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 is the highest possible roll sleight of hand check a PC can make on their own? [closed]

Out of curiosity, I was attempting to think of a master pickpocket build, who if hired could pickpocket almost anything from anyone. So it got me thinking to all the ways one may boost their sleight ...
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Does Riding a Phantom Steed Require Proficiency?

Does a PC need to be proficient in land vehicles in order to ride a Phantom Steed? Or can they ride it without proficiency, but just not well?
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Does an Animated Shield cause penalties if I'm not proficient with shields?

If my character isn't proficient with shields but is using a shield, the armour section says the following: If you wear armor that you lack proficiency with, you have disadvantage on any ability ...
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Does proficiency in saving throws prevent taking certain feats?

I recently had a session where it became apparent to me that I had to increase my 5th-level paladin's charisma somehow, having already used my Ability Score Increase (ASI) to increase my Constitution ...
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How does one roll skill check for playing an instrument while performing? [closed]

Scenario; My bard character, a harpy, is proficient with an instrument(voice), and has expertise in performance. How does that roll play out? Does expertise in performance make the instrument ...
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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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What proficiency gives you spell attack modifiers?

So I'm just starting out in DND and I'm confused about what allows a character to have proficiency bonuses in spellcasting. For example my level 1 Ranger has a +2 on shortbow attacks because he's ...
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Can you change skill proficiency in a character by magical means?

I've made a 5e Paladin. I took Intimidate as a skill proficiency. Now that I am choosing my oath it doesn't really work with Intimidate. My DM is kind of a stickler so I am was wondering: are there ...
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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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Why do Wizards and Sorcerers get to pick from light crossbows or simple weapons for starting equipment when the light crossbow is a simple weapon? [closed]

In the player's handbook, it says Wizards and Sorcerers have a option between a light crossbow with 20 bolt or any simple weapon as a weapon, But the light crossbow is classed as a simple weapon. so ...
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Can a character wear armour that he's not proficient in?

I'm starting a new 4e campaign and I was helping one of the guys in my group, Marc, with his CS (he's new to the game and this is his first character). We got up to choosing his magic items (we're ...
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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 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 the bard's Jack of All Trades feature make them proficient with thieves’ tools?

PHB describes the Jack of All Trades feature as you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn’t already include your proficiency bonus It also ...
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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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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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If a bard has expertise in Persuasion, doubling his Proficiency Bonus, does drawing the Throne card from the Deck of Many Things double it again? [duplicate]

The Throne card in the Deck of Many Things (5e) says, "You gain proficiency in the Persuasion skill, and you double your proficiency bonus on checks made with that skill." If a 4th level Bard who ...
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Ranger Attack Bonus seems too high

I'm DM for my group of friends and have a question about our Ranger. He was level 6 last session, and had a +11 to hit. +5 from DEX, +3 prof, +2 from Archery style, and +1 from his bow. Against the ...
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What does Weapon Master do if you choose a weapon you're already generally proficient with?

What happens if you get the Weapon Master feat and select a specific weapon whose general type you are proficient with? Weapon Master You have practiced extensively with a variety of weapons, ...
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Can you gain a proficiency bonus, without being proficient?

I'm asking with a particular eye on the Rogue's level 11 feature, "Reliable Talent": Reliable Talent By 11th level, you have refined your chosen skills until they approach perfection. Whenever ...
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Determining how to apply Bonuses and Penalties to Ability Checks

I've recently begun trying to understand and implement nonweapon proficiencies as written in the AD&D 2e Player's Handbook. Most aspects of the system seem to come across clearly enough; my ...
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Can a Pact of the Blade warlock proficiently use weapons given by race? [closed]

I am starting a campaign and I am looking to play a pact of the blade warlock. So at first I was thinking of creating a human character in order to get 1st level feat ...
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Does proficiency with improvised weapons also give proficiency with some actual but very simple weapons (like a club)?

This is a question related to a very specific situation : I had an idea about an unorthodox build for an ape animal companion. Animals only have melee attacks by default, and even the rules mention ...
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Can A Psionic Talent Be Cast Wearing Heavy Armor?

As most of you know, according to the Player's Handbook, it isn't possible to cast a spell while wearing armor you aren't proficient in. Have there been any rulings on this in regards to expending ...
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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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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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Why have a starting proficiency bonus at all? [closed]

I've just started running a 5E game after decades away. Im coming from the BECMI and AD&D era. I remember how finding a sword +1 plus +2 against goblins at low levels was quite a haul. But it now ...
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Is there any way for my wizard to learn just sword proficiency?

Can a wizard learn a single weapon proficiency (similar to how they can learn a tool set or language, which use Training rules), or are costly and over-blown options like multi-classing, feats, or ...
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Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative?

I know in some homebrew classes, such as Matt Mercer's Gunslinger Archetype, you can add your proficiency bonus to your initiative modifer. Are there any ways of doing this in the official rulebooks?
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What determines monster proficiency for skills not listed in the Monster Manual?

For each creature in the Monster Manual, a few special cases are listed for skill checks if applicable. For every other skill check, how do you determine whether the monster has proficiency? (...
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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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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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Does the proficiency bonus stay the same at each level in a tier or am I supposed to add to it at each level?

I'm looking at the Character Advancement table on pg15 of the 5e Players Handbook. It shows that levels 1-4 have a +2 proficiency bonus each, levels 5-8 are +3 each, etc. I don't know if it is telling ...
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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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Do monster PCs get racial weapon proficiencies?

I remember reading that all monster characters are assumed to be proficient in any weapons listed in their MM description, but when they take class levels they lose these and have only class ...
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Are there rules for using gaming sets?

Just started DMing, and in a moment of hubris had a NPC challenge the party to a game of cards… which one of the PCs was proficient in. When asked the reasonable question of "ok what now," I realized ...
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How do you determine the success of a nonweapon proficiency that the character doesn't have?

In AD&D 2nd Edition, if a character, for example, has the Fishing Nonweapon Proficiency, the rules are clear about how to determine their success at fishing: Each hour the character spends ...
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Do you add your proficiency bonus if you are not proficient in the skill but you are proficient in the stat?

I have a sorcerer with 10 dex, which is +0 and 16 cha which is +3 So if I make a dex saving throw, I get +0 as I have no proficiency If I make a cha saving throw, I get +3 and since I am proficient ...
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D&D 5e - Proficiency Question [closed]

I'm new here and this is my first question, so please excuse me if I didn't follow the rules or something. I received my 5th edition D&D books recently and I'm working on a basic translation of ...
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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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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 ...
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Does Bard's Jack of all Trades increase passive checks?

Jack of all Trades increases all ability checks in which the bard is not proficient. Passive checks are ability checks. (PHB5e p.54 & 175, respectively) Does that mean I can add half my ...
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Do I get my proficiency bonus with Shillelagh?

I am considering picking up the Shillelagh cantrip as part of my book of shadows pact boon as a level 3 Warlock. The spell description states that I get to use my spell casting modifier (Cha + 3) ...
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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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Proficiency bonuses and multiclassing: highest, add all together, or what?

When you multiclass, do you only use the highest proficiency bonus of any of the classes you have, do you add together all the proficiency bonuses from any classes you might have levels in or do you ...
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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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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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When does a monk have proficiency with deflected missiles?

Does the monk have proficiency when throwing whatever missile he catches only when throwing it back, or can he be considered to have proficiency with (for example) throwing arrows any time besides ...
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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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How do skills work? [duplicate]

I am a new player creating a rogue character and I'm struggling to understand how the skill system works. I've spent about an hour searching through the Basic Rules and can't find anything. I'm ...