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

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What level of interactibility does the Summon natural allies spell grant over summons that can speak? [duplicate]

I play a Gnome Alchemist with the Preservationist archetype. In my formulae I have Summon nature's allies (I, II, IV and so on...), which allows me to summon creatures to help me do things (fight, and ...
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Can an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with Returning?

Can a melee weapon that is being used as an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with the returning property? The returning property seems to state that if a weapon can be thrown, it's eligible ...
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Throwing a weapon as an improvised weapon

In Pathfinder, if a weapon is thrown by a character at a target, does it become an improvised thrown weapon? For example purposes, the character in question is a Barbarian with the feat Throw ...
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How many Shapechanged Familiar Dragons can I have at once?

As per this question, certain classes can indeed have multiple Animal Companions or Familiars able to share spells. I want to know what the theoretical limit of this would be. A Druid19/Wiz1 would ...
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Why can't a Dispelling bow apply Dispel to its arrow?

I was recently building an archer character and was looking at weapon/arrow properties that would be helpful. Dispelling(/burst) were some very attractive choices until I looked closer. My first ...
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What items should an archer keep an eye out for? [closed]

This will be my first pathfinder game and I'm building a human fighter focusing on ranged attacks. I'm not really familiar with 3.5 or PF items, and was wondering if there are items I absolutely must ...
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How to communicate with your summons?

The Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally spells mention: If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. ...
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How do I challenge extremely strong 1st and 3rd level characters?

I've got a very strong group: Lvl 3 two weapon ranger noble drow AC: 26 (10 base + 6 from dex + 10 from armour the armour is an artifact with ...
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Magus using arcane pool to get vorpal

I was reading up on the Magus class and I have some conflicts about how the Arcane Pool ability is used. At 1st level, a magus can expend 1 point from his arcane pool as a swift action to grant ...
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In Pathfinder, are there any weapon buffs that overcome all forms of Damage Reduction?

Is there a spell in the Pathfinder world that grants a power to melee or ranged weapons similar to the Smite Evil / Smite Good ability to overcome all forms of Damage Reduction?
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Using quick draw with a grappling hook?

I was running a game and one of my players (a brawler) was going to have troubles getting over a wall so they wanted to get their grappling hook out. They wanted to use quick draw to get it out, but ...
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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for free. However, after playing a bit ...
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How long does setting up a portable lab take?

How long should it take to set up/take down a portable alchemy lab? My players are in the middle of a city combat, and they have just suffered a poison attack, and the alchemist logically wants to ...
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Helping monks overcome non-synergy class abilities [closed]

So most people agree that in Pathfinder the monk suffers in many ways, most commonly MAD and abilities that dont exactly work together, such as their fast movement and flurry of blows. To help the ...
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Shapechanging Familiars/Animal Companions/Etc via Share Spells

I had the idea for a character with several familiars/companions who will follow him around, and then once level 9 spells are available, with use of the Share-Spells special ability, create a mass of ...
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Can a wizard's bonded object be a sheathed weapon?

In Pathfinder, wizards are often required to have a bonded item which is in the form of a amulet, ring, staff, wand or weapon. I was reading a guide to wizards which lamented about the loss of the ...
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Is a monk of the empty hand considered proficient with improvised weapons before level 6?

The monk of the empty hand is all about using improvised weapons. However, it can receive the feat "Improvised Weapon Mastery" as a bonus feat only at lvl6. The thing I'm not sure about is: is he ...
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Do the automatic success and failure rules apply to skill checks?

We had a rule check tonight that we couldn't answer. On the Pathfinder wiki I could only find info on natural 20s and 1s in regards to attack rolls and saves in combat. Do they also apply to skill ...
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What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?

What is the fastest way to earn money outside of adventuring? Our DM is putting us into a war and we have to prepare for said war. We have X amount of time (not known) to make money and then we make ...
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Should replacement characters have to take campaign traits?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path and between the books some players have changed out their characters. The Second Darkness Player's Guide had several campaign traits which were presented ...
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Arcane Archer “within range”

I was reading the arcane archer class because of another post, and while reading the abilities it kept referring to using them "within range". How do they define within range? Clearly the weapon focus ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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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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Alchemist identifying a poison

Back story I have an alchemist in my group. They recently faced zombies who had gas canisters which started releasing a inhaled poison when they got up off the ground, this gas attack would go for 3 ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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Pathfinder perception at night seems too easy

I have a question in regards to how vision works at night in pathfinder. According to my understanding of the rules if you are outside at night and the moon\stars are out the dc to see somebody is ...
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How do I get players to invest in their character concept and stop making new PCs?

