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

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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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Are Alchemist bombs light weapons?

I'm currently looking at a design for a bomb-focused alchemist. I plan to use Two-Weapon Fighting (along with the Fast Bombs discovery) to get more bombs per round in mid- and late levels, and I'll ...
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Alchemist starting formulas

An alchemist begins play with two 1st level formulae of his choice, plus a number of additional forumlae equal to his Intelligence modifier. Just want to make sure I'm getting this right. I ...
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Splash weapon area

The description for splash weapons says: A hit deals direct hit damage to the target, and splash damage to all creatures within 5 feet of the target. Does that mean that it hits a 3x3 area, or a ...
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What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
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What is the earliest level that a cleric can create an intelligent undead?

What is the earliest level that a cleric can create an intelligent / self-willed undead creature?
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Druid wildshapes to recon a city from above, how to limit? [closed]

Im running a heavily modified Second Darkness Pathfinder game and we are on the 3rd book with the city battle. One of the players is a druid and has come up with the idea to wild shape and recon the ...
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Why are starting languages restricted?

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
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Why does Acid Splash last one round?

Why does the cantrip Acid Splash indicate it lasts one round? My understanding is the spell does 1d3 points of damage if it hits a target and no further damage or effects happen. Is there an ...
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Are undead immune to intimidate/demoralize

I wanted to confirm this I've heard tell they are but there seems to be much debate. Can you use intimidate to demoralize undead? This seems like the sort of thing that they would have made clear in ...
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Name of a feat, race, or something else that lets a character intimidate more types of monsters in Pathfinder

I remember reading the Pathfinder SRD a year or two ago and seeing something that let a character intimidate monsters that normally couldn't be intimidated. I think it expanded the range to cover ...
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Does Pathfinder have a spell of desirability?

I'm looking for a pathfinder spell, but I don't even know if the spell I'm thinking of even exists. Basic premise of the spell is that the object which the spell is cast on has an aura of ...
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Setting DCs based on their desired impact [closed]

I'm trying to set the DC for something (poisoned caltrops spread wide across a street) which ranges from a mild annoyance (no poison) to truly dangerous (it is poisoned). I know the effect I want them ...
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Are Slippers of Spider Climb usable while Wild Shaped?

Are Slippers of Spider Climb usable while Wild Shaped? I don't know if the item is use-activated is the problem. I'm under the impression that use activated items, like Boots of Striding and ...
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What does the paladin spell list hold for an already versatile caster? [closed]

I am considering playing a cleric//wizard gestalt character in an upcoming campaign set in Eberron. I haven't picked a race, but I'm considering taking, on the wizard side, the prestige class silver ...
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Replacement for a Samurai Mount in a Dungeon-Crawler

With some friends of mine, I play pathfinder in a dungeon-crawler way (a bit inspired by the phenomenal game Darkest Dungeon, so the heroes venture into dungeons to gain treasure and rebuild a town, ...
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Replacing a Samurais “Mounted Archer” class feature

Following up on my question about replacing a samurais mount, I took a look at the features a samurai has and thought about his Weapons Expertise, which allows him to choose a weapon from a very ...
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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 creatures tell if they've been blessed or cursed by Prayer?

When casting Prayer, you give your allies a bonus and your foes a penalty on most rolls. Now, assuming you get to choose who your allies and foes are, can a creature tell which one you've designated ...
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Need some help with the fabricate spell

I'm having trouble mathing my way to success with the Fabricate spell. Say I want to magic a pile of adamantine into an Earth Breaker. Would I be able to do that in one cast of fabricate? How much ...
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How do I publish content for Pathfinder? [closed]

I have created a reference document for Pathfinder that I am interested in getting published. I have no clue about how to get this done. I can find the OGL rules and whatnot, but no advice on how to ...
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Does the Dread's Nightmare Touch ability actually do anything at all?

The Dread is a psionic class from Dreamscarred Press's Psionics Expanded and Psionics Unleashed products. It gains a series of selectable abilities called Terrors, one of which, Nightmare Form, allows ...
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Are skills that an animal companion has ranks in considered class skills

For the purpose of getting a +3 to an animal companions skills, are skills that an animal companion invests in considered class skills? The rules as written state the following: This lists the ...
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Are you affected by your own Blasphemy spell?

Are you (the caster) affected by a Blasphemy spell you cast if you are non-evil? If you are, if you raise your CL somehow (feats/items), are you affected by 2 or more effects? Can you cast it with a ...
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Can Use-Activated Magic Items Trigger Spells on successful attacks?

So I ran into a discussion about creating a sword that cast shocking grasp whenever it hit at Caster Level 5 which would bring the cost of the item up to 10,000 gp (5 x 1 x 2000). I know that though ...
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When using a reach weapon, which squares around me can I attack?

Considering a medium creature, with 5ft of reach, wielding a reach weapon such as a longspear. By the rules: With a typical reach weapon, you can strike opponents 10 feet away, but you can't ...
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How does exactly it works if someone wants to walk into an enemy while being pierced? [closed]

So there we are, playing Pathfinder, the players are battling a bunch of guys. The combat's really intense and in one momento an enemy scores a crit and confirms it, piercing one of the players, the ...
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How can I add an ability to PCGen?

