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

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Are there rules for building underground structures?

I was doing some research in relation to this question, and I realized that I had run into a snag. I'm not aware of any rules in either D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder that directly relate to creating ...
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Help me build a dagger focused character

I wish to make an acrobatic, dagger using character. Lets call him for the sake of argument, Frederico. Here are some qualities of Frederico: Frederico is fast and agile. 40 feet speed would be nice. ...
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Languages spoken by wild-shaped druid

When a druid turns into an elemental, which languages can he speak? Does the new form allow him to still speak his already known languages or the physical changes of the vocal chords don't allow that ...
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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'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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Pathfinder: Does Mystic Theurge allow me to use arcane spell slots for domain spells?

I've been thinking of the next Pathfinder character I have to make, and I decided on a Mystic Theurge. After doing some research, I decided to use the Ecclesitheurge cleric archetype to satisfy the ...
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Why does Quick Draw not apply to alchemical items?

From the Quick Draw feat description: Benefit: You can draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. (...) Alchemical items, potions, scrolls, and wands cannot be drawn quickly ...
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Is the product of the Heavens Mystery revelation “Coat of Many Stars” a valid target for Magic Vestment?

From Magic Vestment: Target: armor or shield touched ... You imbue a suit of armor or a shield with an enhancement bonus of +1 per four caster levels (maximum +5 at 20th level). An ...
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Ritual Casting for E6 Pathfinder

I'm GMing an E6 campaign using the Pathfinder system. I want to include ritual casting system, to allow for higher power effects such as teleportation, planar crossing, resurrection, divinations, etc. ...
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Opportune Parry and Incorporeal attacks

The RAW for the Opportune Parry deed seems to indicate that a swashbuckler can parry an incorporeal attack, such as a ghost's Corrupting touch, even with a non-magical weapon. Considering this kind ...
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Mage armor and unconscious condition

If I as a wizard cast Mage Armor on my monk friend, then the monk is rendered unconscious by a group of nasty skeletons, will the Mage Armor still be in effect when our lovely cleric heals him and he ...
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Which skill is more suitable for provoking someone?

If a character wants to provoke some sort of reaction (be it anger, or even just breaking his self-imposed silence) by talking to another [player] character; which skill is best suited for a skill ...
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Is Smite Literally Sight Based?

Let's say that a Paladin is fighting against an invisible opponent. Can they target it with their Smite Evil ability, even if they have identified what square the enemy is residing in? The ...
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What's the by-the-rules difference between a Heavy Crossbow and a Large-Sized Light Crossbow?

I'm not particularly clear on how this is supposed to work, but it seems like a Large-Sized Light Crossbow is better in most respects.
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What content can I reproduce from Pathfinder?

What content can I reproduce from the pathfinder gaming system. Is it anything from the Core rulebook that isn't a specific name? For example, I like the D20PFSRD but the layout and ads annoy me. I ...
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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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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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How can I tailor an encounter so that a low level, mostly mundane party can defeat a wasp swarm?

I'm GM'ing a game with a large, mostly mundane party where all PCs at level 2. The party is made up of a good aligned cleric (i.e. no damage spells), wizard, druid (with wolf animal companion), monk, ...
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Do humanoids have natural attacks?

This Trait allows anyone to bite as secondary attack for 1d2 damage. The Universal Monster Rules say "most creatures possess one or more natural attacks". Toothy half-orcs have tusks like orcs and can ...
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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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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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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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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...
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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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How To Divide Up Loot?

I've been GMing a very successful (Pathfinder) campaign for quite a few months now, but we've developed a bit of a problem I'm not sure how to resolve: loot distribution. None of my players are ...
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How does a Paladin's Detect Evil Ability work?

Can a paladin's Detect Evil ability detect if there is Evil in the area, as per the spell, or is it target-only?
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How much to bend “the rules” about populating a world?

All right, I have a question about creating a world and populating it with appropriate monsters, etc. I created a world a little while back, loosely based off of the world found in Michael ...
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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 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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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 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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When adding 1-1/2 or 1/2 your strength mod to damage how does it round?

The pathfinder core books states: "Off-Hand Weapon: When you deal damage with a weapon in your off hand, you add only 1/2 your Strength bonus. If you have a Strength penalty, the entire penalty ...
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Deflect Arrows used on thrown area effect weapons

When deflect arrows is used it says you take no damage from it. If a thrown AOE weapon (Such as a flask of acid or an Alchemist bomb) is thrown at a target with deflect arrows, what happens to the ...
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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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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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Can you use Arrow Eruption to duplicate Arrow of Death?

Arrow Eruptions states that: You create exact duplicates of the arrow or crossbow bolt you used to kill a creature in the previous round and launch one at enemy creatures within a 30-foot radius ...
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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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Running a Norse campaign [closed]

I am about to start running a Norse themed Pathfinder campaign set around 800 AD, most likely in Norway. I am looking for ways to make the characters feel as though they are part of the culture of the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...