The Pathfinder RPG, by Paizo Publishing, is a fork of the d20 ruleset that was open licensed from Dungeons & Dragons v3.5.

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Pathfinder Fate Points

I'm looking for a mechanic in Pathfinder to provide a fate-point like system for the characters. What mechanic could provide players a small boost here to belt the bad guy when needed or save them ...
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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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Why does detect magic last more than 3 rounds?

The spell "detect magic" lasts for 1 minute/level. It says: You detect magic items and spells, or identify a magic item. On the round you cast it, you sense if any are in range. On round 2, you ...
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What happens if one's petrified while Enlarged (or Polymorphed)?

If one were under the effect of Enlarge Person (or some temporary polymorph effect) and then get petrified, what happens when the spell expires? I could imagine: The petrification creates a statue ...
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Alternatives to death in a character and narrative-driven campaign?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder game where the characters make the decisions and shape the plot. However, I'm worried about what will happen if one of the characters dies, simply because the ...
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Kingdom building. Multiple farms in one hex

Ok so the kingdom building rules here http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/other-rules/kingdom-building#TOC-Farm- States the following (Emphasis mine) Terrain improvements are changes to a hex ...
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What's the best way to use a tablet computer for your character sheet?

I have a Kindle Fire HD that I'd like to use as my character sheet for a Pathfinder game. What's the best way to go about doing this?
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Are there any rules for creating your own prestige classes

Hey you might remember the Druid from my last question well while him and I were talking we got on the topic of prestige classes.He said wanted something like a witch doctor.We looked in our core ...
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How can a GM justify changing a player's alignment?

Lately, in one of my campaigns, I've been having problems with a character who everyone agrees is acting out of alignment. Everyone, that is, but him. The problem, of course, is that he's playing a ...
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How do my Sorceror and Caster levels interact with Magical Knack and Fire Ray?

I have a question about caster level and sorcerer level in Pathfinder and the Ultimate Magic book. I know what a caster level is, kinda, and I know what a character level is. But it's a bit ...
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What product(s) do I need to start with the Pathfinder Campaign setting?

I am interested in exploring the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line of products. What is the best order to buy them in?
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What items and environment does an Alchemist need to brew Extracts?

Is it different from what someone with Craft (Alchemy) needs to brew Potions? I know the Formula Book is an essential, but I'm much more confused when it comes to the "lab" items, portable or not. ...
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Can an axe musket be used one handed to make melee attacks? Does it function as a battle axe for abilities?

This short musket features an axe blade at the end of its barrel. It can be used as both a musket and a battleaxe. It is considered a double weapon for the purposes of creating masterwork or ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...
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How does one work a druid into a campaign?

I am a novice GM and this is my first time using Pathfinder. One of my players wants to be a druid but I don't know how to work him into the campaign. It starts in a typical tavern with the owner ...
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Do levels from Mnemonic Enhancer stack?

Will the ability to prepare "three additional levels of spells" provided by Mnemonic Enhancer stack? Ie if Mighty Wizard Bob casts this twice at midnight does that mean he has: Three levels of ...
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How does the Redemption (story) feat work?

The Redemption (Story) feat says if you've lost your class feature by breaking your code, you can add a +1 bonus as an immediate action to the result of an ability check, attack roll, saving throw, or ...
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Which familiar-related abilities require the 1 mile proximity?

Wizard familiar rules say: A familiar grants special abilities to its master, as given on the table below. These special abilities apply only when the master and familiar are within 1 mile of each ...
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How to change cleric domains

Quick question, can a cleric change his domains? The domain I want to switch to is within my deity's domain list, so I don't need to switch faith. Thanks!
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Can I have plant allies?

I'm playing a cleric with the plant domain, and I'd like to have be able to summon or otherwise have plant allies, but my options seem limited, extremely so at low levels. The options I'm aware of ...
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What happens when Water Breathing is dispelled underwater?

Suppose someone has the Water Breathing spell cast on them and goes underwater. What happens if Water Breathing gets dispelled, in either D&D 3.5e or Pathfinder? Would he drown without being ...
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Combat rules for large battles

In the later chapters of a future campaign I'm thinking of having a section where the players take charge of parts of an army and fight a larger battle. I don't want to hand-wave the strategy, I want ...
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What feats/class abilities give an Int bonus to AC?

What feats or class abilities give an Int bonus to AC? Pathfinder or 3.5E material is OK. Please let me know what book you get it from!
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Does DR apply to damage from Diehard?

You can take a move action without further injuring yourself, but if you perform any standard action (or any other action deemed as strenuous, including some swift actions, such as casting a ...
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Can a Magus enchant his fists?

Can a magus who uses unarmed attacks use his Arcane Pool on his fists? Does the answer change if he has monk levels? What if he has natural attacks (claws or some such) instead of unarmed attack?
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Synthesist, Combat Reflexes, Improved Grab and Bite

I have a player who want to make a "tanky" build with a Synthesist Summoner (from Pathfinder APG). The plan is as follows: The fused eidolon is a bipedal with dual claws. Evolutions are: Bite, ...
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Ways to fly around the battlefield and still get have a Full action left to use on other things?

