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

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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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As a Gnome Bard in a Pathfinder Campaign, is there any way to obtain the Fire Music Feat without Multi-Classing?

I am in a campaign where I want to be a Gnome Bard that can use the Fire Descriptor for the Music Damage, but my GM will only allow me to Multi-class into either Druid or Cleric For campaign purposes. ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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Playing a blinded character in low levels

We have just started a game and are at low levels (I am 2 currently). My character was blinded by a bad save and he is a magus. In low levels is there anyway to play a blinded character who is not ...
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Critical Strikes and auto-confirmation

Afternoon everyone. I have a query about a fighter build I am working on. So at lvl 20 a fighter gains the class ability Weapon Mastery that makes all critical threat automatically confirmed with one ...
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Does Spell Perfection double the bonus dice from Intensified Spell?

The feat Spell Perfection reads Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its ...
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Can I select the same feat twice for Critical Mastery?

The Core Rulebook provides the following benefit for Critical Mastery: Benefit: When you score a critical hit, you can apply the effects of two critical feats in addition to the damage dealt. ...
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How can I optimize storytelling for a Pathfinder game with a party group in flux

The group that I game with has been falling one by one. Life happens I understand this happens. However there is now only 1 character(Myself) and the DM and while we have fun it would be more fun with ...
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How can I optimize playing a sentient wolf?

I was invited to a savage themed campaign recently that features shamans, cave monsters, and all that prehistoric goodness. I'm going to be playing an awakened wolf named Virginia, and have no idea ...
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Breaking Masterwork Weapons/Armor

I have an encounter in which my party will be fighting a slime that deals damage to their armor and weapons. My whole party has at least 2 masterworked items. Does masterwork imply that the items can ...
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How many skills do I start with?

I'm trying to teach myself how the game works with a view to doing some GMing. (Pathfinder core rulebook from 2009) Rolled the following character so far: Elf Sorcerer Str 10 Dex 13 Con 8 Int 18 Wis ...
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Making a character who gets stronger as he/she takes damage

I had a friend ask me about a build that would get stronger as they took damage. The concept he had in mind was a melee fighter class that would deal more damage as his HP got lower. He is willing to ...
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Pathfinder Cleric Domains: How exactly do they work?

I've recently started playing Pathfinder with some of my friends. It's going quite well, even though none of us had PnP experience before! I am playing a Cleric. Picked the Healing and Fire domain. I ...
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How do I help my players get more engaged in the story?

I play in a group where we routinely switch out GMs. When I GM I tend to prefer story-based games with lots of character building and descriptive role play. We tend to run Paizo's Adventure Paths ...
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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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How can I help players' bookkeeping as a GM?

I sometimes suspect my friend fear resource bookkeeping because I haven't assisted him as a GM. As a GM, how can I assist in players managing resources and/or powers? I classify the "resource" as: ...
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How can player characters restore a mostly-burned note?

Background Pathfinder ruleset, with 2-3 low level characters of unknown classes. Scenario: In an encounter, the minor villain's last action is to throw a note into the fire. With a successful ...
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Can a character without limbs use the monk's abilities

This is related to another question I asked a few days ago about odd races as characters. One of the player's has a flail snail character that he has made that has levels in monk. Looking at the ...
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When smashing an object, do you subtract the hardness every time?

Does hardness work as damage reduction, reducing the damage taken by the object each time it is hit, or does it work as bonus hitpoints? I think it's the former, but I'm not sure.
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Does there exist a Detect Deity Spell

Does there exist a spell (or other method) that allows the magical divination of a character's patron deity? I'll accept official or third-party solutions.
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...
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Is there an expanded Draconic bloodline for sorcerers?

Looking at the Draconic Bloodline it only includes the base dragon types. Is there any expanded list anywhere including the other newer dragon types? Official lists are preferred but homebrew is also ...
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Precision damage and damage reduction

So reading through the rules on damage types and damage reduction they read as the following summary Bludge\Peirc\Slashing yadda yadda these can have damage reduction Then it says energy - Not ...
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Precision Damage and Damage Reduction clarification [duplicate]

The rules for precision damage are kinda vague, and from as far as I can tell there's only a couple things that are actually considered precision. My question has two parts though, first where in the ...
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In 3.5 does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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Does the feat Point-Blank Shot and similar feats affect ranged touch attack spells?

The confusion with Point-Blank Shot for me comes from this line; You get a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with ranged weapons at ranges of up to 30 feet. Also, Precise Shot has a similar ...
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How combat-heavy is Rise of the Rune Lords?

