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Are targets aware when you mind probe them if they don't make their saves?

So, mind probe's description says that you ask questions telepathically, but I was wondering if the targets are aware that they are being questioned if they don't make their save? It would seem to me ...
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Is there a way to affect mindless creatures with mind-affecting spells or powers?

From the list of traits for an ooze, the mindless trait says that a creature with the mindless trait possesses No Intelligence score, and immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, ...
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Can I throw a weapon and then shoot a bow in a single full attack?

If I have a light hammer in one hand and a bow in the other, can I throw the hammer and then fire the bow as part of a full attack action?
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Can a Power be Augmented Using the Same Option Multiple Times

Let's say I am using the Mind Control power, and there is only one legal target I can use it on. Now, I believe I can augment it with the option that allows me to affect an aberration, dragon, ...
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When you convert a poison, does it maintain its frequency?

I have a question about the Pathfinder alchemist's Poison Conversion discovery. By spending 1 minute, the alchemist can convert 1 dose of poison from its current type (contact, ingested, inhaled, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Player-driven versus GM-driven mechanics in Pathfinder

According to some people: Players shouldn't state the skill they want to use for a given situation, they should state their intentions. As the Game Master, you know how that intended action can be ...
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As DM, what should I do when players roll perception where there is nothing to be found?

I had my first session as Dungeon Master (DM) yesterday playing pathfinder ("First Steps In Lore" from the "Pathfinder Society" series) with a group of first-time tabletop RPG players (myself ...
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What happens if a Summoner's Eidolon is sent 100 years into the future?

Halfling Summoner lvl 9 in Pathfinder, with a big problem. GM "killed" my Eidolon the only way he knew how: send it into the future a hundred years. It was planar locked, so when it got knocked out, ...
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Can One Cast Spells Through an Energy Wall?

From my understanding, a spell caster can not cast spells through a solid object. I was wondering if this means that spell casters won't be able to cast through Energy Wall, a sheet of energy formed ...
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How do I make the Pathfinder Trait 'Heirloom Weapon' function in PCGen?

I'm working on a character for an upcoming campaign, and it's looking like I'll probably be taking the Heirloom Weapon trait. I'm trying to get the character put together in PCGen, but I'm having ...
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Do spell targets know they were targeted?

Assuming a target of a Pathfinder spell did not see/hear/notice a caster casting the spell, do they know/feel they were targeted? Is it relevant if the spell worked or not, if a save was involved ...
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Are risks of non-combat death exciting or just frustrating and discouraging? [closed]

I'm a brand-new DM (haven't had my first session yet but it is approaching) so I'm reading up about all DMing-related topics. I'm about to play Pathfinder. My question is about PCs having a risk of ...
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Making my own warmage? [closed]

I recently was looking at the warmage and sorcerer, and realized they're similar (same spells per day, saves, and bab). So I tried to make my own pathfinder combination from it. I'd like to know if ...
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Can a slowed or staggered character take a 5-ft step?

Both Slow spell and staggered condition restrict characters to a single standard or move action per round. Pathfinder seems more precise, explicitly adding to staggered condition (which is, in ...
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Critical combat maneuver?

When you attempt to perform a combat maneuver, make an attack roll and add your CMB in place of your normal attack bonus. Combat maneuvers are apparently attacks, and rolls made to attempt a ...
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When you gain equal SR from two sources, how does the “overlap” ruling work?

Spell resistance does not stack, but rather overlaps. Spell Resistance on the PFSRD. Does that mean that one overcomes the other (you only have one spell resistance even if both are equal, ...
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Can You Plane Shift to a Plane You Never Visited?

I was wondering if you can plane shift to a plane you never visited since you seem to need to specify a destination?
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AoE effects with targets on top of each other

We've got a situation where a pit created by Create Pit is filled by ogres. Our witch decided to cast an Ice Storm on top of the pit. Should the damage hit the ogres in the bottom of the pit or are ...
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What is the natural lifespan of an animal companion?

Specifically, for those animal companions that have real life counterparts (wolves, camels, whatever) is the expected lifespan meant to be the same? In the case of a wolf, google tells me that wolves ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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Ship's Mage build (wind/water/weather themed caster) [closed]

I'm looking for some help with a character build for an upcoming pirate-themed Pathfinder game, which will probably run using the 'Epic 6th' rules. I'm looking for suggestions to help ensure that the ...
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How can I gain more uses of a specific natural attack (or pair of natural attacks) in a turn?

I'm building around using the 3.5 Eldritch Claws* feat for my Warlock, which count as a pair of natural attacks added to the damage your Unarmed Attack deals. I would like to gain more attacks with ...
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What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body?

What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body? Is it 1,500 or 1,500 + 21,500? I ask because the Golem Manual says The cost of the book does not include the cost of constructing the golem's body. Once ...
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How do vision penalties work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". ...
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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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Does the Ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana heal when you cast a spell or when deal damage?

The ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana states, "Whenever you cast a spell of the necromancy school that deals hit point damage, you are healed of 1 hit point per spell level." Does this happen when you ...
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Legendary Items in Pathfinder Hero Lab Editor

My DM has introduced Legendary Items that provide different perks as the character levels up. I'm trying to re-create those items using the Hero Lab Editor but I'm a bit iffy when it comes to ...
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If you are a Half-Giant Brawler, what size are your fists for damage?

I have a friend setting up this character, and we were not sure, since Half-Giants can use weapons upto one size larger.
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Two ships passing in the night, how to prevent hostilities?

I'm running my players through a modified version of Serpents Skull - Racing into Ruin, which has them leading a caravan/barge upriver. The scenario is a race with a rival party doing the same, which ...
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Can I stick darkness on an enemy with an arrow?

What happens if I cast darkness on an arrow and then shoot an enemy with it? Assuming it hits, does the effect stay with the person who was shot? Does the arrow stick into the target, or does it ...
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An alchemist without spells?

One of my players asked if there is any way to replace the alchemist's spell list with a different class feature. They want an "alchemist without spellcasting." So, is there any possibility of a ...
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Any good sources for Artificer in PF?

I want to play an artificer in pathfinder but the problem is they seem so mechanically different than they did in 3.5 and no one in our group has knowledge of 4e to even consider a conversion from ...
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How do Path of War stances work out of combat?

In Dreamscarred Press's Path of War (a 3rd Party supplement to Pathfinder), it's unclear to me what can('t) be done out of combat, especially with regard to stances. Lines like this (from System ...
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What is a decently-powerful, thematically-infernal spell to replace Protection from Good?

I'm making a Bloodrager(infernal)/Sorcerer(draconic). A devil planted a seed of darkness in the boy's soul and as an adult he has to learn to fight and control it. House rules allow two bloodlines. ...
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Do bloodragers have to be “Barbarians”?

I know this seems a stupid question, but I mean it as this Barbarian |bärˈbe(ə)rēən| noun (in ancient times) a member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations ...
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Must a magic tattoo's slot match the slot of the base item?

Based on the Inscribe Magical Tattoo item creation feat's description, it seems like one should be able to make almost any normal magic item into a tattoo equivalent simply by doubling the cost. ...
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What can you do while nauseated?

Follow up on this question on the alchemist's stink bomb. This bomb produces a stink cloud which, if you fail your save roll, will leave you nauseated. Creatures with the nauseated condition ...
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What's with the Bloodrager's underwhelming spell list?

I noticed the Bloodrager spell list is unusually small, to the point of offering fewer spells than what the bloodrager is expected to learn through class levels. For example, the bloodrager is ...
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When I make my attacks of opportunity with my X-laser, do I get to shoot a line?

So my 6th level scryer/slayer/gunslinger's bonded object is a masterwork X-laser. Our party has an awesome flowing monk with Greater Reposition. I have Snap Shot, Combat Reflexes, and a very high ...
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When looting a weapon, how do I determine its bonuses?

A slain guard was holding a longsword. In his stat block from the adventure I'm running, the longsword is listed as: longsword +5 (1d8+2/19-20) What are the weapon's base stats? Up until now, I ...
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Does a magus deal damage as if using his off-hand with spell combat and spellstrike?

The magus's spell combat says, "This functions much like two-weapon fighting, but the off-hand weapon is a spell that is being cast." When a magus delivers a touch spell as a free action using ...
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How does the alchemist's Stink Bomb work?

The new FAQ clarifies that a Stink Bomb will deal bomb damage to the target it hits. My questions are: Does a Stink Bomb also deal splash damage to the surrounding targets? Can I use Precise Bombs ...
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Can I combine INT boosting Cognatogens with Fox's Cunning?

I am trying to build an Pathfinder Alchemist and ran into a question I'm having trouble answering: Can I combine the effects of an INT boosting Cognatogen with a Fox's Cunning potion?
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How does increasing a creature's darkvision range interact with the feat Deepsight?

Does the feat Deepsight limit the creature's darkvision range to 120 ft. even if the creature has one or more ways to increase its darkvision beyond this range? Deepsight Your senses are ...
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How can someone kill a revenant?

According to the rules for Revenants: A revenant’s existence is fueled by its hatred for its murderer. As long as the murderer exists, the revenant exists. If the murderer dies, the revenant ...
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How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder? [duplicate]

Is there a way for a human character to increase their life span by any significant amount? I want to expand his lifespan because I want him to eventually raise a dragon, but I know that's way ...
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List of racial weapons?

Can anyone tell me where I can find a complete list of racial weapons from all of pathfinder? (I'm assuming that there has to be more of the things than what's in the core rulebook)
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Is someone in an area of darkness vulnerable to sneak attacks?

I was recently faced with the following scenario: A rogue activates darkness (as the spell) in an area of dim light. The rogue has darkvision, whereas the target does not. Therefore, the target ...