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

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How does undead anatomy work?

Here is the description of the undead anatomy spell: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/u/undead-anatomy-i Here are the general rules about polymorph spells: ...
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When I level up as a prestige class, do I gain the bonus of both my core class and my prestige class?

If I am a prestige class, does leveling up give me skills from both my prestige class and my core class? i.e. If I am a rogue who wants to be a shadowdancer, does leveling up to level six give me ...
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What is the process of a fighter becoming an Eldritch Knight?

According to the Pathfinder Core Rule-book, the requirements to become an Eldritch knight are: Weapon Proficiency - Must be proficient with all martial weapons Spells - Able to cast 3rd-level arcane ...
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Houserule: All cantrips/orisons on spell list cast spontaneously, limited per day. Broken?

I'm a new-ish 3.5/Pathfinder frankenstein-hybrid DM (CMB and CMD exist in my game, Death rules from Pathfinder, the rest is 3.5) and now I'm thinking about tweaking Level 0 spells. However I'm not ...
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Problem with understanding the rules for saving throws of familiars

According to the rules of familiars the following applies to saving throws Saving Throws: For each saving throw, use either the familiar's base save bonus (Fortitude +2, Reflex +2, Will +0) or ...
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How can a low-level wizard prevent damage to his spellbook? [closed]

A low-level wizard is usually too poor to have backup copies of his spellbook, so keeping his lone, precious spellbook safe early on must be a priority, but how does a low-level wizard do that? ...
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Are upper-level combat encounters still as complicated and time-consuming?

With level 10 and higher PCs, a lone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder combat encounter can take a long time, but I haven't heard if the same is true in Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Does a 5E ...
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How can a wizard familiar be an alchemist?

In "The COMPLETE Professor Q's Wizard Guide" (but elsewhere too) you can read that one of the familiar roles can be an alchemist. Roles for Familiars Alchemist: This can get a little ...
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Would Bronze and/or Iron weapons and armor have different stats than “typical” ones in games?

I thought about asking this in Worldbuilding, but since this specifically includes stats for said items, I figured I'd ask here. I want to create a Mid-Late Ancient Era (Classical Greco-Roman) type ...
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From where do you start counting distance when you have natural reach?

I encountered an odd situation. I am playing a naturally large(tall) character so I have a natural reach of 10. My character is also based using a bow for ranged attacks, I also have point blank shot ...
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Can a PF cleric create 9600 gallons of water a day? [duplicate]

It seems like cleric in PF can use unlimited times of 0-level spell a day. By a simple calculation, a level 1 cleric working for 8 hours a day can create 9600 gallons of water a day, by using the ...
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Can I temporarily store evolution points in myself with the Summoner's Aspect ability?

When a Summoner uses the Aspect ability to divert evolution points to take on evolutions for himself, can those points then later be diverted back to his Eidolon's pool or are they permanently stuck ...
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Do growing effects on creatures (such as Enlarge Person and Righteous Might) stack?

Actually nothing in the rules says anything about this, while anything affecting the size of weapons seems to not stack with other kinds of growing effects. It is mentioned for the Growing weapon ...
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Should an Aqueous Orb provide cover for a creature hiding behind it?

There's an Archer in my party, and I'm playing the party Wizard. It's likely going to come up that there will be a time when an enemy ends up behind the 10' diameter sphere of churning water made by ...
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How does encumbrance interact with Enlarge Person?

According to the Carry Capacity rules, an increase in size of one category grants a x2 multiplier to your carrying capacity, and a decrease in size reduces your capacity by half. When under the ...
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Can you cast an immediate action spell while you are casting a one round spell.

This came up on the /r/pathfinder_rpg subreddit, and it made me wonder, is it possible to cast an immediate action spell while you're casting a one round spell? The idea was that someone could begin ...
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For Vow of Poverty, how many items does a quiver of arrows count as?

Is a quiver of arrows a single item or 21 separate items under RAW? I'm making a zen archer monk and am wondering if the "Vow of Poverty" is unobtainable with that build.
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Does Bestow Curse stack with itself in Pathfinder?

My players are about to fight Marsh Giants, which have the supernatural ability to cast Bestow Curse. I found this answer for 3.5, I wasn't sure if the same rules apply here. Can I curse my players ...
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Can Slippers of Spider Climbing be used to stick to the ground?

If a giant bird that can pick people up comes at me and I activate my Slippers of Spider Climbing while standing on the ground, will this hinder or even prevent the bird from picking me up? Is it ...
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Can a Trap-the-Soul enspelled Gem be thrown at it's target?

The Paizo/Pathfinder Spell "Trap the Soul", has two possible triggers. Spell Completion: First, the spell can be completed by speaking its final word as a standard action as if you were casting a ...
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How can I preserve medieval transportation tropes for the PCs in a world with travel magic?

The problem: Overland travel spells and magic items disrupt the value of several fantasy elements that I don't want to sacrifice in a campaign, such as mounts (and the classes that make use of them), ...
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I want to run a trial in D&D 3.5, but how can I avoid invalidation by magic?

The Background I'm a pretty new DM, and I'm running a casual game of D&D 3.5 (with some rulings from Pathfinder added to the mix, for practical reasons) and I like doing special things for my ...
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Reduce/enlarge person's equipment acquired while enlarged?

