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Stupid question, but what exactly are class skills in the Pathfinder RPG? I believe it means I get one "free" skill rank in that class, am I right in this assumption?

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You get a +3 bonus if you have put ranks in the skill.

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Drat your faster fingers! I was typing that! – Pulsehead Apr 15 '11 at 19:15
Aha! Thanks for the info! – user1698 Apr 15 '11 at 19:32
The story aspect implication of "class skills" are: these are the skills that your class background indicates you have an aptitude towards using. As a member of that heroic class, they're part of your schtick. Therefore, when you put ranks in those skills (you have spent time practicing that skill), your natural role in the ongoing story gives you a bump. As this is a flat plus, the bump pays off much more in the early stage of your character's career than it does later. – Viktor Haag Apr 15 '11 at 19:46

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