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 to guarantee a successful DC 20 CON save to maximise benefit from the Bag of Beans Item “explosive egg”? [closed]

Planting one of the 3d4 beans from within the magic item Bag of Beans gives this result about 10% of the time: A nest of 1d4 + 3 eggs springs up. Any creature that eats an egg must make a DC 20 ...
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Can you use Feeblemind to Awaken more beasts in order to use them as sidekicks?

Awaken only works on beasts with 4 INT or lower. Feeble lowers INT to 1 for 30 days. Could I use this to broaden the range of animals I could awaken? I want to introduce a talking Ape as a sidekick ...
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Is it possible to lose HP by levelling up? If it is, is it possible to die by levelling up? [duplicate]

When you level up, you gain a number of Hit Points equal to 1d# (6, 8, 10, or 12) + your Constitution modifier. The lowest Constitution modifier possible is -4 (possible by rolling, and rolling 4 1s). ...
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Can a tamed owl cast spells from Ring of spell storing? [duplicate]

In a campaign I'm currently in, I want to give my owl that I tamed (the DM allows taming wild animals) a ring of spell storing so it can cast spells. However, before I do so, I wanted to ask: Is there ...
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Will a PC's passive ability function while they are polymorphed? [duplicate]

Let's say a Gnome bard polymorphs themselves into a triceratops, then has to make a strength check to bust through a door frame. Would they be able to add jack of all trades to said check? As it is a ...
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Are the Storm Giant's strength scores in the Monster Manual wrong?

The Storm Giant has a STR score of 29. According to the encumbrance rules that means the maximum weight a giant could lift is 435 lb. which really isn't that much. To put it in perspective. The Storm ...
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Are there any magical items that would have an adverse effect if you had a negative Con?

I was just reviewing my Q&A about the effect of a negative Constitution modifier, and that is limited to the effects on the PC stats and abilities (specifically HP, fatigue, etc). I remembered ...
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Does the envoy warforged's Ability Score Increase trait give you a +1 to Con and +1 to two other ability scores? Or just +1 to two ability scores?

Does the envoy warforged (from UA: Eberron Races) get a +1 to Con and +1 to two other ability scores (e.g. Dex and Wis)? Or only +1 to two ability scores total (e.g. Dex and Wis, or Dex and Con)?
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Arcane Disciple when some spells are already on spell list

Was just looking for a bit of insight into the Arcane Disciple feat. A quick quote on what that does: Add the chosen domain's spells to your class list of arcane spells. If you have arcane ...
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How can a low-level rogue reduce a target's Constitution modifier?

I want to play a rogue that relies heavily on poisons and other utility flasks (e.g. alchemist's fire). We're starting out at level 1, and the story arc should take us to roughly level 11. To make ...
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Can Cold Spell Specialization affect Shivering Touch?

I have a player trying to apply the benefits of Cold Spell Specialization to the spell Shivering Touch. Shivering Touch: On a successful melee touch attack, you instantly suck the heat from the ...
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Does STRENGTH add to damage in Ben Milton's Knave?

The rules state: "Strength: Used for melee attacks and saves requiring physical power, like lifting gates, bending bars, etc." - I can find no mention of damage modifier. The main reasons I ...
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Echo Knight multiclass damage calculations

I am currently working on a new character concept for an upcoming game and was unsure about what damages the Echo Knight's echo would actually be able to do. For this scenario, the build will be a ...
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When do you use ability checks without a specific skill?

When, if ever, as a DM would you ask players to make an ability check without allowing them to apply a skill proficiency? The Player's Handbook (p. 174) says: The DM calls for an ability check when a ...
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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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