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

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Can the “Transformative” special ability be added to any (or even 'every') magic weapon found as treasure? [closed]

Reading the Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, it seems that any melee magic weapon the party find can gain the Transformative special ability. All it takes is finding a crafter ...
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How to deal with a player in a large forum game who constantly fights in-game and OOC?

I'm currently engaged in a Pathfinder game online, on a forum. I've been playing on this forum for a year now, and this is my second (third if you count IRL) RPG campaign. Never had a problem, since ...
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Can a Creature Avoid an Overrun Attempt by an Unseen Opponent?

The Overrun maneuver in Pathfinder allows a creature to pass through an enemy's square as part of a charge or move action. If the attacker isn't detected by the target - if it's invisible or just ...
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Does the Natural Armor Bonus from the Draconic Bloodline stack with Racial Bonuses?

At level 3, the Sorcerer's Draconic Bloodline grants the Dragon Resistances ability, which gives the following benefits: Dragon Resistances (Ex): At 3rd level, you gain resist 5 against your ...
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What are the advantages of switching to Sorcerer at level 2 versus staying with Bloodrager?

I have a Bloodrager 1, and I'm thinking of multiclassing into Sorcerer at 2nd level. As far as I can tell, the only thing that I am losing is the favored class perks (since I would plan to pump all ...
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Why is Magical Lineage so great for Magus?

Magical Lineage Benefit: Pick one spell when you choose this trait. When you apply metamagic feats to this spell that add at least 1 level to the spell, treat its actual level as 1 lower for ...
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Custom Psionic Power [closed]

I'm going to develop a library of house rules and eventually make it public, but not immediately. More to the point, I need more Psionic Powers, but I don't know how to make them, or what guidelines I ...
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What bloodline should I choose for a character I want to turn into an arcane trickster?

I've just started playing Pathfinder, and I have a 1st level gnome rogue. I decided early on that I wanted to eventually go the route of an arcane trickster, so my good attributes are DEX and CHA, ...
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Will I still get spell failure with multicalss Kensai / fighter?

Going from fighter to Magus Kensai, it says: A kensai is not proficient with armor or shields and suffers normal arcane spell failure chance when casting magus spells while armored. But as a ...
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Should I worry about “picking the wrong spell” for a prepared caster?

I'm thinking of picking a magus to play, but I'm nervous that I'll at some point pick the wrong spell and make the party worse off. Is this a legitimate fear? Or am I just paranoid? I'm nervous to ...
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How to get spontaneous arcane casting without an armor penalty in pathfinder?

How could I get a gish in pathfinder with spontaneous arcane casting without having to worry about spell failure chance. To those that would say sorcerer/fighter, how do I avoid the spell failure ...
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Has the 3.5e Samurai been rebuilt for Pathfinder? [closed]

I read the Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment Guide and noticed that the Katana and Wakizashi got their own weapon count (as well as a samurai armor as an armor type). Has someone converted the samurai ...
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Can Summoned Monsters have their own initiative?

The spell description for summon monster includes this line: "It appears where you designate and acts immediately, on your turn." This means that the summons would act on the summoners initiative ...
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Can I brew some True Strike?

According to the Alchemist's alchemy ability, alchemists cannot create extracts of spells with a focus component: If a spell normally has a costly material component, that component is expended ...
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Sleeves of Many Garments. Multiple uses? Swarmsuit?

In my campaign, one of my players utilized Sleeves of Many Garments. These go for 200gp, and can become any kind of mundane clothing, and say that the clothes revert afterwards. The player utilized ...
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What spells does the Sorcerer Elemental Bloodline Arcana apply to?

Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell that deals energy damage, you can change the type of damage to match the type of your bloodline. This also changes the spell's type to match the type ...
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What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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What is the right way to GM magical trap detection?

I'm trying to understand the rules of perceiving magical traps, but I remain confused on some finer points. Let's say the PCs will encounter a Symbol of Weakness trap. The trap is on a door, and is ...
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Can Sleeves of Many Garments become Authoritative Vestments?

Can Sleeves of Many Garments transform the wearer's clothes into Authoritative Vestments? The description states "Any other non-magical set of clothing", and the Authoritative Vestments are a Channel ...
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How does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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What feats expand the set of weapons one can use weapon finesse with?

I know that Dervish Dance adds scimitar to the list. Are there other feats that expand the set of weapons one can use finesse with? I'm particularly curious I'd there are ways to get a bastard sword ...
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How can a Shifter get along with a Silver Flame Inquisitor?

I will be joining a game in the world of Eberron and I want to play a druid shifter. The problem is that there is an inquisitor of the Silver Flame in the party. Is there a way to interact with him ...
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Can mythic spells be cast using wild arcana?

The wording of Wild Arcana (errata notwithstanding) states As a swift action, you can expend one use of mythic power to cast any one arcane spell without expending a prepared spell or spell ...
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How do I handle the castle my PCs suddenly acquired, and the shift in game focus it brings?

