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

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Can you use craft: trapmaking instead of disable device?

I have a character that doesn't have disable device skill, but I took trapmaking for a craft skill can I apply that to disabling just traps or no?
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How can I give an animal or mount skill ranks or feats?

Lets say I buy a giant chameleon and want it to have the stable gallop and narrow frame feats. How do animals (not familiars or animal companions) gain feats, if they do at all? How do they gain ...
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Nonlethal damage up to max HP instead of current HP, as feat or item?

I am playing a Kineticist from the Occult Adventures Playtest, and am looking for a specific effect to help with the Burn class feature: the ability to take nonlethal damage up to my maximum HP, ...
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How much “translation” do 3.5 rules hacks need for Pathfinder?

I'm specifically looking at the Collected Book of Experimental Might. Its many hacks range from very simple to diabolical: Feat every level Combat feats are more powerful when taken as Fighter ...
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Casting Flame Strike or Ice Storm in a cave/dungeon

So, one of my players who plays a druid wanted to cast "Flame Strike" and "Ice Storm" in a dungeon. In the german version of the rule books, those spells both state that the Ice/Fire comes from the ...
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Traits that improve Abjuration school spells

Are there any Traits that would benefit a caster focusing on the Abjuration school? Character design is a buffing support. Classes are Bard and he will be Prestiging into the Abjurant Champion from ...
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Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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Does the magus' pool strike count as a touch spell?

The pfsrd states that, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell list, he can deliver the spell through any weapon he is wielding as part of a melee attack. ...
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How has sneaking changed from 3.5 to Pathfinder?

Was researching this in order to answer How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight? I learned a fair amount about these changes and since they’re pretty significant, I ...
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What is the scale of the Celwynvian map in Pathfinder #15

Pathfinder #15 includes details of a ruined forest city, Celwynvian, but no scale is provided for either map. The inferred size is quite large as the order of battle laid out has a scope that belies ...
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Returning enchantment on a creature

I have a feat that allows me to pick up and throw another creature as if it were a thrown weapon. The greater belt of mighty hurling item from Pathfinder, among other things, allows me to apply ...
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Updating a couple of old Arduin magic items

So here a couple of magic items from the old Arduin books that I'd like to use in more recent D&D. How would you update (or stat) these? Stasis Bag - a sort of super bag of holding. It's size ...
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What steps should I go about to balance a character class?

I'm trying to tweak/balance the Wizard (and to a lesser extent the Cleric) class(es) in Pathfinder. The two things that really irritate me are: Spell components. Tongue of frog and Eye of newt ...
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Do Bane bonuses from multiple sources stack?

I am playing an Inquisitor who has the "bane ability" in which I can change my bane type that I apply each round I so choose for a certain number of rounds per day. My sword already has (evil outsider)...
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Magic item ID: scarab that stops bleeding and teleports dying PC to safe place

I'm trying to find an item that I saw, I'm pretty sure it was a scarab but not 100% on that. The effect of the item was that it would stop bleeding if the PC was at 0 or lower hp and at -10 hp it ...
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How do I get my animal companion more feats?

I have been trying to make a tripping wolf companion work for a while and have been stymied by the lack of Combat Expertise. I recently stumbled upon Dirty Fighting, which bypasses that requirement. ...
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Is my feat chain for TWF Slayer Tank optimized?

I am about to bring a Shield and Sword Slayer to a PFS game. Assume I can use anything on PFSRD since if I need the book, I will just buy it. I am starting form level 1 with 150g, as is PFS standard. ...
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Does the Sniper Archetype of the slayer get a talent at level 2?

The PFSRD does not mention it being replaced by the level 2 ability, but HeroForge does not give me the level 2 talent.
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Are targets aware when you mind probe them if they don't make their saves?

So, mind probe's description says that you ask questions telepathically, but I was wondering if the targets are aware that they are being questioned if they don't make their save? It would seem to me ...
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Could you be able to hide your mount with HiPS?

Would you be able to hide your mount with Hide in Plain Sight (assuming you've got a way to quiet the noise (like magical barding/horse shoes), which to be honest, is not particularly hard to get a ...
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Is Psionic Body underpowered?

Compared with, say, oh, I don't know... Toughness... this feat seems to cover the same territory (assuming a feat every two levels) pretty exactly, but you absolutely have to take psionic feats to ...
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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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Durations of chained conditions

Two related questions here; here, I use Fatigued and Exhausted for illustration, but I'm really asking about the general case of condition "chains" like this. Question 1: A character is currently ...
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Where can I find Airship alterations?

Where can I find alterations/improvements stats that PCs could make to a very basic airship? Although I went (quickly) through "the forge of war", "explorer handbook" and the "campaign setting" I ...
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How to communicate with your summons?

The Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally spells mention: If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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Does a Paladin's Divine Bond stack with levels from Holy Vindicator?

I am unsure as to the answer to this myself. It states in the description of the Paladin's Divine Bond that you gain a +1 bonus every 4 levels, but it doesn't say ...
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Really clean character sheet?

Right before 4e came out a friend showed me a 3.5 character sheet that was very clean. The difference between it and pretty much every other character sheet I've been able to find is that it didn't ...
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Break Enchantment v. Feeblemind

Break enchantment's description contains the following: This spell frees victims from enchantments, transmutations, and curses. Break enchantment can reverse even an instantaneous effect. [...] If ...
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How to attack an opponent's weapon with rusting grasp

The spell description says that you can make a melee touch attack against a weapon held by an enemy in order to affect it with the spell. However I can't find rules anywhere about making such an ...
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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 handle mystery adventures when there are copious divination spells? [closed]

I'm gming a Pathfinder game. It's part hack-and-slash and part detective work/mystery solving. The premise is that there is a young necromancer raising the dead to right a wrong. Now, the source book ...
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Magus spellstrike and held touch spells threaten?

I am building a whip using magus. The game we are playing has us at level 6, which is too low for me to get the feat which allows me to threaten with a whip. However, when holding a touch spell you ...
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What are Metal Kobolds?

I've recently purchased the Monster Codex for Pathfinder and found an interesting passage in the introduction to Kobolds. It reads that in rare cases, there are those born with metallic scales that ...
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Is this Dex/Int build Viable for a PVP arena playing primarily vs Glass-Cannon Casters

I am trying to develop a character who will be able to compete on even footing with Spell-casters by focusing on a high TAC (And possibly Damage-Per-Round) to compete in an arena setting, while not ...
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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 here'...
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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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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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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 ...