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

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Wing-clipped Strix and flying in Pathfinder

I have a player in my game who is a wing-clipped Strix, I let him into my game (low level ) as in my head he was a chicken who could hop about and perform short flights. This isn't how he sees it. ...
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How does one player controlling an entire PC party impact encounter difficulty?

Me and my friend have started a Pathfinder campaign (Second Darkness) where I am DMing and he is playing all 4 PCs. We are using roll20 (it's a great online tool to facilitate games). The reasons for ...
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Do animal companions lose some of their abilities on advancement?

According to the SRD the stats of animal companions may change when they advance. For example a wolf on level 1 has Attack bite (1d6 plus trip) on level 1 and ...
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As a DM, how do I handle PCs casting heals on other PCs afflicted with paranoia?

Right now, three of my party's members are afflicted with the paranoia insanity. One effect is that paranoid characters cannot willingly accept aid, including healing, without making a Will save ...
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Can a lower-level spellcaster recharge a staff?

While doing research for another recent question, I ran into two back-to-back lines that seem to contradict each other. From the PFSRD, emphasis mine: Each morning, when a spellcaster prepares ...
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Ring of Rope of Climbing

OK, this is a multipart question: 1) The spell animate rope does not make a rope behave at all like the wonderous item Rope of Climbing, does it? 2) Is there a spell that can temporarily make a rope ...
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How to handle some new NPCs who enter a fight in progress?

I am GMing for the second time in my life, and do not know how to handle this situation: There are 5 PCs who walk through this map. In almost every room there are a couple of NPCs who might or might ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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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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Can I select the same feat twice for Critical Mastery?

The Core Rulebook provides the following benefit for Critical Mastery: Benefit: When you score a critical hit, you can apply the effects of two critical feats in addition to the damage dealt. ...
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Does there exist a Detect Deity Spell

Does there exist a spell (or other method) that allows the magical divination of a character's patron deity? I'll accept official or third-party solutions.
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Can creatures attack anything within their natural reach?

I get the sense that there is a difference between a natural reach of 10ft and a weapon reach of 10ft, namely that you should be able to attack anything within your natural reach, but I can't find ...
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Is there any way to magically detect treasure long-distance?

Inspired by the recent news item about the Swiss farmer discovering a hoard of 4,000+ Roman coins, it seems reasonable that frontier residents of a fantasy world beset by invading Orcs, dragons, etc. ...
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What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave his/...
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Creating undead as a good cleric in Dark Sun

Suppose that in the Dark Sun setting, I have a good-aligned cleric who follows the ideals of one of the elements (fire, water, earth, air) and has chosen to channel positive energy. My question can ...
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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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What are the upsides to having the spell-like ability version of a spell?

The question is specifically about the Orc Bloodine. At the final level, you get this: Warlord Reborn (Su): At 20th level, you become a true orc warlord of legend. You gain immunity to fire and ...
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How does two-weapon fighting work?

I'm quite confused about attacking with two weapons in both hands and wondering what is required to be able to do to (in Pathfinder). 1. Base Attack Bonus Looking at the base attack bonus tables for ...
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Will a spellcaster interrupted mid-meditation or -study have any spells?

I've noticed that Wizards, Clerics, Druids, and most other spell-casting classes (With the exception of Sorcerers) spend at least 1 hour Studying or Meditating to regain their spells. What I want to ...
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Role playing a character that speaks in rhyme, and making it work well

Pushing my gestalt game (the one that a lot of my questions are based on) to the back burner. I decided to create a hedge witch and be the healer of the group when I get us to our first game. I ...
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What other ways are there to make a Wizard more intelligent?

There are four ways I know of to get your intelligence increased as a Wizard: Levelling to get stat bonus (Untyped, 5 by level 20) Headband of vast intelligence (+2 to +6 enhancement bonus) Crimson ...
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Can I Sunder Worn Armor in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, Sunder checks explicitly could not be made against armor worn by an opponent. However, I cannot seem to discern if this rule is still part of Pathfinder, so my question is a simple one:...
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Effect of energy substitution on Fire Shield

I'm playing a sorceress with the Elemental Bloodline, and she's got this class feature as a part of the package: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy damage, you can ...
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Fighting in the dark

When a PC is fighting in the dark and rolls a natural 20 is there still a 50% chance of a miss? The rules say the following about fighting in the dark: All opponents have total concealment from a ...
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Is there a garment worn under armor that boosts AC by one in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, I seem to recall a specific type of undergarment beneath armor increases AC by one. It is not the armored kilt, and it does not increase armor penalty. From what I recall it's a ...
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What does the caster level refer to in the magic items?

