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

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How can I optimize Chicken Infested?

I'm soon going to be a guest player in a Pathfinder game where silliness is the theme. (The party has been drawn into the Demiplane of Dinosaurs, which is reportedly a lot like Ravenloft, except with ...
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Creating an artifact that the heroes must destroy? [closed]

I'm on a Lord of the Rings kick, so I'm curious how you'd create a major plot device that is both the main antagonist and the strongest weapon they have without killing the party with Ring Wraiths (or ...
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While flying with a grappled opponent, will they get a free grapple check any time they're above 10 feet?

In a game this weekend, we came upon an Iron Golem that was very difficult for our group to kill. I had the idea to have my Eidolon (Serpentine, large, wingless flight) grapple the golem, then fly him ...
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How to calculate earnings for downtime buildings when the hero is away?

I have read the Downtime rules and I am still unsure about some key aspects of it. Lets say I have a building with an Artisans' workshop and a team of Craftspeople Craftspeople Earnings gp, ...
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Can a creature in Golarion revere multiple deities?

In the Golorian setting can a creature meet prerequisites for feats and requirements for prestige classes and traits that mandate the patronage or worship of different deities? Specifically, can a ...
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How is it determined which souls end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon?

In Pathfinder, evil souls may end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon, where various unpleasant fates await them, but how is it determined which plane an evil soul ends up in? I know Pharasma judges the ...
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How much Truecolor Dye would I need to color a whole cloak for a medium creature? [closed]

I'm wondering how much Truecolor Dye one would need to color an entire cloak to be worn by a medium creature. The item description says that one vial is enough to coat a square foot of material—but ...
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Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?

There´s a first-level spell on the Witch's spell list available for Changelings, Sow Thought, that says: You plant an idea, concept, or suspicion in the mind of the subject. The target genuinely ...
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How does Blood Money interact with spells that take longer than one round to cast?

The spell blood money allows you to create temporary material components by damaging yourself. It's pretty clear how this works with standard action spells: You cast blood money, you get a component, ...
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How can I make a short tutorial adventure for Pathfinder? [closed]

How do I design a short "Tutorial mode" adventure for pathfinder? I want to GM one for 2 of my players, to help them get into the normal mechanics of pathfinder, and show them how it works. It should ...
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Vertical distances of the three layers of the Darklands

The group I am GMing may plan to go down deep into the Darklands. They are in Nar-Voth already and might want to go all the way down to Orv through the Endless Gulf. How deep is this thing? (...
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Build - Maximum nonmagic Damage with Level 3 Character [closed]

I am looking for a really hard damage dealing character for Level 3. Everything on Pathfinder OGC is allowed. Our world is a very very low magic world that means no magical characters. So open Classes ...
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How many attacks would be in a full-attack with this Ratfolk Monk/Ninja?

I've tried doing some research on this, and I'm still confused on the rules. By RAW, how many attacks could I get as a full-attack with this guy? Steve the Testrat, 4 Flowing Monk/16 Ninja (BAB+15), ...
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Level 1 fighter seems over powered

I have a level 1 fighter who can do a ridiculous amount of damage and easily fight monsters with CR of two or three. I am completely new to pathfinder so I feel that I might be calculating some damage ...
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How can I optimize my ranger?

I'm a beginner at Pathfinder and looking for advice on character progression. (This is kind of related to Feats for a TWF Ranger?). I'm playing a level 2 half-elf ranger on a forum, and characters ...
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How could I get “Powerful Build” without a RP cost?

It must be Paizo only (would help if it's in the SRD) and should be human/dwarf/elf/halforc level of power as to not have any level adjustment like goliath used to have or cost additional Race Points. ...
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What upkeep is needed to run buildings and organizations?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for running buildings and organizations during downtime. One of the phases is the upkeep phase, which reads: Phase 1—Upkeep: Pay costs ...
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Can I further increase my critical threat range?

I'm a fighter archer, just turning level 4. In my last session I rolled double 00's for loot and was rewarded with a +4 composite longbow of thundering. I'm pretty freaking stoked. I plan on taking ...
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Pathfinder Downtime: Earning capital, Owning Buildings, in a small town

My character is a bard with a lyre of building which the GM states generates 300 labor for the 10g per point but has no limit based on the small town. A small town normally has a limit on "utilising" ...
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Improving Cleric Survivability

I'm doing PFS (Pathfinder Society) play as a cleric. Currently I'm level 2 and focused mostly on buffing/supporting. Generally I stand in the back, buff people at the beginning of combat, then pull a ...
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How can a creature create duplicates of itself?

I want an upcoming high-level antagonist to have the ability to create loyal short-term duplicates of himself. Using class features, magic items, and spells what ways exist to do this for a lone level ...
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Pummeling Strike + Additional Effects

Does a weapon effect such as Holy apply once to a character who is using a pummeling strike? Or does it apply to each consecutive hit?
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When adding a new ability to a magic weapon, does the crafter need to meet only the prerequisites of the addition?

The Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, gives the example of turning a +1 longsword, to a flaming +1 longsword, costing only the difference between a plain +1 weapon and a +1 ...
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Can create water break some of the conjuration rules?

