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

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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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What skill or skills should apply to an appraisal check in 5e?

This may be more than one answer, depending on what is being appraised. Is the following at least reasonable,or am I missing anything? Arcana - magic items, spell scrolls, potions (as long as they ...
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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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How do raising skills work in The One Ring?

When the adventuring phase ends, PCs can use their advancement points to raise common skills and experience to raise other stats. I hav several doubts about that: Is advancement points the only way ...
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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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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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Where do I find the rules prohibiting animals from learning certain skills?

I remember some rules existing about certain skills being inappropriate for animals, or beyond their ability to use — either they don't get to take them in the first place, or the GM can forbid ...
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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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How can I use a Conspiracy X Influence system in GUMSHOE?

One of Conspiracy X's greatest innovations was influence and pulling strings to represent the important and influential “day jobs” players come from. These day jobs range from the FBI, to the DEA, to ...
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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 ...
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How can you use skills of different scope to complement one another in FATE 2.0?

I GM a lot of FATE 2.0, especially one-shots. A recurring problem for me is when a player takes two (or more) skills in the same area of differing specificity. The most recent example is a character ...
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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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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 ...