If no combat has occured, and you win the initiative, you get a "take 20". Even if you have only 1-3 points in it, you will always succeed in dominating a huge animal as a grizzlybear (DC 22), but no chance at all if you don't put a single point in it. --18.104.22.168 5 March 2006
You have to be seen by the animal for this skill to work. Say, for instance, that you are a ranger/assassin (or rogue) using "darkness" as your favourite mean to be able to sneak enemies. In that area of darkness, the animals can still hurt you, but you can't dominate them 'cause technically, they can't see you. Same goes if you approach them in stealth mode, they can sense you, and attack you (probably because they made a listen check) but as long as you remain in stealth mode you can't dominate them. Needless to say, you can't be invisible or under a sanctuary/greater sanctuary spell for this skill to work either. 22.214.171.124 10:02, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Does anyone know if you can recast Animal Empathy to "re-dominate" a target creature before the first successful check wears off? -Taospark 06:44, October 28, 2010 (UTC)
At what range can you use this skill?
- Touch. --ShaDoOoW 22:50, November 13, 2011 (UTC)