Questions tagged [ability-scores]

For questions primarily about ability scores (and their associated abilities), mechanical components of a character in all editions of D&D that represent the character's innate attributes: Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma.

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In Pathfinder 2e, are ability modifier benefits to things like HP and trained skills retroactive?

In Pathfinder 2e, a character's Constitution bonus affects HP total. A character's Intelligence bonus grants training in additional skills and languages. Are these benefits retroactive? Examples: If ...
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Is a creature's Innate Spellcasting save DC affected by changing ability scores or adding Spellcasting features from another creature?

I'm creating a Svirfneblin Evil Mage by combining the stat blocks for each Evil Mage and Svirfneblin. A Svirfneblin's Innate Spellcasting Save DC is 11 and its INT is +1. An Evil Mage's Spellcasting ...
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Reincarnation effects on feats and ability scores

How does reincarnation affect feats and ability score increases? I'm running a campaign with a group of fairly high (16th-18th) level characters and the only "bring back the dead" option ...
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Balance implications of +3 racial bonuses

Many races have a +2 bonus to one ability and a +1 bonus to another ability. They do not usually have +3 to a single ability. I am wondering about the implications of having races with such bonuses in ...
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Does the effectiveness of a harpy's song fluctuate based on its Charisma score?

In D&D 5e, the harpy has the Luring Song action option: Luring Song. The harpy sings a magical melody. Every humanoid and giant within 300 feet of the harpy that can hear the song must succeed on ...
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What's the point of things like intelligence/wisdom scores, when those are the predominantly characteristics of the player? [closed]

While I understand the role of things like strength (you can/can't lift that), dexterity, constitution, etc. as character attributes, I really can't make sense of intelligence/wisdom scores. If a ...
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Is there a minimum intelligence score needed to make use of non-natural abilities?

In a recent session a character who was under the influence of a Potion of Flying was turned into an ant by a hostile spellcaster. The DM rules that even though the potion's effect persisted and gave ...
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What is the minimum intelligence for a cultist under Juiblex or Zuggtmoy? [duplicate]

In Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes one can gain Demonic Boons for joining specific cults, changing one's abilities, spells, resistances and even modify combat abilities. Various Demon-Lords (Juiblex, ...
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How could the Awaken spell be cast on highly intelligent plants and beasts?

In D&D 5e, the Awaken spell allows a gain of intelligence and ability: After spending the casting time tracing magical pathways within a precious gemstone, you touch a Huge or smaller beast or ...
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How can I consistently deal bludgeoning damage with DEX, WIS, INT, CHA?

Inspired by the newly introduced UA I am considering an build where my character randomly gets into a "precision-flow". So I aim for critical chance, high number of attacks and advantage. ...
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How do an ability-setting item and a +1 feat interact?

I'm playing a Half-Elf Lore Bard at level 5, with CON score of 14 after racial bonus. Yesterday evening, a great oracle gave my character an Amulet of Health, which does the following: Your ...
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Can a changeling increase their Charisma by +3 at character creation?

In Eberron: Rising from the Last War, the changeling race says the following (p. 18): Ability Score Improvement. Your Charisma score increases by 2. In addition, one ability score of your choice ...
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What creatures exist (besides the Githzerai) that associate psionics with anything besides Intelligence?

My understanding of psionics in D&D is that it is usually tied to Intelligence. Going by player classes, the UA Mystic class was Intelligence-based, and going by monsters, many of them who are ...
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Does a multiclassed Hexblade warlock/paladin's Cha modifier stack with their Str or Dex modifier for attack rolls? Or does it replace Str/Dex mods?

I'm creating a fun villainous figure for my campaign. The choice has fallen on a Paladin-Warlock hybrid. The general idea is to take 2 levels in Paladin for Divine Smite, and then pound 4-5 levels ...
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Do any serious balance issues result from this houserule: Floating Ability Score at Character Creation?

I've recently been considering the phenomenon that "unusual" race-class combinations are often 1 modifier behind on their primary ability score - i.e. that they would start, using point buy ...
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When are Ability Scores (not modifiers) used in D&D 5e?

