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    Default [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    My PC just has enough time to try a very long research of a true name, which must end by a high DC knowledge check.

    I have many resources at my disposal (including a huge wealth) and I'd like to make everything I can to ensure that single check : spells, items, anything but levelling/taking feats.

    Any advice ?
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    Default Re: [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    Custom item of knowledge(x) + 30 competence: 90k

    Get a book lot for a library, found in stronghold builder's guide, for up to +6 circumstance bonus on a single knowledge type.

    UMD a scroll of Divine Insight for +15 Insight bonus.

    EDIT: should have asked, are you a wizard, cleric, something else?

    Double edit: this thread might help, as well as this one.
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    Default Re: [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    What is PJ?

    Off the top of my head:
    An item familiar can effectively double your ranks in knowledge.

    From Person_Man:
    "Knowledge Devotion feat: Make a Knowledge check to gain a scaled insight bonus (up to +5 if you can hit 36 or higher) to hit and damage. Complete Champion pg 60.

    Lunatic Insight: You are considered trained in all Knowledge Skills, and gain a +2 (untyped) bonus to Initiative and Mind Effecting abilities. Heroes of Horror pg 123.

    Trivial Knowledge: Whenever you make a Knowledge check or a Bardic Knowledge check, roll twice and use the better result. Requires that you be a Gnome. Races of Stone pg 145.

    Mantle of Second Chances: Reroll one die once per day. No reason you can't have several, and swap them out each combat. 6,000 gp, DMG II pg 269.

    Binder: Though Cha based, all you need is one level to get you into the Anima Mage prestige class, which provides full duel vestige/arcane caster progression. This can get you access to some amazing vestiges, like Balam (reroll any die once every 5 rounds) and Dantalion (+8 unnamed bonus on all Knowledge checks)."

    From Thurbane:
    Collector of Stories skill trick (Complete Scoundrel p.85) gives a +5 bonus on Knowledge checks to identify the weakness of monsters.

    Paragnostic Apostle (Complete Champion p.94) is a decent Knowledge based PrC - synergizes well with Archivist, and grants Lore ability.

    Also, one of the 1st level Dragonfire Adept invocations - Draconic Knowledge - (Dragon Magic p.80) gives a +6 bonus of Knowledge and Spellcraft checks for 24 hours.

    The Make Your Own Luck feat (Complete Scoundrel, p.79) allows you to expend a luck reroll to reroll any skill check.

    Some items:

    Book of All Knowledge (Complete Champion p. 142) can give a +10 insight bonus to a Knowledge check, after persuing the book for 2d4 hours.

    Tome of Worldly Memory (Magic Item Compendium p.190) gives a +5 competence bonus to a Knowledge check, after persuing the book for 1 minute 3/day. If you have 5 ranks in the skill in question, it only requires a standard action.

    Some spells:
    Divine Insight provides a 5+CL insight bonus to one check.

    Guidance of the Avatar is another good one.

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    Default Re: [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    (PJ meant PC, sorry for typo)

    Thanks, that... will help a lot.

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    Default Re: [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    You could get a crystal mask of knowledge from MiC for +5 its not super powerful but its cheap only 2500 gp

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    Default Re: [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    Improvisation adds CL/2 as a luck bonus

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    Default Re: [3.5] Best way to improve a single Knowledge check ?

    Make sure your DM will allow "reroll" magic to affect your Knowledge check. Your check is made for a days-long attempt at gathering specific knowledge on a subject, and while you may roll the d20 for the check at the end of the allotted time, the check represents activity you have done over a number of days. As such, DM might not allow the reroll to affect it, arguing the roll is actually made over the course of several days.
    That's how I would DM it.

    Happy gaming! And good luck with that check. Maybe microwave a couple of d20's in advance as intimidation.
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