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

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Casting a spell, but not using it immediately

Can you cast a spell but not actually use it (e.g. I cast shocking grasp but don't discharge it)? If so, how long would it stay "stored" in my hands?
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Character power

I am in a pathfinder campaign where the GM has straight up told me that our martial characters are too powerful and making the game unbalanced for everyone. We are currently level 3 and our characters ...
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Void-Touched Sorcerer's Voidfield ability

I'm trying to figure out how Voidfield works, which is the second ability Void-Touched get. Voidfield (Sp): At 9th level, you can create an area influenced by the black void. This ability acts ...
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What are the Pathfinder environment rules for combat on the surface of the moon?

I run a Pathfinder campaign where the PCs will soon fight undead in outer space. Probably on the exposed surface of the moon, maybe outside a large creature flying between stars, perhaps somewhere ...
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Threatening Flying Creatures, or Threatening the Z-axis

What would be considered the threat range for attacks of opportunity when fighting an enemy flying above my PC? Should I consider the adjacent squares threatened regardless of the height of the ...
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Is there any rule defining what is anatomically required to climb (above all in the case of animals)?

A tough question here : I saw a rather hilarious topic on this very forum about Pathfinder with elephants or horses climbing ladders due to a lack of rules saying they cannot. I have been wondering ...
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Can I use a Combat Maneuver in place of an AoO?

Does this require a feat? If not, does itself provoke an AoO? For example, my cleric is standing between some guards and the rogue picking a lock. One of the guards walks through the square next to ...
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Where do I find the rules prohibiting animals from learning certain skills?

I remember some rules existing about certain skills being inappropriate for animals, or beyond their ability to use — either they don't get to take them in the first place, or the GM can forbid ...
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What is/n't an Ally?

In Pathfinder, who is (and isn't) your ally? I'm inclined to think the following are allies: Your willing party members Your animal companion Your summoned creatures You I think the following ...
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Kobold character for Kingmaker Pathfinder adventure

I'm aiming for a high-charisma build to try to become the Kobold Queen. The starting rules are: Level 1, 200 GP, 15 point buy for being a standard fantasy setting, 2 traits. I want to include the ...
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Echoing Spell, Spell Perfection and a second metamagic feat

Spell Perfection Pick one spell which you have the ability to cast. Whenever you cast that spell you may apply any one metamagic feat you have to that spell without affecting its level or casting ...
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Can Metamagic be used in Item Creation? What are the limits?

One of my players has recently obtained the Craft Wondrous Item feat. In an attempt to prepare for what he may build I want to know the specific limits of Wondrous Items. I know that someone can ...
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Sword + Pistol Magus

I want to make a magus for a pirates campaign in pathfinder who uses a sword in the right hand and shoots spells using a pistol in the off-hand. What is a good way to do this vis class and stat ...
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How do I effectively use monk weapons in Pathfinder?

I'm playing a monk for the first time and I'm curious as to why anyone would even use monk weapons when unarmed damage is so much better? I'd like to use sai's for flavour but I only ever get 1d4 with ...
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Does proficiency with the hand crossbow grant proficiency with this rare weapon?

+1 keen dart gun (9,300 gp; treat as a hand crossbow that automatically reloads itself, stores up to 20 darts, and allows its wielder to fire an additional shot per round as if using the Rapid ...
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Does an Eldritch Knight learn two new spells automatically when he gains EK level 2?

If a Ftr1/ Wiz 5 / EK 1 takes the second level in Eldritch Knight, does he gain two new spells "automatically"? The PRD says that when a Wizard gains a level, he does learn two new spells: At ...
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How do natural reach and the feat Snap Shot work together?

The feat Snap Shot says While wielding a ranged weapon with which you have Weapon Focus, you threaten squares within 5 feet of you. You can make attacks of opportunity with that ranged weapon. You ...
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Does ki leech and ki focus bow require a swift action to activate, or are they like ki strike?

I am playing a Qinggong/Zen Archer Monk and I have a question about the ki abilities that they can gain. The ones in question are ki leech and ki focus bow. I asked because both have similar wording ...
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How can I cast Awaken as a magus?

I've had an animal egg for a while, and now it's about to hatch. The idea came up of having awaken cast on it to make it intelligent, but the party druid and my character don't get along very well, ...
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Can a Fiend Blade Magus use the Fiend Blade ability to gain an Unholy Fiend Blade at level 7?

A 7th level Fiend Flayer Magus uses the Fiend Blade arcana to manifest the weapon. Can the ability be used to add the Unholy ability at this level from the enhancement bonus 'pool' on activation? ...
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Does an earth elemental give a bonus or benefit to digging?

Does a summoned small Earth Elemental give any bonus or benefit to digging through stone? An example case: Bob the L5 Wizard wants to hide a treasure chest weighing 50 pounds in the lowest level of ...
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Can a magus use a scroll as part of spell combat?

Let's say Alice, human magus 3, has just scribed an arcane scroll of shocking grasp using her Scribe Scroll feat. Alice suddenly feels malice toward her assistant, Bob the goblin. Given the basic ...
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Is there any information on how exactly verbal spell components must be phrased?

In a discussion about how to covertly hide a spell, it was brought up that you might be able to disguise a spell with a verbal component by sneaking the spell component words into a normal ...
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Is there a Tiefling counterpart to the Pathfinder Player Companion Blood of Angels?

The Pathfinder Player Companion Blood of Angels goes into detail on Aasimar with background, points of view, extra rules for different subtypes, a pair of charts to randomise your character and so on. ...
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Is there a way to keep a creature fascinated even if its opponent approaches? [closed]

A cursed weapon I'm considering introducing to the campaign causes the wielder, after the wielder slays a foe with the weapon, to make a Willpower saving throw (DC 16). Failure means for 1d6 days the ...
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What level are the curses a Hexcrafter Magus adds to their spell list?

