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If a paladin has a negative Charisma modifier, how many times can they use the Divine Sense feature (per long rest)?

Technically, negative modifiers apply unless otherwise stated. You’ve made the right observations: when a negative modifier does not apply, feature descriptions take care to set minimums to avoid ...
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If a sentient item such as Blackrazor maintains concentration on a spell but does not have a Constitution score, can its concentration be broken?

RAW (Rules As Written), Sentient Magic Items cannot lose concentration from Constitution Saving Throws Sentient magic items are often formidable and powerful, and influence the world with wills of ...
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How to calculate HP if an item increases constitution

Constitution Changes have Retroactive HP Changes If doesn't matter why a character's CON changes (increase or decrease), the character's maximum HP is adjusted to match their new CON bonus. This is ...
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How to play a low wisdom character with these flaws and ideals?

Be unwisely cautious and respectful Any flaw can work with any stats - it’s all in how you apply them. In your case, never fully trusting someone should be detrimental to your character more often ...
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Is it possible to exchange ability scores (i.e. reducing one ability score and increasing another) during character creation?

"Voluntary Flaws" are an option during character creation There is an option detailed in the "Character Creation" Chapter of the rulebook called "Voluntary Flaws". This ...
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What is the rarity of a magic item which permanently increases an ability score up to at most 13?

This item does not fit into the loot paradigm of D&D 5e particularly well. 5e magic items outside of cheap consumables like healing potions are generally things that break the bounded accuracy of ...
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Are there any practical reasons for choosing proficiency in Intelligence saving throws?

There are some new (and some older) spells and monster special abilities that require intelligence saving throws Apart from the spells in Deeps' answer the new spells that require intelligence saves ...
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What is the rarity of a magic item which permanently increases an ability score up to at most 13?

Challenge to the premise of the question: stop using rarity to balance loot tables and homebrew items Firstly rarity is terrible as a balance mechanic and broken in a variety of ways. Secondly if you ...
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Is an additional saving throw required if the corresponding ability score changes?

You make a saving throw when instructed to, using whatever your bonus is at the time. The typical dragon's Frightful Presence feature says: Each creature of the dragon's choice that is within 120 ...
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Do Constitution Changes affect Current hit points in D&D 5e?

You don't immediately gain HP The rules for ability scores includes the following: If your Constitution modifier changes, your hit point maximum changes as well, as though you had the new modifier ...
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In D&D 3.5, what happens when you plop a headband of intellect on an animal?

It becomes a magical beast... This is a noodly one. According to Savage Species p.23, in the context of raising an animal's Intelligence score above 2 as a prerequisite to being a player character: A ...
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Gold Dragonborn Sorcerer level 3. ASI or Elemental Adept at level 4?

Take the ASI, unless the campaign is overrun by resistant enemies It all will come down to how often you face fire resistant opponents. If it is really a lot then maybe Elemental Adept (EA) might be ...
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If a paladin has a negative Charisma modifier, how many times can they use the Divine Sense feature (per long rest)?

The paladin cannot use Divine Sense. As you state, this feature lacks an explicit minimum: your 6-Charisma paladin can use his Divine Sense feature −1 times per long rest—or rather, not at all, ...
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Is there a way to add my Strength modifier to my Armor Class?

Nothing In Terms of Official Paizo Material In terms of resources for searching through official Pathfinder materials, the best one is the X to Y (2) google doc (which is the community updated version ...
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What is the average total ability score bonus for the best of 4 DCC Characters?

2.292 As per this anydice: BONUS: {-3,-2:9,-1:46,0:104,1:46,2:9,3} output [highest 1 of 4d(6dBONUS)] BONUS is a 216-sided dice representing the bonus obtained ...
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Does the Feral Tiefling still use Charisma as its spellcasting ability for the Infernal Legacy trait?

You can still cast the spells Yes, the Feral Tiefling still uses Charisma for their Spellcasting trait. The "Feral" variant of the Tiefling is one of several variants that can be used to ...
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If a sentient item such as Blackrazor maintains concentration on a spell but does not have a Constitution score, can its concentration be broken?

I'll begin my answer with a caveat: I'm not sure this scenario will come up too often. With Blackrazor being the item casting the spell, per the rules on concentration, it would need to cast another ...
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When rolling initiative for DM-controlled creatures, does their Dexterity modifier apply?

Their Dexterity bonus applies The rule on initiative (PHB, p. 189) is not player-specific: Initiative determines the order of turns during combat. When combat starts, every participant makes a ...
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If a paladin has a negative Charisma modifier, how many times can they use the Divine Sense feature (per long rest)?

A negative number of uses is not covered by the rules I think you are not asking if the Paladin should have 0 or 1 uses. I think you are asking what it means to have -1 (negative one) uses. The rules ...
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Is there a way to add my Strength modifier to my Armor Class?

Nothing in Wizards of the Coast or Paizo material The best resource for this kind of question is Person_Man’s X Stat to Y Bonus thread, which covers all official content for D&D 3.5e and PF 1e. It ...
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Do Constitution Changes affect Current hit points in D&D 5e?

Constitution changes only affect maximum hp Page 15 PHB says: When your Constitution modifier increases by 1, your hit point maximum increases by 1 for each level you have attained. Only stating ...
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Can a shield guardian be commanded to obey commands from the whole party?

It's unclear, and therefore up to your DM. With an intelligence score of 7, the shield guardian is certainly "intelligent enough to understand a chain of command," but intelligence isn't the ...
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List of ancestry ability bonuses

Up to date as of 09/10/2022 - these are all first-party ancestries from the SRD. At this time, the latest released ancestry is the Skeleton from the Book of the Dead, which was released in April of ...
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Does Proficiency bonus get added to rolls for raw Ability checks?

Generally, no This is actually kinda self-answering, since an ability check being raw specifically means that there are no applicable proficiencies. One of the traps here, is the common shorthand of ...
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Can I use my best spellcasting ability for Eldritch Adept?

You choose one of Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma when you take this feat. In December 2021, an errata to Tasha's Cauldron of Everything answered this exact question (emphasis mine): Eldritch Adept ...
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Does Great Weapon Master deal more expected damage than an ASI?

These feats are not meant to be a simple DPR increase (In many cases they are actually decreasing DPR) If you want that, just take the Ability Score Increase. Great Weapon Master and Sharpshooter are ...
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When does Polearm Master deal more damage than an ASI?

If you're making a lot of attacks, or are facing very high AC foes We're trying to find expected damage when hit chance is relevant, so we need to look at actual expected damage: $$\text{Expected ...
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What is the rarity of a magic item which permanently increases an ability score up to at most 13?

This is not a very useful item As others have noted, anyone who wants to multiclass will already have the stats they need to do that. So this is just an item that improves a dump stat by one. Most ...
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What is the average total ability score bonus for the best of 4 DCC Characters?

I believe @Dale M's answer is on the right track. I took a stab at a similar dyce¹-based solution, which I outline below. You can see my full attempt and play ...
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Are ability scores ever rolled for checks?

Generally, No It's hard to prove a negative across all rulebooks and APs, but I've never seen anything official call for any sort of check like this. You could easily homebrew it as you describe, but ...
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