Questions tagged [pregenerated-characters]

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Why does pregen character Iseph have +11 to acrobatics and +10 to piloting at level 1?

Paizo provides pregenerated level 1 character stats for iconic character Iseph. Among the stat bonuses listed, it mentions "Acrobatics +11" and "Piloting +10 (1 rank)". I don't ...
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Can you run pregen characters with only the System Reference Document?

The System Reference Document is a document containing 3.5 rules except for character creation. Can you run pregenerated characters with only the System Reference Document?
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Can a Pathfinder Society adventure created for pregenerated characters be played without them?

Some Pathfinder Society adventures include pre-generated characters. For example, Origin of the Open Road includes this text: Origin of the Open Road is a Pathfinder Society adventure designed for ...
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How does a ghost hunter use the screwdriver and string in the “gost [sic] hunting kit?”

Using a pre-generated character — Maximilian Hirst, parapsychologist — I have a ghost hunting kit consisting of a thermometer, string, screwdriver, and bible. Neither the GM (nor I) could come up with ...
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Where are the pregenerated character sheets for the Hunt for the Thessalhydra adventure on D&D Beyond?

I've just bought the Hunt for the Thessalhydra adventure (from the Stranger Things Starter Set) on D&D Beyond, but the pregenerated character sheets from the boxed set aren't visible. Where can I ...
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What are the pros and cons of using pre-made character sheets for new players and DMs?

I'm a new DM starting the D&D 5e Starter Set campaign Lost Mine of Phandelver for a group of new players, and I am trying to decide if I should use the pre-generated characters or have them make ...
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Why does the Starter Set wizard have six spells in their spellbook?

One of the characters in the Starter Set is a 1st-level high elf wizard with an Int mod of +3. How does this character have 6 spells? I understand that one is a ritual, but it has 5 more and not 4? ...
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Why does this WotC pregenerated human paladin have an Int modifier of +1 if their Int score is 11?

On this page, WotC provides a bunch of pregenerated characters. I noticed that the level 1 human paladin (from the .zip file linked here) has an intelligence score of 11, but a modifier of +1. How ...
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Are there mistakes on the pregenerated Starter Set wizard and ranger character sheets?

I am returning to D&D having not played since first edition and am trying to get my head around the character building process before I try and explain it to some new players. I have been ...
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How can I handle my DM's requirement that I play a female character in his one-shot when I don't feel comfortable with doing so?

My DM is doing a one shot in-universe for a historical moment in our main campaign's world, and my DM is requiring that I play a female character. I'm not really comfortable with this, nor the ...
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Is the pregenerated dragonborn sorcerer's Charisma saving throw bonus wrong?

When looking at the Dragonborn Sorcerer's pre-generated character sheet, the character's Charisma saving throws seem to be wrong. For the level 1, 2, 3 and 4 sheets, I think it should be +5 instead of ...
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WotC Pre-rolled Level 1 Bard Character - Can't get it right in D&D Beyond

I'm trying to build the nifty 5E Half-elf Bard in D&D Beyond as shared on WotC's set of pregen character sheets. However, I just can't seem to get the ability score values and the skill values to ...
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Why does the pre-gen Drow Rogue have a 0 Str modifier but a Strength score of 8?

I just began a campaign with the pre-gen characters from the WotC page, and we can't explain some stats. One of them is this Drow Rogue STR modifier. As it has STR 8, it should be -1 instead of 0, ...
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How to balance a Communist pregen PC for a Paranoia one-shot?

I am designing a Paranoia one-shot with pre-generated characters. I'd like to make at least one of the characters belong to the Communist secret society. However, that group is so universally hated ...
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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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How do I understand the Starter Set attack roll?

I've only played D&D a little once and I'm trying to organise a game. I decided to go with the starter set to help me get into it. I have a question about the attack bonus for characters. Example:...
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Are there more pre-generated characters for the D&D Starter Set available?

I'm about to run the D&D Starter Set adventure for a few of my co-workers, and I foresee having more than 5 players. Is it possible to get extra pre-generated character sheets somewhere in the ...
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Does a Draconic Ancestry Sorcerer's Elemental Affinity apply to a Dragonborn's Breath Weapon?

I'm asking this after looking at the pregen characters on the Wizard's website. http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/features/character_sheets The first one, the Dragonborn Sorcerer, gains Elemental ...
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Why is the number of cantrips in the Starter Set pregenerated character sheets different from the number in the rulebook?

In the Starter Set rule book, it shows that the cleric has 5 cantrips (Guidance, Light, Resistance, Sacred Flame, Thaumaturgy), and the wizard has 6 (Dancing lights, Light, Mage hand, Prestidigitation,...
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How can the Starter Set wizard have five skills?

I ran out of time making my own Elven character, so I grabbed the pre-made one from the starter set. Then I realized that the skill selection is impossible. The included High Elf Wizard comes with ...
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Why do the Starter Set characters have unexpected attack bonuses?

I am somewhat new to D&D 5e and had a question about attack bonuses of the pre-gen characters in the Starter Set. I was under the impression that attack bonus for a sword is strength bonus plus ...
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Starter Set Cleric's Hit Points don't add up

In the Starter Set, the Hill Dwarf Cleric's character sheet shows a Hit Point maximum of 11. Shouldn't it be 10 from a 1d8 Hit Die and the Constitution bonus of +2?