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

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Is this Amulet of Mage Armor and Shield legit according to the rules?

I often play as a Crafting Wizard and would like to know if there's a ruling against this. Whenever I'm working on creating survivability items, I've always made the same item. Amulet of Mage ...
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Secure a letter/scroll against opening (low levels)

Imagine an NPC (~7th level spell caster with limited resources) gives a letter to a low-level party (levels 1-2) asking them to carry it to another NPC (~7th level something with a lot of resources). ...
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Are undead mounts considered “evil”?

Let's say, my PC is a human cleric of demons, and I have created an undead horse as my mount. It's great, because the horse does not need to sleep, nor feed, and it does not become fatigued. So riding ...
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How to communicate with your summons?

The Summon Monster spell mentions: If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions. In that situation, what ...
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Do dragonmark spell-like abilities add to Sorcerer's spells known?

Playing in a Eberron Pathfinder campaign. Do these spells get added to a sorcerer spell's known list if you get the feat?
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Can weapons have multiple energy enchants?

I have a friend who wants to put Flaming and Shocking on a bow to get some extra damage. All the enchants say is upon command they activate. If the enchants have the same command would they both ...
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What determines max skill rank?

So, I bought the book, read it, but I have a question, and just to be sure: The max level from an skill in rank cant be more than your level, so, a Starting character can only have a skill on level 1 ...
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Pathfinder Cavalier looking to make an all rounder build [closed]

Hey I'm going into a Pathfinder Society game soon and I was wondering if this setup would be any good. The goal is to be a tank/damage dealer both on and off a mount. My Cavalier is Order of ...
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How do I know who can see me when I'm invisible?

Invisibility and Stealth are one of the great cat & mouse games within Pathfinder. There are lots of ways to cancel Invisibility or Stealth, but it's not always clear if the opponent has them. So ...
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What is the most important stat for an arcane duelist bard?

I am trying to decide which ability score to put my half-elf +2 bonus into: Charisma or Intelligence. It seems like Charisma is important for a bard, but Intelligence governs the many Knowledge skills ...
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What are the RAW for Spellsong

Specifically for the maintaining concentration part. Suppose I start an Inspire Courage as a move action and cast Major Image as a standard action. Next round I want to sustain with Spellsong. Does my ...
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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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What is the correct price of mithral?

When looking at the rules, mithral costs 500 gp/lb. Heavy armor needs another 9000 gp to the base price to be made of mithral. A Fullplate weights 50 lbs. The rules state that one has to multiply the ...
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How can my drow-blooded half-elf overcome light blindness?

I'm building a half-elf with the drow-blooded racial trait. What items or spells (or anything else), can my character use to overcome light blindness? I came across this great question and answer ...
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How to enhance Witch Hexes?

I want to increase the DC of the hexes my witch uses. Mainly this would be evil eye and deep slumber. As far as I understand spell focus didn't work because it states that only spells could be ...
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Pathfinder player character folio. BAB calculation

On page 3 of the Pathfinder character folio it has a place at the top for BAB calculation. One box for Racial Hit Dice and three for Class Bonuses. It looks like you're supposed to total theses up for ...
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Defensive Aid replacing Evasion. Optional?

The Nimble Guardian Racial Archetype (monk) for catfolk in Pathfinder replaces evasion with defensive aid at lvl2. Is this optional? DM's discretion? I kinda like evasion better.
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How do I calculate the attack bonus(es) for Flurry of Blows?

Being fairly new I'm a little lost on the math for this. I read that there is a -2 on attack rolls in the description of "Flurry of Blows". Then in the chart I see FoB has its own attack bonus (+1/+1 ...
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What is Break Enchantment actually useful for?

In Jadeite's Guide to Inquisitors, break enchantment is described like this: Break Enchantment - Not as versatile as Dispel Magic, but works when Dispel Magic doesn’t For reference, the actual ...
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As a Gnome Bard in a Pathfinder Campaign, is there any way to obtain the Fire Music Feat without Multi-Classing?

I am in a campaign where I want to be a Gnome Bard that can use the Fire Descriptor for the Music Damage, but my GM will only allow me to Multi-class into either Druid or Cleric For campaign purposes. ...
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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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Critical Strikes and auto-confirmation

Afternoon everyone. I have a query about a fighter build I am working on. So at lvl 20 a fighter gains the class ability Weapon Mastery that makes all critical threat automatically confirmed with one ...
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Does Spell Perfection double the bonus dice from Intensified Spell?

The feat Spell Perfection reads Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its ...
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Can I select the same feat twice for Critical Mastery?

The Core Rulebook provides the following benefit for Critical Mastery: Benefit: When you score a critical hit, you can apply the effects of two critical feats in addition to the damage dealt. ...
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How can I optimize storytelling for a Pathfinder game with a party group in flux

The group that I game with has been falling one by one. Life happens I understand this happens. However there is now only 1 character(Myself) and the DM and while we have fun it would be more fun with ...
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What Feats do I want to take to maximize my effectiveness with a crossbow?

