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Skills

 

Below we have listed every skill in the Elkan5e ruleset. Skills govern most non-combat actions your character can take, from researching arcane lore in a library to convincing a hill giant to be your friend, skills can be a crucial part of your character's success.

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Skill Difficulty Class

DC Guidelines

Strength Skills

Athletics

Dexterity Skills

Acrobatics, Sleight of Hand, Stealth

Intelligence Skills

Arcana, History, Investigation, Nature, Religion

Wisdom Skills

Animal Handling, Insight, Medicine, Perception, Survival

Charisma Skills

Deception, Intimidation, Performance, Persuasion

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Skill Difficulty Class
DC Guidelines

When you make a skill check, you roll a d20 and add your bonus from the chosen skill. To succeed on a skill check, your total needs to be equal to or higher than the DC (Difficulty Class) for the given check. Sometimes the game master will tell you what the DC for a skill check is, and sometimes they won't. Sometimes there are many levels of success. For instance, perhaps rolling at least a 15 on a perception check allows you to notice footprints, but not the invisible thief in a tree.

Rolling a 20 on the die allows you to add 5 to your result, potentially making the impossible possible.

Rolling a 1 on the die means you subtract 5 from your result, potentially fumbling something you could not otherwise fail.

As a GM, you may need to quickly set skill check DCs for improvised moments in your game. For quick use, consider using this table: 

  • Very Easy: All characters will succeed most of the time.

  • Easy: An average character will succeed just over half the time.

  • Moderate: A good standard for checks requiring skilled action.

  • Hard: Requires solid skill or great luck to succeed.

  • Advanced: Requires skill and luck. Unskilled characters nearly always fail.

  • Expert: A complicated issue for an expert. Impossible for beginners.

  • Extreme: Only high level characters can succeed, and only with a bit of luck.

  • Godlike: Impossible to succeed for all but the most powerful characters, and even then, may require rolling a 20.

DC Guidelines

Strength Skills

Athletics: Your Athletics skill covers difficult situations you encounter while climbing, jumping, or swimming. Athletics can also be used to grapple creatures or escape a grapple.

Strength Skills

Dexterity Skills

Acrobatics: Your Acrobatics skill covers your attempt to stay on your feet in a tricky situation, such as when you’re trying to run across a sheet of ice, balance on a tightrope, or stay upright on a rocking ship’s deck. The GM might also call for a Acrobatics check to see if you can perform acrobatic stunts, including dives, rolls, somersaults, and flips. Acrobatics can also be used to prevent yourself from being grappled.

Sleight of Hand: Whenever you attempt an act of legerdemain or manual trickery, such as planting something on someone else or concealing an object on your person, make a Sleight of Hand check. The GM might also call for a Sleight of Hand check to determine whether you can lift a coin purse off another person or slip something out of another person’s pocket.

Stealth: Make a Stealth check when you attempt to conceal yourself from enemies, slink past guards, slip away without being noticed, or sneak up on someone without being seen or heard.

Dexterity Skills

Constitution Skills

There are no skills that use constitution.

Intelligence Skills

Intelligence Skills

Arcana: Your Arcana skill measures your ability to recall lore about spells, magic items, eldritch symbols, magical traditions, the planes of existence, and the inhabitants of those planes.

History: Your History skill measures your ability to recall lore about historical events, legendary people, ancient kingdoms, past disputes, recent wars, and lost civilizations.

Investigation: When you look around for clues and make deductions based on those clues, you make an Investigation check. You might deduce the location of a hidden object, discern from the appearance of a wound what kind of weapon dealt it, or determine the weakest point in a tunnel that could cause it to collapse. Poring through ancient scrolls in search of a hidden fragment of knowledge might also call for an Intelligence (Investigation) check.

Nature: Your Nature skill measures your ability to recall lore about terrain, plants and animals, the weather, and natural cycles.

Religion: Your Religion skill measures your ability to recall lore about deities, rites and prayers, religious hierarchies, holy symbols, and the practices of secret cults.

Wisdom Skills

Animal Handling: When there is any question whether you can calm down a domesticated animal, keep a mount from getting spooked, or intuit an animal’s intentions, the GM might call for an Animal Handling check. You also make an Animal Handling check to control your mount when you attempt a risky maneuver.

Insight: Your Insight skill decides whether you can determine the true intentions of a creature, such as when searching out a lie or predicting someone’s next move. Doing so involves gleaning clues from body language, speech habits, and changes in mannerisms.

Medicine: A Medicine check lets you try to stabilize a dying companion or diagnose an illness. 

  • Stabilize: Roll a DC 10 medicine check to stabilize a creature within 5 ft. of you. Increase the DC by 5 for every death saving throw failure, and decrease the DC by 5 for every success the character has rolled.

Perception: Your Perception skill lets you spot, hear, or otherwise detect the presence of something. It measures your general awareness of your surroundings and the keenness of your senses. For example, you might try to hear a conversation through a closed door, eavesdrop under an open window, or hear monsters moving stealthily in the forest. Or you might try to spot things that are obscured or easy to miss, whether they are orcs lying in ambush on a road, thugs hiding in the shadows of an alley, or candlelight under a closed secret door.

Survival: The GM might ask you to make a Survival check to follow tracks, hunt wild game, guide your group through frozen wastelands, identify signs that owlbears live nearby, predict the weather, or avoid quicksand and other natural hazards.

Wisdom Skills
Charisma Skills

Charisma Skills

Deception: Your Deception skill determines whether you can convincingly hide the truth, either verbally or through your actions. This deception can encompass everything from misleading others through ambiguity to telling outright lies. Typical situations include trying to fast talk a guard, con a merchant, earn money through gambling, pass yourself off in a disguise, dull someone’s suspicions with false assurances, or maintain a straight face while telling a blatant lie.

Intimidation: When you attempt to influence someone through overt threats, hostile actions, and physical violence, the GM might ask you to make an Intimidation check. Examples include trying to pry information out of a prisoner, convincing street thugs to back down from a confrontation, or using the edge of a broken bottle to convince a sneering vizier to reconsider a decision.

Performance: Your Performance skill determines how well you can delight an audience with music, dance, acting, storytelling, or some other form of entertainment.

Persuasion: When you attempt to influence someone or a group of people with tact, social graces, or good nature, the GM might ask you to make a Persuasion check. Typically, you use persuasion when acting in good faith, to foster friendships, make cordial requests, or exhibit proper etiquette. Examples of persuading others include convincing a chamberlain to let your party see the king, negotiating peace between warring tribes, or inspiring a crowd of townsfolk.

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