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

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What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to 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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What is the right way to GM magical trap detection?

I'm trying to understand the rules of perceiving magical traps, but I remain confused on some finer points. Let's say the PCs will encounter a Symbol of Weakness trap. The trap is on a door, and is ...
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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 does Time Stop interact with “End of Turn” durations?

The spell Time Stop allows you take take extra rounds of action during your turn. For the purpose of effects that have the duration of "End of Turn", would buffing yourself with something that lasted ...
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What feats expand the set of weapons one can use weapon finesse with?

I know that Dervish Dance adds scimitar to the list. Are there other feats that expand the set of weapons one can use finesse with? I'm particularly curious I'd there are ways to get a bastard sword ...
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How can a Shifter get along with a Silver Flame Inquisitor?

I will be joining a game in the world of Eberron and I want to play a druid shifter. The problem is that there is an inquisitor of the Silver Flame in the party. Is there a way to interact with him ...
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Can mythic spells be cast using wild arcana?

The wording of Wild Arcana (errata notwithstanding) states As a swift action, you can expend one use of mythic power to cast any one arcane spell without expending a prepared spell or spell ...
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How do I handle the castle my PCs suddenly acquired, and the shift in game focus it brings?

So my players managed to land a "Deck of Many Things" last night. I had intended a silly one shot "break" in our long campaign, and the result was one player getting a chance to pull a single card. ...
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Where do I find out about Archetypes?

I keep hearing about "Archetypes" for Pathfinder. What sourcebooks could I read for them?
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Can I make someone visible using dye?

I have an invisible enemy (an Oni). The party's archer has just picked up a way to see invisible creatures. He wants to use dye arrows to fire at the Oni and splash it with paint, which will then ...
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Does a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence increase 1st-level spells known

I'm curious as to whether getting a permanent enhancement bonus to Intelligence (e.g., by wearing a headband of vast intelligence +2 for more than 24 hours) increases the number of 1st-level ...
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Will adding spells to the Duskblade Spell list unbalance play?

I'm wanting to build a GMPC Duskblade character for a gestalt game. I've read different sources with spells and thought of a number to add. Here's the complete spell list (regular Duskblade spells ...
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How do you learn the number of charges on a wand?

My players have come across a cache of wands in my Pathfinder campaign. Some of the wands have 50 charges while some have less. At the moment I've house ruled that Detect Magic will only state if a ...
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Does a Cleric with high Wisdom get all their bonus spells? [duplicate]

How do bonus spells work? Bob is a Level 2 Cleric with a 16 Wisdom. The class table grants him the following spells per day [O:4] [L1:2+1] But his high casting stat grants him the following Bonus ...
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Does Elemental Focus affect spells modified with Elemental Spell?

I take Elemental Focus (fire) to add +1 to the DC for all of my spells that deal fire damage. If I also take Elemental Spell (fire), then cast an elemental lightning bolt, does it receive the DC bonus ...
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How do Templates/monsters stack?

I was thinking of various monsters from popular fiction (specifically the 5 nights at freddy's robots), and I wondered. is it possible to have an undead construct? How do templates work in the game? ...
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Does 5e's (dis)advantage rule break Pathfinder?

I really like the advantage/disadvantage system in 5e. Has it been play tested as a sole addition to the Pathfinder rules and practically or theoretically demonstrated and found to have any breaking ...
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Duration of feather fall for very long distances

Let's say a character has to go down into a vertical gulf of about ten miles. A helpful NPC (wizard, character level of about 10) who does not want to join her on the way down casts feather fall on ...
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Can a Sorcerer with an Int of 2 still cast spells?

Our Sorcerer was hit by massive Int drain, to the point that she had an effective Int of 2. Between then and the time we could fix her Int drain, could she cast spells? There are two obvious factors: ...
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Pathfinder encounter building checklist

I have been GMing in pathfinder for a little under a year now and I have recently realized that I have not been taking full advantage of certain aspects of combat encounters such as terrain effects ...
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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 I change the alignment of my intelligent item?

I am a chaotic neutral ranger who has a belt of physical might that I dropped a lot of gold to have my sorcerer make for me. He rolled a natural 20 so the GM imbued it with sentience and rolled that ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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Can an animal companion use all their primary attacks

I was pretty confident that animal companions could use all their primary attacks until I thought about it in the context of the Multiattack feat. Can an animal companion do so before obtaining this ...
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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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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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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise ...
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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 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 many people can use Aid Another to help on a craft check?

In one of my games, I allowed someone to take the Leadership feat, but with the restriction that his followers (Cohort included) can't participate in combat, and that all of them (excluding Cohort) ...
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Is there errata for continuous magic item pricing?

The price guidelines for magic items with use-activated or continuous spell effects are as follows: Spell level × caster level × 2,000 gp 2 2 — If a continuous item has an effect ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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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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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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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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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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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?