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

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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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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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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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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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How do I challenge extremely strong 1st and 3rd level characters?

I've got a very strong group: Lvl 3 two weapon fighter noble drow AC: 26 (10 base + 6 from dex + 10 from armour the armour is an artifact with ...
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How do Standard Actions that only last one round really work?

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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In Pathfinder's Advanced Race Guide's Race creator, what does the prerequisite for Advanced ability scores mean?

I quote: "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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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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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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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 ...
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Must all feats granted by the Holy Tactician's Tactical Acumen ability be teamwork feats?

I understand the first feat granted by the Paladin Holy Tactician archetype's Tactical Acumen extraordinary ability must be a teamwork feat, but are the other feats it grants later under the same ...
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Is it appropriate to tell players the expected outcome of a throw?

I'm just getting into Pathfinder, as my first foray into RPGs. Of all the videos, tutorials and podcasts I've listened to, the GM tells the player to throw (for example, a perception check) and ...
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How do countersongs of a bard work in detail?

In the group I am DMing there is a bard (level 1), who wants to use the countersong supernatural ability. As far as I understand, it is a defense against audible attacks by an enemy. And the ...
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Fireball damage within a forcecage

There is nothing that prevent casting a delayed blast fireball and next a forcecage, right? If yes, what would be an adequate damage "increment" of a fireball exploding entirely into the cage?
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Can Flaming weapons set a creature on fire without a critical hit?

My party is about to encounter some trolls. I've been giving them hints that this was coming up and they have gotten some flaming weapons. I'm trying to figure out if one of them has a flaming burst ...
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What about “Save-or-Die” spells makes them so powerful? Are they balanced as is, or require tweaking?

On reading guides on classes, most notably caster classes, near every guide recommends that the player take the "Save-or-Die" or "Save-or-Suck" spells. Usually, these end up being status effects. I ...
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Evaluate strength of enemies with class level [duplicate]

How can a player evaluate the strength of an ennemy? My players encounter guards that were far less powerful than them but fled because they looked strong. Can they make a skill check for evaluating ...
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How can I add an ability to PCGen?

I've just started playing around with PCGen and it's pretty great. Unfortunately, while it has support for a lot of source books, it doesn't support everything, to say nothing of various homebrew ...
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Adding Dervish Dance to PCgen

PCgen appears to be missing the Dervish Dance feat and I'd like to add it. I'm familiar with the homebrew files, but unsure how to add the bonus for that feat as I'm only proficient enough to copy and ...
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PCgen domain specific spells

I'm new to pathfinder rpg and pcgen tool, and I'm trying to get a feel of game mechanic using pcgen generator and gmgen combat tool (initiative). I've created 1-st level cleric and can't figure out ...
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What would be a potential balanced Mythic version of psionic power Mind Thrust

Introduction Pathfinder's Mythic Adventures sets out rules for so-called Mythic characters. Within this ruleset is also an definition of Mythic spells. They say the following about this: Mythic ...
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Using words of power as a mythic character

I'm interested in using words of power, but my DM is planning to run a mythic campaign next (Wrath of the Righteous). From what I've read/can find online, it seems that paizo basically treats ...
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Do organized play leagues allow playing modules without keeping track of a character?

At Origins and GenCon this year, I saw several organized play leagues for a number of systems, including D&D 5e, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, and Legend of the Five Rings. I understand that the point of ...
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Pathfinder: Make a high level magus fail will save

We are playing an epic level campaign in which all PC's and most NPC's are 20th level. This has been really fun but I am quickly finding that it is very hard to get an advantage over some of the ...
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Are there any protections for breath weapons beyond saves?

To be more specific, and add context, I started out the process of making a Pathfinder character with three major goals for the character: One, to acquire either a single wish, or possibly three ...
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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Using a weapon to execute a combat maneuver

My character is a Marksman Finesse Style, and has the ability to use her ranged weapon to execute a combat maneuver. Once a Marksman has reached 2nd level, she may expend her psionic focus while ...
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Can I Banish a druid when he's in elemental form?

Is it possible to cast banishment or dismissal on a druid when he is wild-shaped into an elemental?
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Taninim sorcerers and human form

With taninim it is so that their sorcerers can eat the materials and then specific scales change forms to represent those materials and thus the materials are no longer needed for casting. Now my ...
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What are the effects of a lowered Constitution score for a human?

After a particularly intense Pathfinder session with my buddies, my character had to go through a trial by ordeal where he was bit by a venomous snake. He succeeded (for some definition of ...
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Reduce Size/ Polymorph into smaller creature wearing off in cramped space

One of my players asked me what would happen if while under a polymorph spell reducing your size it ran out while you were in a space too small for your normal size. For example you polymorph into a ...
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Dimensional step and AoO

Does a dimensional step provoke any attack of opportunity? From the rules: Dimensional Steps (Sp) At 8th level, you can use this ability to teleport up to 30 feet per wizard level per day ...
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Can you choose when to use your lower Base Attack Bonus?

I have a fighter level 10. She uses two-weapon fighting. With her BAB at 10/5, she has a total of 3 attacks during a full round attack correct? Also does her off hand attack receive the BAB of 10? ...
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Bomb based alchemist builds

I'm looking for help with building a bomb-slinging alchemist at level 10. Assume 25 point buy for initial generation. The focus is getting the most effective bomb usage possible. Fast bombs is ...