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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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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Is there any way for a Half-Orc Sorcerer to get proficiency with a heavy weapon?

I have a player playing a half orc sorcerer who's partially in denial about his magic. Wants to be a melee fighter. Recently, the party beat a group of orcs who were putting him down for being half-...
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Is it possible to have a character with proficiency in all martial weapons without proficiency in Medium armor?

When thinking more about this question: Are the requirements of a Horn of Valhalla cumulative?, I started to wonder if characters could effectively use horns without being able to use their lesser ...
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Are the requirements of a Horn of Valhalla cumulative?

Each type of Horn of Valhalla has a requirement, increasing in complexity in the same way the type increases in rarity: Silver Horns (rare) have no requirement, Brass Horns (rare) require proficiency ...
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Do Proficiency Bonus apply to enemies/monsters/NPC? [duplicate]

I'm reading the basic books but this doesn't get explained. Let's have an example: a PC is attacking an AC16 orc with a sword (he's proficient in swords). He rolls a 13 + STR bonus (+ 2) + Proficiency ...
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Can a tabaxi rogue with the Criminal background start with 8 skill proficiencies?

Assuming: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead. (PBR, p. 36; PHB, p. 126) ...
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Does the word 'expertise' have a Formal Ontology in 5th Edition?

I'm going to use one example just to demonstrate the relevancy of this question, but I want to make clear that this one example does not constitute the complete domain of my question; nor do the other ...
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Does the Aboleth have expertise in History and Perception?

The Aboleth statblock states: Int: 18 (+4) Wis: 15 (+2) Skills History +12, Perception +10 Senses passive Perception 20 CR: 10 A CR of 10 translates to a proficiency bonus of 4....
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Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them?

Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them? On PHB, pg. 96, it says when Reliable Talent is applicable: Whenever you make an ability check that ...
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When a druid wild shapes to a beast that has double proficiency with a skill, should the druid's proficiency bonus be doubled with that skill?

When a druid uses its Wild Shape feature: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, personality, and Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma ...
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Does a Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's doubled proficiency bonus for Charisma checks against dragons apply to all dragon types or only the chosen one?

The Draconic Bloodline sorcerer gets the Dragon Ancestor feature at 1st level, part of which says: Additionally, whenever you make a Charisma check when interacting with dragons, your proficiency ...
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Can a multiclassed druid/rogue benefit from Expertise while in Wild Shape?

The text concerning changing proficiency bonuses for a druid's Wild Shape feature is as follows: Your game statistics are replaced by the statistics of the beast, but you retain your alignment, ...
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Does the Rock Gnome trait Artificer's Lore apply when you aren't proficient in History?

Rock Gnomes have the following racial trait (PHB, p. 37): Artificer’s Lore Whenever you make an Intelligence (History) check related to magic items, alchemical objects, or technological ...
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Can you create poisons/effects with a Herbalism Kit proficiency?

I am curious as to how far herbalism kits can be pushed. In the PHB (p. 153), it says about the herbalism kit: This kit contains a variety of instruments such as clippers, mortar and pestle, ...
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Does multi-classing into Fighter give you heavy armor proficiency?

A lot of build guides I've seen suggest you should dip into Fighter in order to get heavy armor proficiency. But that doesn't seem right since the multi-class rules in the PHB (p164) does not list ...
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If an animal companion wears barding without armor proficiency, do they incur the penalties? [duplicate]

Suppose a ranger puts barding on their animal companion to boost its AC. Does wearing the armor cause this creature to have disadvantage on its attacks, ability checks, and saving throws? Or does the ...
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Under what conditions would I NOT add my Proficiency Bonus to a Spell Attack Roll (or Saving Throw DC)?

For physical attacks, the scenario where you don't add your Proficiency bonus to an attack roll is relatively clear-cut: when you don't have proficiency in a weapon. If you're a Sorcerer trying to ...
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What is the maximum number of tool proficiencies a character can gain?

