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

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It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?

I got a... difficult situation on my hands. I currently have three groups - a classic Vampire: The Masquerade game, a Pathfinder game, using a Eberron-like setting, and a Warcraft 2nd Ed. /D&D ...
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Creating an easily-defeatable dragon

For the group I am GMing I am in need of a blue dragon which should be defeatable by a group of six PCs having levels 3-4. The classes of my PCs are barbarian, bard, cleric, fighter, rogue and witch. ...
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Sword-and-board balance in D&D [closed]

Fighting with a weapon and a shield seem to be relatively ineffective in D&D relative to two-weapon or two-handed weapon fighting. This seems unfortunate, given their historical ubiquity, ...
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Are any bonuses added when using Vital Strike in Pathfinder?

For the Vital Strike feat in Pathfinder, are other bonuses such as enhancement or sacred bonuses to damage applied when rolling the extra damage dice? From the Pathfinder SRD. Vital Strike ...
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Weapon focus for double walking-stick katana

I am building a TWF Ninja for Pathfinder and I like the idea of using the double walking-stick katana, both for the option of using a Quarterstaff and the flavor of having hidden deadly weapons. The ...
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Is there a Paizo official 18-20 or 20x4 bow?

I am looking for an 18-20 bow or crossbow for my Magus 8 / Arcane Archer 10 Although I expect it to be x2, if it is x3, that would be phenomenal. Alternatively a 20 x4 bow. I have the feat to burn ...
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Is there a ranged weapon with an 18-20 crit range?

I have looked for a ranged weapon with an 18-20 critical threat range. So far I have only been able to find the Crystal Chakram but obviously it is not a good option for a main weapon as it shatters ...
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Where can I find the stats for a magic item that produces magically delicious spices?

I remember reading somewhere about a magic jar that produced an inexhaustible supply of spices that magically made anything cooked with them taste fantastic. It didn't change the mechanical effects of ...
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What field-specific puzzles can I give to engineering and psychology students?

A few sessions ago, I gave my players a puzzle that involved converting a decimal number to binary to figure out the correct sequence to open a door. Since my group consists primarily of computer ...
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Differences Between Warpriest and Paladin

Both the Paladin and the Warpriest are combat-oriented divine casters, but what I want to know is, from an optimizer's perspective, what is the difference between the two classes in practice? What ...
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Is Echoing Spell + Spell Perfection infinite castings?

Or perhaps worded otherwise, can one apply metamagic feats (via Spell Perfection) to a Echoed copy of a spell? Imagine a caster with Spell Perfection (Lightning Bolt) and the Echoing Spell feat. ...
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Can I make ability checks when my ability score is lower than the DC?

I'm new at Pathfinder and have a question nobody in my group of newbies knows the answer to. Can you attempt a DC 16 strength check if you have 12 strength? Option 1: With 12 strength you have a +1 ...
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How can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?

We have a party member in Pathfinder get bitten on purpose where the rest of the party didn't see, so he turned into a vampire and nobody knows in-game. He is pretty much planing on turning the whole ...
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How do I play a paladin without being a stick in the mud?

What are some tips for/examples of an epitome-of-good type paladin who does not disrupt the 'sinful' fun of the rest of the group? As an example of the type of paladin I'm talking about, one of the ...
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Fire Elementals in wooden buildings

The fluff for a Fire Elemental states: "This creature looks like a living, mobile bonfire, tongues of flame reaching out in search of things to burn." Does that mean that the Fire Elemental I summon ...
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Differentiating between class level versus character level for alchemist discoveries

For the discoveries for alchemist, a good chunk of them say "An alchemist must be at least X level before selecting this discovery". Case in point: Explosive Missile: As a standard action, the ...
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Full Attack Bonus With numerous attacks

I have a Barbarian using the Lesser Beast Totem. According to the effect: While raging, the barbarian gains two claw attacks. These attacks are considered primary attacks and are made at the ...
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How does the temporary feat granted by Paragon Surge work with preparing spells?

When a half-elf character belonging to a prepared spellcasting class that is able to prepare any spells on it's class spell list (Like Cleric or Ranger) casts Paragon Surge on himself and selects the ...
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Does Diamond Spray bypass DR/Magic?

Does the spell Diamond Spray count as a magical weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR/Magic? The spell states: These magical slivers are treated as adamantine and cold iron for the purpose of ...
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Can a Ranger learn spells outside the Ranger spell list?

I'm playing a Ranger in a Pathfinder campaign. I've been looking over the spell lists, and I'm a bit miffed as to just what spells a Ranger can use - is it limited to only using the Ranger spells ...
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Fumes mechanics for Acid Elementals

The Fumes ability for the Acic Elemental reads; The fumes from an acid quasi-elemental's body act as an inhaled poison. Creatures within 5 ft. of an acid quasi-elemental must make succeed on a DC ...
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Did my clothes catch fire?

My Ifrit chose last session to walk into a flaming sphere cast by our druid in order to melee attack a Troglodyte. The damage of the sphere rolled lower than the Ifrit's fire resistance. Should I ...
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Does Flurry of Blows count as a full attack?

