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

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If a creature chooses to stay inside the alchemist's stink bomb's area, do they have to save only once, or twice?

The alchemist stink bomb says it creates a stinking cloud that lasts only one round. So if a creature is inside the stink bomb cloud area and they make a fort save they don't become nauseated. The ...
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How do patrons with non-energy breath weapons interact with a Dragon Herald's (Bard Archetype) benefits?

So, the Dragon Herald (Bard;Kobold) archetype has a couple abilities based on the energy type of the dragon the herald chooses as their patron. The wording of the archetype allows for any type of true ...
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Would a griffon be a better mount than a horse [closed]

In a game I'm currently in, my character is being given the option to stay with horse as a mount or move on and get a griffon (through the use of the monstrous mount feat). The game will be taking ...
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How to handle the party that doesn't trust you?

A problem with my character is that the party doesn't trust him at all. Background My character, a Cavalier, was hired by the Council (made up of noble men and women from across the kingdom) to ...
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Cavalier advice [closed]

I am currently playing a game in which there's a Barbarian, Rogue, Sorcerer, Wizard, Ranger, and a Cavalier (me). I'm trying to make him be able to fight in close combat (mainly) but still be able to ...
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Is my feat chain for TWF Slayer Tank optimized?

I am about to bring a Shield and Sword Slayer to a PFS game. Assume I can use anything on PFSRD since if I need the book, I will just buy it. I am starting form level 1 with 150g, as is PFS standard. ...
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Correct spacing between NPCs to limit 20ft-radius area of effect spells' coverage

A tactic I am developing as a GM in response to the power of spells like Black Tentacles (and similar spells with 20 foot radius of effect) is to place my enemy NPCs (eNPCs) such that the radius of ...
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How can I run fights involving large groups of creatures without slowing combat to a crawl?

Earlier today, I stumbled upon this question. As I often do around RPG.SE and another sites, I initially misread the title, and contemplated for a second why someone would look for a way to raise ...
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Can a weapon be braced while mounted?

Can a weapon with the "brace" special quality be used to gain the advantage against charges when: A. User is mounted, Target is on foot? B. User is mounted, Target is mounted?
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How to calculate the costs of a weapon enchantment?

For my new adventure I want to buy an Inspired Rapier and just do not get how to calculate it. I actually thought I calculate the costs of the weapon (20gp) plus the +1 enchantment (2000gp) and pay ...
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In Pathfinder, does the free Trip from Hammer to the Ground also provoke?

Normally, when using Bull Rush you provoke an attack of opportunity from your target. Hammer to the Ground lets you make a Trip combat manuver after a successful Bull Rush. Will that trip also ...
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How can I improve the duration of Silent Image cast by my intelligent magic armor?

I have an intelligent suit of armor that can cast silent image. Per the spell's description, the duration is as long as the armor concentrates on the spell. How do I make it have a higher chance of ...
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How to tame an adult wild animal

First campaign ever that I am part of, is going on for about a year (once or twice per month), and I still consider myself a roleplaying n00b. Just found out that, except for these heavy books that ...
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Managing a Medieval Low Orbit Ion Cannon

Sometimes I hate my players. My table is currently composed of five diabolically inventive players. They come from a mixed IT/Engineering background, so more often than not, I have to deal with some ...
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Do transmutation spells change the type?

When I use a spell like Form of the Dragon, does my type change? Would I get the type dragon (and lose the type humanoid) for the duration of the spell? I ask, because I want to know if changing form ...
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Why can I not sneak attack with Magic Missile?

I have been brewing up a character build that uses Toppling Spell to knock creatures prone with Magic Missile. I stumbled across Kobold Style, specifically Kobold Groundling, and realized that if I ...
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Ways to cast multiples buff spells in one round

I discovered in this answer the Quiescent weaving ability (for War Weaver, a Prestige Class in D&D3.5), which allows to store multiple pre-casted spells, ready to be released with only a move ...
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Can a wizard use offensive spells and effects from inside a Resilient Sphere?

There are plenty of discussions and chats throughout the internet of how Resilient Sphere spell works etc. You can read that: The sphere functions as a wall of force It can be negated by dispel ...
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If I have -2 Intelligence modifier, do I get zero skill points if I take a level in Fighter? [duplicate]

I rolled a -2 Int mod on a level 1 fighter today and if i'm not mistaken that leaves me with 0 starting skill ranks, correct?
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How can I add a pet to PCGen

In my game I have gained a pet. The kind is not important. I have gotten a Circlet of speaking that I want to give the animal. Is there a way on PCGen to a) make a sheet for the pet without it trying ...
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How do you detect a doppelganger?

For plot purposes I replaced an NPC with a doppelganger (one of the advanced "rumored" kind that can steal memories and skills). As this quest progressed, I found that it was actually rather difficult ...
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What's the price, weight, and capacity of a Large creature's gear?

I'm struggling to determine the prices, weights, and capacities of my Large PC's gear. For example, weapons seem to cost the same, but armor costs more. Most other items like clothing don't mention ...
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How can a mid level Oracle send a message over a distance?

I'm working on some plot and I'd really like a way for an NPC who's a mid level Oracle (no specific stats yet but I'd prefer to keep him to 3rd level spells and under, 4th level at a pinch) to send a ...
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What's the APL for 3 level one characters?

When determining the average party level, it says to add 1 if the party has six or more players and subtract 1 if there's 3 or less. The party as of this Saturday is going to be 3 level 1 characters ...
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Moving within a threatened area causing AoO

When I started playing DnD, we treated leaving a threatened square as actually leaving the entire threat range. So moving from one threatened square to another on the same creature was never a problem....
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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding ...
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Druid Archetypes & Domains?

