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

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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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How can I tailor an encounter so that a low level, mostly mundane party can defeat a wasp swarm?

I'm GM'ing a game with a large, mostly mundane party where all PCs at level 2. The party is made up of a good aligned cleric (i.e. no damage spells), wizard, druid (with wolf animal companion), monk, ...
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Do humanoids have natural attacks?

This Trait allows anyone to bite as secondary attack for 1d2 damage. The Universal Monster Rules say "most creatures possess one or more natural attacks". Toothy half-orcs have tusks like orcs and can ...
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Does Casting a Ranged Spell While Threatened Provoke Attacks of Opportunity More Than Once?

In normal circumstances - that is, absent an ability, spell, or other condition that states otherwise - a character in Pathfinder provokes attacks of opportunity for casting a spell while threatened. ...
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Where can I read more about Leshys?

Bestiary 3 talks about leshys — plant creatures you can grow yourself — but there is not much info in Bestiary 3 on them. I'm especially interested in learning more on how they're created and other ...
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What is Improved Familiar for?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the options for animals you can use as Improved Familiars all seem fairly weak. Pseudodragons aren't really that much better than weasels. My GM says my witch should take ...
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Why does PCGen say my Pathfinder horse's bite is 1d8 damage?

I'm using the program PCGen to create my Pathfinder characters and I created a samurai. I created the mount and made it a large horse. When I load the character sheet for my horse on PCGen, it says ...
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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...
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Alchemic fire/bomb vs. Swarm of Fine creatures

There is another discussion in our group and since my Google Foo and Rules Lawyering skill is not very high, I decided to bring this up. According to swarm traits A swarm composed of Fine or ...
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What is the most powerful, complete (levels 1–20) Bardic buffing build?

What are the most powerful Bardic optimized buffing builds, that focus on buffing and strengthening allies, in a practical game? I'm actually working on building a class, and to learn from and for ...
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How To Divide Up Loot?

I've been GMing a very successful (Pathfinder) campaign for quite a few months now, but we've developed a bit of a problem I'm not sure how to resolve: loot distribution. None of my players are ...
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How does a Paladin's Detect Evil Ability work?

Can a paladin's Detect Evil ability detect if there is Evil in the area, as per the spell, or is it target-only?
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How much to bend “the rules” about populating a world?

All right, I have a question about creating a world and populating it with appropriate monsters, etc. I created a world a little while back, loosely based off of the world found in Michael ...
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Can a mindless creature make Int-based skill checks?

If I have a mindless creature that can use skills, like an Astral Construct using the Utility option of Advanced Constructs, can that creature make Int-based skill checks? I have a plan for my ...
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Can conjured creatures bring back something (objects or creatures)

Can a conjured creature (e.g., called, summoned or created) bring back something when returning to the original plane? Examples could be an object a willing creature or an unwilling grappled ...
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Will quicken spell allow a (ranged) touch attack as part of the swift action?

Quicken spell says that: Casting a quickened spell is a swift action. Some spells, like snowball require a ranged touch attack: You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw ...
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Can a creature who's been Swallowed Whole attack the creature it's in other than cutting its way out?

Can a creature swallowed by another creature with the Swallow Whole (Ex) ability try to damage the swallowing creature without trying to cut its way out? A swallowed creature keeps the grappled ...
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When adding 1-1/2 or 1/2 your strength mod to damage how does it round?

The pathfinder core books states: "Off-Hand Weapon: When you deal damage with a weapon in your off hand, you add only 1/2 your Strength bonus. If you have a Strength penalty, the entire penalty ...
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Deflect Arrows used on thrown area effect weapons

When deflect arrows is used it says you take no damage from it. If a thrown AOE weapon (Such as a flask of acid or an Alchemist bomb) is thrown at a target with deflect arrows, what happens to the ...
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What all does being nonproficient with armor apply to besides the obvious?

Looking at the rules for armor check penalties, I'm a little confused as to what all is affected when you are nonproficient with armor. Is there anything beside the obvious penalties — attack rolls, ...
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Do the benefits of a feat granted by a class count as that feat?

This is really three questions. If a class says that it grants the benefits of a certain feat, do I need to meet the prerequisites for that feat in order to actually receive the benefits? For ...
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Do rogue levels count toward your Familiar's special abilities?

The writing on Familiars says: All familiars have special abilities (or impart abilities to their masters) depending on the master's combined level in classes that grant familiars. Since the ...
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Can you Wish for a Deck of Many Things?

My Pathfinder character was recently granted a Wish spell. I really want a Deck of Many Things. Rules as written, can I use the Wish to get a Deck of Many things? Preferably, without invoking the "You ...
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Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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Does the rogue's trapfinding ability apply to ALL disable device checks?

