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

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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 ...
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How to represent streetwise skills?

Some game systems have a Streetwise skill. Here are things that it's usually related to: Knowing about urchins, pick-pockets and urban gangs, their organization, codes, behaviors Knowing who's where ...
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Fighter/Alchemist using Explosive Missile

I have a player asking about how Explosive Missile works. They are looking at a build that combines Fighter (With Archer variant) combined with levels of Alchemist. There's been some discussion over ...
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Attack Bonus question for Monsters with multiple attacks from multiple weapons

When a monster wields multiple weapons, and can attack multiple times with each, how do I alter (or should I leave) the given attack bonuses on each type of attack on the enemy's stat block? Take, ...
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Are there rules for or against unusual or alternate weapon types?

In DnD 3.5 and Pathfinder, are there any provisions for characters wielding weapon types not on the given lists, like meat cleavers or swordcanes? Are those not allowed, do you use them as equivalent ...
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What to do with mundane gear in Pathfinder Society play?

This might be a silly question, but the guide for PFS play doesn't specifically state (to the best of my reading) what is to be done with mundane gear that is gained. Do players have an opportunity ...
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Upper limit on “create water” container size

From the core rule book, the spell "create water" includes the following: Water can be created in an area as small as will actually contain the liquid, or in an area three times as ...
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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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Can a lower-level spellcaster recharge a staff?

While doing research for another recent question, I ran into two back-to-back lines that seem to contradict each other. From the PFSRD, emphasis mine: Each morning, when a spellcaster prepares ...
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How to prolong a spell in absence?

In Pathfinder lets say that I am a medium to high level wizard and I cast "Charm Monster" on someone on whom I want to have control over. This spell lasts a couple days. (Side question: does the ...
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Getting Early Access to Level 8 and 9 Spells as an Arcane Trickster

So I am testing out the Arcane Trickster prestige class, because it looks like fun. However, my issue is that the spell I want to have the most, Greater Create Demiplane, would be nearly impossible ...
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Using a weapon to execute a combat maneuver

My character is a Marksman Finesse Style, and has the ability to use her ranged weapon to execute a combat maneuver. Once a Marksman has reached 2nd level, she may expend her psionic focus while ...
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Can you use Versatile Evocation (Su) with Rime Spell (Metamagic)?

A player of mine wants to play to take Admixture which is a focused school under Evocation. He wants to combine take Versatile Evocation (Su) which comes under Admixture to cast Fireballs (for ...
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Can a Gloom Blade be enchanted, and if so, what would its base enchantment level be?

I've been working on my two-weapon fighting Rogue, and I just got a set of Gloom Blades. I'm wondering: can they be enchanted, and if so, what base enchantment level would I count the blade as? A +1 ...
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Color Spray vs. Small Earth Elementals

The spell Color Spray causes up to three effects. Can you confirm what each effect does against Small Earth Elementals? I know the mechanics of the spell. Pathfinder has a habit of tripping me up on ...
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Maneuverability category step reduction beyond Clumsy

In Pathfinder, flight maneuverability levels imply a bonus or penalty to their Fly skill when using their fly ability, according to this table The spell Touch of Gracelessness, and I'm sure other ...
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What are Ketephys' subdomains?

Is it written anywhere in an official source what Ketephys' subdomains are? Google only responds with a single wiki and about 20 different people quoting that wiki, but not listing a source. I'm ...
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Does the “Wild” armor enhancement preserve both bonuses and penalties?

Wild: The wearer of a suit of armor or a shield with this ability preserves his armor bonus (and any enhancement bonus) while in a wild shape. Armor and shields with this ability usually appear ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in Pathfinder?

I've already asked this question for 3.5e, but it seems to be very different in Pathfinder, as many of the feats, prestige classes, and even the base class abilities of wizard and sorcerer have ...
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How can the Relationship of Golarion Inhabitants to Deities be described?

While playing in Golarion I realized that most of the other PCs created their stories in a way that they distrust or even hate deities. As a paladin this is quite hard and I started asking myself how ...
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How do I use acrobatics to move past foes and their threatened areas?

I think I would need at least 2. One for moving past the enemies occupied square and another for the threatened square, but do I need an acrobatics check for every threatened square I move past or ...
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Does this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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Do Manacles of Cooperation allow for a save to escape?

The Manacles of Cooperation have a line of text that seems a bit ambiguous to me: The prisoner never attempts to escape of its own volition and agrees to any reasonable request unless it makes a ...
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What action type is retrieving an item in Pathfinder?

I couldn't find references about the action type(s) of the following acts (standard, move, full-round, etc.) nor if they provoke attacks of opportunity. Retrieving an item attached to the ...
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Improved unarmed strike damage bonus?

My character is a level 1 fighter with improved unarmed strike and I just wanted to know if that makes his damage 1D6 rather than 1D3 because I was told that it does but everywhere I've looked all it ...
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Rapiers for Fighters Light or One Handed Weapon?

