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I'm curious as to whether any character can search for traps, or only someone with an ability like the rogue's trapfinding ability.

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Actually, that question has no relationship to this one, other than involving traps. Different rules-system entirely. –  YogoZuno Dec 13 '12 at 22:42
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Any character can search for traps, but only someone with the Trapfinding ability can find traps with a DC of higher than 20.

Also pertinent is that only characters with the above special ability can disable magic traps with use of the disable device skill.

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Actually, only characters with Trapfinding can disable magic traps. Normal traps can be disabled without that ability. Spot on about the restrictions on finding them though. –  BESW Dec 13 '12 at 11:04
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Good call @BESW –  LitheOhm Dec 13 '12 at 11:06
    
Actually anyone can disable the trap once its found...they simply have to activate it! (preferably with a stick or other non-living mattter) seriously, not being a jerk...when we'flve found ourselves short a rogue had to "manually disable" the trap this way...fair warning, its not always as safe as you think ..(guess thats the purpose) –  Ben-Jamin Dec 14 '12 at 21:19
    
@Ben-Jamin how about automatic reset traps? There's are of effect too :P –  LitheOhm Dec 14 '12 at 23:52
    
Usually there's a time limit before it resets..if not well then hopefully u made it past the trap or got w/e u needed alrdy..and btw I'm definitely NOT encouraging this style of "disable" but with no other choices... :) –  Ben-Jamin Dec 16 '12 at 0:38
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