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

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Save against a spell thought to be harmless

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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When using a reach weapon, which squares around me can I attack?

Considering a medium creature, with 5ft of reach, wielding a reach weapon such as a longspear. By the rules: With a typical reach weapon, you can strike opponents 10 feet away, but you can't ...
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Can creatures attack anything within their natural reach?

I get the sense that there is a difference between a natural reach of 10ft and a weapon reach of 10ft, namely that you should be able to attack anything within your natural reach, but I can't find ...
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How can I dismount a rider?

What is the mechanism to dismount an opponent in mounted combat? What are the rolls? The only rules for an "unseat" action I've found are the unseat feat, which enables a lance-wielding rider to get ...
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Is there a penalty for “reaching into melee”?

When using ranged weapons, firing into melee incurs a -4 penalty. Reach weapons are considered melee weapons, but they use ranged attack rules when it comes to determining cover. Since the firing ...
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Does a buckler's defense apply to the PC while shooting arrows through a bow?

I have read the description of the buckler from d20pfsrd but remain confused on whether the defense bonus applies to the character while he is shooting with the bow, or not. I have read many arguments ...
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What to do about a morally ambiguous character heading towards evil?

I'm currently involved in a really fun campaign with close friends and am running a PC with a troubled past. The character is Chaotic Neutral and has typically exhibited not entirely consistent ...
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How to match up an evolving eidolon with my desired look and feel?

When you create an eidolon in Pathfinder, it gets evolutions including limbs and such over time. But if you have a specific form in mind for your eidolon and would prefer it to not change so much ...
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Half-man, half-snake monster in Pathfinder?

Nagas and Lamias have various representations in mythology and fiction. One of them is that of a human upper-body (waist up) and the lower body of a snake. What I'm looking for would have a torso, ...
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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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Ways to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell

Is there a spell, feat, special ability, etc. in DnD3.x – or possibly Pathfinder – that would allow a character to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell? Or is there a certain ...
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Poison on Bombs

Can Alchemists apply a poison to their bombs? Does the poison apply on impact and then boom goes the dynamite?
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How viable is a rogue in Pathfinder?

Coming from traumatic experiences in 3.5 with rogues, I would like to ask you if sneak attack is viable in Pathfinder. In 3.5, at level 10 and above, one would hardly ever get a chance to do any ...
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How do racial favored class benefits accumulate?

For example, a human with paladin as a favored class may choose to gain 1 point of energy resistance each time she gains a level; choosing this benef it twice increases this resistance ...
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Help me build a dagger focused character

I wish to make an acrobatic, dagger using character. Lets call him for the sake of argument, Frederico. Here are some qualities of Frederico: Frederico is fast and agile. 40 feet speed would be nice. ...
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Pathfinder, Savage Display

I have a question regarding critical hits and the feat Savage Display. If I score a critical hit, do I roll 1d6 for both regular hit damage and the "critical damage"? - so if I get a confirmation its ...
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What does adding HD to a construct affect?

I am building a Homunculus, and I want to add 3 HD to it so it has 5 HD. However, I'm not clear on what happens as a result of these HD being added. I've read the monster advancement page, but all I'm ...
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How does the Detective archetype's True Confession ability work?

The Detective archetype for the Bard has a True Confession ability. I do not understand one part of it: Using this ability requires a successful Sense Motive check to see through a Bluff or notice ...
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Do class skill bonuses stack when multiclassing?

So, let's say I'm multiclassing Barbarian and Fighter and I take climb as a skill. Would I get a +3 from both classes, or only from one?
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What are the penalties of making a new character after death, in Pathfinder?

I have searched the internet and documents in Pathfinder to find out the rules regarding a PC's death and the penalties for making a new character. For example, say I have a character of level 10 + ...
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Alternate class system for MtG inspired setting

I'm trying to create some house rules to run a Pathfinder campaign in Ravnica, a M:tG plane which has 10 guilds, each one with a very specific philosophy and societal role. I wish guilds to be : ...
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How good is the Combat Patrol feat for a Fighter/Rogue?

Currently, I'm playing a character with three fighter and two rogue levels. I'm a part of two-man party in which the other player is Cleric. Shadowdancer Prestige Class always intrigued me so I went ...
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How does one player controlling an entire PC party impact encounter difficulty?

Me and my friend have started a Pathfinder campaign (Second Darkness) where I am DMing and he is playing all 4 PCs. We are using roll20 (it's a great online tool to facilitate games). The reasons for ...
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Overly strong level 1 barbarian

I am new to DMing(this is my first campaign) and one of the pcs rolled a 18 str char and made a 20 str Barbarian. What is the best way to deal with this at the early levels of the game where his hit ...
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How can I run a combat on a small sphere?

In an upcoming campaign I'm planning, I would like a combat encounter to take place on a small sphere, with gravity pointing in towards the center. I'd like a sphere about 50' in diameter - something ...
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How can I make a grappling Fighter?

