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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What is the best way to teleport back and forth between your current location and your base?

What is the simplest, most effective way to be able to teleport to your home base and then return to the location you were at before, i.e. from point A to B and back to A. The method must be mobile ...
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Does the pathfinder Myrmidarch Magus archetype use ammunition when he uses ranged spellstrike?

At 4th level, a myrmidarch can use spellstrike to cast a single-target touch attack ranged spell and deliver it through a ranged weapon attack. Even if the spell can normally affect multiple ...
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Can someone help me optimize (or at least, make sure I don't gimp) a gunslinger/magus for PFS play? [closed]

I'm moderately familiar with D20 games, though moderately new to PF, but I was invited by a friend-of-a-friend to try out PFS this weekend. I popped into my university's game club to read some ...
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How many known spells does a level 1 spellslinger with 20 int have at creation?

I'm using PCGen to help me make this character, so I'm unsure if it's correct or not. Spellslingers get no cantrips, but get detect magic and read magic as level 1 spells at character creation. I'm ...
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Can Magus change their grip on their sword during spell combat as a free action?

RAW, grabbing a 1-handed weapon in both hands is a free action, as is letting go of your weapons. I also know that it is generally accepted that you can take at least 1 free action (5 ft step) during ...
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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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Ranger's Focus and Master Hunter

I'm considering the Guide Archetype. Ranger's Focus seems like a slightly more versatile and powerful combination of Favoured Enemy + Quarry with the downside of being much more limited in uses. ...
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Do cantrips count as zero level spells?

In pathfinder magic an arcane spellcaster can memorize a lower level spell into a higher level spell slot if they wish. Eg use a 3rd level spell slot to memorise a 2nd level spell. Does this ...
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Wing-clipped Strix and flying in Pathfinder

I have a player in my game who is a wing-clipped Strix, I let him into my game (low level ) as in my head he was a chicken who could hop about and perform short flights. This isn't how he sees it. ...
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Should I prepare a 0th level spell twice to use it twice?

My question is about how much and what spells I can use, I'm new to Pathfinder and unclear on a few points about how much I can use spells, for example, say I can cast 4 level 0 spells a day and I can ...
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Ways to fast-travel across Golarion?

I'm planning to have the characters of my campaign visit various countries all over Golarion for the sake of variety of locations and themes. That said, how could I achieve this within the boundaries ...
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What item creation feats should an Alchemist take?

I'm trying to plot out an alchemist build with the Clone Master archetype, particularly the feats. I'd like to keep this character somewhat mirrored to another: the wizard in the party, and the ...
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Are there limitations on devilbound creatures?

I am confused about Devilbound creatures, which seems terribly overpowered. Especially the pit fiend bound ones. A creature bound to a pit fiend is able to throw quickened fireballs three times a ...
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Bardic performance in battle

Rules for barding performance states that: Starting a bardic performance is a standard action, but it can be maintained each round as a free action. A bardic performance cannot be disrupted, ...
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Deeper darkness and dancing lights interaction

Hello I am relatively new to Pathfinder and I ran into an interaction that I don't quite know how it will resolve as a Drow with Darkvision. As a Drow with the feats, Drow Nobility and Improved Drow ...
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Mimic's adhesive

I discovered that mimics have a natural adhesive, but I have a lot of issues about how it actually works. A mimic exudes a thick slime that acts as a powerful adhesive, holding fast any ...
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Can I take an immediate action after I've used a swift before my next go

The scenario is Round # 1 Initiative #10. A monk spends a swift action to use a ki point Round # 2 Initiative #20. The monk is attacked and uses an immediate action to do something cool. Now ...
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Can I ready a sneak attack?

As a pathfinder Rogue, can I move away from an enemy around a corner using a stealth check to gain stealth then ready an attack for when he pursues me? The trigger is when he is directly in front of ...
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Two Weapon Fighting Feat with light weapons

Hello I am relatively new to pathfinder and I have read that when using the two weapons the penalties are as followed. Normal penalties –6/-10, Off-hand weapon is light –4/–8, Two-Weapon Fighting ...
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Magus Spell combat work with spells from other classes

I was wanting to play a Magus/wizard, and was wondering if spell combat would work with spells from both classes?
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Does the magus' pool strike count as a touch spell?

The pfsrd states that, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell list, he can deliver the spell through any weapon he is wielding as part of a melee attack. ...
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Does Surge Crystal's effect apply before or after Chaotic Surge's 1d4 roll?

My question is about the Surge Crystal, a psionic item from Psionics Augmented Vol 1 from Dreamscarred Press. The item itself is a headband-slotted item which grants the wearer a +1, +2 or +3 surge ...
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What reason would there be for a ruler to forgo having himself resurrected?

If a rich ruler has trustworthy relatives, or even multiple lackeys (only one of which would need to honor a command to have them resurrected), why would they ever choose to pass on? Since the only ...
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Gravity Bow on magic bow

Can the gravity bow spell be mixed with magic bow that has +1 fire on it? Or can you not have both magic effects on it together?
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If I counterspell another spell, can it be cast again?

We were playing against a boss which could cast Deeper Darkness at will. If we had Daylight (which we didn't) or Dispel Magic (which we didn't) and countered his casting, would he be able to just cast ...
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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 much does a body weigh?

My character is a cannibal, and he collects body parts of those he kills. I've been looking for some chart, or something that has the weight of the individual parts of the various sized creatures to ...
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Am I handling Natural Weapons incorrectly?

I'm still a little new to this so excuse the ignorance, but I haven't found this explicitly answered elsewhere. I have a player with a big cat animal companion. It has a bite and two claw attacks. ...
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Dealing with players smarter than me?

I'm next in line as DM so that the current DM can take a break after a campaign that has gone on for a year and a half. Our current DM is one smart cookie, throwing puzzles, role-playing, and combat ...
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Does a “Page of Knowledge”-item exist for the Wilder class?

The Wilder class's most weak point is their known powers. This is similair to Sorcerers. Sorcerers can fill this gap up a little, by purchasing the Page of Knowledge-item, which grants a specific ...
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Standard attack vs full attack at low level

At a low enough level that a character only has one BAB, is there any incentive to using a full attack, or is it more advantageous to hang on to the move action and use a standard attack?
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Is Smite Evil from the Half-Celestial template different from the Smite Evil from the Simple Celestial template?

The smite evil ability on the Half-Celestial template is worded this way: Once per day, as a swift action, the half-celestial can smite evil as a paladin of the same level as its Hit Dice. The ...
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What damage does a Halfling's Staff Sling deal?

I'm about to play a Halfling in my 1st Pathfinder game and I'm a bit confused about the Halflings Staff Sling. Relevant information Under "Standard Racial Traits" for halflings it states: Size: ...
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Can a true neutral character cast spells affected by alignment?

Is a true neutral character restricted by alignment from casting a spell that is, say lawful or chaotic, or can he/she cast a spell no matter if its affected by an alignment. (A lawful character can't ...