In the core rule book, this is stated about conjuration spells: A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another ...
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Can the “Transformative” special ability be added to any (or even 'every') magic weapon found as treasure? [closed]

Reading the Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, it seems that any melee magic weapon the party find can gain the Transformative special ability. All it takes is finding a crafter (...
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Can a Creature Avoid an Overrun Attempt by an Unseen Opponent?

The Overrun maneuver in Pathfinder allows a creature to pass through an enemy's square as part of a charge or move action. If the attacker isn't detected by the target - if it's invisible or just ...
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Does the Natural Armor Bonus from the Draconic Bloodline stack with Racial Bonuses?

At level 3, the Sorcerer's Draconic Bloodline grants the Dragon Resistances ability, which gives the following benefits: Dragon Resistances (Ex): At 3rd level, you gain resist 5 against your ...
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What are the advantages of switching to Sorcerer at level 2 versus staying with Bloodrager?

I have a Bloodrager 1, and I'm thinking of multiclassing into Sorcerer at 2nd level. As far as I can tell, the only thing that I am losing is the favored class perks (since I would plan to pump all ...
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Why is Magical Lineage so great for Magus?

Magical Lineage Benefit: Pick one spell when you choose this trait. When you apply metamagic feats to this spell that add at least 1 level to the spell, treat its actual level as 1 lower for ...
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Will I still get spell failure with multicalss Kensai / fighter?

Going from fighter to Magus Kensai, it says: A kensai is not proficient with armor or shields and suffers normal arcane spell failure chance when casting magus spells while armored. But as a ...
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Should I worry about “picking the wrong spell” for a prepared caster?

I'm thinking of picking a magus to play, but I'm nervous that I'll at some point pick the wrong spell and make the party worse off. Is this a legitimate fear? Or am I just paranoid? I'm nervous to ...
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How to get spontaneous arcane casting without an armor penalty in pathfinder?

How could I get a gish in pathfinder with spontaneous arcane casting without having to worry about spell failure chance. To those that would say sorcerer/fighter, how do I avoid the spell failure ...
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Has the 3.5e Samurai been rebuilt for Pathfinder? [closed]

I read the Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment Guide and noticed that the Katana and Wakizashi got their own weapon count (as well as a samurai armor as an armor type). Has someone converted the samurai ...
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Can Summoned Monsters have their own initiative?

The spell description for summon monster includes this line: "It appears where you designate and acts immediately, on your turn." This means that the summons would act on the summoners initiative ...
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Sleeves of Many Garments. Multiple uses? Swarmsuit?

In my campaign, one of my players utilized Sleeves of Many Garments. These go for 200gp, and can become any kind of mundane clothing, and say that the clothes revert afterwards. The player utilized ...
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What spells does the Sorcerer Elemental Bloodline Arcana apply to?

Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy damage, you can change the type of damage to match the type of your bloodline. This also changes the spell's type to match the type of ...
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What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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What is the right way to GM magical trap detection?

I'm trying to understand the rules of perceiving magical traps, but I remain confused on some finer points. Let's say the PCs will encounter a Symbol of Weakness trap. The trap is on a door, and is ...
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Can Sleeves of Many Garments become Authoritative Vestments?

Can Sleeves of Many Garments transform the wearer's clothes into Authoritative Vestments? The description states "Any other non-magical set of clothing", and the Authoritative Vestments are a Channel ...
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How does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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How can a Shifter get along with a Silver Flame Inquisitor?

I will be joining a game in the world of Eberron and I want to play a druid shifter. The problem is that there is an inquisitor of the Silver Flame in the party. Is there a way to interact with him ...
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Can mythic spells be cast using wild arcana?

The wording of Wild Arcana (errata notwithstanding) states As a swift action, you can expend one use of mythic power to cast any one arcane spell without expending a prepared spell or spell slot....
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How do I handle the castle my PCs suddenly acquired, and the shift in game focus it brings?

So my players managed to land a "Deck of Many Things" last night. I had intended a silly one shot "break" in our long campaign, and the result was one player getting a chance to pull a single card. ...
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Where do I find out about Archetypes?

I keep hearing about "Archetypes" for Pathfinder. What sourcebooks could I read for them?
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Can I make someone visible using dye?

I have an invisible enemy (an Oni). The party's archer has just picked up a way to see invisible creatures. He wants to use dye arrows to fire at the Oni and splash it with paint, which will then ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level spells/...
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Will adding spells to the Duskblade Spell list unbalance play?

I'm wanting to build a GMPC Duskblade character for a gestalt game. I've read different sources with spells and thought of a number to add. Here's the complete spell list (regular Duskblade spells ...
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How do you learn the number of charges on a wand?

My players have come across a cache of wands in my Pathfinder campaign. Some of the wands have 50 charges while some have less. At the moment I've house ruled that Detect Magic will only state if a ...
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Does Elemental Focus affect spells modified with Elemental Spell?

I take Elemental Focus (fire) to add +1 to the DC for all of my spells that deal fire damage. If I also take Elemental Spell (fire), then cast an elemental lightning bolt, does it receive the DC bonus ...
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How do Templates/monsters stack?

I was thinking of various monsters from popular fiction (specifically the 5 nights at freddy's robots), and I wondered. is it possible to have an undead construct? How do templates work in the game? ...