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

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Interaction of the Cold extraordinary ability and Grapples

According to the Cold[EX] ability of an Ice Golem An ice golem's body generates intense cold, dealing 1d6 points of damage with its touch. If a Golem were to initiate a grapple, would this ...
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Can being flat-footed actually improve your AC?

When something refers to an ability bonus instead of an ability modifier does that mean that you only add the modifier if the ability score is positive, or are “bonus” and “modifier” to be read as ...
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Riding/beating a dead horse

Context: My Undead Lord Cleric's current Corpse Companion is a fast zombie heavy horse. So, my GM and I disagree on a key aspect of riding an undead horse. He thinks that because riding a living ...
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How does inhaled poison work? [duplicate]

I am playing a level 10 alchemist and I know that I can create poisons, as well as put them on weapons. However, there is a poison type that is inhaled and is airborne. After I read how it works, I ...
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Pathfinder character creation using multiple books

Is there a good resource that leads you step by step through creating a character using more than just the core book? For example, if I choose an Elf character, it reminds you that there are variant ...
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How does Blood Crow Strike really work?

The way Blood Crow Strike is written does not make sense. The casting time is 1 Round, and the duration is Instantaneous. Now this can be taken two ways: The change is instantaneous, and permanent, ...
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Brawler and two weapon fighting feat tree

One of my players is a brawler. He just reached level 8 and got improved two weapon fighting. He asked what his attacks were suppose to be and I went to tell him, only to find out that I didnt know ...
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Good classes with Multiple Ability Dependence

Often times when contemplating what class I want to play I will take a look at my rolls : if they're overall good, I'll generally go something with a little more Multiple Ability Dependence (MAD) vs. ...
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How do extracts based on Communal spells work?

One of my players asked a very interesting question. Their playing an alchemist. Their wanting to know how their communal extracts works, and Im having a hard time coming up with an acceptable answer. ...
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Do harmful but non-damaging spells cause a character to wake up?

Do harmful spells (specifically Bestow Curse) that don't do damage cause people to wake from normal sleep? Does any damage cause a character to wake up?
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How many cantrips can I cast continuously out of combat?

Playing Skull & Shackles and we got shipwrecked. My character has Mending as a cantrip. According to the books, cantrips are so inconsequential that they can be cast "without limit". ...
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Which weapons are metal-hafted?

Since it is required to defined the Hardness and HP of a weapon in the case of sundering, how do I determine whether a weapon is metal-hafted? Should I look at the illustrations? Can any hafted ...
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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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What's a list of useful magic items my players could spend their gp on? [closed]

My PCs are new to Pathfinder, and not all of them are spending their gp effectively. The problem is choice paralysis: there's a huge list of magic items, and they don't want to take the time to read ...
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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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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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Pathfinder Universalist Wizard casting 0 level spells

Can a Universalist Wizard cast spells from all Schools or only from his own? Specifically, 0 Level.
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Is there a good character sheet set up for the Unchained Variant rules, especially Consolidated Skills?

My personal abilities at graphic design are horrible. I've tried making my own character sheets, to no avail. So now I'm searching - one of my campaigns is using lots of the Pathfinder Unchained ...
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Will Distant Spell Link work via Improved Share Spells

Distant spell Link lets you use your companions Share Spells feature at close range, rather then touch. Benefit(s): The range of your allied creature's share spells ability increases to close ...
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Can Dancing Lights be used to Dazzle an opponent?

Would Dancing Lights, when commanded to stay a foot in front of the eyes of an opponent, Dazzle that NPC? Since Dancing Lights can be the brightness equivalent of a torch, and the brightness of a ...
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What is the difference between line of sight and line of effect?

As the title. I've seen many definitions such as concealment refer to one or both, but I can't find a clear definition of them or how they are different.
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Can I use trick granting items to learn the 2nd 'attack' trick?

Expanding from this question, if I use a Bridle of Tricks or War Saddle to give my mount/animal friend the 'attack' trick, and I then use one of its normal trick slots to teach it the 2nd 'attack' ...
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Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?

I've heard comments that energy damage, or particularly acid damage, somehow bypasses object hardness - either fully, or in half. However, I haven't found a consistent citation or interpretation for ...
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Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide

I have been trying to build a Wizard who focuses entirely on crafting magic items. Looking online for a guide on what Class, traits, feats, race...ect to choose I have yet to find one anywhere. Is ...
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Do magic items granting an animal extra tricks stack with already known tricks?

