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

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Is there a way to affect mindless creatures with mind-affecting spells or powers?

From the list of traits for an ooze, the mindless trait says that a creature with the mindless trait possesses No Intelligence score, and immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, ...
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When do you fall if you gain the helpless condition?

Suppose a Wizard is being menaced by a griffon flying 30' above the ground nearby them. Not wanting to become a snack for the creature they decide to cast Icy Prison on the creature. The griffon fails ...
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What is the disadvantage of raise dead+restoration against true resurrection?

We (my group and I) figured out, that in Pathfinder you can use True Resurrection for a price of 25,000 gp but Raise Dead works for 5,000 gp and you can remove the negative levels with Restoration ...
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Mechanics of Stygian Slayer's Shadowy Mist Form

I am GMing a Pathfinder game and one of the players is playing a Stygian Slayer. I found the section in the Advanced Class Guide describing the Shadowy Mist Form class feature to be too brief and, ...
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Are targets aware when you mind probe them if they don't make their saves?

So, mind probe's description says that you ask questions telepathically, but I was wondering if the targets are aware that they are being questioned if they don't make their save? It would seem to me ...
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Can a Power be Augmented Using the Same Option Multiple Times

Let's say I am using the Mind Control power, and there is only one legal target I can use it on. Now, I believe I can augment it with the option that allows me to affect an aberration, dragon, ...
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When you convert a poison, does it maintain its frequency?

I have a question about the Pathfinder alchemist's Poison Conversion discovery. By spending 1 minute, the alchemist can convert 1 dose of poison from its current type (contact, ingested, inhaled, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Player-driven versus GM-driven mechanics in Pathfinder

According to some people: Players shouldn't state the skill they want to use for a given situation, they should state their intentions. As the Game Master, you know how that intended action can be ...
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As DM, what should I do when players roll perception where there is nothing to be found?

I had my first session as Dungeon Master (DM) yesterday playing pathfinder ("First Steps In Lore" from the "Pathfinder Society" series) with a group of first-time tabletop RPG players (myself ...
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Can I throw a weapon and then shoot a bow in a single full attack?

If I have a light hammer in one hand and a bow in the other, can I throw the hammer and then fire the bow as part of a full attack action?
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What happens if a Summoner's Eidolon is sent 100 years into the future?

Halfling Summoner lvl 9 in Pathfinder, with a big problem. GM "killed" my Eidolon the only way he knew how: send it into the future a hundred years. It was planar locked, so when it got knocked out, ...
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Conditions of readied actions

The fighter archetype, Crossbowman, has abilities called deadshot and greater deadshot. These abilities give bonus damage on crossbow attacks that come from readied actions. This gave me an ...
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Can One Cast Spells Through an Energy Wall?

From my understanding, a spell caster can not cast spells through a solid object. I was wondering if this means that spell casters won't be able to cast through Energy Wall, a sheet of energy formed ...
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What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body?

What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body? Is it 1,500 or 1,500 + 21,500? I ask because the Golem Manual says The cost of the book does not include the cost of constructing the golem's body. Once ...
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Do spell targets know they were targeted?

Assuming a target of a Pathfinder spell did not see/hear/notice a caster casting the spell, do they know/feel they were targeted? Is it relevant if the spell worked or not, if a save was involved ...
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Critical combat maneuver?

When you attempt to perform a combat maneuver, make an attack roll and add your CMB in place of your normal attack bonus. Combat maneuvers are apparently attacks, and rolls made to attempt a ...
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Are risks of non-combat death exciting or just frustrating and discouraging? [closed]

I'm a brand-new DM (haven't had my first session yet but it is approaching) so I'm reading up about all DMing-related topics. I'm about to play Pathfinder. My question is about PCs having a risk of ...
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How can I gain more uses of a specific natural attack (or pair of natural attacks) in a turn?

I'm building around using the 3.5 Eldritch Claws* feat for my Warlock, which count as a pair of natural attacks added to the damage your Unarmed Attack deals. I would like to gain more attacks with ...
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Can a slowed or staggered character take a 5-ft step?

Both Slow spell and staggered condition restrict characters to a single standard or move action per round. Pathfinder seems more precise, explicitly adding to staggered condition (which is, in ...
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What is the natural lifespan of an animal companion?

Specifically, for those animal companions that have real life counterparts (wolves, camels, whatever) is the expected lifespan meant to be the same? In the case of a wolf, google tells me that wolves ...
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What happens to the other planes when the Material Plane get destroyed or disappears?

I have read up about Planes, about the Great Beyond, basically the whole of http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/environment/the-planes and http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Inner_Sphere I was ...
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Can You Plane Shift to a Plane You Never Visited?

