[RPG] How does rolling a 1 on a skill check play out if you have a +9 or better to that skill

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My DM is telling me a natural 1 is worst possible result, but when my build reaches Sorcerer 8/Bard 1, my Persuasion bonus will be +10, meaning my worst roll should be an 11. Right?

Best Answer

You're right

... and so is your DM, technically. A 1 is the lowest you can roll on the d20 die: it is the worst possible result for that roll. But your modifiers can affect that greatly.

If your character gets a +10 by a certain level, at that point he will auto-pass all DC 11 or lower skill checks that use your skill. This is because critical failures for ability checks do not apply. Those are reserved for attack rolls and death saves.