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

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Character creation walkthrough

It has been a long time since I last played RPGs and I have forgotten so much about how things like character creation work. I am using the Pathfinder core rule book for all of my characters currently ...
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Pathfinder 5-foot step vs. D&D 4e shift

Is a 5-foot step in Pathfinder essentially the same as a Shift movement in D&D 4th edition? I believe that neither movements provoke an attack of opportunity so they sound like the same thing with ...
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Starting a campaign at higher level

It's been difficult for me to start a game at higher level than level 1-4 in Pathfinder. At higher level, the scale of the game changes. In the beginning of level 1-4 you save a village or a clan ...
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Physics of Tengu and Blowguns

While playing through a Paizo Adventure Path my players came across an encounter that began with a group of tengu firing poisoned darts at the party from blowguns. One of my players had the grace to ...
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Do weapons damage themselves?

Weapons have explicitly listed hardnesses and hit points: Damaging Objects – PFSRD Many medieval weapons were known for breaking; most notably, in jousting, breaking a lance scored points: ...
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Two handed damage on a lance while mounted?

One of my players is playing a mounted character, and is claiming that since a lance is a two handed weapon, that it deals double Strength damage, even when wielded one handed while mounted. While ...
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Summoning attacks of opportunity

If a character casts "summon monster" and summons the monster immediately next to another creature/character/etc does that creature get an attack of opportunity? The spell states It appears where you ...
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“Ray of Frost” Spell + Water = Lock Broken?

I played only D&D 3.0 and 3.5 editions, but if similar, low-level spells exist in D&D 4.0 and Pathfidnder, please comment, I will probably make a transition to one of them anyway. Is it ...
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Are Pathfinder daily spells 24hours or date

Do daily spells (spells that include "once per day" the description) recharge after 24 hours, or could they be cast at 23:59 (just before midnight), and cast again at 00:01 (just after midnight)?
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Caring for the diseased

I know you can use the heal skill to Treat Disease to improve the chances of a diseased character to recover, but can you simultaneously give them Long-Term Care at the same time? This is because ...
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Can a gunslinger misfire while attempting to confirm a critical hit?

If my gunslinger rolls too low on her attack, her gun will gain the broken condition. Do I have to worry about this mechanic when rolling to confirm a critical hit as well?
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Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level?

Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level? For example a Bag of Holding has a CL of 9th Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Does that mean a creator has to have a Caster Level ...
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Are there any restrictions on action order when dealing with summoned creatures?

I know that I can take my actions in any order when I'm by myself, but are there any restrictions on ordering when I'm dealing with summoned creatures or followers? For instance, could I order my ...
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Combining Base Attack Bonuses

When multiclassing or starting as a monster in pathfinder and AD&D3.5 is the BAB combined between all the classes to follow the standard progression or is it totalled up separately? I.e. Does a ...
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Bull-Rushing someone off a cliff

Can you bull-rush someone off a cliff, with either melee or a spell such as hydraulic push? Bull rush says You cannot bull rush a creature into a square that is occupied by a solid object or ...
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Murder and thievery near sleeping foes

I may soon encounter a situation where player characters might sneak up on some sleeping giants and try to murder them or steal their coins, which are stored in bags near the sleeping giants. ...
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Which classes continue to synergize well for a multi-class character?

I've recently committed to playing in a Pathfinder game, and I've become somewhat intrigued with the idea of playing a rogue/sorcerer multi-class character. I'm concerned, though, that as the game ...
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What happens to equipment and armour when you shapeshift?

I'm a bit unclear what happens to equipment when a shapeshift is used (eg Shapeshift, Wild Form, Dragon Form, etc etc) for some cases this melds equipment into a creature - still with magical effects, ...
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Good Azlanti Dungeon Adventure?

In my Pathfinder pirate campaign, the PCs have reached the cultist-infested Sun Temple Colony in Azlant from Lost Cities of Golarion; I'm also using Open Design's Sunken Empires to give it that ...
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Firing into close combat in Pathfinder

If I am using a bow against an enemy who is in melee combat with an ally of mine, I get a -4 on my attack roll, unless I have the precise shot feat. (See page 184 in the Core Rules. Do I suffer the ...
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Pathfinder: Arcane Duelist melee build

I've finally decided to make an Arcane Duelist (bard archetype). It'd like to enhance my own melee part as well the party ones. I can use the "Core Rulebook" and the "Advanced Player's Guide" only. ...
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What can limit dex for AC?

This is possibly a bug in Hero Lab but it's been pretty solid so far; so I'm trying to work out what it's doing. If it is a hero lab bug, then this question will probably need to be deleted. I've ...
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Quick Draw / Quick Sheath Items?

Does the Quick Draw feat allow you to also store the weapon you were wielding as part of the free action? If not, what sort of action is it to 'switch weapons' without dropping one or the other on ...
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Can you use Divine Bond (Weapon) with Magic Weapon Spell?

Can a Paladin use his Divine Bond (Weapon) on a weapon where Magic Weapon has been caste and does this count as a +1 for the purpose of adding a magic weapon feature?
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Is Cartography a craft or a profession?

