Questions tagged [proficiency]

For questions about a character's proficiencies. Broadly, proficiency refers to the ability to use a specific skill or piece of gear without taking penalties for not knowing what you're doing.

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What skill proficiencies can a Variant Human choose from at character creation?

When creating a variant human you get an extra skill to be proficient in. Does that skill have to be from your class skill list, or can it be any skill available to any class? For instance, if I'm ...
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Should a dragonborn Draconic Bloodline sorceror have only 4 starting skill proficiencies?

One of my party rolled up a dragonborn (race) Draconic Bloodline sorcerer in a session and after going through the race, class, and background (outlander), she ended up with just 4 skill proficiencies:...
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Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre?

Are Shadow Assassins proficient with Sawtooth Sabre? In RAW, how proficient is the shadow assassin with the sawtooth sabre? Weapon and Armor Proficiency A shadow assassin is proficient in all simple ...
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What are the dots in the skills section of the standard character sheet for? [closed]

I'm filling out a pdf character sheet for my character who is a high elf wizard and I'm not sure how the skill box works. I've got all my saving throws done but I'm really just confused with the dots ...
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Does the Great Weapon Master feat grant wizards proficiency with heavy weapons?

Does the feat Great Weapon Master (PHB, p. 167) grant wizards proficiency with heavy weapons? The feat says: Before you make a melee attack with a heavy weapon that you are proficient with, [...] ...
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Double proficiency from blessing of knowledge

A player in my new game chose the Knowledge domain, gaining the feature Blessing of Knowledge: At 1st level, you learn two languages of your choice. You also become proficient in your choice of two ...
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Where has my History proficiency come from?

I'm new to DnD. I was typing up my character sheet (I've decided to do this every now and then as my annotations become more messy), and in the process I didn't spot any reason for me to have the ...
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What are the missing proficiencies per level for the Oriental Adventures monk and yakuza?

Oriental Adventures on the class monk says [T]he monk starts with proficiency in one style of unarmed combat and two of that style's special maneuvers. The monk also has five other proficiency ...
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If I use a quarterstaff as my Arcane Focus, can I add my Proficiency Bonus, the way a Bard does when using an instrument as their arcane focus?

A Bard can add their Proficiency Bonus to checks they make with a Musical Instrument they're proficient with. It says on p.154 under Musical Instruments in the Player's Handbook: If you have ...
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Can I use a spiked shield in my primary hand as a weapon? If so, does it count as a simple or martial weapon?

Can any humanoid PC use a Spiked Shield in their 'primary hand' as a Weapon? and Is it a Simple or Martial Weapon? The Lizardfolk entry in the MM (p. 204) has a statblock that includes the ...
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Does hurling a thrown weapon change the weapon's category for determining proficiency?

On Weapon Categories says, "A melee weapon with the heavy thrown or the light thrown property counts as a ranged weapon when thrown" (Player's Handbook 215). (Similar text is absent from the Rules ...
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Do you add your proficiency bonus when attacking with the Sun Blade if you're proficient with shortswords only?

The Sun Blade mentions proficiency twice in its description on D&D Beyond. The first one is about being proficient with shortswords or longswords: If you are proficient with shortswords or ...
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If a Pact of the Blade warlock transforms an existing magic weapon into their pact weapon, are they proficient with it?

The Pact of the Blade feature of the Warlock reads (emphasis mine): You can use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. [...] You are proficient with it while you wield it. [...] ...
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Do characters ever gain new skills/proficiencies?

Do player characters ever freely learn new skills/proficiencies? From what I can see, most classes get two or four proficiency skills to start, and backgrounds provide two more. Some class ...
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Understanding the Proficiency bump on Level Up for untrained skills

I'm experienced with DnD3.0, DnD3.5, and PF1e, but I am just starting to delve into Pathfinder 2e and I have a question on Proficiency for Skills. It says when you Level Up your character, you "...
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What does the “combination” part of the Skilled feat mean?

The Skilled feat says (Player's Handbook, p. 170; emphasis mine): You gain proficiency in any combination of three skills or tools of your choice. Does it mean I have to choose either three skills ...
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How does weapon proficiency work?