So my players managed to land a "Deck of Many Things" last night. I had intended a silly one shot "break" in our long campaign, and the result was one player getting a chance to pull a single card. ...
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Where do I find out about Archetypes?

I keep hearing about "Archetypes" for Pathfinder. What sourcebooks could I read for them?
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Can I make someone visible using dye?

I have an invisible enemy (an Oni). The party's archer has just picked up a way to see invisible creatures. He wants to use dye arrows to fire at the Oni and splash it with paint, which will then ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level ...
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Will adding spells to the Duskblade Spell list unbalance play?

I'm wanting to build a GMPC Duskblade character for a gestalt game. I've read different sources with spells and thought of a number to add. Here's the complete spell list (regular Duskblade spells ...
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How do you learn the number of charges on a wand?

My players have come across a cache of wands in my Pathfinder campaign. Some of the wands have 50 charges while some have less. At the moment I've house ruled that Detect Magic will only state if a ...
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Does a Cleric with high Wisdom get all their bonus spells? [duplicate]

How do bonus spells work? Bob is a Level 2 Cleric with a 16 Wisdom. The class table grants him the following spells per day [O:4] [L1:2+1] But his high casting stat grants him the following Bonus ...
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Does Elemental Focus affect spells modified with Elemental Spell?

I take Elemental Focus (fire) to add +1 to the DC for all of my spells that deal fire damage. If I also take Elemental Spell (fire), then cast an elemental lightning bolt, does it receive the DC bonus ...
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How do Templates/monsters stack?

I was thinking of various monsters from popular fiction (specifically the 5 nights at freddy's robots), and I wondered. is it possible to have an undead construct? How do templates work in the game? ...
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Does 5e's (dis)advantage rule break Pathfinder?

I really like the advantage/disadvantage system in 5e. Has it been play tested as a sole addition to the Pathfinder rules and practically or theoretically demonstrated and found to have any breaking ...
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Duration of feather fall for very long distances

Let's say a character has to go down into a vertical gulf of about ten miles. A helpful NPC (wizard, character level of about 10) who does not want to join her on the way down casts feather fall on ...
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Can a Sorcerer with an Int of 2 still cast spells?

Our Sorcerer was hit by massive Int drain, to the point that she had an effective Int of 2. Between then and the time we could fix her Int drain, could she cast spells? There are two obvious factors: ...
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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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Does an invisible creature provoke an AoO when trying to grapple?

The rules for grapple say that starting a grapple provokes an AoO. Does this still apply if the attacking creature is invisible (invisibility spell)?
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Can I change the alignment of my intelligent item?

I am a chaotic neutral ranger who has a belt of physical might that I dropped a lot of gold to have my sorcerer make for me. He rolled a natural 20 so the GM imbued it with sentience and rolled that ...
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Can I craft my gear before the game begins?

I was thinking of having a GMPC character craft most of his starting gear in a game I am GMing. I have 4 ranks in craft (metalworking) [conjoined weapon and armor making] and an int modifier or +2. ...
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How to represent a “light” bastard sword? [closed]

I want to have a character wield a bastard sword, but I'm trying to find fluff for it. I want it to be... Light, as in that is could be wielded with quick strikes without being overly tiring, and ...
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How do I optimize a Winged Marauder Mount for flyby Bomb-Throwing?

I'm making a Winged Marauder Alchemist. I've never played a class with an animal companion or mount before, so I really don't understand any of the business of building my Vulture or Bat. For example, ...
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How to handle “extra” skill points? [closed]

I'm building a GMPC character who's backstory involves learning forging from a smith father and learning violin (perform [string instruments]) from his mother. I don't want to waste points where I ...
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How much training does an animal companion enter play with?

My Ranger has just entered 4th level and I've decided to use his Hunter's Bond to gain an Animal Companion. However, the rules detailing companions are not clear on how much training they enter play ...
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Can an Immediate action be taken after an attack hits but before damage is rolled? [duplicate]

So I intend to take Wave shield. It takes an immediate action to activate. I already know questions will come up with my DM when I try to use this ability... The way I understand the mechanics ...
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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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Can an animal companion use all their primary attacks

I was pretty confident that animal companions could use all their primary attacks until I thought about it in the context of the Multiattack feat. Can an animal companion do so before obtaining this ...
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How can a Witch gain access to Wizard spells for crafting

I am currently rolling a level 11 Witch in a campaign with some friends. At 11th level I took the feat Craft Wondrous Items. This is all good except that many of the items that could be of use for the ...
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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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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise ...
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What square do attacks of opportunity occur in — the square being moved out of or the one being entered [duplicate]

On Pathfinder core rulebook page 180, in regard to Provoking an Attack of Opportunity: Two kinds of action can provoke attack of opportunity: moving out of a threatened square and … Two ...