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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Can the Order of the Mutant blood hunter increase an ability score past 20 using their mutagens?

I am playing an Artificer 5/Blood Hunter 2. I was thinking of taking another level of Blood Hunter and picking the Order of the Mutant. The Mutagencraft feature lets me concoct and consume a mutagen ...
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What spells force the target to make an ability check?

The warlock spell Hex says: choose one ability when you cast the spell. The target has disadvantage on ability checks made with the chosen ability. I would like to know the spells which impose an ...
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Is there an ability, spell or magic item that lets you detect an opponent's intelligence stat?

I am designing a character who wants to be the most intelligent creature in the world. He collects magic items to increase his intelligence. But he also plans to kill anyone smarter than he is. Is ...
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Ability increase for extra HD not calculated correctly under the Lycanthrope entry in the Monster Manual?

In the SRD it states: https://www.d20srd.org/srd/improvingMonsters.htm#abilityScoreImprovement Ability Score Improvement Treat monster Hit Dice the same as character level for determining ability ...
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Can I change my choices for racial ability scores after play has started?

I'm still fairly new to the game, and I'm working out the schematics of my character. I play a half-elf character, and I was wondering: can racial bonuses be changed once the characters been made, or ...
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Do Kaladesh Dwarves get +4 in Constitution?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I read that that dwarves in general get a +2 in Constitution, and under the Kaladesh subrace, it doesn't just say "your Wisdom score increases by 1", it ...
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How do Modifier-Based Features and Modifier-Setting Items Interact?

For a feature that is limited by your ability score modifier, how does usage count change if your ability score changes midday? The specific scenario in question is Flash of Genius on our negative ...
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Can a 6th level rogue select Investigation for their Expertise feature even if their Intelligence modifier is +0?

So I started playing d&d a while ago, but when I was building my first character ever I didn’t completely know what I was doing so I assigned my rolls to abilities I didn’t totally need to have ...
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How to calculate constitution based armor class for a Loxodon barbarian in 5e? [duplicate]

Loxodons have natural armor that is calculated using "12+con_mod" Barbarians have unarmored defence calculated using "10+dex_mod+con_mod" One of my players wants to be a Loxodon ...
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How can I reasonably prevent Manual of Bodily Health abuse? [closed]

I'm running D&D 5e. My players have recently come into possession of a Manual of Bodily Health. The very first thing they thought of was how to abuse it. They are planning on reading it and then ...
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Can I use my best spellcasting ability for Eldritch Adept?

Suppose I am a multiclass character that has "Spellcasting" from multiple sources and I take the Eldritch Adept (Tasha, p.79) feat. Can I then use my best Spell Save DC for spells that that ...
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Considerations for assigning Constitution buff within the party

We've recently acquired the manual of bodily health, which grants a permanent +2 to Constitution score. What are the optimisation considerations (e.g. increased HP, better at maintaining concentration)...
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Is it unbalanced to allow a player to move the tiefling's +1 Int bonus to a different ability score?

I'm in the planning phases of a campaign for D&D 5e, but using the Planescape setting. Since this setting is the one which introduced tieflings, I sent the table of potential tiefling traits to my ...
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Requirements for creatures to wake others when put to sleep by magic

What is the intelligence requirements to waking up allies? I recently ran a D&D 5e game where wolves attacked the party. They were put to sleep using the sleep spell. When the wolves went to wake ...
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Starting play at higher levels and ability point buy

My players just finished Curse of Strahd and are ready to move on to Rise of Tiamat. I have two players with two characters each, and they left Curse at 10th. One player is happy with his characters ...
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Should forcing open doors be Strength or Strength (Athletics)

According to RAW, should forcing stuck/locked/barred doors open be a Strength check, or a Strength (Athletics) check? As I read the description of the Strength ability and the Athletics skill in the ...
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Does the same attribute modifier necessarily count as the same source when adjudicating stacking rules?

the SRD says this about stacking: Stacking In most cases, modifiers to a given check or roll stack (combine for a cumulative effect) if they come from different sources and have different types (or ...
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Does a severely reduced intelligence ability score impair your ability to communicate?

When under the effects of the Polymorph spell: The target's game statistics, including mental ability scores, are replaced by the statistics of the chosen beast. It retains its alignment and ...
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What types of bonuses can be applied with the fortify epic spell seed to boost intelligence?

The DMG lists all the bonus types, some are common improvements to abilities, like enhancement or inherent. But what other types of bonuses could be applied to intelligence? I could see the following ...
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Is there any way to get proficiency (or expertise/doubled proficiency) in Constitution checks?

I was looking for any official way - class feature, magic item, anything - for a character to add their proficiency to any form of Constitution check, but I couldn't find anything. Is it possible to ...
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Do items which add to some ability affect your skill modifier? [duplicate]

I just received armor which adds +2 to my charisma. Does it also affect my skills like performance and persuasion? If possible, could you link some source in your answer? I searched and didn't find ...
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What happens to Ability Score changes when shapeshifted?

A low strength druid has been hit twice by a Shadow's Strength Drain ability, reducing their strength score from 9 to 3. Fearing potential instant death, the Druid uses Wild Shape to turn into a ...
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is it possible to get an ability score of 30 or more an any way? how?

I have noticed spellcasters ability to get bonus spells from having a high ability score depending on class (wisdom for clerics and paladins, intellgence for wizards, charisma for bards and sorcerers, ...
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How can I use telepathic bond on a donkey?

So, my character has a donkey. I'd like my donkey to be 3 smart, so that I can use telepathic bond to talk to it. There aren't stats for donkeys. There are stats for various horses, and for mules, ...
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When and under what circumstances did the order of ability scores change in D&D? [closed]

In OD&D, the order in which abilities were presented and listed was: Strength, Intelligence, Wisdom, Constitution, Dexterity, Charisma. Today, the broadly accepted order is Strength, Dexterity, ...
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Choosing the Ability for a Hex

The Hex spell allows afflicting a target with a Disadvantage on Ability checks. I'm having a hard time deciding which Ability to target when hexing a target. What factors are there that should ...
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Bonus action attack ability score modifier

This may be confusing but currently in the campaign there is a warlock with a magic revolver that allows them to add eldritch invocations related to eldritch blast to the weapon. So agonizing blast ...
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Is it possible to turn a monster into a humanoid without giving them average physical ability scores?

Savage Species lists some rituals through which a creature can--in one example given--transform from an ogre into an elf. If nothing else, it's an interesting and evocative idea: a 6th level ogre ...
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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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