In Pathfinder, does using FoB count as a full attack for purposes such as using Medusa's Wrath?
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Benefit of Armored Kilt

The Armored Kilt can be added worn alone or added to a piece of armor. I always worked under the assumption that if you added the kilt the AC bonus was increased by 1 and the weight of the armor went ...
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Rogue Talents and Feat Prerequisites

Does a rogue need to meet the prerequisites of a Combat Feat he or she gains via the Combat Trick talent? Could I, for example, gain Spring Attack without Dodge and Mobility?
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What effect does combining Mithril and an Armored Kilt have on armor category?

I have a few questions regarding the interaction between Mithril and Armored Kilts in Pathfinder. I would like either official sources, or the words of pathfinder creators/developers if possible. I'm ...
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incorporeal, corporeal source in case of spells and damage

In the incorporeal description it is said "... Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, it takes only half damage from a corporeal source..." What is/isn't a corporeal source? Do for ex. fireball, ...
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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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In Emerald Spire, is a room or entire floor an encounter, and when should I give out treasure?

This is my first time as a GM, and our second session played, and I need this answered: how big is an encounter? I'm doing the emerald spire and I'm trying to figure out: is the entire level an ...
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Pitfalls to avoid when using kingdom building rules for the first time?

Our group is playing the Kingmaker adventure path and we are about to start a kingdom. I'm intending to use the Ultimate Campaign rules for kingdom building (they seem to be genuinely the same, aside ...
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Optimizing Natural Killer Build

For my new party I started playing THIS character. But now at level 2 having the knowledge that everybody else is playing a powerplay character I would like to know if anyone has ideas getting the ...
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How quick is an immediate action (spell)? [duplicate]

Immediate actions "can be performed at any time", but how quickly can they be used? Does it mean a spell like emergency force sphere could be used to avoid (for instance) fireball? Ie Wizard Bob ...
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What does it mean when a spell gives two durations?

For example, Anticipate Peril gives a duration of "1 minute/level or until activated." Does that mean it lasts for a maximum of 1 minute per level but ends when activated? Or does it mean it lasts ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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Explosive rounds in Pathfinder

The Pathfinder version of the Hotchkiss 6 pounder (RL info) is listed as an 8d6 B/S/P siege weapon, and it's full description says: The Hotchkiss 6 pounder is a direct-fire advanced siege firearm ...
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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Air Elemental's Whirlwind

Ref: Small Air Elemental, Whirlwind What kind of action must an Air Elemental take to become a whirlwind? How often can an Air Elemental use Whirlwind? The ability's template includes a frequency ...
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Saboteur Alchemist Bore Bomb Discovery

I don't understand the language on the Bore Bomb discovery from the Advanced Race Guide. The entry says "it ignores half the target's hardness and deals 1 point of damage per saboteur level" is this ...
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Aid another bonuses

I have been working on a build that optimizes granting AC bonuses to allies using actions that are not used often like AOO and immediate actions. I have been looking for non-class ways of increasing ...
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Does being prone affect your Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD)?

When a character is prone, is their CMD penalized?
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Can someone help me optimize (or at least, make sure I don't hobble) a gunslinger/magus for PFS play? [closed]

I'm moderately familiar with D20 games, though moderately new to PF, but I was invited by a friend-of-a-friend to try out PFS this weekend. I popped into my university's game club to read some ...
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Barding (Or Armoring) Animal Companions

My Druid player wishes to get medium armor for his large cat animal companion. I'm a little shaky about what I've read for doing this in my Society game (if it's at all possible). I had two questions ...
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What damage does Whip of Spiders do and how is it used?

In the Advanced Class Guide there is a new spell: Whip of Spiders. There are also two follow on spells Whip of Centipedes and Whip of (Army) Ants. All of these are in the Conjuration (Summoning) ...
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Does a mithral rose change your weapon to silver, or add it?

The Mithral Rose, from Mythic Adventures, states that... When wearing the rose openly on his chest, the wearer treats all of his natural attacks, unarmed attacks, and weapon attacks as if they ...
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How does a Flaming Sphere's movement work?

Regarding Flaming Sphere: The sphere does damage when it occupies the same space as a creature. When I move it into a creature's space to attack, the sphere stops moving for the round. If the ...
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How should I handle arcane spell failure in pathfinder?

I'm playing a rogue 3/ sorcerer 1 as a prelude to an arcane trickster. Since I expect to be spending more time in melee than most spellcasters, I want to have pretty good AC, but the armor I have now ...
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Pathfinder to Dungeon World Conversion [closed]

For those that have attempted to do a Pathfinder (or D&D 3.5e) to Dungeon World conversion, how what aspects did you implement into the game's core design? Do you believe that it truly added to ...
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Can you attack and then do Total Defense in the same turn?

I would think that's the intended use but I want to be sure.
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Is there any way to gain access to Evasion without taking multiple levels of a class?

So, I have a character with a really, really, really bonkers Reflex save. It wasn't really the design plan, but a combination of class features, ancillary benefits from traits, and stats meant that I ...
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Can a Summoner Cast the Summon Monster Spell With His Eidolon Out?

I have Summon Monster IV on my spell list. Do I have to dismiss my eidolon before casting the spell, or can I cast it even with my eidolon out? I remember you couldn't have the eidolon and summon ...