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Point Buy Character Creation

The Point Buy Method: Purchasing Ability Scores during Character Creation

[Norman Harman: This point buy system does not apply to Fifth Edition D&D. Which has a slightly different system. I believe this page refers to Pathfinder or a previous version of D&D]

To keep characters balanced with one another, the initial ability scores for a character are purchased from an ability score pool of 32 points. Each ability score starts at 8 for free, and then you must spend a number of points equal to the ability score's current ability modifier (minimum of 1) to advance one ability score point. No ability score may be increased above 18 using this method.

Once the six basic ability scores have been created, they may be further modified by racial adjustments and other factors.

Table: Purchasing Ability Scores outlines the advancement cost from a specific ability score to the next and summarizes the cumulative cost to purchase an ability score to a particular value.

Table: Purchasing Ability Scores


Ability Purchase Cumulative
Score Cost Cost
8 0 0
9 +1 1
10 +1 2
11 +1 3
12 +1 4
13 +1 5
14 +1 6
15 +2 8
16 +2 10
17 +3 13
18 +3 16

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