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Skills are purchased in ranks. Each rank represents an increment of training in a skill’s use. Your character begins with 0 ranks in every skill, but you may begin purchasing skill ranks during character creation at a cost of 1 skill point per rank (for a class skill) or 2 skill points per rank (for cross-class skills). Your character’s class determines his skill points and class skills (see page 28).

The maximum number of ranks your character may possess in any skill — whether it’s a class skill or a cross-class skill — is equal to his career level + 3.

Example: Kevin is Level 2. He may purchase up to 5 ranks in any skill, whether it is a class skill or a cross-class skill.

Special Note: Experienced d20 players will notice the absence of 1/2 skill ranks and maximum ranks for cross-class skills. This is an intentional simplification.

Skill bonus

Each skill has either one or two key attributes — the attributes that provide the modifiers for each of the skill’s uses, or “checks.”

Example: The Acrobatics skill’s key attributes are Strength and Dexterity. When making a Jump check, the key attribute is Strength. When making a Skydiving check, however, the key attribute is Dexterity.

For each skill, your character has a skill bonus for each key attribute. Each skill bonus is equal to his ranks in the skill + modifiers from the key attribute + any modifiers gained from character options or gear. For convenience, when a skill has two key attributes, the skill bonuses for both are listed together on your character sheet, separated by a slash.

Example: Kevin has a Strength score of 14, a Dexterity score of 12, and 2 ranks in the Acrobatics skill. His skill bonus with Strength-based Acrobatics checks is +4 and his skill bonus with Dexterity-based Acrobatics checks is +3, so his skill bonus is listed on his character sheet as +4/+3.

For a quick list of class skills by base class, refer to Table: Purchasing Skills — Base Classes. For expert classes, refer to Table: Purchasing Skills — Expert Classes. Each table also lists the most fundamental feat supporting each skill.

Table: Purchasing Skills - Base Classes
SkillBasic Skill FeatAdvExpFacHakItrPtmSciScoSluSnpSolWhl
Acrobatics Burglar         X             X
Analysis Examiner             X   X X    
Athletics Survivalist   X     X     X     X X
Blend World Traveler   X X   X         X    
Bluff Actor X   X   X         X    
Bureaucracy Scholar X   X X     X   X X    
Computers Techie       X     X     X    
Cultures* World Traveler X X X X   X X X   X    
Drive* Speed Demon   X   X X X   X X     X
Electronics Techie       X X   X     X   X
Falsify Hustler     X X     X          
Impress Actor X   X                 X
Intimidate Officer X               X   X X
Investigation Private Eye   X             X X    
Manipulate Hustler X   X             X    
Mechanics Speed Demon       X X   X         X
Medicine Examiner X           X         X
Networking Diplomat X   X           X X    
Notice Observer X X X X X X X X X X X X
Profession* Advisor X   X X   X X   X   X X
Resolve Advisor X X   X     X X X   X  
Science* Scholar X X   X X X X   X    
Search Observer   X X   X   X X X X X  
Security Private Eye   X   X X       X     X
Sense Motive Diplomat     X       X   X X    
Sleight of Hand Fence       X X         X    
Sneak Burglar       X     X X      
Streetwise Fence   X   X X       X     X
Survival Survivalist   X           X     X  
Tactics Officer         X X     X X
* These are focus skills (see page 98).
Table: Purchasing Skills - Expert Classes
SkillBasic Skill FeatBrwlClnrConaCntrFldaGrntGuidIlumInvtPltcRptrSchmSnprStntTactTrnsTrgrVrtu
Acrobatics Burglar       X             X   X X   X X  
Analysis Examiner   X     X     X X                 X
Athletics Survivalist X     X   X X       X   X X   X  
Blend World Traveler   X X X     X X       X X          
Bluff Actor   X X       X X   X   X     X      
Bureaucracy Scholar     X   X     X   X   X     X     X
Computers Techie         X     X X   X X           X
Cultures* World Traveler         X   X X X X         X X   X
Drive* Speed Demon X       X X X   X   X     X   X    
Electronics Techie         X       X   X X            
Falsify Hustler   X X       X X   X X X X          
Impress Actor X   X       X     X       X   X X X
Intimidate Officer X X   X   X       X           X X  
Investigation Private Eye   X X X X   X X   X             X X
Manipulate Hustler   X X         X   X   X            
Mechanics Speed Demon         X X     X         X   X    
Medicine Examiner         X   X   X         X       X
Networking Diplomat       X     X X   X   X            
Notice Observer  X X   X X X X     X X X X   X X X X
Profession* Advisor         X     X   X   X X     X   X
Resolve Advisor X     X X X     X X     X X X   X X
Science* Scholar         X       X X X X           X
Search Observer   X X X X   X X X   X X   X X   X
Security Private Eye   X   X         X   X X X   X      
Sense Motive Diplomat X   X X X   X X   X   X     X X    
Sleight of Hand Fence X X X         X X   X     X X   X  
Sneak Burglar   X   X     X       X   X          
Streetwise Fence X   X       X X             X X X  
Survival Survivalist           X X           X X X      
Tactics Officer   X   X   X         X X X   X      
* These are focus skills (see page 98).