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

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Does every specialization of Craft you take get the class skill bonus, or just the first?

Suppose I'm playing a character with Craft as a class skill. I put 1 rank in it, select Weaponsmith to fit my background and end up with Craft (Weapons) +4. Now, if I later decide I want to be able to ...
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Fumes mechanics for Acid Elementals

The Fumes ability for the Acic Elemental reads; The fumes from an acid quasi-elemental's body act as an inhaled poison. Creatures within 5 ft. of an acid quasi-elemental must make succeed on a DC ...
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Pitfalls to avoid when using kingdom building rules for the first time?

Our group is playing the Kingmaker adventure path and we are about to start a kingdom. I'm intending to use the Ultimate Campaign rules for kingdom building (they seem to be genuinely the same, aside ...
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Does a Slayer's Studied Target Bonus apply to sneak attacks?

Question: Does a slayers studied target bonus on damage rolls applies on sneak attack? Let me quote : "The slayer then gains a +1 bonus on Bluff, Knowledge, Perception, Sense Motive, and Survival ...
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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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Can a Ranger learn spells outside the Ranger spell list?

I'm playing a Ranger in a Pathfinder campaign. I've been looking over the spell lists, and I'm a bit miffed as to just what spells a Ranger can use - is it limited to only using the Ranger spells ...
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How quick is an immediate action (spell)? [duplicate]

Immediate actions "can be performed at any time", but how quickly can they be used? Does it mean a spell like emergency force sphere could be used to avoid (for instance) fireball? Ie Wizard Bob ...
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What does it mean when a spell gives two durations?

For example, Anticipate Peril gives a duration of "1 minute/level or until activated." Does that mean it lasts for a maximum of 1 minute per level but ends when activated? Or does it mean it lasts ...
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When, how and in which order does equipment break?

I'm wondering in which situations equipment can break and how this occurs. Sunder is the first option that I know of, and is also the most obvious one, but if for example a dragon breath weapons a ...
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Explosive rounds in Pathfinder

The Pathfinder version of the Hotchkiss 6 pounder (RL info) is listed as an 8d6 B/S/P siege weapon, and it's full description says: The Hotchkiss 6 pounder is a direct-fire advanced siege firearm ...
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Who actually makes the Magic Books that boost stats?

The Pathfinder game has a series of Tomes and Manuals that, when read, permanently boost a specific ability score. Examples include the Tome of Understanding (Wis) or the Manual of Gainful Exercise ...
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What is Spell DC?

My group is new to table top RPGs, and one thing we haven't figured out is Spell DC. One player was a cleric, and channel energy does force the undead monsters to make a saving throw, but I don't ...
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Does a level 9+ Synthesist Summoner have Multiattack when fused with their eidolon?

An eidolon normally gets Multiattack as a bonus feat if they have 3 or more natural weapons at level 9. However, a Synthesist Summoner's eidolon does not have any feat of their own. So, my question ...
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Air Elemental's Whirlwind

Ref: Small Air Elemental, Whirlwind What kind of action must an Air Elemental take to become a whirlwind? How often can an Air Elemental use Whirlwind? The ability's template includes a frequency ...
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Can I further increase my critical threat range?

I'm a fighter archer, just turning level 4. In my last session I rolled double 00's for loot and was rewarded with a +4 composite longbow of thundering. I'm pretty freaking stoked. I plan on taking ...
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Saboteur Alchemist Bore Bomb Discovery

I don't understand the language on the Bore Bomb discovery from the Advanced Race Guide. The entry says "it ignores half the target's hardness and deals 1 point of damage per saboteur level" is this ...
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What is missing in my campaign? [on hold]

I'm looking for some advice and critique on the first story arc for a new PF campaign I'm going to be running soon. This is my first attempt at GMing entirely separate of a published adventure in ...
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Aid another bonuses

I have been working on a build that optimizes granting AC bonuses to allies using actions that are not used often like AOO and immediate actions. I have been looking for non-class ways of increasing ...
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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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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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Does being prone affect your Combat Maneuver Defense (CMD)?

When a character is prone, is their CMD penalized?
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Can someone help me optimize (or at least, make sure I don't hobble) a gunslinger/magus for PFS play? [closed]

I'm moderately familiar with D20 games, though moderately new to PF, but I was invited by a friend-of-a-friend to try out PFS this weekend. I popped into my university's game club to read some ...
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How is Controlled Rage handled in Pathfinder Society?

So....after a little searching on the web about Urban barbarians I cant seem to find an official ruling on the following Controlled Rage (Ex): When an urban barbarian rages, instead of making a ...
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Barding (Or Armoring) Animal Companions

My Druid player wishes to get medium armor for his large cat animal companion. I'm a little shaky about what I've read for doing this in my Society game (if it's at all possible). I had two questions ...
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What damage does Whip of Spiders do and how is it used?

