[RPG] Can a Half-Elf reach Charisma 22 naturally


This question isn't just about Half Elves specifically, but playing as a Half Elf Bard this came to mind. I know that when you reach levels, such as level 4, that you cannot raise an ability score over 20. But does this mean a base score that isn't taking into account racial bonuses? In which case you could get a Half Elf to have Charisma at 22
Or are racial boosts considered one and the same with your ability score?

Best Answer

The maximum is 20 including racial bonus's unless the book specifically states that your maximum stat increases.

PHB Page 15. Some of these abilities allow you to increase your ability scores, either increasing two scores by 1 each or increasing one score by 2. You can't increase an ability score above 20.

Some classes have abilities which state that your maximum ability score increases to a new value.


PHB Page 49 Primal Champion: At 20th level, you embody the power of the wilds. Your Strength and Constitution scores increase by 4. Your maximum for those scores is now 24.