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

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Do the automatic success and failure rules apply to skill checks?

We had a rule check tonight that we couldn't answer. On the Pathfinder wiki I could only find info on natural 20s and 1s in regards to attack rolls and saves in combat. Do they also apply to skill ...
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What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?

What is the fastest way to earn money outside of adventuring? Our DM is putting us into a war and we have to prepare for said war. We have X amount of time (not known) to make money and then we make ...
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Should replacement characters have to take campaign traits?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path and between the books some players have changed out their characters. The Second Darkness Player's Guide had several campaign traits which were presented ...
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Arcane Archer “within range”

I was reading the arcane archer class because of another post, and while reading the abilities it kept referring to using them "within range". How do they define within range? Clearly the weapon focus ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps

I am building a Human Gunslinger character who uses the Racial Heritage feat to get access to the Goblin Gunslinger feat so he can use a large double hack-but without penalty. Problem is, the the ...
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Alchemist identifying a poison

Back story I have an alchemist in my group. They recently faced zombies who had gas canisters which started releasing a inhaled poison when they got up off the ground, this gas attack would go for 3 ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...
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Pathfinder perception at night seems too easy

I have a question in regards to how vision works at night in pathfinder. According to my understanding of the rules if you are outside at night and the moon\stars are out the dc to see somebody is ...
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How do I get players to invest in their character concept and stop making new PCs?

I have been playing in a specific group for some time now. I now am in a position where I am going to be the GM once more. However I have a recurring problem with the players continuously switching ...
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Why are raining arrows listed under alchemy?

I was looking at the pathfinder craft alchemy skill and I have to ask, why are arrow, raining (or raining arrows) listed there? Their loaded with holy water which to my knowledge isnt an alchemy ...
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How often can Intimidating Glare be used?

The Intimidating Glare Barbarian Power does not note that there is a restriction about how often you can use the ability. As far as I understood, rage powers can only be used while in rage, but if the ...
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What are the major differences between Pathfinder and D&D 4e?

I'm really only familiar with D&D 4e. Could someone give me a rundown of the major things that would be different if I were to DM Pathfinder? (I gather it is more similar to 3.5e, but I only know ...
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Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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What does a confused creature do when it has to “attack the nearest creature”?

I ran an encounter and during it several characters ended up getting confused by the result of a poison. When they rolled in the 75-100 range, forcing them to "attack the nearest creature", a few ...
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What happens if you stop meeting the requirements for a spell?

Many spells specify a condition (animal, living creature, undead, etc.) that their targets must fulfill. What happens if such a spell is cast on a target that meets the condition(s), but changes in ...
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Pathfinder and the Rogue's Sneak Attack

Coming from 3.5 to Pathfinder has been interesting in that while it was an update to 3.X, some of the mechanics have changed. An example of this is a PF Rogue's Sneak Attack. In 3.5 a Rogue could ...
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How do I make character making easier for new players?

Whenever I need a player to make a character, usually above level one (e.g. TPK) they usually miss more details than I can manage, sometimes the player takes a terrible spell on his spells known, and ...
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Can a Druid cast stone shape to trap an enemy?

One of the players was playing a Druid and they cast stone shape. Their goal was to have the stone trap an enemy by making a box around them. I jumped to the spell description to see exactly what it ...
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Does Gravity Bow stack with Enlarge?

Does Gravity Bow stack with Enlarge? As in I cast enlarge on myself, as a medium creatue, and the turn after I cast Gravity bow and on the third turn I shoot with my longbow. Does it do Huge dmg ...
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Formula for scaling weapon damage with size? [duplicate]

As weapons get larger or smaller, they tend to deal different damage dice. Most weapons list damage for Small and Medium weapons: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment---final/weapons There is also a ...
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The Creation of Magical items and the increase of DC

In my Campaign a question is consistently brought up: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be created. Most of the ...
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Do spellcasters need to know a spell to use a magic device?

This question came up amongst my group when, in a Pathfinder game, the Wizard acquired a wand of fireballs but does not actually know the spell fireball. Does he actually need to have fireball ...
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What races would the drow be using as slaves?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path under Pathfinder rules. I have had to make many changes in the 3rd book to have a more balanced game, partly because my party size is 8 people. I own ...
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Can an Alchemist really get shut down by a shatter spell?

Your standard alchemist in Pathfinder usually uses vials for their bombs, mixtures, and everything else. Suppose said alchemist was hit or in an area of effect shatter spell. Since they are on his ...
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Getting scimitars to be light without losing class levels?

I was trying to make a druid/fey bloodrager who wielded dual scimitars. I didn't know how I could get past the extra two weapon penalties for scimitars. So how could I make scimitars light without ...
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Are level up bonuses applied cumulatively when multiclassing?

