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

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Can You Plane Shift to a Plane You Never Visited?

I was wondering if you can plane shift to a plane you never visited since you seem to need to specify a destination?
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When you gain equal SR from two sources, how does the “overlap” ruling work?

Spell resistance does not stack, but rather overlaps. Spell Resistance on the PFSRD. Does that mean that one overcomes the other (you only have one spell resistance even if both are equal, ...
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How do vision penalties work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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AoE effects with targets on top of each other

We've got a situation where a pit created by Create Pit is filled by ogres. Our witch decided to cast an Ice Storm on top of the pit. Should the damage hit the ogres in the bottom of the pit or are ...
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An alchemist without spells? [closed]

One of my players asked if there is any way to replace the alchemist's spell list with a different class feature. They want an "alchemist without spellcasting." So, is there any possibility of a ...
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Ship's Mage build (wind/water/weather themed caster) [closed]

I'm looking for some help with a character build for an upcoming pirate-themed Pathfinder game, which will probably run using the 'Epic 6th' rules. I'm looking for suggestions to help ensure that the ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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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 after reading the core rulebook. In the book, there are mentions of Character ...
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How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?

In D&D 3rd Edition, 3.5 Edition, and even Pathfinder, it is ridiculously easy as a player to purposely or inadvertently break the skill system, especially with Diplomacy. For example: A level 5 ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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Amount of Ability Score on level up in Pathfinder?

First of all, I'm really new to RPGs, and I cannot find in the core rules or online how many ability score to give a character at level 4,8,12,16,20. The manual says "and possibly an ability score ...
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". ...
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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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If you are a Half-Giant Brawler, what size are your fists for damage?

I have a friend setting up this character, and we were not sure, since Half-Giants can use weapons upto one size larger.
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What's with the Bloodrager's underwhelming spell list?

I noticed the Bloodrager spell list is unusually small, to the point of offering fewer spells than what the bloodrager is expected to learn through class levels. For example, the bloodrager is ...
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Any advice on a good Respawn system for pathfinder

I am searching for a good respawn rules set that I can apply to the next Pathfinder game I have in mind. I believe someone already had this idea, but I can't find anything on the subject. So here is ...
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What is a decently-powerful, thematically-infernal spell to replace Protection from Good?

I'm making a Bloodrager(infernal)/Sorcerer(draconic). A devil planted a seed of darkness in the boy's soul and as an adult he has to learn to fight and control it. House rules allow two bloodlines. ...
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Does the Ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana heal when you cast a spell or when deal damage?

The ghoul sorcerer bloodline arcana states, "Whenever you cast a spell of the necromancy school that deals hit point damage, you are healed of 1 hit point per spell level." Does this happen when you ...
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Legendary Items in Pathfinder Hero Lab Editor

My DM has introduced Legendary Items that provide different perks as the character levels up. I'm trying to re-create those items using the Hero Lab Editor but I'm a bit iffy when it comes to ...
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Two ships passing in the night, how to prevent hostilities?

I'm running my players through a modified version of Serpents Skull - Racing into Ruin, which has them leading a caravan/barge upriver. The scenario is a race with a rival party doing the same, which ...
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How to make a weapon 'extendable', as with the Dorn-Dergar?

I'm building a Tiefling Magus (Fiendflayer/Kensai) for an upcoming campaign. Level: 4 All of the stats are already adjusted for my racial stat bonus's. Str: 6 Dex: 13 Con: 16 Int: 14 Wis: 15 Cha: ...
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Does Pathfinder have the character imbalance problem that D&D 3.X has?

Many agree that D&D 3.X has a tier "problem" (or system or classification, depending upon your preference). I enjoy the basic rule set of 3.X but have a hard time having fun with a system that is ...
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Must a magic tattoo's slot match the slot of the base item?

Based on the Inscribe Magical Tattoo item creation feat's description, it seems like one should be able to make almost any normal magic item into a tattoo equivalent simply by doubling the cost. ...
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How do Path of War stances work out of combat?

In Dreamscarred Press's Path of War (a 3rd Party supplement to Pathfinder), it's unclear to me what can('t) be done out of combat, especially with regard to stances. Lines like this (from System ...
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Do bloodragers have to be “Barbarians”?

I know this seems a stupid question, but I mean it as this Barbarian |bärˈbe(ə)rēən| noun (in ancient times) a member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations ...
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Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?

