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

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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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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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Does Bard's Jack of all Trades increase passive checks?

Jack of all Trades increases all ability checks in which the bard is not proficient. Passive checks are ability checks. (PHB5e p.54 & 175, respectively) Does that mean I can add half my ...
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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.?
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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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How to resolve Skill Checks that can be repeated with no consequence? [duplicate]

As a newbie GM, I wonder what happens when a PC fails on a Skill Check, but nothing stops them from rerolling it. E.g. In the starter set, after defeating a goblin ambush, the players can spot a ...
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What ability should be used when resisting Intimidation?

During our last play session (it was our second session, so everyone is first level) my fighter dwarf had a conflict with another player's human fighter. My dwarf became annoyed at the human's ...
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What part of skill numbers in bestiary entries are actual skill ranks (above all in the case of animals that can be used as Companions and Familiars)?

This is a question about the sometimes very confusing wording (or maybe "numbering" ?) of bestiary entries. Preparing a Pathfinder campaign with friends, checking stats for animals that could ...
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Can a normal, unaltered animal gain battle experience and levels?

I and a group of friends are starting a Pathfinder campaign, and I plan to play a halfling dog rider just for the fun of it. There is one big problem : I don't plan to play any class with an animal ...
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perception misunderstanding [duplicate]

I have a confusion with the perception skill: We are in a dungeon, my rogue wood elf character is walking straight while looking for everything suspicious, like traps or anything. Should I roll for ...
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What is a fair use or bonus for having a book of lore about an applicable subject?

In the PHB, a book has a listed description and value (25pg), and in the scholars's pack a book of lore is listed while those with the cloistered scholar background (SCAG) start with a book on a ...
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Tarrasque: Rush & Jump Skill Interaction

Background I am having a little trouble wrapping my brain around the Jump skill. I want to plan a battle with my players and the Tarrasque; two of them have the ability to fly - and it does not. I ...
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What are the rules regarding taking actions while bluffing? [closed]

In Pathfinder, I am in the middle of creating a minor plot element that could become a full-blown side quest where a coven of witches have trained their familiars for the specific purpose of ...
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What happens to a skill when an adept learns it as a talent?

Adepts can learn skills (at increased cost) for abilities that they will eventually be able to learn as talents at higher circles. E.g. Norman the Windling thief learns the skill 'Missile weapons' at ...
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How do I calculate my Black Blade's skills?

I am playing a Bladebound Magus in a campaign with very quick level advancement, necessitating frequent recalculation of my stats. The only part of my character advancement that's confusing me is ...
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Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?

In the 3rd and 4th editions of D&D, there were explicit rules for determining if a character knew anything about a monster before them. In 3rd edition, for example, use of the Knowledge skill ...
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Is a Bluff check necessary when telling the truth?

Backstory During a session recently played, an NPC asked my character a question. I answered the question. The DM, after hearing a die roll, told me to roll a bluff check. I told him I wasn't lying. ...
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How noticeable is Fetch?

While I was looking through the rules for Pathfinder's Fetch trick, I failed to see how it works in certain situations. As such, I would like to know how obvious an animal taking an object from a ...
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Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs?

Checking the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook rules, the rules are explicit that the Diplomacy skill cannot be used to influence other PCs, only NPCs. But I see no such restrictions for Intimidate or ...
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Why are there no skill descriptions in the 5E players handbook?

I can't find a description of the cleric's medicine skill anywhere. Am I just not looking in the right place?
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What 3–4 social skills would cover every need? [closed]

I'm building a role-playing system and am just thinking about the social skills. In D20, you have like appraise, barter, intimidate, gather information, and then the really useful diplomacy, bluff ...
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How do you “pinpoint” with Listen Skill and “Keen Eared Scout” Feat in 3.5?

As per the Rules Compendium at p.14, beating a Listen DC by 20 allows you to pinpoint the 5' square that the sound is coming from, a very important function when facing stealthy or invisible ...
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Should all players be able to roll skill checks together?

Recently started DMing and, during the game, they captured a Goblin and attempted to pry information from him. My question is, is every player allowed to roll intimidation/persuasion in an attempt to ...
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Skill Ranks, I need more

Is there a way I can put more skill ranks into intimidate than my level would normally allow? I seek to have +3 into intimidate at level 1 so I can immediately grab Boar Style.
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How cleric can boost his Intimidation or Diplomacy for a time of his speech? [With spells preferably]

My Cleric would like to give a speech for a townsfolk in a small city. I prepeared a text for my speech, but my DM took a notice that my hero does not have many points in diplomacy neither intimidate ...
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Is Forest Druid weak? [closed]

I am hardcore rookie at D&D but I am already hooked up. After the last gaming day we all got level 2 and have to decide which path we choose for our characters. I am a hunter and my girlfriend is ...
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How do multiclass characters' Nonweapon Proficiency slots advance?

I would like to know, if possible, how a multiclass character non weapon proficiency works after level 1. In the players handbook its not clear at all. It just states: If the optional proficiency ...
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What happens if I get the same skill from both my background and my class?

