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Preparing a murder mystery for player consumption

At this stage in my homebrew sandbox game, the PCs are Lv14, Rogue, Cleric, Wizard and Fighter. They are also filthy rich by the usual standards of D&D, having been sailing around the world in a ...
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What are the advantages of using the Intimidate skill over using the Diplomacy skill for the same purpose?

What are the advantages of using the Intimidate skill over using the Diplomacy skill for the same purpose? There are some pretty obvious downsides to intimidation. The primary one is if it fails you ...
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Which ability checks are rolled for a shove attack?

I've been looking at the shoving rules. I'm slightly confused on the 'contested' wording and which skills are rolled. The rules say: Instead of making an attack roll, you make a Strength (Athletics) ...
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Can players roll Body and Fly dice for flying challenges/tests?

The rules say that if a player can come up with a reason why they could use e.g. Bucking for a Body test, then they can roll their Bucking and Body dice and take the highest? I like this mechanic. How ...
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How to use charisma in role play mechanics? [closed]

The scenario: We've been playing a DnD 5e campaign for over a year. I'm playing a L8 tiefling sorcerer with dragon ancestry. We finally confronted a White Dragon, between Young and Adult age (it was ...
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How do you handle plain sight while sneaking?

As I understand it, once a character successfully rolls a Dexterity (Stealth) ability check, they are successfully hidden and moving stealthily. Others will need to succeed on a Wisdom (Perception) ...
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Does D&D 5e have a rule for character knowledge about monsters?

In the 3rd and 4th editions of D&D, there were explicit rules for determining if a character knew anything about a monster before them. In 3rd edition, for example, use of the Knowledge skill ...
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Can you use the special use features with tools without the tool?

Relevant Text [1] Special Use. Proficiency with a tool usually brings with it a particular benefit in the form of a special use, as described in this paragraph. Weaver's Tools Repair. As part of a ...
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Would Animal Handling apply when interacting with a young dragon?

From when a dragon hatches from its egg to the end of its life, could a character use Animal Handling to interact favourably with it? If so, when (in terms of life stages of the dragon) would it apply ...
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When replacing the Variant Human race with a lineage, do you keep the skill proficiency gained through the Prodigy feat?

Each of the lineages from Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft has a feature called Ancestral Legacy, which states: If you replace a race with this lineage, you can keep the following elements of that ...
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Herbalism Kit Activity: Identify Poison - Applicability

In Xanathar's Guide to Everything near the bottom of the first column on page 82 is a table for Herbalism Kit Activities. One of the Activities is named "Identify poison" and requires a DC ...
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Is it possible to fail an ability check on purpose?

Here are the general guidelines regarding ability checks: The GM calls for an ability check when a character or monster attempts an action (other than an attack) that has a chance of failure. When ...
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Is there a real use for the Medicine skill?

Does the Medicine skill have a hidden use I don't know about? All I can see in the rules is that it allows a successful skill roll to stabilize a dying character, which a healer kit does without a ...
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Question about application of Medicine skill

My party has ended up in a ship in the middle of the ocean. One of us has motion sickness and I have proficiency in Medicine. I was wondering if I could use this and some ingredients to make some tea ...
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How to use, and not to overuse, Insight skill checks?

I've recently begun DMing a 5th edition D&D campaign after a long time of quiescence as Dungeon Master. I really like this new take on D&D, but still, soon a problem has resurfaced, that is: ...
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How to handle the Soulknife Rogue's Psi Bolstered Knack if the DM doesn't do clear-cut successes and failures on skill checks?

The Soulknife Rogue has the following ability: Psi-Bolstered Knack. When your non-psionic training fails you, your psionic power can help: if you fail an ability check using a skill or tool with ...
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What to do when a player roleplays an extremely persuasive argument, but flubs their Persuasion check?

I have been the DM of a wonderful group of Stack Exchange friends playing an urban fantasy campaign of D&D 5e for some time now, and a question came up in our group Discord that has got me ...
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What is the DC of a Long Jump?

Long Jump says: You Stride, then attempt a DC 15 Athletics check to make a long jump in the direction you were Striding...The GM might increase or decrease this DC depending on the situation. ... ...
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In Fallout: the role-playing game, is the gauss rifles supposed to use the "small guns" or "energy weapons" skill?

In the 2d20 Fallout ttrpg by Modiphus, the gauss rifle is listed under small guns, which makes sense to me, as it fires projectiles. In the description of the "energy weapons" skill, however,...
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Can I increase my number of trained skills if I increase my Intelligence modifier?

I am currently playing a Rogue who had a lower than average intelligence score at character creation. As our party is nearing 5th level, I was anticipating where I might put some of my attribute ...
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Was this the right call? Player rolled a great Intimidation check on an enemy that wouldn't normally be intimidated

In one of my last sessions, my players were about to begin their battle with the big bad of the story arc: a Hag who had taken over the body of the village herbalist and was quietly poisoning the ...
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A mechanic to resolve multi-stage, multi-participant tasks

Sometimes the party wants to complete a multi-part task where the performance of one of them on one part can help or hinder the performance of another one on a different part. They have a common goal,...
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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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What is the highest Perception DC in each WotC-published adventure?

I’m building a character and one of the pillars of his abilities should be a high passive perception. I’ve found enough ways to boost this that I highly doubt I need to take all of them, so I’d like ...
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Can a Druid understand language while Wild Shaped?

