I have zero experience with D&D. It was with great reluctance that I agreed to make a character in Pathfinder for a campaign my friend is running. Now, in WoD (and somewhat in Shadowrun) the "advanced" characters — i.e. the ones you have to buy specialty books for — are usually pretty powerful compared to your typical characters, so I thought this might be true for Pathfinder.
So far, my Oracle (level 4) has been so ineffective that she might as well be a cannon-fodder NPC. My GM keeps saying, "You're just like a cleric." Except for being weaker, more restricted, and… my character's comic relief, and I wasn't expecting her to be.
I'm okay with her being comic relief, and I read two other posts on this site about how not to have a weak oracle, which should help, but is an oracle necessarily weaker than a cleric? And, by extension, are "advanced" character types in Pathfinder usually weaker than their more stereotypical counterparts?