In the Advanced Class Guide there is a new spell: Whip of Spiders. There are also two follow on spells Whip of Centipedes and Whip of (Army) Ants. All of these are in the Conjuration (Summoning) ...
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Arcanist Bloodline Development and Familiars

So I made a Level 1 human arcanist and picked up the exploits Bloodline Development: Arcane and Familiar (level 1 exploit and level 1 feat Extra Arcanist Exploit). For the Arcane Bloodline ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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Does a mithral rose change your weapon to silver, or add it?

The Mithral Rose, from Mythic Adventures, states that... When wearing the rose openly on his chest, the wearer treats all of his natural attacks, unarmed attacks, and weapon attacks as if they ...
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Can I change the alignment of my intelligent item?

I am a chaotic neutral ranger who has a belt of physical might that I dropped a lot of gold to have my sorcerer make for me. He rolled a natural 20 so the GM imbued it with sentience and rolled that ...
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How does a Flaming Sphere's movement work?

Regarding Flaming Sphere: The sphere does damage when it occupies the same space as a creature. When I move it into a creature's space to attack, the sphere stops moving for the round. If the ...
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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 can I thwart a vampire in the party planning on dominating all of us?

We have a party member in Pathfinder get bitten on purpose where the rest of the party didn't see, so he turned into a vampire and nobody knows in-game. He is pretty much planing on turning the whole ...
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How should I handle arcane spell failure in pathfinder?

I'm playing a rogue 3/ sorcerer 1 as a prelude to an arcane trickster. Since I expect to be spending more time in melee than most spellcasters, I want to have pretty good AC, but the armor I have now ...
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Pathfinder to Dungeon World Conversion [closed]

For those that have attempted to do a Pathfinder (or D&D 3.5e) to Dungeon World conversion, how what aspects did you implement into the game's core design? Do you believe that it truly added to ...
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Can you attack and then do Total Defense in the same turn?

I would think that's the intended use but I want to be sure.
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Is there any way to gain access to Evasion without taking multiple levels of a class?

So, I have a character with a really, really, really bonkers Reflex save. It wasn't really the design plan, but a combination of class features, ancillary benefits from traits, and stats meant that I ...
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How to GM and Play a Character fairly [duplicate]

I'm a new player to RPGs and I'm trying to incubate my skills so that I can play in a group one day. I've got a fair grasp of the rules and I've been running one on one campaigns with my wife; both as ...
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Can a Summoner Cast the Summon Monster Spell With His Eidolon Out?

I have Summon Monster IV on my spell list. Do I have to dismiss my eidolon before casting the spell, or can I cast it even with my eidolon out? I remember you couldn't have the eidolon and summon ...
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How does Divine Smith's metamagic adjustment reduction work?

In the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Race Guide, there is an archetype available to dwarf clerics named the Forgemaster. This archetype has a class feature that I'm not sure to fully ...
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How do I manage my Druid's wildshapes?

My druid picked up the wildshape ability a few levels back, but hasn't had a chance to use it yet. The wide-open nature of the ability (and the labyrinthine rules) has left me reluctant to bog down ...
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Techniques for making high level D&D play more manageable?

Many people complain about high level D&D 3.x play. It can become less enjoyable for both players and GMs because of the huge nest of rules and complexity required for every character, the prep ...
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How flexible is the Inquisitor spell repertoire?

I am creating a new inquisitor character in Pathfinder. I'm a bit confused on how learning & preparing spells works. In my character sheet, it says that my first-level inquisitor has the ability ...
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Reading a creatures Melee attack

I'm very new to Pathfinder and am trying to put pieces of information together. Thanks for your patience in advance. I have a creature from an adventure path and his melee attack is listed as ...
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Can you use 2 metamagic rods to improve a single spell?

I was just wondering, I have a cleric and he has a Greater Metamagic Rod: Maximize, I was thinking of picking up a Greater Empower Rod as well, would they two rods stack, or can I only use one? I ...
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Should Burning Arc be a ranged touch attack?

Looking at the level 2 spell Burning Arc, there is nothing in the text that says it's a ranged touch attack. Given the power of this spell, should each target get a ranged touch attack check?
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How can I get players to fall for this trap?

In 3 days I'm hosting a session and I devised a horribly fun trap. The trap kills them with a powerful poison in 1D4+2 rounds if they fail the consecutive saves. After the poison kills the target, ...
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How do mind transfers interact with soul loss?

I'm interested in stupid, over-the-top combinations. I very nearly LARPed a vampiric Ulitharilich. However, in Pathfinder this isn't actually possible, because pathfinder is sane about templates and ...
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Does the Natural Armor a Synthesist Summoner Gains from a Fused Eidolon Stack with Base Race's Natural Armor?

I am playing a race in my home game that has a base natural armor of 4, and I am also playing a synthesist summoner. Does my eidolon's natural armor bonus stack with my characters base natural armor, ...
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How can I imprison my characters for a long period of time?

I want to imprison my characters for a long period of time, but I don't want them to use any spell or skill to escape before their imprisonment and I certainly don't want to kill them in the process ...
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What does the letter in parentheses after a spell duration mean?

We're playing D&D using primarily Pathfinder rules. I'm just getting into a class with spell abilities and have a question regarding the duration of spells. I've noticed that some have a letter in ...