Skills

Speak Language (None; Trained Only)

The Speak Language skill doesn't work like other skills. Languages work as follows.

  • You start at 1st level knowing one or two languages (based on your race), plus an additional number of languages equal to your starting Intelligence bonus.
  • You can purchase Speak Language just like any other skill, but instead of buying a rank in it, you choose a new language that you can speak.
  • You don't make Speak Language checks. You either know a language or you don't.
  • A literate character (anyone but a barbarian who has not spent skill points to become literate) can read and write any language she speaks. Each language has an alphabet, though sometimes several spoken languages share a single alphabet.

Common Languages and Their Alphabets
Language
Typical Speakers
Alphabet
Abyssal
Demons, chaotic evil outsiders
Infernal
Aquan
Water-based creatures
Elven
Auran
Air-based creatures
Draconic
Celestial
Good outsiders
Celestial
Common
Humans, halflings, half-elves, half-orcs
Common
Draconic
Kobolds, troglodytes, lizardfolk, dragons
Draconic
Druidic
Druids (only)
Druidic
Dwarven
Dwarves
Dwarven
Elven
Elves
Elven
Giant
Ogres, giants
Dwarven
Gnome
Gnomes
Dwarven
Goblin
Goblins, hobgoblins, bugbears
Dwarven
Gnoll
Gnolls
Common
Halfling
Halflings
Common
Ignan
Fire-based creatures
Draconic
Infernal
Devils, lawful evil outsiders
Infernal
Orc
Orcs
Dwarven
Sylvan
Dryads, brownies, leprechauns
Elven
Terran
Xorns and other earth-based creatures
Dwarven
Undercommon
Drow
Elven

Action: Not applicable.

Try Again: Not applicable. There are no Speak Language checks to fail.

Source: SRD 3.5 Combined Skills