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Why is allowing players to stack their skill proficiency bonus overpowered?

It leads to "All or Nothing" skill development This is going to cause exactly the problem that the 'bounded accuracy' philosophy of 5th edition was designed to address: All skill checks ...
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What is the point of a shield proficiency?

The disadvantages are the same as wearing regular armor you lack proficiency with (Note, I used the basic rules pg.44 as a reference, but the information should be the same as in the PHB, pg. 144) You ...
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Why do we assume that PHB rules apply to monsters?

If monsters don't follow the "you" rules in the PHB, then many things become undefined. You can make an opportunity attack when a hostile creature that you can see moves out of your reach. ...
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How can a Cleric be proficient in warhammers?

Two cleric domains get proficiency with martial weapons in DnD 5e, and dwarves have a racial proficiency Cleric Domain PHB p. 62 and 63 identify Tempest and War Domains as having martial weapon ...
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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

Everyone is proficient with their own unarmed strikes In the errata for the Player's Handbook, the Unarmed Strike entry was removed from the weapon table. However, the rules on Unarmed Strikes in the ...
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I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do doublings of proficiency bonus stack?)

Do they stack? RAW, no. Occasionally, your proficiency bonus might be multiplied or divided (doubled or halved, for example) before you apply it. For example, the rogue's Expertise feature doubles ...
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Would it be unbalanced for Dex-based Fighters to choose proficiency in Dex saving throws instead of Str saving throws?

Yes, it would be unbalanced. Dex, Con, and Wis are the major saving throw types, of which each class has one. Str, Int, and Cha are minor saving throws, which don't come up as often. Str saving throws ...
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Do you have to be proficient in armour to use it?

No, you don't. However: If you wear armor that you lack proficiency with, you have disadvantage on any ability check, saving throw, or attack roll that involves Strength or Dexterity, and you ...
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How can you gain proficiency in a skill after level 1?

There are a few classes you can multiclass into to gain skills, such as Bard, Ranger or Rogue. In addition to that, in the player's handbook there is a feat called "Skilled" which allows you ...
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Is There A Non-Homebrew Way To Add Proficiency to Initiative?

No. There are a number of abilities that come close, but there is currently no official method to add your proficiency bonus to the Dexterity check you make for initiative. The Barbarian gains ...
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Is it possible to have a character with proficiency in all martial weapons without proficiency in Medium armor?

Multiclass Barbarian Any character who is not proficient in medium armor (and has 13 Strength or more) can multiclass (if using that optional rule) into Barbarian to gain proficiency in martial ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

Through your race, or possibly background The easiest way to get the proficiency would be through a race that gives you proficiences, or through a background which might, with DM permission, grant you ...
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What are the choices for proficiency in a musical instrument?

The scope of "types of instrument" is illustrated by the PHB The full text of the passage you quote from says: Musical Instrument. Several of the most common types of musical instruments are shown ...
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Proficiency bonuses and multiclassing: highest, add all together, or what?

Your Proficiency Bonus is based on the total levels you have as a character, not on any one class. Your proficiency bonus is always based on your total character level, as described in Chapter 1 [p....
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How does Expertise work?

Expertise At 3rd level, you choose two of your skill proficiencies. Your proficiency bonus is doubled for any ability check you make that uses either of the chosen proficiencies. (PHB p. 54) ...
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Is there any way for my wizard to learn just sword proficiency?

Other than the obvious Feat and multi-classing there is a section on training in the DMG and thus totally optional, but it is on p231. The character gains inspiration daily at dawn for 1d4+6 days. ...
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Are there mistakes on the pregenerated Starter Set wizard and ranger character sheets?

The omission of passive perception is a mistake - nothing else is wrong here. The Wizard gets proficiency in Perception from being an elf. All elves get the following: Keen Senses. You have ...
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How does Jack of All Trades interact with Reliable Talent?

As of 2019, the new Sage Advice Compendium clearly states that they don't interact. These aren't allowed to work together on a single check. Can the rogue’s Reliable Talent feature be used in ...
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Is your proficiency bonus a class feature?

No, but you still keep that bonus for Wild Shape. Each class has a section called Features, that lists all its class features. These include, for a Barbarian, Rage, Unarmored Defense, Reckless Attack, ...
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How does a bat have +0 modifier to attack?

I don't think there is a formula that will give us that +0. The bat is a very weak creature, with a CR 0. Most likely, the D&D designers just didn't want him to have a negative attack modifier, so ...
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How to calculate passive perception?

The Passive Perception is like normal Perception, but you add 10 instead of rolling the 20-sided die Passive checks are calculated like so: 10 + all modifiers that normally apply to the check If the ...
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Why do we assume that PHB rules apply to monsters?

The Monster Manual explicitly says so Monsters can perform actions from the PHB: When a monster takes its action, it can choose from the options in the Actions section of its stat block or use one of ...
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Is there an official feat that gives expertise for weapons?

There is no such official feat. Even in the Unearthed Arcana article that included weapon mastery feats, said weapon mastery feats only gave +1 to attack rolls with the weapon in question, rather than ...
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Are ability bonuses added to skills you don't have?

Yup, you always get your ability score bonus. Despite common misconceptions, D&D5E doesn't actually have "skill checks". It has ability checks, that sometimes get a proficiency bonus, ...
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Does the Rogue's Reliable Talent feature work for thieves' tools, since the rogue is proficient in them?

Your interpretation is correct You already quote all the necessary rules. Using Thieves' Tools usually involves an ability check Proficiency in Thieves' Tools lets you add your proficiency bonus to ...
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How long does it take to read and learn from a book?

There are no rules on how long it takes to read a book exactly Nowhere in the rules does it give any kind of guideline for exactly how long it takes to read a book, so that means that it would have to ...
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How many skill proficiencies do I choose as a Triton Bard?

You should have 5 There are three possible sources to skill proficiency upon character creation: race, background, class. Tritons don't give proficiency in any skills, so aren't relevant. The folk ...
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Do you add your proficiency bonus when attacking with the Sun Blade if you're proficient with shortswords only?

Ignore the last statement about longsword proficiency This is a bit of a guess, but I'm pretty sure that last additional statement about longsword proficiency is a side-effect of how D&D Beyond ...
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Does a wizard really have the same chance to hit as a fighter?

You are missing something ... just not about how the proficiency bonus works All classes making an attack with a weapon they are proficient in or with a spell they have spellcasting proficiency in ...
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Can you get Armor proficiency with the Skilled feat?

No Armor is not a tool or a skill. In every class description it lists tool and skill proficiencies separate from armor and weapons. Additionally there are entire feats that grant armor proficiency, (...
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