Lets say I buy a Giant Chameleon for a mount/battle partner. Since the chameleon has int 2, it can learn 6 tricks, so I teach it 6. I then put a Bridle of Tricks on it (assuming the bridle tricks are ...
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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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How many levels should I remove from a 14th level Witch if I want to add 5 Mythic Tiers to her? [closed]

Let's say I have a 14th level witch planned as the the BBEG for a campaign, but decide I need Augmented Mythic Deep Slumber (multi-year duration, only dispelled by mythic effects) for plot reasons so ...
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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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How does damage dealt increase as you level up

I've recently taken over as GM in my group. We are all new to RPGs except for our original GM, so they decided to run an adventure path so it would be easier to change GMs if they had to stop ...
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Downtime gold in a dungeon crawler setting

In a dungeon crawler campaign that I created, I offer my players the possibility to do things in between dungeon runs as "downtime actions" (at the beginning of each dungeon the players choose a ...
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Stats of a creature when using “Body Thief”

An Intellect Devourer can crawl into a recently slain body and use it similarly to a Dominate Monster spell and it also has its defensive and offensive abilities. Let's say he takes the body of a ...
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What is a spell, curse, or illness that's long-lasting enough to drive a campaign?

Alright, so I want to make a villainous witch to be the villain that starts off the plot for a campaign. I want her to hex a beloved noble with either some format of permanent sleep, or impending ...
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As a caster, is this homebrew crossbow worth using?

I am an 8th level Mystic Theurge (3Wiz, 3Cleric, 2MT). My DM gave me a homebrew belt-fed auto-reloading crossbow- 3 attacks per round at 1d10 each. Our party rogue declined it due to feats being just ...
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How do the Sorcerer Bloodline Feats work?

Me and one of my players are going over the characters. We noticed that the bloodlines provide bonus feats but it isn't stated what level they can get it. Thus I am not sure on how they acquire the ...
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What is the optimal role for a mystic theurge? [closed]

I realize that a mystic theurge is basically 2 casters 3lvls lower than my character in one body. a mix or arcane and divine, but I think the possibilities are still intruiging. I am currently ...
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How do favored classes work in Pathfinder?

I'm working on creating a half-elf paladin character for a Pathfinder game. Full disclosure: this is the first time I've tried creating a character; I've used ones other people created before. In ...
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Optimal Focused Fighter Builds in Pathfinder

Using just the core rulebook and the advanced player's guide, what would be an optimal build for a fighter using 25 points for point-buy character generation? Assume it's a level 10 fighter intended ...
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Can you charge while using non-standard movement like flying

So flying is a common ability in Pathfinder, so is using special attack options like charging. Whats not clear is when their used together. Are you able to charge while flying? Burrowing, swimming, ...
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Is a Dex-Based Character viable for a PVP Arena [closed]

New question from a comment on Is this Dex/Int build Viable for a PVP arena playing primarily vs Glass-Cannon Casters Dex based characters are, of course, generally no good. Using a goblin as a ...
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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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Alarming potions

Alchemists formulae includes Invisibility Alarm. Does that mean they can actually create a potion of alarm? How does that work? When you drink the potion do you then choose where the alarm spell ...
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Exotic weapons (in an exotic situation) [closed]

I have a fairly unusual setup in my current party. We have just three players- one rogue, one oracle, and myself. The oracle's spell choices are mostly fire-based damage attacks and healing spells. ...
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What is the height distribution of elfs?

This question may sound weird, but I could not find a good answer so far. All the sources cite that elfs are "taller than humans", but not how much taller or how much their height varies. Given that ...
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Poison on Bombs

Can Alchemists apply a poison to their bombs? Does the poison apply on impact and then boom goes the dynamite?
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What does it take to throw a splash weapon?

I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action. This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash ...
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What type of Bonus does a Ragechemist's Strength Mutagen Provide?

This recently came up while my group and I were discussing potential builds for the next game we would be playing. A Ragechemist (Ultimate Combat) gets the following at first level: Rage Mutagen ...
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Swift Alchemy and Potions

Do alchemists with Swift Alchemy take half as much time to brew potions? What exactly is an "alchemical item"? Anything that can be made with Craft (Alchemy) ? They can be created using Craft ...
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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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Does the Alchemist's Lab provide “alchemical equipment” in the sense of Craft (Alchemy)?

So I am a little confused by the Core Rules Books definition of Craft (Alchemy); To make an item using Craft(alchemy), you must have alchemical equipment. If you are working in a city, you can ...
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Can I Have Two Familiars?

I am playing a gestalt game as a Wizard/Alchemist. The Wizard gains a familiar via Arcane Bond, and the Alchemist gains a familiar through the Tumor Familiar discovery. Does the fact that the ...