Foundations – Unified Skill List for Classic World of Darkness

The Classic World of Darkness is a great game, but with so many editions, stand-alone games, and differing points of view it can be a little difficult to get all of the players and characters on the same page.  My primary playing group is having this very issue with a short cWOD game right now, so I thought I would help with some skill clarification.  This article refers to a variety of previously published rule books, and is not intended to be used without them.

This is part of the Foundation series of articles that modify and add new rules and systems to role playing games.  These articles should only be considered home-brew, and never as canon.  If your group is interested in playing with these house rules, please let me know how it works out for you.


  • Alertness
  • Athletics
  • Awareness (Fallen, Hunter, & Mages Only)
  • Brawl
  • Dodge
  • Empathy
  • Expression
  • Instruction
  • Intimidation
  • Intuition
  • Kenning (Changeling Only)
  • Leadership (Also may be a Skill)
  • Persuasion (Use Empathy, Expression, Intimidation, or Subterfuge Instead)
  • Primal Urge (Garou Only)
  • Streetwise
  • Subterfuge


  • Animal Ken
  • Crafts
  • Demolitions
  • Do (Requires Askashic Ties)
  • Drive
  • Etiquette
  • Firearms
  • Leadership (May also be a Talent)
  • Meditation
  • Melee
  • Performance
  • Repair (Use Crafts or Technology Instead)
  • Research (May also be a Knowledge)
  • Security
  • Stealth
  • Survival
  • Technology


  • Academics
  • Bureaucracy
  • Computer
  • Cosmology (Umbra)
  • Enigmas
  • Finance
  • Gremayre (Changeling Only)
  • Investigation
  • Law
  • Lore (Requires a Variation – See MtA 2E, Pg. 129)
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine
  • Occult
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Rituals (Garou Only)
  • Research (May also be a Skill)
  • Science

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