Appraise (Int) With this skill, you can evaluate the value of any object, picking out priceless treasures from worthless junk. If you are trained in this skill, you can use it in conjunction with detect magic to ascertain the properties of a magic item. Check: The DC of the Appraise checks on non-magical items depends on their value, as noted on the following chart. If you fail the check, you are unable to accurately gauge the value of an item. The GM might invent a value for the item that is wildly off the mark if your check fails by 5 or more. Particularly rare or exotic items might increase the DC of this check by +5.

Mundane Item Value = Appraise DC
  • 0 gp–100 gp = DC 5
  • 101 gp–500 gp = 10
  • 501 gp–1,000 gp = 15
  • 1,001 gp–5,000 gp = 20
  • 5,001 gp–10,000 gp = 25
  • 10,001 gp+ = 30

You can also use this check to determine the most valuable-looking item in a treasure hoard. The DC of this check is generally 20, but can increase to as high as 30 for a particularly large hoard.

If you are trained in Appraise, you can use it in conjunction with detect magic or Identify to determine the properties of a magic item in your possession. The DC of this check is equal to 15 + the item’s caster level. If successful, you determine the item’s properties and command words. You cannot determine the powers of artifacts through the use of this skill. You must be the caster of detect magic to use this skill in this way.

Action: Appraising a non-magical item takes 1 standard action. Determining the most valuable object in a treasure hoard takes 1 full-round action. Attempting to ascertain the power of magic items takes 3 rounds per item to be identified and you must be able to thoroughly examine the item.

Try Again: Additional attempts to Appraise a nonmagical item reveal the same result. When using detect magic or identify to Appraise magic items, you only attempt to ascertain the powers of an individual item once per day. Additional attempts during the same day reveal the same results.

Special: An elf gets a +2 racial bonus on Appraise checks used to identify the properties of magic items. A spellcaster with a raven familiar gains a +3 bonus on Appraise checks.


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