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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...