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

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What does Aura of Resolve's immunity to charm spells mean?

Reading the definition of Aura of Resolve, it is said the the paladin is immune to charm spells. Now, what does this mean? Is he immune only to the spells (mass)charm person/monster or generally to ...
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How do I help out my GM as a new Pathfinder player?

A group of us just recently started playing Pathfinder because a common friend really likes RP-type games. He asked us if would we wanted to join his campaign. We all agreed. I figure that RP-type ...
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Can Greater Dispel Magic dispel a Wall of Force?

In the description of Wall of Force, it says that it is immune to Dispel Magic, but can either modes of Greater Dispel magic, either the 20-ft burst or the single target dispel the wall?
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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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For a Halfling Swashbuckler, how much investment in intimidate is worth it?

At 3rd level, Swashbucklers gain the following deed: Menacing Swordplay (Ex): At 3rd level, while she at least 1 panache, when a swashbuckler hits an opponent with a light or one-handed piercing ...
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Avoiding armor penalty by trait?

Wisdom in the Flesh allows you to use Wisdom instead of Dexterity for one chosen skill. Armor check penalty affects Dex- and Str-based skills. Does that mean for example a wise cleric in full plate ...
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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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Is the hit die supposed to be rolled?

I understand that hit points are linked to the "hit die". But is the hit die a constant number (for example: if my PC has 1d8 hit die, I have 8 HPs), or do I need to actually roll the die to see how ...
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Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself?

This question came to my mind while analyzing Blaze of Glory (see Blaze of Glory twice): Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself? Reading the particular spell description I ...
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Stealthing after a ranged attack

Good day everyone, I have been trying to wrap my head around how stealth works in particular with a ranged character I am trying to build. The scenario is as so, I have a lvl 5 rogue, with 1 lvl in ...
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Do the automatic success and failure rules apply to skill checks?

We had a rule check tonight that we couldn't answer. On the Pathfinder wiki I could only find info on natural 20s and 1s in regards to attack rolls and saves in combat. Do they also apply to skill ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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My class “imbues” a _____ on an item?

I’m writing a homebrew class for 3.x, based on empowering items with magic powers (think an OGL-friendly riff on the concept of the artificer), so I’ve decided on using “imbue” for a verb for those ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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Do I need to take turns outside of encounters?

When a party is not fighting or interacting, just walking around a city or exploring a dungeon, do they need to respect their walking speed and take turns or it's ok to walk freely?
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In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check?

In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check? Can't seem to find any ruling on it. Do they sink deeper? If so is it based on how much they fail the swim check by? Or set amounts ...
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How does rest work?

As seen here, different rests mean different bonuses. But how do I rest? In-game, I guess I need a bed or something like that? And In Real Life, do I have to wait some time here? Or I just wait the ...
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Can a mount use “Withdraw” in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, is it valid for one's horse to use the "Withdraw" full-round action? If so, can the person riding the mount use a ranged attack while this is happening? I don't see anything indicating ...
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What are the implications and complications of adding new players?

The game I've been playing started with 4 players. One of them had to take a hiatus for schoolwork, but they'll be coming back very soon. We recently filled that player's spot with a new player, which ...
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Is maximum PC hit points going to unbalance the game?

I don't like randomization in character creation/advancement, so my preference is to not roll for hit points, but to take a fixed value every level. PCGen gives me several options, and Pathfinder ...
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Exactly, what is an encounter?

Ok, I know this may sound really strange but I don't exact understand it. Can an "encounter" just be combat, or also a skill check? For example if I have a conversation with a NPC and I need several ...
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How long can I estimate a combat to take, and how long should an average dungeon be?

Upon going back and looking at the dungeons I've created in the past, many of them have lasted for too long. I want to create a feeling of scope and adversity, and I don't want it to feel like a slog ...
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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 do I obscure writing in a book?

I have a book with writing that has key information. I'm trying to hide it from my players to make it a bit more challenging. I was going to use the Erase spell but can the spell "Erase" even be ...
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Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?

In a Rise of the Runelords campaign, my character is a halfling, raised by actors in the Sandpoint theater, but who's rejecting her early acting training and will instead advance primarily as a ...
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How do I design well-balanced homebrew items?

I have previously run into issues with homebrew items throwing off the balance of my game, and I'm trying to anticipate any issues I might run into by giving my players certain items. My players enjoy ...
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Is Knowledge (Local) Tied to a Specific Region?

