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

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How specific does the weapon choice have to be when picking the Weapon Focus feat?

I'm wondering how specific the choice of the weapon has to be when a PC picks the Weapon Focus feat. I assume the same is true for Weapon Specialization. For example; Could a PC take Weapon Focus: ...
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More Optimized Warblade Build (3.P)

So, I have these two Warblade builds, and I'm trying to decide which one to take. The second of these builds is more theoretical because I didn't know about the Legacy Champion until rather recently. ...
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How can a Paladin be converted into an Anti-Paladin?

I'm the GM of a group where one PC (a greedy dwarf fighter) recently died. The player chose a new character, a human paladin. The player is new at roleplaying and after two sessions playing the ...
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Attack of Opportunity & spell casting

I'm a little stumped with this. Example, casting a spell, 1 standard action provokes attack of opportunity. The enemy is allowed a single melee attack. So, each time the wizard casts a spell, ...
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How to design and determine CR of a respawning horde encounter?

I wish to design an encounter where players must reach a place or press a kind of switch while waves of enemies attack them. Enemies should continue respawning as players pursue their objective. The ...
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Using step up feat on moving npc

I'm playing pathfinder with the core rulebook only for my campaign. I wanted to take the step up feat for my monk, and I was wondering if it applies to every movement like a full movement/withdraw or ...
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How do Permanent Ability boosts interact with other items/spells that increase that ability

The exact example I am using is a Headband of Vast Intelligence and the spell Fox's Cunning and the headband and Crimson Sphere Ioun Stone Both combinations grant an enhancement bonus thus normally ...
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Fighting in the dark

When a PC is fighting in the dark and rolls a natural 20 is there still a 50% chance of a miss? The rules say the following about fighting in the dark: All opponents have total concealment from a ...
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When playing a magus do you add any modifier to spell damage

Ok so I am a little new to playing a magus and was wondering if you added anything to the damage rolls of his spells or if the only way to increase the spells damage is through arcanas or by leveling ...
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Any good steampunk material for d20?

The DM of my current Friday night game is running a steampunk-setting, using the Pathfinder rules system. We have two artificers in the party, but my feeling is that all of our material is fantasy and ...
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Does untyped damage overcome all DR?

According to a Pathfinder designer, untyped damage overcomes all DR. The comments are recorded in the last entry in this d20pfsrd FAQ section (just before "Blink and Mirror Image (4/22/10)") and comes ...
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How does damage reduction work with falling damage?

Specifically, does a damage reduction reduce the damage from each dice of falling damage or from the total? If it is the former, does this combination worth less than 2000 gp make me immune to ...
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Wanting to play d&d but have no clue [duplicate]

So I've been highly interested in D&D through watching streams of it but unfortunately no one plays D&D anywhere close to me. I don't have a clue on how to make characters etc. So if anyone ...
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Does DR apply to damage from Diehard?

You can take a move action without further injuring yourself, but if you perform any standard action (or any other action deemed as strenuous, including some swift actions, such as casting a ...
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Does Rope Trick move relatively?

Whilst thinking about this question I wondered if rope trick space is tied to where it is located in relative physical space for the plane it's on (after all, quite possibly if it's on a planet it's ...
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In Pathfinder, how are scroll creation costs calculated?

The Pathfinder SRD states that "The cost to create a scroll is half the base price." But it also says that "a character needs a supply of choice writing materials, the cost of which is subsumed in ...
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How to effectively protect a VIP in the streets?

A diplomat of a foreign country resides in the current city. Now he wants to go from the townhall to some event a couple of blocks down the street. How would you protect him, in case a group of highly ...
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If a spell gives an enhancement bonus to an attribute, does that affect the base attribute or the modifier?

For example, Cat's Grace gives a +4 bonus to Dexterity. Would that translate to a +4 for all dexterity checks or a +4 to the base attribute and therefore only a +2 to the skill checks?
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Holy brawler for Wrath of the Righteous

I was putting together an unarmed type for an upcoming Wrath of the Righteous campaign. I wanted to see if there was anything significantly wrong with the Champion of Irori character I'm creating. ...
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Do you still roll a saving throw against effects that your character is immune to?

This question deals explicitly in how the mechanics of Pathfinder functions and not in how I should resolve this at the table; in Pathfinder, if a character is immune to an effect and then targeted by ...
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Trivial Knowledge vs Kirin Path

I'm trying to make an optimized factotum build for a 3.P game, and I'm trying to decide on whether to take the Trivial Knowledge or Kirin's Path feat. I can not find any threads out on the Internet ...
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Does Haunting Mists deal Wisdom damage once, or repeatedly?

Haunting Mists is a 2nd level spell for Wizards, Sorcerers, Bards and Witches. It seems a pretty nice spell, with some good effects. The spell does some Wisdom damage, however, and I am unsure on how ...
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How relatively strong is a character of a given level

I'm new to DMing and writing my own campaign, and I've only played Pathfinder once with a group of other new players. I was wondering how "powerful" of something level X (in terms of character level) ...
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Rewarding a PC who educates himself?

