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Does the Cleric's Channel Energy ability heal living enemies too?

From the description of the Pathfinder Cleric's Channel Energy ability it seems that it will heal damage to enemies as well as allies. Is this correct or is the healing applied to only the cleric's ...
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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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Druid in earth elemental shape and melded into a wall

A druid which is wild-shaped (elemental body) into an earth elemental has the ability "earth glide". I have a couple of questions regarding this: If he's inside of a wall, can he see/hear what's ...
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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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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 ...
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Does dropping an item on an enemy break invisibility?

I am planning on having an imp commanding several kobolds ambush and attack my players. An imp devil in Pathfinder has invisibility as a spell-like ability, with a caster level of 6th. This means he ...
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How do I counter a Magus with Step-Up and Strike assaulting my vulnerable spellcasters?

A player in one of my campaigns has incredibly high initiative (+14) and also Step-Up and Strike. He is a Magus. This is causing me huge headaches anytime I place a spellcaster enemy in the game. At ...
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Are there any offical rules for Dragonborn in Pathfinder?

We are currently converting a 4E game to Pathfinder and one of the current PCs is a Dragonborn. Does the race (or an equivalent) exist as a player race in any official supplement / product? Google ...
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What body parts can I use to deliver a spell whose range is “touch”?

Within a pure Pathfinder game ... When delivering a melee touch spell can I use any body part? (hand, elbow, foot, head), any body part I could attack with or must I use my hand? If I am a witch ...
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What action is it to switch between holding a weapon two-handed, and then wielding it one-handed

I'm planning on building a Gish for the next game I play in, and I was wondering how to best plan the build. I want power attack so I can do damage in combat, and I want to wield the weapon ...
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Is Cartography a craft or a profession?

Simple question, for pathfinder is Cartography used as a skill classified as "craft " or "profession"? For reference: Craft Skill Profession Skill
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Can druids be neutral good or neutral evil?

I'm playing pathfinder and it says they can be "any neutral" but I'm confused as to whether that means LN N and CN or if that also includes NG and NE.
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Does casting Pyrotechnics for Fireworks break Invisibility?

Does casting Pyrotechnics for fireworks break Invisibility? For example, a caster turns invisible, then casts Pyrotechnics on a burning tree, which forces several creature to roll a saving throw or ...
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Prices/rules for intentionally buying cursed items

The default Pathfinder setting is a place where (given enough time in a big enough city) one can buy a +5 Vorpal sword or a Staff of Power. In such a world surely one can also buy Boots of Dancing or ...
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Are creatures automatically immune to their own abilities?

It seems creatures using elemental damage are not automatically immune to that damage type since they have an Immunity entry (see Fire Elemental or Hell Hound). What about poison and disease? The ...
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What are the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest?

As the question suggests, I'm interested in the main differences and similarities between Pathfinder and RuneQuest. I'm fairly familiar with the RuneQuest system. I've heard a bit about Pathfinder ...
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Pathfinder and the Rogue's Sneak Attack

Coming from 3.5 to Pathfinder has been interesting in that while it was an update to 3.X, some of the mechanics have changed. An example of this is a PF Rogue's Sneak Attack. In 3.5 a Rogue could ...
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What's the difference between Pathfinder and Pathfinder Chronicles?

I was poking around the Paizo website, and noticed that there are minis for Pathfinder, and others for Pathfinder Chronicles. What's the difference between the two? I couldn't see anything in my ...
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How does a spell resolve when the target changes places before the spell is finished?

Here's what happened: We've reached the end of the campaign, with only the last wave of minions standing between us and the dark sorcerer who's been flooding the local farms and villages with undead. ...
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How can more than one person work on a single magic item?

The Pathfinder magic item creation rules have this to say about prerequisites: Most of the time, they take the form of spells that must be known by the item's creator (although access through ...
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Can a wizard change a spell they have prepared?

I have read in professor Q's guide to Pathfinder wizards that Unlike the Sorcerer or Bard or Oracle you never have to sit and wish that you had picked a different spell this level since in a ...
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Potions and Oils in Pathfinder

In Pathfinder, in the magic items chapter it discusses oils under the potions section. An oil is essentially a potion that can be applied to whatever target you can interact with, following the rules ...
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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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How does identifying a scroll work?

The way the rules are spread across the book for this confuses me. Here are the methods I consider with corresponding DCs when applicable: Read Magic spell (automatic) Spellcraft check DC 20 + Spell ...
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Do touch spells crit via a natural weapon's crit range?

