House Rules: Skills - Appraise

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You can evaluate the monetary value of an object.


Appraise Value of Item (Novice)

A DC 20 Appraise check determines the value of a common item. If you succeed by 5 or more, you also determine if the item has magic properties, although this success does not grant knowledge of the magic item’s abilities. If you fail the check by less than 5, you determine the price of that item to within 20% of its actual value. If you fail this check by 5 or more, the price is wildly inaccurate, subject to GM discretion. Particularly rare or exotic items might increase the DC of this check by 5 or more.

You can also use this check to determine the most valuable item visible 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.

Action: Appraising an item is a simple action. Determining the most valuable object in a treasure hoard is a complex action of 3 acts.

Retry? Additional attempts to Appraise an item reveal the same result.


  • Skilled: A successful DC 20 Appraise check reveals whether an item is magical, and a second check (DC = 25 + the item’s caster level) unveils its properties. You can use Appraise to detect non-written forgeries and counterfeits.
  • Expert: You can determine the most expensive object a creature is wearing or wielding (or in a 5-foot cube) with 2 acts by succeeding at a DC 20 check. You never make a wildly inaccurate appraisal of an item’s value.
  • Master: Determining the most expensive object as above is a simple action. You can substitute an Appraise check at a –10 penalty for a Will save to disbelieve a figment or glamer.
  • Legendary: Determining the most expensive object as above is a simple action, and if the check succeeds, you gain a +2 circumstance bonus on combat maneuver checks to steal that object or disarm a creature of that object for 1 minute.


  • Familiar—A spellcaster with a raven familiar gains a +3 bonus on Appraise checks.
  • Race—Dwarves with the Greed racial trait get a +2 bonus to determine on Appraise checks made to determine the price of non-magical goods that contain precious metals or gemstones.

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