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

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Pathfinder: can a ghost wear armor?

According to the universal monster rules, incorporeal creatures (read: ghosts) have no Strength score: [An incorporeal creature] has no Strength score, so its Dexterity modifier applies to its ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner

I'm currently running a pathfinder game and am running into balance problems with a Master Summoner. It's a low level game (started from level 1) and the summoner is currently level 4 but about to ...
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How can I substitute bonus XP in a non-XP campaign?

I have a party that have taken up sneaking past guards and avoiding traps and thus not getting encounter XP. They all first time D&D players but long time boardgamers so they picked it up quite ...
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How is the price of a magic weapon or armor determined if it's enhanced some more later? [duplicate]

I'm not sure my phrasing is the best so let me try an example; I have a masterwork dagger (valued at 302 gp) and I decide to get it enhanced with a +1. That would mean I pay 2,000 gp and the dagger ...
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Can a ready action be a combination of actions?

I know that readying an action is a standard action, meaning you can do some things before you ready an action, just not any standard actions. However, can you ready a few actions together? Can you, ...
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How to GM a haunted house?

In some Pathfinder campaign there is a house, where there are a lot of haunted things. The description of such a haunt says something like this: CE obsessed haunt (around the bed) Caster Level 3rd ...
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If holding the charge on a touch spell, does getting hit do anything?

If you are holding the charge on a touch spell, will getting hit by melee, ranged attack, or spell dissipate the spell you're holding? If it's a melee attack, does the attacker feel the effects of ...
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If a touch spell misses, can it be retried until it hits?

According to the rules on touch spells in combat it seems like you just hold the charge if you miss, and then perform touch attacks as standard actions until the spell hits. You can continue to ...
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Can a cleric choose to channel damage or healing in a case by case basis?

The Channel Energy section states that a good cleric can channel positive energy which either harms undead or heals living creatures. Later in the section it states; Once this choice is made, it ...
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How does Flyby Attack work?

The explanation of Flyby Attack is a little unclear to me, just want to clarify a few things. Is it saying that you can move your total fly speed and attack during the move? So, for example, if your ...
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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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Running inside of a building or dungeon

Are there any official rules for movement being hampered in an enclosed space. It seems to me that 3x/4x running should be quite difficult in halls where you would have to turn tight corners and such ...
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Magic Item Creation Prerequisite Rules

Under the rules for magic item creation these are the rules around prerequisites: Note that all items have prerequisites in their descriptions. These prerequisites must be met for the item to be ...
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Pathfinder CR Calculator Single Player

I'm trying to figure out a good CR rating formula for a single player quest for Pathfinder. I see all the online calculators but those are really meant for 4 players. So, if I had a player that was ...
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Does Demoralizing an opponent with the Intimidate skill provoke an attack of opportunity?

According to RAW, using a skill that takes an action "usually" provokes an attack of opportunity. I didn't find much in the skills section as to which skills provoke an AoO and which ones don't. ...
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Can you take a standard action, an action that counts as a move action, and a 5-foot step in 1 turn?

According to RAW are you able to do this? 5-Foot Step states that it can be performed in a round only when you don't perform any other kind of movement, but what about actions that count as move ...
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What is the “Reconstruction” trait in reference to Pathfinder Elans?

While reading the GitP Vitalist Handbook, I came across the following line in the Elans entry in the Races section: The Reconstruction trait is golden for Elan Vitalists, allowing you to continue ...
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Change an item with a daily use into intervals per day

Some magic items say something like, "This effect lasts for 10 rounds. You can activate this ability once per day." Others do this: "This effect lasts for 10 rounds each day, divided up as you so ...
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What languages makes the most effective druid

I have a druid and I am big fan of the animal aspect (aka being able to talk to them etc.) When I picked my first two languages I picked Sylvan and Terran. I don't have much knowledge of creatures ...
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Benefits for eating good food

I have designed a character to be able to cook just about anything and make it taste great. This was done mainly for RP purposes but I was curious if there is any system that adds benefits for eating ...
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Can you use Spring Attack while flying instead of taking Flyby Attack?

If someone has the feat Spring Attack and he has the capacity to fly, does he still need to learn Flyby Attack, since it's almost the same thing?
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What effect would removing the confirmation roll have on the game?

I've been doing a bit of theorycrafting about 3.5 and pathfinder lately, and a thought struck me about critical hits that got me thinking more about their use in play. Critical hits are clearly a ...
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Intelligent items with explosive runes

Would it be possible for an intelligent item to detonate a rune with the Read Magic Sp? and if they can how would the item then take the damage?
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One party member constantly keeps stuff to himself

We have a party of several players and there are some things that are not clear from rules. Can you guys help? Do other party members always know if one of them steals an object from an NPC? Or does ...
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Can you pass an entire surprise round?

