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

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Does an invisible creature provoke an AoO when trying to grapple?

The rules for grapple say that starting a grapple provokes an AoO. Does this still apply if the attacking creature is invisible (invisibility spell)?
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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 to represent a “light” bastard sword? [closed]

I want to have a character wield a bastard sword, but I'm trying to find fluff for it. I want it to be... Light, as in that is could be wielded with quick strikes without being overly tiring, and ...
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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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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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How to handle “extra” skill points? [closed]

I'm building a GMPC character who's backstory involves learning forging from a smith father and learning violin (perform [string instruments]) from his mother. I don't want to waste points where I ...
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Can an Immediate action be taken after an attack hits but before damage is rolled? [duplicate]

So I intend to take Wave shield. It takes an immediate action to activate. I already know questions will come up with my DM when I try to use this ability... The way I understand the mechanics ...
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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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Can I craft my gear before the game begins?

I was thinking of having a GMPC character craft most of his starting gear in a game I am GMing. I have 4 ranks in craft (metalworking) [conjoined weapon and armor making] and an int modifier or +2. ...
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Do I get back the feat slot spent on proficiency if I get it from a class level later?

If I take Medium Armor Proficiency feat and Martial Weapon Proficiency feat, then later take a level in barbarian, what happens to the feats? Do I "get them back" so I can reuse them? Did I just waste ...
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What square do attacks of opportunity occur in — the square being moved out of or the one being entered [duplicate]

On Pathfinder core rulebook page 180, in regard to Provoking an Attack of Opportunity: Two kinds of action can provoke attack of opportunity: moving out of a threatened square and … Two ...
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How much training does an animal companion enter play with?

My Ranger has just entered 4th level and I've decided to use his Hunter's Bond to gain an Animal Companion. However, the rules detailing companions are not clear on how much training they enter play ...
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How can a Witch gain access to Wizard spells for crafting

I am currently rolling a level 11 Witch in a campaign with some friends. At 11th level I took the feat Craft Wondrous Items. This is all good except that many of the items that could be of use for the ...
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Can an Oracle with Heavens mystery use FlyBy Attack

If an oracle with the heavens mystery chooses the Lure of Heavens revelation, does the supernatural fly give you a fly speed to qualify for the feat Flyby Attack?
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How can low-level PCs avoid death at the hands of a far higher-level foe? [closed]

The low-level PCs We are a party of an Oracle 5, a Rogue 5, a Sword Saint Samurai 5, and a Wizard 7. We have a contract on our heads, put there by an ex-party member in retaliation for some party ...
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How can I optimize Chicken Infested?

I'm soon going to be a guest player in a Pathfinder game where silliness is the theme. (The party has been drawn into the Demiplane of Dinosaurs, which is reportedly a lot like Ravenloft, except with ...
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Channel foci and nondeity Clerics- Who are your faithful?

Channel Foci allow a cleric to "charge" items with holy power in order to gain item-specific powers. For example, a shield can be filled with holy power to gain extra AC. Some of these items can be ...
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Can a lance receive bonuses from a source other than Strength?

I had the fun idea of making a cavalier that was a small race (gnome, halfling, etc) so they could ride a medium-sized mount and run around indoors. The only problem is that I want to use a lance ...
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How can a weapon of legacy be resized?

Can a Craft skill check or other mundane or magical means resize a weapon of legacy? For example, the +1 silver Small shortsword Full Moon's Trick, a weapon of legacy, is acquired by a Medium ...
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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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Making sure a character doesn't outshine others? [closed]

This is based on this question. How do I make sure a character like this doesn't overshadow others?
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Is this Spirit Hunter Ranger variant I created overpowered?

I have a variant of ranger prepared, but I'm concerned the abilities may be overpowered? Spirit Hunter Ranger Replaces: hide in plain sight, camouflage, and the 5th favored enemy. ...
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What are the ramifications of waiving the Evil requirement for the assassin class?

Would being able to be a Good assassin mess up the game or something? Have the designers ever explicitly stated why they added that requirement to the class? Secondly, is there an alternative?
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Can a creature designate as the target of a charge a foe the creature can't charge?

The game seems to assume ideal battlefield conditions with perfect intelligence. However, sometimes battlefield conditions aren't ideal and intelligence isn't perfect. The special attack charge says ...
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Short Swords or Hand axes?

I'm building a dual wielding+archery character as a "recommended" build for a friend. I don't know whether it would be better for him to build for handaxes/throwing axes or short swords. I know this ...
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Do size mods take the place of racial mods?

My friend made me an Ent race and it is a large creature. If he gave it racial ability score mods would those add to the +16 to strength, +8 to con, and -4 to dex from size?
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How can I improve the AC of my goliath warblade?

I'm playing a campaign in the Eberron setting with some friends. Currently I have a Goliath warblade Level 3 and although I have plenty of HP, my AC is pretty low right now. I'm looking for tips to ...
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Do you have to finish one action to start another one?

