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How exactly does the Web spell work?

A player in my group plays a Wizard who favors terrain controlling spells. One such spell that he uses is Web. Up to this point he would cast Web and it would spread on the ground, with it's effects ...
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Ways for a Bard (or other +3/4 BAB class) to get early access to Dazzling Display

I'm considering building a controller bard, as described in Treatmonk's Guide. Given that Weapon Focus is a requirement for Dazzling Display, and that you can't take Weapon Focus until you have at ...
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Can someone explain haunts to me?

It seems like haunts are just souped up traps. My problem is according to the book, they have some ridiculous requirements for getting rid of them. How would my party even know the very specific ...
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Can I play a Witch (the class) who is male and call him a Warlock?

I am looking to play a Witch in Pathfinder, but I want to play a male witch. Can I do that, and if I can does the name matter? I'd like to call him a Warlock—can I do that?
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Permanently hiding items/objects

I'm curious how one might go arranging for an item or object to become permanently lost, and completely inaccessible to everyone (I would prefer a method that's reasonably secure against even divine ...
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Alchemist starting formulas

An alchemist begins play with two 1st level formulae of his choice, plus a number of additional forumlae equal to his Intelligence modifier. Just want to make sure I'm getting this right. I ...
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What does the +1 caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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How can I wield two swords in prehensile tails?

Is there a feat tree I could take that would allow me to wield two custom made katana using multiple prehensile tails? (The multiple prehensile tails are already taken care of by a custom race in our ...
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How to adjust CR of a campaign?

So I'll be GMing for the first time ever. All of us except for the previous GM (who will now be playing) are very inexperienced. We just got done with first major campaign, and me being new, decided ...
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What are some clearly defined differences between developing a linear campaign versus dynamic [closed]

I have had thoughts in the past of running my own campaign, but would love to run it as a more open-world campaign that has a kind of free free-roaming nature to it. Having said that, what would be ...
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Is there a topographical map of Ilmurea that provides height indicators?

I'm DM'ing book 5 of the Serpent's Skull campaign. Although I have the Serpent's Skull Poster Map Folio, its Ilmurea map doesn't help with determining the height of key buildings and the underground ...
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Why can an Alchemist use non-personal formulae?

On the Alchemist's formula list there are a few that involve magic item generation such as Deathwine and Water of Maddening. These spells target an object, and not the caster (you) or a target ...
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Rules for magic item creation while adventuring

I read in the rules that The caster can work for up to 8 hours each day. He cannot rush the process by working longer each day, but the days need not be consecutive, and the caster can use the ...
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Saboteur Alchemist Bore Bomb Discovery

I don't understand the language on the Bore Bomb discovery from the Advanced Race Guide. The entry says "it ignores half the target's hardness and deals 1 point of damage per saboteur level" is this ...
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Healing an Eidolon

This is my first time playing a Summoner in Pathfinder, and I have a question regarding the Eidolon: Will a normal Cure spell work on it? The reason I ask, there is a specific spell to cure the ...
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Does Fiery Aura effect every Natural Attack in a round?

In my most recent session a player in my group who is a Synthesist Summoner attacked a burning skeleton. I ruled that the Fiery Aura activated with each natural attack, and so with his full attack ...
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What (trait, feat, class, etc) can reduce the penalty of using inappropriately sized weapons?

Using an inappropriately sized weapon confers a penalty to hit, as follows: Inappropriately Sized Weapons: A creature can't make optimum use of a weapon that isn't properly sized for it. A ...
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Can I cast two swift spells in a round, or otherwise trade a move action for a swift?

Can you use a move action to make a swift action? What if you have 2 swift spells and a standard one, can you cast them all in one round?
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Pathfinder - crafting glasses?

I'm looking to acquire some kind of eyeware that I can put det mag on demand in. Something like a pair of glasses, a monocle, or--uh, dunno what to call this--like an eyepatch but with a lense (think ...
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How can I satisfy my RP desire of Knighthood?

I'm starting into Pathfinder Society and for once have an idea for a character that is mostly backstory instead of class-driven. More than likely cliche, but I would like to roleplay the idea of a ...
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Permanently gain extra Psionic powers

I am aware of the ability to temporarily gain Psionic powers from other users as well as the Expanded knowledge feat. I am looking for an ability or ritual that allows a Psionic to learn extra powers ...
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Does moving towards an enemy with a reach weapon provoke an attack of opportunity?

If a character is 10 ft. from an enemy wielding Reach weapon, does moving five feet closer into their threatened area provoke an attack of opportunity?
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Expeditious Retreat and Chameleon Mutagen

The Gnome Saboteur's Chameleon Mutagen gives them a climb speed = to 1/2 their base speed. So an increase to base speed would also increase their climb speed by half. However, Expeditious Retreat ...
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Are rope tricks an exploit or a beatable challenge? [duplicate]

I've heard GMs complain about players "abusing" this and seen players faced with a taste of their own medicine in a 3.5 D&D game with a complicated near unbeatable rope-trick-based-wizard ...
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Eidolon attacks per round

I'm a new Pathfinder player and I have some problems in understanding the rules. I have a 1st level summoner with a biped eidolon. I understand that its claw attack is not an "iterative attack" (like ...
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Can a Cleric use a wand that's of a Domain spell?

