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

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Sash of the War Champion with no Fighter levels

I was looking at the item Sash of the War Champion and also read This thread But neither really answered my question. If a character with no levels in fighter uses a Sash does it grant them armor ...
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Can you have multiple cohorts?

The Leadership feat grants the character a cohort when they take it. Feats like Imperial / Taldan Knight say "gain a cohort as if you had selected the leadership feat". Do these stack, giving you ...
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Can you designate your craft, perform, or profession skill even if you have no ranks in it?

Could you, for example, have one of your craft skills filled in as carpenter, but have no ranks in it? Being a very bad carpenter, but a carpenter nevertheless.
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What does “overwhelming” mean in context of magic items?

There are some artefacts and other magic items which have the attribute "Aura overwhelming" in their description. (e.g. Thorncrown of Blasting) Does this attribute mean anything rules-wise? E.g. if a ...
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I'm Trying to Find the Race that's basically a Lizardfolk-Centaur?

I swear I've seen a drawing of what I can only describe as a Lizardfolk-Centaur. Where it's a Lizardfolk's near-term w/ 2 arms on top and what looks like a large monitor lizard's body w/ 4 clawed, ...
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How are a simulacrum's feats, skills, and classes allocated?

When you create a simulacrum, it gets "half of the real creature's levels or HD (and the appropriate hit points, feats, skill ranks, and special abilities for a creature of that level or HD)". This is ...
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Is there a feat for acquiring class features?

I was curious as to whether there was a feat or trait for gaining a class feature for a class without having that class. Like a feat giving you bloodrage at some level-4
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What would be the metamagic level of “double quickening”?

A GM I played with used to rule that a quickened spell always reduced the casting time of a spell by 1 round, and reduced a 1 round casting time or a standard action casting time to a swift action, ...
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How can I get Pack Flanking on a non-Hunter character?

Is there a way to get the feat Pack Flanking on a non Hunter class character? Keeping in mind that the teamwork feat requires both the character and companion to have it.
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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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Can a permanently anthropomorphic animal companion take levels in an NPC or PC class?

I used my Druid power to turn my animal into an anthropomorphic one, and a spell of permanency to make it permanent. Is it possible for my animal take levels in an NPC or PC class?
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How do Tengu use blowguns when they have beaks?

While playing through a Paizo Adventure Path my players came across an encounter that began with a group of tengu firing poisoned darts at the party from blowguns. One of my players had the grace to ...
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Does the Grappled Condition limit multiple Natural Attacks?

How many attacks does an Eidolon with 4 natural claw-like attacks get when they have the grappled condition due to being grappled? Grappled creatures cannot move and take a –4 penalty to ...
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Does a Rogue using Use Magic Device for a scroll or wand also need to emulate a class feature?

I'm confused about Rogues and Use Magic Device. I've searched the core book and the Internet for the past 4 hours and can't find the answer to my simple question. Since a Rogue doesn't have any ...
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Making multiple attacks with attack bonus

I'm not quite sure how the total attack bonus interacts with BaB. Can you make more attacks than shown by your BaB (e.g. +11/+6/+1 BaB allows you to make 3 attacks) by having a high enough DEX, STR ...
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Is there a way to affect mindless creatures with mind-affecting spells or powers?

From the list of traits for an ooze, the mindless trait says that a creature with the mindless trait possesses No Intelligence score, and immunity to all mind-affecting effects (charms, ...
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When do you fall if you gain the helpless condition?

Suppose a Wizard is being menaced by a griffon flying 30' above the ground nearby them. Not wanting to become a snack for the creature they decide to cast Icy Prison on the creature. The griffon fails ...
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What is the disadvantage of raise dead+restoration against true resurrection?

We (my group and I) figured out, that in Pathfinder you can use True Resurrection for a price of 25,000 gp but Raise Dead works for 5,000 gp and you can remove the negative levels with Restoration ...
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Mechanics of Stygian Slayer's Shadowy Mist Form

I am GMing a Pathfinder game and one of the players is playing a Stygian Slayer. I found the section in the Advanced Class Guide describing the Shadowy Mist Form class feature to be too brief and, ...
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Are targets aware when you mind probe them if they don't make their saves?

So, mind probe's description says that you ask questions telepathically, but I was wondering if the targets are aware that they are being questioned if they don't make their save? It would seem to me ...
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Can a Power be Augmented Using the Same Option Multiple Times

Let's say I am using the Mind Control power, and there is only one legal target I can use it on. Now, I believe I can augment it with the option that allows me to affect an aberration, dragon, ...
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When you convert a poison, does it maintain its frequency?

I have a question about the Pathfinder alchemist's Poison Conversion discovery. By spending 1 minute, the alchemist can convert 1 dose of poison from its current type (contact, ingested, inhaled, ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Player-driven versus GM-driven mechanics in Pathfinder

According to some people: Players shouldn't state the skill they want to use for a given situation, they should state their intentions. As the Game Master, you know how that intended action can be ...
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As DM, what should I do when players roll perception where there is nothing to be found?

