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22nd Jul '16 12:08:44 AM TomTheEducator
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* The preferred method of hitman Sean Callan in Don Winslow's "The Power of The Dog". He sticks with a .22 pistol as his WeaponOfChoice, since he knows the .22 load is powerful enough to pierce the skull, but not exit it. That means the bullet rattles around the skull like a "pinball", shredding grey matter the whole time. Combined with his habitual DoubleTap, it makes him frighteningly efficient at killing. [[/folder]]



* ''{{GURPS}}'' makes headshots a very tempting target with a 4x

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* ''{{GURPS}}'' makes headshots a very tempting target with a 4x4x.[[/folder]]
21st Jul '16 11:26:40 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', Gordon has been taken captive, and the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Loveless ''will'' [[MundaneSolution just have someone]] [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoot him]]. Expecting this, [[BriarPatching Gordon attempts to trick the secessionist Loveless]] into shooting "[his] heart, that has loved this country so much", as Gordon is wearing the bulletproof vest he ''just'' invented. Response?

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* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', Gordon has been taken captive, and the DangerouslyGenreSavvy Loveless ''will'' [[MundaneSolution just have someone]] [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim shoot him]]. Expecting this, [[BriarPatching Gordon attempts to trick the secessionist Loveless]] into shooting "[his] heart, that has loved this country so much", as Gordon is wearing the bulletproof vest he ''just'' invented. Response?



* In ''Series/TheWire'' Chris Partlow, TheDragon for Marlo, trains his soldiers to shoot for the head if they're close enough and have a clear shot, or low enough that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll be able to kill even a target that wears]] a BulletProofVest, as several of the drug dealers and stick up artists tend to do. We see it played out several times, perhaps most memorably when Chris and Snoop distract Bodie, so that one of their men can sneak up behind him and shoot him in the head. Twice.

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* In ''Series/TheWire'' Chris Partlow, TheDragon for Marlo, trains his soldiers to shoot for the head if they're close enough and have a clear shot, or low enough that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll be able to kill even a target that wears]] wears a BulletProofVest, as several of the drug dealers and stick up artists tend to do. We see it played out several times, perhaps most memorably when Chris and Snoop distract Bodie, so that one of their men can sneak up behind him and shoot him in the head. Twice.
20th Jul '16 8:30:11 PM Gamermaster
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* In the finale of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', Teana takes out [[QuirkyMinibossSquad two Combat]] {{Cyborg}}s with this. Almost. [[PlayingPossum Deed proved to be more durable than expected]], requiring a second head shot from [[FriendlySniper Vice]].

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* In the finale of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Teana takes out [[QuirkyMinibossSquad two Combat]] {{Cyborg}}s with this. Almost. [[PlayingPossum Deed proved to be more durable than expected]], requiring a second head shot from [[FriendlySniper Vice]]. [[StunGuns It doesn't kill them though]].



