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Does dispelling with an opposing spell require a check or save?

In Pathfinder there are a few spells that are effectively polar opposites, and as such have the text counters and dispells [opposite]. The rules for counter spell are spelled out fairly well, but I'm ...
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Magus Cast then Move then Attack Legality

I am starting a Magus in a Pathfinder campaign. Assuming a scenario where the Magus of at least 2nd level starts 5 feet away from a enemy. Using the Magus' "Spell Combat" power can I do the following? ...
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Is a summoned tyrannosaurus overpowered?

I'm running my crew through the last book of the Kingmaker series. The players consist of a paladin, rogue, monk, and oracle. When the oracle leveled up to 14 (CL 7), he gained the ability to Summon ...
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Does casting Pyrotechnics for Fireworks break Invisibility?

Does casting Pyrotechnics for fireworks break Invisibility? For example, a caster turns invisible, then casts Pyrotechnics on a burning tree, which forces several creature to roll a saving throw or ...
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How can I cast what can't be cast?

I'm running a Pathfinder campaign with the Eberron 3.5 setting, and I'm often finding that I want my players to be able to use magic in a way that the rules don't allow. For example, a party is in an ...
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Does precision damage effect incorporeal creatures?

Does precision damage effect incorporeal creatures? If so does it effect them fully, or based on how the effect would attack them (50% for magic weapons, and 100% for Ghost Touch weapons)? For ...
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How do I balance Elder Scrolls soul gems with the loot progression?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder game set in Tamriel, the setting of the Elder Scrolls games. A couple of my players are very interested in using soul gems and enchanting. My first instinct was to ...
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What information do creatures passively gain from constant “Detect” spells?

Consider the Night Hag. The Night Hag has "constant detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, and detect magic." However, each spell reveals additional information for each round "you study ...
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What is an Corporeal spell?

The definition of Incorporeal Pathfinder SRD declares An incorporeal creature has no physical body. It can be harmed only by other incorporeal creatures, magic weapons or creatures that strike as ...
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Are there any rules for wrestling / submissions aside from grappling?

I'm DMing a paperless campaign loosely based on the d&d 3.5 ruleset. One of my players wanted to play a wrestler (a la Hulk Hogan). As of now I've been winging it but, even through this particular ...
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Saving Throws against Spells?

I've been playing a character in Pathfinder recently who is a divine spellcaster but does very little damage in combat, so I've been using a lot of debilitating spells (most notably Terrible Remorse) ...
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Magus swinging two handed?

Obviously the Magus class from Utlimate Magic requires one hand free to cast, but is there anything to stop them from attacking two handed in a round when they don't cast?
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Magus casting spells in close combat?

One of the cool things about the Pathfinder Magus class is that you can deliver touch attack spells through your weapon. If you make use of that, do you have to make the concentration check to cast ...
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Item Slots for Animal Companions

Animal companions can have barding and horses in particular have access to magical horseshoes, but are there any rules stopping me from making custom magic items for other possible slots? For ...
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Does being prone affect your Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD)?

When a character is prone, is their CMD penalized?
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Can you take a free action during an immediate action?

Scenario 1: Consider a Stalwart Defender with the following Defensive Power: Intercept (Ex): Once a round as an immediate action, when a melee or ranged weapon would successfully strike an ...
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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?

In a fight, can one wizard take over one of the enemies? Wouldn't it be strange, my new best friend was some seconds before my worst enemy? And if it works, how to handle the rest of the fight? Does ...
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Druid in earth elemental shape and melded into a wall

A druid which is wild-shaped (elemental body) into an earth elemental has the ability "earth glide". I have a couple of questions regarding this: If he's inside of a wall, can he see/hear what's ...
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Really clean character sheet?

Right before 4e came out a friend showed me a 3.5 character sheet that was very clean. The difference between it and pretty much every other character sheet I've been able to find is that it didn't ...
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How does bonus damage from the 'Intense Spells' class ability relate to the 'Fire Shield' spell?

Evocation Wizards in Pathfinder benefit from bonus damage to their offensive spells, but I am wondering how this relates to spells like Fire Shield. Intense Spells (Su): Whenever you cast an ...
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Comprehend Languages vs. Linguistics

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...
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Does reach let you threaten an opponent if there is another opponent between you?

Okay, the following situation came up in a recent game of Pathfinder. Pretend the following are in a straight line, in a standard 5' grid with their bases touching each other. player's summoned ...
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How often can an attack of opportunity be provoked?

If a player moves through multiple squares threatened by a single opponent, does that player provoke in each square he moves through or only the first? I became confused when I saw the wording in the ...
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Advanced rules or suggestions for traps/trapped items?

I'm working on a story concept where the villain is a tinker who is seeking revenge against a noble house, and his M.O. is intricate mechanical traps. The trap rules given are fine for dungeon ...
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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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Can darkvision distinguish visual contrast?

