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

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Can I Have Two Familiars?

I am playing a gestalt game as a Wizard/Alchemist. The Wizard gains a familiar via Arcane Bond, and the Alchemist gains a familiar through the Tumor Familiar discovery. Does the fact that the ...
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Can a familiar learn languages from ranks in linguistics?

According to RAW on familiars for Wizard/Sorcerer/Witch Skills: For each skill in which either the master or the familiar has ranks, use either the normal skill ranks for an animal of that type or ...
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How can a DM brighten the mood?

Sometimes a story can turn away from its original direction and take on a darker tone, what is a good approach to lightening the mood? As a new DM, I started a Pathfinder campaign a year ago with a ...
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How can we deal with lava?

My group is trying to recover an indestructible item that fell into a pool of lava of unknowable depth. How can we: Determine the depth Get to the object. If the depth isn't that deep we can just ...
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Samsaran Witch : Which spells should I add to my list? [on hold]

Following my previous topic, I would like to focus this time on the spell part that I get from Mystic Past Life (Su). I am looking for spell to augment my overall flexibility and maybe add a few end ...
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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 determines when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat?

Is there a rule for when a monster qualifies for a bonus feat in Pathfinder? For example, among small elementals, water elementals have no bonus feats, earth elementals have one, and air and fire ...
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What is the sense of a spell/power/effect with Standard Action casting time and only 1 round duration?

This might be a dumb question, but I'm really lost on how some standard action spells / actions are supposed to actually work. If a player takes an standard action that causes some kind of effect, ...
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Can Prehensile Hair perform combat maneuvers?

A witch's prehensile hair is described as having a strength score and being able to manipulate objects as dexterously as a human hand (with the exception of weapons, probably for balance purposes). ...
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Samsaran Witch : as an Hexer, Support / Control

DISCLAIMER : This character is expected to take part in a coherent campaign, it is not a sandbox exercise. Characters will start at level 1. Hello everyone, I am looking at fleshing a good Samsaran ...
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Can bonuses of the same type stack indirectly?

Firstly, Pathfinder' rules as written are such that positive bonuses of the same type applied to an ability/skill/etc. do not stack, and that only the highest bonus applies (negative ones always ...
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What does a witch do when hexing someone?

Some hexes (like Cackle or Charm) specify some form of action to be taken by the witch when activating them, but most hexes do not specify, does the witch just look someone and then the hex is active? ...
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Can amphibious creatures in Pathfinder speak underwater, and if so, how?

This is one of those things that seems like it should be obvious, but isn't stated anywhere in the rules, so far as I can find. Can amphibious creatures (read; things that can breath underwater) speak ...
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How do multiple natural attacks work?

Okay, I need some clarification. The Pathfinder Core Rules state this about natural attacks: You do not receive additional natural attacks for a high base attack bonus. Instead, you receive ...
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How does Doppelganger Simulacrum Work?

The discovery reads as thus: Benefit: The alchemist learns how to create a simulacrum, a soulless duplicate of his body, into which he can project his consciousness. As a full-round action, he may ...
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Conditions of readied actions

The fighter archetype: crossbowman has abilities called deadshot and greater deadshot. These abilities give bonus damage on crossbow attacks that come from readied actions. I was not able to find any ...
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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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Getting Early Access to Level 8 and 9 Spells as an Arcane Trickster

So I am testing out the Arcane Trickster prestige class, because it looks like fun. However, my issue is that the spell I want to have the most, Greater Create Demiplane, would be nearly impossible ...
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Where can I find the formula to determine the PP capacity of a Psicrown?

I am attempting to stat up a psicrown with a custom list of stored powers, for a PF game using DSP's psionics rules. The Item Creation section in Ultimate Psionics covers how to calculate the cost of ...
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Druids' access to Domains in Pathfinder?

In Pathfinder, does a Druid gain access to two Domains like the cleric? If he does, would it be the elemental types such as Fire, Water, etc.?
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Do two weapon attack penalties still apply when attacking with only one hand?

I understand that you only get your bonus offhand attack (or multiples with improved/greater feats) when using a full round attack. So my question is, if you're just making a standard action attack ...
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Can a creature with reach using Sunder be targeted by an AoO if it isn't within range of the defender?

Let's assume that the large creature with reach weapon (reach 20') does not have a feat to not provoke AoO. And a medium humanoid with a longsword (reach 5') is standing out of his own reach but in ...
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How many hp does a starting eidolon have?

Does a level 1 summoner's eidolon start with maximum hp just like a PC or is there a rule I missed somewhere?
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Do all Spell Trigger items always require a Use Magic Device check?

Or is it only when you are trying to use something you wouldn't normally use? Speaking mostly of wands, staves, and rods. For example; Would a level 1 druid be able to use a Cure Light Wounds wand ...
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Is the product of the Heavens Mystery revelation “Coat of Many Stars” a valid target for Magic Vestment?

From Magic Vestment: Target: armor or shield touched ... You imbue a suit of armor or a shield with an enhancement bonus of +1 per four caster levels (maximum +5 at 20th level). An ...
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How do I challenge extremely strong 1st and 3rd level characters?

I've got a very strong group: Lvl 3 two weapon ranger noble drow AC: 26 (10 base + 6 from dex + 10 from armour the armour is an artifact with ...
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In Pathfinder's Advanced Race Guide's Race creator, what does the prerequisite for Advanced ability scores mean?

