Rules: Difficulty Class
Difficulty Class Reference
Example 5th Edition: A 5th level character with a +3 ability modifier and proficiency would have a +7 skill modifier. Range 8-17-27.
Example Pathfinder: A 5th level character with a +3 ability modifier and class skill bonus and max ranks would have a +11 skill modifier. Range would be 12-22-31. A 5th level character with a +3 ability modifier and class skill bonus and min ranks would have a +7 skill modifier. Range would be 8-17-27.
- Trivial (DC 5): a task that is so easy that isn't worth a check. An adventurer can almost always succeed automatically.
- Easy (DC 10): requires a minimum level of competence or a bit of luck to accomplish.
- Moderate (DC 15): requires a bit more competence to accomplish. Can be completed more often than not by a character with both natural aptitude and specialized training.
- Hard (DC 20): include anything beyond the capabilities of the average person without aid or exceptional talent. Even with a bit of training and skill you still need some luck to pull it off (or maybe some specialized training).
- Very Hard (DC 25): achievable only by especially talented individuals. Nobody else should even bother trying.
- Formidable (DC 30): achievable only by the most trained, experienced, and talented individuals, and they probably still need help to pull it off.
- Nearly Impossible (DC 35): can't be done without assistance unless you're basically a demigod.
5th Edition Level Ranges