I have been playing in a specific group for some time now. I now am in a position where I am going to be the GM once more. However I have a recurring problem with the players continuously switching ...
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Why are raining arrows listed under alchemy?

I was looking at the pathfinder craft alchemy skill and I have to ask, why are arrow, raining (or raining arrows) listed there? Their loaded with holy water which to my knowledge isnt an alchemy ...
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How often can Intimidating Glare be used?

The Intimidating Glare Barbarian Power does not note that there is a restriction about how often you can use the ability. As far as I understood, rage powers can only be used while in rage, but if the ...
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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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Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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What does a confused creature do when it has to “attack the nearest creature”?

I ran an encounter and during it several characters ended up getting confused by the result of a poison. When they rolled in the 75-100 range, forcing them to "attack the nearest creature", a few ...
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What happens if you stop meeting the requirements for a spell?

Many spells specify a condition (animal, living creature, undead, etc.) that their targets must fulfill. What happens if such a spell is cast on a target that meets the condition(s), but changes in ...
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Pathfinder and the Rogue's Sneak Attack

Coming from 3.5 to Pathfinder has been interesting in that while it was an update to 3.X, some of the mechanics have changed. An example of this is a PF Rogue's Sneak Attack. In 3.5 a Rogue could ...
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How do I make character making easier for new players?

Whenever I need a player to make a character, usually above level one (e.g. TPK) they usually miss more details than I can manage, sometimes the player takes a terrible spell on his spells known, and ...
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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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Does Gravity Bow stack with Enlarge?

Does Gravity Bow stack with Enlarge? As in I cast enlarge on myself, as a medium creatue, and the turn after I cast Gravity bow and on the third turn I shoot with my longbow. Does it do Huge dmg ...
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Formula for scaling weapon damage with size? [duplicate]

As weapons get larger or smaller, they tend to deal different damage dice. Most weapons list damage for Small and Medium weapons: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment---final/weapons There is also a ...
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The Creation of Magical items and the increase of DC

In my Campaign a question is consistently brought up: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be created. Most of the ...
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Do spellcasters need to know a spell to use a magic device?

This question came up amongst my group when, in a Pathfinder game, the Wizard acquired a wand of fireballs but does not actually know the spell fireball. Does he actually need to have fireball ...
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What races would the drow be using as slaves?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path under Pathfinder rules. I have had to make many changes in the 3rd book to have a more balanced game, partly because my party size is 8 people. I own ...
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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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Can an Alchemist really get shut down by a shatter spell?

Your standard alchemist in Pathfinder usually uses vials for their bombs, mixtures, and everything else. Suppose said alchemist was hit or in an area of effect shatter spell. Since they are on his ...
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Getting scimitars to be light without losing class levels?

I was trying to make a druid/fey bloodrager who wielded dual scimitars. I didn't know how I could get past the extra two weapon penalties for scimitars. So how could I make scimitars light without ...
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Are level up bonuses applied cumulatively when multiclassing?

I'm referring specifically to the fort ref and will save bonuses. say i'm a level 4 fighter, and thus have +4/+1/+1 respectively. i want to take a level in rogue for the +1d6 on sneak attacks, and ...
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Does a monk's ki strike require a swift action?

I was working on a Monk in Pathfinder and carefully reading the entries when this occurred to me. It states that as long as you have one or more ki points in your ki pool you can make a ki strike. ...
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Can I stick darkness on an enemy with an arrow?

What happens if I cast darkness on an arrow and then shoot an enemy with it? Assuming it hits, does the effect stay with the person who was shot? Does the arrow stick into the target, or does it ...
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What kind of check is disguising a command word activation?

I want to activate a magic item using Command Words. I don't need to disguise the effect or that I used a command word at all. However, I want to disguise what the command word is, such as by saying a ...
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How many bomb attacks does my 8th-level Bomber Alchemist get with a Full Attack?

I was wondering what a full attack would look like for a level 8 alchemist. I've seen a few builds, but i must be missing something because the BAB For my full attack using bombs doesn't match and all ...