In D&D, the main ability is a score from 1-30, while the modifiers range from -5 to +10 (score -10/2 round down) In the Player's Handbook, it states: Because ability modifiers affect almost every ...
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What is Shalvus Martholio's passive Perception?

I'm fairly new to D&D, therefore I'd like to verify this to make sure I'm perhaps not overseeing some rule I'm not aware of (spoiler warning below about the stats of a NPC.) The statblock comes ...
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Does a “Thief Racket” Rogue gain an ability score boost to Dexterity at character creation?

At character creation, the rogue class says under Key Ability: Dexterity or Other At 1st level, your class gives you an ability boost to Dexterity or an option from rogue’s racket. Now, the thief ...
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Can the Bag of Beans increase an ability score above 20?

The Bag of Beans states: [...] 81-90: A nest of 1d4 + 3 eggs springs up. Any creature that eats an egg must make a DC 20 Constitution saving throw. On a successful save, a creature permanently ...
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Is it possible for a character to get a ability score of 30?

In the Player's Handbook it says in the ability score improvement you can't go above 20. I know there is magical items that can make a certain score go 21. Also some monsters ability scores are at ...
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How do I handle players simply un-hiding and re-hiding after a poor Stealth roll?

Recently I've faced with the following situation and was really surprised with the rules: Let's consider the following situation: A party is located in a quite deep forest. They know that there is an ...
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What ability check is the most appropriate for disarming a weapon from a creature grappled by another party member?

It's my first post here. I am a DM running a 5e campaign for my friends. During our last session, the characters were surprised by a creature polymorphed to look like a friendly NPC. The creature ...
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Does switching the bard incantation stat from charisma to wisdom create major balance issues? [duplicate]

I have a player who want to play a shaman. He really wants to keep the bard classes but he is much more interested in the druid lore. He doesn't want to be charismatic and handle social interaction, ...
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Which spell save DC do you use when casting with warlock slots? [duplicate]

So I have found a few questions that are closely related, but I can't find exactly the answer I am looking for. Say you are multiclassed warlock and wizard. You can cast either class's spells through ...
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Is it possible to use a whip as an instrument because it creates a “sonic boom?” Furthermore, can they attack while “performing?”

I noticed that a whip when used creates a sonic boom. The definition of a musical instrument is as follows A musical instrument is a device created or adapted to make musical sounds. In principle, ...
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What happens when you double the numerical effect of a potion of giant strength?

Potions of Giant Strength give the drinker a new numerical value to their Strength score. The DMG provides a Potion Miscibility Variant table, one of the effects being : 91-99 The numerical ...
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How do you calculate ability modifiers? [duplicate]

I noticed that ability scores and the modifiers are different, but I know they relate to each other. How are ability modifiers calculated?
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What's the best way to represent gradual memory loss/Amnesia in an exploration adventure? [closed]

I'm going to DM a D&D 5e hexcrawl Westmarch-style, and for story-wise reasons the worst danger the players will have to face is Amnesia. Each character will have a 7th ability score called Memory ...
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If I have a maxed-out stat, can I take a half-ASI feat?

My character has 20 charisma in one of my DND games, but I want to take the Actor feat. This question kind of has two parts: RAW, can I take it and change the stat increase to another stat? If I take ...
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How do Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2's “rolling” for stats actually get generated? [closed]

When I have played BG1 & BG2, a big part of the character creation is rolling (and rerolling) for stats. This rolling for stats is subjected to racial minimums and maximums (and class minimums ...
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Aside from Encumbrance and HP, what mechanical problems arise from removing raw ability scores and only using the modifiers?

I started to look at DW to see how well the move and general rules work out in real life. Looks good, but one thing bothers me: Why do the stats need a 3-18 value if 9 out of 10 moves and/or rules ...
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What are the ramifications of changing Armor Class to be Constitution-based instead of Dexterity-based?

It's never made much sense to me that your Armor Class is based on your Dexterity modifier, which carries the implication that you're harder to hit because you're somehow nimbly moving out of the way ...
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What does a strength check of 24 actually mean?

