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

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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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Does the Poisoner's(Rogue) Master Poisoner Ability change the onset and frequency times?

Master Poisoner (Ex) At 3rd level, a poisoner can use Craft (alchemy) to change the type of a poison. This requires 1 hour of work with an alchemist’s lab and a Craft (alchemy) skill check ...
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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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Can you intentionally fail a skill check?

This comes up to me in the context of the 3.x/PF/d20 Fly skill, even when I simply read about it: Can you intentionally fail a Fly skill check, or any other skill check for that matter, if you, or ...
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How to make D&D-like Alignment work [on hold]

This is something I've been thinking about for some time, and now KRyan's Excellent Answer made me think about that again: is there a way to make alignments work, albeit not as intended? The problems ...
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In the area of effect of Sleet Storm, do creatures gain the Blinded condition?

If a creature is inside a Sleet Storm spell, does it gain the Blinded condition? For example, does it take the -2 penalty to Armor Class from Blinded? The relevant text of Sleet Storm: Driving ...
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For Pathfinder, how do I go about creating mutagens and extracts as an alchemist?

I'm very new to d&d and I was immediately drawn to alchemist when our group's now dm informed us that she had purchased a Pathfinder guide book. Using extracts and mutagens in combat sounded ...
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How do I handle a group that does not understand the 'assumption rule'?

1st rule of D&D (as of 3rd edition/pathfinder): The GM is the final arbiter on all rules. I understand this, completely, and do not disagree. That said, I'm having trouble with a group that ...
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How does mounted ride-by attack work?

I'm designing a semi-hostile cavalier type npc for the players to encounter on a road at some point. I understand completely how cavaliers function off the horse. However, the poorly worded feats and ...
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How much greed is too much for a Chaotic Neutral character?

I have recently started GM-ing a new group of players, most of them are unexperienced. One of the players is a Chaotic Neutral Rogue. This description of Chaotic Neutral mentions that such character ...
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Can the heal spell (and other positive energy effects) work on constructs?

Now I'm fairly sure that you can't heal constructs (along with pretty much every other player and DM), but when I went looking for the actual rules I couldn't find them. Nor could I find anything ...
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Can I use Hero's Defiance (or an immediate action) before I've had a chance to take my turn?

Suppose I have a paladin in a fight with a tiger. We roll initiative, and the paladin is going to go last. In the first round, the tiger charges and deals 54 damage to my paladin, and takes them down. ...
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Can an alchemist learn any Wizard spell?

From the SRD: An alchemist can study a wizard’s spellbook to learn any formula that is equivalent to a spell the spellbook contains I'm playing an alchemist in a party with a wizard. He can know ...
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Banishment in an Area that Prevents Teleportation

Pathfinder rules in the Forgotten Realms setting. The campaign is currently set in Myth Drannor. A high-level Wizard battled some of the resident fiends and used banishment. He successfully penetrated ...
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How can I tell if Shillelagh has been cast on a quarterstaff?

Are there any visible indications that would indicate that Shillelagh has been cast upon a quarterstaff? Assume that the spell was cast out of sight. The rules don't say either way. I'm just ...
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Chaotic Neutral Alignment and Greed

Could you have a chaotic neutral character, who in a public setting appear lawful good? Saving people, turning in bad guys, following all of the laws of an area to a T, if he knew that by doing so it ...
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How can I gain an attack of opportunity when a creature moves INTO reach?

Is there any way to reliably to gain an attack of opportunity when a creature moves into your reach? I already know you get one when a creature moves by you or away from you, and that's not what I'm ...
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Are these conclusions regarding Magus's Spellstrike and Ring of Force accurate?

I have a string of logic getting me to the conclusion I want :) Help me decide if I am fooling myself. Based on this information (correct me if I'm wrong): Magus's Spellstrike says you can use ANY ...
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Can half-elves multiclass at 1st level?

Half-elves get a trait called "multitalented." The rules describe it briefly: Half-elves choose two favored classes at first level and gain +1 hit point or +1 skill point whenever they take a level in ...
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What is the duration of a spell from a magic item?

In my case I have a Celestial Armor (CL5) and a Celestial Shield (CL7) The armor lets me fly once per day (as the spell) and the shield gifes me feather fall once per day and because I have both I ...
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Armor Craft Skill - modifying magical armor to fit 3 armed characters.

I am creating an Alchemist in Pathfinder and want to take the Tentacle Discovery - This grants my character an extra "arm" in the form of a tentacle. My DM told me that, with this extra "arm", any ...
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Can a vampire enter a temple?

My party will be going to a temple soon, and I'm wondering if a vampire (who is stalking them unbeknownst to the party) will be able to enter. It's to an evil god, but the ground is still technically ...
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What can I do to help a pretty weak Halfling Barbarian?

So, in the Pathfinder Campaign I am running, we decided not to max out everything with "optimal builds". The players had a concept for their character in mind, which led to the group consisting of the ...
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Can a magus with a high BAB cast two spells or attack and cast, with their full attack action?

