Tools

A tool is used to do something you couldn't otherwise do, like play a song, make or repair an object, look up information, create a concoction, or pick a lock.

Your race, class, background, and feats might give you proficiency with specific tools.

Proficiency in a tool lets you add your proficiency bonus to ability checks made to use that tool.

Unlike skills, tools aren't linked to a specific ability, because proficiency in a tool represents a broader understanding of its use. While this includes the physical objects associated with the tools, it also includes the use of software and other guides.

For example, the GM might ask you to make a Dexterity check to play a challenging riff on your guitar using your Stringed Instruments tool, an Intelligence check to determine if you know a specific song, and a Charisma check to adeptly perform that song before an audience.

Tools Type
Architects' Tools Artisans' Tools
Brewers' Tools Artisans' Tools
Carpenters' Tools Artisans' Tools
Cartographers' Tools Artisans' Tools
Cooks' Tools Artisans' Tools
Cyphers' Tools Artisans' Tools
Demolitions Tools Artisans' Tools
Disguise Tools Artisans' Tools
Electronics Tools Artisans' Tools
Forgery Tools Artisans' Tools
Jewelers' Tools Artisans' Tools
Herbalism Tools Artisans' Tools
Leatherworker’s Tools Artisans' Tools
Masons' Tools Artisans' Tools
Mechanics' Tools Artisans' Tools
Navigators' Tools Artisans' Tools
Poisoners' Tools Artisans' Tools
Sewing Tools Artisans' Tools
Smiths' Tools Artisans' Tools
Thieves' Tools Artisans' Tools
Calligrapher's Tools Artists' Tools
Comic artist’s Tools Artists' Tools
Drawing Tools Artists' Tools
Magician's Tools Artists' Tools
Painter's Tools Artists' Tools
Sculptor's Tools Artists' Tools
Computers Computers
Dice Games Gaming Sets
Card Games Gaming Sets
Fighting Games Gaming Sets
Role-Playing Games Gaming Sets
Strategy Games Gaming Sets
Accordions Musical Instruments
Banjos Musical Instruments
Basses Musical Instruments
Drums Musical Instruments
Guitars Musical Instruments
Flutes Musical Instruments
Harps Musical Instruments
Keyboards Musical Instruments
Mandalins Musical Instruments
Oboes Musical Instruments
Saxophones Musical Instruments
Trombones Musical Instruments
Trumpets Musical Instruments
Xylophones Musical Instruments
Biologists' Tools Science Tools
Chemistry Tools Science Tools
Cosmologists' Tools Science Tools
Excavation Tools Science Tools
Geologists' Tools Science Tools
Forensics Tools Science Tools
Pharmacist's Tools Science Tools
Physicists' Tools Science Tools
Automobiles Vehicles
Balloons Vehicles
Heavy Groundcraft Vehicles
Heavy Watercraft Vehicles
Helicopters Vehicles
Jet Planes Vehicles
Mechs Vehicles
Military Groundcraft Vehicles
Motorboats Vehicles
Motorcycles Vehicles
Prop Planes Vehicles
Sailing Vessels Vehicles
Spacecraft Vehicles
Submarines Vehicles

Item Descriptions

Artisans' Tools. These specialized tools include the items needed to pursue a craft or trade.

The table shows examples of the most common types of Artisans' Tools, each providing items related to a single craft. You can include new Artisans' Tools that aren't on the list.

Proficiency with a set of Artisans' Tools lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make using the tools in your craft.

Each type of Artisans' Tool requires a separate proficiency.

Additionally, Artisans' Tools come in packs, kits, and labs. A pack is a disposable, one-use item which can't be used to create anything, only repair. A kit is a standard toolset which, while heavy, is still considered portable. A lab is a significant collection of tools housed in a fixed location, but which offers advantage on tools checks.

  • Demolitions Tools. This selection of wire spools, crimpers, cutters, winder reel, multimeter, tape, det cord, and other precision tools allows you to work with, but not create, explosives.

Proficiency with this Artisans' Tool lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to place and disarm explosives.

