, but still feel it, this Gift allows the Wendigo to numb herself to pain completely, enabling her to endure pain for much longer periods of time, even days. This causes the character to be unable to judge the severity of her wounds or fatigue, and may lead her to continue on unwisely, causing herself further damage during combat while frightening her enemy with her seeming imperviousness. If the pain inflicted upon the Garou is not combative, i.e., she is undergoing a surgical operation or needs to cross a wall of flames, she may concentrate her will to keep from unwittingly furthering the damage to herself, and to bolster the confidence and courage of any Garou aiding her. This Gift is taught by a snake-spirit.

System: The player spends a point of Gnosis, after which any sense of pain or physical discomfort fades entirely, and the character no longer takes wound penalties. The length of the Gift’s pain-numbing effects lasts for a number of days equal to a roll of Stamina + Primal-Urge. The Storyteller should hide the character’s wound levels from him while this Gift is active. If the character needs to assess how badly damaged she is during this time, she must make an additional roll of Wits + Primal-Urge, at difficulty 7, although characters with Medicine knowledge can use it to diagnose wound levels normally.

Wendigo who nonchalantly carries severe wounds around is intimidating to his foes. Any character who wishes to attack a wounded Wendigo who is using Bark of Willow must first make a Manipulation + Intimidation roll, at the difficulty of the Garou’s Willpower. If the opponent fails that roll, she does not lose any actions, but she finds herself unable to attack the Gifted werewolf.

This Gift may not be used while the Garou is attempting to complete a rite that requires any check of Stamina.

Source: Wendigo Tribebook (revised)