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

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How can I better show players that enemies are not friends?

I'm a new GM playing Pathfinder with other newbies. The problem I'm facing is that the group tries to be friends with almost every humanoid that they meet. It's not that they dislike combat, it's ...
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Which familiar-related abilities require the 1 mile proximity?

Wizard familiar rules say: A familiar grants special abilities to its master, as given on the table below. These special abilities apply only when the master and familiar are within 1 mile of each ...
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What items and environment does an Alchemist need to brew Extracts?

Is it different from what someone with Craft (Alchemy) needs to brew Potions? I know the Formula Book is an essential, but I'm much more confused when it comes to the "lab" items, portable or not. ...
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How does one work a druid into a campaign?

I am a novice GM and this is my first time using Pathfinder. One of my players wants to be a druid but I don't know how to work him into the campaign. It starts in a typical tavern with the owner ...
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How does the Redemption (story) feat work?

The Redemption (Story) feat says if you've lost your class feature by breaking your code, you can add a +1 bonus as an immediate action to the result of an ability check, attack roll, saving throw, or ...
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Using Sap Adept/Master feat as a rogue in pathfinder

I’ve read a lot about using Sap Adept and Sap Master as a rogue in Pathfinder. What is the best way for a rogue to trigger this feat (use a bludgeoning weapon to deal nonlethal sneak attack damage) ...
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How to change cleric domains

Quick question, can a cleric change his domains? The domain I want to switch to is within my deity's domain list, so I don't need to switch faith. Thanks!
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Can a Magus enchant his fists?

Can a magus who uses unarmed attacks use his Arcane Pool on his fists? Does the answer change if he has monk levels? What if he has natural attacks (claws or some such) instead of unarmed attack?
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Can you deliver a Magus' spellstrike through a combat maneuver?

If you take a look at the PRD it states this about sunder, disarm, and trip maneuvers: You can attempt [this maneuver] ... as part of an attack action in place of a melee attack. Source Now, the ...
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Is Craft Magic Arms and Armor mandatory to add special abilities to an Amulet of Mighty Fists?

The Amulet of Mighty Fists's requirements are as follows: Craft Wondrous Item, greater magic fang, creator’s caster level must be at least three times the amulet's bonus, plus any requirements ...
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Does DR apply to damage from Diehard?

You can take a move action without further injuring yourself, but if you perform any standard action (or any other action deemed as strenuous, including some swift actions, such as casting a ...
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Golarion deity closest to Dionysus?

I have a character concept for a Cleric with a focus on alcohol, celebration, madness, and fertility. In Greek mythology, Dionysus would be a perfect fit. In Golarion, I think my best bet may be ...
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Can I have plant allies?

I'm playing a cleric with the plant domain, and I'd like to have be able to summon or otherwise have plant allies, but my options seem limited, extremely so at low levels. The options I'm aware of ...
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Does Perfect Preparation allow a caster to prepare any spell on her list?

The Perfect Preparation ability from Mythic Adventures grant a character the ability to cast any spell on their class list, or are they still limited to "spells known" in some way?
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Ways to fly around the battlefield and still get have a Full action left to use on other things?

I'm looking for a way for a 10th level Witch to zip around the battlefield, in the air, without needing to use a Move action for it. One can control a mount (on land or in the air) as a free action, ...
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Good source for D&D 3.5/Pathfinder siege warfare rules?

Is there a complete D&D 3.5/Pathfinder mass combat rules set for conducting siege warfare, or do you have to cobble together incomplete rules from different sources (Stronghold Builder's Guidebook ...
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If you teleport vertically whilst levitating or flying, will you fall?

I have a wizard character (Teleportation school) who has the shift ability that allows him as a swift action to dimension door 5' per 2 wizard levels. If he is under the effect of Levitate or Fly ...
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What happens when Water Breathing is dispelled underwater?

Suppose someone has the Water Breathing spell cast on them and goes underwater. What happens if Water Breathing gets dispelled, in either D&D 3.5e or Pathfinder? Would he drown without being ...
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Managing leveling too fast?

There seems to be an issue in pathfinder, when the party levels and gains power at almost an exponential rate. The power level raise from 3.5 has made it so non-power gamers can kill strong stuff a ...
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How do flight arrows affect ranged damage

I'd like to clarify how flight arrows work in Pathfinder: Benefit: A flight arrows range increment is 20 feet greater with longbows, 10 feet greater with shortbows. Drawback: Flight arrows ...
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Spellcaster specializing in casting enchanting spells on allies weapons

Is there a class that can do this in Pathfinder and make it worth it? 3.5 is a maybe with DM approval. I am looking to make a tiny sized cohort who will sit on my shoulder or something and enchant my ...
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What does Aura of Resolve's immunity to charm spells mean?

Reading the definition of Aura of Resolve, it is said the the paladin is immune to charm spells. Now, what does this mean? Is he immune only to the spells (mass)charm person/monster or generally to ...
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How do I help out my GM as a new Pathfinder player?

