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Lore (Int)

Source Core Rulebook pg. 247 3.0
You have specialized information on a narrow topic. Lore features many subcategories. You might have Military Lore, Sailing Lore, Vampire Lore, or any similar subcategory of the skill. Each subcategory counts as its own skill, so applying a skill increase to Planar Lore wouldn't increase your proficiency with Sailing Lore, for example.

You gain a specific subcategory of the Lore skill from your background. The GM determines what other subcategories they'll allow as Lore skills, though these categories are always less broad than any of the other skills that allow you to Recall Knowledge, and they should never be able to fully or mainly take the place of another skill's Recall Knowledge action. For instance, you couldn't choose Magic Lore to recall the breadth of knowledge about magic covered by Arcana, Nature, Occultism, and Religion, or Adventuring Lore to give you all the information an adventurer needs, or Planar Lore to gain all the information spread across various skills and subcategories such as Heaven Lore.

If you have multiple subcategories of Lore that could apply to a check or that would overlap with another skill in the circumstances, you can use the skill with the better skill modifier or the one you would prefer to use. If there's any doubt whether a Lore skill applies to a specific topic or action, the GM decides whether it can be used or not.

Even if you're untrained in Lore, you can use it to Recall Knowledge.

Lore Trained Actions

  • Earn Income by using your knowledge to practice a trade.
Item Bonuses for Lore - Common Items
ItemBonusLevelCategoryConsumable?Note
Harrow Mat+10Adventuring GearNorelevant Lore checks (such as Fortune-Telling Lore or Harrow Lore) to convince a creature that a harrow reading was accurate.
Marked Playing Cards+10Adventuring GearNoGames Lore checks or other relevant checks to gamble with the cards
Loaded Dice+11Adventuring GearNoGames Lore checks to gamble with the dice
Cognitive Mutagen (Lesser)+11Alchemical ElixirsYes
Cognitive Mutagen (Moderate)+23Alchemical ElixirsYes
Cognitive Mutagen (Greater)+311Alchemical ElixirsYes
Cognitive Mutagen (Major)+417Alchemical ElixirsYes
Item Bonuses for Lore - Uncommon/Rare/Unique Items
ItemBonusLevelCategoryConsumable?Note
Brooch of Inspiration+18Other Worn ItemsNochecks to Recall Knowledge with Lore skills
Open Mind+110TattoosNo
Starless Scope+29Held ItemsNoAstronomy Lore
Thousand-Blade Thesis+29Held ItemsNoWarfare Lore checks
Wardrobe Stone (Moderate)+211Held ItemsNospecific Lore skill associated with your outfit, such as Carpentry Lore when wearing a carpenter's outfit or Cooking Lore when wearing a chef's outfit.
Brooch of Inspiration (Greater)+211Other Worn ItemsNochecks to Recall Knowledge with Lore skills
Pactmaster's Grace+314Other Worn ItemsNoMercantile Lore
Brooch of Inspiration (Major)+317Other Worn ItemsNochecks to Recall Knowledge with Lore skills
Wardrobe Stone (Greater)+320Held ItemsNospecific Lore skill associated with your outfit, such as Carpentry Lore when wearing a carpenter's outfit or Cooking Lore when wearing a chef's outfit.
Void Mirror+320ArtifactsNoAstronomy Lore checks made while using the mirror

Related Feats

To see a list of Feats related to Lore, click here.

Common Lore Subcategories

You can learn any Lore skill your GM gives you permission to take. The following list covers a wide variety of common Lore topics appropriate for most campaigns. Backgrounds often grant you a Lore from this list.
  • Academia Lore
  • Accounting Lore
  • Architecture Lore
  • Art Lore
  • Circus Lore
  • Engineering Lore
  • Farming Lore
  • Fishing Lore
  • Fortune-Telling Lore
  • Games Lore
  • Genealogy Lore
  • Gladiatorial Lore
  • Guild Lore
  • Heraldry Lore
  • Herbalism Lore
  • Hunting Lore
  • Labor Lore
  • Legal Lore
  • Library Lore
  • Lore about a specific deity (Abadar Lore, Iomedae Lore, etc.)
  • Lore about a specific creature or narrow category of creatures (Demon Lore, Owlbear Lore, Vampire Lore, etc.)
  • Lore of a specific plane other than the Material Plane, or the plane in which the game is set if not the Material Plane (Abyss Lore, Astral Plane Lore, Heaven Lore, etc.)
  • Lore about a specific settlement (Absalom Lore, Magnimar Lore, etc.)
  • Lore about a specific terrain (Mountain Lore, River Lore, etc.)
  • Lore of a type of food or drink (Alcohol Lore, Baking Lore, Butchering Lore, Cooking Lore, Tea Lore, etc.)
  • Mercantile Lore
  • Midwifery Lore
  • Milling Lore
  • Mining Lore
  • Sailing Lore
  • Scouting Lore
  • Scribing Lore
  • Stabling Lore
  • Tanning Lore
  • Theater Lore
  • Underworld Lore
  • Warfare Lore