Monk is the go-to class for an unarmed warrior. I can respect that. I can even get behind the school of thought that says years of physical training is the only way to hone your own body to the ...
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Polymorph/Wild Shape and Disguise bonus

The rules for the Polymorph sub-school indicate: While these spells make you appear to be the creature, granting you a +10 bonus on Disguise skill checks, they do not grant you all of the ...
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How could I get “Powerful Build” without a RP cost?

It must be Paizo only (would help if it's in the SRD) and should be human/dwarf/elf/halforc level of power as to not have any level adjustment like goliath used to have or cost additional Race Points. ...
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How do I gain bonded object, as a magus?

I am open to a feat, item or perhaps a spell within my reach. I would be open to two feat cost, if the prereq feat is not completely useless. So how do I gain bonded object, as a magus?
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How could a Magus cast a Ranger spell at least once or twice per day?

I have a level 1 Magus. I'm planning for them to become an Arcane Archer in the future and wish to use Bow Spirit abundantly. How could one achieve this? Once or twice per day will do.
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Harvesting parts from slain creatures

In general: if you kill a monster with a body part that has some known (or suspected) property, is there any mechanic around harvesting the body part and using it as-is (or with minimal processing ...
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How does stealth work while lit up in the dark?

Are there any rules or penalties for trying to roll stealth while for example carrying a torch through a dark cave? It seems like it would be basically impossible for anything not to see you, but I ...
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How do I calculate how many spells per day a cleric has?

Ok so me and my group have just started getting into PF and we like it very much. But when we try to figure our spells per day for casters, we get confused. Let's say a cleric on lvl 1 has 3 orisons ...
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When wielding a two-handed weapon in one hand, how much benefit does Power Attack confer?

The Pathfinder FAQ states that: Power Attack: If I am using a two-handed weapon with one hand (such as a lance while mounted), do still I get the +50% damage for using a two-handed weapon? ...
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How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work?

I have read over a lot of stealth questions in Pathfinder and I have yet to find the answer to a question that seems quite important. How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work? The rules ...
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How can I add a cultural game mechanic to Pathfinder?

I was reading this article on how most people play all races exactly the same. The author hinted at replacing races in Pathfinder with a culture mechanic, but didn't really go into the details. I ...
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What items should an archer keep an eye out for?

This will be my first pathfinder game and I'm building a human fighter focusing on ranged attacks. I'm not really familiar with 3.5 or PF items, and was wondering if there are items I absolutely must ...
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Can a diamond with Soul Bind be detected inside a living body?

Strange question! If a creature has had Soul Bind used on them (which means their soul is trapped inside a black diamond) and then that diamond was implanted inside someone's body (say in their ...
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What is the best class for a character strong versus mind-affecting spells? [closed]

I am GMing a Pathfinder campaign and need to build an party NPC who is as strong as they can possibly be against mind-affecting spells and abilities. They don't need to be especially skilled in ...
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Why would a non-evil Druid use the Awaken spell?

What is the inspiration for the Awaken spell (found at least in D&D 3.5e)? Why would a druid use it apart from enslaving creatures with intelligence and specialized forms? I'm thinking that it's ...
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How to deal with dead characters' gear?

A few of my PCs have died. It happens. But now what? Specifically, now what happens to their items? They are rolling up some new characters and I assume they should follow the character wealth ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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What upkeep is needed to run buildings and organizations?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for running buildings and organizations during downtime. One of the phases is the upkeep phase, which reads: Phase 1—Upkeep: Pay costs ...
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What benefit does combining rooms into buildings provide?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for building buildings by combining different distinct rooms. However, I can't see any mechanical benefit (that is, besides aesthetics and ...
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What strategies can I use to award treasure on the fly?

Due to a combination of tight scheduling and plain laziness, I never prepare any of my sessions ahead of time. At first it was hard to play this way, and the game was a bit sluggish, but now I think ...
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What's the likely law enforcement response to my PCs in Nidal?

This question is fairly specific to the shadow-haunted, torture-porn, evil Cenobite god worshiping country of Nidal in Paizo's world of Golarion, but could also apply to other "lawful evil nations" ...
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PDF Pathfinder gaming with a Kindle Fire

I am interested in experiences from gamers that use a Kindle Fire HD with PDFs purchased from Paizo? I just got the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and am curious about the user experience before I purchase any ...
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How would I handle the mechanical repercussions of removing alignment?

I, as well as many people in some of the groups I play with, have come to the conclusion alignment is a clunky horrible mess. I personally don't like the way it oversimplifies morality and makes ...
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Can Flail Snails be hexed without penalty?

My party recently encountered a Flail Snail, and a question came up regarding its Warp Magic ability: Warp Magic (Su): Anytime a spell targets a flail snail, there is an 80% chance that it ...
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For an Elder Polyp, do each of its tentacles get its own attack of opportunity?

My PCs have an upcoming bottle with an Elder Polyp (Tome of Horrors III 10). The monster is copied into an adventure path I'm running and has 4 tentacles. The Elder Polyp does not have Combat Reflexes ...