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

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How do pet classes control their animals?

I'm mostly referring to druid and ranger, but also curious about wizard. How do these classes control their animals? I thought the handle animal skill was mostly reserved for animals that you ...
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Can a sorcerer cast other spells while in the shape of an Air Elemental?

I have a character who is a sorcerer with the Elemental(Air) bloodline. She's now 9th level and can thus cast Elemental Body (it's a bonus spell at that level). It hasn't come up, yet, but I foresee ...
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Writing a better Weapon Focus feat

Last time a played D&D it was 3.0, and I remember thinking the Weapon Focus feat is kind of dull, but it's sometimes a prerequisite for more advanced feats. So I would like to rewrite it ...
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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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Can a vampire enter a temple?

My party will be going to a temple soon, and I'm wondering if a vampire (who is stalking them unbeknownst to the party) will be able to enter. It's to an evil god, but the ground is still technically ...
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Does Flame Strike Bypass Fire Immunity?

Half the damage of the Flame Strike spell consists of fire, and the other half is embrued with divine power and, thus, is not subject to reduction from fire-based resistances. However, does the ...
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Spontaneous casters spell swap

I have a summoner in Pathfinder. I have just reached level 5, and the PRD states: Upon reaching 5th level, and at every third summoner level thereafter (8th, 11th, and so on), a summoner can ...
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Are there mechanics to make your own deities?

I noticed in The Inner Sea World Guide that most core deities seem to have 5 domains associated with them, and every other deity has 4. I'm trying to make a few additions to the list for my campaign ...
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Is Energy Drain a full round action?

If a monster has the Energy Drain special attack, is that a full round action that allows only a single melee or ranged attack per round? Or, if a monster has multiple attacks, can an energy drain ...
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How do the Sorcerer Bloodline Feats work?

Me and one of my players are going over the characters. We noticed that the bloodlines provide bonus feats but it isn't stated what level they can get it. Thus I am not sure on how they acquire the ...
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Group Initiative [closed]

Is there a way I could have the entire group roll initiative, add up their score, and do the same for the monsters. adding or subtracting to the amount of rolls depending on the number of creatures ...
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Reading a creatures Melee attack

I'm very new to Pathfinder and am trying to put pieces of information together. Thanks for your patience in advance. I have a creature from an adventure path and his melee attack is listed as ...
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Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?

Can I cast Elemental Touch in one round, and then cast Shocking Grasp afterwards? Do they stack? If so, could I cast elemental touch and choose lightning for even more lightning damage?
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Can you 5-foot step while entangled

This should be a really simple question but - can you 5-foot step while entangled in Pathfinder. I can see arguments both ways as to whether you can but I cannot see anything definitive. 5' step ...
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If you take a 5 foot step out of a threatened square do you provoke an AoO?

I know it says "never provokes an attack of opportunity" so I'm guessing the answer is no, but I wanted to make sure. Especially in the event there are several enemies and all threatening the square ...
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Do levels from Mnemonic Enhancer stack?

Will the ability to prepare "three additional levels of spells" provided by Mnemonic Enhancer stack? Ie if Mighty Wizard Bob casts this twice at midnight does that mean he has: Three levels of ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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How do Mushroom Vest and Boots of the Cat work together?

The first is a padded vest, the second is padded shoes. Mushroom Vest (500 gp) This spongy, mottled brown vest is several inches thick and composed of woven strips of preserved fungus. The vest ...
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Can a Paladin have more than one Smite working at the same time?

Can a Paladin have more than one Smite working at the same time against different foes?
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Divine Spellcasting as an Arcane Spellcaster

Is there a class that allows one to learn and cast Divine spells the way they can learn and cast Arcane spells? Without multiclassing specifically as a Divine spellcaster such as Cleric or Druid, but ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit

So this came up in our game today and after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As a tank if you give up your turn to waste ...
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What is the save DC of a supernatural ability?

I am playing as a oracle who has the supernatural ability Brain Drain. It says that the target gets to make a Will save. What is the DC of this Will save? Normally a Will save's DC is 10 + spell level ...
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How can a dragon sorcerer PC take on humanoid form from level 1 without house rules?

I'm currently having a few issues with a character of one of my players. When the new third party Pathfinder book In the Company of Dragons came out he was on fire to play a dragon. Now after looking ...
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How to enhance Witch Hexes?

I want to increase the DC of the hexes my witch uses. Mainly this would be evil eye and deep slumber. As far as I understand spell focus didn't work because it states that only spells could be ...
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How can I discharge a touch spell on an attack without provoking an AoO?

Is there a way to basically hit someone in the face with a charged spell in hand, without provoking an attack of opportunity? In the core rules it says that you can perform an unarmed strike or ...
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Does a rogue get precision damage during an attack of opportunity if flanking?

In the Pathfinder rules here's what it says: If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. ...
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How does the Acrobatics long jump work with a double move action?

