Abilities of characters that describe their capabilities in a range of areas.

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Stacking the skill ranks from multiple headbands of vast intelligence

I have been researching magic item creation and headbands of vast intelligence. There is a specific property of the headband which interests me. A headband of vast intelligence has one skill ...
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Why does master craftsman allow skills like profession?

Why does the feat master craftsman allow skills other than craft (bows, weapons, armor)? Even if it was for the wondrous item aspect, it still does not make sense to me. Specifically to state that it ...
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Can a marshal add double his Charisma modifier to his Diplomacy skill?

Can a marshal add his Charisma modifier twice to Charisma-based skills like Diplomacy?
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How many times would you need to take master craftsman for both weapons and armor?

I have been looking into making magical items with a non-magical character. Naturally this brings up the feat master craftsman. I get the part about the ranks count as your caster level for creating ...
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Why should I invest in any other defense than footwork?

Given that footwork is an active and passive defense you can always use (apart from being onboard a ship), why should I invest in any other defense, possibly requiring me to have the right weapon?
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Epic Bluff Use - Instill Suggestion

I have read over the insert on page 39 of the epic level handbook and am still confused by how it reads. The example shows a +50 sense motive modifier and the description says its a sense motive 25 to ...
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Re-Rolling Skills for Perception/Insight/Sneak [duplicate]

When is it appropriate to allow/disallow players to re-roll skill checks? For instance, a player walks into a room in a dungeon and rolls a 2 on perception. Do I allow them to re-roll? If so what's ...
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Does a Rogue's Expertise Apply to Passive Perception?

As per the rogue feature Expertise, you can choose two skills to double your proficiency bonus in. Obviously this works for active perception checks, but is there anything that says this does or doesn'...
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When do abilities and gear give bonus dice?

I am currently looking into Danger Patrol and I don’t really understand when abilities and gear apply (those that give bonus dice). Is there a description of them somewhere, is this planned for a ...
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When to use skill checks in social situations with NPCs?

I'm new to DMing and I've been planning my first adventure (for D&D 5e). However when it comes to non-combat situations I don't know when it makes sense for a skill check to be used or when the ...
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Can guidance help with checks that take a long time?

From the description of guidance orison: The creature gets a +1 competence bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. It must choose to use the bonus before making the roll to ...
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Is skill retraining a legal option in 5th edition D&D?

When a similar question was asked on this site, I interpreted the original phrasing of the question as a question regarding the retraining of skills, rather than the retraining of classes / class ...
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What's the point of the Legendary Detect action?

Every Ancient Dragon has Detect as a Legendary Action: Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check. Unless I'm missing something, this seems to be a worthlessly ambiguous action. PHB ...
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Can a character reduced to Tiny size but originally bigger use his Dexterity modifier for Climb checks?

In Pathfinder, Tiny or smaller creatures use their Dexterity modifier for Climb checks instead of Strengh. It is quite easy to understand in terms of game balance and common sense alike. But then I ...
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How to use spot checks in a wilderness encounter?

The wilderness adventures section (DMG pp. 86-95) lists spotting distances for wilderness encounters. I.e. the maximum distance at which a Spot check for detecting the nearby presence of others ...
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Recovering from damage on an implanted cyberdeck

I have recently started playing SR5. My char, a decker, has an implanted cyberdeck. On my last run, the implanted deck received some damage (not bricked, still able to work with). At the end, I did ...
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How can I trade the ability to speak for a bonus to sleight of hand, for a character inspired by Teller?

I'm creating a sleight of hand–based character and have drawn a fair bit of inspiration from Teller, of Penn and Teller. To further the connection, how can I trade away the ability to speak for a ...
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What does an Unseen Servant roll for skill checks?

Let's say that Lazarus the Lazy is an eighth level wizard. He is too lazy to wash his dishes, so he simply uses them once and throws them out every day. Each night before bed, he summons an Unseen ...
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List of Additional Uses for Skills

The Players Handbook outlines how skills work. However, some splat books also list additional uses for skills. For example, Complete Adventurer outlines a use for Sense Motive which will allow you to ...
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How can cliffhangers use skills instead of approaches?

Masters of Umdaar introduced the "Cliffhanger" scene form, which my group likes. But it's embedded in the Fate Accelerated "approach" mechanic, and our main campaign uses atomic-robo skills. Normally ...
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Is it safe to use Pathfinder's skill system in a 3.5 campaign?

We're considering swapping out the skill system from 3.5 for pathfinder's skill system. We like pretty much every change. We're not going to be adopting any of the other changes, just the skill system....
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Can Aereni Focus and Skill Focus be stacked?

Aereni Focus says that it counts as Skill Focus for meeting requirements/prerequisites. So, for instance, I could take Aereni Focus (Listen) and I would qualify for the Keen-Eared Scout feat through ...
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Can surprise be granted by another skill than Dexterity (Stealth)?

As a DM, I'm wondering if allowing a group to use social skills instead of stealth in some situations would still be within the rules or fall under the house rules category. I have in mind a group of ...
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Not clear on number of skills my character can have

I'm starting a half-elf sorcerer character with a custom background. If I read correctly, as half-elf I get any two skills to choose from (PHB 39). As a sorcerer I get to select two skills from the ...
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Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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If you have Steady Concentration, can you take 10 on Elder Giant Magic?