If I increase the threat of my natural weapon (improved crit) (19-20) does this affect my touch spell cast through it? Pg 213: A touch spell that deals damage can score a critical hit just as a ...
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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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Do metamagic feats increase a spell's casting time in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5, there was a rule that a spontaneous spellcaster had to spend extra time casting a spell if they chose to apply a metamagic feat. Is this also true in Pathfinder, or was this limitation ...
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Charisma-based checks and concentration

Some abilities such as Strength of the Sun give a bonus to Charisma-based checks. On the other hand, paladins, bards, and sorcerers add their Charisma modifier to Concentration checks. In that ...
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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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What are the rules for sleep in Pathfinder?

I can't find much of any rules for sleep in pathfinder, or at least the requirement for sleep. Specifically, what happens if you sleep with no bed (in the wilderness, etc)? What happens if you sleep ...
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How can GMs quickly calculate the effects of level drain?

I've GM'ed a few Pathfinder games, and while I really enjoy the setting, I just can't wrap my head around some of the crunchy mechanics. In particular, how do you (quickly) deal with effects like ...
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Are any bonuses added when using Vital Strike in Pathfinder?

For the Vital Strike feat in Pathfinder, are other bonuses such as enhancement or sacred bonuses to damage applied when rolling the extra damage dice? From the Pathfinder SRD. Vital Strike ...
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Does flaming sphere always need a move action to attack?

A Flaming Sphere will 'attack' anyone it rolls into the same square as: If it enters a space with a creature, it stops moving for the round and deals 3d6 points of fire damage to that creature, ...
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How does a Ring of Counterspells work against an area-of-effect (AOE) spell?

A person is wearing a Ring of Counterspells which is storing a Fireball spell. When this person is in the AOE of a fireball is the entire fireball countered? Do they negate it just for their square? ...
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How is the clockwork soldier priced?

I've been looking at the possible constructs in current Pathfinder bestiaries looking for options for a crafter character and I couldn't help but notice that the pricing of the clockwork soldier ...
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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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Can you take a free action during an immediate action?

Scenario 1: Consider a Stalwart Defender with the following Defensive Power: Intercept (Ex): Once a round as an immediate action, when a melee or ranged weapon would successfully strike an ...
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What abilities can change a class dominant stat in Pathfinder?

I noticed some abilities allow you to change the main stat used by a class, like: Sorcerer: Empyreal version of the Celestial bloodline: use Wis instead of Cha (Ultimate Magic) Sage version of the ...
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What setting changes need to be addressed in order to convert Golarion to the E6 variant system?

For those who are confused what E6 is, please go here: E6: The Game Inside D&D I will be running an E6 game in Golarion in a few weeks. Two main assumptions I have made in the E6 version I am ...
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What are the rules for called shots?

The d20pfsrd presents variant rules for called shots here. The source information for this page claims they come from the core rules, but I can't find them in the Core Rulebook. What source can I find ...
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What are the racial skill modifiers for Dragons?

I'm interested in determining the skill modifiers for a Gold Dragon for Pathfinder, for a one-shot game for a friend where they play a dragon. Dragons have massive perception modifiers which can ...
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Pathfinder: Arcane Duelist melee build

I've finally decided to make an Arcane Duelist (bard archetype). It'd like to enhance my own melee part as well the party ones. I can use the "Core Rulebook" and the "Advanced Player's Guide" only. ...
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Penalty for failing Aid Another? Does it change per circumstance?

We were having a diplomacy-off yesterday between the party and a higher level bard where we needed a succession of successes to beat the encounter. The issue was that it was basically a 50/50 shot for ...
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How can I tailor an encounter so that a low level, mostly mundane party can defeat a wasp swarm?

I'm GM'ing a game with a large, mostly mundane party where all PCs at level 2. The party is made up of a good aligned cleric (i.e. no damage spells), wizard, druid (with wolf animal companion), monk, ...
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How would an illusionist hide a castle?

I'm trying to devise a clever character that would be able to hide something quite large (say, a mountain, or a castle atop a tall tower) within the rules of the game. I am aware of spells such as ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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Alternate, 2H, non-double use of quarterstaff?

I understand usually a quarterstaff is usually treated as a double weapon with 1d6/1d6 - however it seems like regripping it should allow use as a two handed weapon using only one end to get more out ...
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Leveling up a non-companion animal

Our level 4 rogue did an amazing diplomacy/handle animal check and befriended a shadow mastiff. The group as a whole thinks the shadow mastiff is awesome, and gave it a name. They want to level it up ...
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In Pathfinder, what are the rules for holding a two-handed weapon in one hand while using the other hand?

I am currently GMing a Pathfinder game and the following situation came up: One of my players wanted to have his two-handed weapon held in his off-hand, while having a throwing weapon readied in his ...
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How far can characters see?

Let's assume we have some PCs moving along infinitely flat plains. In the air (some distance away) is a large creature with a rider that can cast spells. In optimal conditions (so there's normal ...