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 RPG was the first to use stats, and what was it inspired by?

The notion that different characters or pieces have different attributes seems to be one we take for granted today, but upon a quick historical survey, it is not so. After all, in chess, a pawn takes ...
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Is dice stat rolling still legal in the Adventurer's League? [duplicate]

I was playing a good old one-off campaign tonight, and will be playing the same character through adventure league. I was playing a half-elf sorcerer, and my charisma modifier came into effect. I had ...
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How can I increase my Wisdom in 5e in order to multiclass?

I'm playing a 5th level Warlock and I would like to increase my Wisdom in order to multiclass. I picked a feat over the class level bonuses, so I won't be able to boost my Wisdom that way. I read that ...
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Can a character reduced to Tiny size but originally bigger use his Dexterity modifier for Climb checks?

In Pathfinder, Tiny or smaller creatures use their Dexterity modifier for Climb checks instead of Strengh. It is quite easy to understand in terms of game balance and common sense alike. But then I ...
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Does a character get their STR bonus to the Bite attack granted by a Ring of Rat Fangs?

I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but I'd like a few other people to take a look just to be sure. The entry for the Ring of Rat Fangs states: The wearer gains a bite attack as a primary natural ...
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From which stat (Cha or Wis) should I derive empathy as capacity to understand others?

Which would you choose, Charisma or Wisdom as a stat source for deriving empathy (as a characteristic that defines character's empathy for other beings)? I'm having a dilemma here because both could ...
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Can I reliably swap ability scores?

Say, I was playing for 8 levels with Wis = 9 and Cha = 19. From 9th level and further I'd like to get them swapped: Wis = 19 & Cha = 9. What are possible ways to do so? There is the retraining ...
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Is it allowed to buy ability scores lower than 7?

Looking at the ability score table I can go down to 7 and get 4 points into my pool, so let us say I have 15 points to spend and dropping strength to 7 I have 19 points according to my understanding. ...
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Strength of character compared to RL [closed]

We recently got into discussion about, what strength our characters actually have. Based on their strength - how much can they lift, what can they break with bare hands, can they break some thin walls ...
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If a poisoned PC reaches 0 Strength, does the Strength damaging poison stop working?

A PC of my group has been poisoned last session, not long before it was over. The poison damages Strength, and he is about 5 points now, probably he'll be helpless soon, as the rules state for ...
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Are there any rules that specify that a player must roleplay their characters stats?

The rules make reference to only rolling when there is a chance of success or failure and that most things will either automatically succeed or automatically fail. It especially calls this out in ...
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Must every character in a campaign that uses the Honor ability score have one?

In a campaign that uses the Honor ability score (*Ability Options, DMG p. 264–5), does everyone have to have an Honor score? If only one person has an Honor score, is it balanced so that the character ...
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Poisoned and Bleeding, when do they die?

I'm planning a scenario where an assassin has managed to both injure and poison two victims, let's hope our heroes get there in time! I just wanted to check my understanding of the relevant ...
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What check is required to break open a chest?

It might be to force the lock off or smash the chest entirely. I wasn't sure if you can use a Saving throw to open it (In this case a Strength check) or if you have to use skill modifiers in checks (...
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Do I HAVE to choose a subrace? And how do I add ability scores if I do?

Let's say I made a dwarf character. In the dwarf traits I should add +2 constitution. If I pick Hill Dwarf as my subrace do I get both +2 constitution AND +1 Wisdom from hill dwarf trait?
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Can players perform checks using Ability modifiers? [duplicate]

To be broad here: Can Players use Ability Score Modifiers to add to their checks? For example: can someone make a "Strength" check. (Not an Athletics Check) to, perhaps, break open a chest with force....
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Does Polymorph Any Object grant a Con score to an Undead polymorphed into another Undead?

Polymorph Any Object gives an ability score to a stat when the target does not have an ability score: If the target of the spell does not have physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, or ...
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Can you exceed 18 in your core stats as a level 1 character?

We are making characters in Pathfinder and a player asked if they could go past 18 with racial bonuses. Now we aren't talking with any equipment, just a simple 15 point buy with pluses also from the ...
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Can you use a feat if your ability falls below the prerequisite?

My character's strength is normally 20. I had the feat Power Attack. My strength dropped to 6 due to poison. Does that mean I no longer can use Power Attack until I regain my strength?
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Does polymorph change your ability to think?

Polymorph says that they cannot cast spells in the new form, their intelligence hits the floor, but they maintain personality. Does this mean they also lose the ability of Logical thinking? As an ...
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Is variant human better than standard human if all my ability scores are odd? [closed]

So if I rolled stats of 17, 15, 15, 15, 14 and 13, is this one of those rare cases where the normal Human "+1 to everything" is going to be more useful than the Variant Human +1 +1 and a feat? I'm ...
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Would modifying a races bonuses/penalties to ability scores be unbalanced?

I am thinking of making a Kineticist. They benefit from a high Con (most of their skills depend on it), and a high Dex (for better ranged accuracy). However, the only races I can find that have a ...
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Is arbitrarily high ability score increase via Tomes and Manuals practically feasible?

According to "Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?" you can stack their use to increase an ability score multiple times, even beyond 20. So in ...
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Are there any optional rules for gaining extra attacks due to high Dex?

Are there any optional rules in D&D 5e concerning bonuses to attacks per round for characters with higher than average dexterity scores? It only makes sense to me that a fighter with a dex. of 17 ...
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Can being flat-footed actually improve your AC?

When something refers to an ability bonus instead of an ability modifier does that mean that you only add the modifier if the ability score is positive, or are “bonus” and “modifier” to be read as ...
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Are there maximums for stats (such as by class)?

It has been a long time since I played D&D, and my neighbors and I just started back up with AD&D. While we were rolling characters something crazy happened: we had 16s, 17's, and 18's. The ...
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Can a Half-Elf reach Charisma 22 naturally?

This question isn't just about Half Elves specifically, but playing as a Half Elf Bard this came to mind. I know that when you reach levels, such as level 4, that you cannot raise an ability score ...
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Why are high ability scores mandatory to cast spells?

After reading this answer, I was once again struck by the fact that a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 spellcaster, no matter his level, is unable to overcome the limits imposed by his ability scores. Like ...
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Can I use an ability increase across two abilities or just 1?

When I level my paladin to level 4, I get an Ability Score improvement. Can I choose any ability score to improve? I can upgrade one by 2 or two by 1, correct?
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Do the Manuals and Tomes allow you to exceed 20 in an ability score? And can they be stacked?

I am looking at items like Manual of Bodily Health, Tome of Clear Thought, etc. Quoting from Manual of Bodily Health If you spend 48 hours ... your Constitution score increases by 2, as does ...
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Does a Paladin 3/Fighter 1 get the level 4 ability score improvement? [duplicate]

I'm about to level up in a fifth edition campaign and so far I'm a level 3 paladin. I'm thinking of multiclassing into a fighter instead of increasing my paladin level to 4. I am wanting to know, if I ...
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Will I lose my undead traits when I'm resurrected?

I have a ghost template in our new horror adventure. If I die (as a ghost) and after that am resurrected, I will return to being human (my race before becoming a ghost). Will I also lose all of the ...

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