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

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Is there any fluff for the druid's “A Thousand Faces” ability?

I played a D&D 3.5 campaign years ago, and one PC was a druid. The player did a pretty awesome job as a spy thanks to the multiple divination spells, Wild Shape and especially A Thousand Faces: ...
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Could someone explain the character tables in the Pathfinder Rulebook?

I've been reading the PF core rulebook, but confused over some of the data in the Character tables, and not found anywhere in the book that explains it, so wondering if someone could explain it? ...
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Why does Quick Draw not apply to alchemical items?

From the Quick Draw feat description: Benefit: You can draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. (...) Alchemical items, potions, scrolls, and wands cannot be drawn quickly ...
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Are there Pathfinder rules that restrict a new PCs magic item purchases?

Let's say a player rolls a new character that's Level N (where N is greater than 1). My understanding is that they should have wealth equal to the amount in the Character Wealth by Level table. So, ...
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Inhaled poison and water breathing

Say you were a clever villain holed up in a dungeon where the only obvious way of entering was to swim quite some distance under water. Not to be put off by such obstacles, the heroes simply spend ...
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Armor Craft Skill - modifying magical armor to fit 3 armed characters.

I am creating an Alchemist in Pathfinder and want to take the Tentacle Discovery - This grants my character an extra "arm" in the form of a tentacle. My DM told me that, with this extra "arm", any ...
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How can I help the party survive a rather tough adventure?

The party is on an implicitely timed mission: children have been abducted by bad guys and it is now known that they're in danger of being sacrificed in the near future. The module I'm using doesn't ...
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Is there a way to learn someone's level in game in DnD3.x?

Is there a way to learn someone's level in-game in DnD3.x? (...or possibly Pathfinder?) Wait, I know, levels are an abstraction and a game mechanism, and should not come into play in-game. Yet, there ...
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What defines the CR of a creature

I'm trying to figure out what exactly defines the CR of a creature. Without the dozen playtests with different levels of groups, is there a quick easy way to do this?
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Is there a race or trait that grants proficiency in Net?

In Pathfinder, is there a race (including alternate racial traits) or a trait that grants a bonus proficiency in Net (or in a weapon of choice that can include Net?) What about a class that grants a ...
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Are there issues to using passive Perception?

Is it fair to only consider the result of "passive" Perception checks (same as Taking 10) for PCs to detect things, unless the player actively expresses attention to something (in which case a roll is ...
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Why are starting languages restricted?

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
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Lycanthropy and its other forms

In an upcoming campaign of ours I'm considering to play a natural lycanthrope character with the aspect of the beast feat and I will have the claws of the beast manifestation of it. So here's the ...
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Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps

I am building a Human Gunslinger character who uses the Racial Heritage feat to get access to the Goblin Gunslinger feat so he can use a large double hack-but without penalty. Problem is, the the ...
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Disarm or Trip using a secondary natural attack

Suppose, there is a Summoner with an Eidolon. The Eidolon has the following natural attacks: Bite (primary) Claw x2 (primary) Tentacle (secondary) Since the tentacle attack is a secondary attack, ...
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How can a human terkow rogue use his special attacks?

I'm running a published adventure that includes a male human terkow rogue as a monster. His melee attack stat is: 3 claws +17 (1d6+4/19-20 plus grab). His Special Attacks stats include blood drain and ...
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Can characters play multiple Adventure Paths?

If a Pathfinder Adventure Path is designed for level 1 characters (and ends with them being level 15), how are characters supposed to play in multiple paths? (If that is even an option, or do you ...
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How does using the Armor as Damage Reduction affect other rules such as touch attacks?

I'm wanting to use the optional Armor as Damage Reduction rules, but there is nothing listed as how it interacts with rules based on AC such as touch attacks and the like. I know that touch attacks ...
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Magus' Accurate Strike - do melee touch attack rolls add weapon enhancement bonus?

The Pathfinder Magus has access to Arcana, one of which is the Accurate Strike: Benefit: The magus can expend 2 points from his arcane pool as a swift action to resolve all of his melee weapon ...
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How to roleplay the Tengu (D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder race)?

I am currently DM-ing a Pathfinder game (it's a system based on 3.5e D&D). I am planning to introduce a Tengu character to the story. I've done some research, however I'm still not entirely sure ...
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For the bleeding critical feat, what stacks exactly?

The Pathfinder Bleeding Critical feat has the following benefit: Whenever you score a critical hit with a slashing or piercing weapon, your opponent takes 2d6 points of bleed damage (see ...
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Use of combat maneuvers

I'm somewhat new to the world of tabletop RPGs and I've recently joined a Pathfinder group. I'm playing a barbarian (no archetype, just a straight up barb that fills the role of sponge tank and damage ...
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Where do we go after Pathfinder Beginner Box?

I haven't GM'd since the late 80s (back then it was called "DM") with Dungeons and Dragons. I haven't played RPGs since the early 90s. But, I've recently put together a group of all beginners and ...
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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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What is the right way to GM magical trap detection?

