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

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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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How long does a touch spell last before my familiar can deliver it?

The Pathfinder SRD says about Familiar Abilities: Deliver Touch Spells (Su): If the master is 3rd level or higher, a familiar can deliver touch spells for him. If the master and the familiar are ...
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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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Can a spellcaster know why a spell failed?

I just read this answer to Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on? and it made me wonder: As a spellcaster, how do I know why spell failed? Is there any roll for it in either Pathfinder ...
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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 ...
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Can I throw a Snowball made of fire?

Sorcerers with the Elemental Bloodline have the ability to change damage type on spells that do energy damage to their bloodline type because of this: Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell ...
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Can damage cantrips be improved?

I have a player interested in ways to improve 0 level attack spells. Mainly, they're looking to not have to carry around a crossbow for attacks when they don't want to cast a spell, and the 1d3 ...
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What happens when Detect Magic is used upon something that is magically invisible?

Does a simple casting of Detect Magic reveal the presence of magical invisibility?
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How do you generate reasonable prices for goods and services not listed in the PHB?

One of my biggest headaches as a DM (though perhaps I am overcomplicating things) is coming up with consistent prices for goods and services not listed in the reference books for a medieval setting ...
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Is this Amulet of Mage Armor and Shield legit according to the rules?

I often play as a Crafting Wizard and would like to know if there's a ruling against this. Whenever I'm working on creating survivability items, I've always made the same item. Amulet of Mage ...
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What's the likely law enforcement response to my PCs in Nidal?

This question is fairly specific to the shadow-haunted, torture-porn, evil Cenobite god worshiping country of Nidal in Paizo's world of Golarion, but could also apply to other "lawful evil nations" ...
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Do wizards really have to prepare spells multiple times to cast them multiple times?

According to the Pathfinder Magic overview, a wizard has to prepare a spell multiple times to cast it multiple times, which make 0 sense to me. I've also read other comments saying otherwise. Can ...
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In a high fantasy setting, what changes when you restrict player magical item purchases?

In every game that I've played or run, the players have been able to easily buy or craft any magic item that they could pay for. What are the pitfalls of this kind of unlimited magic freedom system? ...
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Can an enemy be taken over in a fight with charm person?

In a fight, can one wizard take over one of the enemies? Wouldn't it be strange, my new best friend was some seconds before my worst enemy? And if it works, how to handle the rest of the fight? Does ...
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Roleplay alignment in combat

I am playing a highly combat focused story in Pathfinder. My character is a neutral evil summoner, he basically thinks that the real freedom is achieved by leaving all moral, and that the weak must ...
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How can I run a combat on a small sphere?

In an upcoming campaign I'm planning, I would like a combat encounter to take place on a small sphere, with gravity pointing in towards the center. I'd like a sphere about 50' in diameter - something ...
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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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Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner

I'm currently running a pathfinder game and am running into balance problems with a Master Summoner. It's a low level game (started from level 1) and the summoner is currently level 4 but about to ...
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Can you take a standard action, an action that counts as a move action, and a 5-foot step in 1 turn?

According to RAW are you able to do this? 5-Foot Step states that it can be performed in a round only when you don't perform any other kind of movement, but what about actions that count as move ...
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Is there a working adaptation of Skyrim's Dragon Shouts to DnD3.x?

I wonder if there's a well designed and tested, working - and, of course, unofficial (?) - adaptation of Skyrim's Dragon Shouts (Thu'um) to DnD 3.x (or possibly Pathfinder)? If not, how would you ...
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Can darkvision distinguish visual contrast?

Does darkvision allow a creature to distinguish visual contrast? The rules as written, in both Pathfinder and 3.5e, state simply that "Darkvision is black-and-white only (colors cannot be discerned)." ...
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What abilities can assist in a caster level check?

The remove curse spell requires a caster level check (d20 + caster level) vs. the curse DC. This doesn't give fantastic odds of the spell working successfully, although I can't see any text that says ...
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Shapeshifter Villain travelling with Party

Where to start? First of all, I'm planning on running a Homebrew Pathfinder campaign of my own. I've already got the plot laid out and ideas for various NPCs. The problem is I'm running into an issue ...
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Divine / Arcane scroll use

We play a mainly Pathfinder system. Sometimes pure .. sometimes with feats and such from 3.5 but conflicts follow the Pathfinder rules. A Mystic Theurgy (pathfinder prestige class) in our Thursday ...
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Can you take 10 when creating an item?

You can take 10 when you make a skill roll "When your character is not in immediate danger or distracted". Would this include when a character is making a magical item?
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How does voluntarily holding one's breath work?

The rules for suffocation read as follows (emphasis mine): Suffocation A character who has no air to breathe can hold her breath for 2 rounds per point of Constitution. [...] After this ...
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PC as Familiar?

One of my PC's wants a familiar and one of my other PC's thinks it would be cool if she could take on the role of a familiar because she thinks it would allow her freedom to be "cute" in the game. ...
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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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How can I keep the Tarrasque “dead”?

From PFSRD: No form of attack can suppress the tarrasque's regeneration—it regenerates even if disintegrated or slain by a death effect. If the tarrasque fails a save against an effect that would ...
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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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When using the bard's message spell, do characters have to whisper?

An interesting situation came up with my game last night. The bard wanted to go forward on his own to talk with a wary Bogard and attempt to communicate without a big threatening group surrounding it. ...
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What skill to use to determine cause of death and analyse wounds?

When running Pathfinder one of the players wanted his character to investigate how a walking corpse had originally died. This obviously calls for some skill check, as the task if far from easy (the ...
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How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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Which skill is more suitable for provoking someone?

If a character wants to provoke some sort of reaction (be it anger, or even just breaking his self-imposed silence) by talking to another [player] character; which skill is best suited for a skill ...
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Can you use 2 metamagic rods to improve a single spell?

I was just wondering, I have a cleric and he has a Greater Metamagic Rod: Maximize, I was thinking of picking up a Greater Empower Rod as well, would they two rods stack, or can I only use one? I ...
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How do I plan out a character's growth in Pathfinder?

I've played a few Pathfinder games, I've even considered running one myself, and I've come across a common problem for me when I play my character (or in any system really). I start out with a ...
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How can player characters restore a mostly-burned note?

Background Pathfinder ruleset, with 2-3 low level characters of unknown classes. Scenario: In an encounter, the minor villain's last action is to throw a note into the fire. With a successful ...
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Penalties for Pushing/Dragging?

A character can lift as much as double his maximum load off the ground, but he or she can only stagger around with it. While overloaded in this way, the character loses any Dexterity bonus to AC ...
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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How do I encourage player-GM storytelling collaboration without “breaking” my game?

I've DM/GM'd for several gaming groups, young and old, and have found that one of the things that separates my younger players from older players is their eagerness to elaborate/collaborate in the ...