Elder Giant Magic (Secrets of Xen'drik p.135) requires a Concentration check each round you use it, and “You cannot take 10 on these checks.” Steady Concentration (Races of Stone p.144) says that “...
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What do you have to roll to successfully steal a health potion from a store? [closed]

Some friends and I are running a campaign and we are in a small town. I was wondering if I walked into a potion shop, what would I have to roll for, and how high would my roll roughly have to be, to ...
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How does Seoni have the skill bonuses listed for her at 1st level?

I am reading an official sample character and have some questions. According to my understanding, a level 1 sorcerer has 2+(int modifier) + other skill points. And Seoni should only have 2 skill ...
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Can an Acrobatics skill check reduce falling damage?

In older versions of D&D, there were rules for reducing falling damage by making a Tumble/Acrobatics skill check. Does this type of rule exist in D&D 5e? If not, is there a common accepted ...
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Does proficiency bonus also increase at 5th level for skills gained from character background?

I have created my first D&D5e character and have just achieved level 5. Race:     Wood Elf Class:    Fighter Background:    Soldier ...
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Human Favored Class: Sorcerer

First of all, I think this favored class bonus is ridiculously powerful compared to any other options available. It dramatically reduces the drawback of choosing a sorcerer over a wizard. However, my ...
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What skills do you get when pass an advancement roll?

When you manage to pass an advancement roll what skills do you get? I have several points of confusion in regards to this. I will deal with each in their own section and not as separate questions as I ...
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Is there any rule defining what is anatomically required to climb (above all in the case of animals)?

A tough question here : I saw a rather hilarious topic on this very forum about Pathfinder with elephants or horses climbing ladders due to a lack of rules saying they cannot. I have been wondering ...
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What skill to use for a parkour run?

As the D6 system has split the skills quite strongly (acrobatics, climbing, jumping, ...), I'm not exactly sure what would be best in terms of handling Parkour running. Naturally I want to avoid ...
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If you have 99 in a skill, and roll a 96, is it a success or a fumble?

To succeed a roll in Call of Cthulhu you have to meet or roll under your skill threshold, but rolls that are between 96-100 are fumbles (critical failures). What happens when you roll under your ...
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What skill covers warfare?

I want to build a character who's participated in many of the wars near and in the Worldwould. I'm not sure what skill covers this background. I thought something like Craft (warfare) might be ...
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How to change Leadership from Charisma based to Intelligence based

Is it possible to change the Charisma modifier to Intelligence when using Leadership? I have read now over a dozen traits and feats but could not find anything. Background: I want to play a Magus ...
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Do racial bonuses to skills count toward ranks for synergy?

Page 61 of The Players Handbook says (emphasis mine): Skill Ranks: A character’s number of ranks in a skill is based on how many skill points a character has invested in a skill. Many skills ...
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What skills besides Perception and Stealth can a warlock's familiar use?

Having a highly intelligent familiar in D&D 5e, I noticed that sprites have higher intelligence and wisdom than my character, and obviously can do a better job on analysis or insight rolls. ...
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What exactly can an animal companion do when you succeed or fail the Attack trick check?

I'm a level 1 Druid with +8 on handle animal checks (4 ranks + 4 animal companion bonus + 0 Cha bonus) which gives me a 10% chance on failing a 10 DC check. When failing the "Attack" trick check in ...
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How do skills progress during a Downtime Apprenticeship?

I am a Level 3 Fighter Battle Master in a 5e group. When I leveled up I became proficient in Smith's Tools and have since got an apprenticeship with an NPC blacksmith to hone my skills, which I do ...
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What is the normal Perception penalty while sleeping?

What is the normal penalty a character receives to their perception scores while sleeping? Characters are implied to have limited ability to use their perception skills while sleeping. The advantage ...
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What Skill Checks should be used in a Bargaining or Bartering situation?

In a situation where a player is negotiating a price with an NPC, what skill proficiencies would apply? And how would you convert the skill check's result into a final price?
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Is it possible to hire someone to train you in skills or armor/weapon proficiencies?

As the title suggests, I am wondering if it is actually within the rules of the game for your character to hire someone for skill/armor/weapon training/proficiency. Is this possible, or can you only ...
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What check is required to break open a chest?

It might be to force the lock off or smash the chest entirely. I wasn't sure if you can use a Saving throw to open it (In this case a Strength check) or if you have to use skill modifiers in checks (...
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Can players perform checks using Ability modifiers? [duplicate]

To be broad here: Can Players use Ability Score Modifiers to add to their checks? For example: can someone make a "Strength" check. (Not an Athletics Check) to, perhaps, break open a chest with force....
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Can skill ranks be spent at level 1?

Can a character put skill ranks into skills at level 1? I am brand new to Pathfinder and don't know if that's allowed. All the information I get is from Masterwork Tools, which was very vague on the ...
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Should a history skill check let a PC identify a language?

I have a player who argues that a History check should allow a PC to identify a language. In the past I ruled it a hard 'no' but always made an exception if a player can somehow justify it; e.g., "I ...
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How do you determine the success of a nonweapon proficiency that the character doesn't have?

In AD&D 2nd Edition, if a character, for example, has the Fishing Nonweapon Proficiency, the rules are clear about how to determine their success at fishing: Each hour the character spends ...
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How do I learn new skills?

In D&D 5E, is there a way besides the Guild Artisan Background (PHB 132-133) to learn professional skills? I.e. blacksmithing, knowledge, gem cutting, etc.?