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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If you have a negative spellcasting ability modifier, how much damage does the Green-Flame Blade cantrip do to the second target below level 5?

The description of the green-flame blade cantrip (SCAG, p. 143) says: As part of the action used to cast this spell, you must make a melee attack with a weapon against one creature within the spell'...
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How can I roleplay a character who's been lobotomized? [closed]

I am doing a Starfinder campaign playing a Ysoki technomancer who had a black market brain augmentation go wrong, resulting in a "unique type of emergency lobotomization." I was lucky in my ability ...
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If I'm hit by an undead touch attack but negative energy doesn't hurt me, am I still affected by the Con drain?

I recently answered a question along the same line as this one about how energy resistance affects regeneration, but sadly I have a new variation of it. My question is about undead, their negative ...
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Do Ability Score Limits permanently change from features that change it? [duplicate]

In D&D 5E, there are multiple different ways to increase ones Ability Score permanently, for example, like the Ability Score Increase and Primal Champion (Barbarian Capstone) class features, or ...
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How to make charisma mod replace as many values as possible

Rules: No undead my gm rules that outside of ethereal enemies like ghosts all undead use their con mod normally and ethereal enemies use wisdom mod Dips are allowed but only for 3-4 levels total and ...
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What do ability score limits for a Medium Spear refer to?

In Tunnels and Trolls, Deluxe Edition, I am trying to find out if I even qualify for using a spear and shield as a Warrior. The reason I ask is that I find a "/" with two different values for both ...
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Does the Warforged's Heavy Plating AC calculation have a minimum required Strength score?

I want to play a warforged fighter/wizard, and I was wondering because of the confusing armor explanation for warforged. Do I have to have a strength of 15 or 13 for the Heavy Plating, since heavy ...
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How does one calculate the distribution of the Matt Colville way of rolling stats?

Specifically, the Matt Colville way of rolling stats is: Roll 4d6, drop the lowest value die for 1 stat; If this roll is lower than 8, reroll it; Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have a set of 6 stats ...
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If a PC's ability score increases due to an item, does it increase the corresponding modifier for the ability score or any skills/attacks?

I'm a new DM. One of the PCs obtained gauntlets of ogre power, which raise the Strength score of the creature wearing and attuned to them to 19. Does this increase the modifier or any of the skill ...
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What published intelligent race has the shortest lifespan?

I'm looking for the published intelligent race (INT 3+) with the shortest lifespan. No need to be a playable race. Any edition will do, but 3.5 is preferable. Hoping for something with a lifespan of ...
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What are the possible balance implications for houseruling INT as Paladin's spellcasting ability and class features?

Related (yet different): What is the source of a Paladin's spell-casting ability? Related (strongly): What are the impacts of changing a Ranger's spellcasting ability? (I don't know if everything ...
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Can you combine the feats Iron Palm Technique and Dragon Style?

A party member of my campaign wants to get both Iron Palm Technique and Dragon Style. However, it is unclear for us if it is possible to combine these two feats and what the result will be. Iron ...
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Chances on ability checks don't seem to add up [duplicate]

I'm going through the Dungeon Master's Guide, and I see that DCs should be based on the "average person". What I'm having a hard time with is that if someone has a +5 modifier to their History checks ...
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Is allowing Barbarian features to work with Dex-based attacks unbalanced?

The barbarian requires that you make attacks using Strength in order to get a number of benefits. This, to me, sounds very much like someone trying to enforce their personal notion of what a barbarian ...
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Would this Point Buy method be unbalanced? [closed]

I’m wanting to create a very unique character based around stat creation. The resulting character would be physically and mentally inept at all stats except one. Which stat is not the question but ...
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Will allowing a Dex-based barbarian to multiclass based on Dex instead of Str cause any future balance issues?

A player of mine plays a dex barbarian and multiclassed into fighter for a fighting style. His strength score is 8 and he is using fitness weapons based on Dex for attacking. I didn't understand at ...
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Do prestige class levels give feats and ability score improvements?

Does gaining a level in a prestige class in Pathfinder (1e) give you feats and ability score improvements? Or do you only gain those from "base" classes?
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Do ability scores have any effect on casting the Wish spell?

Is a sorcerer able to cast wish in the same way and as effectively as a wizard can? Recently, I had a friendly argument. I wrote my hypothetical wish somewhere around draconic sorcerer level 3. Being ...
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Min INT score needed to read

What's the minimum Intelligence score needed by a creature for that creature to be capable of reading/being taught to read?
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Is there a valid Constitution-based build? [closed]

There are a lot of builds for SAD (Single Attribute Dependent) characters out there, which can be further helped along with the addition of certain magical items, spells, etc. However, I've yet to see ...
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Does Medium Armor's Max dex also put a cap on the negative side?

I know heavy armor ignores Dexterity modifiers for AC calculations, but what about medium armor for a character with a -3 to their dexterity? Does Medium armor bottom out at -2, or will -3 still apply?...
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How can I shoot a bow using Strength instead of Dexterity?

