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

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How can I reduce crunch for my players without putting all pressure on the GM?

I'm ramping up to play Pathfinder, a system with which my players are not familiar, although they have a little bit of experience with D&D (so Pathfinder won't be very shocking to them). One of ...
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Explosive Missile Discovery + Heavy Crossbow

I am building an alchemist who will be launching bombs like a rocket launcher. I have a question about using a Heavy Crossbow and the Explosive Missile Discovery. Normally the Heavy Crossbow takes a ...
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Pathfinder: Make a high level magus fail will save

We are playing an epic level campaign in which all PC's and most NPC's are 20th level. This has been really fun but I am quickly finding that it is very hard to get an advantage over some of the ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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What is the motivation for a druid to go adventuring

My friends and I are about to start a Pathfinder campaign and I am going to be playing my first druid character. I really like the character class but I don't understand why a druid would leave ...
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Does a rogue get precision damage during an attack of opportunity if flanking?

In the Pathfinder rules here's what it says: If a rogue can catch an opponent when he is unable to defend himself effectively from her attack, she can strike a vital spot for extra damage. ...
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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 to handle a shying horse mount as GM?

The party of my players who ride on horses (given to them from a nice NPC) through a valley will get into a heavy thunderstorm soon. Some of the horses will get nervous or even start running and ...
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Blood Obsessed Character with Weaponized Blood?

I though of an idea for a character I'd really like to make and play, but I'm not sure how to go about it, or if it's even possible. So far I've only played Pathfinder and everyone I know plays ...
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Should I ask my mates to give me some money when I craft wondrous objects for them?

In fact, 2 mates asked me the question while I was crafting some stuff for them and it seemed legit for them because while I craft for them, I don't craft for me. But this idea never crossed my mind. ...
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When randomly determining a town's magic items, are items like scrolls and potions hand picked?

The tables seem to only state the level of the spell and the caster level so I'm guessing the GM picks the actual spell based on those results?
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How do Stabilize and Bleed work on those with Negative Energy Affinity?

I'm going to be running a campaign with a Dhampir player. They have: Negative Energy Affinity: Though a living creature, a dhampir reacts to positive and negative energy as if it were ...
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Does the spellcasting service for a town also determine what kinds of magic items are available?

I'm wondering how the Spellcasting service available in a town alter the available magic items as well. For example, would a town with a maximum spellcasting level of 2 not have potions that are ...
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How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?

I hear that full casters are considered the best in pathfinder, but a lot of campaigns that I seem to play in never make it past level 5 or 6. I'd like to play wizard, but right as I'm about to become ...
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Does the shooting into melee penalty apply for ranged touch spells?

If an enemy is involved in melee combat with a friend would firing a ranged touch spell work just like firing an arrow and be subject to the shooting into melee penalty? In other words, if the foe is ...
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Pathfinder Cavalier Order of the Tome and Scribe Scroll

Looking at the Order of the Tome for Cavalier, they gain the ability "Powerful Knowledge." This ability allows a Cavalier to cast divine or arcane spells from scrolls as if they were a divine or ...
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Two-weapon fighting with inappropriately small off-hand whip

So I'm running a whip-bard, and I'm wondering whether taking a small whip in my off-hand would be considered a light weapon for two-weapon fighting? If so, that would make for -2/-4 instead of -4/-4 ...
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Is there anything that stacks with the haste spell or speed enchantment

As the title says I am looking for any abilities, spells, enchants, ect that would stack with haste/speed (Preferably speed). I am attempting to build a character who hits A LOT. I know I have seen ...
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What are the drawbacks to staying in hybrid form constantly?

I have a character who has natural Lycanthrope. Aside from the obvious drawbacks of scaring people and possibly being attacked, are there any other drawbacks to staying in hybrid form constantly? If ...
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In RAW how does a radius effect deal with obstructions?

How does a radius effect deal with obstructions? Does the radius expand and simply affect every non blocked square? Does it go through walls? Does it go around corners? Like the Cleric's Channel ...
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Does Tremorsense work across pits, chasms, and other gaps?

I'm running an adventure for my two most creative players. One of them currently has Tremorsense. This tremorsense is the same as the one given by a pair of Tremor Boots. The players are in a ...
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When crafting with the ironwood spell, are the effects permanent?

The Ironwood spell has a very defined duration, but the Craft skill has the following line in its description; A successful Craft check related to woodworking in conjunction with the casting of ...
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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 are Planes in Pathfinder?

I have read questions and answers on this SE which are all specific to a Plane or ask for clarification on a set of Planes. But what exactly are Planes in Pathfinder?
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Windows application for Pathfinder combat [duplicate]

Is there any good application for Windows, where can I have combat map, something like figures and maybe some tracker (HP, initiative, etc.) where can I try out some combat situations in Pathfinder ...
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Does Petrifying Gaze special ability still work posthumously in D&D 3.5/Pathfinder?

Meaning can a PC use the severed head of a medusa or basilisk as a weapon to petrify his opponents?
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Can one take 10 on Knowledge rolls?

