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

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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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Beguiling Gift with Suits of Armor. Is there a way to make it work? What are the logistics of it?

Let's say that I want to inhibit a Mage for as long as possible by forcing them to don a suit of armor and then either wear it for the rest of the battle or waste even more time getting out of it. ...
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Would multiple actions really completely unbalance Pathfinder?

Time and again I have read about houserules that grant multiple actions via feats or special circumstances and then people saying that it would completely and utterly destroy pathfinders combat rules. ...
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Are Psychics arcane casters? Can they prestige into Dragon Disciples and do they suffer Spell Failure?

Nowhere on the Psychic section does it state that Psychics are arcane or divine casters. As such, it's not clear if they suffer spell failure, let alone whether or not they can prestige into Dragon ...
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Bring a horse in a dungeon

I'm playing a Human Cavalier, order of the tome and I was looking for a build that would allow me to do mounted charges in dungeons. I have found spells like Dust form and Sonic form that allow a ...
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Animal Companion advancement option?

I rolled a Cavalier as a random class in a Skulls and Shackles game for a little extra excitement. Being a masochist I decided to roll with it, but took more than a couple optional rules/variants in ...
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How does the Necklace of Adaption's bubble of air work out in practice underwater?

A recent question about the necklace of adaptation reminded me of an old question of my own that I've never been able to answer: Can a character wearing a necklace of adaption swim? It might seem a ...
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How can I play a lawful rogue? [closed]

I wanted to try something new in a Pathfinder campaign, so I created a lawful good cleric/rogue. Problem is, I have no idea how to play a rogue as lawful, due to this: From the PRD: Life is an ...
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What happens to a summoned mount when they reach 0 HP?

What happens when a summoned horse is reduced to 0 or less hp? Does it vanish? Or can it be healed?
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What do the slashes mean in the character tables?

I've been reading the PF core rulebook, but confused over some of the data in the Character tables, and not found anywhere in the book that explains it, so wondering if someone could explain it? ...
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Do extra Limbs on an Eidolon give them extra weapon attacks?

In an upcoming Pathfinder campaign, one of my friends that loves to attempt to break games is about to take the Summoner class. Out of caution and curiosity, I looked through the advanced evolutions ...
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Is a scroll destroyed when you fail the spellcaster level check?

The rules on scrolls state: A spell on a scroll can be used only once. The writing vanishes from the scroll when the spell is activated. (...) If she meets all three requirements but her ...
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Playing a child oracle in pathfinder, how to prove age and how open will population be to believing it? [closed]

I'm thinking about playing an oracle in Pathfinder with the Child curse. He stopped aging at roughly 7 years old. He is now around 18-20 years old, still looks like a kid. I think it would be fun ...
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What happens to active spells on a black pudding when it splits?

Bob the wizard and his chums have encountered a black pudding and Bob has cast Slow on it to give him some time to run for it. However, helpfully, the next round the parties tank, Kevin the Barbarian, ...
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When to apply XP in Pathfinder?

I'm running a Pathfinder game from the beginners box, I can't find anywhere that states when to apply the XP earned from encounters. The Game Master's guide states in Wrapping up a session (p21): ...
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How can a GM interrupt a PC archer's full attack barrage, or otherwise make it less reliable?

I am new to gming and I run a pathfinder game where I have a player that plays an archer (fighter) that just picks off the baddies with his full attack action. I saw on another forum (in a pretty old ...
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Can you use a feat if your ability falls below the prerequisite?

My character's strength is normally 20. I had the feat Power Attack. My strength dropped to 6 due to poison. Does that mean I no longer can use Power Attack until I regain my strength?
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Can mage hand be used to make Sleight of Hand checks?

The spell mage hand has no visual presence except that the affected object moves. Is it possible to employ the spell mage hand to make a Sleight of Hand skill check to take something unnoticed? Can an ...
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How noticeable is Fetch?

While I was looking through the rules for Pathfinder's Fetch trick, I failed to see how it works in certain situations. As such, I would like to know how obvious an animal taking an object from a ...
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What happens if I empower a spell with limits?

In last session, out of panic, my magus used an empowered mirror image to protect himself. I rolled a 4 on the dice, +3 since I'm level 9, which totals 7 images, and the empower would bring that ...
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Are Familiars considered Magical for effects like Detect Magic?

Recently a situation came up in one of my games where an animal was acting unusually intelligent so one of the player characters cast Detect Magic to identify whether or not the creature was of ...
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Where in Golarion do ice gnomes (Barbegazi) come from?

I want to play an ice gnome (Barbegazi) in our new adventure path but I cannot find anything about where in Golarion they come from. I've already searched heaps of wikis without success. Where are ...
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How do you roll for an Animal Companion?

I am about to start a Pathfinder campaign as a Cavalier for the first time, and I've hit a bit of a quandary. As dictated by Animal Companions, my mount should have one hit die. However, when looking ...
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How to make finding an NPC interesting? [closed]

In my low-magic Pathfinder campaign, my players will be looking for a wizard who managed to teleport and escape from them. However, the wizard will be on hostile territory and he will have to hide his ...
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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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Social groups and guilds near the border of Taldor and Qadira

Our new adventure starts near the border of Taldor and Qadira. Now I am looking for any social groups or guilds that come from this spot. I vague remember that the Dervish Dancers and the Ulfenguard ...
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Can a 1st level Wizard communicate with a non-raven familiar?

