WIS

What is WIS short for in Dungeons & Dragons?

Wisdom

In Dungeons & Dragons (DnD), WIS is short for Wisdom. Dungeon Masters (DMs) and players may use WIS in place of Wisdom when discussing an in-game action that references a character's Wisdom score or modifier.

Each DnD character possesses six basic abilities that describe that character's physical and mental capabilities. These are:

  • Strength (STR)
  • Dexterity (DEX)
  • Constitution (CON)
  • Intelligence (INT)
  • Wisdom (WIS)
  • Charisma (CHA)

Each ability has a numeric score and ability check modifier (such as +2 or -1) associated with it. Players reference these numbers when performing actions related to an ability.

For example, if a player attempts to determine whether an NPC is lying, their DM will ask them to make a Wisdom check to determine whether they are successful. The player then rolls a d20 and adds their WIS modifier to the result, hoping for a high total that will lend their character some insight.

In forums, rulebooks, and virtual DnD-playing platforms, many players and DMs abbreviate Wisdom as WIS. So, in the example provided above, the DM might ask the player to make a WIS check, which is the same as a Wisdom check.

Example

"Okay, my character's WIS modifier is ... -2. Is that bad?"
"Yup, it's pretty bad. Roll your Wisdom check."

Jake the Dog, succeeding on a WIS check

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Last Updated: November 6, 2020

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