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

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What percentage of the population is magical in Pathfinder's world of Golarion?

This is kind of a variant of this medieval + magical question. However, I'm looking for any specific rules regarding the basic math around spells and the availability of magic users. Pathfinder's ...
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Can an Alchemist use Two-Weapon Fighting with bombs?

In Pathfinder, is the Alchemist class capable of using Two-Weapon Fighting with bombs? If no, does the Fast Bombs discovery change this?
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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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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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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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Banishment in an Area that Prevents Teleportation

Pathfinder rules in the Forgotten Realms setting. The campaign is currently set in Myth Drannor. A high-level Wizard battled some of the resident fiends and used banishment. He successfully penetrated ...
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Is casting the spell Blood Transcription an evil act?

A player of mine in a recent game of Pathfinder was playing a Lawful Neutral Magus and was about to drink blood from a fallen spellcaster to get his prepared spells for the day by using the spell ...
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What to do when a player dislikes his character, that is vital for the story?

One of the PCs (a greedy, quirky dwarf fighter) in the game I am hosting recently died, and his player chose to join the group as a new character, a human paladin. After two sessions the player is not ...
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Mithril Breastplate + Armor Expert seems ridiculous

A breastplate is 6 ac, 3 max dex, -4 check penalty If it's Mithril, that makes it 6 ac, 5 max dex, -1 check penalty The Armor Expert trait pushes the check penalty to 0. Since there is no check ...
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How do I handle a player who plays his character far differently than the character was originally presented?

I'm not asking how to make every character be played as I would play them. I'm asking how to handle a situation in which the character that the player presents to me as a GM (with complete back-story, ...
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Is there a way to learn someone's level in game in DnD3.x?

Is there a way to learn someone's level in-game in DnD3.x? (...or possibly Pathfinder?) Wait, I know, levels are an abstraction and a game mechanism, and should not come into play in-game. Yet, there ...
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How can I overcome spell resistance?

Is there a reasonably complete collection of ways for casters to overcome spell resistance?
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What are the benefits of playing an alignment other than True Neutral?

Alignments of Good, Evil, Lawful & Chaotic seem to be hindrances. They affect your spell choice slightly, restrict certain equipment and worst of all, they make you weak to certain forms of ...
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Can you pass an entire surprise round?

Looking at this question about sniping, in this situation: Example 3 A wields a loaded crossbow and waits on on a cliff overlooking a valley for B to walk by. A is unobserved and has a low ...
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How can I challenge my players with something other than combat?

So originally I was going to ask, How can I represent hardships for players in game?, however that seemed to broad. Even now, I'm not sure if my current question is too broad, if it is please let me ...
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Can a divine caster change her praying time?

The rules say: Time of Day: A divine spellcaster chooses and prepares spells ahead of time, but unlike a wizard, does not require a period of rest to prepare spells. Instead, the character chooses ...
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How to give a Rogue ways to shine

I'm DMing a pathfinder campaign and it's been going pretty well. The Barbarian is having a grand time cleaving hordes of weak enemies, the Cleric is doing fantastic in the undead segments, and the ...
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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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Bomb based alchemist builds

I'm looking for help with building a bomb-slinging alchemist at level 10. Assume 25 point buy for initial generation. The focus is getting the most effective bomb usage possible. Fast bombs is ...
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What's the simplest way of representing a “savage” warrior with an tiger animal companion?

The "savage" warrior with an animal companion is a staple of pulp fantasy/swords & sorcery. However, if you wanted to play a warrior with a tiger for an animal companion, you're looking at a 7th ...
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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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How do common townspeople identify and react to unusual creatures?

It is clear that most people in Golarion can identify an elf or a dwarf on sight, but what about more unusual creatures such as a drow or succubus? Do normal townspeople identify them on sight? If ...
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Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder?

Anything I should keep in mind before I start mixing and matching between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder? Off the top of my head, the biggest difference is feats every 2/3 levels. Would it affect ...
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Does Rope Trick move relatively?

Whilst thinking about this question I wondered if rope trick space is tied to where it is located in relative physical space for the plane it's on (after all, quite possibly if it's on a planet it's ...
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When smashing an object, do you subtract the hardness every time?

Does hardness work as damage reduction, reducing the damage taken by the object each time it is hit, or does it work as bonus hitpoints? I think it's the former, but I'm not sure.
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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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How can I attain eternal youth through alchemy?

Back in the second edition of AD&D, potions of Youth and Longevity were valuable, both to GMs as plot devices, and as a useful way for players to compensate for the variety of supernatural effects ...
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How do I represent semi-realistic gun fire-fights using Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 cover rules?

