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

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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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Multiple Spellbanes cancelling each other

Spellbane says it can suppress other castings of itself. What happens if there's an area affected by Spellbane A, which cancels Spellbane and Magic Missile, and Spellbane B, which suppresses Spellbane ...
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How does power attack interact with multiple attacks from a high BAB?

Let's say that I'm a level 13 bloodrager with +13/+8/+3 BAB. When I make a full attack, do I calculate the effects of Power Attack on each attack that I make, or only the first one? Just to make ...
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Is there any way to remove/nullify an antimagic field without disjunction?

An antimagic field remains if the caster is killed or incapacitated, can't be affected by dispel magic, and only has a partial chance (generally 20% at best) of being affected by mage's disjunction. ...
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Crafting times for items not divisible by 1000?

The PCs in my pathfinder game are crafting magic items and the feat says it takes 1 full day of work to craft per 1000 gold in its base price. I understand that if the market price for an item is ...
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Inhaled poison and water breathing

Say you were a clever villain holed up in a dungeon where the only obvious way of entering was to swim quite some distance under water. Not to be put off by such obstacles, the heroes simply spend ...
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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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Divine Spellcasting as an Arcane Spellcaster

Is there a class that allows one to learn and cast Divine spells the way they can learn and cast Arcane spells? Without multiclassing specifically as a Divine spellcaster such as Cleric or Druid, but ...
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Is there a prestige class that grants Turn Undead/Rebuke Undead?

Is there a prestige class in D&D 3.x or Pathfinder which, at first level, grants Turn Undead or Rebuke Undead if you don't already have it? I'm using Arcanist/Rainbow Servant. I need Turn/Rebuke ...
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Poisons in Pathfinder

Most DMs and Players I have talked to agree that poisons in Pathfinder are next to useless by mid to high level due to the fact they are expensive and their DCs are easy to beat even in low levels. ...
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Can a Zen Archer monk take their bonus feats without the prerequisites?

The selectable bonus feats for the level 1 Zen Archer monk include both point blank shot and precise shot: Bonus Feats: A zen archer’s bonus feats must be taken from the following list: ...
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Are There Weaker Alternatives to Cleric, Wizard, or Druid? [closed]

Clerics, Wizards, and Druids are widely regarded as having so many more and more powerful options than non-spellcasters, like Fighters, that trying to play a game involving both of them will leave the ...
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Would magic 'weapons' make the monk more balanced?

The monk in D&D 3.5 (and, to a lesser extent, in Pathfinder) is generally considered underpowered. Would adding magic 'weapons' that could add enhancement bonuses and magic weapon effects to a ...
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Do wizards really have to prepare spells multiple times to cast them multiple times?

According to the Pathfinder Magic overview, a wizard has to prepare a spell multiple times to cast it multiple times, which make 0 sense to me. I've also read other comments saying otherwise. Can ...
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Is there an official Warlock class for Pathfinder?

I've been playing Pathfinder for a while, but have also been playing D&D 3.X since they were published. In D&D there is the Warlock class, but in Pathfinder I have yet to find such a class ...
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A Tiefling's prehensile tail ability in Pathfinder

The prehensile tail ability is written as thus: Prehensile Tail: Many tieflings have tails, but some have long, flexible tails that can be used to carry items. While they cannot wield weapons with ...
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Does an antimagic field remain after the caster dies/goes unconscious?

If I kill or knock unconscious somebody who has cast an antimagic field, does it stay in effect, following his body? I gather from this RPG SE answer that durational spells don't automatically end ...
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Which circle of Hell is the frozen one in Pathfinder?

This should be a quick question for you. Which circle of Hell is the frozen one in Pathfinder? Thanks a lot!
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Blowguns. What's the point?

I know the basic advantage to blowguns is that you can't accidentally poison yourself when applying poison to the darts, but is that really it? I feel like delivering the poison via d8 crossbow with ...
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Is my player's level 2 Ranger overpowered?

I have a ranger in the group I GM for that seems overpowered. He's a level 2 human with DEX 19 (Base 17, with the +2 Human Bonus), which gives a base +4 to hit. Factoring in his base attack bonus of ...
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Can I Sunder Worn Armor in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, Sunder checks explicitly could not be made against armor worn by an opponent. However, I cannot seem to discern if this rule is still part of Pathfinder, so my question is a simple ...
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Double-Chained Kama and Kama profiency and use questions

This is technically a two part question. For the sake of this question assume that the PC is not a Monk or already proficient with "all Monk weapons" by some other means. Description of the ...
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How do cursed items work?

