Skill Expert 5e
Published on March 12, 2022, Last modified on May 26th, 2022
Skill Expert allows builds to pick up a skill expertise that don’t normally have access to this feature. This allows for a more rounded build across different areas of play in D&D 5e.
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What Is Skill Expert 5e?
Skill checks make up the mechanical bulk of Dungeons & Dragons, as this is how players interact with the world around them. As you would expect, the more skills you are proficient in, the better. Within Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything, we saw a new way to gain expertise in a skill without being a specific class: the Skill Expert feat.
How Does Skill Expert Work?
After you choose Skill Expert, you get three stellar benefits:
- Increase any of your ability scores by one, though the maximum of 20 still applies
- You gain proficiency in one skill of your choice.
- Pick a skill you are proficient in. You now have expertise with that skill, meaning your proficiency bonus is doubled. The restriction on this is that it cannot be a skill that is already benefiting from a different feat or class ability that would double it.
This allows you to double down on a useful skill, making it even better than before. However, the skill can’t already be getting any benefits elsewhere.
Is Skill Expert Good?
In our 5e Feats Tier List, Skill Expert was given an A Tier rating, making it an excellent pickup for specific classes.
A slightly better version of the Prodigy feat, but not quite good enough to push it into the S Tier. Essentially, this is Prodigy, but instead of a free tool and language, you get an ASI. It also can apply to any race, not just half races.
Skill Expert 5e Interactions
Things can get a little hairy with this feat, as there are a lot of class features that boost your skill levels. Still, there is only one hard rule to remember with this feat: You can only add or multiply your proficiency bonus once each for any roll, so it doesn’t stack with other ways to gain expertise or ways to boost your skill.
Skill Expert 5e FAQs
What is skill expertise?
A few class abilities grant skill expertise, and it allows you to double your proficiency bonus in one skill.
Does expertise stack?
Unfortunately, you can only benefit from one instance of expertise per skill.
Can you take Skill Expert twice?
Sadly, no. The hard rule in Dungeons and Dragons 5e is that players can take no feat more than once unless specifically allowed in the feat’s description.
It’s always nice to see more non-combat feat options, as many players put too much focus on combat encounters over everything else. This feat is passable on almost any class, save those with particular builds that need certain feats to get them off the ground.
How do you feel about Skill Expert? Do you find it too general to be useful, or maybe you let someone get too powerful in your playgroup? Let us know in the comments!