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

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Should I let a character be build with foreknowledge of the adventure? [closed]

We are playing (a converted) City of the Spider Queen and a player whose character died has now created a new one; a Dwarven Rogue. He asked me if he can take the Ancient Enmity Alternate Racial Trait ...
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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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How does one determine the effects of an aspect mask?

Is the special ability granted by an aspect mask determined by the wearer's level or the creator's caster level? The face-slot item aspect mask (6,500 gp; 2 lbs.) says that This leather mask is ...
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Does a normally-mindless creature get the standard one feat if it gains an INT rating?

A Greensting Scorpion is a vermin with 1 HD, and it is mindless (INT —). The monster creation rules don't allow a mindless creature to get the usual extra feat that all other creatures with 1 HD do. ...
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What to do with a mean Dungeon Master? [closed]

Myself and a few other people are in a Pathfinder group where our original DM was wanting to play. So he gave the DM duties to one of the players. That player turned out to be a controlling, mean DM ...
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Does poison's effect on ability scores end when the effect ends?

It's not clear to me whether a poison whose "effect" is 1d6 Dex is dealing ability damage that must be healed, or has an effect that vanishes when the poison's duration is over. My question is ...
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Is it possible? Arcane Archer at lvl 5? [closed]

So here is my dilemma. I'm starting a Pathfinder campaign and a new Player, his first time making a character and playing Pathfinder, has read up on the Arcane Archer Prestige Class, and I'm trying to ...
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Should every high-level druid have a treant bodyguard?

The spell 6th-level druid spell liveoak has as its description This spell turns an oak tree into a protector or guardian. The spell can only be cast on a single tree at a time; while liveoak is in ...
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Eberron-like world for Pathfinder?

I'm gonna GM a Pathfinder game in two months or so, and I'm looking for a setting like Eberron where I can set the story. I don't want an Adventure Path or a module series; I want a full setting that ...
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Languages spoken by wild-shaped druid

When a druid turns into an elemental, which languages can he speak? Does the new form allow him to still speak his already known languages or the physical changes of the vocal chords don't allow that ...
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Pathfinder: Does Mystic Theurge allow me to use arcane spell slots for domain spells?

I've been thinking of the next Pathfinder character I have to make, and I decided on a Mystic Theurge. After doing some research, I decided to use the Ecclesitheurge cleric archetype to satisfy the ...
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Ritual Casting for E6 Pathfinder

I'm GMing an E6 campaign using the Pathfinder system. I want to include ritual casting system, to allow for higher power effects such as teleportation, planar crossing, resurrection, divinations, etc. ...
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How do Mythic Spells known interact with classes that can retrain spells known?

"To select a mythic spell, you must be able to cast the non-mythic version or have it on your list of spells known." If you don't know it and you can't cast it, then you can't select that spell. ...
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Opportune Parry and Incorporeal attacks

The RAW for the Opportune Parry deed seems to indicate that a swashbuckler can parry an incorporeal attack, such as a ghost's Corrupting touch, even with a non-magical weapon. Considering this kind ...
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Mage armor and unconscious condition

If I as a wizard cast Mage Armor on my monk friend, then the monk is rendered unconscious by a group of nasty skeletons, will the Mage Armor still be in effect when our lovely cleric heals him and he ...
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Are an inquisitor's teamwork feats just numbers when no ally has them?

The the 3rd-level inquisitor class feature solo tactics reads At 3rd level, all of the inquisitor’s allies are treated as if they possessed the same teamwork feats as the inquisitor for the ...
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Is Smite Literally Sight Based?

Let's say that a Paladin is fighting against an invisible opponent. Can they target it with their Smite Evil ability, even if they have identified what square the enemy is residing in? The ...
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Are there rules for building underground structures?

I was doing some research in relation to this question, and I realized that I had run into a snag. I'm not aware of any rules in either D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder that directly relate to creating ...
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What's the by-the-rules difference between a Heavy Crossbow and a Large-Sized Light Crossbow?

I'm not particularly clear on how this is supposed to work, but it seems like a Large-Sized Light Crossbow is better in most respects.
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How do I optimize a Winged Marauder Mount for flyby Bomb-Throwing?

I'm making a Winged Marauder Alchemist. I've never played a class with an animal companion or mount before, so I really don't understand any of the business of building my Vulture or Bat. For example, ...
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How long does smite evil last?

Smite evil is: Once per day, a paladin can call out to the powers of good to aid her in her struggle against evil. As a swift action, the paladin chooses one target within sight to smite. If ...
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Calculating the distance when shooting at a flying foe [duplicate]

Lets say that a foe is 30' away and 20' up in the air. Using trigonometry, that gives a distance of 30^2 + 20^2 = 1300 sqrt(1300) = 36.06 ...but I don't believe Pathfinder expects folks to use trig ...
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Does Casting a Ranged Spell While Threatened Provoke Attacks of Opportunity More Than Once?

In normal circumstances - that is, absent an ability, spell, or other condition that states otherwise - a character in Pathfinder provokes attacks of opportunity for casting a spell while threatened. ...
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Where can I read more about Leshys?

Bestiary 3 talks about leshys — plant creatures you can grow yourself — but there is not much info in Bestiary 3 on them. I'm especially interested in learning more on how they're created and other ...
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Why does PCGen say my Pathfinder horse's bite is 1d8 damage?

