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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What are the average and median scores for attributes in Tunnels and Trolls?

Attributes for characters in Tunnels and Trolls are rolled as follows (in newish editions; jargon term is TARO): Roll 3d6. If all the dice match (you rolled a triple), roll another 3d6. Continue ...
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What potential problems are there with dumping Dex in a bard build?

I've recently gotten into a group for D&D 5e, and I'm looking for some advice on my character build. I'm not new to Tabletop RPGs in general, but I don't know the tricks of the trade for 5e. What ...
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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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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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Are there monsters who have attacks that can reduce ability scores?

In D&D 4e are there monsters who have attacks that can reduce ability scores? In previous versions Wights used to lower your CON or STR score, other monsters could lower INT/WIS, are there any ...
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How can I model this "Party Draft Pool" ability score generation method in AnyDice?

I'm looking to model an alternate to the "4d6, drop the lowest" mechanic for determining ability scores. The proposed system works as follows: 4 players roll 4d6, drop the lowest x 6 [24 total]. ...
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How do I roleplay a character with higher wisdom than myself, and lower intelligence?

I have seen a few similar questions related to intelligence, charisma and a general disparity in mental stats, but nothing yet on high Wis, low Int. Lets start with the premise: Intelligence measures ...
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How can I use Charisma instead of Strength or Dexterity for weapon attacks without being a Hexblade warlock?

I am building a level 2 character for D&D 5e. For story reasons (I just had to break ties with my patron, in a very fun way), I can no longer be a warlock. Is there a class (Unearthed Arcana is ...
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What is the spell I remember that delays ability damage?

I swear I could remember a spell in Pathfinder (though possibly in 3rd Ed) which, after being cast on a character, could slow subsequent ability damaging effects by dishing out the full damage over ...
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What can a character do under the effects of a feeblemind spell based off the INT of 1?

I've been going through the posts on feeblemind, but haven't found one that explains, other than what is specifically mentioned in the spell, exactly what can be done while under it's effects. It ...
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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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Character development suggestions for a low Dexterity character?

I read in some book (forget which) that players should use a low ability score as an opportunity for character development; for example, a low Con character could have insecurities and be very ...
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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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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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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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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 can I calculate the distribution of "roll 4d6, keep rerolling 1s and 2s, and drop the lowest die" in AnyDice?

I am joining a D&D group. To generate each ability score, the DM has us roll 4d6, reroll any 1 or 2, and then drop the lowest die. If the reroll is a 1 or 2, then reroll again and again until the ...
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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 of ...
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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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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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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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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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Does a new Kobold PC have a −4 or −6 Strength adjustment?

Kobolds in Pathfinder have the "Greater weakness" racial trait which adds the stat modification of −4 Str, +2 Dex and −2 Con. I'm assuming it takes this effect plus the stat adjustment for being size ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When can we use proficiency with ability checks?

The D&D Starter Set says this about Ability Checks: You might be particularly skilled at a certain kind of task related to an ability check. The character sheets list each character's ...
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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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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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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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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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Should my Dex-based paladin get the War Caster feat as a sword & board user?

I'm playing a Dex-based high elf paladin in D&D 5th edition. We are starting at level 3, and these are my current stats: Str: 8 Dex: 16 Con: 14 Int: 11 Wis: 10 Cha: 16 (Dumping Str instead of ...
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Are there rules for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D?

Are there any rules (house or otherwise) for increasing ability scores after character creation in Basic D&D or any of its retro clones? (Other than magic items or wishes.) When we generated ...
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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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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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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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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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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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