Suppose you are a level 10 Magus or something similar. (Something with a decent BAB progression and spellcasting abilities) When you hit +6/+1, can you cast a spell, then attack, vice-versa, or simply ...
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What kind of check would it be to identify meat?

If the characters were presented with some cubes of cooked meat, what kind of check would be necessary for them to make in order to determine what kind of animal or creature it came from. For ...
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Can a Pathfinder Vampire store blood for later use? [closed]

I know it's kind of vague in terms of what kind of vampire archetype i.e. Dhampir and nosferatu, but I'm mostly just curious: A. Can you drink it from a cup or container if it's fresh, and what's the ...
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Sixth level Magus Skirnir in Pathfinder. What are some good feats? (Not looking for metagaming/optimizing) [closed]

There are so many feats in Pathfinder, and I oft have trouble navigating the websites to find feats RELEVANT to my class or character. I have a sixth level Magus Skirnir in Pathfinder who specializes ...
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Mystic Theurge Early Access with Magical Linneage

So I was thinking about the old 3.5 prestige class early entry tricks and how they might apply in pathfinder when I thought of Magical Lineage. Say you took levels in Wizard and Cleric and for your ...
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Can you use swift or free actions whilst nauseated?

The text for Nauseated states that: "The only action such a character can take is a single move action per turn." Does this also preclude swift, immediate or free actions? This question ...
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Help me manage a Vampire homebrew roleplay issue [closed]

I have a (8th level) Magus [Skirnir archetype, so, casting using shields as a catalyst, etc. Not entirely relevant] who, for the sake of roleplay, is an exile from Kelesh who was removed due to his ...
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How can I convert the Illithid Savant prestige class to Pathfinder? [closed]

Pathfinder does not support Illithids (Mind Flayers), and I wish to incorporate the Illithid Savant prestige class (from Savage Species) into a campaign. How could I include this class into the game? ...
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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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Is there any objective reason to favour d20PFSRD over the Paizo PRD?

I've seen different references to online manuals for Pathfinder at d20pfsrd.com and paizo.com/prd. What is the difference between these two sites? Since the core rules are likely to be the same, ...
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Is there a way to increase Base Attack Bonus?

I'm looking at the prestige class Arcane Archer and one of the requirements is +6 BAB. My sorcerer won't have a natural BAB of +6 until level 12, which means that if he becomes an Arcane Archer, ...
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In a high fantasy setting, what changes when you restrict player magical item purchases?

In every game that I've played or run, the players have been able to easily buy or craft any magic item that they could pay for. What are the pitfalls of this kind of unlimited magic freedom system? ...
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How do I use a Roc as an animal companion?

I'm a ranger and have gotten my first animal companion, a Roc. I'm having a bit of trouble using it. Flying I would assume that flying is to a Roc as walking is to a human. But my GM keeps telling ...
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Are missing extremities still missing in Wild Shape?

The subject says it all. There's a druid of 4th level, and in his natural form he is missing an arm. Is the corresponding extremity (a paw, or a wing) still missing after wild shaping into an animal ...
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What special materials exist for weapons and armor in D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?

Can anyone give me a good reference to a relatively complete list of Item Special Materials, such as Adamantine, Mithril, etc? Most sources are so spread out and lack vital information that it's ...
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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Is it possible to have many people using aid another use craft to earn a lot per week?

One of my players is trying to find loopholes to make lots of money without having to work. His latest idea is as follows: Get a ton of low-to-mid-level NPCs willing (or "willing") to waste a lot of ...
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Puzzled about buff durations

I've just recently become interested in playing Pathfinder. I like the role of a cleric as the backbone of a group that makes sure everything goes smoothly and has a great role in controlling a ...
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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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Do Bards gain bonus spells from Dragon Disciple's “Blood of Dragons”?

I'm planning to take Dragon Disciple with my bard, and it's unclear whether I would gain the Draconic bloodline's bonus spells (like mage armor at Dragon Disciple 3, for example) through the Blood of ...
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Using a net while mounted to drag someone around

Are there any rules on dragging someone around via a net while mounted? If there are none, would you allow it, and what rules would you use for it?
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Is there something that should be making my spell saving throws stronger?

I've read the many queries relating to this but they are mostly D&D related. I'm playing a sorcerer, and it seems that now that we are hitting L6-7, I'm less effective: my spell's saving throws ...
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What happens if the effects of two different damage types contradict each other?

A flesh golem has the extraordinary ability immunity to magic, which says that A flesh golem is immune to any spell or spell-like ability that allows spell resistance. In addition, certain spells ...
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What is the fastest way to earn money without adventuring?

What is the fastest way to earn money outside of adventuring? Our DM is putting us into a war and we have to prepare for said war. We have X amount of time (not known) to make money and then we make ...
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Do I get to choose spells for a Faerie Dragon Familiar?

The Faerie Dragon bestiary entry is unusual among monsters eligible to be Improved Familiars. Notably, it's unusual because unlike all of the other available options, the Faerie Dragon has a list of ...
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Is there any way to teleport to a person in Pathfinder?

If I am familiar with a person, but either don't know where they are or aren't familiar enough with their location to teleport there, is there any method of teleporting to the person rather than his ...
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Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...