Monster Knowledge DCs


When a party encounters a monster, players often ask, “what do I know about this monster?”

This may be because the player has no idea what the monster may be, and wants to leverage any information their character might have. Alternatively, a player well-studied on fantasy fauna stat blocks may be screening their player knowledge from their character knowledge. I know that trolls are scared of fire, but does my character know that?

Either way, the player is seeking guidance on how to inform their character choices.

This resolves with an Intelligence check, adding a skill modifier such as Arcana, History, Nature, or Religion. But, the success of that roll and the amount of information provided is largely dependent on DM fiat. In order to apply this consistently, the DM needs guidance on what information to give out at different Difficulty Classes (DCs).

So, we’ve developed a system that you…

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