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

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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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Taking 20 with Quick Change

How long in game time should a characters one-time-a-day bonus from the Streetwise Performer bard archetype take? The bluff skill reads that bluffing to deceive takes one round minimum, longer for ...
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Do occupied squares increase Tumble DCs for an invisible creature?

Inspired by flanking the invisible. (Every creature is size/reach 5ft./5ft.) Picture this: The invisible creature, say Eveanthia the Elven Rogue under the influence of Greater Invisibility, wants ...
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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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Can every PC in the party make a perception check?

If four PCs enter a room, can they all do perception checks in a row to improve their odds of detecting stuff?
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How can I make monster knowledge checks fun?

By now most players know, or should know, that a monster knowledge check can make all the difference when you’re fighting a monster for the very first time. But how can we make them both fun and not ...
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Mix and matching skill point costs in BESM

In the old tri-stat BESM game ONLY skill tables there are 3 or 4 lists of costs for skills (and sometimes other things as well), depending on the "era" a game is played. But I want some technologies, ...
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pathfinder perception stacking

A rogue elf gets a +2 to perception in the misc box for his racial ability. A rogue has perception as a class skill, if she puts 1 skill point in it at level 1, she should get +3 in the misc box? do ...
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How do I calculate my skill modifier?

I'm trying to fill out the skills section on my first character, but when I look at the character sheets in the Starter Set as examples of how to make a character, the skills that are circled have ...
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Does 5th edition have the equivalent of Taking 20?

In 3rd edition D&D there was the option to Take 10 or Take 20 on a skill check. Does an equivalent rule exist in 5th edition? If the answer is no, have you tried houseruling it in, and what ...
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Languages and the Linguistics skill in Pathfinder

I'm running an Eberron campaign using the Pathfinder system. Suppose a character has several bonus languages from character creation. She is able to read and speak this language, per the Core ...
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Full Turn Attacks, Two Weapon Fighting, and Path of War questions

Okay, I have a few questions about how exactly things stack and what happens. I'm new to Pathfinder and so is pretty much everyone else playing. The GM has played a little before but isn't an expert. ...
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Can I use the cryptography skill to learn new languages?

I am wondering if i can reasonably use the cryptography skill in GURPS to attempt to learn a foreign language? An example would be my character only speaks english but discovers a book in french. It ...
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What checks can familiars Help with?

I have a question regarding familiars gained through Find Familiar for non-Warlocks. What checks can familiars use the Help action to help with? It seems that the provided list of creatures have ...
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What types of bonuses and penalties to a creature's land speed affect its climbing and swimming speed?

This question is about creatures that don't have a special climb speed or swim speed, what is the case for most playable races. The general rule is to make a climb/swim check and move at quarter/half ...
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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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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...
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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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Does making a Sleight of Hand skill check really provoke an attack of opportunity?

The feat Cutpurse (Dragon Compendium Volume 1 95) has as its normal entry the following: Using Sleight of Hand in melee provokes an attack of opportunity. The feat Master Pickpocket (City of ...
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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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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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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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How do skills work?

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...
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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 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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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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Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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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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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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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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Do shield and armor check modifiers stack?

If I wear Hide armor (Check -1) and use a Heavy Shield (Check -2) is my check -2 or -3? In other words, do the checks stack or do I use the highest negative?
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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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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 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 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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What is an ability check without a DC called?

Sometimes the DM will want players to perform an ability check and not set a DC. They will instead use the result of the roll to give a sliding scale of success. Example: Two players are asked to ...
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What do you roll Insight against when the other person is telling the truth?

Frequently it comes up that characters will be talking to an NPC and one of them will say something similar to "Do I believe him?" "Roll an insight check." If they're lying, it's simple: an Insight ...
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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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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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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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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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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 ...