I am getting ready to start a new campaign and am looking over the APs. The group is thinking about Rise of the Runelords, but before we commit to a large AP such as this, I want to know more about ...
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Are the bonuses from the Belt of Physical Perfection and similar items temporary? [duplicate]

I'm confused about the wording in the description of the Belt of Physical Perfection and several other items that raise stats. Do they only raise the stats for the first 24 hours and then they don't ...
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How to calculate transportation costs by sea in Rise of the Runelords?

If your players want to book a ship for, let's say, 100 miles from one city by the sea to the other. There are four players, and a two-horse-drawn carriage. The sea is not especially dangerous. How ...
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Gold from monsters with “NPC gear” in Pathfinder?

I just started running a campaign. The players defeated some goblins, and I want to get a sense of how much gold their were carrying. Their gear is described as "NPC gear", and when I go to the ...
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What happens to a Summoner's Eidolon if it is Petrified?

What happens to a Summoner's Eidolon if it is Petrified? Does it return at the beginning of the next day as if it were killed, or must it be freed of its effect first?
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Does using Discern Location or Wish to determine something's location also provide information on how to get there?

If a Discern Location or Wish spell is used to determine the location of an object or person, is the caster also able to determine how to get there? For example, if there is a powerful artifact that ...
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Do creatures from other planes typically travel into the material plane?

I'm using Pathfinder and I'm a fairly new GM and I'm running my first campaign in a world I hand crafted. It's a planet in the material plane and has the usual characteristics that a real planet ...
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Forcing others to use cursed items against their will?

I have a few specific questions, but I think they can all be sufficiently generalized as follows: Do cursed items which activate upon being worn, held or seen affect creatures that do not willingly ...
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Prices/rules for intentionally buying cursed items

The default Pathfinder setting is a place where (given enough time in a big enough city) one can buy a +5 Vorpal sword or a Staff of Power. In such a world surely one can also buy Boots of Dancing or ...
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What are the specifications for the “Vansaya” crossbow in Sandpoint?

I am setting up Rise of the Runelords Anniversary edition and I was curious as to how I should tell my PC's what this +1 repeating crossbows worth is and if there are any special abilities tied to it. ...
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How can I make the players think outside their normal selves?

I have been DMing a custom campaign, and the players are starting to complain that I am being to "god like" and throwing "to powerful encounters" at them. The group is level 2's and 3's, and I have ...
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Can Paragon Surge stack with itself for the purpose of temporary feats?

I have a character with the Paragon Surge spell. Is there anything preventing me from casting this spell multiple times to gain multiple temporary feats? I know the Int and Dex bonus wouldn't stack ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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How to deal with a blind pursuit?

Last session my GM dealt with it during the encounter, but he wasn't sure how it should actually be handled- given the party, it will occur again. The party Oracle (Wave Mystery with Water Sight ...
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How to create a useful bird companion?

I am playing PFS and I wonder what could make a bird companion for a human druid useful. Right now I have thought about the following: It has 10 STR, so it has 0 damage modifiers on any of his ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack In Pathfinder?

I have not been able to find it stated explicitly anywhere but does damage reduction from different sources stack? For example I have a Lycanthropic character who has dr10/silver and I was looking at ...
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Is Swarm Attack an action?

I am trying to argue that Nauseated affects swarms (as a reult of the swarm being in a stinking cloud) but I am being told that Swarm Attack is not an action because it does not require an attack roll ...
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Is a 'double move' one action or two, for the purpose of things triggering off ending movement?

When I 'double move' in pathfinder does that count as making 1 or 2 moves? Is there any reason to go against RAW for balance/sanity (see swarm example below)? I understand that it would consume 2 ...
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How long does it take for a hippogriff egg to hatch?

One of my PC's bought a hippogriff and was wondering: how long does it take to hatch? The text does not say anything about how long. How should I determine the hatching time frame or the incubation ...
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Attack of Opportunity with ranged weapons

Attacks of Opportunity with a ranged weapon seems like an insane concept. The way I understand it, if a creature were to move within range of a PC's light crossbow it would trigger an AoO. If so that ...
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How to handle PC's buying companions/animals

One of my PC's without handle animal bought a psuedodragon to have as a companion. Is that legal? He does not have the handle animal skill, and the creature seems seems way over powered. He is also a ...
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Does a Dread negate its own immunity to fear?

At 7th level a Dread gains immunity to fear, but by this point they already have an aura of fear which causes all creatures within to lose immunity to fear and take penalties on saves against fear. ...
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Is my finger a light weapon?

Normally, my melee attack rolls use my Strength bonus. Weapon Finesse allows me to use Dexterity instead of Strength when using light weapons and specifies that natural weapons are considered light ...
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Dealing with players smarter than me?

I'm next in line as DM so that the current DM can take a break after a campaign that has gone on for a year and a half. Our current DM is one smart cookie, throwing puzzles, role-playing, and combat ...