Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them?

On PHB, pg. 96, it says when Reliable Talent is applicable:

Whenever you make an ability check that lets you add your proficiency bonus

And on PHB, pg. 154, it says about using thieves' tools:

Proficiency with these tools lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to disarm traps or open locks.

Based on this phrasing from the PHB, I believe it would indeed work for tools and kits, but I am looking for affirmation of my understanding.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to RPG.SE! Take the tour if you haven't already, and check out the help center for more guidance. I've changed the "if" in the question to "since", because every rogue (even if you multiclass into it) has proficiency with thieves' tools. \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast
    May 14, 2019 at 21:57

1 Answer 1


Your interpretation is correct

You already quote all the necessary rules.

  • Using Thieves' Tools usually involves an ability check
  • Proficiency in Thieves' Tools lets you add your proficiency bonus to the check
  • Reliable Talent works on any check where you add proficiency

Therefore, Reliable Talent will work on a check that uses Thieves' Tools if you are proficient with them


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .