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

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How relatively strong is a character of a given level

I'm new to DMing and writing my own campaign, and I've only played Pathfinder once with a group of other new players. I was wondering how "powerful" of something level X (in terms of character level) ...
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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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What is implied by a temporary ability bonus?

What is implied by a "temporary ability bonus"? I've noticed this wording on all of the stat boosting items in the core book. Treat this as a temporary ability bonus for the first 24 hours the ...
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Save against a spell thought to be harmless

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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What is the reason for introducing the rule for Attacks of Opportunity in D&D?

The Attacks of Opportunity are an important part in D&D and spinoffs of the game like Pathfinder. What does this rule for the game-system? How does it affect the fun of the players? Why was this ...
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Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on?

What happens if you cast plane shift and then attempt to shift to the plane that you're on? I can think of a few reasons this might happen in-game: For some reason, the PCs don't know what plane ...
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I need help with making a were tyrannosaurus PC in Pathfinder

I am a fairly new DM and I recently got some of my friends to start a campaign with me as DM using Pathfinder. One of the players has been really trying hard to make it an enjoyable adventure, as ...
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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What are experience points?

Here it was suggested more than once that running away from a too dangerous encounter should add as much experience points as defeating it. This struck me as really odd and made me wonder what exactly ...
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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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Can a Barbarian/Rogue Sneak Attack during a Rage?

Can you sneak attack and rage at the same time? Honestly, I only ask because it seems like one of those things that you just shouldn't be able to do, but I can't find any rule preventing it. Am I ...
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Can an Alchemist use Two-Weapon Fighting with bombs?

In Pathfinder, is the Alchemist class capable of using Two-Weapon Fighting with bombs? If no, does the Fast Bombs discovery change this?
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Can I use a Combat Maneuver in place of an AoO?

Does this require a feat? If not, does itself provoke an AoO? For example, my cleric is standing between some guards and the rogue picking a lock. One of the guards walks through the square next to ...
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How do Energy Effects work underwater?

This is similar to this question on fire damage underwater but a little broader. How do other energy types work underwater? I'm plumbing through the underwater level of Castle Whiterock and my ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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Consequences of Blindness on casting spells?

Which types of spells can a Blinded caster still target as accurately as usual? Which ones require extra steps or give penalties because of blindness? Which ones can simply not be targeted at all, ...
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Quick Draw / Quick Sheath Items?

Does the Quick Draw feat allow you to also store the weapon you were wielding as part of the free action? If not, what sort of action is it to 'switch weapons' without dropping one or the other on ...
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Can darkvision distinguish visual contrast?

Does darkvision allow a creature to distinguish visual contrast? The rules as written, in both Pathfinder and 3.5e, state simply that "Darkvision is black-and-white only (colors cannot be discerned)." ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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How often should the players roll Bluff when interacting with NPCs

My party had secretly infiltrated a stronghold and we were Disguised (using magic) as the leadership of the place after eliminating the real leadership. While rifling through the head honchos stuff ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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How long can creatures survive without breathing?

One PC of the game I am currently hosting has the spell "aboleth's lung". In short it means, that any land creature cannot breathe air anymore, but only water. This lasts one hour. Of course she will ...
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Why is Cooperative Crafting a feat?

The Cooperative Crafting provides a +2 circumstance bonus when two people with this feat work together. Benefit: You can assist another character in crafting mundane and magical items. You must ...
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What are the rules for sleep in Pathfinder?

I can't find much of any rules for sleep in pathfinder, or at least the requirement for sleep. Specifically, what happens if you sleep with no bed (in the wilderness, etc)? What happens if you sleep ...
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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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Does flaming sphere always need a move action to attack?

A Flaming Sphere will 'attack' anyone it rolls into the same square as: If it enters a space with a creature, it stops moving for the round and deals 3d6 points of fire damage to that creature, ...
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How do touch spells work in Pathfinder?

You would think touch spells would be fairly straightforward: You cast a spell, you touch someone or several someones, and effects occur. Unfortunately, the touch spell rules contain the following ...
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How does becoming undead interact with constitution increases?

In a game that I'm in, the DM has decided to go with a lycan vs. vampire concept, and this has created a few conundrums. One of the characters in our group is a dragon disciple, and another character ...
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Druid in earth elemental shape and melded into a wall

A druid which is wild-shaped (elemental body) into an earth elemental has the ability "earth glide". I have a couple of questions regarding this: If he's inside of a wall, can he see/hear what's ...
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Celestial Commander Summoned Monsters

This is a follow-up on this question Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another? The answer to that questions seems to be "Not if they cannot understand you." I am currently playing a ...
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Is there any fluff for the druid's “A Thousand Faces” ability?

I played a D&D 3.5 campaign years ago, and one PC was a druid. The player did a pretty awesome job as a spy thanks to the multiple divination spells, Wild Shape and especially A Thousand Faces: ...
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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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Wearing armor without proficiency?

As far as I can tell, a sorcerer in padded armor has to apply a check penalty to attack rolls and all DEX and STR based skill checks… but padded armor has check penalty 0. Does that mean that a ...
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Fireball damage within a forcecage

There is nothing that prevent casting a delayed blast fireball and next a forcecage, right? If yes, what would be an adequate damage "increment" of a fireball exploding entirely into the cage?
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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Playing a blinded character in low levels

We have just started a game and are at low levels (I am 2 currently). My character was blinded by a bad save and he is a magus. In low levels is there anyway to play a blinded character who is not ...
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When crafting with the ironwood spell, are the effects permanent?

The Ironwood spell has a very defined duration, but the Craft skill has the following line in its description; A successful Craft check related to woodworking in conjunction with the casting of ...
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Maximum levels in AD&D 2nd Edition

I just inherited a bunch of old school adventures for AD&D 2nd Edition, which I'm going to adapt for Pathfinder. At the beginning of many of these old adventures it lists what levels characters ...
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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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Which skills are lost first if Intelligence drops? Can I choose?

As per this question, permanent increases to Intelligence retroactively grant new skill points in Pathfinder. If I lose my Intelligence bonus, is there a rule for which skill I lose first? Can I ...
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In 3.5 does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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Rulesets to make magic more unpredictable and dangerous?

I am considering starting a Pathfinder game, however before I do this I would like to brew-up some house-rules on the use of magic for a "low-magic" setting (think Conan or A Song of Ice and Fire) ...
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Can a spellcraft check reveal the target of a spell?

You can use spellcraft to identify a spell as it is being cast. But does this check let you know the target of the spell? As an example of when this could matter quite a lot, Dominate allows you to ...
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What are class skills in Pathfinder?

Stupid question, but what exactly are class skills in the Pathfinder RPG? I believe it means I get one "free" skill rank in that class, am I right in this assumption?
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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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Is the product of the Heavens Mystery revelation “Coat of Many Stars” a valid target for Magic Vestment?

From Magic Vestment: Target: armor or shield touched ... You imbue a suit of armor or a shield with an enhancement bonus of +1 per four caster levels (maximum +5 at 20th level). An ...
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If a typically-mindless creature type gains an Intelligence score, does it retain immunity to mind-affecting effects?

Typically, creatures from types like Undead or Construct have no intelligence scores. However, there are examples of both that have intelligence scores (Say, a Vampire and an enhanced Clockwork ...
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Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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How do I determine my burrow speed?

On the default character sheet, there is a burrow speed that I don't know how to determine it or if I even have it. I was able to find fly and swim speeds in the skills section but don't know where ...