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Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Topic Start: December 01, 2016, 04:24:05 PM »
So far the only ones i know of are:
Natural chariama boosting items
Circlet of persuasion
and ARGUABLY masterwork tools

Any other suggestions?

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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #1: December 02, 2016, 12:25:40 AM »
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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #2: December 02, 2016, 12:51:44 AM »
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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #3: December 02, 2016, 12:53:34 AM »
10,000 gp to buy a +10 competence bonus to a skill check. Half that if you craft it.

Wieldskill wasn't mentioned some how? It's like core.

Guidance: various 0, +1 competence bonus
Improvisation: Bard 1 (Spell Compendium), up to 1/2 CL luck bonus
Focusing Chant: Bard 1 (Spell Compendium), +1 circumstance bonus
Divine Insight: Cleric/Paladin 2 (Spell Compendium), 5 + CL (max +15) insight bonus
Guidance of the Avatar: Cleric 2 (WotC website, Spellbook Archive), +20 competence bonus
Recitation: Cleric 4 (WotC Website, Spellbook Archive), +2 luck bonus
Crown of Glory: Glory 8 (Spell Compendium), +4 morale bonus


Edit: You can actually craft a skill item granting up to a +30 enhancement bonus without being an epic item. The +30 limit is explicitly stated for enhancement bonuses to skills, but there is no such similar wording for competence bonuses to skill checks so you can have as much of a competence bonus to a skill via a magic item as you want so long as the total market price runs under 200k.

These limitations, and lack of limitation on the latter, are spelled out here

In the end, technically it'd cost you only 15k gp to craft a +30 skill bonus item and never need to roll UMD again.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2016, 01:02:43 AM by ketaro »

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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #4: December 03, 2016, 05:59:23 PM »
Here is a little list, however incomplete, that might be of help.

boost skill check:

Stone of good luck (DMG) +1 luck
Breastplate of command (DMG) +2 competence
pale green ioun stone (DMG) +1 competence
candle of invocation (DMG) +2 morale
masterwork tool (PHB) +2 circumstance
axe of the sea reavers (MIC) +2 morale
third eye improvisation (MIC) +5 competence
regalia of the hero (MIC) +5 insight
spellsight spectacles (MIC) +5 competence, scrolls only

good hope (PHB) +2 morale
heroism (PHB) +2 morale
greater heroism (PHB) +4 morale
prayer (PHB) +1 luck
guidance (PHB) +1 competence
moment of prescience (PHB) +25 insight
magic savant (CM) +4 insight, can take 10 if 10+ ranks in UMD
benediction (CC) roll twice, use higher
choose destiny (RoD) roll twice, choose either one
dragonblood affinity (DrF) +2 untyped
dream casting (SC) +2 untyped
feast of champions (ECS) +1 morale
focusing chant (SC) +1 circumstance
improvisation (SC) +1 luck/2 caster level
insight of good fortune (PHB2) roll twice, use better
ray of hope (Sand) +2 morale
surge of fortune (CC) +2 luck
unicorn heart (CM) +4 enhancement
willing sacrifice (EE) +0-5 profane
crown of glory (SC) +4 morale
divine insight (SC) +5-15 insight
fleeting fortune (CV) +5 luck
immediate assistance (CM) reroll
interfaith blessing (CC) +1 untyped
leech ghost skill (Ghost) +ghost's skill ranks
masochism (BoVD) +1 luck/10 points damage taken
sadism (BoVD) +1 luck/10 points of damage taken
share talents (PHB2) +2 untyped
true prayer of the faithful (ToM) +1 luck
unity wine (PGtE) +1 morale
wieldskill (PGtF) +5 competence
extract gift (FC1) +1 competence, half caster level

artificer (ECS) +2 untyped
warlock (CArc) can take 10 in UMD
unbound scroll (Dragonmarked) +1-5 untyped, scrolls only
Olin Gisir (LEoF) +1-4 untyped
tattooed monk +1-10 ranks, 1-5/day
marshal (MH) +x untyped
winterhaunt of iborighu (Frost) +2 profane
risen martyr (BoED) +1-4 sacred
fatemaker (PlH) +2-10 untyped
fatespinner (CArc) reroll, +1-5 untyped, +10 untyped
squire of legend (CC) reroll

boost charisma score:

level up ability increase (PHB) +1-5 untyped
tome of leadership and influence (DMG) +1-5 inherent
cloak of charisma (DMG) +2-6 enhancement

feats:

skill focus (UMD) (PHB) +3 untyped
magical aptitude (PHB) +2 untyped
quill of sivis (Dragonmarked) +2 untyped, scrolls only
karmic twin (OA) +2 untyped
thunder twin (FRCS) +2 untyped
imbued healing (CC) +2 insight

synergy:

5+ ranks in spellcraft (PHB) +2 untyped, scrolls only
5+ ranks in decipher script (PHB) +2 untyped, scrolls only

other:

UMD: activate item blindly, successfully activated at least once before, +2 untyped
luck blade (0 wishes) (DMG) 1/day reroll any roll
bard singing inspire competence (PHB) +2 competence
luck domain granted power, reroll

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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #5: December 14, 2016, 07:29:13 PM »
Dragon Magazine also have the Incantatrix-favourite "Loresong".

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Loresong
Divination
Level: Brd 1, Sor/Wiz 1
Components: V,S
Casting Time: 1 minute
Range: Personal
Target: You
Duration: 1 round/level

You gain temporary mastery in a skill, even one that you have never studied before. When you complete this spell, select a single skill (other than Speak Language). You gain a +4 competence bonus on all checks with it, with an additional +1 bonus for every 2 caster levels, and you may use it untrained.

Usually used for Incatatrix to boost Spellcraft, you can also use it to boost UMD.

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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #6: December 15, 2016, 05:46:28 PM »
 :o

leech ghost skill (Ghost) +ghost's skill ranks

Ranks ?
Ranks ?!

(googles)
dude asks/posted spell here ---> http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=19336008&postcount=1
comes from this enhancement ---> http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/we/20030607a


Apprentice can get you a level 13+ Mentor
who took Ghost Racial Prog 1 , way back
level buy-off-able in his younger days.

Kinda expensive for early qualifying, but doable.
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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #7: December 20, 2016, 05:22:29 PM »
:o

leech ghost skill (Ghost) +ghost's skill ranks

Ranks ?
Ranks ?!

(googles)
dude asks/posted spell here ---> http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=19336008&postcount=1
comes from this enhancement ---> http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/we/20030607a


Apprentice can get you a level 13+ Mentor
who took Ghost Racial Prog 1 , way back
level buy-off-able in his younger days.

Kinda expensive for early qualifying, but doable.

Somehow, this reminded me of a certain mentor....
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https://www.box.com/s/du6s5uysdwfony9dfd3p  The Official Complete Psionic Errata.

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Re: Ways to boost UMD checks?
« Reply #8: December 20, 2016, 05:56:53 PM »
Ha  :flutter :eh ha

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