Resolve

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Resolve (RES) is one of the primary attributes in Pillars of Eternity. The in-game description reads:

Resolve reflects a character's internal drive, determination, fearlessness, and the emotional intensity they can project to others. It can be useful for mental intimidation, leadership, and convincing performances. In combat, it helps characters maintain Concentration and contributes to the Will and Deflection defenses.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Bonuses Interaction
checks passed
Will Deflection Concentr.
2 -16 -8 -24  ?
3 -14 -7 -21  ?
4 -12 -6 -18  ?
5 -10 -5 -15  ?
6 -8 -4 -12  ?
7 -6 -3 -9  ?
8 -4 -2 -6  ?
9 -2 -1 -3  ?
10 no change  ?
11 +2 +1 +3  ?
12 +4 +2 +6  ?
13 +6 +3 +9  ?
14 +8 +4 +12  ?
15 +10 +5 +15  ?
16 +12 +6 +18  ?
17 +14 +7 +21  ?
18 +16 +8 +24  ?
19 +18 +9 +27  ?
20 +20 +10 +30  ?
21 +22 +11 +33  ?
22 +24 +12 +36  ?
23 +26 +13 +39  ?
24 +28 +14 +42 100%
... ... ... ... ...

Combat[edit | edit source]

Per point of Resolve above/below 10, a character gains:

See Attribute#Combat for more explanation on how bonuses are calculated and applied.

Dialog and scripted interactions[edit | edit source]

In conversations, the protagonist's resolve is frequently checked for persuading people to do what you want, or for delivering a convincing lie or performance.

In scripted interactions, depending on the script, party member Resolve may be checked to determine success or the player can select a party member to tackle the challenge.

See Uses of Resolve in interactions for a detailed list.

Allocation[edit | edit source]

A player character's Resolve score is allocated during character creation, and does not progress with levels. By default you may put between 3 and 18 points in it, but the character's race and culture can modify those limits - for example for a Human from Aedyr, it would be between 5 and 20:

Racial bonuses:
Human +1
Orlan +1
Cultural bonuses:
Aedyr +1
Ixamitl Plains +1

Buffs[edit | edit source]

There are various ways to (temporarily) increase a character's Resolve beyond their base score. These buffs are not restricted to the upper limit that is imposed during character creation - so a temporary score of 30 or more is not impossible.

Passive abilities/talents[edit | edit source]

unlimited – permanently active once learned

Type Ability RES modifier
Quest reward talent Berath's Boon +1
Rewarded talent Effigy's Resentment +1

Equipment[edit | edit source]

one – bonus while equipped

Slot Item RES modifier
Head Ultimate Hat of Alluring Perfection [WM1] -2


Hands Bracers of Enduring +1
Neck Cloak of the Theocrat +1
Head Company Captain's Cap [DP] +1
Neck Glanfathan Adraswen +1
Fingers Snerf's Folly +1
Head The Pilgrim's Lasting Vigil +1
Fingers The Ring of Wonder +1
Neck Unwavering Resolve +1
Head Waage's Hat of Leadership +1
Armor Coat of Ill Payment +2
Neck Amulet of Joka'te +2
Waist Broad Belt of Power +2
Head Dandy Hat of the Diseased Yak +2
Neck Lost Periapt of the Winding Path [WM2] +2
Fingers Serel's Ring +2
Armor Kerdhed Pames +3
Head Argwes Adra's Helm [WM2] +3
Fingers Ring of Changing Heart [WM1] +3
Neck Shroud of Mourning +3


Hands Siegebreaker Gauntlets [WM2] +4
Head Company Captain's Cap [DP] +3
Armor Of Resolve 1 Enchantment +1
Armor Of Resolve 2 Enchantment +2

Resting bonuses[edit | edit source]

one

Location Inn Room RES modifier Lasts for
Gilded Vale Blackhound Inn Dyrwood's Pride +2 2 rests
Copperlane Fox and Goose Merchant's Stay +1 2 rests
Hearthsong Celestial Sapling Celestial Suite +2 1 rest
Hearthsong Celestial Sapling Wanderer's Reprieve +1 2 rest
Caed Nua Brighthollow Chapel +3 3 rests

Prostitute boons[edit | edit source]

one – for the protagonist only

Location Brothel Prostitute RES modifier Lasts for
Ondra's Gift Salty Mast Big Durmsey +2 1 rest
Ondra's Gift Salty Mast Iqali +1 1 rest

Modal or active buffs[edit | edit source]

onewhich includes:

Active abilities/spells

– temporary bonus when used
Type Ability RES modifier Duration Affected characters
Item Lord's Authority +5 30 sec user

Consumable items

– temporary bonus when used
Type Item RES modifier Duration Affected characters
food Dragon Egg +3 300 sec user
food Dragon Egg Dish +3 300 sec user
food Dragon Meat +3 150 sec user
food Dragon Meat Dish +3 150 sec user


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