My friends and i have always decided on the ability scores using a random number generator app from 12-17 because we cant really find the right way to generate the numbers with dice. so my question is, how many dice and what kind of dice do we use?

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    \$\begingroup\$ There are a lot of ways to generate ability scores and they really depend on the preferences of your group. This question may be a bit too broad. Have you tried the solutions offered in the PHB? \$\endgroup\$ – GreedyRadish Sep 13 '16 at 2:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, can you not find the appropriate rules, do they not make sense, or are you looking for an alternative, and if so, what goal are you hoping to achieve? \$\endgroup\$ – SirTechSpec Sep 13 '16 at 3:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ It sounds like you are asking how to generate numbers specifically between 12 and 17 using dice? If so I would recommend changing the question in your title to something like "How can I generate ability scores within a specific range using dice?" \$\endgroup\$ – J. Foster Sep 13 '16 at 17:38

The Core Rulebook offers, on page 15, five different ways to come up with ability scores.

The one I would say is most common is the first one listed. To generate one score, roll 4 six-sided die, drop the lowest, and add the other three. So, if you rolled 2, 5, 6, and 2, you'd drop one of the 2's and get a score of 13. Repeat six times, then assign those numbers to whatever stats you wish.


The D20PFSRD lists the methods of generating ability scores in Pathfinder.

There are several different dice-rolling schemes, or point-buy.


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