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

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Pathfinder Buffing builds [on hold]

I've been trying to design a class for my next game: the class concept is about support buffing and strengthening allies. The rest of the party is made up of a blaster wizard, a necromancer ...
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Mind Control: What's a Dominate Person between allies?

In a recent game of 10th level characters, we had a small issue in the group. To set the scene, my character was a serpentfolk witch, specializing in enchantment and specifically mind-magic. We had a ...
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How to use a wand without being noticed

Let's say a thief wants to use a wand stealthily. Is there any way of using a wand without being noticed? Is a stealth check sufficient? Can he activate the wand under his clothes without being seen? ...
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Magus (Card Caster) and Spell Combat/Spellstrike

Spell Combat is not modified by the Magus Card Caster archetype, but the archetype seems to be designed with a purely ranged focus. Spellstrike specifically says a ranged or touch spell can be ...
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Magus spell combat & spell combat maneuvres revisited

Which of these scenarios are valid for the Pathfinder Society Magus? Standing away from bad guy; spell combat + spellstrike Assuming process can be spell -> melee -> free melee Charge spell at ...
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Do you add your strength modifier to touch spells?

I can't find anything explicit about whether a touch melee spell is considered a melee attack or not.
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Does spellstrike override spell storing for a Magus?

After getting keen I am exploring other options for my Pathfinder Society level 8 Magus. This is my first caster character of any sort, so forgive me if I'm forgetting something obvious. Consider the ...
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Fighter/Alchemist using Explosive Missile

I have a player asking about how Explosive Missile works. They are looking at a build that combines Fighter (With Archer variant) combined with levels of Alchemist. There's been some discussion over ...
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Magus casting spells in close combat?

One of the cool things about the Pathfinder Magus class is that you can deliver touch attack spells through your weapon. If you make use of that, do you have to make the concentration check to cast ...
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Can I use Domain powers on myself?

Some Domain powers are enabling the cleric to touch one creature to give it some boons. Example, from CRB, War Domain: Battle Rage (Sp): You can touch a creature as a standard action to give it a ...
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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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Is my finger a light weapon?

Normally, my melee attack rolls use my Strength bonus. Weapon Finesse allows me to use Dexterity instead of Strength when using light weapons and specifies that natural weapons are considered light ...
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Magus' Accurate Strike - do melee touch attack rolls add weapon enhancement bonus?

The Pathfinder Magus has access to Arcana, one of which is the Accurate Strike: Benefit: The magus can expend 2 points from his arcane pool as a swift action to resolve all of his melee weapon ...
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Using the Magus' Spellstrike with Held Charge

When holding a charge, whether because the initial touch attack missed or was not used, does Spellstrike allow for the use of the Magus' weapon for subsequent attempts? For instance, Casts Shocking ...
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Magus Maneuvers

Researched and valid magus maneuver: Cast Touch Spell -> 5 foot step -> Spellstrike with no concentration check Is this valid: Cast Touch Spell -> Move action -> Spellstrike with no ...
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How does using the Armor as Damage Reduction affect other rules such as touch attacks?

I'm wanting to use the optional Armor as Damage Reduction rules, but there is nothing listed as how it interacts with rules based on AC such as touch attacks and the like. I know that touch attacks ...
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Does the feat Point-Blank Shot and similar feats affect ranged touch attack spells?

The confusion with Point-Blank Shot for me comes from this line; You get a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with ranged weapons at ranges of up to 30 feet. Also, Precise Shot has a similar ...
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Does the shooting into melee penalty apply for ranged touch spells?

If an enemy is involved in melee combat with a friend would firing a ranged touch spell work just like firing an arrow and be subject to the shooting into melee penalty? In other words, if the foe is ...
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Does the magus' pool strike count as a touch spell?

The pfsrd states that, whenever a magus casts a spell with a range of “touch” from the magus spell list, he can deliver the spell through any weapon he is wielding as part of a melee attack. ...
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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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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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Starting Resources for the New Pathfinder Player

I've been invited to play in a friend's Pathfinder game. I have very, very limited tabletop experience. I really don't want to go in cold (these are experienced players), so while it would be easy ...
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How many kobolds does it take to dig a Pit Trap?

I did some maths, based on PF SRD for both traps and crafting, and this is what I found : a Pit Trap is a CR-1 trap (but it's a lazy kind of trap, so let's assume, as PF SRD tells us to do, that it ...
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Maximum number of points in a skill per level? [duplicate]

I remember when creating my level 1 rogue many moons ago - for my first Pathfinder game ever - that our GM told us there was a max. number of skill points we could put into each skill. I don't ...
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At what level can a fighter gain damage reduction?

Being new to D&D, I'm very intrigued with damage reduction. Creating a new level 1 fighter, I'm trying to acquire damage reduction, but have been unable to find a way to do it at first level, or ...
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Can a lower-level spellcaster recharge a staff?