The question is about action economy. I want to know whether you need to finish a continuous action to start an instant action. I am only interested in RAW answers and combat applications, where you ...
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Is this how to overrun?

Below is a summary of the combat maneuver overrun. After checking that for accuracy, I have a few questions. Overrun A creature can attempt an overrun combat maneuver under the following conditions: ...
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Techniques for rote-learning a character sheet layout?

I'm a relatively new player, and have been trying to learn and follow as much of the mechanics as possible. Compounding on this, is my (in)ability to be able to find anything on a character sheet (or ...
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Does an enhancement bonus on ammunition impact attack rolls, or only damage rolls?

It seems intuitive to me that firing +2 arrows out of a nonmagical longbow would give me a +2 bonus on damage, but not attack rolls; the arrows don't really have much of an impact on how well I can ...
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Can a monkey riding a dog stab orcs?

... Or, for that matter, any other creature it doesn't like? Pathfinder's rules for mounted combat seem to ignore creatures of Tiny size (which typically have a reach of 0 ft.) riding creatures of ...
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Could you be able to hide your mount with HiPS?

Would you be able to hide your mount with Hide in Plain Sight (assuming you've got a way to quiet the noise (like magical barding/horse shoes), which to be honest, is not particularly hard to get a ...
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Does the Armor Class of a potion vial include the users Dexterity modifier?

Page 478 of the core rulebook states: A typical potion or oil consists of 1 ounce of liquid held in a ceramic or glass vial fitted with a tight stopper. The stoppered container is usually no ...
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How does Resilient Sphere work?

Resilient sphere works basically like a wall of force, except in a sphere around a targeted creature. I have two questions about how it works, mostly with regards to the save it allows: The sphere ...
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Do incorporeal creatures trigger symbol spells normally?

As per symbol of death, symbol spells can have one or more of the following triggers: Creature looks at a symbol Creature reads a symbol Creature touches a symbol Creature passes over a symbol ...
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Weapons/Means for touch attacks

Since touch attacks are against a lower AC they are easier to land than normal ones. Are there reliable, affordable weapons that go versus the touch AC, or actions that anyone can take with a ...
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What parts of Wild Shape are affected by the Shaping Focus feat?

Shaping Focus: If you are a multiclassed druid, your wild shape ability is calculated as though your druid level were four higher, to a maximum level equal to your character level. Does this ...
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How does the Alchemist and Alchemy Craft work?

Fair warning, I really new player in the pathfinder world so you may need to dumb it down for me quite a bit. This is the first time I've cracked open the subject of creating potions or poisons or ...
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How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?

How do I handle having a party without a Healer? I have a Healer character ready but not a player for her, and I don't know how well I could handle playing her as a GMPC when I have another character ...
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Can I use 3.5 expansions for pathfinder? [duplicate]

Can I use 3.5 expansion books for pathfinder?? I want to because I want to use different things I read in 3.5 expanisions. Also tell me in your answer which are compatible and which aren't. I'm ...
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Can Vital Strike be used with the Mind Knight Path maneuver?

Vital Strike: When you use the attack action, you can make one attack at your highest base attack bonus that deals additional damage. Roll the weapon’s damage dice for the attack twice and add ...
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Optimized cat dancer

Inspired by Where is the rule for skill limitations for animals? The Entertain trick gives a -2 penalty to perception to unwilling onlookers only if they fill a an opposed sense motive check against ...
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Where do I find the rules prohibiting animals from learning certain skills?

I remember some rules existing about certain skills being inappropriate for animals, or beyond their ability to use — either they don't get to take them in the first place, or the GM can forbid ...
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Applying an Intelligence-boosting Headband to an Animal to teach language?

If you gave an animal a Headband of Vast Intelligence, thus raising its intelligence beyond 2, would that allow it to learn to understand new languages (and speak if it's a thrush for example)? ...
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How does Flurry of Blows work when wielding two weapons?

I'm trying to understand how FoB interacts with wielding a weapon in each hand. When using Flurry of Blows while wielding two weapons, do I make an attack with each weapon for each additional attack? ...
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Do alchemists/investigators with swift alchemy take less time to make extracts?

Are extracts considered alchemical items for the purposes of swift alchemy? And what about mutagens and bombs? Do this items benefit from the halved creation time?
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Which book is the Black Blade feature for the SwordMage in?

I remember reading something about a 'black blade' class feature for the swordmage but now I can't find it. It was basically where the 'black blade' was an intelligent weapon with it's own agenda. I ...
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How does the spell “Blood of the Martyr” work?

The spell reads: You cause the target to bleed from every orifice, and her organs and blood become suffused with positive energy. If the subject fails her Fortitude save, she takes 1d6 points of ...
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For the purposes of Two Weapon Fighting, are pistols considered light weapons?

In the entry for firearms in Ultimate Combat, pistols are not explicitly given a classification of light weapon or otherwise, so I'm unsure how the Two Weapon Fighting feat would apply to ...