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

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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, ...
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Is two-weapon fighting only as a full-round action balanced versus fighting with a two-handed weapon?

One of the players in a Pathfinder game in which I am playing is arguing that characters should be able to get the additional attack for fighting with two weapons when attacking as a standard action, ...
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Is it possible to change the main stat used by Wizards/Monks in Pathfinder?

So I'm starting a gestalt character in Pathfinder, and REALLY want to play a wizard as my main path. Thing is, I also REALLY want to make it work with a monk, but the Intelligence focus vs. Wisdom ...
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In Pathfinder, can one place multiple traps/wards on an object?

My question is essentially as the title is stated. I was wondering whether in Pathfinder one can place multiple traps on an object. For instance, can you place a Glyph of Warding, which is a spell, ...
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In Jade Regent, can animal companions fill job roles in caravans?

RAW says that animal companions count as travelers, and that every traveler has a job. It also says "Jobs can be performed by PCs, allied NPCs, or NPCs hired for the position." So, do animal ...
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What variant rules can promote a less kick-in-the-door mindset?

My group has long had a very kick-in-the-door attitude towards combat. Characters were min-maxed for DPS, and there was very little strategy to any combat. Characters would charge in, hit it till it ...
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Balancing a party of mixed CR monster characters

The pathfinder rules skim a little over the idea of adding a monster to a party** and only say that a group of monster PC's should all have the same CR; this is somewhat harder to achieve in practice ...
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How do I help my players get more engaged in the story?

I play in a group where we routinely switch out GMs. When I GM I tend to prefer story-based games with lots of character building and descriptive role play. We tend to run Paizo's Adventure Paths ...
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What are the rules for called shots?

The d20pfsrd presents variant rules for called shots here. The source information for this page claims they come from the core rules, but I can't find them in the Core Rulebook. What source can I ...
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Does Gang Up benefit my Allies?

The feat Gang Up states You are considered to be flanking an opponent if at least two of your allies are threatening that opponent Does this mean my allies are also considered flanking, or only ...
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How does Aid Allies work with Swift Aid?

How does the Swift Aid feat interact with the Aid Allies Order of the Dragon ability? The Swift Aid feat states that you grant your ally either a +1 bonus on his next attack roll or a +1 bonus to his ...
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How does voluntarily holding one's breath work?

The rules for suffocation read as follows (emphasis mine): Suffocation A character who has no air to breathe can hold her breath for 2 rounds per point of Constitution. [...] After this ...
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What to do with mundane gear in Pathfinder Society play?

This might be a silly question, but the guide for PFS play doesn't specifically state (to the best of my reading) what is to be done with mundane gear that is gained. Do players have an opportunity ...
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How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?

One of my biggest headaches as a DM (though perhaps I am overcomplicating things) is coming up with consistent prices for goods and services not listed in the reference books for a medieval setting ...
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What does a DnD (v3.5) DM need to learn to start a Pathfinder campaign?

I'm interested in making the switch to Pathfinder from DnD v3.5 as a DM. Aside from buying the books, I'm wondering if people can either a) direct me to good resources/threads (as I'm sure this ...
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Lythic and earthglide movement

I have been playing a Lythic (humanoid-ish Earth elemental) that has earthglide (a method of movement through the ground that is similar to flying) as a PC. With the blessings of my GM. I'm finding ...
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How can I make low levels of a high-level build more bearable?

In Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder, often you might design or plan a character for what he can do at high level. For example, I might want to play a Mystic Theurge or some other prestige class, or ...
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What are the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest?

As the question suggests, I'm interested in the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest. I'm fairly familiar with the RuneQuest system. I've heard a bit about Pathfinder ...
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Can the Druid Wood Shape and Ironwood spells be used to create armor?

A player in my group is trying to figure out the logistics of creating armor by using a combination of Wood Shape and Ironwood. Is it possible the he could create a Darkwood Breastplate out of a ...
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Favored Class Bonus at 1st Level?

So, it doesn't seem entirely clear from the Core Rulebook: does one get the favored class bonus (+1 to hp or +1 skill) at first level? I wouldn't have thought so, but I notice that the Hero Lab ...
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Are there rules for identifying class abilities?

Are there rules for PCs making checks to identify class abilities of NPCs? For example, if a Monk uses Slow Fall, or a Druid uses Woodland Stride, or a Paladin uses Lay On Hands, can nearby PCs ...
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What are the racial skill modifiers for Dragons?

I'm interested in determining the skill modifiers for a Gold Dragon for Pathfinder, for a one-shot game for a friend where they play a dragon. Dragons have massive perception modifiers which can ...
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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise ...
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Does a Wizard's Scribe Scroll bonus feat count for Prerequisites?

Does a Wizard's Scribe Scroll bonus feat count for prerequisites? Many feats and some prestige classes require a number of "Item Creation Feats" as prerequisites, for example Loremaster. Does Scribe ...
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Can a Pathfinder Society gunslinger craft ammunition?

