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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater

The huge water elemental grapples the PC, and pulls him into the murky water. The rest of the party manages to finish it off with ranged attacks and spells, but oh no! It was a load-bearing elemental, ...
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Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...
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Ingesting contact or injury poisons

If someone ingests a contact or injury poison, do they suffer the affects of the poison? Ingestion poisons usually have an onset and longer frequencies, if yes on the first question does the ...
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Creating undead as a good cleric in Dark Sun

Suppose that in the Dark Sun setting, I have a good-aligned cleric who follows the ideals of one of the elements (fire, water, earth, air) and has chosen to channel positive energy. My question can ...
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What feat should I get for 7th level Rogue Fence/Rich Hoodlum [closed]

My Pathfinder rogue has gained 7th level and I really went random on advancement (no research), but I can have a badass sneak attack. My character name is Calico Abacus and he has race traits of ...
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Attack of Opportunity & spell casting

I'm a little stumped with this. Example, casting a spell, 1 standard action provokes attack of opportunity. The enemy is allowed a single melee attack. So, each time the wizard casts a spell, ...
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Barbarian Attack and Damage?

How do you calculate the attack and damage bonuses for a level 1 barbarian? Assume an 18 (+4) strength and the Power Attack & Weapon Focus (Greatsword) feats. My attempt to do so is below, but I ...
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If an enemy moves and provokes an opportunity attack, where are they when the AoO happens?

I was surprised to find no mention of this in the Opportunity Attack rules on d20pfsrd or on the Paizo SRD: if an enemy moves from tile A to tile B and provokes an opportunity attack from me in doing ...
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Drawing a weapon and attacking the same turn

I'm playing Pathfinder for the first time and was wondering exactly what I can do with one turn in combat. My character has a reach weapon and so I an trying to figure out what my options are once a ...
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How do the Sorcerer Bloodline Feats work?

Me and one of my players are going over the characters. We noticed that the bloodlines provide bonus feats but it isn't stated what level they can get it. Thus I am not sure on how they acquire the ...
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How to plan to avoid combat deaths for NPCs that aren't obvious railroads? [closed]

I am playing a Pathfinder campaign based on the Beginner Box materials. The party were relatively diplomatic in the first adventure and didn't fight and kill the goblin boss King Fatmouth in Black ...
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Is there a difference between “Able to cast x lvl spells” and “Ability to cast x lvl spells”?

I was looking at the Eldritch Knight prestige class and saw one of its requirements is "Able to cast 3rd-level arcane spells." I thought "Hmm, well my 1st level sorc with 18 Charisma is "able to cast ...
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How to factor in reduced damage for Coup De Grace?

In a game I played recently, a character coup de graced a natural lycanthrope. The damage was not enough to out right kill him, but it still forced a save to resist death, as per coup de grace. Now, ...
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Splash weapon area

The description for splash weapons says: A hit deals direct hit damage to the target, and splash damage to all creatures within 5 feet of the target. Does that mean that it hits a 3x3 area, or a ...
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What do I do about no treasure encounters?

With the theme of my campaign I chose a number of monsters from the lowest CR to about CR 5 to fight against my players. After finishing a couple of other preparations I reread the monsters that I ...
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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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Is there any objective reason to favour d20PFSRD over the Paizo PRD?

I've seen different references to online manuals for Pathfinder at d20pfsrd.com and paizo.com/prd. What is the difference between these two sites? Since the core rules are likely to be the same, ...
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Two handed weapons in one hand

Is it possible to wield a two handed weapon in one hand? If so, what penalties apply? If not, are there circumstances or abilities that would make it possible?
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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How do I counter a Magus with Step-Up and Strike assaulting my vulnerable spellcasters?

A player in one of my campaigns has incredibly high initiative (+14) and also Step-Up and Strike. He is a Magus. This is causing me huge headaches anytime I place a spellcaster enemy in the game. At ...
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How do I make a Barbarian NPC resistant to assassination?

Incredibly weird (I think) question. In an upcoming campaign, one of my players will be playing an evil inquisitor who fanatically follows a god that orders him to secretly kill specific targets. To ...
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Are there any offical rules for Dragonborn in Pathfinder?

We are currently converting a 4E game to Pathfinder and one of the current PCs is a Dragonborn. Does the race (or an equivalent) exist as a player race in any official supplement / product? Google ...
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Is this the proper way to generate a magic shop?

Well in the campaign I am planning to run I've managed to smooth out everything except the magic items. I read chapter 15 of the core rulebook about generating magic items. Because of information ...
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Do the Bracers of the Merciful Knight also affect the ability to channel positive energy?

How I am supposed to combine these two pieces of information? From the description of the bracers: When worn by a paladin, he is considered four levels higher for the purposes of determining the ...
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How many enemies can one Lvl 1 PC handle?

In the start of my adventure the PCs will not be together. I plan to have all them fight 1-3 encounters alone before finally meeting up. I read in the book about setting encounters but the minimum I ...
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Are there Wizard alternatives to Arcane Bond and Familiar?

