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Do the Bracers of the Merciful Knight also affect the ability to channel positive energy?

How I am supposed to combine these two pieces of information? From the description of the bracers: When worn by a paladin, he is considered four levels higher for the purposes of determining the ...
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Are there Wizard alternatives to Arcane Bond and Familiar?

My player don't want to use this mechanic because he believes that it make his character vulnerable. His PC in my opinion now is much more weaker. Is there any mechanic that I can use instead Arcane ...
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UMD with scroll of permanency?

For some spells, like Darkvision, no one else can cast permanency on you to make the effect last until dispelled*. So for non-caster's there's no way to permanently get that... unless you can find a ...
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Does a ring of feather falling work for any height?

Triggered by This Question A ring of feather falling: This ring is crafted with a feather pattern all around its edge. It acts exactly like a feather fall spell, activated immediately if the ...
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Could one make a wand with <50 charges?

"A wand has 50 charges when created—each charge allows the use of the wand's spell one time. [...] If the wand has a material component cost, it is added to the base price and cost to create once ...
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Does blind-fight allow a rogue to use sneak attacks in dim light?

Without it when there's concealment (even just some wimpy fog, or dim light) you can't usually sneak attack, as you can't quite make out the cracks and gabs in the armor, the or exactly where "between ...
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What if a critical “hit” misses?

A natural 20 is automatically a hit, and threatens to be a critical, then you re-roll for confirming the critical (for which it has to be higher than the enemies AC to a maximum of 20). Now if ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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Do animal companions lose some of their abilities on advancement?

According to the SRD the stats of animal companions may change when they advance. For example a wolf on level 1 has Attack bite (1d6 plus trip) on level 1 and Attack bite (1d8) on level 7. Does it ...
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How do natural and weapon attacks mix?

I have a level 1 Synthesist Summoner. Since he has the Quadruped base Eidolon, when fused, my Summoner has a bite attack (Primary). In addition, I have spent evolution points on a tentacle ...
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Character creation walkthrough

It has been a long time since I last played RPGs and I have forgotten so much about how things like character creation work. I am using the Pathfinder core rule book for all of my characters currently ...
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Character Build - “Bad Luck” Theme

I'm trying to build a character who suffers a strange and inexplicable stigma that attracts misfortune to all the people around him. (In South America it's called "mufa"; in colloquial language, ...
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Can anyone teach a new player to play Pathfinder? [duplicate]

I have the core book and the Bestiary 2. My brother gave them to me but I've never found time to sit and learn how to play by myself.
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How can I use Psionic Wild Talents with a Dark Sun campaign in Pathfinder?

Using Pathfinder, is there a place or reference to help with Psionic wild talents for when a Dark Sun campaign is used? My players don't want to be full psionic classes. Instead, they'd like to ...
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In RAW how can I manipulate animal's attitude while magically speaking with them?

There are many ways to Speak with animals (for example the spell with that name). When you do... You can ask questions of and receive answers from animals, but the spell doesn't make them any more ...
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Which class is the Magical Knack more useful in?

The idea is 3 Knife Master / 1 White-haired witch / 1 Sorcerer [with a bloodline that grants many free feats* which synergize with a rogue], then X Knife Master & Scout. Originally the plan was 3 ...
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How does damage reduction work with falling damage?

Specifically, does a damage reduction reduce the damage from each dice of falling damage or from the total? If it is the former, does this combination worth less than 2000 gp make me immune to ...
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Does casting a spell require a check to succeed?

If my character is a spell caster, and he is not wearing any armor, is there any chance to fail casting the spell? I'm wondering specifically about normal circumstances: There is nobody who can attack ...
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What are the rules for a flyby grapple?

I'm trying to create an encounter where PCs are climbing a vine or rope down a 100ft shaft. About half way down, a creature flies up and attempts to grab one of the PCs to fly away with her. The ...
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Druids' access to Domains in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, does a Druid gain access to two Domains like the cleric? If he does, would it be the elemental types such as Fire, Water, etc.?
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Does the trait “Magical Knack” affect familiars?

With 2 or more levels in a different class and then 1 lvl in a familiar granting class (such as Witch) and the magical Knack trait (up to +2 trait bonus to CL) make the familiar abilities/level 3 ...
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Optimized “Coordinated Charge”?

When an ally with this feat charges a creature that is no further away from you than your speed, you can, as an immediate action, charge that creature. You must be able to follow all of the normal ...
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Can a Paladin take levels of other classes?

In 3.5 D&D, paladins have severe restrictions on multiclassing: Like a member of any other class, a paladin may be a multiclass character, but multiclass paladins face a special restriction. A ...
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As a DM, how do I handle PCs casting heals on other PCs afflicted with paranoia?

Right now, three of my party's members are afflicted with the paranoia insanity. One effect is that paranoid characters cannot willingly accept aid, including healing, without making a Will save ...
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What is the scale of the Celwynvian map in Pathfinder #15

Pathfinder #15 includes details of a ruined forest city, Celwynvian, but no scale is provided for either map. The inferred size is quite large as the order of battle laid out has a scope that belies ...
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How do I interpret “add +1/3 to natural armor bonus”?

