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

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Use-activated magic items and determining their action cost

I was reading the rules for Using Magic Items and there is a part which just isnt clear to me in how it works. 2nd last paragraph, just before size and magic items: Unless stated otherwise, ...
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How to optimize initiative?

I want to make initiative the highest possible for a level 1 character in Pathfinder. Here's what I got: +5 DEX 20 (18 plus race) +4 Improved Initiative (feat) +4 Familiar (compy or scorpion) +2 ...
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Where are costs for weapons listed in the Beginner Box?

Just got the box and are we are making characters and have gotten to equipment, the weapons have no costs in the book (unlike equipment and armor). Does that mean the character should just pick their ...
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Magic Item Creation and round usages rules instead of duration

How does one go about creating a magic item with a usage of rounds per day like boots of speed? I havent been able to locate any magic item creation rules which talks about this, but it makes me ...
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pathfinder perception stacking

A rogue elf gets a +2 to perception in the misc box for his racial ability. A rogue has perception as a class skill, if she puts 1 skill point in it at level 1, she should get +3 in the misc box? do ...
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Does the prehensile hair hex raise your carrying load for the purposes of the flight spell?

One of players is a Witch with the prehensile hair hex, and during a recent session she used the flight spell in conjunction with this hex to rescue the party from a flash flood in a deep ravine. When ...
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What is the logic behind the interactions of positive and negative energy? [closed]

Positive and negative energy have a rather idiosyncratic relationship. While ostensibly opposites, creatures and spells that make use of these energies interact in ways that do not seem to follow a ...
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Does Crafter's Fortune negate Pugwampi Unluck?

The Pugwampi's Unluck Aura reads: A pugwampi radiates an aura of unluck to a radius of 20 feet. Any creature in this area must roll two d20s whenever a situation calls for a d20 roll (such as an ...
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How do a gremlin's unluck aura and Perfect Strike interact?

The benefit of the feat Perfect Strike says You can roll your attack roll twice and take the higher result. If one of these rolls is a critical threat, the other roll is used as your confirmation ...
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How much does “a tapestry of vile acts” weigh and cost?

A random generator has stated that 'a tapestry of vile acts' exists in a dungeon corridor and one of my players decided to take it down because "I'm modest and I don't think we should have to look at ...
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Languages and the Linguistics skill in Pathfinder

I'm running an Eberron campaign using the Pathfinder system. Suppose a character has several bonus languages from character creation. She is able to read and speak this language, per the Core ...
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Can non-masterwork or magic weapons be affected by special quality bestowing abilities?

According to Magic weapon special abilities, a weapon requires at least a +1 enhancement bonus. Does this mean a good domain cleric's 8th level ability, or any other ability that bestows a magic ...
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Is there a comprehensive list of languages?

Is there a more comprehensive list of basic non-Golarian languages in Pathfinder than the one found in the Linguistics skill's description?
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Can Good Domain clerics bestow negative levels?

According to the good domain in PFSRD, an 8th level cleric can bestow a weapon with the special weapon quality, 'holy' Holy Lance (Su): At 8th level, you can give a weapon you touch the holy ...
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Full Turn Attacks, Two Weapon Fighting, and Path of War questions

Okay, I have a few questions about how exactly things stack and what happens. I'm new to Pathfinder and so is pretty much everyone else playing. The GM has played a little before but isn't an expert. ...
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How can I GM a deal with the devil without a law degree and without reducing it to just a roll?

The players in my campaign want to go up against a noble family that's been dealing with a particularly high ranking contract devil. When they reach him, I want to be ready to offer them a deal, and ...
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How does zen archer monk trick shot work?

At 11th level a Zen Archer Monk gains the trick shot ability and I would like to understand how it fully works. At 11th level, a zen archer may hit targets that he might otherwise miss. By ...
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Can a Helmet Provide an AC Bonus to a Beheaded Familiar?

Background I recently gained a Beheaded Familiar with the Improved Familiar feat. Since it has a slam attack, and is tiny, it would provoke attacks of opportunity to attack with said slam attack. ...
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Resonant powers for occultists who take the same implement twice

Under the Implements class ability for Occultists, it says the following: An occultist can select an implement school more than once in order to learn additional spells from the associated school. ...
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What is the reason for introducing the rule for Attacks of Opportunity in D&D?

The Attacks of Opportunity are an important part in D&D and spinoffs of the game like Pathfinder. What does this rule do for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was ...
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What overcomes “DR 15/cold iron and magic”?

A friend showed me a wendigo and there was something in its entry that left me confused. DR 15/cold iron and magic; Now to overcome the DR / Magic could be done by any magic weapon or spell as ...
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Is it possible to damage objects with Explosive Missile and Demolition Charge combined?

My character is a Bomber, an archetype of Rogue that uses Bombs like Alchemists instead of Sneak Attack, and that is better than the Alchemist at blowing stuff up. The Explosive Missile discovery ...
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Nature vs nuture: How much of a race's abilities and stats are genetics vs. upbringing? [closed]

If a person of X race were raised in Y (different) race's culture, would they "pick up" the stat bonuses, penalties and racial abilities of Y race? If so, how would one determine which bonuses, ...
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Are targets aware if they are being hexed? [duplicate]

If a creature is the target of a witch hex, such as Evil Eye, Slumber, or Charm, are they aware that they have been targeted? Would they be able to determine who hexed them? Does it matter if the ...
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What types of bonuses and penalties to a creature's land speed affect its climbing and swimming speed?