So, I haven't played Pathfinder for an extremely prolonged amount of time, and I'm building a Druid character (I've never built one before, so excuse me if this is question with an obvious answer.) I'...
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Does Tenebrous Spell improve shadow spells?

Tenebrous Spell grants a +1 bonus to DC when casting a spell in darkness or dim light conditions. Then it goes on to say (emphasis mine) A tenebrous spell uses up a spell Slot one level higher ...
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Let's Optimize Poisons

In relation to This Question, I want to continue on the poison train of thought. Many D&D games have absolutely horrible poisons and rules to the effect that around level 11 poisoning is almost ...
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What advantages does conceal weapon give?

I'm playing a backstabbing halfling rogue and I keep seeing Deft Palm, conceal weapon, Hide Blade, Underhanded etc. But I can't really see what benefits this gives besides hiding a blade from ...
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Can a 3 foot gnome disguise as an orc?

In my campaign, I have an enemy that is a short little 3 foot gnome rogue. The gnome is level 20 and their disguise skill is 23. With the Master of Disguise skill, that would increase to 33. Would ...
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How do I find spells and magic items that match my character design goals?

For Pathfinder, d20pfsrd.com offers an advanced spell search for a plethora of rulebook sources. Sometimes, however, it's very difficult to find spells that match my search criteria closely enough. ...
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When are the daily uses of a magic item recharged?

Many magic items in Pathfinder give the user some benefit a number of times per day or for a number of rounds per day. To pick a random example, the Boots of Teleportation state Any character ...
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Can transformation or polymorph affect my alignment?

The alignment of my character is Lawful Neutral Sorcerer, with the spell Form of the Dragon. This spell allows you to transform into either a metallic or chromatic dragon. A metallic dragon's ...
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Can I voluntarily end a spell effect early?

If I cast web during combat, and it survives the encounter, can I dismiss the spell's effect voluntarily or do I need to dispell it?
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How does leveling up a spellcaster after a prestige class that advanced spell casting ability work?

I am playing Pathfinder and interested in taking the Dragon Disciple (DD) prestige class for my Sorcerer (with a draconic bloodline). I understand that as the DD levels up the spell casting abilities ...
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How do Two-Weapon feats apply to ranged weapons?

I was looking over the weapons lists and found the Hand Crossbow among the options. Thinking of the possibilities, I looked over the Two-Weapon fighting feats and a number of them sounded like they ...
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Can I make a continuous, togglable, deactivatable belt of enlarge/reduce person?

If you are using a magic item, say a belt of enlarge person, is it possible to deactivate it without taking it off or using dispel magic? The only kind of ruling that seems to come close is for ...
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Switching from dead characters mid-game [closed]

As a GM, how do I wrap game-caused character switching into the story? Suppose I had to murder one of the PCs for great ju... didactic purposes. For example, my players refuse to understand the idea ...
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Optimize dwarven barbarian/battlerager wanna-be

So, in an upcoming campaign I wanted to play a dwarven battlerager. This was a prestige class from 3.5, however we are playing pathfinder. I am not a fan of converting the prestige class and am not a ...
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Why are there damage differences with these breath weapons?

In the group I am playing with, my character is a level 20 Sorcerer with the Draconic Bloodline. Through this Bloodline, I obtain a special attack of Breath Weapon and automatic spell of Form of the ...
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Does a creature with swallow whole retain damage reduction inside?

When a creature is swallowed whole in Pathfinder, it can attempt to attack the swallowing creature from the inside to cut its way out with a light or natural weapon. The armor class is 10+1/2 nat ...
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What is a good way to introduce new players to Pathfinder without making things too linear? [closed]

I wanted to create a dungeon to get a new group of players together and teach them pathfinder, but I felt I wanted something more than 'go to the goblin cave and get the macguffin' for this first ...
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What action ends the spell 'Invisibility' in terms of how indirect it must be?

This concerns the spell Invisibility in Pathfinder and what causes it to end. The relevant text for reference: The spell ends if the subject attacks any creature. For purposes of this spell, an ...
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Can you “Step Up” 15 feet if you have Jaunt Boots?

The Step Up feat says: Benefit: Whenever an adjacent foe attempts to take a 5-foot step away from you, you may also make a 5-foot step as an immediate action so long as you end up adjacent to ...
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Does Concentrate Poison Stack?

As the title suggests: Does Concentrate Poison Stack with itself? This is one of those weird questions that I honestly would have expected to have been asked somewhere, especially here, but I haven't ...
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Where are all of the wizard colleges in Golarion?

I am planning on creating a wizard character for the Wrath of the Righteous campaign but haven't been able to find any information on where exactly someone would go in the world to study being a ...
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On Roll20, is it possible to fill in character sheets without being in a game?

I played Pathfinder on Roll20 last night for the first time and everyone had to wait for me to make a character. I was unfamiliar with the character sheets and with Pathfinder so it took a while. The ...
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How do I tell if a Homebrew Race is balanced properly?

I recently created a homebrewed pair of related races based on Steven Universe (a Gem and Half-Gem race), but I could not tell how properly balanced they were. According to The Race builder they ...
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Storied ways to boost a character's ability scores (Pathfinder) [closed]

So this is my first time acting as a GM for a campaign (taking over for a friend). Improperly built characters at the start of their campaign has lead to 2/5 character having very high stats. Because ...