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Half-man, half-snake monster in Pathfinder?

Nagas and Lamias have various representations in mythology and fiction. One of them is that of a human upper-body (waist up) and the lower body of a snake. In Pathfinder, the closest to this is the ...
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Poison on Bombs

Can Alchemists apply a poison to their bombs? Does the poison apply on impact and then boom goes the dynamite?
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Need help understanding Pathfinder poison rules

I’m unsure how poisons work in Pathfinder. For example: black adder venom. From the frequency of the poison, am I required to make a saving throw per minute for every six minutes? Each time I fail a ...
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Help me build a dagger focused character

I wish to make an acrobatic, dagger using character. Lets call him for the sake of argument, Frederico. Here are some qualities of Frederico: Frederico is fast and agile. 40 feet speed would be nice. ...
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Is there a Paizo official 18-20 or 20x4 bow?

I am looking for an 18-20 bow or crossbow for my Magus 8 / Arcane Archer 10 Although I expect it to be x2, if it is x3, that would be phenomenal. Alternatively a 20 x4 bow. I have the feat to burn ...
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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...
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Character good for underwater environments?

What would be the best character to make for sub-sea and island-hopping adventuring? This would be a newly-rolled level 5 Pathfinder character.
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How viable is a rogue in Pathfinder?

Coming from traumatic experiences in 3.5 with rogues, I would like to ask you if sneak attack is viable in Pathfinder. In 3.5, at level 10 and above, one would hardly ever get a chance to do any ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Ways to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell

Is there a spell, feat, special ability, etc. in DnD3.x – or possibly Pathfinder – that would allow a character to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell? Or is there a certain ...
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How do racial favored class benefits accumulate?

For example, a human with paladin as a favored class may choose to gain 1 point of energy resistance each time she gains a level; choosing this benef it twice increases this resistance ...
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Pathfinder, Savage Display

I have a question regarding critical hits and the feat Savage Display. If I score a critical hit, do I roll 1d6 for both regular hit damage and the "critical damage"? - so if I get a confirmation its ...
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What does adding HD to a construct affect?

I am building a Homunculus, and I want to add 3 HD to it so it has 5 HD. However, I'm not clear on what happens as a result of these HD being added. I've read the monster advancement page, but all I'm ...
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How could I get “Powerful Build” without a RP cost?

It must be Paizo only (would help if it's in the SRD) and should be human/dwarf/elf/halforc level of power as to not have any level adjustment like goliath used to have or cost additional Race Points. ...
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How does the Detective archetype's True Confession ability work?

The Detective archetype for the Bard has a True Confession ability. I do not understand one part of it: Using this ability requires a successful Sense Motive check to see through a Bluff or notice ...
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Alternate class system for MtG inspired setting

I'm trying to create some house rules to run a Pathfinder campaign in Ravnica, a M:tG plane which has 10 guilds, each one with a very specific philosophy and societal role. I wish guilds to be : ...
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Is there a Paizo official way to improve dispel checks?

I'm currently playing a game of Pathfinder E6 (the level cap is 6, and you can buy feats, skills, and gestalt levels with XP once you hit cap), and I'm looking for ways to improve my ability to dispel ...
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Do class skill bonuses stack when multiclassing?

So, let's say I'm multiclassing Barbarian and Fighter and I take climb as a skill. Would I get a +3 from both classes, or only from one?
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How good is the Combat Patrol feat for a Fighter/Rogue?

Currently, I'm playing a character with three fighter and two rogue levels. I'm a part of two-man party in which the other player is Cleric. Shadowdancer Prestige Class always intrigued me so I went ...
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What are the penalties of making a new character after death, in Pathfinder?

I have searched the internet and documents in Pathfinder to find out the rules regarding a PC's death and the penalties for making a new character. For example, say I have a character of level 10 + ...
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How does one player controlling an entire PC party impact encounter difficulty?

Me and my friend have started a Pathfinder campaign (Second Darkness) where I am DMing and he is playing all 4 PCs. We are using roll20 (it's a great online tool to facilitate games). The reasons for ...
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How does the overhand chop ability work?

How does the fighter ability overhand chop from the Pathfinder Advanced Player's Guide work? Please give examples. The reason I asked is that I have a player in my game that is using overhand chop. ...
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How can I make a grappling Fighter?

Monk is the go-to class for an unarmed warrior. I can respect that. I can even get behind the school of thought that says years of physical training is the only way to hone your own body to the ...
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How can I run a combat on a small sphere?

In an upcoming campaign I'm planning, I would like a combat encounter to take place on a small sphere, with gravity pointing in towards the center. I'd like a sphere about 50' in diameter - something ...
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Polymorph/Wild Shape and Disguise bonus

The rules for the Polymorph sub-school indicate: While these spells make you appear to be the creature, granting you a +10 bonus on Disguise skill checks, they do not grant you all of the ...
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How do I calculate how many spells per day a cleric has?

Ok so me and my group have just started getting into PF and we like it very much. But when we try to figure our spells per day for casters, we get confused. Let's say a cleric on lvl 1 has 3 orisons ...
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How do I gain bonded object, as a magus?

