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

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Party decides to enlist higher level NPC to solve their problems

I'm a pretty new DM since normal DM wanted to play for once, the party is 8th level and was recently faced with a challenge that their info says they can't handle. Since they are near a major city one ...
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Does Spring Attack work with the Skirmisher ability?

The Scout archetype for the Rogue grants the skirmisher ability at 8th level: At 8th level, whenever a scout moves more than 10 feet in a round and makes an attack action, the attack deals sneak ...
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Can a character benefit from two armors?

Are all bonuses to AC treated as separate? If a character is wearing a +5 padded shirt of heavy fortification and someone casts mage armor on him, does he keep the +1 enhancement bonus and ...
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Does the prerequisites to Multiattack require three different natural attacks, or just three attacks?

For example, say that a monster has a Bite attack, and two Claw attacks... A relatively common situation. Would it qualify for Multiattack? It has three attacks (1 bite + 2 claws), after all. But do ...
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Can guidance help with checks that take a long time?

From the description of guidance orison: The creature gets a +1 competence bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. It must choose to use the bonus before making the roll to ...
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Does a Warder with Defensive Focus and Combat Reflexes use Int or Dex?

In Pathfinder, if a class grants an altered version of a feat that I already have, which takes priority? Specifically, I am wondering about the first paragraph of the Warder class feature Defensive ...
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How much does a shield that is also a magic weapon cost?

How would a shield that is both a magic armor and a magic weapon be costed? For example, I want a shield with +5 to AC and +5 to Attack. Does it cost the same as a +10 shield? Or does it cost the same ...
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How do Invisibility and Compel Hostility interact?

PFSRD: "You threaten all squares into which you can make a melee attack..." Compel hostility: "Whenever a creature you can see that threatens you makes an attack against one of your allies, as ...
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Can a shield that has both armor and attack enhancements exceed +10 total enhancement?

A shield can receive both enhancement bonuses to AC and to Attack. Do both types of enhancements count against the maximum possible bonus (+5)? For example, can I have a shield that has +5 to AC, the ...
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May I link to SRD in a document under OGL?

I am writing a house rules document for a Pathfinder game. Not publishing it would be a pity, and not using OGL to publish it likewise, since publishing the house rules under OGL allows others to use ...
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How to Make One Player Understand the Party System [on hold]

In Jade Regent, I have a new(ish) player. She has played one other game of Pathfinder under an incompetent DM, so she's still learning the rules. She also plays a lot of RPGs like Skyrim and Fallout, ...
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How does the Barbarian rage power Guarded Life function, exactly?

Barbarian's Guarded life rage power states: While raging, if the barbarian is reduced below 0 hit points, 1 hit point of lethal damage per barbarian level is converted to nonlethal damage. If the ...
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How to make Remote Bombs work?

This is a question about the Remote Bomb feat available to Alchemists and any other class that can use their Bombs. It basically allows to set explosive traps and would see great use for a saboteur ...
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Different kinds of natural attacks require multiple instances of the Improved Critical feat

I can pick Improved Critical to enhance my natural attacks, no? When I pick the feat, is it tied to a specific natural attack or all of them? For example, lets say I have a bite attack and two claw ...
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Two Weapon Fighting Probability

I'm thinking about taking the Two Weapon Fighting feat. I'm a 7th level unchained rogue with the knife fighter and scout archetypes. So far I've concentrated on optimising my movement around the ...
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Can I attack the target of my Overrun?

Simply put: Can I attack the same creature I choose to use the Overrun combat maneuver on? The entry for the Overrun maneuver states it can be done as part of a charge, does that mean I can attack ...
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Does Detect Magic allow players to find magical traps without a perception check?

Consider the following scenario: The party enters a room that appears to be a dead end, but in fact has a secret door with a magical trap on it. While standing in the room, a member of the party casts ...
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Can missiles pass through a Resilient Sphere created by a Shadow Evocation?

I think Shadow Evocation is usually used as an offensive spell and the rules cover that quite well. However, my NPC is about to use it to protect himself from a whirlwind of flying glass that an Air ...
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Does Burning Disarm get a reflex save on something worn, but not locked?

Burning Disarm says they get a reflex save if they can drop it, but don't if they can't drop it. What about if they are wearing something that isn't locked? This spell causes a metal object to ...
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Weakening Spell Resistance with melee attacks

For the life of me I can't remember where, but I remember reading somewhere, maybe under runes or Magus that there was a way that melee attacks would weaken a target's Spell Resistance? Can anyone ...
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What are the limitations on my divine focus choices?

What are the limitations of what can be selected for a divine focus? How big can my holy symbol be? Can clerics use a shield or weapon as their divine focus? Can I set the divine focus into a ring, ...
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Adding adaptive to composite bow

Say you have a +1 composite (+2) longbow. It would cost 2600, 300 for masterwork, 300 as a composite +2, 2000 for +1 enhancement. I am wanting to upgrade the bow to have the weapon property adaptive, ...
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Is my player's level 2 Ranger overpowered?

I have a ranger in the group I GM for that seems overpowered. He's a level 2 human with DEX 19 (Base 17, with the +2 Human Bonus), which gives a base +4 to hit. Factoring in his base attack bonus of ...
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Can adaptive be added to a non-enhanced weapon?

As part of loot there was a non-magical masterwork composite (+2) longbow. I am wanting to upgrade the bow to have the weapon property adaptive. To add adaptive to the weapon, does it need to have ...
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Where, exactly, is it laid out that a torch can do damage to swarms?

So it's pretty common that people say that torches can do a single point of fire damage to swarms. However, my group can't seem to find any sources that confirm this. Basically, it comes down to ...
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How does the Void-Touched Sorcerer bloodline arcana work?

