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Questions tagged [ability-scores]

Ability scores are 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 should a DM resolve a smooth-talking player with a weak Charisma score PC?

This is an old problem, but one I am curious to find an answer to. I had created a character, Bard/Rogue, Half-Elf, super crazy Charisma score and skills with expertise, who was set up with all the ...
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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 ...
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How can I avoid problems that arise from rolling ability scores?

Rolling ability scores is a time-honored tradition across many editions of D&D. However, it can sometimes cause problems for players and/or the DM. For example, one player character may end up ...
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How do constitution modifier changes affect current HP?

We are quite new to playing D&D and recently noticed that when you gain or lose constitution modifier, you will gain or lose hitpoints. Now we are having a few issues with this, mainly being: ...
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Ability score increase or feat? [closed]

I rolled up a character for the new campaign using 3d6 in order method, so now I'm playing as lvl.3 human rogue (Str 6, Dex 12, Con 8, Int 10, Wis 8, Cha 6). How do I maximize my efficiency? Is it ...
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Are racial stat bonuses every level or just once at creation?

Me and a few of my group members came to a disagreement about when racial stat bonuses apply. I believe that your racial ability score increases are only applied once at character creation. However, ...
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Making a Belt of Negative Dexterity

So in my group there is a PC who has a questionable background and therefore we don't exactly trust him. I am looking for a way to set up a contingency in case he ever betrays us, and I think I know ...
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What can I do as a level 3 sorcerer to undo Intellect Devourer Ability Score damage?

Is there anything like greater restoration available to me at level 3? Or is there something I can do as a level three sorcerer to undo the effects of a Intellect Devourer's ability score reduction on ...
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If my Raven Queen-patron warlock has a negative Charisma modifier, do I have a -1 “bonus” to Perception checks with the raven on my shoulder?

My character has a Charisma score of 9, meaning he has a -1 modifier in Charisma. My character is a warlock whose patron is the Raven Queen (from Unearthed Arcana: Warlock & Wizard). One of the ...
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How does a change in Constitution affect an NPC/monster/wild-shaped druid's hit points?

If an effect or spell changes an NPC's Constitution (e.g. the Belt of Dwarvenkind or the fortitude Ioun Stone), how does it affect that creature's max HP? I'm interested in Constitution decreases as ...
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How do you add the Honor and Sanity ability scores from the DMG to pre-existing characters in a balanced manner?

The DMG has optional rules for two new ability scores, Sanity and Honor, and includes a short ruleset on how to add these at character creation (pg 264-267). Assume a long-term, mid-to-high level ...
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Does Guardian of Nature in Great Tree form combined with Shillelagh give advantage for quarterstaff attacks?

If a druid wields a quarterstaff and casts shillelagh and afterwards casts guardian of nature, do the quarterstaff attacks count as Wisdom-based, so that the druid has advantage with them? Shillelagh ...
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If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP? [duplicate]

Unarmed strikes normally do damage equal to (1 + Str mod). If I punch someone and have a -2 Strength modifier, will I technically heal the target by 1 HP?
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Are ability bonuses added to skills you don't have?

In 5e I know you add your ability modifier and proficiency bonus to your skills that you chose when creating your character, but what if you don't have that skill, do you still add the corresponding ...
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How will ability scores be unbalanced if I remove the 20 cap?

My party is a fan of dice throwing. A lot. And although they are not analysing things, they prefer visible improvements, like in numbers: proficiency bonus, ability scores, skill scores, etc. Because ...
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Can someone who has been Feebleminded have their Int and Cha scores changed via Polymorph?

I'm running a campaign at the moment and one of the characters got feeblemind-ed. If another character used polymorph to change them into something with higher Intelligence and Charisma, would this ...
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How do ability scores increase in the playtest?

The Pathfinder Playtest for 2E has the following in the section about ability scores: When your character advances to 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th levels, she receives ability boosts in four ...
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Can a creature be brought to consciousness while they have a max HP of 0?

As explored in this question there is at least one situation where a character’s Max HP could be reduced to 0 without explicitly or immediately killing them. We've recently been looking into what does ...
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What happens if the Order of the Mutant blood hunter's celerity mutagen would reduce their Wisdom score to 0 or less?

Suppose I have an Order of the Mutant blood hunter who has a Wisdom score of 3, and is level 9 (or greater) so has a "mutagen bonus" of 3+. If this character uses the celerity mutagen, the following ...
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Does “Ability modifier damage” always include all bonuses?

We all know that a character's damage bonus gets enhanced by many kinds of bonuses — item bonus, feat bonus, power bonus, enhancement bonus, etc. Once all is said and done, a higher-level character's ...
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What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability?

Background As a follow up to this question: What are the impacts of allowing Rangers to cast Arcane spells? If we assume that my DM is fine with letting the Ranger use the Wizard spell list instead ...
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Do the Zariel tiefling's subrace bonuses stack with the tiefling's regular racial bonuses?

I'm rather new to D&D and I've been trying to create a Tiefling Paladin. When I looked through the subraces, I saw the Zariel tiefling and thought it to be a good idea, which my friends agreed to. ...
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Can a Half-Elf choose the same Ability Score for the +1's of Ability Score Increase?

The Half-Elf has a trait called Ability Score Increase which states: Your Charisma score increases by 2, and two other ability scores of your choice increase by 1. Do these "other ability scores" ...
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For a magically shorter tabaxi, which stats do I adjust? [closed]

I know that an average tabaxi race is medium about 6ft tall. But I want a shorter more stubby cat for my character (a lvl. 1 magician tabaxi with a background of guild merchant. in short, the ...
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What happens when a Wizard loses Intelligence after preparing his spells?

A Wizard prepares a number of spells equal to his Wizard level + his Intelligence modifier. But what happens if he loses Intelligence (the most obvious way I can think of is unattuning to a Headband ...
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Can Elegant Courtier cause a penalty to your Charisma (Persuasion) with negative wisdom?

The Samurai fighter subclass (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 31) has the level 7 feature Elegant Courtier, part of which states: Whenever you make a Charisma (Persuasion) check, you gain a ...
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Do Age Category adjustments remain after becoming immortal?

An adventurer or villain has reached Middle Age or higher and then somehow becomes immortal (be it by way of Lichdom, Vampirism, becoming a deity, or some other twist of fate). What happens to the ...
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How can I get all Max Stats in organized play?

Is there any Adventurers League or organized play legal way to get a character with 20+ stats all around?
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What is the highest ability score possible? [duplicate]

What is the highest ability score possible for a player character (including magic items and temporary effects)?
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Is there any reason to pick an odd number for Constitution?

Considering the standard rolls, is there any reason to pick 13 for Constitution instead of 12? Or similarly, is there any reason to pick 13 for Intelligence instead of 12? I'm currently creating an ...