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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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How does ability damage interact with the Possession spell?

Let's say that a wizard casts possession on a bugbear. Now, this bugbear has spent some time in questionable places and has contracted both Filth Fever and Mindfire, the first being a disease causing ...
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Is there a rule that creatures without Con scores can not have the Regeneration special ability?

I've heard that there's a rule that creatures without Con scores (e.g. undead) cannot have the regeneration special ability. I can see why that would be the case (immunity to nonlethal damage makes ...
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What happens if the Intelligence of an undead affected by the Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature changes after it gets controlled?

This question asked about the impact of Feebleminding an undead before using the School of Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature; it seems that this would be an effective tactic for making an ...
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What is the effect of the Feeblemind spell on Ability Score Improvements?

Our Bard had the Feeblemind spell cast on him and failed his save. The battle ended and we gained a level. Feeblemind states that: On a failed save, the creature's Intelligence and Charisma scores ...
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Do the rules say whether the DM should roll stats for monsters or not?

I noticed that the Monster Manual tells you the racial bonuses that monsters have if you consider the starting point as the standard array. For BBEGs and the like, we roll ability scores for them, ...
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What is the average point buy of a stat array from a 6x6 matrix of “roll 4d6, drop the lowest die”?

For character creation my group sometimes uses a weird method to generate stats. We roll 6 stat arrays using 4d6d1 (rolling 4d6 and dropping the lowest), and arrange them on top of one another to make ...
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What ability score does a Hexblade's Pact Weapon use for attack and damage when wielded by another character?

I read this question about other PCs using pact weapons and realized that I'm not sure if the weapon would use the warlock's Charisma, or the other character's Strength/Dexterity for attack and damage ...
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Can I have an infinite ability score if I live long enough? [duplicate]

There are very rare magic items that increase your stat score by two, such as the Manual of Bodily Health. these items say once you use them they lose their magic until a century passes. I can't find ...
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Will temporary Dex penalties prevent you from getting the benefits of the “Two Weapon Fighting” feat if your Dex score falls below the prerequisite?

Our fighter is exhausted and is suffering a -6 to Dexterity as a result, bringing his Dexterity from 15 to 9. He has the feat Two-Weapon Fighting, which reduces the penalty for fighting with two ...
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How do I find my Spellcasting Ability for my D&D character?

I'm new to D&D and just started making my first character, she's a wood elf druid. On the skill sheet there's a section on "spellcasting ability". I've tried looking elsewhere to find out how to ...
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Can Oracles use CHA mod for casting javelins from Holy Ice?

The text of the javelins option from Holy Ice refer to using the WIS mod plus the BAB for each javelin attack. Can Oracles apply their CHA bonus instead?
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Can a 1st-level character have an ability score above 18?

I was playing with a DM that says the rules state that you cannot have a 1st-level character with an ability score above 18. I didn't want to argue so I made it work. I cannot find that rule anywhere. ...
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Do you add new HP or change ability score first when leveling up (eg, to 4th, 8th)? [duplicate]

When leveling up to 4th level, I add 2 ability points to CON, e.g., going from 14 (+2) to 16 (+3). For my new max HP, do I use my new CON modifier, or the old one?
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Is it possible for a character to attain a Strength Ability Score of 30? [duplicate]

The table mapping an ability score to a modifier covers Ability Scores from 1 to 30. A previous question established that it is indeed possible to attain an Ability Score of 1 due to effects lowering ...
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How is it possible to have an ability score that is less than 3?

The “Ability Scores and Modifiers” table on page 13 of the PHB indicates that an ability score of 1 (resulting in a -5 modifier) or 2 (resulting in a -4 modifier) is possible. This, however, does not ...
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Does increasing your ability score affect your main stat?

The title might be confusing, I’m not really sure how to word it... I’m making a half orc character. It says that he gets ability score increases on Strength and Constitution. Does that just mean ...
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As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your Dexterity modifier?

I want to know if you can make an attack roll with one stat, but deal the damage with another. As a monk, can you make a melee attack roll using your Strength modifier, but roll damage with your ...
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What ability score modifier does a javelin's damage use?

I'm making a character, and this part always had me confused, so a friend helped me but never explained. When you do your weapon damage, like 1d12 + 4, you use your Strength modifier for the damage ...
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Players preemptively rolling, even though their rolls are useless or are checking the wrong skills

Part of this answer made me think about my own situation: It's entirely possible that the ranger is the only one that has a chance at succeeding at the check and thus it would be inappropriate to ...
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If a half-feat were to be taken that would give an increase to an ability score already at 20, could the “increase” be used for a different score?

Say I had a character with an Intelligence score of 20, perhaps acquired by a racial bonus or previous ASIs, then they took, say, the Keen Mind feat. Now, in addition to everything else Keen Mind ...
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How can I use AnyDice to simulate rolling 6d6, and dropping the 2 lowest and 1 highest dice?

I'm running a new D&D 5e campaign soon and I'd like to try rolling for stats with some guardrails. Doing some test throws at the table, I liked the look of rolling 6d6, then dropping the highest ...
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What is the value of the Constitution Modifier of an undead creature?

In my campaign, I have a PC transforming into vampire by having his Constitution drained by a vampire to zero. However, we are in doubt about the influences of this zero constitution. What is the ...
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How can I play a dumb and un-charismatic character?

I've got a character I'm thinking about swapping into a campaign, since I'm not having much fun with my current character, because of how passive I've made them. The new character I have lined up is a ...
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Can the Living Rune feature increase your ability scores over 20?

The Rune Scribe prestige class (from Unearthed Arcana: Prestige Classes and Rune Magic) has the 4th level Living Rune feature: At the end of a long rest, you can choose to increase one ability ...
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Why does this WotC pregenerated human paladin have an Int modifier of +1 if their Int score is 11?

