Type: Combat skill
This skill is more prevalent in male heroes than females. This skill is dependent on a hero's drinking frequency and consumption capacity when visiting towns. Therefore, this is the most preferred skill for which to need training; most heroes are continuously pursuing higher achievement in this skill whether they know it or not.
Offensive and Defensive Uses
The beer belly skill allows the hero to develop a stomach that looks not unlike he is hiding a watermelon under the shirt. The inflated abdomen offers both attack and defense potential. As an offensive combat skill, the beer belly can be used for "belly bucking." Impact causes blunt-force trauma, as well as the possibility of knocking the enemy over. A high-level beer belly skill can also give the user the power to shake the ground as he walks, causing opponents to loose their footing and fall down.
Used as a defensive skill, the beer belly affords the user a layer of protection on the abdomen. Strikes directed at the midsection of a hero using this skill will have a chance of deflecting the blow entirely. Even attacks that are not deflected by the beer belly will do 25% less damage due to the shock-absorbing power of the engorged gut.
The hero will have a "pooch" in his belly, a tiny bulge, which is barely even noticeable when he is wearing a speedo. This affords minimal offensive and defensive usefulness, but also doesn't impair the hero's chances with the shop owner's attractive offspring.
The hero will be able to "pinch an inch" of fat around his waist, but it does not really hurt the monster in any way. The greater girth can be intimidating to smaller monsters, and will definitely have everyone around the water cooler gossiping about how the skill-user has "really let himself go."
The hero can "grab a slab" of fat, intimidating the monster slightly. Weaker attacks can be deflected by the increasing rubberiness of the abdomen at these levels. Cannonballing into a swimming pool will cause a loss of 60% of the pool's water.
The hero has a round, protruding belly thanks to alcohol consumption. They can use it to push, shove, hit, slap, or move the monster out of the way, sometimes taking the creature's breath away. Missile attacks to the midriff will bounce off harmlessly. The ground trembles when the hero stomps his feet.
- Possibly sexist, but also true.
- "They're all in here, all hours of the day and night, training for their so-called "beer belly skill," like that's not something they just made up!" -- Anonymous Godville tavern worker.
- https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Belly%20bucking This is a thing.
- At least, that's what we heard from Janice in Accounting...