  • Disguise Tools. This collection of cosmetics, prosthetics, dyes, and props allows you to create disguises that change your physical appearance.

Proficiency with this Artisans' Tool lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to create a visual disguise for yourself or others.

  • Forgery Tools. This is an assortment of software, printers, papers and parchments, pens and inks, seals and sealing wax, gold and silver leaf, and other supplies necessary to create convincing forgeries of physical documents.

Proficiency with this Artisans' Tool lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to create a physical forgery of a document.

  • Herbalism Tools. This is an assortment of instruments such as clippers, mortar and pestle, and pouches and vials used by herbalists to create remedies and medicines.

Proficiency with this kit lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to identify or apply herbs.

Also, proficiency with this Artisans' Tool is required to create antitoxin and potions of healing.

  • Navigators' Tools. These instruments are used for navigation at sea.

Proficiency with Navigators' Tools allows you to chart a ship's course and follow navigation charts.

In addition, this Artisans' Tool allows you to add your proficiency bonus to any ability check you make to avoid getting lost at sea.

  • Poisoners' Tools. This collection of vials, chemicals, and other equipment is needed to craft poisons.

Proficiency with this Artisans' Tool lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to craft or use poisons.

  • Thieves' Tools. This set of Artisans' Tools includes a set of lock picks, a small file, a pair of pliers, and other items needed to disarm traps and pick locks.

Proficiency with these tools allows you to add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to disarm traps or open locks.

Computers. This tool proficiency includes the use of various operating systems and interfaces.

Whether you use a Mac or a PC, proficiency in Computers lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to write code, develop software, utilize software, diagnose hardware and software issues, hack into other computers, defend against hacking, and search through terabytes of data.

For more information see the Using Computers section.

Gaming Sets. These tools each encompasses a wide range of games and the knowledge of rules and variations thereof.

The table shows examples of the most common types of Gaming Sets. You can include new Gaming Sets that aren't on the list.

Proficiency with a Gaming Set lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make using the tools when playing a game.

  • Dice Games include everything from Yahtzee and Farkle to Craps and Hazard.
  • Card Games involve party games like Rummy and Uno as well as casino games like Poker and Blackjack.
  • Fighting Games consist mostly of video games like Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros., but you could also include games like Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots and Hungry Hungry Hippos.
  • Role-Playing Games consist of tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons and MERPs as well as computer games like Legend of Zelda and Skyrim.
  • Strategy Games include table-top games like Risk and Settlers of Catan as well as computer games like Civilization and StarCraft.

Each type of Gaming Set requires a separate proficiency.

Musical Instruments. These tools are capable of producing music. The list provided is not exhaustive and players and GMs are free to expand this list.

If you have proficiency with a given Musical Instrument tool, you can add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to play music with the instrument. At the GM's discretion, you may add half your full proficiency bonus (rounded down) when playing a related musical instrument. The GM may determine that there are exceptions when you may add your full bonus.

For example, if you are proficient with Guitars, the GM might allow you to add half your proficiency bonus when playing a ukelele or a bass guitar. The GM may require time in-game devoted to practice.

The following is a list of Musical Instrument families:

  • Brass Instruments are also called labrosones ("lip-vibrated instruments"). They include trumpets, tubas, trombones, sousaphones, french horns, and shophars.
  • Keyboard Instruments are played using a row of levers pressed by the fingers. The most common are the piano, synthesizer, and organ (which share a proficiency with the harpsichord). Also included are celestas, carillons, accordions, and hurdy-gurdies.
  • Percussion Instruments are sounded by being struck or scraped. They include drums, cymbals, and tambourines (which share a proficiency), as well as the celesta, the glockenspiel, and the xylophone. The category also includes non-percussive instruments, like whistles and sirens when used rhythmically.
  • Stringed Instruments produce music through the strumming or plucking of strings. They include guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins, cellos, and violins.
  • Woodwind Instrumentsare divided between flutes and reed instruments. They produce sound by splitting an air stream on an edge, such as a reed or a fipple. They include various flutes, saxophones, oboes, bassoons, clarinets, pan flutes, and bagpipes.

