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Poison on Bombs

Can Alchemists apply a poison to their bombs? Does the poison apply on impact and then boom goes the dynamite?
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How viable is a rogue in Pathfinder?

Coming from traumatic experiences in 3.5 with rogues, I would like to ask you if sneak attack is viable in Pathfinder. In 3.5, at level 10 and above, one would hardly ever get a chance to do any ...
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How do racial favored class benefits accumulate?

For example, a human with paladin as a favored class may choose to gain 1 point of energy resistance each time she gains a level; choosing this benef it twice increases this resistance ...
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Help me build a dagger focused character

I wish to make an acrobatic, dagger using character. Lets call him for the sake of argument, Frederico. Here are some qualities of Frederico: Frederico is fast and agile. 40 feet speed would be nice. ...
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Pathfinder, Savage Display

I have a question regarding critical hits and the feat Savage Display. If I score a critical hit, do I roll 1d6 for both regular hit damage and the "critical damage"? - so if I get a confirmation its ...
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What does adding HD to a construct affect?

I am building a Homunculus, and I want to add 3 HD to it so it has 5 HD. However, I'm not clear on what happens as a result of these HD being added. I've read the monster advancement page, but all I'm ...
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How does the Detective archetype's True Confession ability work?

The Detective archetype for the Bard has a True Confession ability. I do not understand one part of it: Using this ability requires a successful Sense Motive check to see through a Bluff or notice ...
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Do class skill bonuses stack when multiclassing?

So, let's say I'm multiclassing Barbarian and Fighter and I take climb as a skill. Would I get a +3 from both classes, or only from one?
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What are the penalties of making a new character after death, in Pathfinder?

I have searched the internet and documents in Pathfinder to find out the rules regarding a PC's death and the penalties for making a new character. For example, say I have a character of level 10 + ...
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Alternate class system for MtG inspired setting

I'm trying to create some house rules to run a Pathfinder campaign in Ravnica, a M:tG plane which has 10 guilds, each one with a very specific philosophy and societal role. I wish guilds to be : ...
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How good is the Combat Patrol feat for a Fighter/Rogue?

Currently, I'm playing a character with three fighter and two rogue levels. I'm a part of two-man party in which the other player is Cleric. Shadowdancer Prestige Class always intrigued me so I went ...
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How does one player controlling an entire PC party impact encounter difficulty?

Me and my friend have started a Pathfinder campaign (Second Darkness) where I am DMing and he is playing all 4 PCs. We are using roll20 (it's a great online tool to facilitate games). The reasons for ...
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Overly strong level 1 barbarian

I am new to DMing(this is my first campaign) and one of the pcs rolled a 18 str char and made a 20 str Barbarian. What is the best way to deal with this at the early levels of the game where his hit ...
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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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How can I make a grappling Fighter?

Monk is the go-to class for an unarmed warrior. I can respect that. I can even get behind the school of thought that says years of physical training is the only way to hone your own body to the ...
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Polymorph/Wild Shape and Disguise bonus

The rules for the Polymorph sub-school indicate: While these spells make you appear to be the creature, granting you a +10 bonus on Disguise skill checks, they do not grant you all of the ...
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How could I get “Powerful Build” without a RP cost?

It must be Paizo only (would help if it's in the SRD) and should be human/dwarf/elf/halforc level of power as to not have any level adjustment like goliath used to have or cost additional Race Points. ...
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How do I gain bonded object, as a magus?

I am open to a feat, item or perhaps a spell within my reach. I would be open to two feat cost, if the prereq feat is not completely useless. So how do I gain bonded object, as a magus?
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How could a Magus cast a Ranger spell at least once or twice per day?

I have a level 1 Magus. I'm planning for them to become an Arcane Archer in the future and wish to use Bow Spirit abundantly. How could one achieve this? Once or twice per day will do.
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Harvesting parts from slain creatures

In general: if you kill a monster with a body part that has some known (or suspected) property, is there any mechanic around harvesting the body part and using it as-is (or with minimal processing ...
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How does stealth work while lit up in the dark?

Are there any rules or penalties for trying to roll stealth while for example carrying a torch through a dark cave? It seems like it would be basically impossible for anything not to see you, but I ...
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How do I calculate how many spells per day a cleric has?

Ok so me and my group have just started getting into PF and we like it very much. But when we try to figure our spells per day for casters, we get confused. Let's say a cleric on lvl 1 has 3 orisons ...
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When wielding a two-handed weapon in one hand, how much benefit does Power Attack confer?

The Pathfinder FAQ states that: Power Attack: If I am using a two-handed weapon with one hand (such as a lance while mounted), do still I get the +50% damage for using a two-handed weapon? ...
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How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work?