While doing research for another recent question, I ran into two back-to-back lines that seem to contradict each other. From the PFSRD, emphasis mine: Each morning, when a spellcaster prepares ...
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How to read 2 claws in a Pathfinder monster stack block? [duplicate]

An example of the monster I have a question over is a Crab, Giant. It's Melee looks like this: 2 claws +4 (1d4+2 plus grab) I am wondering about the "2 claws" part. Does that mean the crab gets to ...
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When Calculating Magic Item Cost, Which “Spell Effects” can be combined with which “Special” effects?

I'm reading this table of magic item gold cost formulae, and I'm having a very difficult time understanding it. How do the listings in the "Special" table interact with the listings in the "Spell ...
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What determines max skill rank?

So, I bought the book, read it, but I have a question, and just to be sure: The max level from an skill in rank can't be more than your level, so, a starting character can only have a skill on level ...
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How do touch spells work against creatures you're already touching?

The other day, a few others and I were playing Pathfinder and I have a question over tactic that I used. Our GM threw slug/tentacle like creatures at us that began with attaching themselves to our ...
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Can you touch up to six objects as a full round action when casting a touch spell?

You can touch one friend as a standard action or up to six friends as a full-round action. So states the PRD. But let's say you were to cast a spell that's designed to be cast on a touched ...
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Is a vitalist's Steal Health ability a natural weapon, as a lamia's touch attack is?

At 3rd level, a vitalist gains Steal Health, a supernatural ability, the rules for which state that such actions take a standard action to perform unless otherwise specified. As a touch attack, ...
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Can I cast Elemental Touch and Shocking Grasp?

Can I cast Elemental Touch in one round, and then cast Shocking Grasp afterwards? Do they stack? If so, could I cast elemental touch and choose lightning for even more lightning damage?
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Can shaking hands trigger a (ranged) touch attack?

For spells such as ray of enfeeblement, there is a ranged touch attack to target the spell. Other spells activate after a touch attack, such as chill touch. If a victim was otherwise unaware that the ...
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Elemental Touch Questions

I have 2 question about the spell Elemental Touch. I'm running a suli magus that specializes in electricity so the spells seems appealing to me, but I need to figure out some things first. The first ...
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Alarming potions

Alchemists formulae includes Invisibility Alarm. Does that mean they can actually create a potion of alarm? How does that work? When you drink the potion do you then choose where the alarm spell ...
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Can You Craft Magic Items At a Lower Caster Level Than Your Own?

Many magic items have a cost based on the item's caster level, yet do not benefit from that caster level in any way. Magic Staves, for example. When crafting such an item, can a player choose to use ...
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How many BP do I give to my PCs to start a kingdom?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder play-by-post game with some friends, and I decided to try the Kingdom Building rules from Ultimate Campaign. The PCs are goblins who saved a bunch of other goblins ...
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Do Wondrous Items require the Use Magic Device skill?

Do characters need to do a check to use items like, for example, the Rope of Knots, or can anyone use them?
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Pathfinder golem senses / sight

I cannot find a particular documentation about golem senses, what will happen when a golem is inside a Fog cloud spell? Can he see and hear normally? Is its line of sight blocked? In our case we are ...
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Can large magical clothing be used by medium size characters?

My PCs found a large cloak of elvenkind. Can a medium person use it, and does it still offer the +5 bonus for stealth? Or can they even cut it into two pieces and use it on two characters? A RAW ...
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Magus question: Combining spell strike and spell combat

I was hoping yall could answer a specific question related to my character. Unfortunately, I don't have the reputation points to link more than 2 of my abilities. Apologies! I play a level 9 Magus ...
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Can a spellcaster know why a spell failed?

I just read this answer to Can you Plane Shift to the plane that you're on? and it made me wonder: As a spellcaster, how do I know why spell failed? Is there any roll for it in either Pathfinder ...
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Do class levels count toward the Half Dragon's breath weapon?

Does a half dragon, with zero racial hit dice get class levels applied to their breath weapon or does it not even get a breath weapon? The rules state: The breath weapon deals 1d6 hit points 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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Multiple Arms and Grappling in Pathfinder

I built a creature with 16 limbs and a focus on grappling. However I could not find any bonus to grapple for having extra limbs. Searching online I found a few forum posts but they seemed primarily ...
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Are there any spells that heal hit-points over time in Pathfinder or 3.5?

I've been looking through all the Paizo spells, but all I see so far are instantaneous duration healing (cure) spells. What I am looking for is a spell I can have on a wand or other magic item, so if ...
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How many wisps are summoned for the barbarian spirit totem?

I'm having trouble finding where it says how many wisps the Spirit Totem rage powers summon around their barbarian, or whether it even matters. Do they each make their own attack, or do all the wisps ...
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Pathfinder: Cleric Domain Spell Slot

Can I prepare a Lower leveled domain spell in a Higher leveled Domain spell slot?
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How do multiple-round touch spells work?

I'm the GM for a group of four people, two of whom are deviously creative. This time, this dynamic duo is playing a pair of 7th-level druids, both of which had taken the spell Produce Flame for the ...