I am running a sci-fi/fantasy game using Pathfinder. The setting is firearms and future weapons focused. It's also being played on a virtual battle-map with tokens and will be run very tactically. ...
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What's the difference between “Ability to cast arcane spells” and “Arcane spellcaster”?

The prerequisite for Arcane Strike is "[the] ability to cast arcane spells." The prerequisite for Arcane Shield is "arcane spellcaster" and a specified caster level. What's the difference? Is anyone ...
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Does a Dread negate its own immunity to fear?

At 7th level a Dread gains immunity to fear, but by this point they already have an aura of fear which causes all creatures within to lose immunity to fear and take penalties on saves against fear. ...
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Several damage reduction clarifications for Pathfinder

There are a few bits about damage reduction that I'm unclear on in pathfinder, specifically... Easy one first; Do cold iron/silver weapons equivalent (+3) count as magic for purposes of ignoring DR? ...
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Amount of Ability Score on level up in Pathfinder?

First of all, I'm really new to RPGs, and I cannot find in the core rules or online how many ability score to give a character at level 4,8,12,16,20. The manual says "and possibly an ability score ...
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In what situations would a target be denied a Dex bonus to AC?

I have an encounter coming up where my PCs will face a high level rogue. Naturally, I'd like to use his sneak attack ability, but I've never played a rogue before so I'm light on experience. From the ...
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Are there well-stocked repositories of well-built PCs?

I've searched the Internet many times to no avail attempting to find a good source of well-made PCs for D&D 3.5 (or Pathfinder). Is there one out there? As a DM, when I want to throw in an NPC ...
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Can a tiger do Kung-Fu?

Other than the sheer absurdity of it (read: real world limitations), is there anything stopping a multiclass Monk/Druid from using flurry of blows while in wild-shape?
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In Pathfinder bloody skeletons are permanently destroyed in an area of a Bless?

The skeleton variant bloody skeleton has the special quality Deathless: Deathless (Su): A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 ...
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Does a non-magical character have any options to fight a swarm without fire?

In a session with a witch, a wizard and me, a rogue with a knife and crossbow, I found my character to be astonishingly useless against swarms. There was a swarm of Hellwasps and I quite literally ...
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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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Do ranks gained in a class count for purposes of enabling class skill bonus in another class?

In Pathfinder class skills get a +3 bonus, as long as the character has one rank in a skill. Can this effect be activated by taking a rank in a skill while leveling up another class? For example, a ...
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How do Energy Effects work underwater?

This is similar to this question on fire damage underwater but a little broader. How do other energy types work underwater? I'm plumbing through the underwater level of Castle Whiterock and my ...
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What factors contribute to the claim that reality is limited to levels 6 and below? [closed]

Sometimes the argument's made that a level 6 (or lower!) human is the best reality can produce. For example, in this question's Comments... a link was provided to this Paizo forums thread which ...
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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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Creating custom preparation rituals and boons for Pathfinder

Ultimate Magic has a section describing several pre-built spellbooks that PCs may use and some of them include preparation rituals. These rituals grant a boon to the caster if a minimum number of ...
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Is a Fighter/Wizard/Thief viable in Pathfinder?

I'm looking for a decent build for a Fighter/Wizard/Thief in Pathfinder. The goal is to have a "jack of all trades" PC. I'd like to enhance these aspect if possible: Fighter: melee dps Wizard: ...
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How many times can a paladin use Lay on Hands per day?

The rules for Lay on Hands state that: Each day she can use this ability a number of times equal to 1/2 her paladin level plus her Charisma modifier. If the paladin's charisma score is 18, this ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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How can I balance giving the party a teamwork feat?

I decided that in my campaign, I wanted to train the PCs so that they'd be a bit better prepared for the harsh conditions they've gone through, and also just to make things a bit more interesting. In ...
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Witch - Octopus Familiar

The Witch class in the Advanced Players Guide allows an octopus as a familiar (p 219 in the Bestiary). My player has generated multiple questions regarding this subject. Will the octopus function on ...
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What do the Alchemist's bombs look like?

What do bombs crafted by Pathfinder's Alchemists actually look like? I was trying to figure this out for a magic item I wanted to create, something that'd be involved in the bombs' creation - e.g. a ...
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Why take Linguistics if you can cast Comprehend Languages?

Given the nature of the spell Comprehend Languages in Pathfinder, is there any particular advantage to taking Linguistics for a character who can cast it? Especially given the chance of severe (or ...