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

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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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While flying with a grappled opponent, will they get a free grapple check any time they're above 10 feet?

In a game this weekend, we came upon an Iron Golem that was very difficult for our group to kill. I had the idea to have my Eidolon (Serpentine, large, wingless flight) grapple the golem, then fly him ...
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How to calculate earnings for downtime buildings when the hero is away?

I have read the Downtime rules and I am still unsure about some key aspects of it. Lets say I have a building with an Artisans' workshop and a team of Craftspeople Craftspeople Earnings gp, ...
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Can a creature in Golarion revere multiple deities?

In the Golorian setting can a creature meet prerequisites for feats and requirements for prestige classes and traits that mandate the patronage or worship of different deities? Specifically, can a ...
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Looking for viable build for mounted archer on a medium ride [closed]

I've been trying to build an archer mounting a medium ride, however I haven't been able to make such a build "viable". Thank you to gatherer818 for mentioning the UnderSized Mount feat. I've been ...
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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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Is there an official Pathfinder “Mana” system for wizards?

I thought about the idea of a mana system, and I know at that people have homebrewed it for 3.5 before, but i wanted to know if there was a mana or rechargable spell point system for wizards and magi ...
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How is it determined which souls end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon?

In Pathfinder, evil souls may end up in Hell, the Abyss or Abaddon, where various unpleasant fates await them, but how is it determined which plane an evil soul ends up in? I know Pharasma judges the ...
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How much Truecolor Dye would I need to color a whole cloak for a medium creature? [closed]

I'm wondering how much Truecolor Dye one would need to color an entire cloak to be worn by a medium creature. The item description says that one vial is enough to coat a square foot of material—but ...
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Can I use Sow Thought to make someone my servant?

There´s a first-level spell on the Witch's spell list available for Changelings, Sow Thought, that says: You plant an idea, concept, or suspicion in the mind of the subject. The target genuinely ...
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How does Blood Money interact with spells that take longer than one round to cast?

The spell blood money allows you to create temporary material components by damaging yourself. It's pretty clear how this works with standard action spells: You cast blood money, you get a component, ...
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How can I make a short tutorial adventure for Pathfinder? [closed]

How do I design a short "Tutorial mode" adventure for pathfinder? I want to GM one for 2 of my players, to help them get into the normal mechanics of pathfinder, and show them how it works. It should ...
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Vertical distances of the three layers of the Darklands

The group I am GMing may plan to go down deep into the Darklands. They are in Nar-Voth already and might want to go all the way down to Orv through the Endless Gulf. How deep is this thing? ...
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Build - Maximum nonmagic Damage with Level 3 Character [closed]

I am looking for a really hard damage dealing character for Level 3. Everything on Pathfinder OGC is allowed. Our world is a very very low magic world that means no magical characters. So open Classes ...
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How many attacks would be in a full-attack with this Ratfolk Monk/Ninja?

I've tried doing some research on this, and I'm still confused on the rules. By RAW, how many attacks could I get as a full-attack with this guy? Steve the Testrat, 4 Flowing Monk/16 Ninja (BAB+15), ...
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Level 1 fighter seems over powered

I have a level 1 fighter who can do a ridiculous amount of damage and easily fight monsters with CR of two or three. I am completely new to pathfinder so I feel that I might be calculating some damage ...
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How can I optimize my ranger?

I'm a beginner at Pathfinder and looking for advice on character progression. (This is kind of related to Feats for a TWF Ranger?). I'm playing a level 2 half-elf ranger on a forum, and characters ...
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Critical damage from an Alchemist Bomb

The rules regarding an Alchemist's bombs states: On a direct hit, an alchemist's bomb inflicts 1d6 points of fire damage + additional damage equal to the alchemist's Intelligence modifier. The ...
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Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?

I've been wondering lately if there is any sort of precedence or context for the soft level-cap of level 20 in various D20 style tabletop games. I say soft cap because I'd like to, for the purposes of ...
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How could I get “Powerful Build” without a RP cost?

It must be Paizo only (would help if it's in the SRD) and should be human/dwarf/elf/halforc level of power as to not have any level adjustment like goliath used to have or cost additional Race Points. ...
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What upkeep is needed to run buildings and organizations?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for running buildings and organizations during downtime. One of the phases is the upkeep phase, which reads: Phase 1—Upkeep: Pay costs ...
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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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Can I further increase my critical threat range?

I'm a fighter archer, just turning level 4. In my last session I rolled double 00's for loot and was rewarded with a +4 composite longbow of thundering. I'm pretty freaking stoked. I plan on taking ...
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Pathfinder Downtime: Earning capital, Owning Buildings, in a small town

My character is a bard with a lyre of building which the GM states generates 300 labor for the 10g per point but has no limit based on the small town. A small town normally has a limit on "utilising" ...
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Improving Cleric Survivability

I'm doing PFS (Pathfinder Society) play as a cleric. Currently I'm level 2 and focused mostly on buffing/supporting. Generally I stand in the back, buff people at the beginning of combat, then pull a ...
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Which negative modifiers should I apply when transforming myself?

I'm running a witcheling, a changeling witch who, because of a GM's homebrew magic ring, can transform into a pixie. What effects does this pixie transformation have? Specifically... Since I'm now ...
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How can a creature create duplicates of itself?

I want an upcoming high-level antagonist to have the ability to create loyal short-term duplicates of himself. Using class features, magic items, and spells what ways exist to do this for a lone level ...
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Pummeling Strike + Additional Effects

Does a weapon effect such as Holy apply once to a character who is using a pummeling strike? Or does it apply to each consecutive hit?
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When adding a new ability to a magic weapon, does the crafter need to meet only the prerequisites of the addition?

The Adding New Abilities paragraph in the magic items rules, gives the example of turning a +1 longsword, to a flaming +1 longsword, costing only the difference between a plain +1 weapon and a +1 ...
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Can create water break some of the conjuration rules?

In the core rule book, this is stated about conjuration spells: A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another ...
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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 ...