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Decipher script is for deciphering writing in an unfamiliar language, or figuring out an incomplete message or one in archaic form.

While not frequently used, dungeoneers will find good use of this skill for reading the scrawlings found in temples, or messages and warnings inside of the ruins they go through.


You can decipher writing in an unfamiliar language or a message written in an incomplete or archaic form. The base DC is 20 for the simplest messages, 25 for standard texts, and 30 or higher for intricate, exotic, or very old writing.

If the check succeeds, you understand the general content of a piece of writing about one page long (or the equivalent). If the check fails, make a DC 5 Wisdom check to see if you avoid drawing a false conclusion about the text. (Success means that you do not draw a false conclusion; failure means that you do.)

Both the Decipher Script check and (if necessary) the Wisdom check are made secretly, so that you can’t tell whether the conclusion you draw is true or false.


1 minute (10 consecutive full round actions)

Try Again

No, the check cannot be made again regardless of success.


A character with the Diligent feat gets a +2 bonus on Decipher Script checks.


If you have 5 or more ranks in Decipher Script, you get a +2 bonus on Use Magic Device checks involving scrolls.

Untrained Use


Classes with decipher script as a class skill


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