I'm playing my first pathfinder game and am making a bard. Is it possible for this character to either start (or acquire over time via leveling up) multiple perform sub skills [perform(dance) and later perform(oratory)]? I can't find anywhere in the rules that allow this and, if so, how quickly.

Making the question a bit more general, the same goes for crafting and profession.

Is the only way to acquire multiple craft or perform skills to multi-class to another class that also has a craft or perform or profession skill allowance?

Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first? suggests that each rank applied perform/craft/profession can be applied to a new sub skill. Is that correct? If so, can I use multiple skill ranks at first level to give my bard character multiple perform sub skills at first level?


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Like Craft, Knowledge, and Profession, Perform is actually a number of separate skills. You could have several Perform skills, each with its own ranks.

There is no need to multiclass. If you want Perform(Dance) and Perform(Oratory) you spend skill points for each seperately like a new skill. Same class can have both. This applies to all other sub categoried skills like knowledge or craft.

  • \$\begingroup\$ And this entire comment thread is irrelevant. @MatthewNajmon, CanCanbek, please don't use comments for discussion and especially for things not on topic. \$\endgroup\$
    – mxyzplk
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 3:30

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