The raven familiar can speak a language, but can a 1st level Wizard master speak or exchange thoughts with other kinds of familiars? Or is it necessary to wait for "Speak with master" at 5th level?
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How many dice do I get on my Shocking Grasp with Magical Knack and Lore Seeker?

I have a Barbarian 2 / Magus 4 character with Lore seeker and Magical Knack traits. Magical Knack Your caster level gains a +2 trait bonus as long as this bonus doesn’t raise your caster level ...
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Does Magical Knack affect caster level in terms of Magus Arcana Prerequisites?

Magical Knack Benefit: Pick a class when you gain this trait—your caster level in that class gains a +2 trait bonus as long as this bonus doesn't raise your caster level above your current Hit ...
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How does Superior Summoning interact with effects that increase number of summoned monsters?

I could have sworn we had a question on this already, but I can't find it via Google or RPG.SE's search bar. A little background: EN World's Patreon-supported publication Trailseeker just released a ...
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Is there any way to magically detect treasure long-distance?

Inspired by the recent news item about the Swiss farmer discovering a hoard of 4,000+ Roman coins, it seems reasonable that frontier residents of a fantasy world beset by invading Orcs, dragons, etc. ...
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Do you roll all natural attacks of different types at once? [duplicate]

If I have the ability to make mutiple attacks without having multiple BAB for example. A PC with 2 claws and a bite can they use all three or just one?
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Does attempting to activate a wand count as an attack for invisibility?

Does attempting to activate a wand count as an attack for the purpose of breaking invisibility? Context is my ninja using vanishing trick, if i attempt to activate a wand of scorching ray (or other ...
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Does Animate Dead just create human skeletons/zombies, or can it raise whole creatures as undead?

My GM insists that animate dead can only create the skeleton or zombie listed in the bestiary, namely the 1HD human skeleton/zombie. I had always read it can zombify any creature, as long as you have ...
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Magus spellstrike and held touch spells threaten?

I am building a whip using magus. The game we are playing has us at level 6, which is too low for me to get the feat which allows me to threaten with a whip. However, when holding a touch spell you ...
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How many times does Sneak Attack damage apply with several attack?

I've designed for a campaign a duo of rogues. My character is as Sniper, and his follower is a Knife Mistress. Couple of question about them. Our party is about to ambush several trolls. My Sniper ...
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When does Bleeding Attack effect apply?

I've designed for a campaign a duo of rogues. My character is as Sniper, and his follower is a Knife Mistress. Couple of question about them. Our party is about to ambush several trolls. My Sniper ...
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Can you sell constructed items?

I was browsing through the Cleric spells a minute ago and rediscovered Enhance Water, which allowed the castor to turn a pint of water into wine or beer with varied appearance. I know that the spell ...
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How many spells a day does a character get?

I know that this a very juvenile question, but I began to doubt my understanding of the rule when reading this answer to another of my questions. So when looking at a Wizard's spells per day in ...
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Can you take a Mutant Familiar?

When browsing through the different corners of the web, I came across the Mutant Creature Template. After looking through all relevent channels, I couldn't find a definitive answer as to how this ...
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Wands while holding a touch spell

Im trying to figure out the interaction between wands and holding touch spells. From my understanding, using a wand is not actually casting a spell, and as long as you were holding the wand and not ...
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Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?

When using the Aid Another action, does it break invisibility? I'm inclined to say no, because you're not actually attacking a creature, you're making an attack roll against a flat AC of 10. Aid ...
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How does “unlocking a sub-domain” work for the “Kobold Faith” feat?

I know that normally clerics must choose two domains that their deity supports, but I found something interesting concerning the Kobold Faith feat. The big staple of this feat is the "unlocking" of a ...
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Holding a touch spell and moving a held item from one hand to the other, does it discharge?

You are holding something in you hand and you cast a touch spell and hold it. Nothing happens. But what happens if you move the item into your other hand for whatever reason? Does the spell discharge ...
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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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Can an Alchemist's familiar throw a bomb or fire an explosive missile?

I'm in a Pathfinder game with an alchemist and there is a debate going on whether the alchemist's monkey familiar can fire a crossbow loaded with an explosive missile. Can it?
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Max possible speed in pathfinder?

So a friend and I were discussing speeds in pathfinder. He thought the max speed was about 600 ft per round. I thought there might be more buffs for this though. So how fast could a character built ...
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What is the standard limit on senses (vision, hearing)? [duplicate]

Just as the title asks, what is the normal limit on how far a character can see/hear under normal conditions (normal lighting, no fog or other weather interference)? Under the Vision and Light ...
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Dragon shifters turning into humanoids or other dragons

I just got my hands on the Spheres of Power book. Am I reading it correctly that as a first level shifter, everyone, even a dragon (or a taininim), could turn himself into a humanoid (of the same ...
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Aside from paladins how strict is the alignment restriction for classes?

For the Paladin itself I saw the reasons why it has a alignment restriction with the class being representing the champion of a god. But today I found also other classes having alignment restrictions ...