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

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How is a ranged touch spell attack calculated?

I know that when attacking with a melee weapon you would add your Attack Bonus to your attack roll and your Strength Modifier to the damage roll. How does this work when you're casting a ranged spell ...
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How to encourage players to work better as a team?

Related: What kind of rules promote good team cohesion? Unlike that question, this one is about problem players, not problem character personalities. There is a group of good friends who I ...
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How to stop a player constantly using Detect Magic/Evil?

In a group I play with there is a player who, assuming he has the ability to do so, constantly uses Detect Magic/Evil. There's nothing in the rules against this (that I'm aware of) when it's a class ...
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Would my opponents be denied their Dex bonus if I were to target them with a spell while invisible or in stealth?

If I were to cast a spell targeting an opponent while invisible or stealthed, would they be denied their Dexterity bonus? For example, if I cast Enervation while under the effect of Invisibility, ...
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What is the best class for a character strong versus mind-affecting spells? [closed]

I am GMing a Pathfinder campaign and need to build an party NPC who is as strong as they can possibly be against mind-affecting spells and abilities. They don't need to be especially skilled in combat....
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What are the prices for Permanency when you don't know the spell yourself?

I want to make an item, say a sword, permanently invisible and I am a little unsure as to the pricing required for this. The price of the item doesn't need to be figured out. Having an NPC cast a ...
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How do PC's learn about usable items [on hold]

Running a game using the beginner box, The cleric/wizard can use Spellcraft once per day to examine a magic item. And although not part of the beginner box rules, Appraise can be used to determine the ...
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Can a greatsword, a bite, and a headbutt all be used during the same full attack?

Could a multiclass fighter/ unchained barbarian use Animal Fury and Steel Headbutt in the same full-attack action? For example: a multiclass Fighter 6 and Unchained Barbarian 6 makes a full-attack ...
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Spells that use Will Save to make them stronger [on hold]

The current campaign I'm in has a few house rules, one of which is a spell charge system: it currently allows us to use ANY level 4 or under spell. Pretty soon we'll gain access to level 5 and 6. My ...
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Does a Monstrous Humanoid or a Fey count as Humanoid for armor costs and spell effects?

A question for two friends playing custom made races. One is a Monstrous Humanoid physically similar to a Lamia but with a larger bust and a less ridiculously long snake tail, the other is a Fey of ...
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Where can I get miniatures of The Four Horsemen of Apocalyse? [on hold]

I have looked a lot online but I am reaching the end of my search. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy miniatures of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — ideally resembling the Pathfinder ...
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Does a familiar's poison attack take its effective familiar hit dice into account?

A few animals and vermins available as familiars have a poisonous attack. My personal familiar is a house centipede with a dazing poison. As a familiar, it has currently 5 effective hit dice and will ...
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How Can I Make My Horse Useful in Dungeons?

Related: Bring a horse in a dungeon. How is this question different? I am asking specifically as a mounted archer, who doesn't need to charge on horseback and does not have the option of choosing a ...
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Are an Isitoq's Daze & Tears of Anguish the same thing?

The Isitoq, the wonderful Undead Eye available as an Improved Familiar1. It has two abilities that appear to be... the same: Daze (Ex): An isitoq's nerves form grotesque wings. Any creature struck ...
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How can I one-shot a vampire?

I need to one shot a Vampire for story reasons, so I'm looking for an effective method. Would managing to drive a wooden stake through a non-helpless vampire's heart work? (The plan is to have a ...
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Detecting a Held Charge Touch Attack

Touch spells have the ability to Hold the Charge. Meaning that they can be cast ahead of time and then held onto for use whenever after without the need to speak the verbal components again or make ...
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Do I need +6 Bab to take pummeling style?

The prerequisites of pummeling style read as follows. Prerequisite(s): Improved Unarmed Strike; base attack bonus +6, brawler's flurry class feature, or flurry of blows class feature Can a ...
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Any way to overcome a Paladin's immunity to disease without GM fiat?

Is there any way to overcome a paladin's immunity to disease without a gm fiat? The goal is to make a paladin able to fall ill through any means possible without him losing his immunity, but instead ...
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Cleric Channel Energy heals and damages at the same time?

Can a Cleric use Channel Positive Energy to damage and heal at the same time? For example: An undead and a living human are 10 feet from the cleric. The cleric Channels Positive Energy. Does he ...
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Does Intensified Spell Work on Ball Lightning?

As the title states, I simply would like to know if intensified spell will add an extra ball when I cast Ball Lightning.
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Taking 20 with Quick Change

How long in game time should a characters one-time-a-day bonus from the Streetwise Performer bard archetype take? The bluff skill reads that bluffing to deceive takes one round minimum, longer for ...
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How do Ability Bonuses and Penalties Stack?

According to the Pathfinder rules as written on temporary ability bonuses and penalties, gaining a bonus to your ability scores that lasts one day or less would not actually increase your ability ...
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Is there an Ability Modifier equation?

Is there an equation to determine the Ability Modifier? I'm not talking about the chart that lists 1 = −5 2-3 = −4 4-5 = −3 6-7 = −2 etc. I mean a legit equation that, if I somehow misplaced this ...
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How can you maintain breathable air in a sealed location long term?

Wizard Bob has created himself a mighty tower, but being a reclusive, paranoid crazy sort of Wizard he'd like to create it entirely sealed to stop anything getting in that he doesn't want inside. The ...
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Can Chord of Shards be cast any time, or only during a performance?

