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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 ...
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Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself?

This question came to my mind while analyzing Blaze of Glory (see Blaze of Glory twice): Does a burst centered on the caster affect the caster himself? Reading the particular spell description I ...
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Using words of power as a mythic character

I'm interested in using words of power, but my DM is planning to run a mythic campaign next (Wrath of the Righteous). From what I've read/can find online, it seems that paizo basically treats ...
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Stealthing after a ranged attack

Good day everyone, I have been trying to wrap my head around how stealth works in particular with a ranged character I am trying to build. The scenario is as so, I have a lvl 5 rogue, with 1 lvl in ...
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Do the automatic success and failure rules apply to skill checks?

We had a rule check tonight that we couldn't answer. On the Pathfinder wiki I could only find info on natural 20s and 1s in regards to attack rolls and saves in combat. Do they also apply to skill ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check?

In Pathfinder, How far does one sink after failing a swim check? Can't seem to find any ruling on it. Do they sink deeper? If so is it based on how much they fail the swim check by? Or set amounts ...
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Do I need to take turns outside of encounters?

When a party is not fighting or interacting, just walking around a city or exploring a dungeon, do they need to respect their walking speed and take turns or it's ok to walk freely?
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Druid with heavy armor and a shield?

A friend recently came up with a druid 5/fighter 1. He took the fighter level to allow himself to use heavy armor. He has a full stone plate and a wooden shield, and he uses Wild Shape to change into ...
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How does rest work?

As seen here, different rests mean different bonuses. But how do I rest? In-game, I guess I need a bed or something like that? And In Real Life, do I have to wait some time here? Or I just wait the ...
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Why can't you run with a Fly spell?

The description of the Fly spell reads: The subject of a fly spell can charge but not run, and it cannot carry aloft more weight than its maximum load, plus any armor it wears. It is however ...
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How do I obscure writing in a book?

I have a book with writing that has key information. I'm trying to hide it from my players to make it a bit more challenging. I was going to use the Erase spell but can the spell "Erase" even be ...
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Exactly, what is an encounter?

Ok, I know this may sound really strange but I don't exact understand it. Can an "encounter" just be combat, or also a skill check? For example if I have a conversation with a NPC and I need several ...
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Can a mount use “Withdraw” in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, is it valid for one's horse to use the "Withdraw" full-round action? If so, can the person riding the mount use a ranged attack while this is happening? I don't see anything indicating ...
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What are the implications and complications of adding new players?

The game I've been playing started with 4 players. One of them had to take a hiatus for schoolwork, but they'll be coming back very soon. We recently filled that player's spot with a new player, which ...
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Is maximum PC hit points going to unbalance the game?

I don't like randomization in character creation/advancement, so my preference is to not roll for hit points, but to take a fixed value every level. PCGen gives me several options, and Pathfinder ...
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Build Advice For Pathfinder Oracle

I've made an Oracle, 1st level, Mystery of Lore, Haunted Curse, and I took Sidestep Secret as my first revelation. I'm trying to decide if I should focus on melee combat and take relevant feats for ...
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How long can I estimate a combat to take, and how long should an average dungeon be?

Upon going back and looking at the dungeons I've created in the past, many of them have lasted for too long. I want to create a feeling of scope and adversity, and I don't want it to feel like a slog ...
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Blaze of glory twice

Am I correct with my interpretation of Blaze of Glory when prepared twice? A character casts it as a standard action and is reduced to -1 HP As the character is now below 0 HP he can cast it again ...
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Fighter - Archer Archetype Trick Shot ability CMB question

While looking at the feat Weapon Finesse the FAQ/Errata caught my eye. If I have Weapon Finesse, can I apply my Dex bonus to my combat maneuver checks instead of my Strength bonus?? It ...
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Is Knowledge (Local) Tied to a Specific Region?

For a long time, one of the DMs in my usual group has claimed that Knowledge (Local) has to be tied to a specific region. For example, you could take Knowledge (Restov). So, we've always just played ...
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Are there any example pre-built Kingdoms anywhere?

I'm intending to use the Pathfinder Kingdom rules to simulate running a empire in an entirely different system (Rolemaster). What I'd like is some example Kingdoms and cities that are already ...
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Pathfinder: 2 Talon Attack or 2 Attacks?

In Pathfinder (as D&D) if you make a move action, you forfeit your secondary attack. However, an Eagle has natural "2 x talon attack" listed as its primary, with a bite attack as a secondary. ...
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Can Treat Deadly Wounds be used on more than one creature at a time?

The Heal skill has a use called Treat Deadly Wounds. It allows the recovery of hit points and takes 1 hour. Another use of the Heal skill, Long Term Care allows taking care of multiple characters at ...
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Help with the Pathfinder sCoreSpell excel tool

For those unaware, sCoreSpell is a free Excel-based spreadsheet character creation tool for Pathfinder, and part of sCoreForge. I'm not really sure how the spell book or prepared spells tabs work. ...
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How do I build interesting dungeons in Pathfinder?

