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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What happens if I get the same skill from both my background and my class?

I made a trickster cleric with spy background. This caused an overlap of stealth and disguise. (Further compounded by me wanting to take hide in shadow ... which again granted me stealth.) What ...
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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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Can someone explain what the “Proficiency Bonus” is in D&D 5e/Next exactly?

I am reading the 5e rules, and I keep seeing how you can add proficiency bonus to attack rolls checks with weapons you are proficient in and skill checks in skills you are proficient in, but I can't ...
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Does a Druid in Wild Shape add their own Proficiency Bonus to the physical attribute of the Beast for Skills?

The PHB entry on Wild Shape states: "You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies, in addition to gaining those of the creature." Does this mean you add the character's ...
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How do I calculate my skill modifier?

I'm trying to fill out the skills section on my first character, but when I look at the character sheets in the Starter Set as examples of how to make a character, the skills that are circled have ...
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What is the point of a shield proficiency?

PHB describes the downsides of wearing an armor you are not proficient with: Armor Proficiency. Your class gives you proficiency with certain types of armor. If you wear armor that you lack ...
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I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do doublings of proficiency bonus stack?) [duplicate]

Lets say there exist some enterprising young bard 3/ sorcerer 1 named Kirk. Deciding to uphold (long past) family tradition, he has chosen to go out and have a little half-dragon of his own. He ...
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How does Expertise work?

Bards get Expertise at level 3. How does this work? For example, if I have a standard proficiency bonus of +2, and if I have proficiency in Perception with a Wisdom ability modifier of +2, then my ...
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How many skill proficiencies does a College of Lore Bard have?

In fifth edition D&D when creating a bard it says you have 3 skills of your choice. I'm guessing that mean proficiency in those skills. When you level up to level 3, it you choose College of Lore, ...
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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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When do you add the proficiency bonus?

I am very new to D&D, but I cannot seem to find when to add the proficiency bonus. From what I can tell from the character sheet, there is a proficiency bonus for a specific task, and another (on ...
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How does the Cleric's Blessings of Knowledge feature interact with the rules for gaining proficiency when already proficient in a skill?

Scenario: I am a level 1 Half-Elf Monk, using a combination of my Monk starting skill proficiencies and Skill Versatility racial features to start with proficiency in Arcana, History, Religion, and ...
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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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Do proficencies with one thing from multiple different sources stack?

In D&D 5e it is possible for a character to receive proficiency in the same skill, tool, weapon and/or armor more than once via Class, Race, and/or Background. Do any of these proficiencies ...
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How do Expertise and the Acrobat feat proficiency effects combine? [duplicate]

Scenario : I make a character (rogue) and put proficiency in acrobatics, at level 1 I get expertise and double my acrobatics proficiency buff. (text from roll20): Your proficiency bonus is doubled ...
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How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

I have been reading the Basic Rules a couple times, but could not find any way to gain proficiency in skills past level 1. For example, if I create a Rogue, I may chose 4 skills among 11: ...
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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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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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Do you gain any proficiencies when multi-classing other than weapon and armor?

When multi-classing, do you gain any other proficiencies outside of weapon and armor. In particular do you gain saving throw proficiencies?
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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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Do monsters have proficiency with all weapons and armors?

As a bit of background, my players befriended a kobold and gave him a javelin (instead of the dagger a kobold usually have, according to his stat block). They later also gave him a leather armor for ...
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Do you have to be proficient in a weapon to use it?

Do you have to be proficient in martial weapons to use a martial weapon for example?
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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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If a character has Expertise in more skills than they have skill proficiencies, is the extra Expertise wasted?

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 it possible to double your proficiency bonus twice? [duplicate]

Let's say I'm a multiclass rogue/ranger and I have taken Expertise in survival checks. Now, if a ranger is in their favored terrain it says they double their proficiency bonus in intelligence and ...
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Does Jack of All Trades count for having proficiency in Performance for practicing a profession?

According to p. 187 of the PHB, you can use your Performance skill to maintain a wealthy lifestyle during downtime, if you have proficiency in it. Does having the Jack of All Trades feature count? ...
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Do you have to be proficient in armour to use it?

Do you have to be proficient in armour to be able to actually wear it?
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Does/Should the Gladiator background grant proficiency in the weapon it gives?

The Gladiator background (an Entertainer variant, from PHB p. 130-131) gives a strange weapon (like a trident or net) as starting equipment, but doesn't explicitly specify that it gives proficiency ...
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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 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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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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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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How does Jack of All Trades interact with Reliable Talent?

The Bard's Jack of All Trades says you can add half of your proficiency bonus to rolls to skills that you otherwise can't add your proficiency bonus. And the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature lets them ...
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Does proficiency in both simple and martial weapons mean my character is proficient in all weapons?

So I am building my first D&D character, it's a Barbarian Mountain Dwarf, and I'm trying to figure out what weapons he is proficient with, but in the Barbarian section it says that he his ...
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Are mountain dwarves proficient with shields?

In 5e, the Moderately Armored feat grants proficiency with both medium armor and shields. It is, that I can see, the only feat that grants proficiency with shields. Every single class that has ...
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What is the purpose of having proficiency with artisan's tools?

One of my players wants to build a forge (see How much gold would the construction of a forge cost?). I explained to him how the creation of a magic item works (like a +1 weapon, for example), and he ...
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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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Which stat and proficiency bonuses of a creature you transform into do you gain?

When you transform into a creature via a spell or wild shape, you gain its Str, Dex and Con ability scores, but keep your Int, Cha and Wis scores. However, if the creature you're transforming into has ...
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Is there any means to acquire smith's tools expertise through leveling up?

Are there any feats, classes that can be multi-classed into, or any other mechanic, that would give someone expertise in smith's tools (i.e. double their proficiency bonus), that don't require one to ...
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What are the Alchemy and Tinkering crafts?

The PHB lists many sets of tools and supplies for several crafts and trades: Alchemist’s supplies 50 gp 8 lb. Brewer’s supplies 20 gp 9 lb. ... Smith’s tools 20 gp 8 lb. Tinker’s tools 50 gp 10 lb. ...
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Do bonuses from proficiency and Fighting Style stack?

One of the pregen fighters in the Starter Set has proficiency in simple & martial weapons, giving a +2 bonus, but also has the Archery fighting style, giving a +2 bonus. I don't see these added ...
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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 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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Can I pick a different saving throw proficiency for Slippery Mind if I already have proficiency with Wisdom saves?

I am playing a rogue that I built a little over a year ago for my first ever game of D&D. We play about once a month or so in an ongoing campaign. My DM set my ability scores for me when we began, ...
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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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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, ...
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Weapon Proficiency without needing a particular class/race or multi-classing

Other than taking the Weapon Master feat, is there any way of gaining proficiency in either one weapon or martial weapons that doesn't either extend from being a certain class/race or multi-classing?
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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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Help a DND noob out? Proficiency and how it is used? [duplicate]

I am extremely new to D&D and I'm filling out a 5th edition character sheet for the first time. I chose my race as elf and it says, "You have proficiency in the Perception skill." What's ...