I'm referring specifically to the fort ref and will save bonuses. say i'm a level 4 fighter, and thus have +4/+1/+1 respectively. i want to take a level in rogue for the +1d6 on sneak attacks, and ...
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Does a monk's ki strike require a swift action?

I was working on a Monk in Pathfinder and carefully reading the entries when this occurred to me. It states that as long as you have one or more ki points in your ki pool you can make a ki strike. ...
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Can I stick darkness on an enemy with an arrow?

What happens if I cast darkness on an arrow and then shoot an enemy with it? Assuming it hits, does the effect stay with the person who was shot? Does the arrow stick into the target, or does it ...
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What kind of check is disguising a command word activation?

I want to activate a magic item using Command Words. I don't need to disguise the effect or that I used a command word at all. However, I want to disguise what the command word is, such as by saying a ...
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How many bomb attacks does my 8th-level Bomber Alchemist get with a Full Attack?

I was wondering what a full attack would look like for a level 8 alchemist. I've seen a few builds, but i must be missing something because the BAB For my full attack using bombs doesn't match and all ...
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Take a worse result on a skill check [duplicate]

I was recently working on something in Pathfinder and I was wondering about circumstances where it would be more favorable to automatically fail on the check then to have any success. An example ...
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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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Creating a magic item with two continuous effects I can pick between (or deactivate)

I was working on a magic item belt in Pathfinder. The belt is going to provide the standard boosts to Str/Dex/Con. However, I also want it to have a split property, and I'm struggling with how to ...
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Command word activation questions [closed]

I was working on a Pathfinder Character build for the whole 20 levels. As a monk you really have no ability with casting spells (with minor exceptions using the new Unchained rules and the one ...
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What feats should I take with my Constructor Psion?

I've been playing a Metacreativity (Constructor) Psion for a few months, and I'm worried that my feat selection is not very good. I've been told by multiple sources that some of the feats that I've ...
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What is the history and significance of the “dire” prefix to creatures?

Some animals in Pathfinder bestiaries are prefixed with "dire". Does this come from the wolf species Canis dirus, an early edition monster/template or something else? Where does this come from and ...
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Can Entangle be used indoors?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our party was in a T-shaped hallway in a house when the Ranger spotted the big bad at the end of the 'crossbar' portion of the T. They cast ...
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Can a Rogue's Hunter's Surprise be part of a Full Attack?

If a party with the Swing About teamwork feat moves a rogue adjacent to an enemy, can the rogue use the Hunter's Surprise talent to designate prey (normally a Standard action) on his turn as part of a ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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Does a Magus/Sorcerer still have to prepare some spells?

If I multiclass a Magus and a Sorcerer in Pathfinder, how do my casting mechanics end up? Do I get a certain amount of slots that I must prepare in advance in addition to a few I can improvise with, ...
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Does Muleback Cords' effect apply to something/one slung over my shoulder?

So I bought the Muleback Cords in order to carry more stuff. In its description it says (emphasis mine): When worn, they make the wearer’s muscles appear larger than normal. The wearer treats ...
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When does CR become an issue in the absence of magic items?

I'm interested in running a Hexcrawl Sandbox style game in pathfinder. The hexes would dictate what range of CR the encounter tables would contain. What I'm wondering is at what CR magic items start ...
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What is the point of paper alchemical cartridges?

Using a paper cartridge cost 1 gold more than just a bullet and a dose of black powder, so what exactly is the point of having them when you can just have a bullet and some loose black powder?
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Expanding Jade phoenix mage's maneuvers?

I was reading the tome of battle and found this in jade phoenix mage Maneuvers: At each odd-numbered level, you gain a new maneuver known from the Desert Wind or Devoted Spirit disciplines. You ...
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Pathfinder Multi classing as a rogue archetype

I have been running Pathfinder for various groups for many years, so character creation is fairly simple for me. However, one of my players and I have locked horns over something which to me seems ...
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Does a Cave Druid keep their Tremorsense when wildshaped?

One of my players has a 7th level druid who has the cave domain. The cave domain grants Tremorsense (Ex) 30 when 6th level is reached. What I'm trying to figure out is what happens to this sense when ...
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How many forms is a Druid familiar with?

I have a player with a 7th level druid. I can't tell you how much I dislike them having ever-increasing numbers of animals, elementals, and plants that they can just change into. Under the druid's ...
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Alchemist using splash weapon feat to attack square and redirect to invisible creature

I'm running a Pathfinder game and we have a 7th-level Alchemist. Recently, they were in an area of magical darkness and were blind. They attempted to attack the square where they had last seen an ...