I'm trying to understand the rules of perceiving magical traps, but I remain confused on some finer points. Let's say the PCs will encounter a Symbol of Weakness trap. The trap is on a door, and is ...
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Does a Holy Weapon qualify for Litany of Righteousness?

Litany of Righteousness says "If the target is evil, it takes double damage from attacks made by creatures with a good aura." It's on the Inquisitor spell list...but the inquisitor still needs a way ...
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Fighter/Alchemist using Explosive Missile

I have a player asking about how Explosive Missile works. They are looking at a build that combines Fighter (With Archer variant) combined with levels of Alchemist. There's been some discussion over ...
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Does a Magus' Weapon Enchancement Bonus Stack With An Existing Bonus?

I know you can stack abilities such as Frost and Flaming, but what about the numerical bonus? If you have a +1 Flaming Longsword, can a Magus then enchance it with 1 point to becoe a +2 Flaming Frost ...
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Feats that change spell slots into spell points?

I'm creating a sorcerer for a game and can't find a feat that allows me to change my spell slots into spell points, am I mis-remembering this feat's existance?
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Is Energy Drain a full round action?

If a monster has the Energy Drain special attack, is that a full round action that allows only a single melee or ranged attack per round? Or, if a monster has multiple attacks, can an energy drain ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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What are the mechanics for monsters trying to force a door shut when PCs are in the way?

I'm going to be hosting an encounter where the PCs will enter a room. Behind the fully opened door in a hidden niche are three monsters that will attempt to close the door when the big bad gives the ...
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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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What bonuses do(n't) apply to Rend?

Rend says If it hits with two or more natural attacks in 1 round, a creature with the rend special attack can cause tremendous damage by latching onto the opponent's body and tearing flesh. This ...
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Is it possible to start with non 1st level character in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

I love the idea and I would love to incorporate my players, I'm GM, in Organized Play. Will it be possible or they must start playing with other characters at first level?
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Rogue Talent: Offensive Defense

I've seen arguments going both ways on this so I don't know how to rule this. If a rogue with Offensive Defense gets multiple sneak attacks in one round does the bonus AC stack? Example: A level 5 ...
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Can Druids use Sylvan to speak with animals without using the spell?

In order for Druids to speak to animals (deer, owls, lions, etc.), are they required to use Speak With Animals spell, or would speaking Sylvan also accommodate this? Or does Sylvan only apply to ...
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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
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Is there any obstacle to using a Mage Hand in water?

How does water affect Mage Hand? I know there are rules regarding disorientation with ray spells, and use of fire under water. But if a person wanted to, for example, grab some keys from a well, would ...
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Does Synthesist eidolon need Weapon Training evolution to use weapons?

Does a bipedal synthesist need the Weapon Training evolution to use weapons? Or (since they use the Summoner's feats) can they use whatever weapons they were proficient in?
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How do I identify magic items?

Pathfinder seems to have a few varied ways of identifying magic items and their properties, though some are used only with specific types of items. What is, if any, the default way of identifying ...
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How does identifying a scroll work?

The way the rules are spread across the book for this confuses me. Here are the methods I consider with corresponding DCs when applicable: Read Magic spell (automatic) Spellcraft check DC 20 + Spell ...
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Pathfinder Rogues and Use Magic Device

I'm confused about Rogues and Use Magic Device. I've searched the core book and the Internet for the past 4 hours and can't find the answer to my simple question. Since a Rogue doesn't have any ...
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Do Eidolons need proficiency feats to benefit from armor?

In order to let my eidolons wear armor, I would have to take the required feats, correct? For example, if I custom made plate mail for my large Behir, he would need to take light, medium, and heavy ...
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Abuse: Is it fair if it's in-game?

I play a half-orc barbarian, while everyone else in our group is dwarven or elven. So in a town heavily-populated by dwarves, my character received a fair share of abuse, which is to be expected. ...
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What content can I reproduce from Pathfinder

What content can I reproduce from the pathfinder gaming system. Is it anything from the Core rulebook that isn't a specific name? For example, I like the D20PFSRD but the layout and ads annoy me. I ...
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Looking for a short and relatively easy campaign to run as a beginner DM [closed]

I'm relatively new to playing Pathfinder and D&D --only a couple of months-- and the group I play with wants everyone to DM at least one or two sessions so everyone gets a chance to play. Can ...
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Is there an equivalent in the World of Darkness to Pathfinder's 'Aid Another' action?

Pathfinder has the Aid Another action. It allows non-combat-oriented characters to provide a small bonus to others in their party if they succeed in a very easy attack. Does the New World of ...
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Repurposing magic items in crafting

Suppose that in the course of an adventure, you come across some magic or otherwise special item (magic, or has special properties, or both); for instance, you find a necklace of resistance, or an ...
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Does D&D 3.5 DM material contain information applicable for Pathfinder GMs?

I understand that in terms of the core rules to run games D&D 3.5 has: Dungeon Master's Guide + Player's Handbook + Bestiary(s) Pathfinder has: Core Rulebook + Bestiary(s). Pathfinder has a ...