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

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How do I optimize a Winged Marauder Mount for flyby Bomb-Throwing?

I'm making a Winged Marauder Alchemist. I've never played a class with an animal companion or mount before, so I really don't understand any of the business of building my Vulture or Bat. For example, ...
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How long does smite evil last?

Smite evil is: Once per day, a paladin can call out to the powers of good to aid her in her struggle against evil. As a swift action, the paladin chooses one target within sight to smite. If ...
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Calculating the distance when shooting at a flying foe [duplicate]

Lets say that a foe is 30' away and 20' up in the air. Using trigonometry, that gives a distance of 30^2 + 20^2 = 1300 sqrt(1300) = 36.06 ...but I don't believe Pathfinder expects folks to use trig ...
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Does Casting a Ranged Spell While Threatened Provoke Attacks of Opportunity More Than Once?

In normal circumstances - that is, absent an ability, spell, or other condition that states otherwise - a character in Pathfinder provokes attacks of opportunity for casting a spell while threatened. ...
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Where can I read more about Leshys?

Bestiary 3 talks about leshys — plant creatures you can grow yourself — but there is not much info in Bestiary 3 on them. I'm especially interested in learning more on how they're created and other ...
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Why does PCGen say my Pathfinder horse's bite is 1d8 damage?

I'm using the program PCGen to create my Pathfinder characters and I created a samurai. I created the mount and made it a large horse. When I load the character sheet for my horse on PCGen, it says ...
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What is Improved Familiar for?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the options for animals you can use as Improved Familiars all seem fairly weak. Pseudodragons aren't really that much better than weasels. My GM says my witch should take ...
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Alchemic fire/bomb vs. Swarm of Fine creatures

There is another discussion in our group and since my Google Foo and Rules Lawyering skill is not very high, I decided to bring this up. According to swarm traits A swarm composed of Fine or ...
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Can conjured creatures bring back something (objects or creatures)

Can a conjured creature (e.g., called, summoned or created) bring back something when returning to the original plane? Examples could be an object a willing creature or an unwilling grappled ...
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Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?

When using the Aid Another action break invisibility? I'm inclined to say no because you're not actually attacking a creature, you're making an attack roll against a flat AC of 10. Aid Another ...
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Can a mindless creature make Int-based skill checks?

If I have a mindless creature that can use skills, like an Astral Construct using the Utility option of Advanced Constructs, can that creature make Int-based skill checks? I have a plan for my ...
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Can a creature who's been Swallowed Whole attack the creature it's in other than cutting its way out?

Can a creature swallowed by another creature with the Swallow Whole (Ex) ability try to damage the swallowing creature without trying to cut its way out? A swallowed creature keeps the grappled ...
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What all does being nonproficient with armor apply to besides the obvious?

Looking at the rules for armor check penalties, I'm a little confused as to what all is affected when you are nonproficient with armor. Is there anything beside the obvious penalties — attack rolls, ...
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Do the benefits of a feat granted by a class count as that feat?

This is really three questions. If a class says that it grants the benefits of a certain feat, do I need to meet the prerequisites for that feat in order to actually receive the benefits? For ...
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Will quicken spell allow a (ranged) touch attack as part of the swift action?

Quicken spell says that: Casting a quickened spell is a swift action. Some spells, like snowball require a ranged touch attack: You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw ...
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Can a Pathfinder Summoner act after his summoned monsters act?

When do summoned monsters act (disregarding the first round), and can a Pathfinder Summoner, using their Summon Monster spell-like ability, choose to delay until after this in order to summon a second ...
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Do rogue levels count toward your Familiar's special abilities?

The writing on Familiars says: All familiars have special abilities (or impart abilities to their masters) depending on the master's combined level in classes that grant familiars. Since the ...
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Can you Wish for a Deck of Many Things?

My Pathfinder character was recently granted a Wish spell. I really want a Deck of Many Things. Rules as written, can I use the Wish to get a Deck of Many things? Preferably, without invoking the "You ...
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Does the rogue's trapfinding ability apply to ALL disable device checks?

The Rogue's Trapfinding class feature says: A rogue adds 1/2 her level to Perception skill checks made to locate traps and to Disable Device skill checks (minimum +1). A rogue can use Disable ...
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What lore is available on how summoners discover their eidolon?

I recently agreed to GM a small Pathfinder campaign with three players who are interested in playing as a group of Summoners. They have requested that, at the start of the campaign, we play out a ...
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What is the advantage of Ranged Legerdemain for Sleight of Hand?

This may be obvious, but what are the advantages to using the Arcane Trickster's Ranged Legerdemain ability for a Sleight of Hand check. I would assume IF they noticed the object in question you ...
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Does the Monk retain his AC Bonus if he loses his Dex bonus to AC?

Does a monk retain the AC bonus from the AC Bonus (Ex) class feature if he loses his Dex bonus to AC? It says he retains it if he's flat-footed, but there are other ways to lose your Dex bonus to AC.
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Do Rangers and Hunters get all the abilities listed in the Animal Companion table for Druid?

I want to know if Rangers and Hunters get all the special abilities listed in the Animal Companion table. Like Link, Share Spells, etc.
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Which books are most important to learning the setting, not the rules?

I'm an experienced Pathfinder player and GM, but other than a single attempt at play-by-post Rise of the Runelords, I've never actually run anything set in Golarion and not played much more. I want ...
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What's the most efficient way to build an underground base?

