(Dex, Equipment Penalty)

You are skilled at flying, either through the use of wings or magic, and you can perform daring or complex manoeuvres while airborne. Note that this skill does not give you the ability to fly.

NB: You cannot take this skill without a natural means of flight or gliding, such as the Flight power.

Check: You generally need to make a Fly check only when you are attempting a complex manoeuvre. Without making a check, a flying creature can remain flying at the end of its turn so long as it moves a distance greater than half its speed. It can also turn up to 45 degrees by sacrificing 5 feet of movement, can rise at half speed at an angle of 45 degrees1, and can descend at any angle at normal speed. Note that these restrictions apply only to movement taken during your current turn. At the beginning of the next turn, you can move in a different direction than you did the previous turn without making a check. Taking any action that violates these rules requires a Fly check. The difficulty of these manoeuvres varies depending on the manoeuvre you are attempting, as noted on the following chart.

Table: Flying Manoeuvre DCs
Flying Manoeuvre Fly DC
Move less than half speed and remain flying 10
Hover 15
Turn greater than 45° by spending 5 feet of movement 15
Turn 180° by spending 10 feet of movement 20
Fly up at a greater than 45° angle 20


Fly Speed: Creatures with a fly speed treat the Fly skill as a class skill. A creature with a natural fly speed receives a bonus (or penalty) on Fly skill checks depending on its manoeuvrability:

  • Clumsy -8
  • Poor -4
  • Average +0
  • Good +4
  • Perfect +8

Creatures without a manoeuvrability rating are assumed to have average manoeuvrability and take no penalty on Fly checks.

Size: A creature larger or smaller than Medium takes a size bonus or penalty on Fly checks depending on its size category:

  • Fine +8
  • Diminutive +6
  • Tiny +4
  • Small +2
  • Large -2
  • Huge -4
  • Gargantuan -6
  • Colossal -8

Attacked While Flying: You are not considered flat-footed while flying. If you are flying using wings and you take damage while flying, you must make a DC 10 Fly check to avoid losing 10 feet of altitude. This descent does not provoke an attack of opportunity and does not count against a creature’s movement.
Collision While Flying

If you are using wings to fly and you collide with an object equal to your size or larger, you must immediately make a DC 25 Fly check to avoid plummeting to the ground, taking the appropriate falling damage.

Avoid Falling Damage: If you are falling and have the ability to fly, you can make a DC 10 Fly check to negate the damage. You cannot make this check if you are falling due to a failed Fly check or a collision. See Falling Damage if you fail this check.


High Wind Speeds

Flying in high winds adds penalties on your Fly checks as noted on the Wind Effects table.

“Checked” means that creatures of that size or smaller must succeed on a DC 20 Fly check to move at all so long as the wind persists.

“Blown away” means that creatures of that size or smaller must succeed on a DC 25 Fly check or be blown back 2d6×10 feet and take 2d6 points of nonlethal damage. This check must be made every round the creature remains airborne. A creature that is blown away must still make a DC 20 Fly check to move due to also being checked.

Table: Wind Effects on Flying
Wind Force Wind Speed Checked Size Blown Away Size Fly Penalty
Light 0–10 mph
Moderate 11–20 mph
Strong 21–30 mph Tiny –2
Severe 31–50 mph Small Tiny –4
Windstorm 51–74 mph Medium Small –8
Hurricane 75–174 mph Large Medium –12
Tornado 175+ mph Huge Large –16


Action: None. A Fly check doesn’t require an action; it is made as part of another action or as a reaction to a situation.

Try Again: Varies. You can attempt a Fly check to perform the same manoeuvre on subsequent rounds. If you are using wings and you fail a Fly check by 5 or more, you plummet to the ground, taking the appropriate falling damage.

Synergy: Tumbling grants a synergy bonus to Fly. Fly grants a synergy bonus to Pilot.