In the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons, barbarians receive this ability; Indomitable Might Beginning at 18th level, if your total for a Strength check is less than your Strength score, you can ...
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How does Polymorph Any Object turn objects into creatures?

Polymorph Any Object, as the name implies, allows spell casters to polymorph objects into creatures. I thought I knew how that worked, but having now used the spell in a game, I am uncertain. So, how ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of using Starfinder's ability score generation and advancement method for Pathfinder?

I'm starting a new campaign as GM. We are in session zero and talking about how to roll/buy ability scores. I'm considering using the Starfinder system with Pathfinder 1e. Starfinder starts all stats ...
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What is the logical assignment of attribute rolls for a Barbarian?

When rolling a new character for DnD, I roll (SUM 4 * D6) 6 times: [15, 15, 13, 12, 9, 8] then throw the lowest one away leaving me with 5 numbers: [15, 15, 13, 12, 9] If my class is a Barbarian, ...
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Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws?

Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws? It was suggested to me to take the Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168): Choose one ability score. You gain the ...
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How is 'Same or Lower Intelligence' determined for the spell Polymorph Any Object?

In this spell, one of the factors that determines the spell's final duration is "Subject is... Same or lower intelligence." What does that mean? Obviously, if the spell turns the subject into an ...
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Assigning Monk Attribute Values

If the way we roll characters means that we can roll the six numbers and assign them to whatever attribute we want then there is usually a preferred attribute for the highest value: a Magic User ...
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In what ways can a PC gain advantage on Wisdom checks other than being a Wildhunt Shifter?

I am making an Inquisitive Rogue and since it depends a lot on the Wisdom Score for its main abilities, I was thinking of using the Wildhunt Shifter's shifting ability to gain advantage on Wisdom ...
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Does gaining an armor proficiency from your class also give you the ability score increase from the corresponding armor proficiency feat?

Old school RPer coming back after long gaming hiatus and new to D&D 5e. Liking what I see, and happy to be rid of THAC0, lol. As I'm reading, it seems feats are a little different now and fewer ...
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Can a creature be too stupid to know whether the companions of the person charming it are companions?

This is D&D 5e. We were attacking a baddie. The wizard cast charm monster and charmed it. It has an Intelligence score of 4. Is it smart enough to know that the other party members are, in ...
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Is there any way to improve ability score without items, only with spells or class features?

I found a few, but they are all bad, like true polymorph to improve ability scores (but I lose class features), does someone know any way to improve ability scores without losing class features, and ...
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Is there any way to improve ability score without items, only with spells or class features? [closed]

I found a few, but they are all bad, like true polymorph to improve ability scores (but I lose class features), does someone know any way to improve ability scores without losing class features, and ...
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Do you keep Ability Score Increases from Manuals when Shapechanged?

Shapechange is a 9th level spell that lets you assume the form of a different creature, replacing your game statistics, including your Strength, Dexterity and Constitution scores, by that of your new ...
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What happens if you no longer meet the Strength requirement for your armor?

I recently asked about what happens when you lose requirements for an attuned item (here). Now, I have a slightly different but still related question involving the artificer class' 20th-level ability,...
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How long can a creature without a constitution score run?

The Rules Compendium text on running suggests that a creature can only run for as many rounds as its constitution before (maybe) tiring. How does this interact with creatures like undead that have no ...
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How does an in-combat change to a bard's Charisma Score affect its available Bardic Inspirations?

I'm not exactly sure how changes to ability scores in combat affect abilities that have uses based on the modifier for that that skill. For example take a bard with a Charisma score of 18 that has ...
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Losing constitution scores in battle; does it bring down my hp and how? [duplicate]

So, I run an artificer in my one campaign that just reached lv 20. Part of the lv. 20 ability (Soul of Artifice) reads: If you’re reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can use your ...
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What is the narrative difference between a Charisma and Wisdom saving throw?

Relatively few spells in D&D 5e require a Charisma saving throw, and when they do it's often difficult to describe the in-game reasons for why they require such a throw. One of my players told me ...

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