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Do all spells require an attack roll?

I know if I cast a touch spell like Chill Touch, I have to roll a d20 to see if I hit against their touch AC, and I can potentially crit. What if it's a spell like Entangle that has a range of long, ...
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How do you interpret the attacks in the Bestiary?

For example, in Bestiary 1, the Yeti has the melee attack 2 claws +9(1d6+4 plus 1d6 cold) Does the 2 claws part mean he gets that attack doubled? Does the +9 go to attack bonus and damage, or just ...
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How to sneak attack in the dark?

Backstabbing and darkness go together in most RPGs that I ever played. However, in Pathfinder you actually have to see what you're doing if you want your precision damage. How else are you going to ...
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Do touch spells crit via a natural weapon's crit range?

If I increase the threat of my natural weapon (improved crit) (19-20) does this affect my touch spell cast through it? Pg 213: A touch spell that deals damage can score a critical hit just as a ...
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How is a ranged touch spell attack calculated?

I know that when attacking with a melee weapon you would add your Attack Bonus to your attack roll and your Strength Modifier to the damage roll. How does this work when you're casting a ranged spell ...
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Can you begin casting, move, then unleash a spell in the same round?

In the Core Rulebook it states that you can cast a "touch" spell, move, and touch your target (as a free action) all in 1 round if you want, in whatever order you want. Does this also apply to range ...
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How do I determine my burrow speed?

On the default character sheet, there is a burrow speed that I don't know how to determine it or if I even have it. I was able to find fly and swim speeds in the skills section but don't know where ...
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What is armor “properties” on the default character sheet?

On page 2, the AC Items table at the top has a "properties" column. What goes in that slot of the character sheet?
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Can druids be neutral good or neutral evil?

I'm playing pathfinder and it says they can be "any neutral" but I'm confused as to whether that means LN N and CN or if that also includes NG and NE.
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Do you still roll a saving throw against effects that your character is immune to?

This question deals explicitly in how the mechanics of Pathfinder functions and not in how I should resolve this at the table; in Pathfinder, if a character is immune to an effect and then targeted by ...
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How does Spell Mastery work exactly?

Could someone clarify this feat a bit? Does it mean that you can cast those "mastered" spells an unlimited amount of times per day or is it more like "oh I didn't have that 1 hour to prepare my ...
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Could I make a sneak attack, move behind new cover and make a stealth check?

I have been searching for hours and it only caused me to be more confused. Say I was concealed in the beginning and made a range sneak attack, could I move to another area with cover, then make a ...
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What does a 1d6/1d6 damage mean?

When reading the weapon attacks from the core rulebook I noticed quarterstaves (and a few other weapons) have something like this under the Dmg column; 1d6/1d6 What does this mean? It looks to me ...
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Does a character benefit from both racial and class weapon proficiencies?

If I play a dwarf wizard, does he have both Wizard weapon proficiencies (e.g. daggers) as well as Dwarf weapon proficiencies (e.g. battleaxes)?
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On a critical hit, does one double negative modifiers?

Let's say a character with an 8 STR confirms a critical hit with a short sword. A normal hit for them would deal 1d6-1 damage. Does the critical deal 2d6-2?
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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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Is there a Construct Class?

I am looking for a construct class or something similar enough I can change it into a construct class. An example of what I would think a construct class could do would be, it can remove and change ...
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Large creature with reach weapon, how does sunder work?

Let's assume that the large creature with reach weapon (reach 20') does not have a feat to not provoke AoO. And a medium humanoid with a longsword (reach 5') is standing out of his own reach but in ...
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Can the Create Water spell create “running water”?

In our current Pathfinder campaign, my party is (probably) dealing with a Vampire; one of the vampire weaknesses is to take damage in "running water". We have multiple Clerics and a Druid in the ...
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What does 1-1/2 mean?

In Pathfinder I've seen the phrase "adds 1-1/2 the creature's strength bonus on damage rolls" Does that mean multiply by 1.5?
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Using the bestiary

I'm new to Pathfinder and there are a few things I'm confused about in the bestiary; 1) All monsters have an hp score, but beside it they have, what seems to be their hit die. What does this mean? ...
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk unarmed strikes except by increasing in size?
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As a Sorcerer of the Efreeti Bloodline, can I turn Stone Call into Fire Call?

I'm playing a Sorcerer with the Efreeti Bloodline. That means that I can change the elements in my spells to Fire using this feature: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy ...
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Pathfinder: How does taking 2 archetypes in from the same core class work?

In the APG it states; "A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature." So does that ...
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Can a thrown dagger do slashing damage?

Daggers can do either slashing or piercing damage, and have a range increment of 10'. I don't see anything in the rules to suggest that thrown they only deal piercing damage...though it seems like a ...
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PC as Familiar?