I have never really used cursed items in my campaigns, but I'm considering doing so for my latest one. For the most part, cursed items seem pretty straightforward except for two things: How do you ...
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Cursed items are being Identified too easily

Spellcraft in Pathfinder lets you ID magical/cursed items, and the Identify spell adds 10 to your Spellcraft skill. One of my PCs — in this case a level 8 wizard — has a stupidly high INT, ...
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Continuing the Reign of Winter adventure path

I'm reading through the Reign of Winter AP and have reached the final module. It feels to me that my players will want to Are there any existing modules that can be tampered with to help with that, ...
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In Pathfinder would damage reduction and resistances stack?

Mechanically, in regards to damage reduction from a class and resistances from a race, would those stack? For example a Tiefling [fiendish resistances of 5/ (electricity, cold, and fire) has a class ...
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How does the Shatter spell's single target option work?

When I use Shatter in the second way, targeting just one object, does it break the object entirely or act like sunder attack? The wording in the third paragraph is a bit confusing to me. It seems that ...
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How would you judge the alignment of this action and the possible repercussions? [closed]

I'm playing a chaotic good cleric in a Pathfinder campaign! I would like to know your opinion about something that happened during our last session. After we defeated a group of trolls, we returned ...
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What is the actual casting time of Summon Monster?

I'm having a hard time interpreting the 'actual casting time' for Summon Monster in Pathfinder. The casting time is listed as 1 round, but then in the text they go on to say: It appears where ...
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How much do scrolls and potions weigh?

The physical description for potions: Physical Description: 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 ...
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Is there a noticeably better buffer class in Pathfinder?

I tend to min/max slightly and outshine my fellow players so in the next campaign I decided to play a support role who buffs the other players to avoid this and help my fellow players shine. My aim ...
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Do Black Tentacles Bypass DR?

The amusing spell Black Tentacles can be a great spell for harassing enemies in a area while your characters get some popcorn and place bets on which monster can escape the swarm of grappling. The ...
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Does the enhancement bonus on armor apply to armor class? [closed]

If I have a chain shirt with spell resistance 19 (+5 bonus), does that +5 apply to armor class along with the +4 from the chain shirt?
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Does the armor category inherently imply a speed change?

This may be silly but I started wondering about this after looking at this question: How does the Armored Kilt work?. I have not been able to find an explicit rule that says all Medium armors reduce ...
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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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Why is the soft level-cap set at level 20, specifically?

I've been wondering lately if there is any sort of precedence or context for the soft level-cap of level 20 in various D20 style tabletop games. I say soft cap because I'd like to, for the purposes of ...
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What Aspects of Pathfinder Are Most Important for New Players?

In the near future I will be running a Pathfinder campaign for a group of players rather new to the system. One has not roleplayed in many years and got out of the hobby late in the run of 2e D&D; the ...
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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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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 does one trap a magic item?

As a GM, I would like to introduce a "trapped" magic item in one of my next adventures. The idea is that interacting with the item (detect magic, most probably, or touching it for a moment) would ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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Character creation walkthrough

It has been a long time since I last played RPGs and I have forgotten so much about how things like character creation work. I am using the Pathfinder core rule book for all of my characters currently ...
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What do I do about PCs using Con damage to “nuke” bosses?

So recently my players realized that they can spam poison-based Con damage on my bosses to effectively nuke them down in a couple rounds. This is basically ruining the challenge of my fights, but they ...
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Balancing a party of mixed CR monster characters

The pathfinder rules skim a little over the idea of adding a monster to a party** and only say that a group of monster PC's should all have the same CR; this is somewhat harder to achieve in practice ...
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Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level?

Is an item's Caster Level the Minimum Required Caster Level? For example a Bag of Holding has a CL of 9th Aura moderate conjuration; CL 9th Does that mean a creator has to have a Caster Level ...
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How does shaking off hold person work?

The following situation came up in a recent game: Character A cast hold person on enemy B. B failed the will save roll and became held. When B's turn came up, he got another attempt at a will save, ...
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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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Can Entangle be used indoors?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our party was in a T-shaped hallway in a house when the Ranger spotted the big bad at the end of the 'crossbar' portion of the T. They cast ...
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Can fireball burn away vegetation 'enhanced' by Entangle?

My group was playing our weekly Pathfinder session and our Ranger cast entangle on our opponent. Later, that area was hit by a fireball, but we were not sure if the fact that a fireball sets fire ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...