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Any use for Wild Empathy?



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A druid can improve the attitude of an animal. This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check made to improve the attitude of a person. The druid rolls 1d20 and adds her druid level and her Charisma modifier to determine the wild empathy check result.

The typical domestic animal has a starting attitude of indifferent, while wild animals are usually unfriendly.

To use wild empathy, the druid and the animal must be able to study each other, which means that they must be within 30 feet of one another under normal conditions. Generally, influencing an animal in this way takes 1 minute but, as with influencing people, it might take more or less time.

A druid can also use this ability to influence a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 1 or 2, but she takes a -4 penalty on the check.
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So it usually take 1 minute to influence an animal. What happen during that minute?

It is not specified but I assume the the druid and the animal can't do anything else during that time. They are "locked in diplomacy combat". Or whatever.

If not, that thing is useless.


I assume that left unbothered, nothing else happens for that minute - but that doesn't mean the actions of other PCs, NPCs, some other wild animal cannot change the outcome, spook the animal or anger it.

my ranger got a dire rat companion a couple sessions ago. ;)


--- Quote from: Yig ---Opinions?
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Well, I'd say that the druid (or ranger) most likely put on some soft rock music -- or, if they have better taste, Prince -- poors some champagne, makes a toast to the animal in question, and then goes about trying to "influence" it.

-- Boka chicka wow wow Spikey


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