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

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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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Silence as a ready action

If a caster readies an action to cast the spell silence next to an enemy wizard who begins casting a spell with a verbal component, what happens? The silence interrupts the casting attempt, causing ...
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How to roll perception checks for characters who aren't actively looking?

This applies to all d20 systems, but with an example from the from the Pathfinder PRD (emphasis mine): Stonecunning: Dwarves receive a +2 bonus on Perception checks to potentially notice unusual ...
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How can I add more attack to my Wood Bond Oracle?

I am trying to build an oracle, and need some help with what I have so far. I'm still somewhat new to tabletop games, so any insight you have would be helpful. Here's what I have so far: Race: Human ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...
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Ranged attacks against creatures trapped inside an air elemental's whirlwind

When an air elemental goes whirlwind and traps someone inside it, how do ranged attacks targeted at the trapped creature work? Can I target the creature? Does it have total concealment, as the air ...
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Baleful polymorph on a dragon and spells with a somatic component

A dragon can cast spells with a somatic elements. If the dragon is polymorphed with baleful polymorph into a mouse and passes the second saving throw retaining the ability to cast spells: will he ...
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Enervation, negative levels and monsters

Enervation causes the target creature to gain negative levels. In the description of the negative levels where (emphasis mine): The creature is also treated as one level lower for the purpose of ...
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Death by losing constitution

This question regards the pathfinder setting: I'm having a bit of confusion as to how a death by constitution drain would take place, specifically with these rulings taken from the Pathfinder SRD: ...
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Does Improved Channel increase DC for Command Undead?

The Command Undead-feat uses one channel and has the same save-DC as the channel. The Improved-Channel-feat increases the DC for the channel. Does this include the DC of the Command Undead? For ...
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What kind of monster I can be?

How do you determine what level characters monsters are equivalent to in Pathfinder? I'm going to be playing a Pathfinder game in the future and I am playing as a monster PC. The GM gave me a few ...
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How does the +3 for class skills work when multiclassing a new class?

Inspired by this question: Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill OK, I have a fighter with a ranks in (for example) Acrobatics. Then I gain a level and add a Rogue. Now, if I started ...
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Class skill +3, when you have 1 rank in that skill

"If you select a level in a new class, all of its class skills are automatically added to your list of class skills, and you gain a +3 bonus on these skills if you have ranks in them." I'm confused ...
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Question on Stacked conditions

According to Pathfinder rules on conditions: "If more than one condition affects a character, apply them all. If effects can't combine, apply the most severe effect." Using this, is it safe to ...
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How does channel energy work in combat?

How is positive channel energy used in combat? Do I just declare that I am using it or do I have to wish to use it and then roll to see if I am successful? I suppose I'm asking when would the DC 13 ...
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Does a Paladin's Divine Bond stack with levels from Holy Vindicator?

I am unsure as to the answer to this myself. It states in the description of the Paladin's Divine Bond that you gain a +1 bonus every 4 levels, but it doesn't say this is restricted to Paladin levels. ...
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Arcane Bonds and Familiars

Is it possible for a Wizard to gain both an arcane bond and a familiar without multiclassing? I have not found a way to do it, but I'm keen to find out if it is possible.
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What special ability do Improved Familiars give?

The improved familiar feat allows a higher level arcane spellcaster to get a, well, improved familiar. However the Special Abilities for these familiars is not listed. For some of these (Celestial ...
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What skill to use to determine cause of death and analyse wounds?

When running Pathfinder one of the players wanted his character to investigate how a walking corpse had originally died. This obviously calls for some skill check, as the task if far from easy (the ...
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How should a stealthy attack start combat?

Say, a PC fires a longbow at an enemy without their knowledge before combat has begun, how should combat start? Should there be a stealth/perception opposed check? Should a successful/unsuccessful ...
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Does 2 handed multiplier apply to Dex mod with Weapon Finesse?

I have a rogue with Weapon Finesse. This allows me to: When making a melee attack with a light weapon or rapier, you may use your DEX Mod instead of your strength Mod on the attack roll. Since ...
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Armor's effect on skills

If I read this correctly then it means that the armor I choose will affect my Dex and Str based skills. Any armor heavier than leather, as well as any shield, hurts a character's ability to use ...
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While swimming during combat, do “double moves” allow/require 2 swim checks?

A PC is in water during combat and requires a swim check to move. Say, a PC chooses to use the move action first, performs their swim check and fail, sinking 5 feet, are they then allow to use their ...
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Catching Spirits

Is there a way in Pathfinder to catch a spirit or bind it with your PC? (hopefully for the benefit of the PC) I am hoping it is possible to possess a scroll or magical charm or something as my ...
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Is casting the spell Blood Transcription an evil act?

A player of mine in a recent game of Pathfinder was playing a Lawful Neutral Magus and was about to drink blood from a fallen spellcaster to get his prepared spells for the day by using the spell ...
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Necromantic Life Sight vs. Mirror Image

Necromancers and several undead creatures have the Life Sight ability. It's described as BlindSight" except for "life". So how does this interact with an illusion spell like Mirror Image? Clearly ...
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Can Black/Red Dragons talk in Pathfinder?

In the Pathfinder Beginner's Box Gamemaster guide, it states that Reefclaws can understand language, but can't talk. I can't find anything in particular in the Gamemaster Guide that explicitly states ...
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Does combat while swimming affect anything other than movement?

Does combat while swimming affect anything other than movement speed? I assume that melee/ranged combat is affected if a PC is underwater after failing a swim check or choosing to dive? Do these ...
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When to apply XP in Pathfinder?

I'm running a Pathfinder game from the beginners box, I can't find anywhere that states when to apply the XP earned from encounters. The Game Master's guide states in Wrapping up a session (p21): ...
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Why do Spell-Like Abilities provoke attacks of opportunity?

Both in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder, Spell-Like Abilities are described as having "no verbal, somatic, focus, or material components." In both systems, however, activating them as a standard action ...
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What is the purpose of Finesse Rogue when core rules state a rogue can take any feat naturally?

I am rather new to PathFinder and 3.5 in general. I am playing a rogue and running through all the rogue feats I can take and when I came up to Finesse Rogue Finesse Rogue: Gain Weapon Finesse as ...
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Does the Cleric's Channel Energy ability heal living enemies too?

From the description of the Pathfinder Cleric's Channel Energy ability it seems that it will heal damage to enemies as well as allies. Is this correct or is the healing applied to only the cleric's ...
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Greater Feint Clarification

I don't understand the benefits of Greater Feint feat in Pathfinder. Its Benefit states: Whenever you use feint to cause an opponent to lose his Dexterity bonus, he loses that bonus until the ...
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Can I start at any adventure path or would I be missing something by not running the first one?

I have never run or played an Adventure Path campaign but I am considering starting the subscription. If I understand it correctly each of the 6 part Adventure Paths start the player at 1st level and ...
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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. ...