Cartographer’s Tools

  • RAW Cost: 15gp
  • RAW Weight: 6lbs
  • Items: Compass, Ruler, Triangle, Pen, Parchment, Calipers
  • Crafting Restrictions: Must follow rules detailed in the “Creating Detailed Maps” section.
  • Mundane Item Crafting: None
  • Magic Item Crafting: None
  • Artwork Creation: Can create high quality maps that can be modified and sold as artwork.
  • QA Artwork Bonus: None
  • Structure Building: None
  • Adventuring Utility: Cannot get lost in a mapped area and can be granted additional bonuses whilst navigating a mapped area.

Default Recipes

Cartographers are a particular breed.  Either they are holed up in a small room copying maps or combining them or wandering the world putting together something fantastic.  They can make the following:

  • Accurate maps

Skill Usage

  • Arcana, History, Religion: You can use your knowledge of maps and locations to unearth more detailed information when you use these skills. For instance, you might spot hidden messages in a map, identify when the map was made to determine if geographical features have changed since then, and so forth.
  • Nature: Your familiarity with physical geography makes it easier for you to answer questions or solve issues relating to the terrain around you.
  • Survival: Your understanding of geography makes it easier to find paths to civilization, to predict areas where villages or towns might be found, and to avoid becoming lost. You have studied so many maps that common patterns, such as how trade routes evolve and where settlements arise in relation to geographic locations, are familiar to you.
  • Craft a Map: While traveling, you can draw a map as you go in addition to engaging in other activities.

Cartographer’s Tools Basic Skill Use Difficulty Table

Determine a map’s age and origin10
Estimate direction and distance to a landmark15
Discern that a map is fake15
Fill in a missing part of a map20


For much of the crafting for this skill set and tools, just use the Mundane Crafting rules unless there is something specific that the character wishes to create outside of the normal things.