I don't see anything in the rules to say one can't, but The Bard's Lore Master ability seems to imply that one otherwise couldn't: At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 ...
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Moonlight stalker and wind stance interaction

Does the pathfinder feat Moonlight Stalker While you have concealment from an opponent, you gain a +2 bonus on attack and damage rolls against that opponent. interact with the pathfinder feat ...
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Feats to take for Paladin Dragon mount?

I am running a 12 Paladin/ 8 Barbarian/ 6 Cavalier currently in Pathfinder and the DM allowed me to take a young gold dragon mount. What feats should I take for it?
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When multiclassing, can you keep leveling up your original class?

Like if you start out as a level 1 rogue, and then at level 5 you take a level in bard. Then you level up bard to level 3, making you a level 8 character, can you then go back to rogue and keep ...
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What are some good stealth rules for D&D 3/Pathfinder [closed]

So I'm going to run a lone wolf pathfinder campaign with a friend soon, and they want to play a half-orc rogue. I think they're aiming to play kind of a stealthy game, but the pathfinder stealth rules ...
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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Auzmezar's age at the fall of the Stonewilds 4621AR

I'm creating an elf druid for the wrath of the righteous campaign. I thought it would be fun to have him be old enough to remember when the worldwound formed and when the druids of the Stonewilds ...
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Does an alchemist need make a Spellcraft check when he wants to copy a formula?

An alchemist can add formulae to his book just like a wizard adds spells to his spellbook, using the same costs and time requirements. But it's not mentioned same "Spellcraft check" so I'm confused. ...
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How long does a disguise last?

So I'm playing a Summoner synthesist in a world where magic is outlawed. This means if he's seen in his eidolon suit it's basically a death sentence. To get around this, I was going to get him to ...
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Can a spell with a Cylinder area of effect have its point of origin higher than the listed height?

The specific example is from a Pathfinder session I was playing in last night. A foe was floating in the air 30' above the ground. I was considering casting Stone Call. The spell has a 40' radius ...
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When awarding items as treasure, do I use the item's price or the price that a PC would be able to sell it for?

Let's say I'm awarding standard treasure for a AVP of 3 on a medium game. That value would be 800 gp. So if I have a masterwork Dagger worth 302 gp. Do I subtract the 302 gp from 800 gp or do I ...
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Need help understanding the purchase of magic items

I'm having a really hard time understanding the mechanics of this with regard to magic item availability. I'm basically confused by this section; There is a 75% chance that any item of that value ...
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Trouble with certain spell saving throws

Some of them are a bit confusing. Take, for example, Ghoul Touch. It states "Saving Throw Fortitude negates," but in the text it mentions that it "causes all living creatures in a 10-foot-radius ...
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Is there anything in the RAW for replacing taught tricks for new ones?

If you're trying to teach an animal a trick and the animal has a maximum of 3 tricks and already knows 3, can you replace one of the old ones for a new trick? I can't find anyhting in the RAW about ...
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Are swift actions allowed during surprise round

I know that normally you are only allowed either a standard or move action during a surprise round. Also you are allowed a free action. The book says nothing about swift actions during the surprise ...
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What size is an Alchemist's Lab in PF?

The 200 gp and 40 lbs one ! How large is it ? Can I put it on a table ?
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Quickdraw shield and move action

The quickdraw shield text is a bit confusing Benefit: If you have a base attack bonus of +1 or higher, you may don or put away a quickdraw shield as a swift action combined with a regular move. If ...
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Is there a way to use Attacks of Opportunity while using Total Defense?

The text for Total defense reads as. Total Defense You can defend yourself as a standard action. You get a +4 dodge bonus to your AC for 1 round. Your AC improves at the start of this action. ...
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Can Saving Shield and Bodyguard stack?

The two feats Saving Shield And Bodyguard allow you to grant bonuses to adjacent allies who are being attacked. If a character with both feats is defending an adjacent ally would both feats apply? One ...
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Druids - What is the meaning of revere nature?

Is there a RAW definition of "revering nature" for the Druid class or is it assumed to be an up to GM discretion type of thing? The terminology appears under the "Ex-Druids" language in the Druid ...
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Making a mount out of an exotic animal

What is needed, mechanically, to get a tamed but exotic animal, such as a wolf or lion, into a mount? I see there is a Riding training, including Come, Heel and Stay. Is this training the only way to ...
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If a typically-mindless creature type gains an Intelligence score, does it retain immunity to mind-affecting effects?

Typically, creatures from types like Undead or Construct have no intelligence scores. However, there are examples of both that have intelligence scores (Say, a Vampire and an enhanced Clockwork ...
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Are undead immune to intimidate/demoralize

I wanted to confirm this I've heard tell they are but there seems to be much debate. Can you use intimidate to demoralize undead? This seems like the sort of thing that they would have made clear in ...
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What happens to spells (buffs, curses, ect.) that are active on you when you die?

Lets say I have a Wizard. I cast mage armor on myself. Nasty kobolds kill me with their traps. Luckily, I have a cleric who (for sake of this question) can cast breath of life, at will. He "raises" ...
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How Does the underhanded talent work?

I do not understand the rogue talent "Underhanded" from Ultimate Combat. It states that you are able to make a sneak attack for max damage during a surprise round with a hidden weapon. However when I ...