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What is the point of tool proficiencies [closed]

I play an artificer who has a bunch of tool proficiency's, but it seems that every one can do the same things with normal skills. So is there a point to even having these tools?
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Where has my History proficiency come from?

I'm new to DnD. I was typing up my character sheet (I've decided to do this every now and then as my annotations become more messy), and in the process I didn't spot any reason for me to have the ...
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Applications of Will in Condensed vs. in Core

Some months ago, I noticed a difference between the Core and Condensed editions in the way the Will skill is described. I would like to know whether this is an intentional change between editions (or '...
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How do short-duration buffs work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions?

How do buffs with short durations (let's say guidance, which has a duration of up to 1 minute) work when used to buff rolls for longer-duration actions (such as a heal check to treat disease, which ...
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Does a vivisectionist benefit from a healer's kit bonus?

The vivisectionist's cruel anatomist ability allows him to "use his Knowledge (nature) skill bonus in place of his Heal skill bonus". Does this mean that using this ability while making a check ...
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Is it possible to use Athletics (or other skills) for/with attack or damage rolls?

I just started a game in 5e with a new human greatsword-wielding fighter, and rolled stats pretty well (I have a Strength score of 17). I chose the Brawny feat (from UA: Feats for Skills) and ...
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Does polymorph replace my class-skills while polymorphed?

Polymorph (Player's Handbook v.3.5, p. 263) is based on Alter Self (Player's Handbook v.3.5, p. 197) that reads, in part: Alter Self [...] You acquire the physical qualities of the new ...
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What is my rogue's Stealth modifier?

What is my rogue's Stealth modifier? Here's my attempt to calculate it: My Dexterity modifier is +4. I have proficiency in Stealth and Dex saving throws, so I think that’s another +4 (+2 and +2). ...
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How does a “passive wisdom” check work? [duplicate]

I'm a Dungeon Master, and I can't figure out how passive wisdom works. In the Player's Handbook it says: A passive check is a special type of check that dose not use any dice rolls. That is good ...
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How can my heroic tier PC contribute more during skill challenges?

My character isn't much use during skill challenges, and the campaign has seen, like, 25% of encounters be skill challenges. I'd like my character to contribute more during skill challenges, whether ...
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Opening a skill with B1 stat as root

Suppose a character has perception B1 (maybe they are a young troll or something). If they open their observation skill, either in character burning or through play (testing, practice, instruction), ...
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Combining Flash of Genius and Psi Bolstered Knack?

Long story short I am rolling up a level 13 Soul Knife UA Rogue / Armorer Artificer. Can I use Soul Knifes Psi Bolstered Knack with the Artificers Flash of Genius add both my Intelligence modifier ...
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Are there any PL2 options that are viable in a PL20 setting?

I’ve been doing a thought experiment involving Inventing in Mutants and Masterminds 3e. The way Inventing works is a DC 10+pp Technology check to design something at the rate of 1hrs/pp followed by a ...
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How loud are guns in Pathfinder, really?

Related question here, similar question about casting volume here. I'm playing in a game with a gunslinger ally, and while this hasn't come up just yet, I'm sure it will eventually. Are there any ...
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Is it reasonable to let Inquisitive Rogues get advantage on Perception and Investigation outside combat?

I am DM in a campaign and recently my players reached level 3. The Rogue chose to take the Inquisitive archetype. I am looking at the Eye for Detail feature, which allows the rogue to make a ...
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What does it cost to craft a Hell-knight plate with “Easily Worked” steel?

I have problems calculating the costs for a Hell-knight plate which is crafted based upon the Pathfinder Unchained Rules and using a special raw material (Easily Worked steel). A Hell-knight plate ...
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Is there a way to add both Knowledge (religion) and Knowledge (the planes) to the Spellthief skill list?

... Other than taking Skill Knowledge twice? (or Skill Knowledge + Apprentice) I'd like this character to enter Ur Priest at level 6, so he needs max ranks in Knowledge (religion) and 5 in Knowledge (...
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Should I use characters' passive Perception scores or ask for an active Perception check to detect hiding enemies?

I'm DMing for a party that constantly says stuff like "We'll walk slowly and carefully," or "We'll look around as we walk, to make sure there's nothing threatening or out of the ordinary." Say there'...
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What happens if a player asks to roll an Ability Check?

New DM here, playing casually with my friends for fun during Quarantine. An interesting series of events conspired last night. Udaron the Monk says: “looks around and notices the goliath.” (he then ...
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Lingering Composition: Does a Performance critical failure cost the Focus point?

TL;DR: The bard player is arguing that lingering composition is a Performance check, and another player is stating it's Casting a Spell (Focus spell). I have a player playing a polymath bard with ...
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Do characters ever gain new skills/proficiencies?

Do player characters ever freely learn new skills/proficiencies? From what I can see, most classes get two or four proficiency skills to start, and backgrounds provide two more. Some class ...
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Converting difficulty class (DC) of checks from D&D 3E to 5E

I'm looking at converting the 5th-level D&D 3E adventure The Speaker in Dreams to the fifth edition and I'm noticing a lot of DCs from 20 to 30. Were difficulty classes higher in 3E or were ...
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What does the “combination” part of the Skilled feat mean?

The Skilled feat says (Player's Handbook, p. 170; emphasis mine): You gain proficiency in any combination of three skills or tools of your choice. Does it mean I have to choose either three skills ...
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How does the skill trick Extreme Leap work?

