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Ok Im curious if breath attacks can be used in close combat. I play WoC and we have a gift (Steam of corruption) that gives the bearer one breath attack per game. In our FaQ it states that it is a shooting attack. I know you cant shoot in combat but is this different? I can see it technically not being allowed, but in reality I dont see why not. Belching diseased vomit at a unit or breathing fire at guys your in combat with doesnt seem out of line.
You're right about the shooting attack not being allowed in close combat and I think that that is so that it would not unbalance the game as invariably it would hammer the opposing unit and cause so many wounds that it would run.
Trolls have a single vomit attack in close combat but that replaces all of its other attacks. So I think that an house rule along those lines would be fluffy would be acceptable but would it be worth it?
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I agree with Sigelus, trolls loose all their attacks in order to vomit on people, and it's counted as CC, while breath is ranged attack. So I'd say no, you shouldn't be able to breath in close combat.
Pg. 94 of the rulebook under Breath Weapon
"...and neither can they be used when engaged in close combat (and, of course, cannot be targeted at units that are engaged in combat)."