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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Does the Thrown property mean I can attack with my DEX?

On page 194 in the PHB for D&D 5e, it says: The ability modifier used for melee weapon attack is Strength, and the ability modifier used for ranged weapon attack is Dexterity. Weapons that ...
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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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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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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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The group I DM for insists on rolled stats, but I don't want unbalanced PCs to cause group conflicts later

I'm going to be running a new campaign for my players, with our session 0 starting tomorrow. I was leaning towards the traditional ability score method of generation (roll 4d6, drop the lowest). I ...
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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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What's the highest possible Charisma score a character can reach?

What's the highest possible Charisma score you can end up with in Pathfinder, using official Paizo material only, assuming that you have an equivalent wealth level of a level 20 character?
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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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Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws?

Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws? It was suggested to me to take the Resilient feat (PHB, p. 168): Choose one ability score. You gain the ...
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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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Does the Durable feat improve the Constitution score of a druid in Wild Shape?

My druid has the Durable feat (PHB, p. 166): Hardy and resilient, you gain the following benefits: Increase your Constitution score by +1, to a maximum of 20. When you roll a Hit Die to regain hit ...
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If a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has the Awaken spell cast on it, does the ranger still need to spend an action to command it to attack?

If a Beast Master ranger's animal companion has the awaken spell cast on it, does the ranger still need to spend an action to command it to attack? Acting on their own accord, the druid and ranger of ...
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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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What determines the ability used for a saving throw?

I'm new to D&D. I was reading about save throws in the Player's Handbook and saw this: To make a saving throw, roll a d20 and add the appropriate ability modifier. For example, you use your ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Is Dexterity overpowered compared to Strength?

Finesse weapons allow you to use Dex for attack and damage rolls. This allows most of classes, including even some first-line fighters, to dump Str for Dex - you do not lose in attack rolls, only a ...
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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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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 I find my Spellcasting Ability for my D&D character?

I'm new to D&D and just started making my first character, she's a wood elf druid. On the skill sheet there's a section on "spellcasting ability". I've tried looking elsewhere to find out how to ...
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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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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 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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Is it better to take the array and be Joe Average, or to roll for the odds of getting on average better scores?

I am new to D&D. I was looking at character creation for D&D 5th edition. There were a few ways one could generate ability scores. I assumed the optional method of taking the numbers 15, 14, ...
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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 would happen to my Intelligence score if I am affected by Feeblemind and attuned to a Headband of Intellect?

The description of the Headband of Intellect says: Your Intelligence score is 19 while you wear this headband. It has no effect on you if your Intelligence is already 19 or higher. The ...
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Have any of the designers of D&D explained why Strength increases Hit Chance? [closed]

This is a personal bias, but when I think high strength score, the imagery I get is: When it comes to accuracy of a muscle-bound and bulky person, the imagery I get is: Bruce Lee had stated he didn'...
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What are the best ways to maximize int score? [closed]

I am playing a level 10 alchemist, and because alchemist needs as much as he can for int (bombs per day, bomb's damage, craft alchemy, etc.), i want to maximize it. I need the cheapest items i can get,...
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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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Does Constitution influence Charisma?

I was looking around and notice that low constitution monsters usually are ugly (like skeletons) after all low constitution make you ugly, right? So, it's that a case where Charisma can be influenced ...
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At what point does a character's INT drop far enough to lose sentience?

How low does an INT score have to be to prevent a player character from being able to cast spells? Use items or weapons?
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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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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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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 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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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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