* ''{{GURPS}}'' makes headshots a very tempting target with a 4x damage multiplier and even if the damage isn't lethal requires an immediate (nearly impossible) roll to avoid being stunned and knocked down. The penalty to hit, however, is very large.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' a headshot deals triple damage if they're not wearing a helmet, but requires three successes on a Single Shot, in which case you don't get any extra dice for your gun's rate of fire and have to rely on your Trait dice (which have an unaugmented max of three dice). But you can still hit them somewhere else unarmored with just two successes, and the [[SniperRifle H-101 Long-arm]] deals 15 damage per hit, more than any other gun short of the [[{{BFG}} V-801 Mag-Lance]].
* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' gives a -8 penalty to your roll if you're going for a head shot. For comparison, BlastingItOutOfTheirHands is only a -6. But a head shot also does double [=BODY=] damage, and five times the [=STUN=] damage, so unless your target is wearing a helmet it's worth trying.
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* This is one of [[TheGunslinger Percy's]] abilities in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole.'' Mechanically, he can take a headshot to impose disadvantage on attack rolls; he's also killed a stitch monster in the Underdark and [[spoiler: Clarota]] this way.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does this to keep Roger the Angel from killing him in "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard]]." Much to Roger's surprise since he thought angels couldn't be killed.
-->"Hmm... so God lied to me.... that seems like a bit of a dick move."
* ''TheOnion'' takes this trope UpToEleven in their report on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYQhvW-tjNM&NR=1 "Close Range"]].
* The audio drama, ''WereAlive'' is a story set during a ZombieApocalypse with this being the most effective way to kill a zombie.
* How [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]] kills Liquid the second time around in ''StupidMarioBrothers''.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Sarge is struck down by Tex this way. He's revived by Grif. [[WorstAid Giving him CPR]]. Yeah, it's like that.
* In WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation's ''VideoGame/DayZ'' review, Yahtzee's {{Author Avatar}} is shot right between the eyes by a sniper after finding [[SchmuckBait a cache of guns and ammo in an abandoned building in front of a conspicuously broken window and a dead player with the same injury.]]
* In WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged, Alucard invokes this trope on numerous occasions, even quoting the trope verbatim during his first fight with Anderson. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] though when Anderson [[NoSell no-sells]] the shot seconds later.
* In ''Roleplay/NanQuest'', [[spoiler:Pablo]] is killed this way. Justified, as the target was standing still and had to be killed as quickly as possible.
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* [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F070.jpg This]] page from ''Webcomic/ErfWorld''.
* [[http://rainchildstudios.com/strawberry/?p=1445 This]] page from ''Webcomic/StrawberryDeathCake''.
* The last panel of [[http://xkcd.com/654/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic.
* [[Webcomic/DubiousCompany Walter's]] response to Mary's hypocritical ''InTheNameOfTheMoon'' speech.
* Cloud manages to pull one off in [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/08/24/0088-this-strip-has-been-partially-rewritten/ this]] ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' strip, with amusing results.
* Early in chapter 1 of ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'' sniper Grey O'Shea puts a round through the faceplate of an [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Azatoth]] soldier flanking one of his fellows. Then another Azatoth returns the favor and shoots his spotter in the back of the head.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* A popular means of assassination. UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy famously [[Film/ZapruderFilm went out this way]], along with UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Most recently, so did both UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden and UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler also went out like this, but by way of suicide. In the case of the Philippine politician Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, his BoomHeadshot death was the detonator to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution People Power Revolution]] led by his widow Corazón, which would bring down the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
* Badly subverted in hunting ranges, where it's not uncommon to see deer afflicted with a severed jaw or an exposed brain because an amateur hunter thought he could take it down with a headshot. In those cases, the range's owners have to intervene themselves to put the deer out of its misery. Unless the hunter has the deer with its head still and knowing that it won't move, a high body shot to the heart and lungs is a better go.
* Vice-president Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter in the face/head with a shotgun [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney_hunting_incident one time.]]
* Not as reliable as video games might have you believe; there is at least one story of a man who was shot in the face in just the right place that the bullet only ejected a tooth, one of a soldier in WWII with a bullet that curved around his skull and gave him the appearance of a man who had been shot straight through the head, and the case of Gabrielle Giffords. A good-quality helmet can also reduce the damage from "messily dead" to "a really bad concussion", depending on the angle of the shot and the calibre and velocity of the bullet.