For the purposes of this question, we're going to ignore the rules, found in either the Player's Handbook (pg. 187) or Xanathar's Guide to Everything (pg. 134), that allow a character to learn a tool ...
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What type of artisan's tools would a tailor use?

I'm creating a character with a Guild Artisan background as a tailor, but I'm not sure what tool would be good to get proficiency in.
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How many proficiencies and languages does a noble half-elf Knowledge Domain cleric start with?

I'm starting a new character sheet for a noble half-elf cleric (Knowledge Domain), and I'm just wondering about proficiencies and languages. How many things would I be proficient in, and how many ...
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How can I gain proficiency in medium armour as a rogue?

I am a level 3 rogue only proficient in light armour. Is it possible for me to become proficient in medium armour eg by multiclassing or some other means?
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Is there a way to add your proficiency bonus to a generic ability check for use with Reliable Talent?

I was looking into maximizing the effectiveness of the rogue feature Reliable Talent which says: Whenever you make an ability check that lets you add your proficiency bonus, you can treat a d20 ...
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Adding up the ability score? [duplicate]

D&D 5e If it says that I have a +7 to Stealth, do I add my Dexterity bonus (which is 3) plus my proficiency x 2 (which is 2x2 = 4) because of being an expert to it, or, is the + 7 just the number ...
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When a creature's proficiency bonus is doubled for a skill, is it marked as such in its statblock?

I'm very new to the books of D&D 5e. I see in the introduction of the MM that they specify the proficiency bonus for CR, and that at times it will be doubled to account for the creature's "...
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Are there other features like “Jack of All Trades” or “Remarkable Athlete”?

Long story short, I'm working on an editable, self-updating Spreadsheet/Character Sheet. I want to incorporate features like Jack of All Trades or Remarkable Athlete that apply a portion of a ...
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Does the Resilient feat give you proficiency in the skills associated with the chosen ability?

If you take the Resilient feat, do you become proficient in the associated skills? For example, if you were not proficient in Dex saving throws and choose Dex when you take the Resilient feat, are ...
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How does a bat have +0 modifier to attack?

I am quite new to playing DND and I'm struggling to understand how a bat has +0 to attack. I'm clearly missing something, but as per my calculations: A bat has a strength of 2 (-4 Modifier). This is ...
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Is there any way to increase your proficiency bonus other than leveling up?

Last Friday, I played my first session of D&D and I loved it. I have a little bit of an obsession with seeing how to make characters be specifically optimised in one area. Right now I'm trying to ...
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Do I need to be proficient with Alchemy Supplies to cast Healing Elixir?

Healing Elixir is a new spell from Unearthed Arcana Starter spells for my character (fighter 4 warlock 2) I am concerned because Alchemy Supplies is listed under the material components for the spell....
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Is there a difference between types of musical instruments and actual musical instruments?

This question comes from me creating my bard character. Under my tool proficiencies, I have "one type of musical instrument" and "any three musical instruments" does this mean I can be proficient in ...
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Is there a way for a Rock Gnome Artificer to have double proficiency with Tinker's Tools?

Background I want to make a Rock Gnome Artificer (from Unearthed Arcana) but there is something I'm not happy about with the character I'm planning. Rock Gnomes (PHB, p. 37) get proficiency with ...
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What skills are Drow proficient in?

I've been trying to find out what skills Drow have options to be proficient in, typically a race offers a few choices but only allows you to pick two, and your class gives you two more, followed by ...
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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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When throwing a melee weapon without the thrown property is the proficiency bonus still added to the attack?

The rules for improvised weapons state that you can throw a melee weapon even if it does not have the thrown property for 1d4 damage: If a character uses a ranged weapon to make a melee attack, or ...
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Does the Celestial Armor require medium armor proficiency?

TL;DR: Does the Celestial Armor require medium armor proficiency? I found the Celestial Armor which said that it is a medium armor Chainmail+3, and is light enough to be considered as light armor. ...