Do you already have to be in a bardic performance to cast Chord of Shards, effectively taking two rounds to cast, or could you freely cast it as a standard action whenever?
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How can I contribute as a wizard at low levels?

I hear that full casters are considered the best in pathfinder, but a lot of campaigns that I seem to play in never make it past level 5 or 6. I'd like to play wizard, but right as I'm about to become ...
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Is using a wand for healing viable for level 1 party?

Could a party consisting of level 1 players use a wand of cure light wounds to make up for not having a cleric/healer? The Use Magic Device skill has DC 20 for using wands, level 1 characters ...
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Strangling Hair acting “independently of your own actions”

The Wizard spell Strangling Hair has the listed duration "concentration, up to 1 round/level", but later on in the spell it states that "your hair continues to attack that target independently of your ...
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Can a Solid Note be shaped like a manacle?

Can I cast Solid Note to make a whole note? In common western music notation, a whole note is an empty circle. The way I imagine it, the magical version would be a ring, kind of like the rings on a ...
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How to be effective as a Healing Cleric

Some times things are just too much of a fun/stupid combo idea not to try your darnedest not to work out. What is the best way to make a Cleric that literally only does healing/buffing? Is this even ...
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When does the spell Break work

This is referring to the spell Break which seems to be a very powerful spells as it's the one way to undermine armour bonus by halving it and then eliminating it. The spell description: You can ...
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Can an Antipaladin combine Touch of Corruption and a held touch spell?

In pathfinder, can an antipaladin deliver a held touch spell (e.g. inflict moderate wounds) and touch of corruption at the same time? I have quoted items that I feel are relevant. From the Player'...
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What is the procedure for retrieving a flask of oil from a backpack, throwing it, lighting a torch, and then lighting the puddle?

I'm new to Pathfinder and GMing (just have the Beginner Box), and have a couple of questions regarding the following scenario: a PC wanting to throw a flask of oil on the ground at a particular square ...
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Can I sneak attack someone with Uncanny Dodge, without my own Uncanny Dodge?

I have a level 8 Swashbuckler//Guild Agent Rogue. The Guild Agent archetype made me give up Uncanny Dodge. Is there a way I can do sneak attack damage to someone with Uncanny Dodge? Or is it still ...
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Can every PC in the party make a perception check?

If four PCs enter a room, can they all do perception checks in a row to improve their odds of detecting stuff?
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Can you stack legendary proportions and giants form 2?

I just did a lot of research for a different but related question and while doing so discovered something which I would like confirmed. We are all familiar with how enlarge person works, and how it ...
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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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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding ...
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Does the -4 to disarm still apply if you have Improved Unarmed Strike?

I was reading the combat maneuvers section and was reading the disarm part. You can attempt to disarm your opponent in place of a melee attack. If you do not have the Improved Disarm feat, or a ...
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How to be permanently scentless?

I really like the effect that deodorizing agent provides and have been wondering how to get it as a permanent effect. Coating a creature in a vial of this milky, odorless substance takes 1 minute ...
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Can I mix ranged and melee attacks in a Full Attack?

I am playing a Zen Archer Monk. I have a question about using my full attack. A monks unarmed strike is defined as At 1st level, a monk gains Improved Unarmed Strike as a bonus feat. A monk's ...
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Can you use a swift action during a full round action?

Are you allowed to use a swift action in the middle of a full round action like full attack? The only movement you can take during a full attack is a 5-foot step. You may take the step before, ...
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Are XP award for one large encounter vs. lots of smaller encounters different?

Suppose my five level-2 player characters (PCs) face 10 CR2 challenges/encounters in a given Pathfinder session. To be concrete, let's assume these encounters are monsters that are each worth 500 XP. ...
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What would be the generic terms for anthropomorphic personifications of chaos, law and neutrality?

According to the SRD 3.x and its derivatives the generic term for anthropomorphic personifications of good and evil are celestial and fiend, respectively. For example, angels and archons are both ...
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Can a Damphir Antipaladin use Touch of Corruption with a Swift Action?

It is known Paladins can heal themselves with a Swift Action: Lay On Hands (Su) Beginning at 2nd level, a paladin can heal wounds (her own or those of others) by touch. Each day she can use ...
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How does the weapon cord work?

When I first came across a weapon cord, I loved the idea of them and their ability to help prevent me from losing a weapon. Ever since then I have been attaching them to any weapon which I solely use. ...
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Enlarge person and mythic [closed]

Why does mythic enlarge person have a maximum size of huge when enlarge person has no such restriction? I assume its to prevent shenanigans about becoming too big, but then why doesn't enlarge person ...
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How would a large character use stealth?

Being that a large creature is larger than most things on the battlefield (and even in normal circumstances), how can one reasonably say that they were unable to see it? Even if it moves quietly, its ...
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Can a Fiend Blade Magus use the Fiend Blade ability to gain an Unholy Fiend Blade at level 7?

A 7th level Fiend Flayer Magus uses the Fiend Blade arcana to manifest the weapon. Can the ability be used to add the Unholy ability at this level from the enhancement bonus 'pool' on activation? ...
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Can a Wizard prepare spells while sick?

Normally I would think this is a no-brainer. However, on page 218 under "Preparation Environment" it states that if you might fail a saving throw it would prevent the necessary concentration to ...