Science Tools. These tools allow you to practice a wide range of scientific disciplines.

The table shows examples of the most common types of Science Tools. You can include new Science Tools that aren't on the list.

Proficiency with a Science Tool lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make using the tools when performing a procedure.

  • Biologists' Tools are used in life sciences. Along with computers and software, they include microscopes, test tubes, Petri dishes, dyes and other indicators, forceps, probes, and scalpels.
  • Chemistry Tools are used to create chemical compounds. Along with computers and software, they include chemicals, beakers, a mortar and pestle, crucible tongs, test tubes, and watch glass.
  • Cosmologists' Tools are used to observe the heavens. Along with computers and software, they include telescopes, spectrographs, and cameras.
  • Excavation Tools are used to dig up artifacts and fossils. Along with computers and software, they include shovels, brushes, anthropometers, geologists' hammers, tape measures, Boley gauges, and spreading calipers.
  • Geologists' Tools are used to collect minerals. Along with computers and software, they include geologists' hammers, scribers, knives, tape measures, magnifying glasses, and bottles of acid.
  • Forensics Tools are used to collect evidence at a crime scene. Along with computers and software, they include bindle paper, biohazard bags, sterile swabs, distilled water, a camera, evidence seals, a measuring wheel, disposable tweezers, chalk, paint, gloves, booties, hair covering, and crime scene barricade tape.
  • Pharmacist's Tools are used to create medicines. Along with computers and software, they include granulate and powder ingredients, beakers, a mortar and pestle, crimpers, test tubes, scoops, scales, and counters.
  • Physicists' Tools are used to observe reactions. Along with computers and software, they include particle accelerators, nuclear reactors, impedance analyzers, particle analyzers, optical multichannel analyzers, semiconductor parameter analyzers, spectrum analyzers, radiation detectors, and force tables.

Each type of Science Tool requires a separate proficiency.

Vehicles. These tools allow you to move from one location to another with less time and effort and may offer additional accouterments as well.

The table shows examples of the most common types of Vehicles. You can include new Vehicles that aren't on the list.

Proficiency with a Vehicle lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability checks you make to operate the vehicle. At the GM's discretion, you may add half your full proficiency bonus (rounded down) when operating a related vehicle. The GM may determine that there are exceptions when you may add your full bonus.

For example, if you are proficient with Automobiles, the GM might allow you to add half your proficiency bonus when operating a hovercar or box truck, but not a big-rig. The GM may require time in-game devoted to practice.

  • Automobiles are groundcraft and include cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs, and vans.
  • Balloons include blimps and hot air balloons.
  • Heavy Groundcraft are groundcraft and include big-rigs, trucks, and busses.
  • Heavy Watercraft are watercraft and include battleships, cruise ships, and some luxury yachts.
  • Helicopters are aircraft and include all manner of helicopters from the single tail rotor to the tandem rotor and coaxial rotor helicopter.
  • Jet Planes include jet transports, like the Boeing 474, and jet fighters, like the F-22 Raptor.
  • Mechs are robotic suits controlled by an internal operator. They include the following categories: large mechs, huge mechs, and gargantuan mechs.
  • Military Groundcraft are heavy land vehicles including tanks, LAV-25s, and Strykers.
  • Motorboats are watercraft and include speedboats, runabouts, and cabin cruisers.
  • Motorcycles are groundcraft and include motorcycles, scooters, and ATVs. This tool proficiency also includes jet skis and hoverbikes.
  • Prop Planes are aircraft and include prop transports, such as the RAF Hercules C.4, prop fighters, like the Embraer A-29 Super Tucano, and light prop planes, like the Vans RV-7A.
  • Sailing Vessels are watercraft and include sailing yachts, schooners, and galleons.
  • Spacecraft are vehicles designed to travel in space. They include the following categories: shuttles, starfighters, star transports, star frigates, and star cruisers.
  • Submarines are submersible watercraft and include attack submarines and midget submarines.

For more information see the Using Vehicles section.

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