The core classes and races now span three books: PHB, PHB2, and FR Player’s Guide. I’ve created two skill aides: one lists skill offerings by class, the other lists bonuses to skills and attributes by race.
I developed these to make things easier when creating skill challenges. They provide quick snapshots of all the skills by class and race, and eliminates the need for me to keep flipping between books.
As an added bonus I’ve found these aides incredibly useful when creating characters. They provide side-by-side comparisons of racial bonuses to attributes and skills.
- Skill Matrix by Class – DM Aide updated
- Skill Matrix by Race – Player Aide updated
- Skill Matrix by Race (Monster) – Player Aide new
See Skill Matrix Update (June 29).
Skill Matrix by Class – DM Aide
Along the top of the matrix are all the classes found in the PHB, PHB2 and FR Player’s Guide listed alphabetically.
Number of Trained Skills
This is the number of skills that each class can choose training in from the list below. This number does not include skills some classes receive automatic training in (like Religion for Clerics).
All the skills are listed in alphabetical order.
- Boxes marked with an X and shaded green indicate skills that the class above can choose training in.
- Boxes marked with a Y and shaded blue indicate skills that the class above gets training in automatically.
Note: Rangers choose automatic training in either Dungeoneering or Nature. They can choose to take training in the other skill, but it counts against their overall total.
- Boxes that are empty are not available to the class above unless the PC takes a feat.
Skill Matrix by Race – Player Aide
Along the top of the matrix are all the races found in the PHB, PHB2 and FR Player’s Guide listed alphabetically.
Number of Trained Skills
This is the number of bonus skills available to that race. This is in addition to the number of skills specified by class.
Racial Skill Bonuses
This is a summary of which skills receive racial bonuses.
Racial Ability Bonuses
Below the racial skill bonuses is a summary of which abilities offer racial bonuses.
Note: Humans choose +2 to any one ability score.
When I updated the list following the release of the PHB2, a few things jumped out at me immediately. These six skills are the most prevalent, available to the most classes. Upon realizing this, I’ve tried to use at least one or two of these as primary skills when building skill challenges.
- Athletics (12)
- Endurance (12)
- Intimidate (12)
- Heal (11)
- History (11)
- Insight (11)
On the other end of the spectrum, the skills below are available to so few classes it’s important not to hinge the overall success of a skill challenge on any one.
- Thievery (2)
- Stealth (3)
- Bluff (4)
There are a lot of great resources available if you are creating your own skill challenges. I’ve found these aides useful as a player and as a DM. They’ve made planning and preparation easier and faster.
If you found this useful, be sure to check this out. Encounter-a-day has created a great 4th edition multiclassing tool.
Let me know what you think of these skill aides. Do you think you’ll find them helpful? Will you use them?