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Search (Intelligence)Edit

Check:Edit

You generally must be within 10 feet of the object or surface to be searched. The table below gives DCs for typical tasks involving the Search skill.

TaskSearch DC
Ransack a chest full of junk to find a certain item10
Notice a typical secret door or a simple trap20
Find a difficult nonmagical trap (rogue only)121 or higher
Find a magic trap (rogue only)125 + level of spell used to create trap
Notice a well-hidden secret door30
Find a footprintVaries2

1 Dwarves (even if they are not rogues) can use Search to find traps built into or out of stone. 2A successful Search check can find a footprint or similar sign of a creature’s passage, but it won’t let you find or follow a trail. See the Track feat for the appropriate DC.

Action:Edit

It takes a full-round action to search a 5-foot-by-5-foot area or a volume of goods 5 feet on a side.

Special:Edit

  • An elf (but not a half-elf) who simply passes within 5 feet of a secret or concealed door can make a Search check to find that door.
  • Active abjuration spells within 10 feet of each other for 24 hours or more create barely visible energy fluctuations. These fluctuations give you a +4 bonus on Search checks to locate such abjuration spells.

Synergy:Edit

  • If you have 5 or more ranks in Search, you get a +2 bonus on Survival checks to find or follow tracks.
  • If you have 5 or more ranks in Knowledge (architecture and engineering), you get a +2 bonus on Search checks to find secret doors or hidden compartments.

Restriction:Edit

While anyone can use Search to find a trap whose DC is 20 or lower, only a rogue can use Search to locate traps with higher DCs. (Exception: The spell find traps temporarily enables a cleric to use the Search skill as if he were a rogue.) A dwarf, even one who is not a rogue, can use the Search skill to find a difficult trap (one with a DC higher than 20) if the trap is built into or out of stone. He gains a +2 racial bonus on the Search check from his stonecunning ability.

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