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How can I specialize in only Monster Lore?

I am playing a Transmuter Specialist wizard. For many of my shapechanging shenanigans my DM has asked me to roll skill checks to determine if I know enough about a monster to be able to change into ...
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Can you use the Administer First Aid skill on yourself?

The Administer First Aid skill has the text: perform first aid on an adjacent creature Which seems to imply that you can’t use this skill on yourself, as the target must be another creature, but I ...
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When performing an Investigation check to look for traps, do you activate any traps if you roll under the DC?

When performing an Investigation check to investigate traps, do you activate the traps if you roll under the DC? If you are, for instance, checking out the floor looking for pressure plates and roll ...
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Are the divine shifts in the Gods of the Fall campaign setting broad or narrow?

I'm looking for some insight about the Divine Shifts in Gods of the Fall. Do they cover all the points in their description, or are they more restricted, like skills in the Cypher System? For ...
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Is it possible to fool an animal companion?

Is it possible to fool an animal companion impersonating its owner? For example, if a druid is fighting with his party and its animal companion - let's say a wolf - would its opponent be able to get ...
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Why do some classes start with fewer trained skills?

Looking at Pre-Essentials 4th Edition classes, it seems like they map out like this: Three trained skills: Defenders: Battlemind, Fighter Striker: Barbarian Four trained skills (one max be fixed — ...
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By RAW: Does a creature know that it is hidden?

When a creature attempts to Hide it makes a Stealth check, which is compared to the passive Perception of opposing creatures that may notice it, or a group check if there is more than one. Does the ...
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How could the passive Perception bonus of the Obsevant feat be replaced with a bonus to active Perception checks in a balanced way?

My DM doesn't tend to use passive Perception of the characters; he'll just get us to roll active Perception checks in most cases. We tend to use Perception far more than any other skill in the game. ...
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how to make my will save insanely high [closed]

In my game one of our teammates has the seduction skill and continually uses it to try to force my characters in relationships with his. Needless to say, I'm not happy about it. Since the GM won't ...
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How does failing a Sense Motive check against a Bluff affect your character's perception of the world?

There doesn't seem to be a concrete explanation for what happens to your character if you fail a Sense Motive check against a Bluff. I want to know the limits of failing a Sense Motive check, as well ...
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If a PC's ability score increases due to an item, does it increase the corresponding modifier for the ability score or any skills/attacks?

I'm a new DM. One of the PCs obtained gauntlets of ogre power, which raise the Strength score of the creature wearing and attuned to them to 19. Does this increase the modifier or any of the skill ...
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How many people need to succeed in a group check with three people?

In the comments of this answer it came up that the section on "Group Checks" states: To make a group ability check, everyone in the group makes the ability check. If at least half the group ...
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Can a human variant take proficiency in initiative?

I was making a human (variant) character, and I didn't knew what skill proficiency I could give them. I was wondering if I could give them proficiency in initiative. Since the Jack Of All Trades bard ...
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What skill proficiencies do I get from multiclassing into Artificer?

I can't find the rules for multiclassing into Artificer. My character is starting out with Rogue through level 3 and then going into Artificer, after which I will bounce back and forth. Which skill ...
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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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Does the “Unified Theory” skill feat have any interaction with the “Natural Medicine” skill feat?

The Unified Theory skill feat states that: Whenever you use an action or a skill feat that requires a Nature, Occultism, or Religion check, depending on the magic tradition, you can use Arcana ...
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Do these bonuses to disguise really stack together to +51 (or even more, eventually)?

Inspired by an answer to another question. My character is a Kitsune with 22 Charisma* and 8 ranks in Disguise. He has a Realistic Likeness feat. So, using logic from answer by william porter (sic!) ...
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What skills in 5e give trap knowledge (i.e. the equivalent of Dungeoneering in 4e)?

4e had a skill called Dungeoneering which was used for recognizing hazards and knowledge of some monsters. This skill doesn't exist in 5e. Clearly Perception and Investigation can be used to find ...
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What are the uses and limitations of Persuasion, Insight, and Deception against other PCs?

Yesterday, I was in a D&D 5E group. Today, I am not. We were playing Out of the Abyss, but that's redundant to my issue, I think. Basically, the DM and I are interpreting Insight differently. He ...
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How do I know whether a 9th-level character has the correct number of skill points if they may have gained Int in the past?

Let’s say you have to study a level 9 character sheet created by another player. However, you have no record of whether the player put additional points into INT or not, and cannot ask him/her. How ...
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Can you put ranks into knowledge skills that aren't class skills?

Can you put ranks into knowledge skills that aren't class skills? As a sorcerer, Knowledge Engineering isn't a class skill, can I still put ranks into it so I can do Engineering checks after I level?
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Can you shove a friendly creature?

This came up in a session recently, and we couldn't really decide on how this would work. Basically, I wanted to move through an ally's square, and then shove them backward... so I could move up to ...
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Which skill can be used to represent gambling games?

I know there is a similar question, but that one is related to D&D. I'm planning a scene for a Vampire: The Dark Ages campaign where the players will need to participate in a gambling game - ...
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Can temporary bonuses be used for magic item crafting checks?

In pathfinder, the rules for magic item creation state that one must make a skill check at the end of the crafting process: At the end of this process, the spellcaster must make a single skill ...
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Does an accidentally cursed magic item lose all other magic except the curse?

On Magic Item Creation says that At the end of this process, the spellcaster must make a single skill check (usually Spellcraft, but sometimes another skill) to finish the item. ... Failing this ...
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Is passive Investigation essentially truesight against illusions?

