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Is it possible for a Slayer to study a Target outside of battle to gain the bonuses for roleplaying purposes, rather than combat bonuses?

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Yes, you can

Activating Studied Target is a move action, and there is nothing in the ability that restricts its use to combat situations. All actions are also possible out of combat (otherwise we couldn't even move around). As such, a slayer is allowed to walk around the city and declare that he is studying a guard, a merchant or any bystander, in order to benefit from the skill bonuses from Studied Target.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It should be noted there might well be consequences for taking such combat-oriented actions, even outside of combat. The targets might well take it as a signal to begin combat, if the slayer is observed doing so. \$\endgroup\$ – YogoZuno Aug 6 at 3:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @YogoZuno this particular one is nothing more than looking at someone for few seconds. \$\endgroup\$ – Mołot Aug 6 at 6:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ And? Most combat actions involve doing something noticeable for a few seconds. If someone draws a blade (also a move action), should you not get a chance to roll initiative? \$\endgroup\$ – YogoZuno Aug 6 at 21:17

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