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Chapter 5: Skills

Recall Knowledge

Source Starfinder Core Rulebook pg. 133
You can use certain skills to recall knowledge about specific topics. The topics a given skill relates to are detailed in the individual skill descriptions. A successful skill check allows you to answer questions about the topic in question. You can attempt untrained skill checks to recall knowledge if the DC is 10 or less. You can take 20 on this check, but only if you have a means of researching, such as access to an information network or downloaded data set (see page 430); this typically takes 2 minutes.

The DCs for skill checks to recall knowledge are determined by the GM and are based on how well known the piece of knowledge is, using the following guidelines.

Question DifficultyBase DC
Really easy questions5
Average questions15
Very difficult questions20 to 30

The specific topics and the skills you use to recall knowledge about them are listed in the small table below.

SkillRecalled Knowledge Topics
CultureA culture’s customs, laws, government, leaders, prominent inhabitants, legends, religion, history, and related topics
Life ScienceBioengineering, biology, botany, ecology, genetics, xenobiology, zoology, and other fields of biological science
MysticismAlchemical theory, arcane symbols, deities, magic traditions, the planes, religious traditions and symbols, and related topics
Physical ScienceAstronomy, chemistry, climatology, geography, geology, hyperspace, meteorology, oceanography, physics, and other fields of natural science
ProfessionA specific profession and related topics