Can a tabaxi rogue with the Criminal background start with 8 skill proficiencies?


If a character would gain the same proficiency from two different sources, he or she can choose a different proficiency of the same kind (skill or tool) instead. (PBR, p. 36; PHB, p. 126)

A Tabaxi Rogue with the Criminal Background has the following skill proficiencies:

  • Racial (Tabaxi): Stealth and Perception
  • Class (Rogue): Four from Acrobatics, Athletics, Deception, Insight, Intimidation, Investigation, Perception, Performance, Persuasion, Sleight of Hand, and Stealth.
  • Background (Criminal): Deception and Stealth.

With this in mind I’m looking at a build with the following proficiencies:

  1. Stealth (racial)
  2. Perception (racial)
  3. Acrobatics (class)
  4. Intimidation (class)
  5. Persuasion (class)
  6. Investigation (class)
  7. Deception (background)
  8. Sleight of Hand (background/Dex substitute for Stealth)

Is this valid by RAW?