I was wondering if you can plane shift to a plane you never visited since you seem to need to specify a destination?
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When you gain equal SR from two sources, how does the “overlap” ruling work?

Spell resistance does not stack, but rather overlaps. Spell Resistance on the PFSRD. Does that mean that one overcomes the other (you only have one spell resistance even if both are equal, ...
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How do vision penalties work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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AoE effects with targets on top of each other

We've got a situation where a pit created by Create Pit is filled by ogres. Our witch decided to cast an Ice Storm on top of the pit. Should the damage hit the ogres in the bottom of the pit or are ...
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An alchemist without spells? [closed]

One of my players asked if there is any way to replace the alchemist's spell list with a different class feature. They want an "alchemist without spellcasting." So, is there any possibility of a ...
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Ship's Mage build (wind/water/weather themed caster) [closed]

I'm looking for some help with a character build for an upcoming pirate-themed Pathfinder game, which will probably run using the 'Epic 6th' rules. I'm looking for suggestions to help ensure that the ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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Class level vs. Character level vs. “my” level

Forgive me for not being good at game terminology, but there is one concept that I simply have been unable to fully grasp after reading the core rulebook. In the book, there are mentions of Character ...
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How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?

In D&D 3rd Edition, 3.5 Edition, and even Pathfinder, it is ridiculously easy as a player to purposely or inadvertently break the skill system, especially with Diplomacy. For example: A level 5 ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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Can I stick darkness on an enemy with an arrow?

What happens if I cast darkness on an arrow and then shoot an enemy with it? Assuming it hits, does the effect stay with the person who was shot? Does the arrow stick into the target, or does it ...
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Amount of Ability Score on level up in Pathfinder?

First of all, I'm really new to RPGs, and I cannot find in the core rules or online how many ability score to give a character at level 4,8,12,16,20. The manual says "and possibly an ability score ...
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What feats should I take with my Constructor Psion?

I've been playing a Metacreativity (Constructor) Psion for a few months, and I'm worried that my feat selection is not very good. I've been told by multiple sources that some of the feats that I've ...
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". ...
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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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If you are a Half-Giant Brawler, what size are your fists for damage?

I have a friend setting up this character, and we were not sure, since Half-Giants can use weapons upto one size larger.
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What's with the Bloodrager's underwhelming spell list?

I noticed the Bloodrager spell list is unusually small, to the point of offering fewer spells than what the bloodrager is expected to learn through class levels. For example, the bloodrager is ...
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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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What is a decently-powerful, thematically-infernal spell to replace Protection from Good?

I'm making a Bloodrager(infernal)/Sorcerer(draconic). A devil planted a seed of darkness in the boy's soul and as an adult he has to learn to fight and control it. House rules allow two bloodlines. ...
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Does the Ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana heal when you cast a spell or when deal damage?

The ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana states, "Whenever you cast a spell of the necromancy school that deals hit point damage, you are healed of 1 hit point per spell level." Does this happen when you ...
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Legendary Items in Pathfinder Hero Lab Editor

My DM has introduced Legendary Items that provide different perks as the character levels up. I'm trying to re-create those items using the Hero Lab Editor but I'm a bit iffy when it comes to ...
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Two ships passing in the night, how to prevent hostilities?

I'm running my players through a modified version of Serpents Skull - Racing into Ruin, which has them leading a caravan/barge upriver. The scenario is a race with a rival party doing the same, which ...
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How to make a weapon 'extendable', as with the Dorn-Dergar?

I'm building a Tiefling Magus (Fiendflayer/Kensai) for an upcoming campaign. Level: 4 All of the stats are already adjusted for my racial stat bonus's. Str: 6 Dex: 13 Con: 16 Int: 14 Wis: 15 Cha: ...
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Does Pathfinder have the character imbalance problem that D&D 3.X has?

Many agree that D&D 3.X has a tier "problem" (or system or classification, depending upon your preference). I enjoy the basic rule set of 3.X but have a hard time having fun with a system that is ...
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Must a magic tattoo's slot match the slot of the base item?

Based on the Inscribe Magical Tattoo item creation feat's description, it seems like one should be able to make almost any normal magic item into a tattoo equivalent simply by doubling the cost. ...
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How do Path of War stances work out of combat?

In Dreamscarred Press's Path of War (a 3rd Party supplement to Pathfinder), it's unclear to me what can('t) be done out of combat, especially with regard to stances. Lines like this (from System ...
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Do bloodragers have to be “Barbarians”?

I know this seems a stupid question, but I mean it as this Barbarian |bärˈbe(ə)rēən| noun (in ancient times) a member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations ...
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Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?

When using the Aid Another action, does it break invisibility? I'm inclined to say no, because you're not actually attacking a creature, you're making an attack roll against a flat AC of 10. Aid ...