I'm building a high-ish level Alchemist to jump into a campaign, and I'm thinking it'll be fun to build around being a master of infusing crossbow shots for high damage with Explosive Missile, using ...
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Breaking Masterwork Weapons/Armor

I have an encounter in which my party will be fighting a slime that deals damage to their armor and weapons. My whole party has at least 2 masterworked items. Does masterwork imply that the items can ...
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How can I optimize playing a sentient wolf?

I was invited to a savage themed campaign recently that features shamans, cave monsters, and all that prehistoric goodness. I'm going to be playing an awakened wolf named Virginia, and have no idea ...
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Did I roll this character correctly? [closed]

Trying to learn some of the basics to Pathfinder with a view to GMing eventually. This is the first time I have rolled a character - have I missed anything? Is this a legal build? (Not optimized, book ...
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How many skills do I start with?

I'm trying to teach myself how the game works with a view to doing some GMing. (Pathfinder core rulebook from 2009) Rolled the following character so far: Elf Sorcerer Str 10 Dex 13 Con 8 Int 18 Wis ...
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Pathfinder Cleric Domains: How exactly do they work?

I've recently started playing Pathfinder with some of my friends. It's going quite well, even though none of us had PnP experience before! I am playing a Cleric. Picked the Healing and Fire domain. I ...
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Making a character who gets stronger as he/she takes damage

I had a friend ask me about a build that would get stronger as they took damage. The concept he had in mind was a melee fighter class that would deal more damage as his HP got lower. He is willing to ...
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Why do spontaneous casters 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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How can I help players' bookkeeping as a GM?

I sometimes suspect my friend fear resource bookkeeping because I haven't assisted him as a GM. As a GM, how can I assist in players managing resources and/or powers? I classify the "resource" as: ...
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How to create a hard challenge for my group?

I did let the PCs of the game I am hosting receive too many treasures, so I would like them to lose at least some (or even all) of them. I thought about a simple ambush somewhere in the woods, where ...
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Can a character without limbs use the monk's abilities

This is related to another question I asked a few days ago about odd races as characters. One of the player's has a flail snail character that he has made that has levels in monk. Looking at the ...
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Does Haunting Mists deal Wisdom damage once, or repeatedly?

Haunting Mists is a 2nd level spell for Wizards, Sorcerers, Bards and Witches. It seems a pretty nice spell, with some good effects. The spell does some Wisdom damage, however, and I am unsure on how ...
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Does there exist a Detect Deity Spell

Does there exist a spell (or other method) that allows the magical divination of a character's patron deity? I'll accept official or third-party solutions.
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When smashing an object, do you subtract the hardness every time?

Does hardness work as damage reduction, reducing the damage taken by the object each time it is hit, or does it work as bonus hitpoints? I think it's the former, but I'm not sure.
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Precision Damage and Damage Reduction clarification [duplicate]

The rules for precision damage are kinda vague, and from as far as I can tell there's only a couple things that are actually considered precision. My question has two parts though, first where in the ...
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How combat-heavy is Rise of the Rune Lords?

I am getting ready to start a new campaign and am looking over the APs. The group is thinking about Rise of the Runelords, but before we commit to a large AP such as this, I want to know more about ...
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Does the feat Point-Blank Shot and similar feats affect ranged touch attack spells?

The confusion with Point-Blank Shot for me comes from this line; You get a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with ranged weapons at ranges of up to 30 feet. Also, Precise Shot has a similar ...
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...
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Are the bonuses from the Belt of Physical Perfection and similar items temporary? [duplicate]

I'm confused about the wording in the description of the Belt of Physical Perfection and several other items that raise stats. Do they only raise the stats for the first 24 hours and then they don't ...
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How to calculate transportation costs by sea in Rise of the Runelords?

If your players want to book a ship for, let's say, 100 miles from one city by the sea to the other. There are four players, and a two-horse-drawn carriage. The sea is not especially dangerous. How ...
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Is there an expanded Draconic bloodline for sorcerers?

Looking at the Draconic Bloodline it only includes the base dragon types. Is there any expanded list anywhere including the other newer dragon types? Official lists are preferred but homebrew is also ...
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Does using Discern Location or Wish to determine something's location also provide information on how to get there?

If a Discern Location or Wish spell is used to determine the location of an object or person, is the caster also able to determine how to get there? For example, if there is a powerful artifact that ...
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Do creatures from other planes typically travel into the material plane?

I'm using Pathfinder and I'm a fairly new GM and I'm running my first campaign in a world I hand crafted. It's a planet in the material plane and has the usual characteristics that a real planet ...
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Command Undead on creatures who are under command of an NPC

In an upcoming session, there will be an NPC, who made a couple of ghouls who are under his command. Rise of the Runelords Spoiler: Now one of the players in the group that I am DM'ing has the ...
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Gold from monsters with “NPC gear” in Pathfinder?

I just started running a campaign. The players defeated some goblins, and I want to get a sense of how much gold their were carrying. Their gear is described as "NPC gear", and when I go to the ...