(DEX; ARMOR CHECK
You can walk on a precarious surface. A successful check
lets you move at half your speed
along the surface for 1 round. A failure by 4 or less means you can't move for 1 round. A failure by 5 or more means you fall. The difficulty varies with the surface, as follows:
|7-12 inches wide
|2-6 inches wide
||Hewn stone floor
|Less than 2 inches wide
||Sloped or angled floor
|1 Add modifiers from Narrow Surface Modifiers, below, as appropriate.
|2 Only if running or charging. Failure by 4 or less means the character can't run or charge, but may otherwise act normally.
Narrow Surface Modifiers
|Sloped or angled
|1 Add the appropriate modifier to the Balance DC of a narrow surface.
|These modifiers stack.
Being Attacked while Balancing:
You are considered flat-footed while balancing, since you can't move to avoid a blow, and thus you lose your Dexterity bonus to AC (if any). If you have 5 or more ranks in Balance, you aren't considered flat-footed while balancing. If you take damage
while balancing, you must make another Balance check
against the same DC to remain standing.
You can try to walk across a precarious surface more quickly than normal. If you accept a -5 penalty, you can move your full speed
as a move action
. (Moving twice your speed
in a round requires two Balance checks, one for each move action
used.) You may also accept this penalty in order to charge
across a precarious surface; charging requires one Balance check
for each multiple of your speed
(or fraction thereof ) that you charge
None. A Balance check
doesn't require an action
; it is made as part of another action
or as a reaction to a situation.
If you have the Agile
feat, you get a +2 bonus on Balance checks.
If you have 5 or more ranks in Tumble
, you get a +2 bonus on Balance checks.
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