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

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At what point are weapons and items carried for quick access too much?

I know in the game you can carry whatever you want as long as you have the str to do so. After dealing with one of my players trying to quick draw a grappling hook I started to wonder about how people ...
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Can you see areas outside from inside an area of Darkness? [duplicate]

Lets say you're in an area of dim light (20% miss chance). You get in combat with some archers, and so cast Darkness on your weapon/holy symbol. This lowers the light in a 20ft radius, in this case to ...
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What's the difference between a ranged touch attack and a ray?

I'm looking at various spells like Ray of Exhaustion that have effect:Ray and you make a ranged touch attack with the ray. I'm also looking at spells like Mark of the Reptile God and Reach enhanced ...
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How to run a campaign for intelligent players with idiot PCs?

I've just started a pathfinder campaign, and all of the players have taken intelligence as their dump stat. This is causing problems, because usually I depend on knowledge checks to determine what ...
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Freedom of Movement and its interpretation

I was reading Freedom of Movement and I have a question about how its worded, specifically the line that follows: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist ...
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What's the most effective way to maximize skills as a character of any class?

I feel like Pathfinder skills are very compact when compared to 3.5 skills, as a result that makes each individual skill point worth more than each individual point in 3.5, due to combining some ...
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Can a Sin Eater eat sins from something they did not kill?

Based on a related question, where Eat Sin was quoted, I noticed something rather... strange. Eat Sin (Sp) At 1st level, as a free action, when the sin eater inquisitor kills an enemy, she ...
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What does the Benefit of Catfolk Exemplar mean?

I am helping a player to construct a catfolk and we have a question about Catfolk Exemplar. d20pfsrd reads, Prerequisite: Catfolk. Benefit: You can take the Aspect of the Beast feat even if ...
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How to play a high level character concept from level 1 [closed]

One way to form a character concept is to sketch out what they're like at the start of the adventure, and then let the adventure shape the player as time goes on. That is certainly a valid way to do ...
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Are Familiars considered Magical for effects like Detect Magic?

Recently a situation came up in one of my games where an animal was acting unusually intelligent so one of the Player characters cast Detect Magic to identify whether or not the creature was of ...
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How viable is a party of only arcane casters?

I had a campaign story idea where the PCs were students at a prestigious magic university undergoing training to become guild-registered adventurers, with the caveat then that players could only ...
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Do Overhand Chop and Backswing never work together?

The Two-Handed Fighter advanced core class (in the Advanced Players Guide) gives two abilities (Overhand Chop and Backswing) that seem like they should overlap, but I'm not sure they do. Am I ...
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Can the Suit Seeker Inquisitor Archetype and the Sin Eater Inquisitor Archetype be used at the same time?

I'm interested in building an Inquisitor with the Suit Seeker and Sin Eater archetypes. I know you cannot take two archetypes that replace the same class feature. From the Suit Seeker archetype: ...
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Human Sorcerer, Merfolk sorcerer, and Favored Class Bonuses; and is there any way to get access to the Human Class Bonus while being a non-human?

Alright so this is going to be a long winded thing so here we go. I'm going to be starting in a Pathfinder game and I'm going to be participating as a member of the group as a Merfolk Sorcerer. I've ...
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Nonlethal damage up to max HP instead of current HP, as feat or item?

I am playing a Kineticist from the Occult Adventures Playtest, and am looking for a specific effect to help with the Burn class feature: the ability to take nonlethal damage up to my maximum HP, ...
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Can you fail checks made to escape a grapple while under the effects of Freedom of Movement?

Freedom of Movement: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist checks made to escape a grapple or a pin. Does this mean that you are not required to ...
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Stunning Fist in a 1 vs. 1; is the stun only for the target's turn?

Stunning Fist states: A defender who fails this saving throw is stunned for 1 round (until just before your next turn). So, in a 1 vs. 1 battle, and assuming you went 1st in initiative and using ...
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Silent Image in Combat

Say I stick an illusion of a bucket on 5 goblin's heads with Silent Image + pass off concentration to the familiar (through some feat) who moves it along with them. Assuming they try to touch the ...
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What are the two weapon fighting penalties for a Large creature with the Lighten Weapon feat?

I have a Strix, a size Large creature, who wields a bastard sword in his main hand and a long sword in his off-hand. He has the two weapon fighting feat, Strength 20, and Dex 23. Do these weapons ...
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Can “Symbol of” spells be thrown at enemies?

The "Symbol of" line of spells (starting at Symbol of Death) state that "You can't use a symbol of [whatever] offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of [whatever] remains untriggered ...
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Can my one-handed or hook-handed ex-pirate use Dervish Dance?

So I'm making a character for a pathfinder game and I'm wanting to give her Dervish Dance, but there are a few questions I have about the feat. First of all, Dervish Dance says, "You cannot use this ...
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Extending Coven to affect class level instead of just caster level for scaling effects

The Coven hex allows you to use an 'aid another' action to increase the caster level of the other witch for one round, In addition, whenever the witch with this hex is within 30 feet of another ...
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Where can I get miniatures of The Four Horsemen of Apocalyse?

I have looked a lot online but I am reaching the end of my search. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy miniatures of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — ideally resembling the Pathfinder ...
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What are some good items/equipment to consider for a ranged disarm character?

