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

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At what point are weapons and items carried for quick access too much?

I know in the game you can carry whatever you want as long as you have the str to do so. After dealing with one of my players trying to quick draw a grappling hook I started to wonder about how people ...
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How do Pathfinder's vision penalties due to darkness 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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Can you see areas outside from inside an area of Darkness? [duplicate]

Lets say you're in an area of dim light (20% miss chance). You get in combat with some archers, and so cast Darkness on your weapon/holy symbol. This lowers the light in a 20ft radius, in this case to ...
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Divided party on a deserted island

My gaming group (and some NPCs) are shipwrecked on a deserted island. I'd like the characters cooperate to survive in this hostile environment, because I want to make the game world really dangerous ...
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Nonlethal damage up to max HP instead of current HP, as feat or item?

I am playing a Kineticist from the Occult Adventures Playtest, and am looking for a specific effect to help with the Burn class feature: the ability to take nonlethal damage up to my maximum HP, ...
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Can a Sin Eater eat sins from something they did not kill?

Based on a related question, where Eat Sin was quoted, I noticed something rather... strange. Eat Sin (Sp) At 1st level, as a free action, when the sin eater inquisitor kills an enemy, she ...
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What does the Benefit of Catfolk Exemplar mean?

I am helping a player to construct a catfolk and we have a question about Catfolk Exemplar. d20pfsrd reads, Prerequisite: Catfolk. Benefit: You can take the Aspect of the Beast feat even if ...
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How viable is a party of only arcane casters?

I had a campaign story idea where the PCs were students at a prestigious magic university undergoing training to become guild-registered adventurers, with the caveat then that players could only ...
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Freedom of Movement and its interpretation

I was reading Freedom of Movement and I have a question about how its worded, specifically the line that follows: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist ...
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How to play a high level character concept from level 1 [closed]

One way to form a character concept is to sketch out what they're like at the start of the adventure, and then let the adventure shape the player as time goes on. That is certainly a valid way to do ...
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Are Familiars considered Magical for effects like Detect Magic?

Recently a situation came up in one of my games where an animal was acting unusually intelligent so one of the Player characters cast Detect Magic to identify whether or not the creature was of ...
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Do Overhand Chop and Backswing never work together?

The Two-Handed Fighter advanced core class (in the Advanced Players Guide) gives two abilities (Overhand Chop and Backswing) that seem like they should overlap, but I'm not sure they do. Am I ...
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Magic Jar without a receptacle

In the magic jar spell effects, you can possess a body, which sends the 'life force' or 'soul' to the receptacle/magic jar. You possess the body and force the creature's soul into the magic jar ...
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Extending Coven to affect class level instead of just caster level for scaling effects

The Coven hex allows you to use an 'aid another' action to increase the caster level of the other witch for one round, In addition, whenever the witch with this hex is within 30 feet of another ...
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Silent Image in Combat

Say I stick an illusion of a bucket on 5 goblin's heads with Silent Image + pass off concentration to the familiar (through some feat) who moves it along with them. Assuming they try to touch the ...
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Can I cast two swift spells in a round, or otherwise trade a move action for a swift?

Can you use a move action to make a swift action? What if you have 2 swift spells and a standard one, can you cast them all in one round?
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Can you fail checks made to escape a grapple while under the effects of Freedom of Movement?

Freedom of Movement: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist checks made to escape a grapple or a pin. Does this mean that you are not required to ...
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Can the Suit Seeker Inquisitor Archetype and the Sin Eater Inquisitor Archetype be used at the same time?

I'm interested in building an Inquisitor with the Suit Seeker and Sin Eater archetypes. I know you cannot take two archetypes that replace the same class feature. From the Suit Seeker archetype: ...
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Stunning Fist in a 1 vs. 1; is the stun only for the target's turn?

Stunning Fist states: A defender who fails this saving throw is stunned for 1 round (until just before your next turn). So, in a 1 vs. 1 battle, and assuming you went 1st in initiative and using ...
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Where can I get miniatures of The Four Horsemen of Apocalyse?

I have looked a lot online but I am reaching the end of my search. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy miniatures of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — ideally resembling the Pathfinder ...
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How do touch spells work in Pathfinder?

You would think touch spells would be fairly straightforward: You cast a spell, you touch someone or several someones, and effects occur. Unfortunately, the touch spell rules contain the following ...
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How does the “Animate Objects” spell work?

I have the following questions concerning the spell "animate objects": It seems clear that this spell gives objects a mode of movement which they didn't have before. What kind of movement does it ...
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How does the Shot on the Run feat work with a rogue's stealth skill?

Specifically, the Fast Stealth rogue talent. In the core rulebook, it says it is impossible to use stealth while attacking, and that generally stealth checks are made during movement. I want to know ...
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Can my one-handed or hook-handed ex-pirate use Dervish Dance?

So I'm making a character for a pathfinder game and I'm wanting to give her Dervish Dance, but there are a few questions I have about the feat. First of all, Dervish Dance says, "You cannot use this ...
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Can “Symbol of” spells be thrown at enemies?

The "Symbol of" line of spells (starting at Symbol of Death) state that "You can't use a symbol of [whatever] offensively; for instance, a touch-triggered symbol of [whatever] remains untriggered ...
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How could one defeat a pervasive antimagic field?

There is a campaign I'm in that, though I'm pretty much done and ready to bail on it, has inspired a thought experiment. Long story short, we got railroaded hard into being gladiators. We have had ...
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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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What are some good items/equipment to consider for a ranged disarm character?

I currently have a level 12 character (5monk, 5rogue, 2fighter) who specializes in disarming (ranged and melee) and improvised weapon fighting. I am curious if there is any equipment that would help a ...
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Do flaming, etc. weapon properties deal their extra damage just on contact?

Some magic weapons have special abilities such as flaming, where it does extra damage on a hit. Since it's elemental damage, would just the extra damage be dealt on contact? For example, would an ...
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Do flaming weapons with the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage on trip attempts?

Do flaming (and other elemental damage) weapons that have the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage when they are used in a trip attack and hit successfully?
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How many attacks does Spell Strike apply to when making a Full Attack?

I was reading the Magus class and using the spell strike class ability it lets you channel a touch spell with your melee weapon. If there is a spell which meets the requirements could it be applied to ...
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What does the Cleric alignment requirement mean for Clerics with no deity?

The Cleric rules say: Alignment: A cleric's alignment must be within one step of her deity's, along either the law/chaos axis or the good/evil axis. But you can also be a cleric with no deity: ...
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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 ...