Gunslingers automatically gain the Gunsmithing feat at level 1, which allows them to craft ammunition at a reduced price. This seems like a rather important feat. Unfortunately, the Guide to PFS ...
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Magus spell combat & spell combat maneuvres revisited

Which of these scenarios are valid for the Pathfinder Society Magus? Standing away from bad guy; spell combat + spellstrike Assuming process can be spell -> melee -> free melee Charge spell at ...
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Magus Maneuvers

Researched and valid magus maneuver: Cast Touch Spell -> 5 foot step -> Spellstrike with no concentration check Is this valid: Cast Touch Spell -> Move action -> Spellstrike with no ...
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Clerics and Spell Preparation

How long does it take to prepare spells? I see in one place in the book that spell preparation is supposed to take one hour, but I see in another that it can take 'as few as 15 minutes'. Which is ...
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Look for wild and crazy high level monsters/traps/loot/etc [closed]

I just finished running a campaign using a D&D 3.0/3.5/Pathfinder hybrid (I own the books for 3.0 but prefer 3.5, and started using a lot of monsters from Pathfinder because I prefer their ...
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Does ability damage from the “Pressure Points” Ninja Trick stack?

The Ninja Trick "Pressure Points" states: Pressure Points (Su): A ninja with this trick can strike at an opponent’s vital pressure points, causing weakness and intense pain. Whenever the ninja ...
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Updating a couple of old Arduin magic items

So here a couple of magic items from the old Arduin books that I'd like to use in more recent D&D. How would you update (or stat) these? Stasis Bag - a sort of super bag of holding. It's size ...
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What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?

Alignments of Good, Evil, Lawful & Chaotic seem to be hindrances. They affect your spell choice slightly, restrict certain equipment and worst of all, they make you weak to certain forms of ...
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Order of actions in combat

Is there a specific order in which move / move-equivalent actions and standard actions should occur during a combat round? I know you can take the 5-foot step at the beginning or the end of the turn, ...
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Build advice for Heavens Oracle (Pathfinder)

I'm building a 1st level half-elf oracle, lame curse, heavens mystery for an upcoming game. She will be living in a world where mixed-bloods are subject to negative discrimination. My goal is to use ...
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How can more than one person work on a single magic item?

The Pathfinder magic item creation rules have this to say about prerequisites: Most of the time, they take the form of spells that must be known by the item's creator (although access through ...
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Can you Channel Energy while Grappled?

Can a Cleric (or other character with the Channel Energy class feature) Channel Energy while grappled? I read through the entry, and I did not see anything similar to a spell's concentration check, ...
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Attacks of Opportunity & Potion Drinking

Is there some way to prevent an opponent from receiving an attack of opportunity when you consume a potion in a threatened square?
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Can all skills and feats be used in conjunction with Magic Jar?

The spell Magic Jar allows you to possess a nearby creature. The spell states: If you are successful, your life force occupies the host body, and the host's life force is imprisoned in the magic ...
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Post character creation, getting spellcraft bonuses

After character creation what is a good way to get bonuses to spellcraft? I'd rather not have to use feats, however. Are there any items, equipment, spells or suchlike that could be used? Such as ...
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Is there a way to give animals fine manipulators at low level?

My Pathfinder E6 group has run into a bit of a problem. One of our party members is a wraith camel alchemist, and another is a half-brass dragon giant spider artificer. The wraith camel has ghost ...
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About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers

I decided to select the Ranger class for my first campaign. I used Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers (switch hitter) for my first build. I added Beastmaster and Skirmisher to supplement my expected play ...
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Can Dispel Magic remove Blindness?

Can Dispel Magic remove blindness, per the spell Blindness/Deafness. I thought it should be harder than just a straight dispel check, but since Blindness is a "permanent" duration spell, it should ...
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Rules for hybrid dragons? (mixed colors)

I run a campaign (Pathfinder mostly, with several house rules) in which I had an idea to incorporate a shadow/red dragon hybrid. It goes well with the story and the entire concept of the setting, but ...
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Does snipe allow for multiple successive ranged sneak attacks?

If I have a rogue who fires a ranged weapon as a sneak attack, then passes his stealth-20 check to snipe, can he then make a second ranged sneak attack on the next round? If so (or if not), what is ...
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Several damage reduction clarifications for Pathfinder

There are a few bits about damage reduction that I'm unclear on in pathfinder, specifically... Easy one first; Do cold iron/silver weapons equivalent (+3) count as magic for purposes of ignoring DR? ...
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How is the clockwork soldier priced?

I've been looking at the possible constructs in current Pathfinder bestiaries looking for options for a crafter character and I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the clockwork soldier ...
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Are there rules for attacking whilst falling?

Consider a character with the ability to cast quickened Dimension Door and the Dimensional Agility feat. Such a character could use Dimension Door to appear next to an enemy and then proceed to make a ...
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When must a character save against a creature's inhaled poison?

When a creature has the poison special ability, an inhaled poison is listed, and none of their attacks list poison as an effect, when must a creature save vs the poison?
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What do the Alchemist's bombs look like?

What do bombs crafted by Pathfinder's Alchemists actually look like? I was trying to figure this out for a magic item I wanted to create, something that'd be involved in the bombs' creation - e.g. a ...
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Is there a Paizo official way to improve dispel checks?

I'm currently playing a game of Pathfinder E6 (the level cap is 6, and you can buy feats, skills, and gestalt levels with XP once you hit cap), and I'm looking for ways to improve my ability to dispel ...