Looking at this question about sniping, in this situation: Example 3 A wields a loaded crossbow and waits on on a cliff overlooking a valley for B to walk by. A is unobserved and has a low ...
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How do prestige classes work for half-elves?

I am considering having a prestige class for my Half-elf Druid. I am aware that you can multi-class with a half-elf do I need to have my second class open for my prestige? What I wanted to do with my ...
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Pathfinder Build for OCD/Mysophobic Elf

I'm going to be playing my first game of Pathfinder this weekend. Our GM is hoping for us to use mostly basic rules, as she is somewhat green as well. The character I conceptualized is a neurotic ...
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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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Can you have a shark companion out when not in water?

I was thinking of being a druid and having a shark companion. My question is if they only know swim how can they be on land? It has no land speed indicated. I know this seems like a simple concept ...
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Does the BAB of a prestige class add to the BAB from my starting class?

I am playing a paladin in Pathfinder. Our DM likes to take each character and add in a side quest for us to reach max level, so I was looking into becoming a hellknight commander. Looking up the ...
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Flowing Monk + Reposition

I have a couple of questions regarding the flowing monks Redirection ability and utilizing combat maneuvers as attacks of opportunity. Flowing Monk At first level, as an immediate action, a flowing ...
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How to handle player weapon modification

In a game it got brought up that a frost creature is vulnerable to fire. Me being GM they ask if they can quote "drip their arrows in oil and light them on fire" to produce more damage against someone ...
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How do creature skills affect combat

Just trying to get a great grasp on creatures for better GMing and I ran across creature skils. I know players have skills and things like modifiers but how does telling me a creatures skills help me ...
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How to read creature attack stats and defense stats

I am trying to setup a game for my players (GM). I am new to this and I am trying to figure out what some of these creature stats mean. Melee short sword +3 (1d6+1/19-20) Do I divide by 19-20, ...
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Why is a dice roll required when doing a creature hp check?

I am GM and trying to setup a Reign of Winter story for my players. I came across the small ice elemental's and they have hp that reads hp13 (2d10+2). I am still new to Pathfinder and wondering: what ...
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Simulating samurai duels in Pathfinder

Samurai duels are an important part of any Japanese themed campaign, and I'm looking for a good method to run such duels in my own campaign. Ideally, such a system should include: Pre-duel phase: ...
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What is the garment worn under armor that boosts AC by one in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, I seem to recall a specific type of undergarment beneath armor increases AC by one. It is not the armored kilt, and it does not increase armor penalty. From what I recall it's a ...
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What level are spells from an oracle's mystery?

I'll phrase this as an example. If an Oracle of Battle wants to cast Wall of Fire (from his mystery), what is the DC for the spell? The spell is a level 4 sor/wiz spell but a level 5 druid spell. ...
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How do antimagic fields protect locations?

In Pathfinder and 3.5, the Antimagic Field spell has a duration of ten minutes per level, and only extends 10 feet past the caster. However, I frequently see references to antimagic fields that are ...
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Can one Wild Shape into a Swarm?

My gut feeling is that wildshaping into a swarm is not RAI, but I've had such feelings at times and been wrong, so it feels worth asking. When it comes to RAW, so far I cannot find anything that says ...
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Cornugon Smash, Shatter Defenses: how many attacks do I need to activate the combo?

Let's figure what happens in a certain situation, which is "all my attacks hit, my demoralize attempt manages to shake my opponent but only for this round". Let's also suppose the opponent isn't ...
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How can I reduce crunch for my players without putting all pressure on the GM?

I'm ramping up to play Pathfinder, a system with which my players are not familiar, although they have a little bit of experience with D&D (so Pathfinder won't be very shocking to them). One of ...
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Explosive Missile Discovery + Heavy Crossbow

I am building an alchemist who will be launching bombs like a rocket launcher. I have a question about using a Heavy Crossbow and the Explosive Missile Discovery. Normally the Heavy Crossbow takes a ...
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Pathfinder: Make a high level magus fail will save

We are playing an epic level campaign in which all PC's and most NPC's are 20th level. This has been really fun but I am quickly finding that it is very hard to get an advantage over some of the ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave ...
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Does a rogue get precision damage during an attack of opportunity if flanking?

In the Pathfinder rules here's what it says: If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. ...
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What does the caster level refer to in the magic items?

I'm particularly curious about armor, rings, and weapons. I'm new to Pathfinder but I was under the impression that anyone could wear magic armor or use a magic weapon. The caster level on each ...
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How to handle a shying horse mount as GM?

The party of my players who ride on horses (given to them from a nice NPC) through a valley will get into a heavy thunderstorm soon. Some of the horses will get nervous or even start running and ...