On this page, WotC provides a bunch of pregenerated characters. I noticed that the level 1 human paladin (from the .zip file linked here) has an intelligence score of 11, but a modifier of +1. How ...
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In Roll20, how can I check whether my character's ability scores have the racial ability score increase included?

A while back I rolled the ability scores for my character. However, I can't remember at all if racial ability score increases were already somehow added to my ability scores. Is there a way for me to ...
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At what point is the Tavern Brawler feat better than a stat bump to Str or Dex?

At what point is it statistically better to take Tavern Brawler over an increase to Str or Dex if 1/3 of all your attacks are made with an improvised weapon? Example: A Thief rogue 4/Champion fighter ...
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Will it cause problems in a campaign if everyone in the party has the same high stats and the same low stats?

My friends and I have made a campaign and intend to start soon but everyone has been instructed to make their characters in advance which we are sharing with each other on D&D Beyond. We are ...
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How should a DM resolve a smooth-talking player with a weak Charisma score PC? [closed]

This is an old problem, but one I am curious to find an answer to. One of our players is naturally a smooth talker, and his personality allows him to talk his way out of situations on the spot, and ...
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Do ability scores force a character to act in a certain way? [duplicate]

As a group, most of the players at our table are fans of rolling for stats. This leads and has led to multiple amazing characters and some .. a bit less amazing. Something that is rather consistent ...
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What ability modifier, if any, would apply to a firearm attack roll?

I'm playing D&D 5e, and I'm not sure what ability score applies to firearm attack rolls. (Using the stats from the DM's Guide.)
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What ability score is most used? [closed]

What is the score that most classes use for class skills?
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My GM declines valid dialogue by my character due to his low Charisma; how can I change my GM's mind?

This is the first time I'm playing D&D. As a result, I may have botched the stats of my character. I have a low Charisma stat. However, in my understanding, this should only be a modifier to how ...
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Giving a Pearl of Speech to a creature with Int too low for language?

What happens if you give a pearl of speech to a creature with low intelligence? Say you give a pearl of speech to an owlbear with an intelligence of 2. The pearl states that: While absorbed, the ...
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How do I roleplay a character with low wisdom? [closed]

Each of the ability scores have their own quirks when it comes to negative numbers. 1 in strength is they can't wear clothes because they're so weak, 1 in con is their blood can't clot and they ...
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Can you gain the benefit of multiple copies of a tome in Adventurers League?

In Adventurers League, can a character read multiple (different but with the same name) unused Tomes of Understanding? Do their effect stack?
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How can I encourage players to role-play using their ability scores?

The physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution), haven't been much of a problem. Feel free to include advice on role-playing these scores as well though. When it comes to the ...
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Why do Expert monsters get Will saves instead of Reflex?

The Starjammer SRD page about building monsters has a chart for Expert creatures. That chart claims that expert creatures should have good Will saves instead of Reflex. Why would that be? Expert style ...
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Which form(s) does the Shadow's Strength Drain attack affect when cast on a Wild Shaped, Shapechanged, Polymorphed or True Polymorphed character?

The Shadow's Strength Drain attack states: Strength Drain. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) necrotic damage, and the target’s Strength score is reduced by ...
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Are there rules that say that extremely high ability scores provide additional benefits solely because those ability scores are so high? [closed]

Skills are affected through stats obviously and it's pretty self explanatory how they will affect a skill as it's usually in the description. But what about things outside of skill scaling? Does a ...
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Does this low-Str/low-Dex idea for a Fighter work out?

I've been playing around with the idea for a new character, but I'm curious whether I'm going to run into unforeseen problems at later levels. The idea is to take a Variant Human Fighter and pick up ...
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Is the Great Weapon Master feat's +10 damage bonus added on top of your ability score modifier?

Using the Great Weapon Master feat, do you add the 10 damage bonus on top of the strength modifiers or is it just add 10 without the strength modifiers?
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What is Strength Damage?

So if an enemy does 1d2 Strength damage through poison and I the DM roll a 2, does that mean that the player has to subtract 2 from their Strength statistic, or do they just take 2 damage, or both? ...
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Does the Hexblade warlock's Hex Warrior feature change Booming Blade to use your Charisma modifier?

Since the Hexblade warlock's Hex Warrior feature changes your pact weapon's attack modifier to use Charisma instead, does it also turn booming blade's modifier from Strength to Charisma?
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What is the Dexterity score of Bigby's Hand for?

This was inspired by Can Bigby's Hand attempt Strength and Dexterity saving throws? (and in fact this first bit was copy-pasted from it, but with different bold emphasis): The spell description ...
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When is +2 Dex better than Crossbow Expert?

This answer to a previous question about crossbow builds without Crossbow Expert is relevant to me; my Rogue is about to reach 4th level. If you only hit on a 20, the Crossbow Expert feat (PHB, p. ...
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In which edition of D&D did players stop earning bonus experience points for high prime requisite ability scores?

Both basic and AD&D have rules for characters gaining a +10% bonus on earned experience points if they have high scores in the prime requisite ability of their class. Initially there were also ...
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If the Cavalier fighter's Strength changes, does the number of special attacks against marked creatures change as well?

The Cavalier fighter (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 30) gets the Unwavering Mark ability which lets you mark a creature and states (emphasis mine): In addition, if a creature marked by you ...
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How long does it take to recover from ability score damage?

How long does it take a character to recover from ability score damage (e.g as a result from an intellect devourer's Devour Intellect ability)?
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Is there any way to raise a wizard's familiar's Intelligence?

Is there any way to raise a wizard's familiar's Intelligence? Or is there another spell or feat that raises the Intelligence of a familiar or conjures a smarter familiar? The paladin's 2nd level ...