This is my 2nd session of AD&D 1e as a magic-user, and I'm a bit confused I checked in the player handbook and I'm supposed to be proficient in 1 weapon at level 1 and I read somewhere else about ...
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How many skill proficiencies do I choose as a Triton Bard?

I'm extremely new to D&D, and have little understanding on the game so far. Right now, I'm creating my character, a Triton bard with a folk hero background, and I'm having trouble selecting ...
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How do tinker's tools interact with the ability to disarm traps?

Similar to this question, I am curious about what tinker's tools can do, and how it interacts specifically with thieves' tools. In Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 84), there is this image, of ...
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Are Drow proficient in Drow's Poison?

Drow's poison are crafted only by drow, but if the drow dosen't have proficiency in poison kit, he still have proficiency in craft your poison?
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Does gaining an armor proficiency from your class also give you the ability score increase from the corresponding armor proficiency feat?

Old school RPer coming back after long gaming hiatus and new to D&D 5e. Liking what I see, and happy to be rid of THAC0, lol. As I'm reading, it seems feats are a little different now and fewer ...
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Is the Moderately Armored Feat really the only way for my dwarf to get shield proficiency without multiclassing?

I really enjoy working out rather unusual character builds, or taking a subpar character concept and try to make it work using min/maxing, point buy and having every level from one to twenty planned ...
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Is a Pact of the Blade Warlock proficient with all weapons of the same kind as their wielded pact weapon?

According to the Warlock class, the Pact of the Blade Pact Boon feature allows a Warlock to use your action to create a pact weapon in your empty hand. You can choose the form that this melee ...
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How to calculate passive perception?

For Christmas my kiddo got the D&D Starter Set and we've been going though it and the full rules we downloaded online. I'm having a hard time figuring out how the example listed in the rules gets ...
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Is there a way of having Expertise with the Poisoner's Kit?

Is there any way to attain Expertise (i.e. a doubled proficiency bonus) with a Poisoner's Kit? My character is a Rogue, so I have the proficiency already, but I want to have Expertise with this tool ...
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Can I wield a Saw-tooth Sabre with my tail as a Ratfolk using the Versatile Design weapon modification while being a Red Mantis Assassin?

I started playing a Rogue Ratfolk and have brought myself to the RMA prestige class. I used to wield a ratfolk Tailblade to maximise sneak potential, but it didn't work out because the attacks kept ...
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What is the mathematical formula for proficiency bonus vs level/CR?

I'm programming a database for our homebrew setting and I would really like to be able to mathematically calculate proficiency bonus from a monster's CR, but try as I might, I can't find a formula ...
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Do you add the proficiency bonus when throwing a pebble from the Magic Stone cantrip?

Would you add your proficiency bonus to a pebble from the magic stone cantrip? The spell description says nothing about it. The magic stone spell description states (EEPC, p. 20; XGtE, p. 160): ...
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How exactly does Might of the Master apply your proficiency bonus to your Homunculus Servant?

Artificers have access to the Homunculus Servant infusion. The Homunculus Servant's Might of the Master trait says this: The following numbers increase by 1 when your proficiency bonus increases by 1:...
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Dealing with a minmaxer player - is this legal? [duplicate]

So, the main question is, can one create expertise through using proficiency and another proficiency? Let me try and explain, A level 9 mind flayer savant player character would regularly roll +13 to ...
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Why does Night Hag have greater skill proficiencies than what they should be?

The Night Hag has the following skill proficiencies: Deception: 7, Insight: 6, Perception: 6, Stealth: 6 Challenge 5 means +3 proficiency bonus, so if we add the appropriate modifier, we should get ...
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How can a Human Druid achieve expert proficiency with a weapon?

How can a Human Druid achieve expert proficiency with a weapon? It would be nice to have a feat for that, but I could not find any. I would prefer a procedure that works for any weapon, but more ...
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Do you need both Firearm Proficiency and Martial Weapon Proficiency to use a gun proficiently?

