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Are creatures automatically immune to their own abilities?

It seems creatures using elemental damage are not automatically immune to that damage type since they have an Immunity entry (see Fire Elemental or Hell Hound). What about poison and disease? The ...
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How can I add an ability to PCGen?

I've just started playing around with PCGen and it's pretty great. Unfortunately, while it has support for a lot of source books, it doesn't support everything, to say nothing of various homebrew ...
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Does an improved familiar's caster level for SLAs rise with it's master's HD?

Many Improved Familiars (e.g. ratling, imp, faerie dragon) have spell like abilities (SLAs). In each's default monster listing, it lists a caster level (CL) for them, e.g. (from ratling) ...
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Are item creation feats worth it for a magus? [closed]

I have a level 2 Myrmidarch Magus that will eventually be Myrmidarch Magus 10 / Arcane Archer 10 and am focusing on blasting spell (you know, standard stuff for this build). I recently found that ...
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When using a reach weapon, which squares around me can I attack?

Considering a medium creature, with 5ft of reach, wielding a reach weapon such as a longspear. By the rules: With a typical reach weapon, you can strike opponents 10 feet away, but you can't ...
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Counter-Attack Houserule

I'm thinking of making a house rule for Pathfinder which lets you counter attack when your opponent rolls a natural 1 to attack. First, is there already a counter attack system in Pathfinder? If not, ...
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How can I dismount a rider?

What is the mechanism to dismount an opponent in mounted combat? What are the rolls? The only rules for an "unseat" action I've found are the unseat feat, which enables a lance-wielding rider to get ...
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Can creatures attack anything within their natural reach?

I get the sense that there is a difference between a natural reach of 10ft and a weapon reach of 10ft, namely that you should be able to attack anything within your natural reach, but I can't find ...
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Save against a spell thought to be harmless

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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Is there a penalty for “reaching into melee”?

When using ranged weapons, firing into melee incurs a -4 penalty. Reach weapons are considered melee weapons, but they use ranged attack rules when it comes to determining cover. Since the firing ...
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Does a buckler's defense apply to the PC while shooting arrows through a bow?

I have read the description of the buckler from d20pfsrd but remain confused on whether the defense bonus applies to the character while he is shooting with the bow, or not. I have read many arguments ...
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What to do about a morally ambiguous character heading towards evil?

I'm currently involved in a really fun campaign with close friends and am running a PC with a troubled past. The character is Chaotic Neutral and has typically exhibited not entirely consistent ...
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How to match up an evolving eidolon with my desired look and feel?

When you create an eidolon in Pathfinder, it gets evolutions including limbs and such over time. But if you have a specific form in mind for your eidolon and would prefer it to not change so much ...
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How does a Paladin's Detect Evil Ability work?

Can a paladin's Detect Evil ability detect if there is Evil in the area, as per the spell, or is it target-only?
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How does voluntarily holding one's breath work?

The rules for suffocation read as follows (emphasis mine): Suffocation A character who has no air to breathe can hold her breath for 2 rounds per point of Constitution. [...] After this ...
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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?