I currently have a level 12 character (5monk, 5rogue, 2fighter) who specializes in disarming (ranged and melee) and improvised weapon fighting. I am curious if there is any equipment that would help a ...
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Do flaming weapons with the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage on trip attempts?

Do flaming (and other elemental damage) weapons that have the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage when they are used in a trip attack and hit successfully?
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How many Shapechanged Familiar Dragons can I have at once?

As per this question, certain classes can indeed have multiple Animal Companions or Familiars able to share spells. I want to know what the theoretical limit of this would be. A Druid19/Wiz1 would ...
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Can an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with Returning?

Can a melee weapon that is being used as an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with the returning property? The returning property seems to state that if a weapon can be thrown, it's eligible ...
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Throwing a weapon as an improvised weapon

In Pathfinder, if a weapon is thrown by a character at a target, does it become an improvised thrown weapon? For example purposes, the character in question is a Barbarian with the feat Throw ...
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Do flaming, etc. weapon properties deal their extra damage just on contact?

Some magic weapons have special abilities such as flaming, where it does extra damage on a hit. Since it's elemental damage, would just the extra damage be dealt on contact? For example, would an ...
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How many attacks does Spell Strike apply to when making a Full Attack?

I was reading the Magus class and using the spell strike class ability it lets you channel a touch spell with your melee weapon. If there is a spell which meets the requirements could it be applied to ...
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Why can't a Dispelling bow apply Dispel to its arrow?

I was recently building an archer character and was looking at weapon/arrow properties that would be helpful. Dispelling(/burst) were some very attractive choices until I looked closer. My first ...
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Magus using arcane pool to get vorpal

I was reading up on the Magus class and I have some conflicts about how the Arcane Pool ability is used. At 1st level, a magus can expend 1 point from his arcane pool as a swift action to grant ...
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What level of interactibility does the Summon natural allies spell grant over summons that can speak? [duplicate]

I play a Gnome Alchemist with the Preservationist archetype. In my formulae I have Summon nature's allies (I, II, IV and so on...), which allows me to summon creatures to help me do things (fight, and ...
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Shapechanging Familiars/Animal Companions/Etc via Share Spells

I had the idea for a character with several familiars/companions who will follow him around, and then once level 9 spells are available, with use of the Share-Spells special ability, create a mass of ...
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Using quick draw with a grappling hook?

I was running a game and one of my players (a brawler) was going to have troubles getting over a wall so they wanted to get their grappling hook out. They wanted to use quick draw to get it out, but ...
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Can a wizard's bonded object be a sheathed weapon?

In Pathfinder, wizards are often required to have a bonded item which is in the form of a amulet, ring, staff, wand or weapon. I was reading a guide to wizards which lamented about the loss of the ...
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Helping monks overcome non-synergy class abilities [closed]

So most people agree that in Pathfinder the monk suffers in many ways, most commonly MAD and abilities that dont exactly work together, such as their fast movement and flurry of blows. To help the ...
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Arcane Archer “within range”

I was reading the arcane archer class because of another post, and while reading the abilities it kept referring to using them "within range". How do they define within range? Clearly the weapon focus ...
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Why are raining arrows listed under alchemy?

I was looking at the pathfinder craft alchemy skill and I have to ask, why are arrow, raining (or raining arrows) listed there? Their loaded with holy water which to my knowledge isnt an alchemy ...
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How often can Intimidating Glare be used?

The Intimidating Glare Barbarian Power does not note that there is a restriction about how often you can use the ability. As far as I understood, rage powers can only be used while in rage, but if the ...
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How long does setting up a portable lab take?

How long should it take to set up/take down a portable alchemy lab? My players are in the middle of a city combat, and they have just suffered a poison attack, and the alchemist logically wants to ...
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Alchemist identifying a poison

Back story I have an alchemist in my group. They recently faced zombies who had gas canisters which started releasing a inhaled poison when they got up off the ground, this gas attack would go for 3 ...
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How could one defeat a pervasive antimagic field?

There is a campaign I'm in that, though I'm pretty much done and ready to bail on it, has inspired a thought experiment. Long story short, we got railroaded hard into being gladiators. We have had ...
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What does a confused creature do when it has to “attack the nearest creature”?

I ran an encounter and during it several characters ended up getting confused by the result of a poison. When they rolled in the 75-100 range, forcing them to "attack the nearest creature", a few ...
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How do I make character making easier for new players?

Whenever I need a player to make a character, usually above level one (e.g. TPK) they usually miss more details than I can manage, sometimes the player takes a terrible spell on his spells known, and ...
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Can a Druid cast stone shape to trap an enemy?

One of the players was playing a Druid and they cast stone shape. Their goal was to have the stone trap an enemy by making a box around them. I jumped to the spell description to see exactly what it ...
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The Creation of Magical items and the increase of DC

In my Campaign a question is consistently brought up: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be created. Most of the ...
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Do spellcasters need to know a spell to use a magic device?

This question came up amongst my group when, in a Pathfinder game, the Wizard acquired a wand of fireballs but does not actually know the spell fireball. Does he actually need to have fireball ...
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How does the Shot on the Run feat work with a rogue's stealth skill?

Specifically, the Fast Stealth rogue talent. In the core rulebook, it says it is impossible to use stealth while attacking, and that generally stealth checks are made during movement. I want to know ...
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What races would the drow be using as slaves?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path under Pathfinder rules. I have had to make many changes in the 3rd book to have a more balanced game, partly because my party size is 8 people. I own ...