I was going over the specs for one of my potential characters and I love the spell Enlarge Person. It's insane. As a Cleric under Cayden Cailean, my character can use that spell, but a standard Cleric ...
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Take out enemies with hands (not fists)

Motivated by this D&D question, I was wondering what the options are in pathfinder for quickly (ideally <30 seconds up to perhaps 1 min, if quietly) take out an enemy not by using spells nor ...
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How to craft a wondrous item for non caster

I've read How Does the Master Craftsman feat work? but I'm having difficulty with some of it. I want to make sure I'm doing this right. Let's say I have a rogue who wants to craft wondrous items. ...
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Limits to changing via disguise self spell?

Would a disguise self spell* be sufficient for making prehensile hair appear as a bunch of (silent) snakes? "You make yourself [...] look different. [...] You cannot change your creature type ...
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How to get a witch's hair to look like snakes?

I want make a witch (ideally white haired archetype) who's hair can attack and which appears to be made of snakes. With the hair being unlikely to hit and any illusion being likely to be broken by ...
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Pathfinder Mithral Breastplate Costs

What is the price and armor check penalty of a Mithral Breastplate?
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Why create a new settlement using Ultimate Campaign rules?

Me and my group and running the Kingmaker campaign. I'm GM'ing and they've asked me one very important question I've not been able to answer. Why should we create new settlements? Under the Ultimate ...
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Can a white-haired witch grapple multiple targets?

The white-haired witch needs to spend a standard action to maintain the grapple at the beginning of the next round, if she succeeded in hitting (and thus grappling) a target, and the target failed to ...
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Are fluff class descriptions part of the rules?

Inspired by this question I was wondering if class fluff descriptions are part of the rules or just guidelines for ideas? For example does a Freebooter have to be a pirate, or just a strong leader ...
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Dipping in these ranger archetypes mechanically permissible?

The Trapper gains very useful abilities while losing access to spells that he wouldn't have access to anyways for many levels to come. Essentially [unless you don't want to deprive the party rogue of ...
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Size bonus to attack rolls?

I just read under Goblins that they get a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, then went and looked it up. Can anyone explain why they get that? I knew about a damage bonus for being huge (hitting harder), ...
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Using Readied actions and the grease spell for sneak attacks in pathfinder

My group has played 3.5 for quite a bit, and now we are with pathfinder. One of us likes to play rogue,and is used to work in tandem with our wizard to take advantage of grease in order to land ...
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What are experience points?

Here it was suggested more than once that running away from a too dangerous encounter should add as much experience points as defeating it. This struck me as really odd and made me wonder what exactly ...
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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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Can a cat kill a rat?

The Cat is so weak (STR 3) that it's melee attacks don't do any damage. 2 claws (1d2–4), bite (1d3–4). Both have +4 to attack roll due to weapon finesse+dexterity bonus - so the cat will hit things, ...
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How does the Wizard spellbook work?

How do I determine what spells are in my spellbook when creating a character? Do I simply have a spellbook with all Pathfinder spells? Or if I'm creating a level 6 wizard, do I start knowing all level ...
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If a PC has an extra arm are they able to use a tower shield?

So the short question is: If a PC had the tower shield proficiency feat and an extra arm, would they be able to wield a Earthbreaker two-handed hammer with a tower shield? The longer form of the ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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Multiclassing in Pathfinder-How do Feats work?

I'm making a character who is going to be multi-classing, specifically Fighter/Cleric. He's a Reach Cleric, so I wanted him to have some good feats (Selective Channel, Power Attack, Combat Reflexes, ...
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Does the aid another “special attack” become automatic at mid level?

Under PF core rulebook page 197 it states that "Aid Another" is an attack roll against AC 10. Some of our first level characters have a +5 to hit. When level 5 is reached, a fighter could easily ...
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How can a battlefield control character be built?

In Pathfinder, there isn't much in the way of battlefield control like there is in 4e. How can a character be built focusing on things like forced movement, zones, or generally making the enemies be ...
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How can a monk control a battlefield?

My group has decided to switch from 4e (which had very mixed reactions) to Pathfinder, since we all seem to like 3.5 well enough. However, one of the few things everyone enjoyed in 4e was the ability ...
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Misdirection spell and Spellcraft

I am running a scenario in which the text states that character X will use misdirection to mask her alignment. My question is, misdirection has V and S components and so will not this be obvious and ...
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Constitution bonus and health

When you gain Constitution by leveling up and your mod increases do you gain past levels in health? For example, A gunslinger has 13 con which makes a +1 mod. If they roll 4 each level at level 4 ...
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Continuous acrobatics in Pathfinder?

Knowing that there is no penalty to use acrobatics to move through a threatened area, other than moving at half speed for the normal DC, why not continuously use it to move? And why not attempt to ...