This question is about creatures that don't have a special climb speed or swim speed, what is the case for most playable races. The general rule is to make a climb/swim check and move at quarter/half ...
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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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Does a Cavalier from the Order of the Dragon receives the benefit from his 'Order Challenge'?

The Order of the Dragon Cavalier gets a Challenge that benefits "allies": Challenge: Whenever an order of the dragon cavalier issues a challenge, his allies receive a +1 circumstance bonus on ...
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Can a metamagic cost reduction be applied to Heighten Spell?

Since Heighten Spell actually increases the level of the spell, can it's metamagic level adjustment be reduced by traits like Magical Lineage or feats like Spell Perfection?
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How does uses of Channel Energy work for a multiclass Cleric/Paladin?

I have a Cleric/Paladin and, at the next level, my paladin should be able to use Channel Energy. On the paladin's page, it says that A paladin uses her level as her effective cleric level when ...
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Sleeping familiars

How do familiars and sleep work? If the familiar never goes into combat does it matter if it is fatigued? Can a character who has a familiar put it on watch at night? (Can a familiar sleep all day ...
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Can someone leave the Hellknights and keep their prestige class?

I don't see anything listed in either the Hellknight Commander's or Enforcer's description that says they lose abilities if they are no longer allied with the Hellknights in general, so I'd like to ...
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What overcomes the DR granted by Fighter Armor Mastery?

Armor Mastery (Ex): At 19th level, a fighter gains Damage Reduction 5/— whenever he is wearing armor or using a shield. What overcomes this Damage Reduction? Nothing? playing Pathfinder
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How does the Sorcerer archetype Eldritch Scrapper interact with Robe of Arcane Heritage?

The Eldritch Scrapper replaces the 1st, 9th and 15th level bloodline powers. If a level 8 Eldritch Scrapper puts on a Robe of Arcane Heritage, what will happen? So far, me and my friend have sussed ...
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Is it bad to be a “rules lawyer” as a GM? [closed]

For context: I started playing with some friends over a table-top simulator online a while back. As it turns out, I have a couple friends who find my citing of my chosen campaign setting (Forgotten ...
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Can an Explosive Missile be aimed at the ground for splash damage?

The Explosive Missile discovery explains clearly that the missile doesn't detonate if it misses (and if I understand correctly, this cannot work as a touch attack unless you use a firearm at close ...
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Difference between Pathfinder organized and core

I play Pathfinder with a group, but I've never played it a con. I'm taking my daughter to Origins this year, and we need to build characters for the Pathfinder society. What's the difference between ...
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How can I convince my GM to add strength/dex modifiers to damage rolls?

A friend of mine is GMing a group that I am in. He has played once before but is a first time GM, and we are all first time players. While reading about combat after our first session, I learned that ...
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Increasing the range of an extraordinary ability-granted Blindsight

My character is a Level 5 Rogue, who is blind, and for reasons has blindsight out to 40 feet as an extraordinary ability. This doesn't come from an item or feat. Is there a way to increase the range ...
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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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Protecting Ioun Stones from theft and damage

As the better examples of Ioun Stones tend to be expensive, I was wondering about the ways you could prevent them from being stolen via the CM steal, or by attacks. Ioun Stones Ioun stones have ...
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How do I prevent a character from being resurrected?

I'm part of a team of level 20 characters (5 players total). I am a Shadow Dancer 10 / Investigator 10. Our party is in a war, and I am a spy within the group. I am planning to betray them. The ...
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What actions can you take when disabled or staggered mid-action?

For example, a character starts a full attack, and the first attack provokes, and the character takes damage, such that the total is equal to their hit points (they are now at 0 and disabled, or ...
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Enhancement value to hp for magic weapons and armor, does it end at +5 or go upto +10 equivalent?

I have been working on a weapon plan for as my character develops and so I have been examining the rules concerning weapons. I got to a point where I am not sure how the rules work. It has to do with ...
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Making changes to the base weapon of a magic weapon

How able are you to modify a weapon after it has been created? When it comes to magical abilities that use up the enhancement bonus, you are only able to ADD to the existing item. You are unable to ...
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Object Hit Points and size changes

I have a large composite long bow. As stated in the damaging objects rules, it has a hardness of 5 and hit points of 10 (medium would have 5). Now, when I am holding the bow and under the effects of ...
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When does Fighting Defensively activate?

Let's say that I'm about to fight some monster. We both roll Initiative, and the monster wins. It can reach me and hit me on its turn. Can I declare that I'm Fighting Defensively right away (and incur ...
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Does a composite longbow str bonus stack with adaptive?

I have a question about different weapon things and if they stack for their bonus. A composite bow +x A composite longbow can be made with a high strength rating to take advantage of an above-...
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Does verbal communication negate invisibility's advantage? If not, does it give enemies more of a chance at hitting the invisible character?

Let's say you have an invisible character who shouts a warning to one of their teammates to alert him/ her that they're in danger. Does that automatically pinpoint the invisible character? If not an ...
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What good is Adamantine for arrows aside from sundering?

In what scenario, aside from a ranged sunder Combat Maneuver, would having an adamantine arrow be useful? Weapons fashioned from adamantine have a natural ability to bypass hardness when sundering ...
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Break Enchantment v. Feeblemind

Break enchantment's description contains the following: This spell frees victims from enchantments, transmutations, and curses. Break enchantment can reverse even an instantaneous effect. [...] If ...