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

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How many targets can be hit by wall of lava?

This spell creates a vertical wall of lava that is 1 inch thick for every 4 caster levels and composed of up to one 5-foot square per level. A wall of lava's maximum height cannot exceed half ...
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Secure a letter/scroll against opening (low levels)

Imagine an NPC (~7th level spell caster with limited resources) gives a letter to a low-level party (levels 1-2) asking them to carry it to another NPC (~7th level something with a lot of resources). ...
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What are some of the denizens of the Shadow Plane? [closed]

Important Note While I do understand that the DM is ostensibly God in his game. My GM does generally respect most things written in book. Explanation I have a character who is connected with the ...
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Armor proficiency for a multiclassed Rogue/Wizard

I have a character Rogue1/Wizard1 (favored class rogue). Since a rogue has light armor proficiency, is this also valid for wizard spells that I cast with somatic components? By "valid" i mean: Can I ...
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How to read creature attack stats and defense stats

I am trying to setup a game for my players (GM). I am new to this and I am trying to figure out what some of these creature stats mean. Melee short sword +3 (1d6+1/19-20) Do I divide by 19-20, ...
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Can a Fighter without multiple attacks use Two-Weapon Fighting?

If you are a level 5 fighter who just picked up two-weapon fighting, even if you don't have multiple attacks, would you be able to attack with two weapons? Specifics: Weapon training: blades, heavy; ...
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Does the knife master ability stack with prestige classes?

I'm making a villain for a campaign, and he's going to be an assassin/rogue combo. I wanted him to have a bit more bite, though, so I decided to make him a knife master. Would the sneak stab ability ...
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How do ranged weapons work

I am running a 1dm/1pc game where the pc is a ranger and I am having a bit of trouble understanding the specifics for ranged combat (Specifically long bow). I was under the impression that bows had a ...
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What are the implications and complications of adding new players?

The game I've been playing started with 4 players. One of them had to take a hiatus for schoolwork, but they'll be coming back very soon. We recently filled that player's spot with a new player, which ...
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Differentiating between class level versus character level for alchemist discoveries

For the discoveries for alchemist, a good chunk of them say "An alchemist must be at least X level before selecting this discovery". Case in point: Explosive Missile: As a standard action, the ...
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Do organized play leagues allow playing modules without keeping track of a character?

At Origins and GenCon this year, I saw several organized play leagues for a number of systems, including D&D 5e, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, and Legend of the Five Rings. I understand that the point of ...
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Magus Spellstrike, Spell Combat and Quicken Spell

Related: Magus question: Combining spell strike and spell combat I was reading the Spell Combat and Spell Strike abilities of the Magus and was curious how they would interact with Quicken Spell. ...
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Pathfinder Spark of Creation and Hedge Magician discounts

The Traits Spark of Creation and Hedge Magician each grant a 5% discount to magic item crafting. Would this discount apply to the adjusted price or the original price? For example if I was crafting ...
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What do I need to craft potions and oils?

I know that the Brew Potion feat can be used to make these items, but can I also use skills? The Paizo Site states that potions can be crafted with the Brew Potion feat, Spellcraft skill, and Craft ...
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Does a Magus' Weapon Enchancement Bonus Stack With An Existing Bonus?

I know you can stack abilities such as Frost and Flaming, but what about the numerical bonus? If you have a +1 Flaming Longsword, can a Magus then enchance it with 1 point to becoe a +2 Flaming Frost ...
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What can I do to help a pretty weak Halfling Barbarian?

So, in the Pathfinder Campaign I am running, we decided not to max out everything with "optimal builds". The players had a concept for their character in mind, which led to the group consisting of the ...
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How does Doppelganger Simulacrum Work?

The discovery reads as thus: Benefit: The alchemist learns how to create a simulacrum, a soulless duplicate of his body, into which he can project his consciousness. As a full-round action, he may ...
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Can you choose when to use your lower Base Attack Bonus?

I have a fighter level 10. She uses two-weapon fighting. With her BAB at 10/5, she has a total of 3 attacks during a full round attack correct? Also does her off hand attack receive the BAB of 10? ...
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Understanding the Swashbuckler's Dizzying Defense ability

I'm trying to understand how the new Swashbuckler 15th level ability dizzying defense works, rules-as-written. (I suspect I may not play it RAW, but I at least want to understand the RAW before making ...
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Can you have a shark companion out when not in water?

I was thinking of being a druid and having a shark companion. My question is if they only know swim how can they be on land? It has no land speed indicated. I know this seems like a simple concept ...
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Multiple attacks in a round (iterative attacks)

In what order do iterative attacks resolve? Right after the character who has initiative has resolved his first attack (attack with highest BAB), or do the other characters and npc's resolve their ...
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Are ability scores restored daily even while still under an affliction?

I'm trying to better understand afflictions and I was wondering if, for example; Someone gets Ghoul Fever. If they fail the save then they take 1d3 Con and 1d3 Dex damage. The next day, would they ...
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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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Air Elemental's Whirlwind

Ref: Small Air Elemental, Whirlwind What kind of action must an Air Elemental take to become a whirlwind? How often can an Air Elemental use Whirlwind? The ability's template includes a frequency ...
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What does a witch do when hexing someone?