I have been thinking about this for a few days (since taking the Observant feat specifically) and have now seen my logic backed up in this question. Let's assume a character has 20 passive ...
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If a player tries to persuade somebody, what should that creature roll not to be persuaded?

It's clear that we should roll Insight versus Deception (I guess) , but what should be rolled against Persuasion or Intimidation checks? Is the answer to this question different for NPCs and PCs?
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Can I reuse a disguise check/familiarity if I'm always using a fabricated identity?

I have a character who is always in disguise and I was wondering how that affected things. Does he have to reroll his check every day? Does someone he’s known for years have a bonus to seeing through ...
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Can I use a Talent without initation?

I'm currently creating my first character for a Würm game. At character creation you choose a tribe (which determines starting skills) and Strengths. My character is a Long Man (Aurignacian culture) ...
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Do lightfoot halflings get +2 to Acrobatics?

I'm creating a lightfoot halfling bard via 5e Companion App, and it automatically added a proficiency to Acrobatics. Is that legit, or do I need to remove it?
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How does a character proficient in the Medicine skill help other characters recover from diseases, injuries, or similar effects?

Recuperating is described as a downtime activity option on Basic Rules Version 1.0, page 71: You can use downtime between adventures to recover from a debilitating injury, disease, or poison. ...
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Is the Exclusive trick the only “official” way to keep others from using Handle Animal on an animal?

I'm asking this because I think it's ridiculous to be able to handle someone else's loyal animal (e.g. a guard dog, animal companion) without training the animal to accept such handling. Exclusive (...
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Are these skills not part of any skill group?

I am reading over the Shadowrun 5e core rulebook and see a lot of skills that are not included in any skill group, even when obviously you can group them and I would even expect it in this type of ...
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How can I determine an appropriate DC for an Acrobatics check to “vault” over a barrel?

My PC is running down a hallway. She comes across a section that is blocked by beer barrels (3' tall, 2' round). She finds a place where the blockade is only one barrel deep. She asks for an ...
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Can a Medtechie use Medical Tech for First Aid checks?

Can a Medtechie use Medical Tech for First Aid checks? Or, in fact, is there any reason to, since it doesn't explicitly say a thorough patching up takes any more time than some first aid (other than ...
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What's the rule for a natural 20 on a Perception check?

I was just watching this video from Geek & Sundry while I was preparing some content for tomorrow's session. If you click the link you should be at a specific time in the video. If you watch those ...
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How often can a PC check with passive perception during a combat turn?

Scenario: Players are fighting an invisible beholder and its Antimagic Cone. One player, with high passive perception, wishes to check to see if they are being effected by the cone every five feet ...
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Can Listen be used to pinpoint the location of an invisible enemy?

I know I will still have to deal with the miss chance from concealment, but can I use Listen to at least find which square to attack?
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How to determine the appropriate number of Skill Points when skills are removed from the available list or grouped together?

I plan to run a Savage Worlds campaign. I will use the new Adventure Edition. According to these rules, there are 32 skills. At character creation, 12 points can be distributed amongst those skills. ...
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How does DC work with natural 20?

To keep it short, the D&D Dungeon Master's Screen has certain Difficulty Levels with the respective DC. The issue is that there are two Difficulty Levels namely Very Hard and Nearly Impossible ...
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Using UMD to activate a Ring of revelations

I'm a life Oracle but would quite like some of the other oracles revelations. Would it be possible to use a Ring of revelations with use magic device to use a mystery from a different oracle I.e a ...
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Skills with different abilities: How to adjudicate what combination to use?

In the D&D 5e Player’s Handbook, there is a variant option called Skills with Different Abilities: Normally, your proficiency in a skill applies only to a specific kind of ability check. ...
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If someone intimidates another person, does the person affected gain the Frightened condition?

This came up when a PC in my game was immune to the Frightened condition. They said that the intimidation should fail since it relied on fear. How do I rule this?
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Do defenders who win an Opposed Melee Test in combat do weapon damage to the attacker?

In WFRP 4e, the rules aren't clear if a defender who wins an opposed Melee (any) test in combat will do damage to the attacker. A first reading of the combat rules on p. 158: 1: Roll to Hit Melee: To ...
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When stealing something, do you need to roll both Stealth and Sleight of Hand checks?

Scenario: An Arcane Trickster casts disguise self to appear as a blind old man. In a crowded room, his accomplice distracts the target, while the Arcane Trickster tries to steal his pouch of gold. ...
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Can I choose the same starting skill twice?

All (that I know of) schools in the first edition of Legend of the Five Rings provide the set of starting skills for the characters. Sometimes one or more of those skills are "open ended" like "any ...
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Do warhorses know the combat riding tricks? Can they be changed?

I reckon not many DMs or players would ever waste time into arguing about this, I would rule it as "do what's best for your character". But let's assume I'm playing with a very nitpicky DM who wants ...
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What kind of check is needed to read a language you don't speak to a character that doesn't know how to read?

So, I have a party with a Half-Orc Barbarian who cannot read and only speaks very simply. The last session ended with the party discovering a note written in Orc, which nobody other than the barbarian ...
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The Passive Wisdom (Perception) score of my character on D&D Beyond seems too high

I just made a 7th-level Dragonborn Vengeance Paladin character on D&D Beyond. It says his Passive Wisdom (Perception) is 18, but I don't understand how they calculated that number. The ...
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Can a tabaxi rogue with the Criminal background start with 8 skill proficiencies?

Assuming: If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead. (PBR, p. 36; PHB, p. 126) ...

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