Pathfinder RPG, derived from Dungeons & Dragons v3.5, published in 2009.

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Does Spell Storing Armor automatically hit with its spell?

The Spell Storing magical armor property states: This armor allows a spellcaster to store a single touch spell of up to 3rd level in it. Anytime a creature hits the wearer with a melee attack or ...
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What's the best way to re-build this 3.5 Warlock in Pathfinder?

Due to a friendly change in GM, I have a mostly-vanilla 3.5 Warlock that needs conversion to Pathfinder, preferably using Paizo-published materials. Key Abilities Constant flight (perfect ...
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How can I prepare the map for a combat without alerting the players that combat is about to begin?

I am running an adventure in Pathfinder and I use a very large square board and some homemade model walls to define areas such as dungeons or houses and other stuff. However, building maps on the ...
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Favored class bonus scaling overpowered?

The favored class option system says.. Finally, some of these alternate favored class benefits only add +1/2, +1/3, +1/4, or +1/6 to a roll (rather than +1) each time the benefit is selected ...
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Will allowing all (spell-casting) classes to cast all spells be unbalanced? [closed]

I'm homebrewing a new setting with attendant rule changes. According to the setting all magic comes from the same source. So I was thinking that it might make sense, if wizards were able to case cure ...
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Can Elemental Ascetic Kineticist really do this much damage?

I'm a novice gamemaster with Pathfinder, preparing the first adventure after something like ten years of D&D 3.5. I'm looking at Kineticist, Elemental Ascetic Archetype class for a NPC, at about ...
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What is the highest number of spells that can be cast in one round?

I'm aware of the hotly debated "...normal limit of one spell per round" text from the rules on magic casting time. Assuming that this doesn't mean anything substantial, however, what is a theoretical ...
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How are templates acquired?

In Golarion how does a creature become an advanced creature? It says under Monster Advancement that "monsters" can acquire templates, but it doesn't say how. Is this completely GM terretory, or are ...
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Where do we go after Pathfinder Beginner Box?

I haven't GM'd since the late 80s (back then it was called "DM") with Dungeons and Dragons. I haven't played RPGs since the early 90s. But, I've recently put together a group of all beginners and ...
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Can I share a Hex with my familiar via the Share Spell class feature?

After looking through my abilities and spells, I believe that I found a way to enhance my cat to finally do damage by itself without changing its stats or actively casting spells. However, this would ...
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Will zone of truth affect the dead?

Cleric Bob has hit on an idea to try and compel an orc that attacked him (and is now deceased) to speak the truth so he can find out where their stronghold is. Cleric Freds plan is to cast Zone Of ...
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How does “Long Arm” affect Familiar Size?

I recently added Witch to my horrendously multi-classed Fighter and found this little brain teaser. I had adopted a Blue Russian (cat) as my linked familiar whom I can cast self-altering spells on, ...
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Archetypes packages - how to create your own?

The archetype packages are a sort of "alternative" for the typical archetypes in Pathfinder. In my game table, we continuously creating new archetypes (not necessarily "balancing") and the option of ...
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How does the Phalanx Soldier ability work with 2 handed weapons and power attack?

The Phalanx Soldier archetype for fighters gains the following ability At 3rd level, when a phalanx soldier wields a shield, he can use any polearm or spear of his size as a one-handed weapon. ...
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Does a black dragon's Corrupt Water (Su) affect Alchemists' extracts?

Talking with my friends about the "alchemy" of the Alchemist class, we're fighting about the alchemist extracts. Look at this description: Extracts are the most varied of the three. In many ways, ...
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Does a Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to flasks?

If I throw an acid flask or vial of holy water or any other splash damage type weapon, does the Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to attack and damage?
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Is possible to Chain-Activate Pearls of Power?

I will start a campaing in a few days and my players are on the "Character Building" mode for this week, and they are asking me a lot of really creative questions regarding possible builds. That's ...
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Can weapons have multiple energy enchants?

I have a friend who wants to put Flaming and Shocking on a bow to get some extra damage. All the enchants say is upon command they activate. If the enchants have the same command would they both ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Dispel via opposite spells [duplicate]

This question was developed as an extension of one that is related. What interests me in particular is the part about dispeling. I'm totally agree with the linked answer to that related question ...
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Overcoming non-combat challenges as a party

I'd like to have my players overcome a challenge as a party. In my specific case I want them to track down a location in a large area. How quickly they find the location would be based on the result ...
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Do unconscious characters get will saves?

If a character is unconscious (for example, negative hit points, NOT sleeping) and a spell targets them that allows a will save, can they take it? While I know they count as 'willing' for spells that ...
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Can Half-Orc choose Alternate Racial Traits?

So, according to the official FAQ: half-orcs may select racial favored class options, archetypes, traits, and so on, as if they were a full member of both races Does this mean that I also can ...
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Monster Space and German “Angriffsfläche”

Looking at the rules for various monsters, in the german prd (prd.5footstep.de) some monsters have a property called "Angriffsfläche". After looking at english entries for monsters, I am confused ...
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What does a Character lose when his mental stats go below 3?