I'm using the program PCGen to create my Pathfinder characters and I created a samurai. I created the mount and made it a large horse. When I load the character sheet for my horse on PCGen, it says ...
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What is Improved Familiar for?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the options for animals you can use as Improved Familiars all seem fairly weak. Pseudodragons aren't really that much better than weasels. My GM says my witch should take ...
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Alchemic fire/bomb vs. Swarm of Fine creatures

There is another discussion in our group and since my Google Foo and Rules Lawyering skill is not very high, I decided to bring this up. According to swarm traits A swarm composed of Fine or ...
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Can conjured creatures bring back something (objects or creatures)

Can a conjured creature (e.g., called, summoned or created) bring back something when returning to the original plane? Examples could be an object a willing creature or an unwilling grappled ...
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Does Aid Another Break Invisibility?

When using the Aid Another action break invisibility? I'm inclined to say no because you're not actually attacking a creature, you're making an attack roll against a flat AC of 10. Aid Another ...
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Can a mindless creature make Int-based skill checks?

If I have a mindless creature that can use skills, like an Astral Construct using the Utility option of Advanced Constructs, can that creature make Int-based skill checks? I have a plan for my ...
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Can a creature who's been Swallowed Whole attack the creature it's in other than cutting its way out?

Can a creature swallowed by another creature with the Swallow Whole (Ex) ability try to damage the swallowing creature without trying to cut its way out? A swallowed creature keeps the grappled ...
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What all does being nonproficient with armor apply to besides the obvious?

Looking at the rules for armor check penalties, I'm a little confused as to what all is affected when you are nonproficient with armor. Is there anything beside the obvious penalties — attack rolls, ...
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Do the benefits of a feat granted by a class count as that feat?

This is really three questions. If a class says that it grants the benefits of a certain feat, do I need to meet the prerequisites for that feat in order to actually receive the benefits? For ...
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Will quicken spell allow a (ranged) touch attack as part of the swift action?

Quicken spell says that: Casting a quickened spell is a swift action. Some spells, like snowball require a ranged touch attack: You conjure a ball of packed ice and snow that you can throw ...
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Can a Pathfinder Summoner act after his summoned monsters act?

When do summoned monsters act (disregarding the first round), and can a Pathfinder Summoner, using their Summon Monster spell-like ability, choose to delay until after this in order to summon a second ...
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Do rogue levels count toward your Familiar's special abilities?

The writing on Familiars says: All familiars have special abilities (or impart abilities to their masters) depending on the master's combined level in classes that grant familiars. Since the ...
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Can you Wish for a Deck of Many Things?

My Pathfinder character was recently granted a Wish spell. I really want a Deck of Many Things. Rules as written, can I use the Wish to get a Deck of Many things? Preferably, without invoking the "You ...
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Does the rogue's trapfinding ability apply to ALL disable device checks?

The Rogue's Trapfinding class feature says: A rogue adds 1/2 her level to Perception skill checks made to locate traps and to Disable Device skill checks (minimum +1). A rogue can use Disable ...
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What lore is available on how summoners discover their eidolon?

I recently agreed to GM a small Pathfinder campaign with three players who are interested in playing as a group of Summoners. They have requested that, at the start of the campaign, we play out a ...
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What is the advantage of Ranged Legerdemain for Sleight of Hand?

This may be obvious, but what are the advantages to using the Arcane Trickster's Ranged Legerdemain ability for a Sleight of Hand check. I would assume IF they noticed the object in question you ...
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Does the Monk retain his AC Bonus if he loses his Dex bonus to AC?

Does a monk retain the AC bonus from the AC Bonus (Ex) class feature if he loses his Dex bonus to AC? It says he retains it if he's flat-footed, but there are other ways to lose your Dex bonus to AC.
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Do Rangers and Hunters get all the abilities listed in the Animal Companion table for Druid?

I want to know if Rangers and Hunters get all the special abilities listed in the Animal Companion table. Like Link, Share Spells, etc.
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Which books are most important to learning the setting, not the rules?

I'm an experienced Pathfinder player and GM, but other than a single attempt at play-by-post Rise of the Runelords, I've never actually run anything set in Golarion and not played much more. I want ...
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What's the most efficient way to build an underground base?

I'd like to make an underground base, but I don't want to spend a lot of time or money on it. I have access to divine spells and psionic powers, and whatever magic item creation feats are needed. My ...
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Reading the racial modifier to skills in a monster's stat block

Below is a snippet from the stat block of a ghost scorpion: Skills Perception +4, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Stealth What is the correct way to interpret the proper bonus to the ...
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Can Deflect Arrow protect you from arrows with a contact poison?

Deflect Arrow says the attack technically hits but you take no damage. Would the deflector still be poisoned if the arrow had contact poison on it?
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Throwing things and people as weapons, how would this work?

I am interested in my buffed out, enlarged character throwing objects and even people as weapons. What are my options to do so? The normal throwing rules don't appear to take strength or size into ...
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Can a spellcaster use Wild Arcana/Inspired Spell to craft scrolls?

The Mythic path ability Wild Arcana (and the divine equivalent, Inspired Spell) let you cast any spell on your class list, without having to know that spell. Can a crafter with one of these abilities ...
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How far exactly does my frightened character have to run?

My character has failed a Will Save. He's Frightened for 6 rounds. That means that he flees from the source of its fear as best it can... [and] can use special abilities, including spells, to ...
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How do I select my active energy type for Energy powers?

Several energy-based attack powers (Energy Ray,Energy Stun, etc.) use a particular energy type determined by your "active energy type". However, I can't find any reference to how you are supposed to ...