Is there some official mechanic in any class, feat, spell or magic item that allows someone to use strength for ranged attacks? As an example (but opposite) The Monk gets the feature Martial Arts ...
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What are the odds of rolling specific ability score totals in D&D?

I am about to start running a new game in 5e and I hate all of the ways of determining ability scores. I have always felt that we play RPGs at least in part for the opportunity to pretend to be more ...
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What ability do tools use?

In the player's handbook there is an example in the Dexterity category of Thieves' tools, so I know that Dex is the ability that is used for ability checks with thieves' tools, but I hadn't found the ...
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Which ability applies to cooking meals with Cook's Utensils?

Which ability applies to cooking meals with cook's utensils? I've been looking through the PHB Chapter "Using Each Ability", and I checked the section on cook's utensils in Xanathar's Guide to ...
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How do I make 5e skill/ability checks [duplicate]

At the risk of sounding completely stupid: How exactly do I make skill checks correctly? Nobody in our game can work it out and I've read the books front-to-back. It seems to just say 'the ...
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If a druid is targeted by the Command spell while in Wild Shape, whose Wisdom modifier is used?

When a druid is in the Wild Shape form, and the command spell is used on them, do they use the player character's Wisdom modifier or the animal's?
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Which modifier do you use when casting a spell that requires a spellcasting check from a spell scroll?

The Dungeon Master's Guide has this to say about Spell Scrolls : The level of the spell on the scroll determines the spell's saving throw DC and attack bonus, as shown in the Spell Scroll table. ...
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Melee or Ranged attacks by Monsters, no distinction in modifiers?

Weapons with the Thrown property can be utilised as both as Melee as well as Ranged weapons. When used as a Melee weapon, you base the attack+damage rolls on Strength, otherwise on Dexterity (unless ...
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Does a race without a list of bonus languages still get extra languages from a high Intelligence score?

The Player's Handbook on Race and Languages says All characters know how to speak Common.… A smart character (one who had an Intelligence bonus at 1st level) speaks other languages as well, one ...
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Can a character with a low Intelligence score take the Ritual Caster feat and choose the Wizard class?

The Ritual Caster feat (PHB, p. 169) has this prerequisite: Prerequisite: Intelligence or Wisdom of 13 or higher. You also have to choose one of the following classes: bard, cleric, druid, ...
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How to reach Strength 19 during character generation?

We are playing Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition with pen and paper. Some subraces (e.g. Sylvan elf, see The Complete Book of Elves) or some Humanoids (e.g. Ogre, see Player's Option (...
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Does a PC cursed by Lycanthropy still retain racial bonuses to the same ability score?

This is mainly about a player who was bit by a Werebear recently. He wants to embrace being a Werebear and he's a Human Variant Fighter (GWM Feat) with 17 Strength. Being a Werebear he gains a ...
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When casting Eldritch Blast with the Agonizing Blast eldritch invocation, what do I add to my damage roll?

This is my first time playing a warlock and I'm still fairly new to tabletop games, so I could use guidance. I know that eldritch blast does 1d10 force damage, and by 17th level, it has four beams ...
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Can a stressful Wish's Strength reduction be cured early by a Greater Restoration spell?

Casting a stressful Wish has dire consequences, including a Strength reduction: The stress of casting this spell to produce any effect other than duplicating another spell weakens you. [...] In ...
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If I have a saving throw proficiency does that also mean I am proficient in the ability?

Take for example, if my character is a Barbarian, one of her saving throw proficiencies is Strength. Does this mean that if she needs to perform a "Strength Check" I can add her proficiency bonus to ...
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Skills with different abilities: How to adjudicate what combination to use?

In the D&D 5e Player’s Handbook, there is a variant option called Skills with Different Abilities: Normally, your proficiency in a skill applies only to a specific kind of ability check. ...
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Why do some classes gain additional class features when they get an ability score increase but others don't? [closed]

Some classes, when they reach a level that gives an ability score increase, don't usually gain any other class-specific benefits when they reach that level. (Examples: Barbarian, Fighter, Rogue.) ...
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Do ability-boosting items or spells count for meeting feat prerequisites? [duplicate]

Do ability-boosting items or spells count for meeting feat prerequisites? I always reckoned that they do not. But now I wonder. For example, the text for Gloves of Dexterity is They add to the ...
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What is the lowest INT required in order to take a class level?

It is commonly thought that 3 INT is the minimum amount required in order to take class levels, but where does it state such? It is often inferred or implied (animals have intelligence 1 or 2, and ...
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What would be an appropriate cost for a Dexterity enhancement bonus on a sword?

My fighter has a sword that gives him +2 to dexterity as long as it is wielded or sheathed. What would an appropriate amount be to value that bonus at? The magic items creation rules say an ability ...
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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 ...