I am new to Pathfinder and am building a Half-Orc Druid. Half-Orcs Favored Class Options The following options are available to all half-orcs who have the listed favored class, and unless ...
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Can a sorcerer cast other spells while in the shape of an Air Elemental?

I have a character who is a sorcerer with the Elemental(Air) bloodline. She's now 9th level and can thus cast Elemental Body (it's a bonus spell at that level). It hasn't come up, yet, but I foresee ...
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Is the blinding effect of Glitterdust effective on mindless undead?

We have just started a new pure Pathfinder campaign and I'm playing a Witch, one of only two arcane casters in the party (the other is a knowledge-based Bard). It looks like the campaign might involve ...
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Any advice on a good Respawn system for pathfinder

I am searching for a good respawn rules set that I can apply to the next Pathfinder game I have in mind. I believe someone already had this idea, but I can't find anything on the subject. So here is ...
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Multiclass total saving throw adjustment in Pathfinder

Adding base attack bonuses, saving throw bonuses from prior class is throwing me for a loop. Example Barbarian level 3 decides Bard level 1 will be next. BAB +3 FORT +3 REF + 1 WILL +1 (barbarian 3) ...
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In Pathfinder bloody skeletons are permanently destroyed in an area of a Bless?

The skeleton variant bloody skeleton has the special quality Deathless: Deathless (Su): A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 ...
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How hard is it to stake a vampire?

For staking a vampire through the heart in Pathfinder, what type of DC value or combat method should be used in order to perform the staking?
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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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Movement & attack in a Combat round question

If a player is say a Wizard and tries her best to avoid melee combat by trying to stay at a safer distance, and the enemies attacking need to attack her with melee weapons, how many feet can the enemy ...
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Can I use Persistent Spell's effect with Bloodline powers?

Im making a Protean Bloodline Sorceror, and I was wondering if you can use Persistent Spell on Bloodline powers. As far as I have seen bloodline powers do not have the same levels as the normal ...
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Is a Bodak's Death Gaze an Energy Drain Effect?

My party recently ran into a Bodak. One of it's nastiest features is it's Death Gaze (Su) gaze attack which causes: 1d4 negative levels, 30 feet; Fortitude DC 18 negates. The save DC is ...
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Is gaining Fly as a class skill with the Feather Subdomain supposed to replace gaining Knowledge (Nature) with the Animal Domain?

I'm creating a cleric of Erastil and I'm thinking about choosing the Good domain and Feather subdomain. Should the Fly skill be the only class skill gained or is it supposed to supplement the ...
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Healing Kits in combat

2 players are in combat, with no healing abilities except for 1 player has the Healing skill and also has a Healing Kit +1. Can he use that kit in combat to heal his friend that is low on health or ...
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Multi Class Leveling

I am new to D&D, currently using 3.5 & Pathfinder (Pathfinder book arrives next week, ordered it). I am extremely confused with the Multiclass leveling system. When I opt to take a new class ...
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Magic Dead Zones and rules clarifications

I would like clarification on some points, if possible with rule sources, regarding Magic Dead Zones (and, maybe, Anti-Magic Fields): Do potions work at all? In an MDZ, there is no conduit for ...
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Supernatural abilities and spell duration

Does a supernatural ability that uses alter self as a spell like ability still subject to the spell duration? For example, does a PC Kitsune only have the ability to Change Shape for one minute at a ...
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How can I mechanistically empower a prophecy or fortune without railroading the plot?

I am interested in the idea of incorporating fate (via prophecy or fortunes told) in my campaign. I would like to come up with a set of rules/mechanics to make a prophecy or fortune teller's ...
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AoO and Touch spells on Allies

We play a mainly pathfinder game (occassional and as time goes on fewer feats from 3.5) and we still keep coming across things that have changed between 3.5 and pathfinder. Casting a spell triggers ...
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Armor as DR alternate rules: Do untyped AC bonuses apply to Defense or DR?

I'm starting a Pathfinder Campaign with the alternate rule for armor as damage reduction. I'm just wondering what gets changed to damage reduction and what stays defense. For example, a shield's AC ...
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What are the differences between Pathfinder's Kingmaker and Birthright?

I've only read the rules for Kingmaker, but I've heard that Birthright is similar in many respects. How is the 2nd edition setting similar to the Pathfinder setting? I know they are both about kingdom ...
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In Pathfinder, does the summoner or the GM control the eidolon?

I'm starting up a summoner character in a Pathfinder campaign, but we're a little unsure of the rules for eidolons. While I know the summoner is the one who tells her eidolon what to do, I'm wondering ...
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Can a lich be controlled by control undead?

If it is possible, which to me just does not seem at all fair to a lich, are there ways to avoid this silly little thing? If you have the feat or spell and the lich rolls badly, he is essentially ...
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How do new characters get equipment?

Last week I bought the Pathfinder Beginner Box and as the GM I am preparing the first adventure for my friends. I'm pretty sure they will want to create their own characters instead of using the ...
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Covertly casting a spell

This question about Charm Person got me musing about a problem with the spell. Obviously, you can't cast Charm Person in the middle of a forum to sway an interlocutor to your side without the other 20 ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...