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I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in one round. Could someone give me a summary and clarify it for me?

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Thank you, you have just cleared up so much confusion at the table. –  user4424 Sep 16 '12 at 13:58

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According to The ever useful d20PFSRD:

In a round of combat, you can do either :

Plus a combination of :

A few special cases

The 5 ft. step
Provided you don't take any other action that actually involves using a move speed (walking/running/flying...) during the same round, you can take a 5' step as a free action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity once per round.

Spellcasting
While most spells have a casting time of 1 Standard action, others can take a Swift action, a Full-round Action or more. For those spells that take longer to cast, you're effectively using up a Full-round action each round for the duration of the casting.
Also, be they Quickened spells or whatever, you can never take more than 1 Swift action per round.

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+1 A valuable concise summary! –  Rob Sep 14 '12 at 11:37
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+1 cited reference! –  EFH Sep 14 '12 at 15:10
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The 5' step, while technically a free action, is so fundamental and has enough unique wrinkles that it probably deserves explicit mention. –  starwed Sep 14 '12 at 20:20
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Any references on "trading down"? Can I do 2 swift actions instead of 1 Std + 1 swift? –  Gates VP Sep 15 '12 at 0:03
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@gatesVP no, not supported. –  mxyzplk Sep 15 '12 at 15:03

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