Some hexes (like Cackle or Charm) specify some form of action to be taken by the witch when activating them, but most hexes do not specify, does the witch just look someone and then the hex is active? ...
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Does Illusion of Calm move with the caster?

If a PC casts Illusion of Calm and then moves to a new location, does it move with the PC, or does the illusion stay on the original square?
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Does the number of unarmed strikes increase with BAB or limbs?

When performing an unarmed strike, does a PC get more strikes based on their limbs? i.e. punching with both hands, knees, headbutt, etc. Or does the PC get more unarmed strikes based on the BAB? ...
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How do I make my fights more interesting? [closed]

Sometimes my combats are too boring, just a bunch of dice rolls. I want my fightings to be fast and various. Often is all about "you See the enemy, roll the dice a few Times, go on". This takes too ...
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How does the Ambitious Schemer racial trait for Drow work?

I'm confused here. It is written "You may choose either Bluff or Diplomacy as a class skill, and gain a +2 bonus on such skill checks." So, how it works with regular class skills?
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Do the greater and normal versions of a spell stack in Pathfinder?

As far as I am aware, you can't have multiple instances of the same spell active on you in Pathfinder (and even if you could, the benefits probably wouldn't stack). For example, you couldn't cast ...
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Pathfinder Equivalent of Infinite Scrollcase?

Is there an equivalent of the Infinite Scrollcase from Magic of Eberron in Pathfinder. In particular I'm looking for an item that stores multiple scrolls and allows a caster to more easily access the ...
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Pathfinder: crafting skill bonus items

In Pathfinder, is it possible to create an item using the Craft Wondrous Item feat, that provides a skill bonus to Spellcraft for creating magic items? What would be the most appropriate item and ...
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How to create a useful bird companion?

I am playing PFS and I wonder what could make a bird companion for a human druid useful. Right now I have thought about the following: It has 10 STR, so it has 0 damage modifiers on any of his ...
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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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If you teleport vertically whilst levitating or flying, will you fall?

I have a wizard character (Teleportation school) who has the shift ability that allows him as a swift action to dimension door 5' per 2 wizard levels. If he is under the effect of Levitate or Fly ...
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What (trait, feat, class, etc) can reduce the penalty of using inappropriately sized weapons?

Using an inappropriately sized weapon confers a penalty to hit, as follows: Inappropriately Sized Weapons: A creature can't make optimum use of a weapon that isn't properly sized for it. A ...
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How do Native Outsiders respond to Summoning spells?

Can an Outsider with the Native subtype be summoned with a spell? If so, under what conditions, and what spell? If not, why? Other than needing to be summoned to a plain different to the one it's ...
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In Emerald Spire, is a room or entire floor an encounter, and when should I give out treasure?

This is my first time as a GM, and our second session played, and I need this answered: how big is an encounter? I'm doing the emerald spire and I'm trying to figure out: is the entire level an ...
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How does a Flaming Sphere's movement work?

Regarding Flaming Sphere: The sphere does damage when it occupies the same space as a creature. When I move it into a creature's space to attack, the sphere stops moving for the round. If the ...
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Do Familiars Advance in Power?

Do familiars advance in the same way player characters advance? Can they advance at all?
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Sneak attack advancement feat

One of my players is trying to play as a rogue/druid (mostly for sneak attacking). Unfortunately, these classes don't have a lot of synergy. Are there any feats or items, ideally for pathfinder, that ...
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unsettling cold rage feature in 3.5 or PF

I've seen something in some Oriental Samurai-ish supplementary book. @Edit: It was a Musashi's L5A adaptation from sword & sorcery I think, where I saw it. Something like dead eyes. My idea is to ...
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What are the specifications for the “Vansaya” crossbow in Sandpoint?

I am setting up Rise of the Runelords Anniversary edition and I was curious as to how I should tell my PC's what this +1 repeating crossbows worth is and if there are any special abilities tied to it. ...
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Does the rogue Talent Underhanded count in the first regular round of combat?

The rogue talent underhanded from Ultimate Combat states that an opponent that is attacked with a concealed weapon in the surprise round of combat gets his max damage on sneak attack. If the rogue ...
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When monster cohorts level up, do they work just like a PC of that class level?

That is, if a monster cohort levels up with a PC and they would normally qualify for a class ability, like the fighter's bravery or a barbarian's rage, do the monster cohorts also get these abilities? ...
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How do monster cohorts work?

The bestiary says they "gain a key class level," when they level up. Does this mean they take their first level or appropriate cohort level in say, fighter? So, in example; If I'm level 10, then ...
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Where are the hexagon grid details in the book?

I can't remember if it was the CRB or the GMG but I remember reading about using the hexagon grid for exploration and it talked about the area of the hexes and such but I can't find it again in the ...
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How do I gain bonded object, as a magus?

I am open to a feat, item or perhaps a spell within my reach. I would be open to two feat cost, if the prereq feat is not completely useless. So how do I gain bonded object, as a magus?
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What benefit does combining rooms into buildings provide?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for building buildings by combining different distinct rooms. However, I can't see any mechanical benefit (that is, besides aesthetics and ...
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Looking for a short and relatively easy campaign to run as a beginner DM [closed]

I'm relatively new to playing Pathfinder and D&D --only a couple of months-- and the group I play with wants everyone to DM at least one or two sessions so everyone gets a chance to play. Can ...