The Rogue's Trapfinding class feature says: A rogue adds 1/2 her level to Perception skill checks made to locate traps and to Disable Device skill checks (minimum +1). A rogue can use Disable ...
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Running a Norse campaign [closed]

I am about to start running a Norse themed Pathfinder campaign set around 800 AD, most likely in Norway. I am looking for ways to make the characters feel as though they are part of the culture of the ...
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Throwing things and people as weapons, how would this work?

I am interested in my buffed out, enlarged character throwing objects and even people as weapons. What are my options to do so? The normal throwing rules don't appear to take strength or size into ...
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What is the advantage of Ranged Legerdemain for Sleight of Hand?

This may be obvious, but what are the advantages to using the Arcane Trickster's Ranged Legerdemain ability for a Sleight of Hand check. I would assume IF they noticed the object in question you ...
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Does the Monk retain his AC Bonus if he loses his Dex bonus to AC?

Does a monk retain the AC bonus from the AC Bonus (Ex) class feature if he loses his Dex bonus to AC? It says he retains it if he's flat-footed, but there are other ways to lose your Dex bonus to AC.
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Do Rangers and Hunters get all the abilities listed in the Animal Companion table for Druid?

I want to know if Rangers and Hunters get all the special abilities listed in the Animal Companion table. Like Link, Share Spells, etc.
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Which books are most important to learning the setting, not the rules?

I'm an experienced Pathfinder player and GM, but other than a single attempt at play-by-post Rise of the Runelords, I've never actually run anything set in Golarion and not played much more. I want ...
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How far exactly does my frightened character have to run?

My character has failed a Will Save. He's Frightened for 6 rounds. That means that he flees from the source of its fear as best it can... [and] can use special abilities, including spells, to ...
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Reading the racial modifier to skills in a monster's stat block

Below is a snippet from the stat block of a ghost scorpion: Skills Perception +4, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth What is the correct way to interpret the proper bonus to the ...
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Can Deflect Arrow protect you from arrows with a contact poison?

Deflect Arrow says the attack technically hits but you take no damage. Would the deflector still be poisoned if the arrow had contact poison on it?
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How do I select my active energy type for Energy powers?

Several energy-based attack powers (Energy Ray,Energy Stun, etc.) use a particular energy type determined by your "active energy type". However, I can't find any reference to how you are supposed to ...
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Does Crystalline Bonds make its target helpless?

The power Crystalline Bonds "gag[s] and immobiliz[es]" a target. The target can't take anything but purely mental actions, but the power doesn't actually say that the target is helpless. The spell ...
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How does the Heritic's Escape judgement ability work

The Heretic archtype has a new judgement called escape. Escape (Su): Each time the inquisitor using this judgment hits an opponent with a melee or ranged attack, she can use a move action attempt ...
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How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?

One of my biggest headaches as a DM (though perhaps I am overcomplicating things) is coming up with consistent prices for goods and services not listed in the reference books for a medieval setting ...
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Can I have an Animal Companions without being a druid or ranger?

I'm looking for a way to have an animal companion with classes other than druid or ranger, for example a paladin that fights with a trained hawk. I'm all for multiclassing if need be, but I'm looking ...
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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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How much “translation” do 3.5 rules hacks need for Pathfinder?

I'm specifically looking at the Collected Book of Experimental Might. Its many hacks range from very simple to diabolical: Feat every level Combat feats are more powerful when taken as Fighter ...
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Can I increase the Critical Threat Range of my Animal Companion's natural weapons?

Is there any way to increase the threat range of an animal companion from the base value of 20? The only thing I can find is two types of animal companions that have a special bite. But this is ...
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Does a ring of force shield occupy the hand wearing it?

Can a character wearing a ring of force shield use two-handed-weapons or make actions that need both hands and keep the shield-bonus, or is the hand occupied as though using a normal shield? I'm ...
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Can Hunters only pick one Animal Focus?

It's not very clear to me if a Hunter has to pick an Animal Focus and stick with it or if they can switch between them as often as the ability allows.
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Can animals take AoO?

The master in our group doesn't allow animals to take AoO because "they don't have enough intelligence to use that tactic". He says it is documented somewhere but he doesn't remember where... Can ...
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Paired Opportunists chain reaction from seize the moment

Paired Oppertunist Benefit: Whenever you are adjacent to an ally who also has this feat, you receive a +4 circumstance bonus on attacks of opportunity against creatures that you both threaten. ...
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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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Optimal way to build a Brawler Barbarian character that fights with his fists? [closed]

What is the best way of building a brawler barbarian that fights with his fists only? I am thinking of using the Suli class along with incremental elemental assault so I dont blow it all in one go.
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Are there issues to using passive Perception?

Is it fair to only consider the result of "passive" Perception checks (same as Taking 10) for PCs to detect things, unless the player actively expresses attention to something (in which case a roll is ...
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Does a off-hand weapon get added to a Coup de Grace attempt?

So, today in a game I was in, I ended up fighting against some Giant creatures, and they ended up giving me a hug (grapple). To free me, my friend put it to sleep, I climbed out and committed a Coup ...