My player don't want to use this mechanic because he believes that it make his character vulnerable. His PC in my opinion now is much more weaker. Is there any mechanic that I can use instead Arcane ...
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One permanency for multiple spells?

This spell makes the duration of certain other spell*s* permanent. You first cast the desired spell and then follow it with the permanency spell. What if you're under the influence of multiple ...
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UMD with scroll of permanency?

For some spells, like Darkvision, no one else can cast permanency on you to make the effect last until dispelled*. So for non-caster's there's no way to permanently get that... unless you can find a ...
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Could one make a wand with <50 charges?

"A wand has 50 charges when created—each charge allows the use of the wand's spell one time. [...] If the wand has a material component cost, it is added to the base price and cost to create once ...
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Is there a Pathfinder equivalent to the Radiant Servant of Pelor?

Is there a Pathfinder equivalent to the Radiant Servant of Pelor? I am trying to convert my campaign from D&D 3.5 to pathfinder, and everyone is on board except for my Cleric player who doesn't ...
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What changes are there to Kingdom Management in Ultimate Campaign?

I've been playing in a PF campaign that's been using the Kingmaker rules. You can read about those here on the Obsidian Portal. The recently released Ultimate Campaign apparently updates these ...
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How to sneak attack in the dark?

Backstabbing and darkness go together in most RPGs that I ever played. However, in Pathfinder you actually have to see what you're doing if you want your precision damage. How else are you going to ...
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What if a critical “hit” misses?

A natural 20 is automatically a hit, and threatens to be a critical, then you re-roll for confirming the critical (for which it has to be higher than the enemies AC to a maximum of 20). Now if ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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How do natural and weapon attacks mix?

I have a level 1 Synthesist Summoner. Since he has the Quadruped base Eidolon, when fused, my Summoner has a bite attack (Primary). In addition, I have spent evolution points on a tentacle ...
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Do animal companions lose some of their abilities on advancement?

According to the SRD the stats of animal companions may change when they advance. For example a wolf on level 1 has Attack bite (1d6 plus trip) on level 1 and Attack bite (1d8) on level 7. Does it ...
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Can anyone teach a new player to play Pathfinder? [duplicate]

I have the core book and the Bestiary 2. My brother gave them to me but I've never found time to sit and learn how to play by myself.
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How can I use Psionic Wild Talents with a Dark Sun campaign in Pathfinder?

Using Pathfinder, is there a place or reference to help with Psionic wild talents for when a Dark Sun campaign is used? My players don't want to be full psionic classes. Instead, they'd like to ...
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How to give a Rogue ways to shine

I'm DMing a pathfinder campaign and it's been going pretty well. The Barbarian is having a grand time cleaving hordes of weak enemies, the Cleric is doing fantastic in the undead segments, and the ...
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Does a ring of feather falling work for any height?

Triggered by This Question A ring of feather falling: This ring is crafted with a feather pattern all around its edge. It acts exactly like a feather fall spell, activated immediately if the ...
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How do Mushroom Vest and Boots of the Cat work together?

The first is a padded vest, the second is padded shoes. Mushroom Vest (500 gp) This spongy, mottled brown vest is several inches thick and composed of woven strips of preserved fungus. The vest ...
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How does damage reduction work with falling damage?

Specifically, does a damage reduction reduce the damage from each dice of falling damage or from the total? If it is the former, does this combination worth less than 2000 gp make me immune to ...
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How does sneak attack work for ranged rogues after surprise round?

Does he become useless? Do you have to place a houserule? Is it spending actions on getting invisible or out of sight again the only way to get sneak attack again? It seems to me a ranged rogue ...
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What are the rules for a flyby grapple?

I'm trying to create an encounter where PCs are climbing a vine or rope down a 100ft shaft. About half way down, a creature flies up and attempts to grab one of the PCs to fly away with her. The ...
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Druids' access to Domains in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, does a Druid gain access to two Domains like the cleric? If he does, would it be the elemental types such as Fire, Water, etc.?
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Does blind-fight allow a rogue to use sneak attacks in dim light?

Without it when there's concealment (even just some wimpy fog, or dim light) you can't usually sneak attack, as you can't quite make out the cracks and gabs in the armor, the or exactly where "between ...
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Which class is the Magical Knack more useful in?

The idea is 3 Knife Master / 1 White-haired witch / 1 Sorcerer [with a bloodline that grants many free feats* which synergize with a rogue], then X Knife Master & Scout. Originally the plan was 3 ...
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Does the trait “Magical Knack” affect familiars?

With 2 or more levels in a different class and then 1 lvl in a familiar granting class (such as Witch) and the magical Knack trait (up to +2 trait bonus to CL) make the familiar abilities/level 3 ...
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What attack rolls does a TWF 3 Rogue/1 White-haired Witch get?

The White-Haired Witch gains a powerful natural attack (that automatically grapples when it hits). How many attacks do a 3 Knife Master/1 Winter Witch I get for a full round attack, and what are those ...