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I'm fairly new to Pathfinder and I was wondering if a character could shapechange into something like a door, table, or wall? If not shapechange would polymorph do it? I don't have a particular character in mind, I'm just trying to learn more about the spells.

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I’m not familiar enough with the Pathfinder changes to the polymorph spells to answer the question, but I’m quite sure that shapechange can do everything polymorph can and quite a bit more. In 3.5, you would need polymorph any object for this, though IIRC shapechange could also do anything PAO could. –  KRyan Dec 6 '13 at 22:56
Trivia: Although 2nd edition Dungeons and Dragons' shape change spell and 3rd edition's shapechange spell only permit creatures, AD&D's shape change spell's examples included the wizard changing into a "pool of water" despite specifying "any creature" in the opening sentence, doubtless the subject of many heated arguments. It was, I assume, a different time... a time when pools of water were creatures, I guess. –  Hey I Can Chan Dec 9 '13 at 18:48

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The shapechange spell is geared around continuous changing into a variety of creatures, and has a list of spells that it encompasses. It doesn't do inanimate objects.

Polymorph any object (the spell which changes objects to creatures, objects to objects and creatures to creatures) is not one of these spells that it can replicate. Turning yourself into a door with this spell probably wouldn't be ideal, because you would actually be a door, with all of a door's usual senses, intelligence and other characteristics for one or more hours (three hours for a wood/metal door the same size as you, one if it's larger or smaller, more hours if the door is made of human flesh...).

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