** There's also the [[FateWorseThanDeath serious brain damage youíre likely to be left with]]...
** Case in point for survival: UsefulNotes/SimoHayha. Shot by a Russian sniper, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with an exploding round that blew almost half his face apart]], then shot the guy that did it, '''[[MadeOfDiamond and lived]].''' To age 96.
*** He presumably had a few of his own, with ''505'' confirmed sniper kills. In a little over 3 months. In the winter. In ''Finland''. The Winter War ended the same day he regained consciousness. We're not saying the Soviets realized the man they called "the White Death" was coming back, and this time it was going to be ''personal''. But we're not ''not'' saying that either.
** There's also Malala Yousufzai. And, going back a lot further, Beethoven's nephew, who attempted suicide via headshot and failed.
** German poet Heinrich von Kleist [[AteHisGun shot himself in the roof of the mouth]] after killing his beloved Henriette Vogel [[SuicidePact with her consent]], but according to the autopsy it was most likely not the bullet that killed him, but [[CruelAndUnusualDeath the gun smoke he choked on.]]
** And also college basketball coach [[http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/9893531/kentucky-assistant-coach-orlando-antigua-creates-best-recruiting-classes-ever-espn-magazine Orlando Antigua]][[note]]now head coach at the University of South Florida[[/note]]. When he was 15, he was a bystander in a street altercation when he was shot in the head. The bullet narrowly missed his left eye, but never penetrated his skull, lodging near his left ear. Several years later, the bullet worked its way to his ear canal, and was then removed.
* For those who don't like {{Squick}}, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPQJiQCDz_4 here's a video]] of football/soccer player Fabrice Muamba hitting then England U-21 teammate Jason Steele behind the right ear with a free kick during shooting practice at the 2011 U-21 Euro.
* The Metropolitan Police Service's guidelines for counter-terrorism officers was this. Having sought and obtained permission to discharge weapons, the officers were to aim for the head unless explicitly told otherwise. This advice was designed around the scenario of a fanatical suicide bomber - they may be using improvised explosives which could be detonated by the impact concealed under their clothes, and if injured they may still try and detonate their explosives anyway.
** Suicide bombers tend to strap explosives on their body, occasionally shoes or underwear, but so far explosive hats haven't shown up yet. Shooting these explosives might cause them to explode so headshots are the way to go.
* As mentioned in the description, police and military snipers are explicitly trained ''never'' to do this, or to do it only as a last resort. Retired SEAL Chris Kyle, who had the most confirmed kills of any sniper in the U.S. Military wrote that he never once took out a target with a headshot for the stated reasons; the head is a small, moving target, and even if you don't hit the part of the torso you're aiming for, it certainly incapacitates the victim.
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''[[Music/BonJovi Shot through the head, and you're to blame! Darling, you give guns--a bad name!]]''
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* ''{{GURPS}}'' makes headshots a very tempting target with a 4x damage multiplier and even if the damage isn't lethal requires an immediate (nearly impossible) roll to avoid being stunned and knocked down. The penalty to hit, however, is very large.
* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' a headshot deals triple damage if they're not wearing a helmet, but requires three successes on a Single Shot, in which case you don't get any extra dice for your gun's rate of fire and have to rely on your Trait dice (which have an unaugmented max of three dice). But you can still hit them somewhere else unarmored with just two successes, and the [[SniperRifle H-101 Long-arm]] deals 15 damage per hit, more than any other gun short of the [[{{BFG}} V-801 Mag-Lance]].
* ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' gives a -8 penalty to your roll if you're going for a head shot. For comparison, BlastingItOutOfTheirHands is only a -6. But a head shot also does double [=BODY=] damage, and five times the [=STUN=] damage, so unless your target is wearing a helmet it's worth trying.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* This is one of [[TheGunslinger Percy's]] abilities in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole.'' Mechanically, he can take a headshot to impose disadvantage on attack rolls; he's also killed a stitch monster in the Underdark and [[spoiler: Clarota]] this way.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic does this to keep Roger the Angel from killing him in "[[ItsAWonderfulPlot You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard]]." Much to Roger's surprise since he thought angels couldn't be killed.
-->"Hmm... so God lied to me.... that seems like a bit of a dick move."
* ''TheOnion'' takes this trope UpToEleven in their report on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYQhvW-tjNM&NR=1 "Close Range"]].
* The audio drama, ''WereAlive'' is a story set during a ZombieApocalypse with this being the most effective way to kill a zombie.
* How [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Snake]] kills Liquid the second time around in ''StupidMarioBrothers''.
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Sarge is struck down by Tex this way. He's revived by Grif. [[WorstAid Giving him CPR]]. Yeah, it's like that.
* In WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation's ''VideoGame/DayZ'' review, Yahtzee's {{Author Avatar}} is shot right between the eyes by a sniper after finding [[SchmuckBait a cache of guns and ammo in an abandoned building in front of a conspicuously broken window and a dead player with the same injury.]]
* In WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged, Alucard invokes this trope on numerous occasions, even quoting the trope verbatim during his first fight with Anderson. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] though when Anderson [[NoSell no-sells]] the shot seconds later.
* In ''Roleplay/NanQuest'', [[spoiler:Pablo]] is killed this way. Justified, as the target was standing still and had to be killed as quickly as possible.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-1-archive/?px=%2F070.jpg This]] page from ''Webcomic/ErfWorld''.
* [[http://rainchildstudios.com/strawberry/?p=1445 This]] page from ''Webcomic/StrawberryDeathCake''.