One of the PCs in the group I am hosting likes to read books about various arcana stuff in the library of the city at night. (He only needs to sleep for 2 hours.) Should I reward the PC somehow with ...
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What factors contribute to the claim that reality is limited to levels 6 and below? [closed]

Sometimes the argument's made that a level 6 (or lower!) human is the best reality can produce. For example, in this question's Comments... a link was provided to this Paizo forums thread which ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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Feats for choosing two physical Skills as Class Skills

Thanks to the cosmopolitan feat it is possible to choose two mental based (using int, wis & cha) skills as class skills. However, I can't find a feat that allows the same for physical skills ...
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What happens when an Inquisitor's alignment changes?

According to the rules: An inquisitor’s alignment must be within one step of her deity’s, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. So what happens when the alignment of an ...
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How should I build my Oracle character?

I have been playing table-top for about 13 years now. I am most experienced with the World of Darkness games and system and have a passing acquaintance with D&D 4.0. My group and I have only ...
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Pathfinder Spark of Creation and Hedge Magician discounts

The Traits Spark of Creation and Hedge Magician each grant a 5% discount to magic item crafting. Would this discount apply to the adjusted price or the original price? For example if I was crafting ...
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How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?

I hear that full casters are considered the best in pathfinder, but a lot of campaigns that I seem to play in never make it past level 5 or 6. I'd like to play wizard, but right as I'm about to become ...
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unsettling cold rage feature in 3.5 or PF

I've seen something in some Oriental Samurai-ish supplementary book. @Edit: It was a Musashi's L5A adaptation from sword & sorcery I think, where I saw it. Something like dead eyes. My idea is to ...
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AoOs against the same enemy on his turn?

I had this question: Attacks of Opportunity from moving within a threatened area? So, if an enemy goes from one threatened square to another one threatened by the same guy twice, and the area ...
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Gunslinger's Dodge and Dropping Prone

A gunslinger in my party was targeted by a ranged attack, and in response, he used a grit point to activate Gunslinger's Dodge to drop prone. The description for this action is as follows: ...
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Creating custom preparation rituals and boons for Pathfinder

Ultimate Magic has a section describing several pre-built spellbooks that PCs may use and some of them include preparation rituals. These rituals grant a boon to the caster if a minimum number of ...
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Do Natural Weapons count as Unarmed Attacks?

I have a barbarian who has 2 natural claw attacks. Do these attacks count as Unarmed or is there a difference between the two? I'm asking because I'm considering giving him the Improved Unarmed ...
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Pathfinder Improved familiar bonuses?

I was looking at the list of familiars you can obtain with the Improved Familiar feat when I noticed none of them had a stat bonus like the normal familiars did.(Example: The Cat familiar grants ...
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If the weapon for divine bond is already magic, can a paladin add Keen to it at 5th level?

The rules for Divine Bond, state: At 5th level, this spirit grants the weapon a +1 enhancement bonus. It then goes on: For every three levels beyond 5th, the weapon gains another +1 ...
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How many times can a paladin use Lay on Hands per day?

The rules for Lay on Hands state that: Each day she can use this ability a number of times equal to 1/2 her paladin level plus her Charisma modifier. If the paladin's charisma score is 18, this ...
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What is the caster level of a wondrous item's effects?

This is probably going to be a noob question but I can't find the answer in the core rule book. With the wondrous item Hat of Disguise. It says you can cast the alter self spell and lasts for ...
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How much strength-based damage does a Quadruped eidolon's add to a bite attack?

Specifically, does a Quadruped eidolon add its STR, or 1.5*STR on its bite attacks? Assume for the sake of this question that the eidolon has at least one other natural attack and that it's not using ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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Does the number of unarmed strikes increase with BAB or limbs?

When performing an unarmed strike, does a PC get more strikes based on their limbs? i.e. punching with both hands, knees, headbutt, etc. Or does the PC get more unarmed strikes based on the BAB? ...
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How large would a Strix's wingspan be?

I'm kind of enamoured with the Strix race from the Pathfinder book, Advanced Races and I'm trying to figure out how large an average male's wing span would be. I think using Warren Worthington III as ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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How to communicate with your summons?

The Summon Monster spell mentions: If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. In that situation, what ...
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Is a Hellknight honor bound to challenge a Paladin to a duel?

I'm looking to run the Emerald Spire Superdungeon soon and thinking about the initial location of Fort Inevitable. The town is controlled by a Lawful Evil group of the Hellknights. As a result, I ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Creation Limits

The rules for Upgrading Magic Items states that you can add new abilities to your items by paying 50% more gold. It does not put any limit to how many abilities you can add to items such as wondrous ...
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How can the Relationship of Golarion Inhabitants to Deities be described?

While playing in Golarion I realized that most of the other PCs created their stories in a way that they distrust or even hate deities. As a paladin this is quite hard and I started asking myself how ...
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How do I include their character bio without controlling their past?

I am about three months real time (about 4 years game time) into the campaign and they have completed the main quest line. They are really enjoying the new side quests I have for them, and the world ...