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Questions tagged [proficiency]

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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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. ...
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What values do I recalculate when I Wild Shape?

When I Wild Shape, I take a beast's STR, DEX, and CON scores. I keep my proficiency bonus and my INT, WIS, and CHA scores. I will focus this question on the assumption I'm proficient in Athletics, and ...
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Do features that allow you to add twice your proficiency bonus, under some other name, stack with Expertise?

Do features that allow you to add twice your proficiency bonus, under some other name, stack with Expertise? For instance, dwarves' racial Stonecunning trait, with bards' Expertise as applied to ...
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If you have expertise in a skill, is only your initial proficiency bonus doubled, or does it scale as you level up? [duplicate]

I understand that having expertise in a a skill doubles your proficiency in it, but is it just the initial proficiency that's doubled or does it include proficiency you gain from leveling up? e.g. If ...
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Would it be unbalanced for Dex-based Fighters to choose proficiency in Dex saving throws instead of Str saving throws?

Whilst building a Dex-based Fighter (an Arcane Archer), I decided to pick the Resilient feat at level 4 so that I could have proficiency in Dexterity saving throws, which makes sense given that they ...
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Is proficiency in hand crossbows sufficient to use a repeating hand crossbow?

As a rogue, we get the proficiency to use Hand crossbow (which is an exotic weapon). And so can a rogue use a Repeating hand crossbow (also list as an exotic weapon) without handicap? Or would we have ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

I am about to start a campaign of D&D 5th edition. I have a character in mind, a blacksmith with a thing for swords, who became a cleric worshiping a sword god. Mechanically this translates to a ...
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What is the distribution of monster save proficiencies?

I'm curious which saves are the best to target (as a player). As in, if I have a spell that forces the enemy to make a dex save and another spell that forces a con save, which am I better off using? ...
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If I have expertise in a skill and I take Aereni Expertise over the Elf Weapon Training, does that mean that I would have quadruple proficencey bonus? [duplicate]

I'm making a new character and she is a Wood Elf rogue. The rouge gets to choose two skills that he is proficient in at level one and give themselves expertise in it instead. A Wood Elf has access to ...
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Does my Giant Crocodile's grapple benefit from my Druid's expertise? (wild shape) [duplicate]

Put another way, when is a grapple(MM) not a grapple(PHB)? My wild shaped Circle of the Moon druid loves to be a giant crocodile. Big and strong, he can grapple much bigger creatures than our ...
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Could you grant 1 expertise instead of 2 proficiencies for Background?

I wanted to make a follower of Cyric,the God of lies. Would it be unreasonable to give him expertise in deception, so he becomes better at lying? The thing about it is that he would lose out on other ...
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Why is allowing players to stack their skill proficiency bonus overpowered?

I am the DM for a campaign and play with the following house rules: When gaining proficiency in any skill (during character creation, taking the Skilled feat, etc.), you may choose a skill more ...
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If a bard uses a musical instrument as their spellcasting focus, can they add their proficiency bonus to an ability check made as part of a spell?

The following things are true: Bards are allowed to use their musical instruments as spell focuses. Proficiency with a musical instrument allows you to add your proficiency bonus to ability checks ...
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Can a bard use a musical instrument as a spellcasting focus if they aren't proficient with it?

The bard's spellcasting class features (PHB, pg. 53) includes the following: Spellcasting Focus You can use a musical instrument (found in chapter 5) as a spellcasting focus for your bard ...
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Is there a mechanism for gaining proficiencies or skill improvements in play?

So if in play, my character spends a lot of time trying to learn a new skill, or a new language, or learn how to use a tool, is there a mechanic for adding that on the sheet? Or does 5E streamline ...
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Do you apply double Proficiency from Expertise on top of normal Proficiency?

So I am playing D&D 5e with a lvl 1 Elven Rogue as my character. I'm confused about expertise for my Perception. My wisdom is 13, so my modifier is +1. Which makes my Perception 1. But as an ...
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Can you use the Skilled feat to gain proficiency with a musical instrument?

The Skilled feat (PHB, p. 170) says: You gain proficiency in any combination of three skills or tools of your choice. I was wondering if I could use this feat to gain proficiency with a piano (a ...
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Are ability bonuses added to skills you don't have?

In 5e I know you add your ability modifier and proficiency bonus to your skills that you chose when creating your character, but what if you don't have that skill, do you still add the corresponding ...
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If I'm proficient in Investigation, and take the Investigator feat and the Prodigy feat, do I have triple proficiency?

I have a Half Orc who is proficient in Investigation so I was wondering, can I take the Investigator feat and also the Prodigy feat to gain triple proficiency on Investigation checks? If I become ...
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Can expertise for a skill be obtained via training?

I know that if a character spends enough time and gold in game they can gain proficiency with something they aren't already proficient in, but is there a similar mechanic for expertise?
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Does a spellcaster lose their skill proficiencies when viewing through their familiar?

