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

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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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If a creature holding the charge of a touch spell becomes unconscious, is the charge released?

Say, for example, a brawler uses knockout punch on a wizard holding a charge. Since the wizard would more then likely accidentally touch something on the way down, would the spell be wasted? And ...
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Somatic spell component with shield

Im trying to understand the somatic component of spellcasting, in pathfinder, and how it relates to shields. The core rule book has this to say about bucklers: You can cast a spell with somatic ...
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Does Feather Fall prevent falling damage to a creature fallen upon, too?

My DM has a lot of enemies that jump on other characters as a damaging attack, similar to Mario. As the sorcerer, I have feather fall, and plan to make the next session more fun by casting it on the ...
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Pathfinder encounter building checklist

I have been GMing in pathfinder for a little under a year now and I have recently realized that I have not been taking full advantage of certain aspects of combat encounters such as terrain effects ...
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Samsaran Witch : as an Hexer, Support / Control

DISCLAIMER : This character is expected to take part in a coherent campaign, it is not a sandbox exercise. Characters will start at level 1. Hello everyone, I am looking at fleshing a good Samsaran ...
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In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check?

In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check? Can't seem to find any ruling on it. Do they sink deeper? If so is it based on how much they fail the swim check by? Or set amounts ...
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Build advice for Heavens Oracle (Pathfinder)

I'm building a 1st level half-elf oracle, lame curse, heavens mystery for an upcoming game. She will be living in a world where mixed-bloods are subject to negative discrimination. My goal is to use ...
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Which fighter weapon groups grant weapons additional abilities?

I have been reading the rules for creating new weapons and I cant seem to find something that the rules talk about. Fighter Weapon Group: You must choose the fighter weapon group (or groups) to ...
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How to avoid dropping a wand when grabbing another one

Im working on a character who is going to be using a fair amount of wands. Im going to be using efficient quiver to carry them around, which also lets me grab the one I want easily. Here's the but ...
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What is the dispel CL of a crafted Pearl of Power?

I asked something similar and didn't get the clarity I was seeking, so I will be more concise. If I craft a 1st level Pearl of Power at CL 1, and it gets hit with a targeted Dispel Magic, what is it's ...
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If a magical item has an effect that changes how it looks passively after its activated, would polymorph disable that?

So essentially I am trying to understand this is the situation: Kitsune with Fox shape feat has the item Demon Talon equipped to a stump. Let's say both of their hands, so two Demon Talons. If this ...
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Are there rules for creating magic items that can be activated with a swift action?

The mighty Magic Item Creation Rules. I'm looking to create a custom Wondrous Item. All the applicable cost schemes are either for standard action activation or continuous. I'd like to have ...
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What is the earliest level that a cleric can create an intelligent undead?

What is the earliest level that a cleric can create an intelligent / self-willed undead creature?
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How could one defeat a pervasive antimagic field?

There is a campaign I'm in that, though I'm pretty much done and ready to bail on it, has inspired a thought experiment. Long story short, we got railroaded hard into being gladiators. We have had ...
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Does Manifester Level count as “pertinent decision” about a power?

Under Manifesting Time in Psionics Unleashed p. 60 is written: You make all pertinent decisions about a power (range, target, area, effect, version, and so forth) when the power ...
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Differences Between Warpriest and Paladin

Both the Paladin and the Warpriest are combat-oriented divine casters, but what I want to know is, from an optimizer's perspective, what is the difference between the two classes in practice? What ...
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How can I always see ethereal and incorporeal creatures?

I am trying to adapt a character who can see spirits continuously to Pathfinder. I looked all over the d20pfsrd site for a feat or supernatural ability that lets a character continuously see ethereal ...
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Bonded Object and Fashionable Trait

A question from one of my Pathfinder Society players: "...I want to take the fashionable trait for Taldor, and if I had a (bonded item) ring or amulet would that count towards the gold needed to be ...
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Can guidance help with checks that take a long time?

From the description of guidance orison: The creature gets a +1 competence bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. It must choose to use the bonus before making the roll to ...
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Unsanctioned Knowledge, best combat buffs for a paladin and small party?

I have a 8th level Oath of Vengeance Paladin (see Iomedae's chosen one - Is there better way to shoot down a lot of enemies?) who specializes in ranged attacks. I'm interested in buffing myself or ...
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How can I make the protagonist from the Night Angel Trilogy into a PC? [closed]

I'm a big fan of Brent Weeks's Night Angel Trilogy of novels and want to play a PC as close as possible to the wetboy Kylar Stern/Durzo Blint, a rogue, assassin, and warrior with the awesome talents. ...
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Where can I get miniatures of The Four Horsemen of Apocalyse?

I have looked a lot online but I am reaching the end of my search. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy miniatures of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — ideally resembling the Pathfinder ...
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Can you be hidden when your opponent knows your general location?

I'm a sniper, and like to stay hidden during the fight to use my sneak attack, and bravely slay my enemies from afar. Stupid question: My party is about to slay a T-Rex from an aerostat. If I'm ...
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Is a Racial hatred to all Humans enough for an evil alignment?

I have a Strix Character that I am building. In Pathfinder, all Strixes HATE Humans, and even get a racial attack bonus against them. Since they hate humans so much, they see no issue with harming ...
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Is there a difference between “Able to cast x lvl spells” and “Ability to cast x lvl spells”?

