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

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Is there an Ability Modifier equation?

Is there an equation to determine the Ability Modifier? I'm not talking about the chart that lists 1 = −5 2-3 = −4 4-5 = −3 6-7 = −2 etc. I mean a legit equation that, if I somehow misplaced this ...
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Is Baleful Polymorph really this weak?

So, Polymorph subschool spells apparently end if you want them to, whenever you are subject to a new polymorph spell. Does this mean I can use literally any Polymorph spell to end Baleful Polymorph? ...
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Can Alchemist use two different discoveries in the same bomb?

Long story short, while talking to my player he asked me this: can alchemist use two different discoveries in the same bomb? For example, could he use Acid Bomb and Immolation Bomb in the same bomb? ...
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My class “imbues” a _____ on an item?

I’m writing a homebrew class for 3.x, based on empowering items with magic powers (think an OGL-friendly riff on the concept of the artificer), so I’ve decided on using “imbue” for a verb for those ...
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Pathfinder: skinwalker druids and their racial bonus

Skinwalker is a Pathfinder race. They have the Change Shape racial ability to assume a so-called bestial form 3+1/2 character level times per day. While in bestial form, they gain a +2 racial bonus to ...
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What is the required caster level to make a Sunblade?

Per the magic item creation rules: Creating a magic weapon has a special prerequisite: The creator's caster level must be at least three times the enhancement bonus of the weapon. If an item has ...
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What actions can a burrowed creature take?

A player in my upcoming game wants to play a burrowing race. I couldn't find rules about what sort of actions a burrow creature can take. Do rules exist for burrowing creatures: Attacking from ...
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Does Ant Haul let you drag more stuff too?

I was reading the spell ant haul and at first glace it seems very straight forward. The target's carrying capacity triples. This does not affect the creature's actual Strength in any way, merely ...
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Monks, natural and unarmed attacks, and Feral Combat Training

Need help about some interaction between monk/natural attacks and Feral Combat Training during full round attack , not FoB! Monk unarmed strike A monk’s unarmed strike is treated both as a ...
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How small can I make a character, mostly permanently, at 18th level?

Druids can wild shape once and become diminutive for (functionally) the whole day. Other than that, how small can a character get - either permanently or with a few rounds once per day - on a regular ...
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What are Metal Kobolds?

I've recently purchased the Monster Codex for Pathfinder and found an interesting passage in the introduction to Kobolds. It reads that in rare cases, there are those born with metallic scales that ...
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How does Spell Immunity work against spells that are on different spell lists with different levels?

Based on Does a Heightened spell bypass Spell Immunity?, a follow-up. What happens if I pick "Dominate Person" as a spell? It's a 4th level Bard spell, but a 5th level Sorceror/Wizard spell. Do I get ...
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Does a Heightened spell bypass Spell Immunity?

Spell Immunity: The warded creature is immune to the effects of one specified spell for every four levels you have. The spells must be of 4th level or lower. The warded creature effectively has ...
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How to design and balance a homebrew magus spell that adds +1d6 elemental damage to a weapon? [closed]

I am working on creating a magus spell. The spell level will be 1st or 2nd (since thats the highest the character can cast). The DM of the game is fresh to this position, and I am new to creating ...
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What item creation feats should an Alchemist take?

I'm trying to plot out an alchemist build with the Clone Master archetype, particularly the feats. I'd like to keep this character somewhat mirrored to another: the wizard in the party, and the ...
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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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How do I use CR?

I am trying to plan my first encounter in a Pathfinder Campaign and I am at a loss for how to use the CR system. On the one hand, the example given details that someone could bolster thier CR8 boss ...
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Does Improved Precise Shot negate the need for the the Sniper's Eye rogue talent concerning sneak attack and concealment?

Since Improved Precise Shot allows your ranged attacks to ignore any concealment less than total concealment, does a creature with Sneak Attack and Improved Precise Shot have any need for the Sniper's ...
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Leveling up a creature from the Pathfinder Bestiary

I have been running a game for the first time and have generally had an experienced GM on hand to help (never done this before). I have an encounter coming up (it pretty much will be the very next ...
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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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Can half-elves multiclass at 1st level?

Half-elves get a trait called "multitalented." The rules describe it briefly: Half-elves choose two favored classes at first level and gain +1 hit point or +1 skill point whenever they take a level in ...
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Does Glitter Dust become invisible if you cast Invisibility afterwards?

If you are affected by glitter dust and then decide to become invisible, shouldn't the glitter dust become invisible and no longer outline the creature? The source of light still exists, and the light ...
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What does the “+½ hit point” favored class bonus mean?

I want to blame this on lack of sleep, but this is just making no sense to me. I'm building a level 10 halfling paladin. It's to replace a PC whose player had to leave for a bit for work, and didn't ...
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How can I improve the AC of my goliath warblade?

I'm playing a campaign in the Eberron setting with some friends. Currently I have a Goliath warblade Level 3 and although I have plenty of HP, my AC is pretty low right now. I'm looking for tips to ...
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What is the damage for a 5 pound stone from telekinetic volley?

