I know this has been asked before, but it wasn’t included in the October Core Rulebook update. I am hoping to get some clarification. I think it is pretty clear on page 445 that checks move up one degree of success on a natural 20. On page 278 it states that an attack roll of 20 is a critical success. I have been playing those rules as written for the last 8 months meaning skill checks and saving throws aren’t necessarily critical successes, but attack rolls are. I am wondering if that was written by design or a mistake in the text? I would think if it were a mistake, it would have been included in the update? Just wanting to play the game the way it is supposed to be played. Thanks for you input in advance.
Nat 20s are no longer automatic success or automatic critical success on anything. They improve the outcome one step.
If you roll a nat 20, but miss the target DC by 10, instead of critically failing you only fail.
If you roll a nat 20, but miss the target DC, you succeed instead of failing.
If you roll a nat 20, and hit the tagret DC you critically succeed.
If you roll a nat 20 and exceed the target DC by 10, you we're already going to critically succeed, but it might matter with other abilities that have effects on things (maybe).