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

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What special ability do Improved Familiars give?

The improved familiar feat allows a higher level arcane spellcaster to get a, well, improved familiar. However the Special Abilities for these familiars is not listed. For some of these (Celestial ...
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Witch - Octopus Familiar

The Witch class in the Advanced Players Guide allows an octopus as a familiar (p 219 in the Bestiary). My player has generated multiple questions regarding this subject. Will the octopus function on ...
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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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Can weapons have multiple energy enchants?

I have a friend who wants to put Flaming and Shocking on a bow to get some extra damage. All the enchants say is upon command they activate. If the enchants have the same command would they both ...
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What does “one step away on each alignment axis” mean?

I'm looking at the improved familiar feat and it says that, does that mean if I'm a LG character I can pick a familiar who is LG, NG, LN, or N?
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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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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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What effect does combining Mithril and an Armored Kilt have on armor category?

I have a few questions regarding the interaction between Mithril and Armored Kilts in Pathfinder. I would like either official sources, or the words of pathfinder creators/developers if possible. I'm ...
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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If a touch spell misses, can it be retried until it hits?

According to the rules on touch spells in combat it seems like you just hold the charge if you miss, and then perform touch attacks as standard actions until the spell hits. You can continue to ...
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Playing a blinded character in low levels

We have just started a game and are at low levels (I am 2 currently). My character was blinded by a bad save and he is a magus. In low levels is there anyway to play a blinded character who is not ...
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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area ...
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Can a Paladin take levels of other classes?

In 3.5 D&D, paladins have severe restrictions on multiclassing: Like a member of any other class, a paladin may be a multiclass character, but multiclass paladins face a special restriction. A ...
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Is a creature's square included in its threatened area?

A creature threatens the squares in which it can make a melee attack, but does that include its own space? (If it's relevant, assume it's a medium creature.)
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Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed

Could you have a chaotic neutral character, who in a public setting appear lawful good? Saving people, turning in bad guys, following all of the laws of an area to a T, if he knew that by doing so it ...
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Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another?

Can summoned monsters, specifically natural creatures such as eagles, be commanded to aid another? I've tried to find the answer myself but haven't succeeded.
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Permanently hiding items/objects

I'm curious how one might go arranging for an item or object to become permanently lost, and completely inaccessible to everyone (I would prefer a method that's reasonably secure against even divine ...
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Precision damage and damage reduction

So reading through the rules on damage types and damage reduction they read as the following summary Bludge\Peirc\Slashing yadda yadda these can have damage reduction Then it says energy - Not ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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Can you interrupt an action with a Ready Action?

I know that you can interrupt a turn, but can you interrupt the middle of an action, like a move action or would you have to wait until the other's move action is complete and then interrupt them ...
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Summary of differences between Pathfinder Beginner Box and Core Rules?

Does anywhere have a good reference of the summary of differences between the Pathfinder Beginner Box rules and the Core Rules (which I believe are identical to the online PRD)?
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In RAW how does a radius effect deal with obstructions?

How does a radius effect deal with obstructions? Does the radius expand and simply affect every non blocked square? Does it go through walls? Does it go around corners? Like the Cleric's Channel ...
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Expeditious Retreat and Chameleon Mutagen

The Gnome Saboteur's Chameleon Mutagen gives them a climb speed = to 1/2 their base speed. So an increase to base speed would also increase their climb speed by half. However, Expeditious Retreat ...
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Can a 'Blade Barrier' turn?

The Blade Barrier spell can be a Wall or a Ring without stating if the Wall has to be a straight line. Can the Wall have a curve or a turn in it?
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What comes with the Pathfinder beginner box?

I am about to order Pathfinder the beginner box off the internet. However, when I told my friend this he said he had to order everything separately. What all comes with the Beginner box for ...
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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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Applying an Intelligence-boosting Headband to an Animal to teach language?

If you gave an animal a Headband of Vast Intelligence, thus raising its intelligence beyond 2, would that allow it to learn to understand new languages (and speak if it's a thrush for example)? ...
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How do Outsiders respond to their own planes?

Does an Outsider gain the Native subtype while on its home plane, and if so, what does that mean, exactly?
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How can I make a Pathfinder campaign like the Monster Hunter video game series? [closed]

I was thinking about how one would go about making a Monster Hunter (the video game) style campaign for Pathfinder, but I have a small number of problems. Figuring out CR for "Monsters" to fight ...
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Is this Spirit Hunter Ranger variant I created overpowered?

I have a variant of ranger prepared, but I'm concerned the abilities may be overpowered? Spirit Hunter Ranger Replaces: hide in plain sight, camouflage, and the 5th favored enemy. ...
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Can a creature designate as the target of a charge a foe the creature can't charge?

The game seems to assume ideal battlefield conditions with perfect intelligence. However, sometimes battlefield conditions aren't ideal and intelligence isn't perfect. The special attack charge says ...
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Techniques for making high level D&D play more manageable?

Many people complain about high level D&D 3.x play. It can become less enjoyable for both players and GMs because of the huge nest of rules and complexity required for every character, the prep ...
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What are important things to keep in mind when converting a 3e/3.5e module to Pathfinder?

I'm interesting in converting one or more of my existing modules for Dungeons and Dragons 3/3.5e to work with the Pathfinder rules. I'm interested to know from others who have done this kind of ...
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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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How can I reduce crunch for my players without putting all pressure on the GM?

I'm ramping up to play Pathfinder, a system with which my players are not familiar, although they have a little bit of experience with D&D (so Pathfinder won't be very shocking to them). One of ...
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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How can I help the party survive a rather tough adventure?

The party is on an implicitely timed mission: children have been abducted by bad guys and it is now known that they're in danger of being sacrificed in the near future. The module I'm using doesn't ...
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Suggested house-rules for Pathfinder one-on-one storytelling

I'll introduce myself quickly. Played a lot of RPG in teens; mostly AD&D for fantasy, but also Call of Cthulhu and Cyberpunk for those other settings. I lived kind of remote, so all we played was ...
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High Level (16-20) Adventures

My party is currently working their way through Castle Whiterock. It's designed to run a D&D 3.5 party from 1st to 15th. We're playing it using Pathfinder rules and are part-way through level 9 ...
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What is all the backstory in an Adventure Path for if the players never see it?

I'm new to tabletop RPGs (although I have been interested for a long time, just had difficulty finding like-minded companions, and the funds required to get some of the stuff). When I was finally ...
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Handling many similar opponents in combat

I plan to send my players into a town of about 600 inhabitants. Overnight the town will be infested with zombies, with about 400 inhabitants turned. When my players awake, they will need to get out of ...
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How do I encourage player-GM storytelling collaboration without “breaking” my game?

I've DM/GM'd for several gaming groups, young and old, and have found that one of the things that separates my younger players from older players is their eagerness to elaborate/collaborate in the ...
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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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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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How should I build my Oracle character?

I have been playing table-top for about 13 years now. I am most experienced with the World of Darkness games and system and have a passing acquaintance with D&D 4.0. My group and I have only ...
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What percentage of the population is magical in Pathfinder's world of Golarion?

This is kind of a variant of this medieval + magical question. However, I'm looking for any specific rules regarding the basic math around spells and the availability of magic users. Pathfinder's ...
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How can I challenge my players with something other than combat?

So originally I was going to ask, How can I represent hardships for players in game?, however that seemed to broad. Even now, I'm not sure if my current question is too broad, if it is please let me ...
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...