SRD:Use Rope Skill
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Use Rope (Dex)
Most tasks with a rope are relatively simple. The DCs for various tasks utilizing this skill are summarized on the table below.
|Use Rope DC||Task|
|10||Tie a firm knot|
|101||Secure a grappling hook|
|15||Tie a special knot, such as one that slips, slides slowly, or loosens with a tug|
|15||Tie a rope around yourself one-handed|
|15||Splice two ropes together|
|Varies||Bind a character|
|60||Tie unique knot|
|80||Animate held rope|
Secure a Grappling Hook
Securing a grappling hook requires a Use Rope check (DC 10, +2 for every 10 feet of distance the grappling hook is thrown, to a maximum DC of 20 at 50 feet). Failure by 4 or less indicates that the hook fails to catch and falls, allowing you to try again. Failure by 5 or more indicates that the grappling hook initially holds, but comes loose after 1d4 rounds of supporting weight. This check is made secretly, so that you don’t know whether the rope will hold your weight.
Bind a Character
When you bind another character with a rope, any Escape Artist check that the bound character makes is opposed by your Use Rope check.
You get a +10 bonus on this check because it is easier to bind someone than to escape from bonds. You don’t even make your Use Rope check until someone tries to escape.
You can splice ropes together quickly, tie unique knots, and even animate a rope you hold. (See table.)
You can splice two ropes together as a move-equivalent action.
Tie Unique Knot
You can tie a knot that only you know how to untie. This doesn’t affect any Escape Artist checks made to escape these bindings.
Animate Held Rope
You can command any rope you hold as if it had the animate rope spell cast upon it (except that using the skill in this way doesn’t grant any bonus on Use Rope checks made with the animated rope). Each command requires a separate Use Rope check. Because the effect isn’t magical, it can’t be dispelled.
Varies. Throwing a grappling hook is a standard action that provokes an attack of opportunity. Tying a knot, tying a special knot, or tying a rope around yourself one-handed is a full-round action that provokes an attack of opportunity. Splicing two ropes together takes 5 minutes. Binding a character takes 1 minute.
These bonuses stack.
If you have 5 or more ranks in Use Rope, you get a +2 bonus on Climb checks made to climb a rope, a knotted rope, or a rope-and-wall combination.
If you have 5 or more ranks in Use Rope, you get a +2 bonus on Escape Artist checks when escaping from rope bonds.
If you have 5 or more ranks in Escape Artist, you get a +2 bonus on checks made to bind someone.