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

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Earth Mastery - What is the “ground”?

An earth elemental has earth mastery, Earth Mastery (Ex) An earth elemental gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls if both it and its foe are touching the ground. If an opponent is airborne ...
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Who decides the personality and actions of a familiar or animal companion?

My character has a centipede familiar and a riding dog animal companion and I'm hoping for interesting interactive roleplay. Can a familiar or an animal companion have a personality, and can it be ...
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Attack of Opportunity with ranged weapons

Attacks of Opportunity with a ranged weapon seems like an insane concept. The way I understand it, if a creature were to move within range of a PC's light crossbow it would trigger an AoO. If so that ...
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What Pathfinder prestige classes have full spell-casting progression? [closed]

When optimizing spell-casting characters in Pathfinder it is conventional wisdom one should not give up caster levels. What first-party prestige classes offer full spell-casting progression for divine ...
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In what source books do hybrid and base classes appear?

Today I stumbled upon this Hybrid Classes page (d20pfsrd) and since I once bought a few pathfinder source books in PDF I went to see if I already own the relevant book (I usually play liberally-...
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Does an entity speaking the god's language understand every language?

I can't remember exactly the name, but I heard of a language used by gods, wich is understandable by every sentient being. It directly form the concept in the auditor's mind (thus, you can adress ...
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The grapple hit and different possibilities

When you are controlling a grapple, you have the ability to deliver an automatic hit to whats being grappled. There are a few things I am wondering about this. Is it possible to crit on this hit? If ...
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Does an improvised weapon similar to a weapon with special features benefit from those features as well?

Another question about improvised weaponry. I know how the size category and damage of an improvised weapon is determined, I also know that improvised weapons always crit on a natural 20 for double ...
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How do I manage my Druid's wildshapes?

My druid picked up the wildshape ability a few levels back, but hasn't had a chance to use it yet. The wide-open nature of the ability (and the labyrinthine rules) has left me reluctant to bog down ...
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Failing a controlling grapple check, what actions remain?

When you are grappling a creature, and you make the 2nd round check to maintain the grapple, and fail. What actions do you have left? Because if you succeed you have the ability to make a attack which ...
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What spell or item works like a Field Radio or closest equivalent?

The question I am hoping to find the answer to is what could be used to replicate the functionality of a broadcast radio, where it can send a message near instantaneously over distances of miles. The ...
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Do the bonuses of Alchemist bomb and Focused Shot count as from the same source?

One of my players is playing an alchemist and he plans on combining the alchemist's Int damage bonus for bombs with focused shot. Both add your Int mod to damage, so does that count as the same source?...
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Would pulling a wagon cause the creature to be encumbered?

I am playing a large zen archer monk. I was able to create the character using the race builder. In our last session something came up which made us question having me pull our wagon and if doing so ...
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Multiclassing eldritch godling and cleric confusion

Though a discussion about different classes a strange wording in the Lineage Domain of the Eldritch Godling (a 3pp class from Super Genius Games) came up: As a result of their divine bloodline, ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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How can I give my players intermediate consequences for failure in battle?

I'm running a Pathfinder campaign, and I frequently run into trouble setting up combat encounters that "matter" (in the sense that my players aren't just skipping through a park picking daisies and ...
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Managing a Medieval Low Orbit Ion Cannon

Sometimes I hate my players. My table is currently composed of five diabolically inventive players. They come from a mixed IT/Engineering background, so more often than not, I have to deal with some ...
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Contradiction in Cloudkill Description

I have found what seems to be a contradiction in how the 5th level spell Cloudkill affects creatures of certain HD: These vapors automatically kill any living creature with 3 or fewer HD (no ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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Pathfinder explosive runes abuse [closed]

One of my players (a sorcerer) wants to use pathfinder's explosive runes as an offensive spell. He wants to scribe runes on a book, throw it somewhere and then have a party member (a paladin with a ...
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DEX vs. CON on overall longevity

Would pumping one stat over the other increase the overall longevity as it pertains to a squishy hard-caster? (Wizard/Druid/Sorcerer/Witch types). I am not talking about about any skills or class ...
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Is there a way for an oracle to gain or take a revelation from a mystery not his own?

At least two oracle mysteries contain revelations letting an oracle use his Charisma modifier instead of his Dexterity modifier to compute his AC (the mystery lore has the revelation sidestep secret ...
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Can a Magus use Spellstrike and Spell Combat with spells prepared with other class slots?

Let's assume we have a Magus 2/Wizard 10 who wants to cast Vampiric Touch spell on an opponent. The character has prepared the spell using one of the Wizard spell slots. The description of Spell ...
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How does an unchained synthesist determine his ability scores?

The original chained summoner that takes the archetype synthesist uses the eidolon's Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution scores instead of the synthesist's own, but the synthesist retains his own ...
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What exactly can you do with the product of Major Creation?

Let's assume a caster able to cast the spell Major Creation. What he is trying to do is exploit this to be able to avoid having to pay for certain things. As explained in this question, what is ...
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Guidance / Fortune Synergy

How does the +1 bonus from the Guidance cantrip work with the extra roll from the Fortune witch hex? GUIDANCE School divination; Level cleric 0, druid 0 Casting Time 1 standard action Components V, S ...
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Can you repeatedly use Fortune Hex twice a day if you have the Accursed Hex feat?

Can you repeatedly target yourself or a party member twice a day with the Fortune Hex if you take Accursed Hex as a feat? Fortune (Su): The witch can grant a creature within 30 feet a bit of good ...
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Can you use Major Creation to create the diamond dust required for Resurrection?

I have a character who is able to cast major creation and resurrection. He has a CL of 15. He starts by taking a really small piece of diamond (not enough to cast Resurrection), and casts major ...
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Which traits are better for a control/(de)buff Witch at level 4?

Going to make a level 4 witch. I have narrowed my list of traits down to the following. Which 2 of these 4 options is better for a battlefield control/debuffer/buffer build? +2 Initiative (already +...
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Does the character or the mount need Improved Overrun for AoO-less Trample Attempts?

In Pathfinder an Overrun attempt normally draws an attack of opportunity. A character can take Improved Overrun to negate this and get a bonus, but does it apply for a character making an Overrun ...
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Does a spell with a target of “You” work if cast by a Swarm on itself? [closed]

Herbert is a Rat Swarm with Psychic levels. As such, he is able to cast magic and has the Int score on the level of a wizard. HOWEVER. A swarm is immune to any spell or effect that targets a ...
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Is breaking through a wall a move action or a standard action?

We have a question that cam up in one of our game sessions. In the Pathfinder rules there are two options for damaging objects, one is using a sunder action (which replaces an attack), the second ...
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Fused eidolon Synthesist weapon evolution

A Fused eidolon does not have feats or skills of it's own. However if it had a martial weapon evolution with a bow, would the summoner/eidolon fused be able to use that weapon, or since the summoner ...
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Is being pinned the same as helpless?

When a creature is pinned, is the creature considered helpless and thus vulnerable to coup de grace? Under the rules for helpless it says A helpless character is paralyzed, held, bound, sleeping, ...
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Breaking thumbs

After a humanoid enemy falls unconscious to negative hp in combat, can I break their thumbs? I want them alive but unable to physically hurt then after the fact. How would I go about just snapping ...
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Two Weapon fighting with whip

I want to use a whip to attack and/or trip or disarm, Then move in with an axe or other weapon for damage on the prone opponent ( or to have if someone closes, my DM still plays by the rules that a ...
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Can a synthesist use a different weapon than his eidolon is using?

As the synthesist is inside the eidolon, can the synthesist wield a different weapon from the weapon wielded by the eidolon? For example, an enemy gets adjacent to the eidolon that's armed with a ...
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Monk flurry and haste, which bab?

I am playing a monk and we have a spell caster in the group who casts haste. Haste When making a full attack action, a hasted creature may make one extra attack with one natural or manufactured ...
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Is there a limit to the types of thrown improvised weapons usable without penalty with Throw Anything?

So, my character has Throw Anything by default from her class and can throw improvised weapons without penalty. According to the rules, the damage and size category of an improvised weapon is ...
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What happens when a Character with the One Arm or One Leg drawback uses prosthetic replacements?

So I am still building a character, and my GM allows rules from all sources, including third party publishers, (except a few he believes are imbalancing the game, like Unchained classes or the Glory ...
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Can Acid Darts critical hit?

Can a wizard (conjuration school) critical hit with the level 1 school ability Acid Dart? And is all critical damage acid-typed too?
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Does Concentrate Poison Stack?

As the title suggests: Does Concentrate Poison Stack with itself? This is one of those weird questions that I honestly would have expected to have been asked somewhere, especially here, but I haven't ...
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Minor Magic Talent

The Minor Magic talent allows a rogue to cast a 0-level spell from the wizard/sorcerer spell list either three times a day (for the standard rogue) or at will (for the Unchained rogue). Is that any ...
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How does Eldritch Knight's Diverse Training work with multiple arcane classes?

At1st level Eldritch Knight obtains the following ability: Diverse Training: An eldritch knight adds his level to any levels of fighter he might have for the purpose of meeting the prerequisites ...
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How do I apply intensified spell to spell(s)?

I was looking up some interesting feats to add to my magus build, and ran into intensified spell. I was wondering in which way the feat is actually applied, however. I understand its effects from a ...
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When Eldritch Poisoner's Arcanotoxin upgrades, does it do 2 types of ability damage at once?

When an Arcanotoxin is improved at 3rd level, and you choose to add another type of ability damage, does it stack with the already selected Str or Dex damage, or can you choose to create that type of ...
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Can I as a first level Magus use Spell Combat to swing my sword at one creature, then cast a spell to another (adjacent) one?

The title pretty much says it all. Imagine I'm a first level magus, I am standing in a position with two goblins in front of me, one right in front, one next to him. Is it possible for me to use Spell ...
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Optimising a Mammoth Rider

I am new to the optimisation business. However, I often encounter a notion that for a two-handed weapons focused fighter is by the level 20 much more efficient than two weapons fighter. On the basis ...
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How does the Half-Orc/Tiefling Favored Class Option for the Inquisitor interact with the Stern Gaze class feature?

First, the relevant rule excerpts. Favored Class Options Some of these alternate class rewards only add +1/2, +1/3, +1/4, or +1/6 on a roll (rather than +1) each time the reward is selected. When ...
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If a Crossblooded Bloodrager chooses a Bloodline Familiar, from which bloodline does the familiar's additional ability originate?

A Crossblooded Bloodrager selects two bloodlines at character creation and opts to forego his choice between either bloodline's 1st level power and instead gains a bloodline familiar. Those with ...