Below is a snippet from the stat block of a ghost scorpion:

Skills Perception +4, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth

What is the correct way to interpret the proper bonus to the a stealth roll? Is its Stealth at +12, because the creature has a +4 racial modifier in addition to its standard modifier, or is it +8 because the +4 racial modifier is already included in the +8?


All bonuses, including racial bonuses, are already figured into the creature's stat block. In this case the scorpion has Perception +4 and Stealth +8 total, it's just letting you know where some of the bonus comes from. You can determine this by back-figuring skill points for creature type and INT and seeing that they can't reach those bonuses without the racial bonuses included.

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