The rules for enlarge and reduce person say "All equipment worn or carried by a creature is similarly [reduced or enlarged] by the spell." Does that happen once at the beginning of the spell for the ...
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Which spells may I purchase for a PFS party member?

In Pathfinder Society, players aren't generally allowed to provide permanent help to other players. However, there is a note in the Guide to PFS Organized Play which says players may share gold for ...
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the Summon Monster spells?

On the Pathfinder SRD the lists as shown currently are, according to what I have read on the Paizo messageboards, not entirely accurate nor are all calculations done correctly for the various ...
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Is Coup de Grace on sleeping and bound opponents an evil act? [closed]

So I was recently participating in a Pathfinder Society game. Our ship was attacked and boarded by pirates. First thing that happened was one of our party cast sleep, and succeeded in putting four of ...
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In Pathfinder Society play, how many times can you purchase a “found item”?

If my character receives a chronicle sheet that lists, say, a Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds (300gp) does this mean I may purchase the potion one time and must then cross it off my chronicle sheet? ...
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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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What's an optimum build for a set-up character for Pathfinder Society character? [closed]

My wife plays a barbarian in Pathfinder Society that does massive amounts of damage when she is able to use Cleave. I decided to build a character that would reposition foes for her to cleave. What's ...
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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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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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What is the purpose of slow experience gain in Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

Pathfinder Society Organized Play allows players to advance either 1XP or 1/2XP per session. There are no advantages offered by taking the slower XP (experience) gain, so why would someone use this ...
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What do people mean when they say things are retroactive in Pathfinder?

I've heard this on several questions including questions about ability scores, wizard spell books, and skill points. What exactly does this mean in regard to those things and in general? If someone ...
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Does concealment negate all precision damage?

I will start with the feat that leads me to believe that this might be the case. Shadow Strike: You can deal precision damage, such as sneak attack damage, against targets with concealment (but ...
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Does Pathfinder have a spell like Lesser Geas from 3.5?

I was wondering if there is an equivalent spell to Lesser Geas in Pathfinder, since I have not been able to find it. The purpose I need the spell for is binding. I just read a guide for binding that ...
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Creating magic items with random triggers (e.g. burst weapon)

I'd like to create set of Fascinating Daggers that will have a chance of casting Hypnotic Pattern or Hypnotism, something around once every 10 hits (I'd like it to tie it to the attack roll but not ...
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What happens if character creation says I gain and lose darkvision simultaneously?

The alternate racial trait Skilled removes my dark vision as a half-orc, but my bloodline arcana gives me darkvision. If I replaced my half-orc darvision with "Skilled", but also am an orc bloodline ...
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Can an Medium Enlarged PC pick up and wield a Large Weapon? [duplicate]

Scenario: A PC has become Large through means of Enlarge Person. All of the gear he carries has been Enlarged with him as per Enlarge Person spell. A Large Greatsword lies on the ground nearby and ...
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Which side starts first after initiating a Psychic Duel?

I have been thinking about giving psychic duels from Occult Adventures book a try for the flavor of it. Despite people suggesting "just use hold person if you want a save-or-die spell", I think ...
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Can a Magus use spellstrike with Path of war's maneuvers?

I would really like to know or will maneuvers conflict with the use of spellstrike? Pathfinder and path of war. My friends and I are planning a pathfinder game. I had intended to play a Magus and one ...
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Is it possible to swap charisma modifier to int or wis when binding outsiders as a wizard?

I want to build a demon-hunting wizard and just read through the rules for binding outsiders. Here I found: Once there, the outsider can pit its spell resistance as a check against the caster’s ...
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Is it allowed to buy ability scores lower than 7?

Looking at the ability score table I can go down to 7 and get 4 points into my pool, so let us say I have 15 points to spend and dropping strength to 7 I have 19 points according to my understanding. ...
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How does the abstraction of AC make sense when flat-footed?

I am looking for a rule-wise explanation of the logic as to why your deflection bonus (e.g. a shield) is counted in your flat-footed AC. From what I understand, being flat-footed means you didn't see ...
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Are splash weapons improvable with a fighter's Weapon Training?

I would assume that they are thrown weapons, but it does not appear that they are part of the thrown group. So does that mean that you cannot be weapon trained with splash weapons? I am specifically ...
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Where is it stated that you can gain spells as favored class option?

This question Human Favored Class: Sorcerer on here brought something up that I never heard before. After reading it I checked the SRD again and found nothing there. In essence it states that as ...
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Human Favored Class: Sorcerer

First of all, I think this favored class bonus is ridiculously powerful compared to any other options available. It dramatically reduces the drawback of choosing a sorcerer over a wizard. However, my ...
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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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How is a Magus' Spellstrike and Spell Combat affected by Silence?

This question was asked in another post that it was later edited out of. I'd like to re-post the RAW answer for future reference. The context was high-level melee combat where the the PC was going to ...
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How can I make a high level magus fail a will save?

We are playing an epic level campaign in which all PCs and most NPCs are 20th level. This has been really fun but I am quickly finding that it is very hard to get an advantage over some of the people ...