Okay, my character's DEX modifier is ... -2. Is that bad?
Yup, it's pretty bad. Roll your Dexterity check.
|DnD||Dungeons & Dragons|
|D&D||Dungeons and Dragons|
|Dump stat||An ability that an RPG player doesn't prioritize|
In Dungeons & Dragons (DnD), DEX is short for Dexterity. Dungeon Masters (DMs) and players may use DEX in place of Dexterity when discussing an in-game action that references a character's Dexterity score or modifier.
Each DnD character possesses six basic abilities that describe that character's physical and mental capabilities. These are:
Each ability has a numeric score and ability check modifier (such as +2 or -1) associated with it. Players reference these numbers when performing actions related to an ability.
For example, if a player attempts to pick a lock, their DM will ask them to make a Dexterity check to determine whether they are successful. The player then rolls a d20 and adds their DEX modifier to the result, hoping for a high total that reflects the lock giving way.
In forums, rulebooks, and virtual DnD-playing platforms, many players and DMs abbreviate Dexterity as DEX. So, in the example provided above, the DM might ask the player to make a DEX check, which is the same as a Dexterity check.