* The last panel of [[http://xkcd.com/654/ this]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic.
* [[Webcomic/DubiousCompany Walter's]] response to Mary's hypocritical ''InTheNameOfTheMoon'' speech.
* Cloud manages to pull one off in [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/08/24/0088-this-strip-has-been-partially-rewritten/ this]] ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' strip, with amusing results.
* Early in chapter 1 of ''Webcomic/{{Terra}}'' sniper Grey O'Shea puts a round through the faceplate of an [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Azatoth]] soldier flanking one of his fellows. Then another Azatoth returns the favor and shoots his spotter in the back of the head.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A popular means of assassination. UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy famously [[Film/ZapruderFilm went out this way]], along with UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. Most recently, so did both UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden and UsefulNotes/MuammarGaddafi. UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler also went out like this, but by way of suicide. In the case of the Philippine politician Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, his BoomHeadshot death was the detonator to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution People Power Revolution]] led by his widow Corazón, which would bring down the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.
* Badly subverted in hunting ranges, where it's not uncommon to see deer afflicted with a severed jaw or an exposed brain because an amateur hunter thought he could take it down with a headshot. In those cases, the range's owners have to intervene themselves to put the deer out of its misery. Unless the hunter has the deer with its head still and knowing that it won't move, a high body shot to the heart and lungs is a better go.
* Vice-president Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter in the face/head with a shotgun [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney_hunting_incident one time.]]
* Not as reliable as video games might have you believe; there is at least one story of a man who was shot in the face in just the right place that the bullet only ejected a tooth, one of a soldier in WWII with a bullet that curved around his skull and gave him the appearance of a man who had been shot straight through the head, and the case of Gabrielle Giffords. A good-quality helmet can also reduce the damage from "messily dead" to "a really bad concussion", depending on the angle of the shot and the calibre and velocity of the bullet.
** There's also the [[FateWorseThanDeath serious brain damage youíre likely to be left with]]...
** Case in point for survival: UsefulNotes/SimoHayha. Shot by a Russian sniper, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill with an exploding round that blew almost half his face apart]], then shot the guy that did it, '''[[MadeOfDiamond and lived]].''' To age 96.
*** He presumably had a few of his own, with ''505'' confirmed sniper kills. In a little over 3 months. In the winter. In ''Finland''. The Winter War ended the same day he regained consciousness. We're not saying the Soviets realized the man they called "the White Death" was coming back, and this time it was going to be ''personal''. But we're not ''not'' saying that either.
** There's also Malala Yousufzai. And, going back a lot further, Beethoven's nephew, who attempted suicide via headshot and failed.
** German poet Heinrich von Kleist [[AteHisGun shot himself in the roof of the mouth]] after killing his beloved Henriette Vogel [[SuicidePact with her consent]], but according to the autopsy it was most likely not the bullet that killed him, but [[CruelAndUnusualDeath the gun smoke he choked on.]]
** And also college basketball coach [[http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/9893531/kentucky-assistant-coach-orlando-antigua-creates-best-recruiting-classes-ever-espn-magazine Orlando Antigua]][[note]]now head coach at the University of South Florida[[/note]]. When he was 15, he was a bystander in a street altercation when he was shot in the head. The bullet narrowly missed his left eye, but never penetrated his skull, lodging near his left ear. Several years later, the bullet worked its way to his ear canal, and was then removed.
* For those who don't like {{Squick}}, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPQJiQCDz_4 here's a video]] of football/soccer player Fabrice Muamba hitting then England U-21 teammate Jason Steele behind the right ear with a free kick during shooting practice at the 2011 U-21 Euro.
* The Metropolitan Police Service's guidelines for counter-terrorism officers was this. Having sought and obtained permission to discharge weapons, the officers were to aim for the head unless explicitly told otherwise. This advice was designed around the scenario of a fanatical suicide bomber - they may be using improvised explosives which could be detonated by the impact concealed under their clothes, and if injured they may still try and detonate their explosives anyway.
** Suicide bombers tend to strap explosives on their body, occasionally shoes or underwear, but so far explosive hats haven't shown up yet. Shooting these explosives might cause them to explode so headshots are the way to go.
* As mentioned in the description, police and military snipers are explicitly trained ''never'' to do this, or to do it only as a last resort. Retired SEAL Chris Kyle, who had the most confirmed kills of any sniper in the U.S. Military wrote that he never once took out a target with a headshot for the stated reasons; the head is a small, moving target, and even if you don't hit the part of the torso you're aiming for, it certainly incapacitates the victim.
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''[[Music/BonJovi Shot through the head, and you're to blame! Darling, you give guns--a bad name!]]''
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20th Jul '16 11:54:33 AM Dravencour
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* One of the most famous examples occurs in ''Film/{{Maniac}}'' when Creator/TomSavini's character Disco Boy gets shot in the head at point blank range causing his head to explode.

