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I was looking over the rules for brewing potions in Pathfinder, and noticed something peculiar. It says that if the base price is 250 gp or less, the potion only takes 2 hours to craft, but otherwise, it takes one day per 1000 gp.

Why is there such an arbitrary division? Why isn't the time listed as something like X hours per Y gp?

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I am not sure where you are getting that from - both the Core Rulebook and the SRD indicate that it takes one day to craft a potion, period.

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I believe it is the feat that lists the discrepancy. –  NT3RP Aug 20 '11 at 2:42
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Hmm, you're right, and the errata, FAQ, and even the forum posts I can find don't even notice/mention the discrepancy. I always use the 1/day just because it's less fiddly. –  mxyzplk Aug 20 '11 at 2:54

The costs assume an eight hour workday, at about an hour per 125gp. But there's a two hour minimum (probably because of set up and clean up) and working on complex (i.e. expensive) potions will shoot your whole day with more complicated setup, ingredients, and procedures.

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