I'd like to make an underground base, but I don't want to spend a lot of time or money on it. I have access to divine spells and psionic powers, and whatever magic item creation feats are needed. My ...
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Reading the racial modifier to skills in a monster's stat block

Below is a snippet from the stat block of a ghost scorpion: Skills Perception +4, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth What is the correct way to interpret the proper bonus to the ...
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Can Deflect Arrow protect you from arrows with a contact poison?

Deflect Arrow says the attack technically hits but you take no damage. Would the deflector still be poisoned if the arrow had contact poison on it?
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Throwing things and people as weapons, how would this work?

I am interested in my buffed out, enlarged character throwing objects and even people as weapons. What are my options to do so? The normal throwing rules don't appear to take strength or size into ...
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Can a spellcaster use Wild Arcana/Inspired Spell to craft scrolls?

The Mythic path ability Wild Arcana (and the divine equivalent, Inspired Spell) let you cast any spell on your class list, without having to know that spell. Can a crafter with one of these abilities ...
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How far exactly does my frightened character have to run?

My character has failed a Will Save. He's Frightened for 6 rounds. That means that he flees from the source of its fear as best it can... [and] can use special abilities, including spells, to ...
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How do I select my active energy type for Energy powers?

Several energy-based attack powers (Energy Ray,Energy Stun, etc.) use a particular energy type determined by your "active energy type". However, I can't find any reference to how you are supposed to ...
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Does Crystalline Bonds make its target helpless?

The power Crystalline Bonds "gag[s] and immobiliz[es]" a target. The target can't take anything but purely mental actions, but the power doesn't actually say that the target is helpless. The spell ...
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How does the Heritic's Escape judgement ability work

The Heretic archtype has a new judgement called escape. Escape (Su): Each time the inquisitor using this judgment hits an opponent with a melee or ranged attack, she can use a move action attempt ...
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Can I have an Animal Companions without being a druid or ranger?

I'm looking for a way to have an animal companion with classes other than druid or ranger, for example a paladin that fights with a trained hawk. I'm all for multiclassing if need be, but I'm looking ...
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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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Sacred Hunter with Animal Domain

Sacred Hunter At 1st level, a sacred huntsmaster forms a bond with an animal companion. This ability works as the hunter class feature of the same name, using her inquisitor level as her hunter ...
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Can I increase the Critical Threat Range of my Animal Companion's natural weapons?

Is there any way to increase the threat range of an animal companion from the base value of 20? The only thing I can find is two types of animal companions that have a special bite. But this is ...
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Can Hunters only pick one Animal Focus?

It's not very clear to me if a Hunter has to pick an Animal Focus and stick with it or if they can switch between them as often as the ability allows.
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Can animals take AoO?

The master in our group doesn't allow animals to take AoO because "they don't have enough intelligence to use that tactic". He says it is documented somewhere but he doesn't remember where... Can ...
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How much “translation” do 3.5 rules hacks need for Pathfinder?

I'm specifically looking at the Collected Book of Experimental Might. Its many hacks range from very simple to diabolical: Feat every level Combat feats are more powerful when taken as Fighter ...
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Paired Opportunists chain reaction from seize the moment

Paired Oppertunist Benefit: Whenever you are adjacent to an ally who also has this feat, you receive a +4 circumstance bonus on attacks of opportunity against creatures that you both threaten. ...
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Optimal way to build a Brawler Barbarian character that fights with his fists? [closed]

What is the best way of building a brawler barbarian that fights with his fists only? I am thinking of using the Suli class along with incremental elemental assault so I dont blow it all in one go.
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Does a off-hand weapon get added to a Coup de Grace attempt?

So, today in a game I was in, I ended up fighting against some Giant creatures, and they ended up giving me a hug (grapple). To free me, my friend put it to sleep, I climbed out and committed a Coup ...
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How do you make new playable races?

I would like to create a new race which you can play as a PC without it being too overpowered for normal game settings. I would like one with wings, but are wings (even wings with clumsy ...
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how do I deal with telekinesis abusers?

I have a wizard and a psion blaster type that keep flinging grenades, light sabers, and over sized swords at everything. The swords are not magical, so fly through spell resistance, anti-magic ...
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Can Staves, Metamagic Rods, and Other Slotless Items Be Combined Into a Single Item?

Under the magic item creation rules, can a character create a single item which can function as either a stave or as a metamagic rod or as a Pearl of Power? Would this incur a cost increase/decrease ...
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How does adding class levels to a dragon affect CR?

For a multi-GM campaign I'm doing in the Pathfinder, I need to create a NPC. He's a blue dragon. He's posing as a human senator, and causing all sorts of sneaky troubles. Here's my question: do I just ...
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Is Dex or Int more valuable for this Kensai Bladebound Magus?

We are currently level 11 and are planning on going to 20 (maybe 25) and having a final evil boss so there's a lot of room to work with. My current plan for this character is Race: Tiefling +2 dex, ...
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What materials should a new player bring to a gaming group

I am a new player with almost no experience in RPGs. I have joined a public gaming group and the first session is in a week. They are playing Pathfinder. My question: should I buy some Pathfinder ...
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What Are the Effects of a Pearly White Spindle Ioun Stone?

This item has the following description: This stone grants the wearer the ability to regenerate 1 point of damage per 10 minutes. Regeneration works like a ring of regeneration. It only cures ...