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

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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 ...
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Rules on moving a double hackbut

One of my players just built himself a Double Hackbut The rules on it are not so much vague as non-existent though. You need a full round action to set it up - that's clear. You can "wheel it ...
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Kingdom building. Multiple farms in one hex

Ok so the kingdom building rules here http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/kingdom-building#TOC-Farm- States the following (Emphasis mine) Terrain improvements are changes to a hex ...
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How can I substitute bonus XP in a non-XP campaign?

I have a party that have taken up sneaking past guards and avoiding traps and thus not getting encounter XP. They all first time D&D players but long time boardgamers so they picked it up quite ...
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Can you be afraid if you're dead?

At 7th level, a Dread becomes immune to fear. The class feature says the following: At 7th level, the dread gains immunity to fear (psionic or otherwise). This ability functions whether the dread ...
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What alignment would the Ancient Roman civilisation have been? [closed]

In our Pathfinder homebrew setting, I'm looking at making a region that borrows parts of the culture of Ancient Rome, including their system of slavery. What alignment would the Ancient Roman nation ...
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Pathfinder CR Calculator Single Player

I'm trying to figure out a good CR rating formula for a single player quest for Pathfinder. I see all the online calculators but those are really meant for 4 players. So, if I had a player that was ...
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What effect would removing the confirmation roll have on the game?

I've been doing a bit of theorycrafting about 3.5 and pathfinder lately, and a thought struck me about critical hits that got me thinking more about their use in play. Critical hits are clearly a ...
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Pathfinder: can a ghost wear armor?

According to the universal monster rules, incorporeal creatures (read: ghosts) have no Strength score: [An incorporeal creature] has no Strength score, so its Dexterity modifier applies to its ...
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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 is the price of a magic weapon or armor determined if it's enhanced some more later? [duplicate]

I'm not sure my phrasing is the best so let me try an example; I have a masterwork dagger (valued at 302 gp) and I decide to get it enhanced with a +1. That would mean I pay 2,000 gp and the dagger ...
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Does Arcane Spell Failure Chance affect activated magic items?

I am wondering if the arcane spell failure chance on armor affects activated magical items such as wands, rods, and other items. I was not able to find a clarification on this in the book.
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How does Flyby Attack work?

The explanation of Flyby Attack is a little unclear to me, just want to clarify a few things. Is it saying that you can move your total fly speed and attack during the move? So, for example, if your ...
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Can a cleric choose to channel damage or healing in a case by case basis?

The Channel Energy section states that a good cleric can channel positive energy which either harms undead or heals living creatures. Later in the section it states; Once this choice is made, it ...
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Does the Tiefling mutation manifest at a greater probability per child in later generations?

In a comment thread elsewhere on RPG.SE, someone asserted that tiefling features manifest increasingly down the generations, citing the following text as his evidence: Tiefling says Most ...
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Running inside of a building or dungeon

Are there any official rules for movement being hampered in an enclosed space. It seems to me that 3x/4x running should be quite difficult in halls where you would have to turn tight corners and such ...
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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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Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level

I want to learn how to optimize. I am aware of optimization and have seen examples of optimized characters, I have found many 'guides' on optimization but in reality all of these are simply lists of ...
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Magic Item Creation Prerequisite Rules

Under the rules for magic item creation these are the rules around prerequisites: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be ...
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Does Demoralizing an opponent with the Intimidate skill provoke an attack of opportunity?

According to RAW, using a skill that takes an action "usually" provokes an attack of opportunity. I didn't find much in the skills section as to which skills provoke an AoO and which ones don't. ...
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Can you take a standard action, an action that counts as a move action, and a 5-foot step in 1 turn?

According to RAW are you able to do this? 5-Foot Step states that it can be performed in a round only when you don't perform any other kind of movement, but what about actions that count as move ...
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Pathfinder spell lists with properties

Where can I find a spell list for a class (let's say druid), where not only the name and (shortened) effect is listed, but also the basic properties (range, duration, casting time, components) are ...
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Benefits for eating good food

I have designed a character to be able to cook just about anything and make it taste great. This was done mainly for RP purposes but I was curious if there is any system that adds benefits for eating ...
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What languages makes the most effective druid

I have a druid and I am big fan of the animal aspect (aka being able to talk to them etc.) When I picked my first two languages I picked Sylvan and Terran. I don't have much knowledge of creatures ...
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What is the “Reconstruction” trait in reference to Pathfinder Elans?

While reading the GitP Vitalist Handbook, I came across the following line in the Elans entry in the Races section: The Reconstruction trait is golden for Elan Vitalists, allowing you to continue ...
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Change an item with a daily use into intervals per day

Some magic items say something like, "This effect lasts for 10 rounds. You can activate this ability once per day." Others do this: "This effect lasts for 10 rounds each day, divided up as you so ...
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Can you use Spring Attack while flying instead of taking Flyby Attack?

If someone has the feat Spring Attack and he has the capacity to fly, does he still need to learn Flyby Attack, since it's almost the same thing?
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Does the BAB of a prestige class add to the BAB from my starting class?

I am playing a paladin in Pathfinder. Our DM likes to take each character and add in a side quest for us to reach max level, so I was looking into becoming a hellknight commander. Looking up the ...
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Is there a Paizo official way to improve dispel checks?

I'm currently playing a game of Pathfinder E6 (the level cap is 6, and you can buy feats, skills, and gestalt levels with XP once you hit cap), and I'm looking for ways to improve my ability to dispel ...
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How can a battlefield control character be built?

In Pathfinder, there isn't much in the way of battlefield control like there is in 4e. How can a character be built focusing on things like forced movement, zones, or generally making the enemies be ...
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Intelligent items with explosive runes

Would it be possible for an intelligent item to detonate a rune with the Read Magic Sp? and if they can how would the item then take the damage?
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Frequency of combat encounters in Pathfinder

I'm starting a new self-designed Pathfinder campaign as the DM and I'm unsure how many combat encounters I should plan each session. The characters will start at level 1. The group consists of 4 ...
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One party member constantly keeps stuff to himself

We have a party of several players and there are some things that are not clear from rules. Can you guys help? Do other party members always know if one of them steals an object from an NPC? Or does ...
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Can you pass an entire surprise round?

Looking at this question about sniping, in this situation: Example 3 A wields a loaded crossbow and waits on on a cliff overlooking a valley for B to walk by. A is unobserved and has a low ...
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Feats to take for Paladin Dragon mount?

I am running a 12 Paladin/ 8 Barbarian/ 6 Cavalier currently in Pathfinder and the DM allowed me to take a young gold dragon mount. What feats should I take for it?
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Pathfinder Build for OCD/Mysophobic Elf

I'm going to be playing my first game of Pathfinder this weekend. Our GM is hoping for us to use mostly basic rules, as she is somewhat green as well. The character I conceptualized is a neurotic ...
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How do prestige classes work for half-elves?

I am considering having a prestige class for my Half-elf Druid. I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? What I wanted to do with my ...
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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Can you have a shark companion out when not in water?

I was thinking of being a druid and having a shark companion. My question is if they only know swim how can they be on land? It has no land speed indicated. I know this seems like a simple concept ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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How to handle player weapon modification

In a game it got brought up that a frost creature is vulnerable to fire. Me being GM they ask if they can quote "drip their arrows in oil and light them on fire" to produce more damage against someone ...