I've just started playing around with PCGen and it's pretty great. Unfortunately, while it has support for a lot of source books, it doesn't support everything, to say nothing of various homebrew ...
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How can I improve my Touch AC outside of increasing my Dex Mod?

I'm currently playing a LVl5 Caster Druid in a PVP arena, where the other players are quite fond of blaster type characters, and I tend not to last more then 2 or 3 rounds. While I'd like any ...
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What's the difference between a ranged touch attack and a ray?

I'm looking at various spells like Ray of Exhaustion that have effect:Ray and you make a ranged touch attack with the ray. I'm also looking at spells like Mark of the Reptile God and Reach enhanced ...
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Does an Oracle get bonus spells AND revelations every second level?

I'm building an Oracle for an upcoming campaign and I'm somewhat new to Pathfinder. If you The explanation of mysteries says I get bonus spells every other level. However, I also get another ...
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What is the natural lifespan of an animal companion?

Specifically, for those animal companions that have real life counterparts (wolves, camels, whatever) is the expected lifespan meant to be the same? In the case of a wolf, google tells me that wolves ...
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What's the most effective way to maximize skills as a character of any class?

I feel like Pathfinder skills are very compact when compared to 3.5 skills, as a result that makes each individual skill point worth more than each individual point in 3.5, due to combining some ...
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Can Saving Shield and Bodyguard stack?

The two feats Saving Shield And Bodyguard allow you to grant bonuses to adjacent allies who are being attacked. If a character with both feats is defending an adjacent ally would both feats apply? One ...
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How do arrows work against Lava Children?

Lava children have metal immunity meaning all metal passes through them and they straight up ignore metal. How would arrows work against them?
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Where can I find rules for naval combat for Pathfinder?

I'm running a pirate setting campaign and I think it's time the party got a taste of ship-to-ship combat. But I'm not sure where I can find the specifics for this type of combat. Like the type of ...
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How to run a campaign for intelligent players with idiot PCs?

I've just started a pathfinder campaign, and all of the players have taken intelligence as their dump stat. This is causing problems, because usually I depend on knowledge checks to determine what ...
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Does ammo blessed by Daybreak Arrow bypass all creatures DR?

Looking at Daybreak Arrow, it talks about adding extra damage to undead, then includes, This extra damage and half of any other damage you deal with an affected projectile results directly from ...
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Can you use the Elemental metamagic to then use Flaring metamagic?

Can I use the Elemental Spell metamagic to change, say Cone of Cold, to deal fire damage, then use Flaring Spell metamagic to cause it to dazzle? The feat says: "A flare spell causes a creature ...
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What are the two weapon fighting penalties for a Large creature with the Lighten Weapon feat?

I have a Strix, a size Large creature, who wields a bastard sword in his main hand and a long sword in his off-hand. He has the two weapon fighting feat, Strength 20, and Dex 23. Do these weapons ...
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At what point are weapons and items carried for quick access too much?

I know in the game you can carry whatever you want as long as you have the str to do so. After dealing with one of my players trying to quick draw a grappling hook I started to wonder about how people ...
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How do Pathfinder's vision penalties due to darkness work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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Can you see areas outside from inside an area of Darkness? [duplicate]

Lets say you're in an area of dim light (20% miss chance). You get in combat with some archers, and so cast Darkness on your weapon/holy symbol. This lowers the light in a 20ft radius, in this case to ...
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Divided party on a deserted island

My gaming group (and some NPCs) are shipwrecked on a deserted island. I'd like the characters cooperate to survive in this hostile environment, because I want to make the game world really dangerous ...
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Nonlethal damage up to max HP instead of current HP, as feat or item?

I am playing a Kineticist from the Occult Adventures Playtest, and am looking for a specific effect to help with the Burn class feature: the ability to take nonlethal damage up to my maximum HP, ...
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Can a Sin Eater eat sins from something they did not kill?

Based on a related question, where Eat Sin was quoted, I noticed something rather... strange. Eat Sin (Sp) At 1st level, as a free action, when the sin eater inquisitor kills an enemy, she ...
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What does the Benefit of Catfolk Exemplar mean?

I am helping a player to construct a catfolk and we have a question about Catfolk Exemplar. d20pfsrd reads, Prerequisite: Catfolk. Benefit: You can take the Aspect of the Beast feat even if ...
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How viable is a party of only arcane casters?

I had a campaign story idea where the PCs were students at a prestigious magic university undergoing training to become guild-registered adventurers, with the caveat then that players could only ...
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Freedom of Movement and its interpretation

I was reading Freedom of Movement and I have a question about how its worded, specifically the line that follows: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist ...
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How to play a high level character concept from level 1 [closed]

One way to form a character concept is to sketch out what they're like at the start of the adventure, and then let the adventure shape the player as time goes on. That is certainly a valid way to do ...