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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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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 ...
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Do wizards get bonus spell slots from intelligence? [duplicate]

I have only ever played Pathfinder and the way it works in that system is you would get extra spell slots based on how much intelligence you had. So in this table, it shows how many more spells per ...
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Does changing race allow for the increase of ability scores beyond 20?

The reincarnate spell replaces your racial traits, within which ability score increases are included. Is a racial ability score increase capped at 20 like a class ASI? For example, if I have 20 ...
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Can you ever use an ASI to increase an Ability Score above 20?

Stemming from this this question: How exactly does increasing an ability score above 20, by any means, work at all? Relevant quotes: Ability Score Increases: Some of these features allow you to ...
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Does the Star Card increase your ability score above 20?

Inspired by this question regarding the Star Card and an Ioun Stone: The Star Card reads: Increase one of your Ability Scores by 2. The score can exceed 20 but can't exceed 24. However, this does ...
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What are the ability scores of an intelligent item using beast shape?

If I were to give an intelligent item the ability to cast beast shape, what would it's ability scores become if she transforms into a medium animal? Medium animal: If the form you take is that of a ...
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Are Ability Score Increases the same across all classes?

I did some quick research through the players handbook and it seemed like all classes gained ability score increase at 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, and 19th levels. I only did this for a few classes but is ...
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What are the official ways a tier 2 PC can improve its Intelligence permanently?

A player in my game (5th level paladin) had nice rolls for his Ability Points with one "dump stat", which he put in his Intelligence. He asked me which ways exist that he could improve his "weak point"...
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How to extend Pathfinder point buy to scores below 7?

In Pathfinder point buy, ability scores of lower than 7 (before adjustments from race) may not be bought with point buy. What would be a balanced price for such low ability scores? I am looking for ...
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Can I increase an ability score above 30?

Can I increase an ability score over 30 with an item such as a Manual of Bodily Health? [After reading] this book... your Constitution score increases by 2, as does your maximum for that score.
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Is there a way to duplicate the range & power of rolling stats with a homebrew point buy?

One of the benefits of traditional rolling stats (4d6 drop lowest) over point buy is that you have access to a wider array of stats. You can roll as high as an 18, and on rare occasions as low as a 3. ...
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How do I determine if a creature is too intelligent to be a controlled mount?

The section on mounted combat in the Player's Handbook says: While you're mounted, you have two options. You can either control the mount or allow it to act independently. Intelligent creatures, ...
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Can you multiclass out of your starting class if you don't have the required stats for it?

I am aware that you can only multiclass into a class that you have the required stats for (ex : dex 13 + wis 13 to multiclass into monk). I am also aware that your initial class can be one that you ...