Is there a minimum intelligence requirement for taking class levels? If so, would a character reduced to very low int also temporarily lose his class levels? What are the requirements for feats as ...
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Is marking a trail a bluff or a survival check?

Its entirely possible to mark a trail in the forest or many other terrains for others to follow, but what kind of checks would be involved? To pass a secret message which marking a trail for your ...
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How can you cast a spell at a caster level much higher than 20 in Pathfinder?

Certain spells such as Mass Cure Critical Wounds have level-based effects with caps that are higher than 20 (in this case, 40). How is it possible to cast such spells and have the higher-than-20 cap ...
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How can I make a character who's a budding novelist? [closed]

How would I go about making my character a professional writer? I intend on making them a renowned fiction writer in the future but I imagine they've got to start small. Just not really sure where or ...
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Is there a concise listing of all mundane item templates? [closed]

I know there are quite a few templates that can be added to mundane items from Dungeon Master's Guide II and Hammer and Helm, but what I'm looking for is a listing of all known templates that can be ...
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Can I Two-Weapon Rend twice with four attacks?

I'm using two weapon fighting and have improved two weapon fighting. Now when I successfully hit with all four of my attacks will I add two weapon rend dmg twice, because I hit with my on hand and off ...
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Can you use craft: trapmaking instead of disable device?

I have a character that doesn't have disable device skill, but I took trapmaking for a craft skill can I apply that to disabling just traps or no?
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Removing an unreasonable number of curses

So, in my last session, my trusty Dwarf Fighter became cursed. He is currently afflicted with one hundred distinct polymorph curses. For both my sake and the DM's, how would he go about getting ...
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Does dispelling with an opposing spell require a check or save?

In Pathfinder there are a few spells that are effectively polar opposites, and as such have the text “counters and dispels [opposite]”. The rules for counterspelling are spelled out fairly well, but ...
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Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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How to make attacks deal ability damage? [closed]

What ways are there to make attacks deal ability damage? For example calcific touch grants a touch attack that deals dexterity damage. ... Once per round, you may deliver a touch attack that ...
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Can a multiclassed Gunslinger/Slayer take the Grit rogue talent? If so, how does that work with Amateur Gunslinger?

One of the options for slayer talents is picking a talent from a subset of the rogue talent list: Rogue Talent: A slayer can select one of the following rogue talents in place of a slayer talent: ...
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Does the power “Elfsight” help notice secret doors?

While the short description in the powers list mentions noticing secret doors, the long description does not. The short description for the power "Elfsight" is as follows: "Gain low-light vision, +2 ...
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Scribe Tattoo Feat - How does it work?

I am very new to psionics. I have never used it in D&D, and only recently discovered it in Pathfinder. However, the Scribe Tattoo feat is still a bit of a mystery to me. I know I can only scribe ...
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Where are the rules for tracking damage?

A few weeks ago I had asked a question which dealt with an Eidolon losing HP when they get some distance from their summoner. The answer to that question had me find out that I might have been ...
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Can I get Improved Grapple without having Improved Unarmed Strike?

I want to have Improved Grapple for my character, but a prerequisite is to have Improved Unarmed Strike. Is there any way to get IG without having the IUS feat? I know some classes / archtypes gets ...
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How to Levitate a heavy chariot

I'm running my party through the Pathfinder Iron Gods Lords of Rust campaign. They are about to get into combat with the head of the coloseum who uses a chariot. He's seen the characters in a couple ...
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What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
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In Pathfinder, can I use two shields and get the AC bonus from both?

The question title sums it up fairly quickly. If a character is wielding two shields, one in each hand, does she gain the shield bonus to AC from both, or only the higher one? And where in RAW is this ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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How to be effective as a Healing Cleric

Some times things are just too much of a fun/stupid combo idea not to try your darnedest not to work out. What is the best way to make a Cleric that literally only does healing/buffing? Is this even ...
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What are some buffing options for a divine caster?

I am currently playing a lvl 8 Half-Orc Life Oracle with the haunted curse in pathfinder and am very weak in the fighting aspect of the game, which is fine with me because I really like to heal (plus ...
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk's unarmed strikes other than by increasing in size?
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Can I extend my bonus from Fighting Defensively by delaying?

I have an initiative of 10 and do a full-round defensive fighting to get +4 to by AC. My enemy has an initiative of 8. Next turn at initiative phase 10, I decide to delay my action to 7. At initiative ...
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How can I boost the AC of a ghost dragon?

I am in the process of making a ghost dragon as a challenge for a mythic campaign, with a party of a druid, an alchemist, and a paladin. Applying the ghost template drastically reduces its AC from ...
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Do light weapon penalty reductions count for Improved and Greater TWF as well?

I am a bit confused about the wording of the two weapon fighting feats Two weapon fighting section in chapter 8 First, if your off-hand weapon is light, the penalties are reduced by 2 each The ...