pag. 10 of RTL manual:
Generally, a monster attempts to use surges on special abilities (such as
inflicting a condition), followed by additional damage. However, the
following rules take priority over the order provided in the info panel:
• The figure always spends any surges that prevent the attack from being
a miss. This includes gaining additional Range when necessary but also
game effects that require surges to be spent in order to not miss.
• The figure always spends surges to defeat a hero, if possible. This can
cause it to ignore surges with special abilities in favor of those that cause
• The figure will not spend a surge that has no effect. For example, a
monster will not inflict a condition upon a hero who already has that
• If a figure, such as a hero, doesn’t have an info panel for its surge
order and is forced to perform an attack, it focuses upon dealing the
maximum amount of damage, still following the other instructions in
When resolving app instructions, players frequently have multiple
options. When this happens, it is up to the players to decide how to
resolve it within the confines of the provided instructions.
How the decision-making is approached is largely up to the play group.
New players or players looking for a easier experience are free to steer the
monsters toward choices that favor the heroes. Players looking for a true
test of skill should steer the monsters toward the tactical maneuvers that a
skilled overlord would employ.
Regardless of how players approach them, these decisions need to be made
as quickly as possible without excess deliberation.