I'm particularly curious about armor, rings, and weapons. I'm new to Pathfinder but I was under the impression that anyone could wear magic armor or use a magic weapon. The caster level on each ...
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Can I use touch creature spells on myself?

Can I use spells whose target is "creature touched" or "living creature touched" on myself?
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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 ...
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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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At what level can a fighter gain damage reduction?

Being new to D&D, I'm very intrigued with damage reduction. Creating a new level 1 fighter, I'm trying to acquire damage reduction, but have been unable to find a way to do it at first level, or ...
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Sutra of Tranquil thoughts, unclear how much XP

I have question in regards to the Sutra of Tranquil thoughts, ML20th This monastic tome describes ancient techniques of mental focus and is highly prized by psionic practitioners. If a psionic ...
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Does Dimension Door trigger a surprise round?

Suppose that my party uses Dimension Door to get into the enemy temple. Their spell dumps them into a room containing a cultist who is awake and alert (but not, obviously, expecting imminent combat). ...
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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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Flying in Medium/Heavy Armor

I was looking at the movement modes on the pfsrd and couldn't figure out if there are any changes to flight speeds or anything else that might happen while wearing heavy or medium armor. I mean, ...
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Is Echoing Spell + Spell Perfection infinite castings?

Or perhaps worded otherwise, can one apply metamagic feats (via Spell Perfection) to a Echoed copy of a spell? Imagine a caster with Spell Perfection (Lightning Bolt) and the Echoing Spell feat. ...
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Can a Summoner Cast the Summon Monster Spell With His Eidolon Out?

I have Summon Monster IV on my spell list. Do I have to dismiss my eidolon before casting the spell, or can I cast it even with my eidolon out? I remember you couldn't have the eidolon and summon ...
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As a player, how can I get a particular item I want?

first question here. Also very new to RPGs - I've played in two small adventures total. This seems like a basic question to me, but I couldn't find an answer here or on google or on any SRDs. My ...
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Monsters description and number of attacks

I need some clarification about how many attacks a monster can do and the way this is specified in the monster description. I noticed that these entries are separated by "," or "and". Is there any ...
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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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Is It Okay To Use “Commune” To Ask About Alignment?

In the campaign I am running, next session my players have decided to use the 'Commune' spell to ask a god various questions. Among these are four questions that ask: "Is this character good?" "Is ...
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Are there Wizard alternatives to Arcane Bond and Familiar?

My player don't want to use this mechanic because he believes that it make his character vulnerable. His PC in my opinion now is much more weaker. Is there any mechanic that I can use instead Arcane ...
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How can I use Psionic Wild Talents with a Dark Sun campaign in Pathfinder?

Using Pathfinder, is there a place or reference to help with Psionic wild talents for when a Dark Sun campaign is used? My players don't want to be full psionic classes. Instead, they'd like to ...
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Can a lance receive bonuses from a source other than Strength?

I had the fun idea of making a cavalier that was a small race (gnome, halfling, etc) so they could ride a medium-sized mount and run around indoors. The only problem is that I want to use a lance (...
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How do I design well-balanced homebrew items? [closed]

I have previously run into issues with homebrew items throwing off the balance of my game, and I'm trying to anticipate any issues I might run into by giving my players certain items. My players enjoy ...
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What are some suggestions for a brawler-type unarmed character in Pathfinder?

I have played a monk before and enjoyed it but I was thinking of playing a character who's more of a brawler than a mystic martial artist. I know there are some options in the barbarian class but what ...
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When creating a scroll, how should the scroll's cost be handled in-game?

When a Cleric creates a 5th level scroll, the cost is 1,125 gp. But how should PCs roleplay spending money for the scroll's cost? I know the Pathfinder PRD indicates "a character needs a supply of ...
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Does a new Kobold PC have a −4 or −6 Strength adjustment?

Kobolds in Pathfinder have the "Greater weakness" racial trait which adds the stat modification of −4 Str, +2 Dex and −2 Con. I'm assuming it takes this effect plus the stat adjustment for being size ...
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Can you wrap up a single humanoid with a web spell?

I'm pretty sure of what the answer is, but during combat I had a drider attack my PCs and it used web on one of them. After careful reading of the spell I'm forced to conclude that I've horribly ...
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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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How should I handle arcane spell failure in pathfinder?

I'm playing a rogue 3/ sorcerer 1 as a prelude to an arcane trickster. Since I expect to be spending more time in melee than most spellcasters, I want to have pretty good AC, but the armor I have now (...