I was wondering how the Handle Animal skill can be used when concerning wild animals. For example;

If you come across a wolf in the woods and he's hungry and eyeing you down like he wants to attack, could you push the wolf with the down trick to make it back down and walk away?

Could you generally push wild animals to perform tricks in this fashion?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Your scenario would be a time when you might want to use the class feature wild empathy that Druids and Rangers have. Or the diplomacy/intimidate skill. \$\endgroup\$
    – Colin D
    Apr 18, 2014 at 20:19

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No, Although Only by Implication

I really wanted this to be Yes because the fallout from that Yes would be huge. Unfortunately, the Handle Animal skill says in the section Untrained

If you have no ranks in Handle Animal, you can use a Charisma check to handle and push domestic animals, but you can’t teach, rear, or train animals. A druid or ranger with no ranks in Handle Animal can use a Charisma check to handle and push her animal companion, but she can’t teach, rear, or train other nondomestic animals.

Emphasis mine. One can push only domestic animals, nothing wild.

If You Don't Buy This...
If this isn't true, then any encounter with a creature possessing an Intelligence score of 1 or 2 can be obviated by making a Handle Animal skill check (DC 30). That's because "[y]ou can use this skill on a creature with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2 that is not an animal, but the DC of any such check increases by 5." A bandersnatch, for example, is Int 2.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Good point, though part of me thought this would be a really neat way to use the skill but I guess it would make certain types of encounters obsolete. \$\endgroup\$
    – Nerevar
    Apr 18, 2014 at 20:18

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