A Hexcrafter Magus adds spells with the Curse descriptor to their spell list: A hexcrafter magus adds the following spells to his magus spell list: bestow curse, major curse, and all other spells ...
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Can the Pathfinder Magus add the Flaming/Frost/Shock enchantments pre-activated?

The rules state that, while those abilities do all stack and all of them can be activated simultaneously, they do require a standard action to activate. I can't, however, find anything saying that the ...
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Making a combat-ready familiar?

I got a really funny idea for a character after looking at the Improved Familiar feat the other day. The idea is a young feminine witch who takes Improved Familiar to get a Almiraj (it's basically a ...
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How to attack an opponent's weapon with rusting grasp

The spell description says that you can make a melee touch attack against a weapon held by an enemy in order to affect it with the spell. However I can't find rules anywhere about making such an ...
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Can a rogue with minor/major magic talent use wizard wands without UMD

Can a pathfinder rogue who takes the Minor Magic / Major Magic talents then be able to use Wizard wands (ie no UMD check required)? From the below research I can not see why they could not. You can ...
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Is the alignment of children specifically mentioned anywhere?

Is there a rule that says what humanoid children have as an alignment? I know that, barring a specific exception, the general rules of alignment would apply. Animals have a specific mention in the ...
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Do children have an alignment in Pathfinder?

Do Young monsters or humanoids (or babies) have a different alignment to adult versions of those monsters/humanoids/babies? Do they have an alignment at all? Are they capable of having a non-neutral ...
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Ammunition fired from a projectile weapon - does it keep the enchantment the bow has?

This rule comes from 3.5 i think. Is there a rule that states the same for Pathfinder? Ammunition fired from a projectile weapon with an enhancement bonus of +1 or higher is treated as a magic ...
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What check to use for finding out current hit points?

There are Words of Power in Pathfinder, like the Power Word Kill and other similar Words for "Blind" and "Stun", which affect creatures according to their current hit points. E.g. any creature having ...
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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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Feat prerequisites when gaining the feat as bonus feat

The Dervish of Dawn gains the Feat Dervish Dance as a bonus feat at level 1. This feat has the following prerequisites: Weapon Finesse, Perform (dance) 2 ranks, proficient with scimitar. Which I can ...
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What is the earliest all-day fear user? [closed]

Pathfinder has a lot of options for inflicting fear on foes from various spells to witch hexes to intimidate-using swashbucklers and rogues. But what is the earliest, effective, unlimited (or ...
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Just how big is a building?

I've been looking at Pathfinder's siege rules, and in Ultimate Combat it describes hp for buildings and the consequences of a building gaining the broken condition. What it doesn't describe is what ...
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How do Banner (Cavalier), Flagbearer and Banner of Ancient Kings interact?

I want to play a Bard/Cavalier/Battle Herald and now the question emerges how the Banner stuff interacts. Let us look at the defnitions: Banner As long as the cavalier's banner is clearly ...
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What race are aasimar or tiefling and how to create them?

I want to play an aasimar and was wondering why they always look like a human. An aasimar or a tiefling can also be a halfing or a gnome or whatever. My question is, are there any rules how to create ...
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What does the Benefit of Catfolk Exemplar mean?

I am helping a player to construct a catfolk and we have a question about Catfolk Exemplar. d20pfsrd reads, Prerequisite: Catfolk. Benefit: You can take the Aspect of the Beast feat even if ...
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How viable is shrink item and massive projectiles?

I'm sure it's been done many times in many variations over the spell's history, but I'm having trouble finding any reasonably conclusive ruling or argument as to whether or not it should work. Is it ...
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Poisoned and Bleeding, when do they die?

I'm planning a scenario where an assassin has managed to both injure and poison two victims, let's hope our heroes get there in time! I just wanted to check my understanding of the relevant ...
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Which fighter weapon groups grant weapons additional abilities?

I have been reading the rules for creating new weapons and I cant seem to find something that the rules talk about. Fighter Weapon Group: You must choose the fighter weapon group (or groups) to ...
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I'm worried the PCs in my low-magic, low-gold campaign can't keep up with the increasing encounter challenge

I'm running a campaign and at the moment. The world in which they live is low-magic (and so the major way to have magic items is to create them), but also the amount of gold they get after each ...
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Pathfinder equivalent of an “Explosive Leash”

As a GM creating a campaign I would like to know if there is a spell, item, or effect official for Pathfinder that can be used to force a badass to work for a group they are utterly opposed to but ...
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How Many Arrows / Bolts Will Bless Weapon Affect?

The spell description says ... Individual arrows or bolts can be transmuted, but affected projectile weapons (such as bows) don't confer the benefit to the projectiles they shoot. ... but ...
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Can I ‘upgrade’ my Animal Companion with the Giant or Advanced Creature templates instead?

I am going to play a druid in Pathfinder and I want to take a wolf as my companion. Is it possible to advance this wolf (or claim a new wolf) with the giant template? I am aware that at level 7 it ...
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How to apply the new multiclassing rules (unchained)

I want to play a battle herald and going through Realsorceror’s Guide to the Battle Herald there is the following advice: Cavalier (Variant) (6 levels) If you are using the multiclassing ...
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Is it possible to combine Flagbearer and Inspire Courage using Mage Hand?

I want to do the following thing (as a bard): Bardic performance (standard action) (-> Inspire Courage +1) Hold bardic performance (swift action) + casting mage hand (standard action) (grab the flag ...