The rules say to add your combat strength to theirs and in a separate section it says that your combat strength is your level plus weapons etc.

In our first few games this essentially meant that every monster was easily beaten so we were wondering if maybe it was just your level you add to them and any enhancement cards.

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    Remember, the helper doesn't get any levels for it, so helping someone gives him levels, but not you. At best, you can negotiate for items.
    – ikegami
    Jan 25, 2014 at 3:05
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    If it is too easy, the other players may add wandering monsters and one shot items to help the monsters.
    – Robert
    Jan 28, 2014 at 21:30
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    Never help an opponent when there isn't anything in it for you. The only common situation where you would offer your help for free is when your race is Elf. And even then you might consider to a) still ask for items or b) point and laugh while bad stuff happens to your opponent.
    – Philipp
    Dec 29, 2014 at 9:05
  • In the early game, most monsters should be relatively easily beatable (or at least avoidable). Save your monster enhancers for the late game, where they actually matter (or use them tactically to get more treasure). Dec 29, 2014 at 16:44

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Yes, the rules do specifically say

Combat strength is the total of Level plus all modifiers - positive or negative - given by items and other cards.

So the helping player adds all their bonuses to yours. Remember also to count situational modifiers that are brought about by the new helper eg. a monster who is +4 against Elves would gain a +4 bonus if the person you brought in to help was an Elf but you weren't.

Just remember that Munchkin is a competitive game and it is up to you whether you assist or not (unless a specific card says otherwise). It isn't always in your (or your fellow player's) best interests to agree to help, thus forcing the player in the combat to fight alone or run away.


Your combat strength is your level plus any bonus from your equipment or any items you might use, which definitely will make some monsters much easier to defeat than otherwise.

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