For a long time, one of the DMs in my usual group has claimed that Knowledge (Local) has to be tied to a specific region. For example, you could take Knowledge (Restov). So, we've always just played ...
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Blaze of glory twice

Am I correct with my interpretation of Blaze of Glory when prepared twice? A character casts it as a standard action and is reduced to -1 HP As the character is now below 0 HP he can cast it again ...
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Why can't you run with a Fly spell?

The description of the Fly spell reads: The subject of a fly spell can charge but not run, and it cannot carry aloft more weight than its maximum load, plus any armor it wears. It is however ...
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Free Pathfinder low-level urban adventures?

Are there online some free adventures that I can download as .pdf? (Not piratery, just free adventures.) I'm a new GM and I'd like to read some professional adventures to see how they work. I need a ...
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When treating deadly wounds, what do I add my WIS modifier to exactly?

The heal skill states: Treating deadly wounds heals 1 point of damage per level of creature being treated. If you exceed the DC by 5 add your WIS modifier (if positive) to that amount. Adding my ...
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Druid with heavy armor and a shield?

A friend recently came up with a druid 5/fighter 1. He took the fighter level to allow himself to use heavy armor. He has a full stone plate and a wooden shield, and he uses Wild Shape to change into ...
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Infinite rage gimmick?

Elemental Kin states "At 3rd level, whenever the elemental kin takes an amount of energy damage equal to or greater than her barbarian level while raging, she adds 1 to the total number of rounds ...
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What kind of marker should I use on a flip-mat battlemat?

I've ordered a Pathfinder Beginner Box. It contains a "Flip-mat" battlemat, which can supposedly work with markers. But what kind of marker should I use? Are they included in the box? If not, should I ...
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What equipment should a character start with?

For the most part, character creation is a guided process: the rules explain clearly how to determine attributes, classes and races are few in number and each has its obvious purpose, and there are ...
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Detect Magic and moving targets

If you stare down a hallway for more than 3 rounds with Detect Magic on, you can get full information about everything in that hallway. But do you also get full information about someone who just ...
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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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Can Charisma be considered a physical score?

From the PRD: Charisma measures a character's personality, personal magnetism, ability to lead, and appearance. From the 3.5 Player's Guide: Charisma measures a character’s force of ...
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5th level optimized Fighter/Ranger builds for 3.5/Pathfinder

I'm running Paizo's Crypt of the Everflame/Temple of Living God/City of Golden Death with some veteran players using 3.5 rules mostly. But these veteran players have busy lives and I think they are ...
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Does the Reloading Hands spell refill the entirety of a ranged weapon's ammunition capacity, or only one shot's worth?

Once per round, phantom hands load a single ranged weapon or firearm with conjured ammunition. This ammunition counts as magical for overcoming damage reduction and attacking incorporeal creatures, ...
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Can an animal companion use all their primary attacks

I was pretty confident that animal companions could use all their primary attacks until I thought about it in the context of the Multiattack feat. Can an animal companion do so before obtaining this ...
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Dealing with Object Damage with Area of Effect spells [closed]

Pathfinder has a whole series of rules around damaging objects of objects. It seems like the basic premise is that people's gear is protected along with them and does not really suffer independent ...
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Using words of power as a mythic character

I'm interested in using words of power, but my DM is planning to run a mythic campaign next (Wrath of the Righteous). From what I've read/can find online, it seems that paizo basically treats ...
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Do weapons training's bonuses apply to every attack made with a double weapon?

Starting at 5th level, a fighter can select one group of weapons, as noted below. Whenever he attacks with a weapon from this group, he gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls. Let's say I ...
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Learning to play from scratch - Pathfinder

I've been tinkering around with the idea of getting my family, just the 3 of us (son age 11) into table top rpgs. A few weeks back I purchased Pathfinders Adventure Card game, thinking it would be a ...
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What is the best way to teleport back and forth between your current location and your base?

What is the simplest, most effective way to be able to teleport to your home base and then return to the location you were at before, i.e. from point A to B and back to A. The method must be mobile ...
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Does the pathfinder Myrmidarch Magus archetype use ammunition when he uses ranged spellstrike?

At 4th level, a myrmidarch can use spellstrike to cast a single-target touch attack ranged spell and deliver it through a ranged weapon attack. Even if the spell can normally affect multiple ...
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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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How many known spells does a level 1 spellslinger with 20 int have at creation?

I'm using PCGen to help me make this character, so I'm unsure if it's correct or not. Spellslingers get no cantrips, but get detect magic and read magic as level 1 spells at character creation. I'm ...