I'm a new GM (we're playing pathfinder) and I need to undestand how to build enjoyable locations. I don't get how to build interesting dungeons. For example, I need to explore a castle. But a castle ...
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What kind of marker should I use on a flip-mat battlemat?

I've ordered a Pathfinder Beginner Box. It contains a "Flip-mat" battlemat, which can supposedly work with markers. But what kind of marker should I use? Are they included in the box? If not, should I ...
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Free Pathfinder low-level urban adventures?

Are there online some free adventures that I can download as .pdf? (Not piratery, just free adventures.) I'm a new GM and I'd like to read some professional adventures to see how they work. I need a ...
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When treating deadly wounds, what do I add my WIS modifier to exactly?

The heal skill states: Treating deadly wounds heals 1 point of damage per level of creature being treated. If you exceed the DC by 5 add your WIS modifier (if positive) to that amount. Adding my ...
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What equipment should a character start with?

For the most part, character creation is a guided process: the rules explain clearly how to determine attributes, classes and races are few in number and each has its obvious purpose, and there are ...
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Infinite rage gimmick?

Elemental Kin states "At 3rd level, whenever the elemental kin takes an amount of energy damage equal to or greater than her barbarian level while raging, she adds 1 to the total number of rounds ...
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5th level optimized Fighter/Ranger builds for 3.5/Pathfinder

I'm running Paizo's Crypt of the Everflame/Temple of Living God/City of Golden Death with some veteran players using 3.5 rules mostly. But these veteran players have busy lives and I think they are ...
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Swift Alchemy and Potions

Do alchemists with Swift Alchemy take half as much time to brew potions? What exactly is an "alchemical item"? Anything that can be made with Craft (Alchemy) ? They can be created using Craft ...
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Can Charisma be considered a physical score?

From the PRD: Charisma measures a character's personality, personal magnetism, ability to lead, and appearance. From the 3.5 Player's Guide: Charisma measures a character’s force of ...
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What strategies can I use to award treasure on the fly?

Due to a combination of tight scheduling and plain laziness, I never prepare any of my sessions ahead of time. At first it was hard to play this way, and the game was a bit sluggish, but now I think ...
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Can detect magic detect psionic effects?

In Pathfinder Psionics, the standard rule is that magic and psionics are more or less the same. Spell Resistance is also Power Resistance and so forth. Can Detect Magic detect a n active psionic ...
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Barding (Or Armoring) Animal Companions

My Druid player wishes to get medium armor for his large cat animal companion. I'm a little shaky about what I've read for doing this in my Society game (if it's at all possible). I had two questions ...
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Detect Magic and moving targets

If you stare down a hallway for more than 3 rounds with Detect Magic on, you can get full information about everything in that hallway. But do you also get full information about someone who just ...
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Does the Reloading Hands spell refill the entirety of a ranged weapon's ammunition capacity, or only one shot's worth?

Once per round, phantom hands load a single ranged weapon or firearm with conjured ammunition. This ammunition counts as magical for overcoming damage reduction and attacking incorporeal creatures, ...
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How To Divide Up Loot?

I've been GMing a very successful (Pathfinder) campaign for quite a few months now, but we've developed a bit of a problem I'm not sure how to resolve: loot distribution. None of my players are ...
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Dealing with Object Damage with Area of Effect spells [closed]

Pathfinder has a whole series of rules around damaging objects of objects. It seems like the basic premise is that people's gear is protected along with them and does not really suffer independent ...
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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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Learning to play from scratch - Pathfinder

I've been tinkering around with the idea of getting my family, just the 3 of us (son age 11) into table top rpgs. A few weeks back I purchased Pathfinders Adventure Card game, thinking it would be a ...
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Pathfinder druid animal companions damage

I need some clarification. Lets say we have a Cat, Big Starting Statistics Size Medium; Speed 40 ft.; AC +1 natural armor; Attack bite (1d6), 2 claws (1d4); Ability Scores Str 13, Dex 17, Con 13, ...
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Learning to use spells comfortably

I'm hoping to get a little but of advice. You see, I've been running Rise of the Runelords, although the fact that I'm using Pathfinder probably isn't too relevant. Point is, I'm relatively new to ...
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How do I design exciting, fun boss fights for my players?

So I've DM'd three separate games, of which one that I'm largely happy with. However, one consistent problem I run into is designing fun, exciting, and interesting boss fights. I've run into two major ...
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Do weapons training's bonuses apply to every attack made with a double weapon?

Starting at 5th level, a fighter can select one group of weapons, as noted below. Whenever he attacks with a weapon from this group, he gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls. Let's say I ...