I am open to a feat, item or perhaps a spell within my reach. I would be open to two feat cost, if the prereq feat is not completely useless. So how do I gain bonded object, as a magus?
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How could a Magus cast a Ranger spell at least once or twice per day?

I have a level 1 Magus. I'm planning for them to become an Arcane Archer in the future and wish to use Bow Spirit abundantly. How could one achieve this? Once or twice per day will do.
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PDF Pathfinder gaming with a Kindle Fire

I am interested in experiences from gamers that use a Kindle Fire HD with PDFs purchased from Paizo? I just got the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and am curious about the user experience before I purchase any ...
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What is a sci-fi system that would feel familiar to reluctant Pathfinder players?

For the last few months I've been running a Pathfinder campaign, and recently I told my players that I needed a break and they agreed on switching games for a few months. I'm a fan of the works of ...
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Harvesting parts from slain creatures

In general: if you kill a monster with a body part that has some known (or suspected) property, is there any mechanic around harvesting the body part and using it as-is (or with minimal processing ...
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How does stealth work while lit up in the dark?

Are there any rules or penalties for trying to roll stealth while for example carrying a torch through a dark cave? It seems like it would be basically impossible for anything not to see you, but I ...
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How do favored classes work in Pathfinder?

I'm working on creating a half-elf paladin character for a Pathfinder game. Full disclosure: this is the first time I've tried creating a character; I've used ones other people created before. In ...
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When wielding a two-handed weapon in one hand, how much benefit does Power Attack confer?

The Pathfinder FAQ states that: Power Attack: If I am using a two-handed weapon with one hand (such as a lance while mounted), do still I get the +50% damage for using a two-handed weapon? ...
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Is it possible to start with non 1st level character in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

I love the idea and I would love to incorporate my players, I'm GM, in Organized Play. Will it be possible or they must start playing with other characters at first level?
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How can I maximise my wizard's armour without magic items/spells?

In pathfinder I'd like to give my wizard the option to have an improved armour class when he's not got mage armor up (For those surprise night-time encounters) What easy options for increasing AC ...
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What's the likely law enforcement response to my PCs in Nidal?

This question is fairly specific to the shadow-haunted, torture-porn, evil Cenobite god worshiping country of Nidal in Paizo's world of Golarion, but could also apply to other "lawful evil nations" ...
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How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work?

I have read over a lot of stealth questions in Pathfinder and I have yet to find the answer to a question that seems quite important. How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work? The rules ...
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“Ray of Frost” Spell + Water = Lock Broken?

I played only D&D 3.0 and 3.5 editions, but if similar, low-level spells exist in D&D 4.0 and Pathfidnder, please comment, I will probably make a transition to one of them anyway. Is it ...
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How can I add a cultural game mechanic to Pathfinder?

I was reading this article on how most people play all races exactly the same. The author hinted at replacing races in Pathfinder with a culture mechanic, but didn't really go into the details. I ...
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How does Stealth work with Sneak Attack?

So, in Pathfinder, it seems that being able to use stealth in order to gain sneak attacks only works in the surprise round, with the rules as written. So, imagine a scenario where we have a sniper ...
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What is the best class for a character strong versus mind-affecting spells? [closed]

I am GMing a Pathfinder campaign and need to build an party NPC who is as strong as they can possibly be against mind-affecting spells and abilities. They don't need to be especially skilled in ...
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What items should an archer keep an eye out for?

This will be my first pathfinder game and I'm building a human fighter focusing on ranged attacks. I'm not really familiar with 3.5 or PF items, and was wondering if there are items I absolutely must ...
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Why would a non-evil Druid use the Awaken spell?

What is the inspiration for the Awaken spell (found at least in D&D 3.5e)? Why would a druid use it apart from enslaving creatures with intelligence and specialized forms? I'm thinking that it's ...
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Divine / Arcane scroll use

We play a mainly Pathfinder system. Sometimes pure .. sometimes with feats and such from 3.5 but conflicts follow the Pathfinder rules. A Mystic Theurgy (pathfinder prestige class) in our Thursday ...
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Can a diamond with Soul Bind be detected inside a living body?

Strange question! If a creature has had Soul Bind used on them (which means their soul is trapped inside a black diamond) and then that diamond was implanted inside someone's body (say in their ...
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What variant rules can promote a less kick-in-the-door mindset?

My group has long had a very kick-in-the-door attitude towards combat. Characters were min-maxed for DPS, and there was very little strategy to any combat. Characters would charge in, hit it till it ...
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Flurry of Blows calculation

Let's say, we have there 1st level Monk, and he has STR 17/+3. Now we are calculating base attack with his Flurry of Blows. For first level, we have "Flurry of Blows Attack Bonus" -1/-1, plus 1st ...
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How to deal with dead characters' gear?

A few of my PCs have died. It happens. But now what? Specifically, now what happens to their items? They are rolling up some new characters and I assume they should follow the character wealth ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...