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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:

Narrow SurfaceBalance DC(1)Difficult SurfacBalance DC(1)
7–12 inches wide10Uneven flagstone102
2–6 inches wide 15 Hewn stone floor102
Less than 2 inches wide20Sloped or angled floor102
(1) Add modifiers from Narrow Surface Modifiers, below, as appropriate.
Only if running or charging. Failure by 4 or less means the character can’t run or charge, but may otherwise act normally.

Surface DC Modifier(1)
Lightly obstructed+2
Severely obstructed+2
Sloped or angled+2
(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.

Accelerated Movement: 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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