Skills represent some of the most basic and yet most fundamental abilities your character possesses. As your character advances in level, he can gain new skills and improve his existing skills dramatically. This section describes each skill, including common uses and typical modifiers. Each skill is based in an ability score and gains a skill bonus or penalty accordingly.

Skill Summary Edit

Table: Skills
Ability Skills
Strength Athletics
Dexterity Mobility Trickery Stealth
Intelligence Knowledge (Arcana) Knowledge (World)
Wisdom Lore (Nature) Lore (Religion) Perception
Charisma Persuasion Use Magic Device

Acquiring Skills Edit

Each level, your character gains a number of skill ranks dependent upon your class plus your Intelligence modifier. Investing a rank in a skill represents a measure of training in that skill. You can never have more ranks in a skill than your total number of Hit Dice.

Note: Due to there being fewer skills implemented in Pathfinder: Kingmaker the CRPG compared to the tabletop game, for balancing reasons characters gain only half the normal intelligence- and class-based skill points their tabletop counterparts would. The skilled racial trait of humans and half-orcs, and Skill Focus feats are among the exceptions to this.

Class Skills Edit

In addition, each class has a number of favored skills, called class skills. It is easier for your character to become more proficient in these skills, as they represent part of his professional training and constant practice. You gain a +3 bonus on all class skills that you put ranks into. If you have more than one class and both grant you a class skill bonus for a specific skill, these bonuses do not stack.

Skill Checks Edit

When your character uses a skill, he isn’t guaranteed success. In order to determine success, whenever you attempt to use a skill, you must make a skill check. Each skill rank grants a +1 bonus on checks made using that skill. When you make a skill check, you roll 1d20 and then add your ranks and the appropriate ability score modifier to the result of this check. If the skill you’re using is a class skill (and you have invested ranks into that skill), you gain a +3 bonus on the check. If you are not trained in the skill (and if the skill may be used untrained), you may still attempt the skill, but you use only the bonus (or penalty) provided by the associated ability score modifier to modify the check. Skills can be further modified by a wide variety of sources—by your race, by a class ability, by equipment, by spell effects or magic items, and so on.

If the result of your skill check is equal to or greater than the difficulty class (or DC) of the task you are attempting to accomplish, you succeed. If it is less than the DC, you fail. Some tasks have varying levels of success and failure depending on how much your check is above or below the required DC. Some skill checks are opposed by the target’s skill check. When making an opposed skill check, the attempt is successful if your check result exceeds the result of the target.

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