Background: I'm trying to build a TWF Fighter who focuses on criticals. I was looking for a weapon that would let me leverage power attack and still let me dual wield so proficiency would apply to ...
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Dealing with an Aquatic Troll?

The situation: Our group is ninth level. During combat, one of the PCs was pulled into the water by an aquatic troll. We then paralyzed the troll, and used a telekinetic spell to lift the PC out of ...
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Pathfinder - Marksman Powers with Thrown Weapon

I'm playing a Marksman using a thrown weapon. I'm curious if some of the powers apply. For example, Prevenom Weapon says the weapon maintains the coating as long as it remains in your grip (ranged ...
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Isn't getting control over a grapple better than trying to escape?

I'm looking at the Pathfinder rules for grappling, with the intent to use them instead of the usual D&D 3.X rules in future campaigns. A flowchart on the unofficial prd page about combat tells me ...
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Dimensional step and AoO

Does a dimensional step provoke any attack of opportunity? From the rules: Dimensional Steps (Sp) At 8th level, you can use this ability to teleport up to 30 feet per wizard level per day ...
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Can a vampire cross running water in Pathfinder?

(Inspired by some comments in this question) In D&D 3.5 and earlier, vampires couldn't cross running water - even over a bridge or on a boat (I vaguely remember them being able to do so if they ...
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Pathfinder Earth Glide clarification

I'm hoping some one can point out some rules I've missed, or some rules extrapolation I've overlooked that might explain some of these questions. There are different descriptions for Earth Glide ...
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Magus question: Combining spell strike and spell combat

I was hoping yall could answer a specific question related to my character. Unfortunately, I don't have the reputation points to link more than 2 of my abilities. Apologies! I play a level 9 Magus ...
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How do the vehicle acceleration rules in Ultimate Combat work?

I'm looking through the Vehicles section in Ultimate Combat and I'm rather confused about vehicle acceleration. I thought I understood it but then I read this section on acceleration and it confused ...
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How to design and determine CR of a respawning horde encounter?

I wish to design an encounter where players must reach a place or press a kind of switch while waves of enemies attack them. Enemies should continue respawning as players pursue their objective. The ...
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If the weapon for divine bond is already magic, can a paladin add Keen to it at 5th level?

The rules for Divine Bond, state: At 5th level, this spirit grants the weapon a +1 enhancement bonus. It then goes on: For every three levels beyond 5th, the weapon gains another +1 ...
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Defensive Aid replacing Evasion. Optional?

The Nimble Guardian Racial Archetype (monk) for catfolk in Pathfinder replaces evasion with defensive aid at lvl2. Is this optional? DM's discretion? I kinda like evasion better.
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How do I calculate the attack bonus(es) for Flurry of Blows?

Being fairly new I'm a little lost on the math for this. I read that there is a -2 on attack rolls in the description of "Flurry of Blows". Then in the chart I see FoB has its own attack bonus (+1/+1 ...
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Rules on moving a double hackbut

One of my players just built himself a Double Hackbut The rules on it are not so much vague as non-existent though. You need a full round action to set it up - that's clear. You can "wheel it ...
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Magic Item Creation Prerequisite Rules

Under the rules for magic item creation these are the rules around prerequisites: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be ...
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Explosive Missile Discovery + Heavy Crossbow

I am building an alchemist who will be launching bombs like a rocket launcher. I have a question about using a Heavy Crossbow and the Explosive Missile Discovery. Normally the Heavy Crossbow takes a ...
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Channelling Spells Through Implanted Ioun Stones

The entry for Ioun Stones on the PFSRD, under the heading Implanted Ioun Stones, says this: Rumors exist of stranger, darker magics that allow spellcasters to channel spells through their ...
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Do secondary natural attacks get the entire strength modifier on the attack roll?

I've read that they only get half the strength modifier to the damage roll but what about the attack roll?
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Breath of Life and hp based Death Effects

The spell Breath of Life says quite explicitly: Creatures slain by death effects cannot be saved by breath of life. But I have some issue regarding what "slain by death effects" means. Let's say ...
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Which familiar-related abilities require the 1 mile proximity?

Wizard familiar rules say: A familiar grants special abilities to its master, as given on the table below. These special abilities apply only when the master and familiar are within 1 mile of each ...
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For a Halfling Swashbuckler, how much investment in intimidate is worth it?

At 3rd level, Swashbucklers gain the following deed: Menacing Swordplay (Ex): At 3rd level, while she at least 1 panache, when a swashbuckler hits an opponent with a light or one-handed piercing ...
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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What item creation feats should an Alchemist take?

I'm trying to plot out an alchemist build with the Clone Master archetype, particularly the feats. I'd like to keep this character somewhat mirrored to another: the wizard in the party, and the ...
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Healing an Eidolon

This is my first time playing a Summoner in Pathfinder, and I have a question regarding the Eidolon: Will a normal Cure spell work on it? The reason I ask, there is a specific spell to cure the ...