I had my first session as Dungeon Master (DM) yesterday playing pathfinder ("First Steps In Lore" from the "Pathfinder Society" series) with a group of first-time tabletop RPG players (myself ...
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Can I throw a weapon and then shoot a bow in a single full attack?

If I have a light hammer in one hand and a bow in the other, can I throw the hammer and then fire the bow as part of a full attack action?
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What happens if a Summoner's Eidolon is sent 100 years into the future?

Halfling Summoner lvl 9 in Pathfinder, with a big problem. GM "killed" my Eidolon the only way he knew how: send it into the future a hundred years. It was planar locked, so when it got knocked out, ...
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Conditions of readied actions

The fighter archetype, Crossbowman, has abilities called deadshot and greater deadshot. These abilities give bonus damage on crossbow attacks that come from readied actions. This gave me an ...
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Can One Cast Spells Through an Energy Wall?

From my understanding, a spell caster can not cast spells through a solid object. I was wondering if this means that spell casters won't be able to cast through Energy Wall, a sheet of energy formed ...
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What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body?

What is the cost of a Clay Golem's body? Is it 1,500 or 1,500 + 21,500? I ask because the Golem Manual says The cost of the book does not include the cost of constructing the golem's body. Once ...
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Do spell targets know they were targeted?

Assuming a target of a Pathfinder spell did not see/hear/notice a caster casting the spell, do they know/feel they were targeted? Is it relevant if the spell worked or not, if a save was involved ...
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Critical combat maneuver?

When you attempt to perform a combat maneuver, make an attack roll and add your CMB in place of your normal attack bonus. Combat maneuvers are apparently attacks, and rolls made to attempt a ...
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Are risks of non-combat death exciting or just frustrating and discouraging? [closed]

I'm a brand-new DM (haven't had my first session yet but it is approaching) so I'm reading up about all DMing-related topics. I'm about to play Pathfinder. My question is about PCs having a risk of ...
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How can I gain more uses of a specific natural attack (or pair of natural attacks) in a turn?

I'm building around using the 3.5 Eldritch Claws* feat for my Warlock, which count as a pair of natural attacks added to the damage your Unarmed Attack deals. I would like to gain more attacks with ...
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Can a slowed or staggered character take a 5-ft step?

Both Slow spell and staggered condition restrict characters to a single standard or move action per round. Pathfinder seems more precise, explicitly adding to staggered condition (which is, in ...
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What happens to the other planes when the Material Plane get destroyed or disappears?

I have read up about Planes, about the Great Beyond, basically the whole of http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/environment/the-planes and http://pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Inner_Sphere I was ...
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Can You Plane Shift to a Plane You Never Visited?

I was wondering if you can plane shift to a plane you never visited since you seem to need to specify a destination?
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When you gain equal SR from two sources, how does the “overlap” ruling work?

Spell resistance does not stack, but rather overlaps. Spell Resistance on the PFSRD. Does that mean that one overcomes the other (you only have one spell resistance even if both are equal, ...
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AoE effects with targets on top of each other

We've got a situation where a pit created by Create Pit is filled by ogres. Our witch decided to cast an Ice Storm on top of the pit. Should the damage hit the ogres in the bottom of the pit or are ...
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An alchemist without spells? [closed]

One of my players asked if there is any way to replace the alchemist's spell list with a different class feature. They want an "alchemist without spellcasting." So, is there any possibility of a ...
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Ship's Mage build (wind/water/weather themed caster) [closed]

I'm looking for some help with a character build for an upcoming pirate-themed Pathfinder game, which will probably run using the 'Epic 6th' rules. I'm looking for suggestions to help ensure that the ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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Class level vs. Character level vs. “my” level

Forgive me for not being good at game terminology, but there is one concept that I simply have been unable to fully grasp after reading the core rulebook. In the book, there are mentions of Character ...
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How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?

In D&D 3rd Edition, 3.5 Edition, and even Pathfinder, it is ridiculously easy as a player to purposely or inadvertently break the skill system, especially with Diplomacy. For example: A level 5 ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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Amount of Ability Score on level up in Pathfinder?

First of all, I'm really new to RPGs, and I cannot find in the core rules or online how many ability score to give a character at level 4,8,12,16,20. The manual says "and possibly an ability score ...
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". ...
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What benefits can a character with no domains bestow with a wand of ceremony?

The 1st-level cleric spell ceremony is complex: first, the caster takes 8 hours casting the spell then for 1 hour grants 2 creatures a benefit depending on the picked ceremony—either funeral, holiday ...
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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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If you are a Half-Giant Brawler, what size are your fists for damage?

I have a friend setting up this character, and we were not sure, since Half-Giants can use weapons upto one size larger.
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What's with the Bloodrager's underwhelming spell list?

I noticed the Bloodrager spell list is unusually small, to the point of offering fewer spells than what the bloodrager is expected to learn through class levels. For example, the bloodrager is ...