I made a trickster cleric with spy background. This caused an overlap of stealth and disguise. (Further compounded by me wanting to take hide in shadow ... which again granted me stealth.) What ...
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Are class skills picked before or after your character's Background is selected?

In the Backgrounds section: Each background gives a character proficiency in two skills. Skills are described in chapter 7. In addition, most backgrounds give a character proficiency with one ...
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What's the use for proficiency with a gaming set?

Compared to other skill/tool proficiencies, being proficient with a gaming set seems horribly underpowered. Especially since there's even a subdivision into different games. I expect such games to ...
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Is jumping limited to half basic move when exhausted?

If I'm reading the rules for the jump skill correctly, it is not possible to do a jump longer that one's base move. Since an exhausted character may move only half base movement, this implies that his ...
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How do I calculate my Jump when combined with Charging speed

What speed I may take to calculate my jump bonus if I'm charging? Charge gives me twice speed. For example I'm a dwarf and I have 20 speed. If I'm going to use Charge my speed is 40. To calculate ...
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Is marking a trail a bluff or a survival check?

Its entirely possible to mark a trail in the forest or many other terrains for others to follow, but what kind of checks would be involved? To pass a secret message which marking a trail for your ...
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Can you see the moon with the spot skill?

This is born from a... pedantic ... argument. The argument is, with the spot skill, you take a -1 penalty per 10 feet of distance to the object you are trying to spot. Trying to see the moon on a ...
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How many skill proficiencies does a College of Lore Bard have?

In fifth edition D&D when creating a bard it says you have 3 skills of your choice. I'm guessing that mean proficiency in those skills. When you level up to level 3, it you choose College of Lore, ...
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Can you use craft: trapmaking instead of disable device?

I have a character that doesn't have disable device skill, but I took trapmaking for a craft skill can I apply that to disabling just traps or no?
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Would Animal Handling apply when interacting with a young dragon?

From when a dragon hatches from its egg to the end of its life, could a character use Animal Handling to interact favourably with it? If so, when (in terms of life stages of the dragon) would it apply ...
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What is the use for an alchemist's lab?

If the alchemist's lab (500gp) provides +2 circumstance bonus on craft(alchemy) checks, what use is there for it if a masterwork artisan's tools (55gp) already provides the same bonus on ANY craft ...
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Active skills maximum at a shadowrunner's creation

The Life Module section of Run Faster p.66 limits active skill maximum to seven: Note that no active skill may be raised above 7 in this system. What's the maximum for the other methods (Core ...
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Can a Synthesist use the Skilled evolution while fused?

The synthesist gains access to the eidolon’s special abilities and the eidolon’s evolutions. The synthesist eidolon has no skills or feats of its own. Evolution Skilled (Ex): An eidolon becomes ...
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Is there a generic way to add disguise as a class skill?

Is there some generic way to add disguise as a class skill to any class that doesn't have it? For example, many traits add other skills, but I haven't been able to find one for disguise. I'm looking ...
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How many Acrobatics checks are needed to pass through a medium creature's threatened area via its space?

I'm trying to understand how using Acrobatics to avoid attacks of opportunity works. The green dot is the creature that wants to move past its foe without provoking any attacks of opportunity. The ...
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Is Acrobatics used in response to an AoO's intent or to negate it?

Does a foe declare its intent to make an attack of opportunity when a creature declares its intent to provoke attacks of opportunity by moving within the foe's threatened area, into the foe's space, ...
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For how long is movement halved when avoiding an attack of opportunity with Acrobatics?

A creature can make an Acrobatics skill check to move through a foe's threatened area without provoking any AoO, but its movement is halved. I wanted to know if the movement is halved: for the entire ...
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Are there rules for skinning animals and making leather armor with the hide?

Recently I was DMing a game, and my players ran into a giant lizard. After they defeated it, they asked if they could skin the lizard and make it into armor. I basically just made it up on the fly; ...
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Are skills only improved via proficiency and ability scores?

In D&D 5e, is the only way to get higher skill ranks determined by prof bonus and ability score? Is my only choice to wait til 4th level, raise an ability score, and improve my proficiency bonus ...
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Can you choose a second craft/profession/perform subskill as a class skill when multiclassing?

I'm wondering if you can make a second craft, profession, or perform skill a class skill upon multiclassing, so that, for example, you could have both Craft (Alchemy) and Craft (Weapons) as class ...
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Conceal Spellcasting - Skill or Skill Trick?

Races of Stone has a section in skills, which outlines how you can use Slight of Hand to conceal spellcasting. There is no special requirement: When casting a spell, you may make a Sleight of ...
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Is there any way to cast non-cantrip spells without taking a level in a spellcasting class?

Can a Fighter learn spells and cast them without multiclassing? I know of feats in supplement books that allow characters to learn and cast 1 cantrip ( lvl 0 spell). I was wondering if there is either ...
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How do I prevent PCs from spamming their top approach in every situation?

As Ryan Macklin said, to a decently creative player it would't be difficult to handle all or most things using their +3 approach, and I don't want to be a bad GM by forcing them not to use what ...