The Bloodline Arcana for a Void-Touched Sorcerer reads as follows: Whenever you cast an evocation spell, you may select one affected target that fails its save to suffer the choking airlessness of ...
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Do a Mesmerist's spells provoke attacks of opportunity?

If a spell contains no material or somatic components — e.g. telepathic casting (Mesmerist) — does it provoke attacks of opportunity?
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Phantasmal Affliction double save

Phantasmal Affliction Curse: The target believes she has been cursed. She takes a permanent –4 penalty on attack rolls, saves, ability checks, and skill checks for 1 hour per caster level. After ...
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Are the Slayer's “Deadly Range” Slayer Talents and the Sniper “Deadly Range” ability the same?

As a Slayer class character you can pick "Deadly Range" as your 4th level Slayer Talent and the Sniper (Slayer Archetype) gets the "Deadly Range" ability at 2nd level. Are these the same ability? ...
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How much is “a hoard worthy of a dragon”? [closed]

In a Pathfinder Eberron campaign I get to play a Calemaryx initiate (basically a dragon in disguise). Part of the plotline requires that I "gather enough riches to have a hoard worthy of a dragon" ...
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Can you be hidden when your opponent knows your general location?

I'm a sniper, and like to stay hidden during the fight to use my sneak attack, and bravely slay my enemies from afar. Stupid question: My party is about to slay a T-Rex from an aerostat. If I'm ...
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How does the Astral Skin of the Astral Suit work?

The Aegis have an Astral Suit, which comes in 3 flavors: The Astral Skin, Astral Armor, and Astral Juggernaut. One line in the description on the Astral Skin entry reads: An astral suit in this ...
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Rules for hybrid dragons? (mixed colors)

I run a campaign (Pathfinder mostly, with several house rules) in which I had an idea to incorporate a shadow/red dragon hybrid. It goes well with the story and the entire concept of the setting, but ...
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If a tiny creature is inside the space of a medium creature, does it gain cover against a second medium creature adjacent to the first one?

I'm the GM in a game, and a player and I have been using a rule for a while now, and suddenly neither of us can remember where we found it. The rough wording of it is something like "If a Tiny or ...
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Do Bane bonuses from multiple sources stack?

I am playing an Inquisitor who has the "bane ability" in which I can change my bane type that I apply each round I so choose for a certain number of rounds per day. My sword already has (evil ...
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What can I do in one round?

I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in ...
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How do Bane bonuses from multiple sources stack?

If I have a +1 dragons-bane Body Wrap of Mighty Strikes and a +1 dragons-bane Amulet of Mighty Fists, what happens? Do my unarmed strikes have an enhancement bonus vs dragons of +4 or +6 (or something ...
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How do I make the Pathfinder Trait 'Heirloom Weapon' function in PCGen?

I'm working on a character for an upcoming campaign, and it's looking like I'll probably be taking the Heirloom Weapon trait. I'm trying to get the character put together in PCGen, but I'm having ...
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Building a Dagger Bard for flavour, that isn't completely useless [closed]

I'm going to preface this request for help with a big disclaimer: I am not worried about optimization. I am concerned with flavor first, function second. That said, I'd still like a character who ...
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How does the Half-Orc/Tiefling Favored Class Option for the Inquisitor interact with the Stern Gaze class feature?

First, the relevant rule excerpts. Favored Class Options Some of these alternate class rewards only add +1/2, +1/3, +1/4, or +1/6 on a roll (rather than +1) each time the reward is selected. When ...
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Bleeding attack (Belier's bite) and non-lethal damage

Bleeding attack feat causes unarmed strikes to deal extra d4 bleeding damage. Does non-lethal bleeding damage exist? If the attacker chooses to cause non-lethal damage with the unarmed strike, is ...
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Favored class in Pathfinder “Advanced” [closed]

The core rulebook says: Whenever a character gains a level in his favored class, he receives either + 1 hit point or + 1 skill rank. The choice of favored class cannot be changed once the ...
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How to avoid dropping a wand when grabbing another one

Im working on a character who is going to be using a fair amount of wands. Im going to be using efficient quiver to carry them around, which also lets me grab the one I want easily. Here's the but ...
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What damage does a Halfling's Staff Sling deal?

I'm about to play a Halfling in my 1st Pathfinder game and I'm a bit confused about the Halflings Staff Sling. Relevant information Under "Standard Racial Traits" for halflings it states: Size: ...
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What is the point of applying shield spikes to a one-handed weapon?

I was looking over the weapon-creation chart towards the end of this page, and saw that one of the options available to you is making the weapon count as a light shield with spikes. However, when I ...
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Path of War Maneuvers and bonus attack damage

I'd like a few clarifications on bonus damage and effects when using Maneuvers. I'm going to be playing a Stalker, and finally have a GM who is OK with me using this book (so much fear about the ...
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Samurai multi-classing into paladin but with low CHA

I'll try to make this short. I am a level 12 Samurai at the moment and I wish to multiclass into paladin, but the sad part is I have a modifier of 0 in Charisma, so that's out the door unless you guys ...
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What does 1-1/2 mean?

In Pathfinder I've seen the phrase "adds 1-1/2 the creature's strength bonus on damage rolls" Does that mean multiply by 1.5?
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Shoe-themed race or class features

My character is really into shoes and I'm planning on taking Leadership next level. I want my cohort to be devoted to the old norse god of shoes and vengance, Víðarr. While there is a retribution ...
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Can an Alchemist's Bomb be used as a trap component?

Ok, this will be a tricky question. This is an idea I got recently when creating a character specialized in explosives. I looked for ways to mimic a proximity mine with non-advanced technology. My ...