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Swashbucklers with the Gymnast style gain panache when they Trip, Shove, or Grapple.

Does it have to be an actual Trip action, or would Improved Knockdown work?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Or, in other words, "Does gaining the applying the effect of something count as successfully doing the same thing?" Very interesting question. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Jul 30 '21 at 20:47
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Trip, Grapple, and Shove are specific actions. You gain panache by pulling them off with flair. Thus, a Gymnast would get Panache from a successful Trip as part of a standard Knockdown, but not for the improved Knockdown, which applies the critical success effect of a trip, but does not otherwise behave as a trip. Likewise, you can gain panache from a successful use of the grapple action, but not from those actions that just automatically enter a grapple like Combat Grab.

However, it's worth noting that as a Swashbucker, you can also gain panache from Tumble Through, and from actions in general that are appropriately cinematic and daring.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can't an argument be made that gaining Panache is part of the success effect of a Trip, and thus should be applied by Improved Knockdown, which allows you to "apply the critical success effect of a Trip"? \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Jul 30 '21 at 22:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ESCE I think that that argument could be made. By all means, feel free to make it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben Barden
    Aug 3 '21 at 16:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, I do happen to think your answer is the most correct one for this question, but I do think it's a bit... ambiguous. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESCE
    Aug 3 '21 at 17:18

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