Advanced (4 RP) Prerequisites: Advanced or monstrous power level. Modifiers: Pick either mental or physical ability scores. Members of this race gain a +2 bonus to all of those scores, a ...
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How does the additional damage from rend apply to DR?

All forms of rend, that I have seen, state that rend is additional damage. How is this additional damage applied? Is the "additional" damage added to the damage of the triggering attack, both attacks ...
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Mass Combat at early levels: Taking Leadership early and balancing power [closed]

My GM is planning on getting our group involved in Mass Combat. This system relies on your Leadership score, with certain Boons unlocking only at higher scores, and some numerical values depending on ...
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What are some suggestions for a brawler-type unarmed character in Pathfinder?

I have played a monk before and enjoyed it but I was thinking of playing a character who's more of a brawler than a mystic martial artist. I know there are some options in the barbarian class but what ...
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Character Build - “Bad Luck” Theme

I'm trying to build a character who suffers a strange and inexplicable stigma that attracts misfortune to all the people around him. (In South America it's called "mufa"; in colloquial language, ...
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Are there any rules against wielding a heavy shield two handed?

Given that Heavy Shields are one-handed weapons normal rules would dictate that you could wield it two-handed for extra damage. However I have heard many people state that you can't wield a shield ...
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Is two-weapon fighting only as a full-round action balanced versus fighting with a two-handed weapon?

One of the players in a Pathfinder game in which I am playing is arguing that characters should be able to get the additional attack for fighting with two weapons when attacking as a standard action, ...
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Spells (debuffs) that increase damage from other spells

Motivation: I am playing a "solo" adventure with a wizard and a healbot cleric NPC/DMPC. A lot of times it would be more helpful if the cleric increased the damage output instead of healing/buffing; I ...
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Understanding the Swashbuckler's Dizzying Defense ability

I'm trying to understand how the new Swashbuckler 15th level ability dizzying defense works, rules-as-written. (I suspect I may not play it RAW, but I at least want to understand the RAW before making ...
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In Pathfinder Society what boons exist?

So after spending far too much time scouring what I could on boons and chronicle sheets, is there a running list of the boons and methods to acquire said boons? And how do race boons work if the boon ...
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Brawler and Monk Multiclassing

I am currently doing a comparison between the monk and brawler to determine which is more optimal for a current build I am working towards. I have a question regarding the Brawlers Martial Training ...
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How does Darkvision work beyond range?

How does the Darkvision ability (or spell) work beyond range? A lot of creatures have Darkvision: range 60 feet. Does darkvision simply stop working past there? Do you get penalties to sight-based ...
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When Does the Blood Arcanist Gain the Arcanist Exploit Class Feature?

The Blood Arcanist loses her Arcanist Exploits at the 1st, 3rd, 9th, and 15th level. My question is if this also means that the Blood Arcanist does not count as a character that possesses the ...
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Optimizing Natural Killer Build

For my new party I started playing THIS character. But now at level 2 having the knowledge that everybody else is playing a powerplay character I would like to know if anyone has ideas getting the ...
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In Pathfinder, how sensitive is a Shrieker to movement?

Shrieker: This human-sized purple mushroom emits a piercing sound that lasts for 1d3 rounds whenever there is movement or a light source within 10 feet. This shriek makes it impossible to hear ...
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Can Skeletons/Zombies benefit from potions?

Technically skeletons and zombies can be ordered to imbibe fluids (in the case of skeletons the fluid would flow over the bones), so: can skeletons or zombies can use and benefit from potions?
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How to calculate attack roll for a monster?

I'm a total Pathfinder newb and I have a question that will probably reveal just how "newb" I am. According to the Core Rulebook, to calculate an attack roll, you use the following formula: d20 + ...
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Can I start at any adventure path or would I be missing something by not running the first one?

I have never run or played an Adventure Path campaign but I am considering starting the subscription. If I understand it correctly each of the 6 part Adventure Paths start the player at 1st level and ...
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Recommendations for a thrown weapon specialist?

I'm looking for ideas for a reasonably competitive thrown weapon specialist build. I'm fine with not being 100% optimized, but not with a build that's notably inferior to an archer or melee fighter. ...
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Do the Enlarge and Shrink spells only really affect damage and AC, or do they do more?

From what I've seen, Enlarge and Shrink modify strength, dex, AC, to hit and damage roll, but strength and attack roll modifications even out. Thus is AC and damage the only things affected by those ...
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Action to stow an item

What kind of action is it to stow an item in pathfinder? There's plenty of discussion on what kind of action it is to draw an item, but not the reverse. In particular, I don't care about weapons and ...
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Why are starting languages restricted?

In Pathfinder, each race starts with some given languages, usually Common and its own racial language. Characters with more Intelligence can have additional starting languages, but only taken from a ...
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Average/optimal AC for core classes per level

I've seen time and again that someone mentions someone has a low or a high AC for his class. So I'm wondering: Is there something like a list for what AC the core classes should have per level ...
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What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?

I'm planning an encounter where a mid level party would be assaulted by a a large number of lower level characters. We've all read Tucker's Kobolds, but what makes this kind of encounter actually ...