I'm curious as to whether any character can search for traps, or only someone with an ability like the rogue's trapfinding ability.


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Any character can search for traps, but only someone with the Trapfinding ability can find traps with a DC of higher than 20.

Also pertinent is that only characters with the above special ability can disable magic traps with use of the disable device skill.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Actually, only characters with Trapfinding can disable magic traps. Normal traps can be disabled without that ability. Spot on about the restrictions on finding them though. \$\endgroup\$
    – BESW
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 11:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ Good call @BESW \$\endgroup\$
    – LitheOhm
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 11:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually anyone can disable the trap once its found...they simply have to activate it! (preferably with a stick or other non-living mattter) seriously, not being a jerk...when we'flve found ourselves short a rogue had to "manually disable" the trap this way...fair warning, its not always as safe as you think ..(guess thats the purpose) \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben-Jamin
    Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 21:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Ben-Jamin how about automatic reset traps? There's are of effect too :P \$\endgroup\$
    – LitheOhm
    Commented Dec 14, 2012 at 23:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ Usually there's a time limit before it resets..if not well then hopefully u made it past the trap or got w/e u needed alrdy..and btw I'm definitely NOT encouraging this style of "disable" but with no other choices... :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Ben-Jamin
    Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 0:38

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