Simple question, for pathfinder is Cartography used as a skill classified as "craft " or "profession"? For reference: Craft Skill Profession Skill
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What ways can a 3.5 or Pathfinder PC get the swallow whole ability?

This is an odd question, but I'm sure it must be doable. The main ways I've found so far are: using polymorph, shapechange, etc to directly turn into something that has the swallow whole ability. ...
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Can a Paladin use their Divine Bond (Weapon) on different weapons?

Can a Paladin use their Divine Bond (Weapon) on different weapons? For example, if a Paladin primarily uses a long sword and they need to use a mace for undead, can the Paladin call the spirit to ...
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Is a Fighter/Wizard/Thief viable in Pathfinder?

I'm looking for a decent build for a Fighter/Wizard/Thief in Pathfinder. The goal is to have a "jack of all trades" PC. I'd like to enhance these aspect if possible: Fighter: melee dps Wizard: ...
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Can you wear two of the same ring?

Can a character have on two identical rings, one in each ring slot? I can't seem to find any rule saying this isn't possible, but the DM thinks it may not be. The ring I have in mind is just a pair of ...
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Who gets the “grappled” condition when multiple grapplers participate?

In our group, we are having problems with D&D 3.5's grappling rules (no wonder), so I tried to find out how Pathfinder handles that situation. The rules are much better and more clear, yet I still ...
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Is there errata for continuous magic item pricing?

The price guidelines for magic items with use-activated or continuous spell effects are as follows: Spell level × caster level × 2,000 gp 2 2 — If a continuous item has an effect ...
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In Pathfinder Society play, how many times can you purchase a “found item”?

If my character receives a chronicle sheet that lists, say, a Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds (300gp) does this mean I may purchase the potion one time and must then cross it off my chronicle sheet? ...
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How to calculate attack roll for a monster?

I'm a total Pathfinder newb and I have a question that will probably reveal just how "newb" I am. According to the Core Rulebook, to calculate an attack roll, you use the following formula: d20 + ...
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Necklace of fireballs as musket ammunition?

What would happen if beads from a necklace of fireballs were loaded into a firearm as ammunition? Would loading count as "throwing" the bead, so as soon as the bead stopped in the barrel, it would ...
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Can I use Punishing Kick with weapons?

I'm building a duelist that has Punishing Kick and a rapier as her main weapon. Now do I just add the Punishing Kick to my normal attacks, or do I need to make an unarmed strike in order to use it? ...
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Creatively targeting summoning spells

Me and my party have a plan in our upcoming session, that will need some clarifications on how summoning spells can be used. Its all about creative targeting with the Summon Monster I spell, let me ...
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Can shaking hands trigger a (ranged) touch attack?

For spells such as ray of enfeeblement, there is a ranged touch attack to target the spell. Other spells activate after a touch attack, such as chill touch. If a victim was otherwise unaware that the ...
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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. I have read the core rulebook, but I am not strong with books in general. (I ...
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Experience and levels in Pathfinder

According to answers to this question some levels require more experience than they did in D&D3.x: Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder How much experience do different levels require ...
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Running a dungeoncrawl with several game systems at once

I intend to run an experimental play-by-post dungeoncrawling game where different player characters can be played with different rules sets. E.g. there can be a Pathfinder Gunslinger, Burning Wheel ...
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What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?

I'm planning an encounter where a mid level party would be assaulted by a a large number of lower level characters. We've all read Tucker's Kobolds, but what makes this kind of encounter actually ...
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Is a monk of the empty hand considered proficient with improvised weapons before level 6?

The monk of the empty hand is all about using improvised weapons. However, it can receive the feat "Improvised Weapon Mastery" as a bonus feat only at lvl6. The thing I'm not sure about is: is he ...
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How would I convert Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e

There are some really interesting adventure paths from Paizo for Pathfinder. If I wanted to convert a Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e, how would I go about it? What are the mechanics that are ...
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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for free. However, after playing a bit ...
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Does Weapon Finesse affect Combat Maneuvers?

If a character has the Weapon Finesse feat, and is wielding an appropriate weapon, is the Combat Maneuver bonus changed to include the Dex bonus, or not? How about for Combat Maneuver Defense - would ...
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In a high fantasy setting, what changes when you restrict player magical item purchases?

In every game that I've played or run, the players have been able to easily buy or craft any magic item that they could pay for. What are the pitfalls of this kind of unlimited magic freedom system? ...
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How many hit dice do monster player characters have?

Let's say we have party of humans and a minotaur(cr 4). Everybody is level 10, so according to Pathfinder's monsters as races rules minotaur should have 8th (let's say barbarian) level.And the ...
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Pathfinder Fate Points

I'm looking for a mechanic in Pathfinder to provide a fate-point like system for the characters. What mechanic could provide players a small boost here to belt the bad guy when needed or save them ...
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What abilities can change a class dominant stat in Pathfinder?

I noticed some abilities allow you to change the main stat used by a class, like: Sorcerer: Empyreal version of the Celestial bloodline: use Wis instead of Cha (Ultimate Magic) Sage version of the ...
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Sword-and-board balance in D&D

Fighting with a weapon and a shield seem to be relatively ineffective in D&D relative to two-weapon or two-handed weapon fighting. This seems unfortunate, given their historical ubiquity, ...