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* One of the most famous examples occurs in ''Film/{{Maniac}}'' when Creator/TomSavini's character Disco Boy gets shot in the his head blown off at point blank range causing his head to explode.with Frank's double-barrel shotgun.
15th Jul '16 10:34:53 AM Kadorhal
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* In ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot'', getting a headshot will result in the unfortunate target's head bursting like a squeezed zit, even if you're using a dinky 9MM pistol. Considering how guns in the game are rare and mostly situational weapons, this is an efficient way of using them.

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* In ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot'', getting a headshot will result in the unfortunate target's head bursting like a squeezed zit, even if you're using a dinky 9MM dinky .22LR pistol. Considering how guns in the game are rare and mostly situational weapons, this is an efficient way of using them.



* Literally so in ''FatalFrame'' series: photo-shots centered around the target ghost's head will destroy the ghost quicker. Unfortunately, this usually means you're staring right at the ghost's face as he or she is about to touch you. [[GoddamnedBoss The final boss in ''Fatal Frame 2'' must be destroyed this way.]]

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* Literally so in ''FatalFrame'' the ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series: photo-shots centered around the target ghost's head will destroy the ghost quicker. Unfortunately, this usually means you're staring right at the ghost's face as he or she is about to touch you. [[GoddamnedBoss The final boss in ''Fatal Frame 2'' the second game must be destroyed this way.]]
12th Jul '16 9:36:45 AM AMNK
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* ''VideoGame/{{Nexuiz}}'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''VideoGame/{{Xonotic}}'' have the Nex and the Vortex, respectively, which are capable of instakilling by hitting the head, complete with the announcer screaming "Headshot!".
5th Jul '16 11:48:42 AM BattleMaster
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* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheTrnsformersIDW'' Spotlight: Hardhead. Hardhead is shot point-blank in the face by [[spoiler: a mind-controlled Nightbeat]] and shrugs it off completely while pointing out that he has a MeaningfulName.
16th Jun '16 6:19:41 PM wwtoonlinkfan
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* In ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild]]'', shooting an enemy in the head deals 2x normal damage.
12th Jun '16 4:34:08 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' hunters can pull this off against monsters to deal bonus damage. Behemoth is the exception, with its weakspot in its underbelly.Conversely, hitting a limb does reduced damage.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'' hunters can pull this off against monsters to deal bonus ''Videogame/{{Evolve}}'', hitting the monster in the head deals double damage. Behemoth is the exception, with its weakspot in its underbelly. Conversely, hitting a limb does reduced half damage. This only affects projectile based weapons, as all other weapons deal flat damage regardless of where you hit.
7th Jun '16 9:27:12 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** The GrandFinale plays it straight though, as their goal was to kill the BigBad who had inhabited the head of the err... FinalBoss. Taking out the head killed the BigBad but left the Vajra Queen thing alive, due to not having any vital organs in the head.

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*** The GrandFinale plays it straight though, as their goal was to kill with the death of the BigBad who had inhabited the head of the err... FinalBoss. Taking out the head killed the BigBad but left the Vajra Queen thing alive, due to not having any vital organs in the head.
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