The Acrobatics skill states "No jump can allow you to exceed your maximum movement for the round." To me this sounds like you can get your double movement out of the jump. For example, a character ...
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Avoiding armor penalty by trait?

Wisdom in the Flesh allows you to use Wisdom instead of Dexterity for one chosen skill. Armor check penalty affects Dex- and Str-based skills. Does that mean for example a wise cleric in full plate ...
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Eidolon attacks per round

I'm a new Pathfinder player and I have some problems in understanding the rules. I have a 1st level summoner with a biped eidolon. I understand that its claw attack is not an "iterative attack" (like ...
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How are Attacks of Opportunity and Reactions explained in Narrative Time?

I'm not sure if the title is clear. I'll try my best to explain this problem. In Pathfinder, when an enemy moves out of a square within your melee reach, you can perform an Attack of Opportunity ...
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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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Can You Craft Magic Items At a Lower Caster Level Than Your Own?

Many magic items have a cost based on the item's caster level, yet do not benefit from that caster level in any way. Magic Staves, for example. When crafting such an item, can a player choose to use ...
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Does the Alchemist's Lab provide “alchemical equipment” in the sense of Craft (Alchemy)?

So I am a little confused by the Core Rules Books definition of Craft (Alchemy); To make an item using Craft(alchemy), you must have alchemical equipment. If you are working in a city, you can ...
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Fumes mechanics for Acid Elementals

The Fumes ability for the Acic Elemental reads; The fumes from an acid quasi-elemental's body act as an inhaled poison. Creatures within 5 ft. of an acid quasi-elemental must make succeed on a DC ...
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Is there a class like Ultimate Magus for Pathfinder?

I'm helping a friend of mine to build his character for an upcoming Pathfinder game. We were dicussing the plausability of building something like a Sorc/Wiz Multiclass character using Ultimate ...
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Pathfinder- What would using staff in main hand while using a light shield and rod in offhand entail?

Is it possible to use a Light Mithril shield +5 (I believe I can enhance shield?) in my offhand and a rod of (metamagic or absorption) in the same hand and still receive the ac bonus from the shield? ...
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Can the Family Subdomain temporarily bring someone back to life?

Binding Ties (Su): As a standard action, you can touch an ally and remove one condition affecting the ally by transferring it to yourself. This transfer lasts a number of rounds equal to your ...
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What determines when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat?

Is there a rule for when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat in Pathfinder? For example, among small elementals, water elementals have no bonus feats, earth elementals have one, and air and fire ...
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Do animal ghouls generally exist or are wolf ghouls an exception?

Until I looked up ghouls in the SRD I always thought there are ONLY humanoid ghouls then I saw a wolf ghoul which seemingly is an official pathfinder thing (from the magazines). So I wonder there: ...
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Detect Magic interacting with Negative Levels debuff

While alone, one of my teammates had been Energy Drained by a creature. We cast Detect Magic on the teammate and to determine if there were any magical effects. Reading the rules, it doesn't say ...
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How many hp does a starting eidolon have?

Does a level 1 summoner's eidolon start with maximum hp just like a PC or is there a rule I missed somewhere?
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Pathfinder Improved familiar bonuses?

I was looking at the list of familiars you can obtain with the Improved Familiar feat when I noticed none of them had a stat bonus like the normal familiars did.(Example: The Cat familiar grants ...
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Does Spell Perfection double the bonus dice from Intensified Spell?

The feat Spell Perfection reads Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its ...
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Command Undead on creatures who are under command of an NPC

In an upcoming session, there will be an NPC, who made a couple of ghouls who are under his command. Rise of the Runelords Spoiler: Now one of the players in the group that I am DM'ing has the ...
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Cornugon Smash, Shatter Defenses: how many attacks do I need to activate the combo?

Let's figure what happens in a certain situation, which is "all my attacks hit, my demoralize attempt manages to shake my opponent but only for this round". Let's also suppose the opponent isn't ...
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How is reach interpreted in the Bestiary?

When interpreting a creature's reach is that the amount of feet it can attack beyond its own space? For example, the Gorilla in the Bestiary 1 has a space 10ft and reach 10ft. Does that mean that ...
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Do all Spell Trigger items always require a Use Magic Device check?

Or is it only when you are trying to use something you wouldn't normally use? Speaking mostly of wands, staves, and rods. For example; Would a level 1 druid be able to use a Cure Light Wounds wand ...
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How do you interpret the attacks in the Bestiary?

For example, in Bestiary 1, the Yeti has the melee attack 2 claws +9(1d6+4 plus 1d6 cold) Does the 2 claws part mean he gets that attack doubled? Does the +9 go to attack bonus and damage, or just ...
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Should I take turns during a skill challenge?

I'm trying to use 4e's skill challenges in Pathfinder, but I have a question: should I ask my player to roll for initiative and take turns to Win the challenge, or just the best PCs should play it?
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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 ...