I have read over a lot of stealth questions in Pathfinder and I have yet to find the answer to a question that seems quite important. How does walking up to Sneak Attack somebody work? The rules ...
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How can I add a cultural game mechanic to Pathfinder?

I was reading this article on how most people play all races exactly the same. The author hinted at replacing races in Pathfinder with a culture mechanic, but didn't really go into the details. I ...
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What items should an archer keep an eye out for?

This will be my first pathfinder game and I'm building a human fighter focusing on ranged attacks. I'm not really familiar with 3.5 or PF items, and was wondering if there are items I absolutely must ...
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Can a diamond with Soul Bind be detected inside a living body?

Strange question! If a creature has had Soul Bind used on them (which means their soul is trapped inside a black diamond) and then that diamond was implanted inside someone's body (say in their ...
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What is the best class for a character strong versus mind-affecting spells? [closed]

I am GMing a Pathfinder campaign and need to build an party NPC who is as strong as they can possibly be against mind-affecting spells and abilities. They don't need to be especially skilled in ...
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Why would a non-evil Druid use the Awaken spell?

What is the inspiration for the Awaken spell (found at least in D&D 3.5e)? Why would a druid use it apart from enslaving creatures with intelligence and specialized forms? I'm thinking that it's ...
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How to deal with dead characters' gear?

A few of my PCs have died. It happens. But now what? Specifically, now what happens to their items? They are rolling up some new characters and I assume they should follow the character wealth ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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What upkeep is needed to run buildings and organizations?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for running buildings and organizations during downtime. One of the phases is the upkeep phase, which reads: Phase 1—Upkeep: Pay costs ...
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What benefit does combining rooms into buildings provide?

The Downtime Rules from Ultimate Campaign include rules for building buildings by combining different distinct rooms. However, I can't see any mechanical benefit (that is, besides aesthetics and ...
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What strategies can I use to award treasure on the fly?

Due to a combination of tight scheduling and plain laziness, I never prepare any of my sessions ahead of time. At first it was hard to play this way, and the game was a bit sluggish, but now I think ...
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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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PDF Pathfinder gaming with a Kindle Fire

I am interested in experiences from gamers that use a Kindle Fire HD with PDFs purchased from Paizo? I just got the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" and am curious about the user experience before I purchase any ...
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How would I handle the mechanical repercussions of removing alignment?

I, as well as many people in some of the groups I play with, have come to the conclusion alignment is a clunky horrible mess. I personally don't like the way it oversimplifies morality and makes ...
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Can Flail Snails be hexed without penalty?

My party recently encountered a Flail Snail, and a question came up regarding its Warp Magic ability: Warp Magic (Su): Anytime a spell targets a flail snail, there is an 80% chance that it ...
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For an Elder Polyp, do each of its tentacles get its own attack of opportunity?

My PCs have an upcoming bottle with an Elder Polyp (Tome of Horrors III 10). The monster is copied into an adventure path I'm running and has 4 tentacles. The Elder Polyp does not have Combat Reflexes ...
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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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Can I throw a splash weapon into an unoccupied square?

Sometimes enemies are spaced out with empty space between them. According to what I can find on the SRD, You can instead target a specific grid intersection. Treat this as a ranged attack against ...
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How can I get the most powerful animal companion in pathfinder? [closed]

in 3.5 I took a ape totem, 5 levels of druid and a prestige that gave me an animal companion boost, as well as more than one animal companion, at the sacrifice of the prestige not giving me spell ...
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How do I build Riddick?

Just came back from Riddick and I loved it. Less than Chronicles of Riddick, I am afraid, but enjoyable still. I would like a 20-level build for Riddick based on these criteria: Concept: Hardy ...
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How do I make an optimal inflict wounds rogue in pathfinder?

In 3.5 I made a rogue / cleric / invisible blade that dealt sneak attacks through inflict wounds. This made the attack both a touch attack, and on a feinted character, which was basically a roll ...
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How has sneaking changed from 3.5 to Pathfinder?

Was researching this in order to answer How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight? I learned a fair amount about these changes and since they’re pretty significant, I ...
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Can I use Vampiric Touch on myself?

The Spell Vampiric Touch states: Your touch deals 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 10d6). You gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal. You can't gain more ...
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How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight?

In Stealth skill, it is mentioned that; It's impossible to use Stealth while attacking, running, or charging. In a scenario where the attacker has Spring Attack feat or can move after an ...
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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area ...
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Which skills are lost first if Intelligence drops? Can I choose?

As per this question, permanent increases to Intelligence retroactively grant new skill points in Pathfinder. If I lose my Intelligence bonus, is there a rule for which skill I lose first? Can I ...
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Do you get skill points retroactively for increased Int?

In D&D 3.5 you don't get skill points retroactively, only from the next level onwards after you increase your intelligence enough to gain an increased bonus, leading to extra skill points per ...