I'm looking for a way for a 10th level Witch to zip around the battlefield, in the air, without needing to use a Move action for it. One can control a mount (on land or in the air) as a free action, ...
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Is Craft Magic Arms and Armor mandatory to add special abilities to an Amulet of Mighty Fists?

The Amulet of Mighty Fists's requirements are as follows: Craft Wondrous Item, greater magic fang, creator’s caster level must be at least three times the amulet's bonus, plus any requirements ...
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Spellcaster specializing in casting enchanting spells on allies weapons

Is there a class that can do this in Pathfinder and make it worth it? 3.5 is a maybe with DM approval. I am looking to make a tiny sized cohort who will sit on my shoulder or something and enchant my ...
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Good source for D&D 3.5/Pathfinder siege warfare rules?

Is there a complete D&D 3.5/Pathfinder mass combat rules set for conducting siege warfare, or do you have to cobble together incomplete rules from different sources (Stronghold Builder's Guidebook ...
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How to craft a wondrous item for non caster

I've read How Does the Master Craftsman feat work? but I'm having difficulty with some of it. I want to make sure I'm doing this right. Let's say I have a rogue who wants to craft wondrous items. ...
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Golarion deity closest to Dionysus?

I have a character concept for a Cleric with a focus on alcohol, celebration, madness, and fertility. In Greek mythology, Dionysus would be a perfect fit. In Golarion, I think my best bet may be ...
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Does Perfect Preparation allow a caster to prepare any spell on her list?

The Perfect Preparation ability from Mythic Adventures grant a character the ability to cast any spell on their class list, or are they still limited to "spells known" in some way?
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Do humanoids have natural attacks?

This Trait allows anyone to bite as secondary attack for 1d2 damage. The Universal Monster Rules say "most creatures possess one or more natural attacks". Toothy half-orcs have tusks like orcs and can ...
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If you teleport vertically whilst levitating or flying, will you fall?

I have a wizard character (Teleportation school) who has the shift ability that allows him as a swift action to dimension door 5' per 2 wizard levels. If he is under the effect of Levitate or Fly ...
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Managing leveling too fast?

There seems to be an issue in pathfinder, when the party levels and gains power at almost an exponential rate. The power level raise from 3.5 has made it so non-power gamers can kill strong stuff a ...
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What does Aura of Resolve's immunity to charm spells mean?

Reading the definition of Aura of Resolve, it is said the the paladin is immune to charm spells. Now, what does this mean? Is he immune only to the spells (mass)charm person/monster or generally to ...
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How do I help out my GM as a new Pathfinder player?

A group of us just recently started playing Pathfinder because a common friend really likes RP-type games. He asked us if would we wanted to join his campaign. We all agreed. I figure that RP-type ...
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How do flight arrows affect ranged damage

I'd like to clarify how flight arrows work in Pathfinder: Benefit: A flight arrows range increment is 20 feet greater with longbows, 10 feet greater with shortbows. Drawback: Flight arrows ...
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How do I design well-balanced homebrew items?

I have previously run into issues with homebrew items throwing off the balance of my game, and I'm trying to anticipate any issues I might run into by giving my players certain items. My players enjoy ...
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Can Greater Dispel Magic dispel a Wall of Force?

In the description of Wall of Force, it says that it is immune to Dispel Magic, but can either modes of Greater Dispel magic, either the 20-ft burst or the single target dispel the wall?
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Is the hit die supposed to be rolled?

I understand that hit points are linked to the "hit die". But is the hit die a constant number (for example: if my PC has 1d8 hit die, I have 8 HPs), or do I need to actually roll the die to see how ...
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For a Halfling Swashbuckler, how much investment in intimidate is worth it?

At 3rd level, Swashbucklers gain the following deed: Menacing Swordplay (Ex): At 3rd level, while she at least 1 panache, when a swashbuckler hits an opponent with a light or one-handed piercing ...
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Avoiding armor penalty by trait?

Wisdom in the Flesh allows you to use Wisdom instead of Dexterity for one chosen skill. Armor check penalty affects Dex- and Str-based skills. Does that mean for example a wise cleric in full plate ...
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Why is the full plate armor penalty only -6 when plate arms are at -7?

Piecemeal armor rules say plate arms have an armor penalty of -7, and that when combining multiple pieces you take the worst armor penalty, and that a suit of full plate includes the plate arms. Thus ...
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How does the Armored Kilt work?

I have both Light Armor and an Armored Kilt on. Now this means that my armor is automatically treated as Medium armor. Now I have three questions: How does this affect my max DEX bonus to AC? How ...
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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 this armor set work RAW?

Haramaki is a light armor that gives +1 ac at 0 % casting failure chance. Same thing works with Ceremonial silk armor, but it's heavier and costs more. -- now if you combine that with an armored kilt, ...
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Good 1st level spell choices for a 1 level Bard (Archaeologist) dip?

In a Rise of the Runelords campaign, my character is a halfling, raised by actors in the Sandpoint theater, but who's rejecting her early acting training and will instead advance primarily as a ...
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My class “imbues” a _____ on an item?

I’m writing a homebrew class for 3.x, based on empowering items with magic powers (think an OGL-friendly riff on the concept of the artificer), so I’ve decided on using “imbue” for a verb for those ...