Fast play rules

Cross Narrow Surfaces/Uneven Ground

First, you can use Acrobatics to move on narrow surfaces and uneven ground without falling. A successful check allows you to move at half speed across such surfaces—only one check is needed per round. Use the following table to determine the base DC, which is then modified by the Acrobatics skill modifiers noted below. While you are using Acrobatics in this way, you are considered flat-footed and lose your Dexterity bonus to your AC (if any). If you take damage while using Acrobatics, you must immediately make another Acrobatics check at the same DC to avoid falling or being knocked prone.

Surface Width Base Acrobatics DC
Greater than 3 feet wide 0
1–3 feet wide 5
7–11 inches wide 10
2–6 inches wide 15
Less than 2 inches wide 20
up to 1 inch wide 40
No weight 40 + 10 per 50 pounds

No Weight: You can balance on a surface that could not normally take your body weight. (Example: Balance a fragile branch) The DC for this check increases by 10 for every 50 lbs you weigh (including items and equipment you carry). You still have weight and the laws of inertia still apply.

Precise Landing

You try to land in a precise spot, such as on top of an opponent, upon a horse’s back, or in a specific location (empty square), ready to fight. If you want to land in a specific location, the skill’s DC modifier is +5. If you want to end your jump by landing on a target creature, the DC is the Acrobatics DC +5 or your target’s Combat Maneuver Defense +5, whichever is higher. If you want to inflict damage or knock a foe prone with this skill use, you need to perform a combat maneuver check against your opponent (which provokes an attack of opportunity). If you fail your Acrobatics check you land prone in random square adjacent to your target and if your target was a creature you provoke an attack of opportunity from that creature.

Situation Base Acrobatics DC
Land in Specific location 5+ skill modifier
Land on target creature Acrobatic DC +5 or target's CMD +5
Inflict Damage or knock prone after initial skill use CMB check versus opponents CMD

Move Through Threatened Squares

In addition, you can move through a threatened square without provoking an attack of opportunity from an enemy by using Acrobatics. When moving in this way, you move at half speed. You can move at full speed by increasing the DC of the check by 10. You cannot use Acrobatics to move past foes if your speed is reduced due to carrying a medium or heavy load or wearing medium or heavy armor. If an ability allows you to move at full speed under such conditions, you can use Acrobatics to move past foes. You can use Acrobatics in this way while prone, but doing so requires a full-round action to move 5 feet, and the DC is increased by 5. If you attempt to move through an enemy’s space and fail the check, you lose the move action and provoke an attack of opportunity.

Situation Base Acrobatics DC
Move through a threatened area Opponent’s Combat Maneuver Defense
Move through an enemy’s space 5 + Opponent’s Combat Maneuver Defense

Jumping and Falling

Finally, you can use the Acrobatics skill to make jumps or to soften a fall. The base DC to make a jump is equal to the distance to be crossed (if horizontal) or four times the height to be reached (if vertical). These DCs double if you do not have at least 10 feet of space to get a running start. The only Acrobatics modifiers that apply are those concerning the surface you are jumping from. If you fail this check by 4 or less, you can attempt a DC 20 Reflex save to grab hold of the other side after having missed the jump. If you fail by 5 or more, you fail to make the jump and fall (or land prone, in the case of a vertical jump)

Faster Base Movement: Creatures with a base land speed above 30 feet receive a +4 racial bonus on Acrobatics checks made to jump for every 10 feet of their speed above 30 feet. Creatures with a base land speed below 30 feet receive a –4 racial bonus on Acrobatics checks made to jump for every 10 feet of their speed below 30 feet. No jump can allow you to exceed your maximum movement for the round.

Running Jump: For a running jump, the result of your Acrobatics check indicates the distance traveled in the jump (and if the check fails, the distance at which you actually land and fall prone). Halve this result for a standing long jump to determine where you land. Also, see Pole.

Falling: When you deliberately fall any distance, even as a result of a missed jump, a DC 15 Acrobatics skill check allows you to ignore the first 10 feet fallen, although you still end up prone if you take damage from a fall. See Falling Damage for more details.)

Long Jump Acrobatics DC
5 feet 5
10 feet 10
15 feet 15
20 feet 20
25 feet 25
30 feet 30
Greater than 30 feet +5 per 5 feet
High Jump Acrobatics DC
1 foot 4
2 feet 8
3 feet 12
4 feet 16
5 feet 20
6 feet 24
Greater than 6 feet +4 per foot
Acrobatics Modifiers DC Modifier
Lightly Obstructed (gravel, sand) +2
Severely Obstructed (cavern, rubble) +5
Slightly Slippery (wet) +2
Severely Slippery (icy) +5
Slightly Sloped (<45°) +2
Severely Sloped (>45°) +5
Slightly Unsteady (boat in rough water) +2
Mildly Unsteady (boat in a storm) +5
Severely Unsteady (earthquake) +10
Move at full speed on narrow or uneven surfaces +5

Hop Up

You can jump up onto an object as tall as your waist, such as a table or small boulder, with a DC 10 Acrobatics (jump) check. Doing so counts as 10 feet of movement, so if your speed is 30 feet, you could move 20 feet, then hop up onto a counter. You do not need to get a running start to hop up, so the DC is not doubled if you do not get a running start.

Diving or Jumping into Water

Characters who jump or dive into water take no damage on a successful DC 15 Acrobatics skill check, so long as the water is at least 10 feet deep for every 30 feet fallen. Water 30 feet deep is sufficient for a dive from any height. However, the DC of the check increases by 5 for every 50 feet of the dive.

If the water is not deep enough for a safe dive, add 5 to the DC and treat your dive or fall as 30 feet higher than its actual height

Dive Height Minimum Safe Depth Acrobatics DC Damage for Failed Dive
10 ft. 10 ft. 15 None
20 ft. 10 ft. 15 None
30 ft. 10 ft. 15 1d3 nonlethal
40 ft. 20 ft. 15 2d3 nonlethal
50 ft. 20 ft. 20 2d3 nonlethal +1d6
60 ft. 20 ft. 20 2d3 nonlethal + 2d6
70 ft. 30 ft. 20 2d3 nonlethal + 3d6
80 ft. 30 ft. 20 2d3 nonlethal + 4d6
90 ft. 30 ft. 20 2d3 nonlethal + 5d6
100 ft. 30 ft. 20 2d3 nonlethal + 6d6
110 ft. 30 ft. 25 2d3 nonlethal + 7d6
120 ft. 30 ft. 25 2d3 nonlethal + 8d6
160 ft. 30 ft. 30 2d3 nonlethal + 12d6
210 ft. 30 ft. 35 2d3 nonlethal + 17d6
240 ft. 30 ft. 35 2d3 nonlethal + 20d6*


None. An Acrobatics check is made as part of another action or as a reaction to a situation.


Skills: If you have 3 or more ranks in Acrobatics, you gain a +3 dodge bonus to AC when fighting defensively instead of the usual +2, and a +6 dodge bonus to AC when taking the total defense action instead of the usual +4.

Feats: If you have the Acrobatic Feat , you get a +2 bonus on all Acrobatics checks. If you have 10 or more ranks in Acrobatics, the bonus increases to +4.

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