How much damage would a 5 pound stone deal when used with telekinetic volley?
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Some in depth questions about the working of chill touch

Ive been reading the spell chill touch and I have some questions about it. So it grants me as many attacks as I have caster levels (or character levels?) for the spell. Targets creature or ...
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Balancing undead encounters against large party with a cleric

I'm a new DM (and a relatively new player as well) and I'm leading a pretty large (6 players) group of newbies. We've done a few demos and whatnot just to show them the basics of combat, but now we're ...
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Skill Ranks, I need more

Is there a way I can put more skill ranks into intimidate than my level would normally allow? I seek to have +3 into intimidate at level 1 so I can immediately grab Boar Style.
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What are the Limits to rearing Wild Animals?

I am about to start a Pathfinder campaign as a Gnome Cavalier and just discovered the wonders of Handle Animal. More specifically, the ability to raise wild animals as domestic pets and war beasts. I ...
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What is this player planning? [closed]

I'm running a Pathfinder game for a few friends (using core + UM + UC + APG). Last session the party thief said that he was planning on buying a called anchoring adamantium axe. What I want to know is ...
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The missing link in Pathfinder boats

What are the seaworthy boats available for a party of 4-6 in Pathfinder, without hiring additional crew? I put some stats together to model the viking knarr Skuldelev 3, averaging the longship and ...
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Do you get all the natural attacks of a form when using Beast Shape?

When casting the Beast Shape spell (or II or III), NOT wild shape, do you get all of the chosen forms natural attacks? Do you get access to special attacks that are based on that forms anatomy? I'm ...
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Why are constructs so hard to build?

Golems and other constructs have a long history in Dungeons & Dragons and its spinoffs, but, almost invariably, it's extremely difficult for PCs to create them, and they often have varying ...
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Abuse: Is it fair if it's in-game?

I play a half-orc barbarian, while everyone else in our group is dwarven or elven. So in a town heavily-populated by dwarves, my character received a fair share of abuse, which is to be expected. ...
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What are the correct cost mathematics for “Animate Object”?

I have a character (alchemist with Promethean Disciple) who has the Craft Construct feat. I would like to make some Animated Objects. The page on the SRD gives me a formula for the cost on the ...
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How can I convert the Pathfinder construct crafting rules for my D&D 5E game? [closed]

I want to adapt the Pathfinder rules for crafting constructs to D&D 5e. (I'm a player and a DM.) I'm looking specifically at their iron cobras, shield guardian design, and extra golem variants, in ...
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Do you fall through the floor when you cast Prismatic Sphere?

Prismatic Sphere functions in Pathfinder like Prismatic Wall. Underneath Prismatic Wall it states that the 7th (violet) layer of the sphere/wall has the following effect: "Energy field destroys all ...
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How many Elves/Dwarves/Humans can get through an Emergency Teleportation Circle in a single round?

We seem to really wanna discuss this here, but that's not really the place for it. So: In a city with a mixed elven, dwarven, and human population (and some half-elves, if that's relevant), what is ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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How many times can a Teleport Circle be activated without a Permanency spell?

I know that the Pathfinder version of this spell can be made permanent and lasts 10 minutes per level, but how many times can it be activated before rendered inert? For instance, if a high level ...
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Does Following Step provoke attacks of opportunity?

Suppose a fighter with the Step Up and Following Step feats is standing next to an ogre with ten-foot reach. On its turn, the ogre takes a 5-foot step away from the fighter. The fighter can now use ...
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Can I use Vampiric Touch on myself?

The Spell Vampiric Touch states: Your touch deals 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 10d6). You gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal. You can't gain more ...
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Can Touch of Destiny (Sp) be self cast? [duplicate]

The Sorcerer's Destined Bloodline gave at level 1 the Touch of Destiny ability. Touch of Destiny (Sp): At 1st level, you can touch a creature as a standard action, giving it an insight bonus on ...
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Can a creature in a maze spell do anything besides try to escape?

I have been looking over a lot of different Pathfinder spells to see how I could use them cleverly and found the spell maze, which banishes a target for 10 minutes. Can a creature (like the spell's ...
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Channel Spell (su) and Scorching Ray

When talking with my players (we all play Pathfinder, but use some classes of 3.5), one of them plays with a spellsword and we're confused about channel spell: Channel Spell(su) At 4th level, a ...
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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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Can a magus using spell combat use improved two weapon fighting with it?

Im working on a new character and have been reading up on some of the classes. I was reading the magus class and their spell combat ability. At 1st level, a magus learns to cast spells and wield ...
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Continuing after an interrupted charge

Assume the following positions [with A being char 1 (with a non-reach weapon) and B being char 2 with a reach weapon and X being empty squares]: A X1 X2 B It's A's turn, he charges (which he can ...
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What does Harrow Bloodline give me?

I was looking through the bloodlines available to sorcerers in Pathfinder and found the Harrow (Tarrot) bloodline. It's effects sound cool but Invoke the Harrow's ... +4 enhancement bonus to the ...
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Eidolon alignment and how it acts under unchained summoner influence

My player has a chaotic neutral unchained summoner and his eidolon is chaotic evil. His eidolon has not been fully acting out his alignment and Im wondering how this should be addressed. Yes the ...