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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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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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 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?

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 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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Is there a way to become proficient in using a Spiked Chain as a non-improvised weapon?

The spiked chain was an exotic reach weapon in D&D 3.5, but is absent from D&D 5e. The use of such a weapon (probably) falls under using improvised weapons. Is there such a way for a ...
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Would an artifact that enhanced proficiency be too over-powered?

I am the DM of 5e, and during my campaigns I try to allow characters to get an artifact — a legendary magical item — as a sort of personal side quest to build their character. This is something that ...
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Are Myriad Weapons Exotic?

I had myself a wee bit of an argument with my GM (not a major one, thankfully) regarding a very specific group of weapons that show in the 3.5e book "More Ultimate Equipment" on if they were ...
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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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Is there an official feat that gives expertise for weapons?

I am playing, as well as about to start DM'ing a one shot, in fifth edition D&D and one of my soon-to-be players has talked to me about making either a Fighter (Samurai) or Monk (Kensei) and was ...
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Can a Human Variant start with stacked proficiencies?

So the Human Variant in 5E D&D gets two different ability points, proficiency in one skill and a feat. Let's say that human is a cleric with acolyte background. He takes a double dose of religion ...
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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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Are Monks automatically proficient with everything considered a 'Monk Weapon'?

The feat "Pole Master" allows you to use hafted reach weapons as Monk Weapons for the purpose of Flurry of Blows. Many if not all of these are weapons that a monk is not usually proficient with. ...
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Variant Half-Elf: is this meant to be Keen Senses AND another trait?

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide says: Some half-elves in Faerûn have a racial trait in place of the Skill Versatility trait. If your DM allows it, your half-elf character can forgo Skill ...
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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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How does the attack proficiency bonus stack with multiple sets of weapons training? [duplicate]

I am creating a drow ranger. They're at 3rd level, and it's my first time playing. Their attack score is proficiency + ability + other bonuses. They have Drow weapon training which includes ...
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Does a wizard really have the same chance to hit as a fighter?

In D&D versions Original to 3.5, the ability to hit your opponent varies from class to class (i.e. Cleric, Fighter, Rogue, and Wizard). The classes in 5th edition all seem to have the same basic ...
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When Building a Character, if a skill proficiency is mentioned twice do i add the proficiency bonus twice? [duplicate]

I'm building a character in the 5th edition and my background and class both mention survival proficiency, do i add the proficiency bonus twice or only once?
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Are there proficiencies for Goldsmithing and creating Jewelry?

There is the jeweler secondary skill, but that is another set of rules. Are there any proficiencies for working gold and creating jewelry?
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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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Can you use a magic item for its magical property without the proper proficiency?

Can a character have a magic shield and benefit from its magical effect but not its use as a shield when they do not have shield proficiency? Like wear the shield on their back or something? If it ...
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Rolling for playing an instrument with instrument proficiency, performance proficiency and expertise?

My character has proficiency with an instrument, she also has expertise with in performance. I know the rules say you add and multiple proficiency once. The RAW for instrument proficiency states ...
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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?

The PHB and basic rules describe the bard's Jack of All Trades feature as follows: [...] you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn’t already ...
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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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How can a Cleric be proficient in warhammers?

I'm just starting to learn 5e, so I might miss something obvious. The "Equipment" section of the Cleric description assumes that Cleric can be proficient in warhammers: Starting Equipment ...
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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. ...
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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 ...