Many of the threads on this focus on speaking. Other threads focus on understanding/speaking new languages that the Beast knows but the character does not know. I'm not interested in these questions. ...
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How to handle deception skill rolls fairly based on the premise of the deception?

In a campaign I'm playing in, players have to come up with a convincing approach to be allowed to try a persuasion, deception, or intimidation skill check...but, at the end of the day, the players are ...
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What would the DC to intimidate the universe be? [closed]

I'm a level 1 fairy barbarian, and I, along with my party, killed an enemy that turned out to be a ghost, meaning they couldn't pass on to the afterlife. I asked to intimidate the universe into ...
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When a process takes longer than a round, at what point is a skill check made?

The party wizard is about to copy a high-level scroll into her spellbook. She has a +10 on Arcana, and a good chance of making the DC16 roll, despite it being a sixth-level scroll: A wizard spell on ...
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What means exist to increase more than three skills to Expert/Master/Legendary?

As a character levels up in Pathfinder 2e, at every odd numbered level, they can increase their level of training in one skill. From Untrained to Trained, or, starting at level 3, from Trained to ...
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Can a collective of creatures add their Strength together to move or lift a heavy object?

I know about group checking, but for a collective push, pull, or lift, it would make more sense to me that the Strength of each character is added together, even if fractions of the originals, to the ...
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Can invisibility be countered by "ramming" the whole room with lots of conjured animals?

We're running Dragon Heist and having a quite dramatic encounter where a very important & powerful villain is trying to escape the sewers with 1 hp left. The villain became invisible as the most ...
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Is a cookbook “equipment” for the Cooking skill? [closed]

Would cookbooks qualify as equipment for modifier puposes? I.e., would someone who understands cookbook terms be able to gain a modifier to their roll by using one? I.e. would a gourmet cookbook give ...
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What deductive reasoning capabilities would a soulless Simulacrum with an Intelligence score of 22 have?

Assume that: A level 17 Wizard (School of Evocation) with an Intelligence score of 22 is able to create a finite but arbitrarily large number of simulacrums of himself, using the widely known ...
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What are the most and least commonly used skills? [closed]

When you create characters for a party, one aspect in particular are skills. At least in our games, we try to make sure that someone has a decent Perception skill bonus, ideally several people, and if ...
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When do you need to make an Strength (Athletics) check to climb when you have a climb speed?

The uncommon Potion of Climbing has this effect: When you drink this potion, you gain a climbing speed equal to your walking speed for 1 hour. During this time, you have advantage on Strength (...
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Do ability checks in combat require an action?

I was under the impression that using skills, and therefore making an ability check in combat required an action. Note: I'm obviously not talking about passive perception, it's definitely passive, it'...
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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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How to deal with recording lexical knowledge gained from temporary skills?

There are a couple of skills in D&D which appear to represent your character's lexical knowledge (as opposed to "doing" skills). For example: Arcana. Your Intelligence (Arcana) check ...
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How are Constitution-based checks and saves differentiated in these circumstances?

The Constitution ability (PHB 177) lists tasks like the following, in which the DM might ask for Constitution checks: Hold your breath March or labor for hours without rest Go without sleep ...
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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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How do I run stealth and perception? Passive perception vs active perception

I'm a new dm and I want to introduce some ambush style encounters in my game. I told my players recently that I will not ask them if they want to be steathly when moving around a dungeon because I ...
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Can a character provide help with a Persuasion check?

In page 175 of the player's handbook under section Working Together it reads: Sometimes two or more characters team up to attempt a task. The character who's leading the effort--or the one with the ...
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Does 5th edition have the equivalent of Taking 20?

In 3rd edition D&D there was the option to Take 10 or Take 20 on a skill check. Does an equivalent rule exist in 5th edition? If the answer is no, have you tried houseruling it in, and what ...
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How to limit sequential knowledge skill checks?

I had this issue with a knowledge check in our last session. Such checks do not require proficiency, everyone can try them. The paladin wanted to know if he could recall anything about a god the group ...
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Is skill retraining a legal option in 5th edition D&D?

When a similar question was asked on this site, I interpreted the original phrasing of the question as a question regarding the retraining of skills, rather than the retraining of classes / class ...
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Does familiarity (or lack thereof) with subject modify the skill DC?

Foreword: I am using 3 characters from Forgotten Realms, just to illustrate the scenario. The question is not about FR, but about skill mechanics and DC. Also history is used below just as an example. ...
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Where can I find the rules for the Oriental Adventures Scry skill?

I have the Oriental Adventures book, and the 2/6/2006 errata. In a number of the new classes, there is a skill, Scry (Int, exclusive skill), first appearing in the ...
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Which is More Positively Effective, Math-Wise: Modifier Bonuses, or Expertise?

After my previous question about my character, I went off the deep end to find what role is needed in my party, exactly. Long-story short, we need a high DEX skill monkey. I'll have trouble with the ...
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For an exponent 1-4 skill, do I have to fill all my routine tests before I can start counting difficult + challenging ones?

BWG 42: Advancing an exponent 1-4 skill requires a number of routine tests equal to the exponent. Also, for exponent 1-4, a character needs difficult tests equal to half the exponent, or challenging ...
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Does Assurance bypass the MAP?

I was watching a YouTube channel that does P2E builds this morning. This one was for a grappler-type character, and it mentioned taking Assurance to avoid the Multiple Attack Penalty. That seems like ...

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