My friends and I were discussing whether or not you need both firearms proficiency and martial weapon proficiency to wield a gun as they say that they are: The DMG pg 268 states Firearms [Era ...
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Does the Tavern Brawler feat grant proficiency when the character is not proficient otherwise?

This is a bit challenging to phrase, so I'll use an example. A human wizard with the Tavern Brawler feat gets fed up with a unruly Gnome and snaps off a heavy gate post to stab him with. The DM ...
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Does anything grant proficiency with harpoons?

Is there any feat or ability that gives a PC proficiency with Harpoons in D&D 5th Edition? In Descent Into Avernus,
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Is it balanced to replace a musical instrument proficiency from my character's background with an artisan's tool proficiency instead?

I'm designing a Wood Elf Outlander Warlock (in D&D 5E) who only has one hand. This makes my arm near to useless. As an Outlander, I am proficient with a musical instrument, and have skill ...
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Is there a balanced or allowable trade that would grant Shield proficiency as a starting proficiency for a class which normally would not have it?

Normally a character has to choose between wielding 2 of a shield, an arcane focus (or component pouch), and a weapon OR just a two-handed weapon. As a Warlock, I could choose to wield an arcane ...
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Does the Prepare Food ability from Cook's Utensils stack?

Here's the relevant ability from Xanathar's guide to Everything: Prepare Meals. As part of a short rest, you can prepare a tasty meal that helps your companions regain their strength. You and up to ...
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How does a changeling's Divergent Persona affect bard spells cast using musical instruments?

My character is a level 1 Changeling Bard. In my character's story, his Bard personality is what I'm using for his Divergent Persona racial feature. So it says under the description for divergent ...
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Does a Rogue's proficiency with a Rapier apply to the Spiral Rapier?

Does a Rogue's proficiency with a Rapier apply to the Spiral Rapier?
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What skill proficiencies do I get from multiclassing into Artificer?

I can't find the rules for multiclassing into Artificer. My character is starting out with Rogue through level 3 and then going into Artificer, after which I will bounce back and forth. Which skill ...
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For a UA 2019 Battle Smith artificer, does the Iron Defender's attack bonus increase with the artificer's proficiency bonus?

Does the to-hit bonus of the Iron Defender's Bite increase when the proficiency of a Battle Smith Artificer (from the 2019 artificer UA) increases? The starting bonus is +4 (which I assume is the ...
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When using the Proficiency Dice optional rule, how should they be used in determining a character's Spell Save DC?

Previously, I've allowed my players to use the proficiency dice optional rule (DMG, pg. 263). When I was asked how they should calculate their spell save DCs with the proficiency dice, I had them just ...
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What is the drawback to using armor you aren't proficient with?

A rogue has light armor proficiency, but I'm looking to get medium armor. What is the drawback to using armor you aren't proficient with?
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Druid Wildshape Proficiency [duplicate]

In my next campaign I will be playing Druid. I didn't really understand how skill / saving throw proficiency works while wildshaped and other posts on the internet didn't help. I will try to ...
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In Adventurers League, is there any way for a 5th-level wizard to gain heavy armor proficiency?

Is there any way for an Adventurers League character in the 8th season of AL to gain heavy armor proficiency? My level 5 wizard has no armor proficiencies, and the only way I found to get it was the ...
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How to use skill versatility? [closed]

I'm new to D&D and am making my first character. As she is a half-elf bard, I'm given 'skill versatility, which gives proficiency in any two skills. Where and when does this get added and how is ...
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Do lightfoot halflings get +2 to Acrobatics?

I'm creating a lightfoot halfling bard via 5e Companion App, and it automatically added a proficiency to Acrobatics. Is that legit, or do I need to remove it?
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How does a character proficient in the Medicine skill help other characters recover from diseases, injuries, or similar effects?

Recuperating is described as a downtime activity option on Basic Rules Version 1.0, page 71: You can use downtime between adventures to recover from a debilitating injury, disease, or poison. ...
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How can my character gain proficiency in vehicles (water)?

Our party inadvertently captured a ship. Is there any way to gain a proficiency now that we're 6th level? If I have to wait two more levels to get the Skilled feat, I'm afraid we'll end up sinking ...

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