When using the Aid Another action, does it break invisibility? I'm inclined to say no, because you're not actually attacking a creature, you're making an attack roll against a flat AC of 10. Aid ...
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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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What can you do while nauseated?

Follow up on this question on the alchemist's stink bomb. This bomb produces a stink cloud which, if you fail your save roll, will leave you nauseated. Creatures with the nauseated condition ...
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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When I make my attacks of opportunity with my X-laser, do I get to shoot a line?

So my 6th level scryer/slayer/gunslinger's bonded object is a masterwork X-laser. Our party has an awesome flowing monk with Greater Reposition. I have Snap Shot, Combat Reflexes, and a very high ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder?

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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Optimized cat dancer

Inspired by Where is the rule for skill limitations for animals? The Entertain trick gives a -2 penalty to perception to unwilling onlookers only if they fill a an opposed sense motive check against ...
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When looting a weapon, how do I determine its bonuses?

A slain guard was holding a longsword. In his stat block from the adventure I'm running, the longsword is listed as: longsword +5 (1d8+2/19-20) What are the weapon's base stats? Up until now, I ...
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Can I combine INT boosting Cognatogens with Fox's Cunning?

I am trying to build an Pathfinder Alchemist and ran into a question I'm having trouble answering: Can I combine the effects of an INT boosting Cognatogen with a Fox's Cunning potion?
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Does a magus deal damage as if using his off-hand with spell combat and spellstrike?

The magus's spell combat says, "This functions much like two-weapon fighting, but the off-hand weapon is a spell that is being cast." When a magus delivers a touch spell as a free action using ...
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Pathfinder spell lists with properties

Where can I find a spell list for a class (let's say druid), where not only the name and (shortened) effect is listed, but also the basic properties (range, duration, casting time, components) are ...
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How does the alchemist's Stink Bomb work?

The new FAQ clarifies that a Stink Bomb will deal bomb damage to the target it hits. My questions are: Does a Stink Bomb also deal splash damage to the surrounding targets? Can I use Precise Bombs ...
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How can someone kill a revenant?

According to the rules for Revenants: A revenant’s existence is fueled by its hatred for its murderer. As long as the murderer exists, the revenant exists. If the murderer dies, the revenant ...
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In Pathfinder, what is a good class for a player who will miss sessions [closed]

I am playing in a Pathfinder campaign but because of scheduling I know I will miss at least one out of every four sessions. What is a class whose absence will impact the group little and at the same ...
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How does increasing a creature's darkvision range interact with the feat Deepsight?

Does the feat Deepsight limit the creature's darkvision range to 120 ft. even if the creature has one or more ways to increase its darkvision beyond this range? Deepsight Your senses are ...
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How viable is a rogue in Pathfinder?

Coming from traumatic experiences in 3.5 with rogues, I would like to ask you if sneak attack is viable in Pathfinder. In 3.5, at level 10 and above, one would hardly ever get a chance to do any ...
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What does increased caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder? [duplicate]

Is there a way for a human character to increase their life span by any significant amount? I want to expand his lifespan because I want him to eventually raise a dragon, but I know that's way ...
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Can you take advantage of flanking positions with a ranged weapon?

There appears to be some controversy over whether or not a ranged attacker can ever be considered to be flanking his target. Is it true that it is impossible to flank enemies with a ranged weapon? ...
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Is someone in an area of darkness vulnerable to sneak attacks?

I was recently faced with the following scenario: A rogue activates darkness (as the spell) in an area of dim light. The rogue has darkvision, whereas the target does not. Therefore, the target ...
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What, if any, bonuses to AC can my allies temporarily 'turn off' so I can hit them with an Alchemist's Healing Bomb?

Healing Bomb is a splash weapon, so it would be a touch attack, and therefore armor/shield/natural armor AC don't matter. I would have to overcome any of the target's touch AC bonuses: Dexterity, ...
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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How can I optimize Chicken Infested?

I'm soon going to be a guest player in a Pathfinder game where silliness is the theme. (The party has been drawn into the Demiplane of Dinosaurs, which is reportedly a lot like Ravenloft, except with ...
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Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy? [closed]

I'm on a Lord of the Rings kick, so I'm curious how you'd create a major plot device that is both the main antagonist and the strongest weapon they have without killing the party with Ring Wraiths (or ...