A group of us just recently started playing Pathfinder because a common friend really likes RP-type games. He asked us if would we wanted to join his campaign. We all agreed. I figure that RP-type ...
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Can Greater Dispel Magic dispel a Wall of Force?

In the description of Wall of Force, it says that it is immune to Dispel Magic, but can either modes of Greater Dispel magic, either the 20-ft burst or the single target dispel the wall?
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Do humanoids have natural attacks?

This Trait allows anyone to bite as secondary attack for 1d2 damage. The Universal Monster Rules say "most creatures possess one or more natural attacks". Toothy half-orcs have tusks like orcs and can ...
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For a Halfling Swashbuckler, how much investment in intimidate is worth it?

At 3rd level, Swashbucklers gain the following deed: Menacing Swordplay (Ex): At 3rd level, while she at least 1 panache, when a swashbuckler hits an opponent with a light or one-handed piercing ...
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Avoiding armor penalty by trait?

Wisdom in the Flesh allows you to use Wisdom instead of Dexterity for one chosen skill. Armor check penalty affects Dex- and Str-based skills. Does that mean for example a wise cleric in full plate ...
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Does this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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Is the hit die supposed to be rolled?

I understand that hit points are linked to the "hit die". But is the hit die a constant number (for example: if my PC has 1d8 hit die, I have 8 HPs), or do I need to actually roll the die to see how ...
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Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself?

This question came to my mind while analyzing Blaze of Glory (see Blaze of Glory twice): Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself? Reading the particular spell description I ...
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Stealthing after a ranged attack

Good day everyone, I have been trying to wrap my head around how stealth works in particular with a ranged character I am trying to build. The scenario is as so, I have a lvl 5 rogue, with 1 lvl in ...
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Do the automatic success and failure rules apply to skill checks?

We had a rule check tonight that we couldn't answer. On the Pathfinder wiki I could only find info on natural 20s and 1s in regards to attack rolls and saves in combat. Do they also apply to skill ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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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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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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Do I need to take turns outside of encounters?

When a party is not fighting or interacting, just walking around a city or exploring a dungeon, do they need to respect their walking speed and take turns or it's ok to walk freely?
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In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check?

In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check? Can't seem to find any ruling on it. Do they sink deeper? If so is it based on how much they fail the swim check by? Or set amounts ...
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How does rest work?

As seen here, different rests mean different bonuses. But how do I rest? In-game, I guess I need a bed or something like that? And In Real Life, do I have to wait some time here? Or I just wait the ...
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Can a mount use “Withdraw” in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, is it valid for one's horse to use the "Withdraw" full-round action? If so, can the person riding the mount use a ranged attack while this is happening? I don't see anything indicating ...
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What are the implications and complications of adding new players?

The game I've been playing started with 4 players. One of them had to take a hiatus for schoolwork, but they'll be coming back very soon. We recently filled that player's spot with a new player, which ...
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Is maximum PC hit points going to unbalance the game?

I don't like randomization in character creation/advancement, so my preference is to not roll for hit points, but to take a fixed value every level. PCGen gives me several options, and Pathfinder ...
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Exactly, what is an encounter?

Ok, I know this may sound really strange but I don't exact understand it. Can an "encounter" just be combat, or also a skill check? For example if I have a conversation with a NPC and I need several ...
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How long can I estimate a combat to take, and how long should an average dungeon be?

Upon going back and looking at the dungeons I've created in the past, many of them have lasted for too long. I want to create a feeling of scope and adversity, and I don't want it to feel like a slog ...
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Synthesist, Combat Reflexes, Improved Grab and Bite

I have a player who want to make a "tanky" build with a Synthesist Summoner (from Pathfinder APG). The plan is as follows: The fused eidolon is a bipedal with dual claws. Evolutions are: Bite, ...
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How do I obscure writing in a book?

I have a book with writing that has key information. I'm trying to hide it from my players to make it a bit more challenging. I was going to use the Erase spell but can the spell "Erase" even be ...
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Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?

In a Rise of the Runelords campaign, my character is a halfling, raised by actors in the Sandpoint theater, but who's rejecting her early acting training and will instead advance primarily as a ...
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How do I design well-balanced homebrew items?

I have previously run into issues with homebrew items throwing off the balance of my game, and I'm trying to anticipate any issues I might run into by giving my players certain items. My players enjoy ...
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Is Knowledge (Local) Tied to a Specific Region?

For a long time, one of the DMs in my usual group has claimed that Knowledge (Local) has to be tied to a specific region. For example, you could take Knowledge (Restov). So, we've always just played ...
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Blaze of glory twice

Am I correct with my interpretation of Blaze of Glory when prepared twice? A character casts it as a standard action and is reduced to -1 HP As the character is now below 0 HP he can cast it again ...