As a general rule, if a spell caster is observing the world through their familiar, do they lose their skill proficiencies or are they supplemented by the familiar? As a specific example: I have a ...
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Am I understanding the proficiency system correctly? [closed]

My DM is a DM that mainly cares about making sure we are understanding the game and having fun, so he let me be a griffin. I'm a level 2 wizard and level 2 thief. The DM says at my level I should ...
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Can you get Armor proficiency with the Skilled feat?

I have a PC that wants to play a variant human warlock, but uses heavy armor and has the feat Skilled which states you gain proficiency in any combination of 3 skills or tools. Is heavy or any armor ...
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Disguise Kit: do I need proficiency to use it?

I have a disguise kit from my bard's initial equipment (Entertainer's Pack). Do I need proficiency in such kit to be able to use it, or would proficiency simply increase my chance of having success ...
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What modifiers apply to skill checks, and when? [duplicate]

A Player Character is 1st level and has the skill Athletics. Do they get Strength ability mod (if any) and Proficiency mod? If they do not have the skill do they get neither?
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Are Ectoplasmatists proficient with their Ectoplasmic Lash, and Warlocks proficient with Mystic Bolts?

The Ectoplasmatist archetype for the Spiritualist gets an ability called Ectoplasmic Lash, which reads as follows: Ectoplasmic Lash (Su) At 1st level, as a full-round action an ectoplasmatist ...
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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 long does it take to read and learn from a book?

My party has stumbled upon an abandoned library. They've found some books that they want to read and study. I've told them if they read and study the books they'll gain a proficiency bonus for the ...
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What happens if my armor/weapon proficiencies from my race and class overlap? [duplicate]

I'm a new D&D 5e player and I'm making a character using both the players handbook and the new Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes book. I was wanting to create a Githyanki Fighter. I noticed that the ...
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Does a magic weapon require the attuner to be proficient?

Similar to this question, but this refers more toward proficiency rather than the word "wield". The party has recently captured a greatsword from a defeated enemy. It has the property of conferring ...
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Do fighters have proficiency with ranged weapons? [duplicate]

I'm playing a fighter and when I looked at the proficiencies, it said proficiency with all simple and martial weapons, does that or does that not include ranged simple and martial weapons?
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How does your proficiency bonus apply to attacks while wild shaped?

I understand that the druid uses his or the beast's proficiency when wild shaping and using skills or saving throws because it is specified in the book. But how about the creature's attacks? For ...
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More Expertise than Skill proficiencies

Let's say I take 10 levels of Bard and then 10 levels of Rogue. This would give me the following skill proficiencies: 2 from my background 3 from Bard level 1 1 from Rogue level 1 This is a total ...
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Is your proficiency bonus a class feature?

The shapechange spell question has raised a difference in opinion on whether or not the proficiency bonus is a class feature. The crux of the issue is that shapechange allows the character to retain ...
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Does gaining a proficiency via the Shapechange spell let you add your original proficiency bonus if yours is higher?

For example, if a 17th level character with a +6 proficiency bonus and who isn't proficient in Acrobatics casts the shapechange spell to turn into a Quickling (who have a +6 Dexterity modifier and an ...
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Can I choose a temporary proficiency for Expertise?

I am a multiclassed bard 2/cleric 2 with the Knowledge Domain. I use my Knowledge of the Ages Channel Divinity moments before leveling up and within the 10 minutes reach level 5 and choose to advance ...
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Is there any way other than multiclassing for a wizard to gain proficiency with all martial weapons?

I'm trying to make an Eldritch knight character with a wizard base that doesn't lose any spellcasting levels but as far as I can tell the only way to gain proficiency with all martial weapons is ...
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How do I figure out how many proficiencies I get at level 1?

My character is a high elf rogue with criminal background. I ended up with proficiencies in acrobatics, deception, investigation, perception, performance, sleight of hand, and stealth. This gives me ...
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What weapons and armor can a Shield Guardian use?

Shield Guardians make two fist attacks at +7, are size large, strength 18(+4), CR7, and have an intelligence of 8. They can be commanded by the owner of their Master’s Amulet. Can a Shield Guardian ...
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Proficiency with specific weapons vs 'simple and martial'?

In the PHB on pg. 146 it states that there are two weapon categories in which the players can be proficient: simple and martial. As per this answer to another question, being proficient in either ...
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Is there any means to acquire smith's tools expertise through leveling up?

I was trying and failing to determine if there are any feats, classes that can be multi-classed into, or any other mechanic that would double one's proficiency bonus with smith's tools that don't ...
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What is the potential of herbalism?

In the AD&D 2e Player's Handbook a short description of herbalism is given - among other things it states that a character who possesses herbalism proficiency can make "non-magical potions, ...