Okay, this might sound like a bit of a cheesy question...'cuz it is.
There are a myriad traits out there spread amongst lots of books. If I wanted to build a character and find a trait that boosts a particular ability or give the character some flavor in another aspect, like a skill, how could I easily find such a trait without reading through every trait in every book I have access to?
By any chance, has anyone created a spreadsheet or online table that lists out the benefits that any/all traits give and then list out the particular trait that somehow contributes to this benefit (and, yes, I realize that different traits might split their benefits in different ways to different areas).
I too use Nethys. Use the Search function, only select Traits, then try various keywords. I generally try these:
- abilities I want to boost ("perception")
- my race/class/god/interesting regions I might come from, just to see if there's some weird but cool thing I hadn't even thought of
- ability I'm trying to replace with something else (like using another stat instead of Charisma for a social skill).
Kodger beat me to it.
Some real premium traits are:
Transmuter- for the right classes/builds this is better than many feats.
Fates Favored- anyone who accesses any luck bonuses on a regular.
Reactionary- Increase to initiatives is always welcome.
Glory of Old- every dwarf wants this...its like getting half iron will, improved fortitude, and lightning reflex.
Quan martial artist- anyone who does unarmed damage wants a static +1 damage.
Wayang spell hunter/magical lineage- anyone who likes meta magics these are the best.
Check out Pupsocket's Guide to the Very Best Traits. Most of the best traits are there with a few exceptions. Some cool traits that haven't been mentioned:
Clever Wordplay: Int replaces Cha for one skill.
Student of Philosophy: Int replaces Cha for some applications of Bluff and Diplomacy.
Shoanti Tattoo: Earth Breaker (2d6 x3) proficiency.
Affable: Diplomacy and Knowledge (Local) as class skills
Mother's Rage: +1 level to all summoning spells
Opportune Slayer: +2 Damage on AoO.