The skill trick "Extreme Leap" reads: Extreme Leap [Movement] Your extraordinary leaping ability carries you over great distances. Prerequisite: Jump 5 ranks. Benefit: If you make a horizontal ...
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Does exhaustion affect passive perception in 5e? [duplicate]

1 level of exhaustion affected ability checks, but does it have any implications for passive checks?
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Passive check and Gelatinous Cube Transparent traits

Since Gelatinous Cubes have the transparent trait, do you need to do an action perception check to spot it or you could use your passive perception? Transparent trait: Even when the cube is in ...
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When to use deceive vs rapport in Fate Core

I'm running a game in fate core, using the default skill list. My players want to know which situations and types of actions will call for a deceive check as opposed to a rapport check. How can I ...
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Skill for Card Games

While the Condensed skill list seems to me to be (and its Core predecessor to have been) comprehensive enough to cover nearly all 'adventuring' activities with little to no alterations required, I ...
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Is there anyway to make Stealth an int based skill?

In pathfinder, there are many ways to substitute skills to use other ability modifiers. Is there a way to use intelligence in place of dex for stealth checks?
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When using the Optional Luck Point rules, how does Skill Improvement work during the Investigator Development phase?

I just got introduced to this game and I'd like to understand some more of the how EXP and PC improvement is done. So far I get that the more you use a skill the more you have a chance to improve ...
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At what point is someone, who has attempted to hide, considered to be hidden, when resolving tied contests?

Inspired by discussion in the comments on this question. Successfully hiding is normally the result of a 'contest' sometimes known as an 'opposed check'. The person attempting to hide makes a ...
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Can the Coerce action be used on a PC?

While this is a way to take away player agency, the second part of the Haughty Obstinacy feat says: "If a creature rolls a failure on a check to Coerce you using Intimidation, it gets a critical ...
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When hiding, what value is the Stealth check compared against?

I've just bought a starter set, and I'm struggling a little to understand the concept of hiding. Do I roll 1d20 + Dexterity (Stealth) when I first want to hide, and note down the number - then, for ...
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Adding up a skill [duplicate]

I think I might know the answer to this, but I am not totally sure. My character has a strength of 7 (-2) and a current proficiency bonus of (+2). I have a proficiency in Athletics. Adding all this ...
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How many skill proficiencies do I choose as a Triton Bard?

I'm extremely new to D&D, and have little understanding on the game so far. Right now, I'm creating my character, a Triton bard with a folk hero background, and I'm having trouble selecting ...
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Cleric build to maximize melee damage and spell healing

I am making a Dwarf Warpriest Cleric of Shelyn wielding a Glaive. I expect to use Medium armor. I am planning this character out through level 20. I'm looking for a build of feats, skills (if ...
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I am working on making an RPG Game with an end of the world storyline [closed]

I am working on making an RPG Game with an end of the world storyline, I want it to be like a huge asteroid is coming to hit earth. I got inspiration from an asteroid map damage simulator website, you ...
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Is there a missing skill in the PHB?

In the player's Handbook version 3.5 the only Engineering type skill listed is attached to Architecture, which implies that it's the form of engineering used to design things such as suspension ...
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Is the Inquisitive rogue's Ear for Deceit feature made useless by a character's Passive Insight score?

The Inquisitive rogue's Ear for Deceit feature (XGtE, p. 45) says: When you choose this archetype at 3rd level, you develop a talent for picking out lies. Whenever you make a Wisdom (Insight) check ...
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How do I keep lie-detection skills from ruining my game?

I play a smoothtalking scoundrel in a GURPS 4e game. In it, I have the Detect Lies skill. Because of the nature of our campaign, which is a murder mystery, I always suspect whoever I'm talking to is ...
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What kind of Close Combat skill do I need for grab-like moves?

The description of the Close Combat skill says, in part: Close Combat: Unarmed is an option, meaning skill with unarmed strikes like punches and kicks. However, this bonus does not apply to other ...
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non-combat role-playing skills in ICE Rolemaster [closed]

My group plays ICE exclusively and has for the past 15 years or so. Recently, a friend of the DM's joined with no RPG experience. A problem has arisen regarding the role playing skills such as "...
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When substituting one ability for another on a skill check which kind of check does it qualify as?

The Unearthed Arcana Monk tradition Way of the Astral Self has the following ability (page 2 of the PDF): Arms of the Astral Self You can use your Wisdom modifier in place of your Strength ...
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Spotting monsters in caves/corners/passage/etc

My group likes to stop and peek inside caves to look for monsters before proceeding through. They like to surprise all the time. I already know how to spot something inside closed doors using ...
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Can you Investigate the same room twice?

I have not seen this question when searching, although someone here might be able to point me to it. I found a related one here Situation: PC walks into a room and wants to investigate to find any ...
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Can an Arcana Check be used to modify or affect a spell being cast?

Is the Arcana Skill capable of influencing or affecting actual spells being cast or other spell-centred details? For example, are you able to influence the effect or characteristics of a spell by ...
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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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Why stand on a mount?

Epic Ride checks confer the ability to stand on a mount. What mechanical benefit does this confer? The only description given in the SRD is: This allows the character to stand on his or her mount’s ...
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What is dysfunctional, controversial, or negative about Epic skill checks?

I often see it said that the entire Epic Level Handbook should be dismissed as broken and frequently dysfunctional. However, outside of claims that the entire book is bad, I never see Epic skill ...
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What creatures give bonuses to Medicine rolls/checks?

I am currently using a Druid in a campaign. I want to know what creatures, if any, there are that I can Polymorph or Wild Shape (5e Druid ability allowing druids to transform temporarily into Beasts) ...

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