One of my PC's wants a familiar and one of my other PC's thinks it would be cool if she could take on the role of a familiar because she thinks it would allow her freedom to be "cute" in the game. ...
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What should a GM do about players using magic in unforeseen game-breaking ways?

Firstly, a quick anecdote. In our most recent Pathfinder session our cleric jokingly mentioned he will soon be able to summon 1d3 dolphins. Another player then mentioned that some dolphins (orca) can ...
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What game system should I use for a new campaign: familiarity or abundant material [closed]

After a couple of decades away from RPGs, I've have been a player for several months with a steady group playing FantasyCraft. Meanwhile, I've been preparing a campaign of my own and done a lot of ...
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Where it says longsword +3 and short sword +2, what does the +3 and +2 mean?

In the following example character, in this case Valeros: http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/npcCodex/iconic/valeros.html What does the +3 and +2 mean in relation to his weapons? Are these ...
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In Pathfinder, do magical weapons automatically overcome damage reduction?

Let's say I have a monster with DR 10/Adamantine. Would it be correct to say that if a PC attacks that monster with a +3 non-Adamantine weapon, the monster's DR would not be overcome? The general ...
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Leveling up a non-companion animal

Our level 4 rogue did an amazing diplomacy/handle animal check and befriended a shadow mastiff. The group as a whole thinks the shadow mastiff is awesome, and gave it a name. They want to level it up ...
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How do I make my fights more interesting? [closed]

Sometimes my combats are too boring, just a bunch of dice rolls. I want my fightings to be fast and various. Often is all about "you See the enemy, roll the dice a few Times, go on". This takes too ...
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Class Skill and Skill Focus as requirement for feat

The answer is probably, "no you have burn another feat for this," but I wanted to ask the community anyway. I am looking at taking the Eldritch Heritage feat with my Dhampir Oracle and one of the ...
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What do I have to roll to make a horse squeeze through a tight space?

I ran into an issue in my last session - my party headed into an area that is only accessible via tight tunnels. My horse is physically capable of passing through them, but it would have to "squeeze" ...
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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Crafting in the Wilderness

We've started a campaign recently where we are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Our characters are fairly low-level and do not have any starting equipment other than the clothes on our back As such, ...
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Community-created dungeons for Pathfinder?

Just finished playing the Pathfinder Beginner Box Set adventure with my sons (as a first experience for us, and it was great fun). It would be fun to continue this, but building a whole dungeon after ...
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Does Entangling Shot involve one duration roll or one per target?

Does each target in the AoE of an Entangling Shot roll independently for the 2d4 rounds of entanglement, or does the PC roll one duration shared by all who fail the reflex save?
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New players missing the big picture?

Ok so I've just started my two daughters on their first ever Pathfinder campaign using the pre-built TC1 "Into the Haunted Forest". It's going ok, they are having fun, but they seem to be overlooking ...
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Using mechanics optimization to design a game at a desired power level

I want to learn how to optimize. I am aware of optimization and have seen examples of optimized characters, I have found many 'guides' on optimization but in reality all of these are simply lists of ...
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Should I take turns during a skill challenge?

I'm trying to use 4e's skill challenges in Pathfinder, but I have a question: should I ask my player to roll for initiative and take turns to Win the challenge, or just the best PCs should play it?
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What exactly does Paizo consider Product Identity

What I am trying to do: I am building a character sheet application for use on my phone or tablet and would like to be able to make a few bucks off of it should it turn out handy during my own game ...
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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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How do I make an interesting escape from a fire?

So, the last session I tried to make an encounter where my players had to escape from a burning house. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boring bunch of pass-or-suck checks. How can I make this ...
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Injury Poison vs Temp Hit Points / Damage Reduction

Specifically looking at poisons of type Injury: Injury: These poisons are primarily delivered through the attacks of certain creatures and through weapons coated in the toxin...One dose of ...
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Can Intimidate be used to cause fear of other forces?

In Pathfinder, can the Intimidate skill be used to cause fear of and act on fear of third party forces? For example, my veteran Dwarven soldier walks up to a civilian, and says "I've seen the terrors ...
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Creating custom preparation rituals and boons for Pathfinder

Ultimate Magic has a section describing several pre-built spellbooks that PCs may use and some of them include preparation rituals. These rituals grant a boon to the caster if a minimum number of ...
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How can I better show players that enemies are not friends?

I'm a new GM playing Pathfinder with other newbies. The problem I'm facing is that the group tries to be friends with almost every humanoid that they meet. It's not that they dislike combat, it's ...
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Manyshot and weapon special abilities

I can't find a good rule source for whether or not to apply the additional damange dice of weapon special abilities like Holy and Frost for each arrow when using Manyshot. Conceptually, it makes ...
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Can a true neutral character cast spells affected by alignment?

Is a true neutral character restricted by alignment from casting a spell that is, say lawful or chaotic, or can he/she cast a spell no matter if its affected by an alignment. (A lawful character can't ...