I was looking at the Eldritch Knight prestige class and saw one of its requirements is "Able to cast 3rd-level arcane spells." I thought "Hmm, well my 1st level sorc with 18 Charisma is "able to cast ...
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How to teach players consequences

I'm DMing for a party of new players (4) that have all been wanting to play tabletop games for a while. It's worth noting that these guys all play video games (Witcher, Dragon's Age, etc.) and that is ...
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Summoning monsters for their DPS potential

For the summon monster spell, which monster should be selected at each level for pure dps potential tanking ability ? Related: What is the full list of monsters that can be summoned with the ...
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Is there an Ability Modifier equation?

Is there an equation to determine the Ability Modifier? I'm not talking about the chart that lists 1 = −5 2-3 = −4 4-5 = −3 6-7 = −2 etc. I mean a legit equation that, if I somehow misplaced this ...
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Why the huge difference between divine and arcane compulsion effects?

In designing a new compulsion spell am not sure whether to follow the cleric tree or the bard/wizard/sorceror tree in regard to spell levels and other rules/effects. On the cleric side, we have ...
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How can you cast a spell at a caster level much higher than 20 in Pathfinder?

Certain spells such as Mass Cure Critical Wounds have level-based effects with caps that are higher than 20 (in this case, 40). How is it possible to cast such spells and have the higher-than-20 cap ...
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Alternate class system for MtG inspired setting

I'm trying to create some house rules to run a Pathfinder campaign in Ravnica, a M:tG plane which has 10 guilds, each one with a very specific philosophy and societal role. I wish guilds to be : ...
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Can a level 3 cleric prepare and cast his 3rd-level domain spell?

As a level 3 cleric with the Darkness domain, I think I get the ability to cast deeper darkness because the spell is listed as a 3rd-level domain spell. Yet as a level 3 cleric I can only cast ...
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Definition of “simple” and “martial” weapons in Pathfinder?

I can't seem to find a definition of what it is that makes a weapon "simple" or "martial". Obviously, I can look at the weapon tables and find out how each weapon is categorized. But what is the ...
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Can a ready action be a combination of actions?

I know that readying an action is a standard action, meaning you can do some things before you ready an action, just not any standard actions. However, can you ready a few actions together? Can you, ...
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Multiple protection spells (Good and Law and Evil and Chaos) at once?

I am GMing my first Pathfinder game and a player (a wizard) wants to make robes that offer Protection from Good and Law and Evil and Chaos (as the spells). That seems a bit OP to me. How would that ...
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Is there any difference between active and passive feats?

I've been wondering about feats: many of them, like Toughness, are "passive", so they are always working and PCs are always enjoying their benefits. Others, instead, like Power attack or Cleave, need ...
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Can Greater Dispel Magic dispel a Wall of Force?

In the description of Wall of Force, it says that it is immune to Dispel Magic, but can either modes of Greater Dispel magic, either the 20-ft burst or the single target dispel the wall?
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How does stealth work while lit up in the dark?

Are there any rules or penalties for trying to roll stealth while for example carrying a torch through a dark cave? It seems like it would be basically impossible for anything not to see you, but I ...
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Why can't you run with a Fly spell?

The description of the Fly spell reads: The subject of a fly spell can charge but not run, and it cannot carry aloft more weight than its maximum load, plus any armor it wears. It is however ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder?

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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What is the duration of a spell from a magic item?

In my case I have a Celestial Armor (CL5) and a Celestial Shield (CL7) The armor lets me fly once per day (as the spell) and the shield gifes me feather fall once per day and because I have both I ...
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Is it possible to have many people using aid another use craft to earn a lot per week?

One of my players is trying to find loopholes to make lots of money without having to work. His latest idea is as follows: Get a ton of low-to-mid-level NPCs willing (or "willing") to waste a lot of ...
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In RAW how does a radius effect deal with obstructions?

How does a radius effect deal with obstructions? Does the radius expand and simply affect every non blocked square? Does it go through walls? Does it go around corners? Like the Cleric's Channel ...
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Multiclassing in Pathfinder-How do Feats work?

I'm making a character who is going to be multi-classing, specifically Fighter/Cleric. He's a Reach Cleric, so I wanted him to have some good feats (Selective Channel, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, ...
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Do magic weapons automagically change size based on the user?

From the PRD: When an article of magic clothing or jewelry is discovered, most of the time size shouldn't be an issue. Many magic garments are made to be easily adjustable, or they adjust ...
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Does Ant Haul let you drag more stuff too?

I was reading the spell ant haul and at first glace it seems very straight forward. The target's carrying capacity triples. This does not affect the creature's actual Strength in any way, merely ...
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Alchemist using splash weapon feat to attack square and redirect to invisible creature

I'm running a Pathfinder game and we have a 7th-level Alchemist. Recently, they were in an area of magical darkness and were blind. They attempted to attack the square where they had last seen an ...
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Do I get back the feat slot spent on proficiency if I get it from a class level later?

If I take Medium Armor Proficiency feat and Martial Weapon Proficiency feat, then later take a level in barbarian, what happens to the feats? Do I "get them back" so I can reuse them? Did I just waste ...
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Does going prone break a grapple?

If two medium creatures are in a grapple with one another, will an effect that causes one of the grapplers to go prone end the grapple?