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[BG2:ToB] - SKILLRAC.2DA clarification


aVENGER_(RR)

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Since there seems to be some confusion about what the contents of this file represent, I'll try to clarify the situation. The values presented in SKILLRAC.2DA are actually the base thief skill points + racial adjustments. For reference, the base thief skill point table is as follows:

 

Skill             Base Score
Pick Pockets         15%
Open Locks           10%
Find/Remove Traps     5%
Move Silently        10%
Hide in Shadows       5%
Detect Noise         15%
Climb Walls          60%
Read Languages        0%

 

The racial adjustments table is as follows:

 

Skill               Dwarf     Elf     Gnome     Half-elf     Halfling
Pick Pockets         --       +5%      --        +10%          +5%
Open Locks          +10%      -5%     +5%         --           +5%
Find/Remove Traps   +15%      --      +10%        --           +5%
Move Silently        --       +5%     +5%         --          +10%
Hide in Shadows      --       +10%    +5%        +5%          +15%
Detect Noise         --       +5%     +10%        --           +5%
Climb Walls         -10%      --      -15%        --          -15%
Read Languages       -5%      --       --         --           -5%

 

Both of these tables can be found on page 232 of the BG2 Manual. Finally, there are three mistakes concerning the Move Silently entries for Elves, Half-Elves and Halflings in the unmodded SKILLRAC.2DA. They probably occurred during the BG1 -> BG2 transition when Stealth was separated into Hide in Shadows and Move Silently. The Move Silently entries weren't adjusted to reflect the split so they are too high. See here for more details on that. The correct values using the aforementioned logic would be:

 

COPY_EXISTING ~SKILLRAC.2DA~ ~override~
 SET_2DA_ENTRY 2 4 8 ~15~ // Elf Move Silently correction
 SET_2DA_ENTRY 4 4 8 ~10~ // Half-Elf Move Silently correction
 SET_2DA_ENTRY 5 4 8 ~20~ // Halfling Move Silently correction
BUT_ONLY_IF_IT_CHANGES

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