Does darkvision allow a creature to distinguish visual contrast? The rules as written, in both Pathfinder and 3.5e, state simply that "Darkvision is black-and-white only (colors cannot be discerned)." ...
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What is the purpose of slow experience gain in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

Pathfinder Society Organized Play allows players to advance either 1XP or 1/2XP per session. There are no advantages offered by taking the slower XP (experience) gain, so why would someone use this ...
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If I wildshape into an earth elemental, what languages can I speak?

The druid class ability Wildshape says (among other things): A druid loses her ability to speak while in animal form because she is limited to the sounds that a normal, untrained animal can make, ...
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Can a Gelatinous Cube be knocked prone?

Actually, this is a more general form of the question. Can something that cannot be tripped still be knocked prone from an effect which causes it? So, in the Gelatinous Cube Stat block, we have: ...
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Can I create a computer game based on the Pathfinder core rules?

I am sketching out my 2012 programming project, and Im planning to make a classic fantasy RPG game. The world design, plots, characters and all that I can make, but being a avid tabletop role-player, ...
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How many doses of poison does the Craft (alchemy) skill check produce if completed?

I can find no reference in published Pathfinder material to how many doses a completed Craft (alchemy) skill would yield as a result. It seems to me that only 1 dose would be of very limited use ...
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High Level (16-20) Adventures

My party is currently working their way through Castle Whiterock. It's designed to run a D&D 3.5 party from 1st to 15th. We're playing it using Pathfinder rules and are part-way through level 9 ...
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Increasing Save DC for new magic items

Paizo PRD: Magic items produce spells or spell-like effects. For a saving throw against a spell or spell-like effect from a magic item, the DC is 10 + the level of the spell or effect + the ...
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How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?

I am running a sci-fi/fantasy game using Pathfinder. The setting is firearms and future weapons focused. It's also being played on a virtual battle-map with tokens and will be run very tactically. ...
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What can provide immunity to dehydration?

My party is working through Castle Whiterock and we just got clobbered by a group of lions with Goodman Games desiccated template. This template allows for a D6 Con damage on every hit (no save) ...
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What is the AC of a projected image?

If someone tries to hit a shadow created by the Project Image spell, does someone have to roll to hit? If so, does it have a low AC like a Figment, before they roll Will to disbelieve, or does it work ...
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Who can use magic items?

The rules on using magic items are not at all clear to me. Especially the Spell Completion and Spell Trigger activations are confusing. What kind of character (class, level) can use a wand (spell ...
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How do I implement Social Combat into a D&D/D20/Pathfinder game?

One of the coolest parts of White-Wolf games, in my opinion, is that they usually offer the ability for Social Combat to be just as exciting as physical or mental combat. How can I run Social Combat ...
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Using the Magus' Spellstrike with Held Charge

When holding a charge, whether because the initial touch attack missed or was not used, does Spellstrike allow for the use of the Magus' weapon for subsequent attempts? For instance, Casts Shocking ...
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If a multiclass character has two spellcasting classes how many spells do they get?

A few related items that I'm a bit confused by: If a multiclass character has two classes that use the same ability modifier for bonus spells do they get those bonus spells for BOTH classes? (i.e. ...
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What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the Summon Monster spells?

On the Pathfinder SRD the lists as shown currently are, according to what I have read on the Paizo messageboards, not entirely accurate nor are all calculations done correctly for the various ...
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What is the difference between a cleric and an oracle?

I have zero experience with D&D. It was with great reluctance that I agreed to make a character in Pathfinder for a campaign my friend is running. Now, in WoD (and somewhat in Shadowrun) the ...
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Fan Conversions of 3.5 Adventures to Pathfinder

I've recently noticed how cheaply I can get some 3.5 adventures now that everyone has moved to Pathfinder or 4e. I was wondering if there were any collections of fan conversions of them to pathfinder, ...
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Does the ring of force shield provide AC against incorporeal beings?

Incorporeal beings ignoring normal armor and shields. But the ring of force shield provides a force effect. Does that work, as force-effects work on incorporeals?
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Does a ring of force shield occupy the hand wearing it?

Can a character wearing a ring of force shield use two-handed-weapons or make actions that need both hands and keep the shield-bonus, or is the hand occupied as though using a normal shield? I'm ...
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Is the “Shadow Step” spell redundant?

The Ultimate Magic spell shadow step seems to be a watered-down version of the classic dimension door. This seems not only redundant, but odd, as shadow step seems weaker and more restricted than ...
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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 for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was this ...
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Using Pathfinder's variant “Wounds and Vigor” rules

I am in the early sessions of running a science-fantasy Pathfinder game. I'd like a grittier feel to the game and came across the "Wounds and Vigor" variant rules. For those who have used these ...
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Would a mounted character work well in the Jade Regent adventure path?

I am about to be a player in the new Jade Regent adventure path from Paizo. It seems like there's a lot of overland travel in Jade Regent and I was considering playing a cavalier or another character ...