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- Do Class Skill Bonuses Count as Ranks? 3 answers
I have a simple, yet complicated question regarding skill ranks and the initial trained bonus of +3. My question arose when one of my players stated that he was a Pale Master at level 5 because he had 8 ranks in Religion and qualified for the rest of the prerequisites. However, I am under the impression that you can only put a number of ranks in a skill that does not exceed total hit dice. The player then stated that he was able to get 8 ranks in Religion because of the +3 bonus. My question is: Does the +3 actually count as ranks even though they can exceed the total hit dice, or do they just count as a bonus that would fall under 'Misc Mod' on the character sheet?