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

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How to teach players consequences

I'm DMing for a party of new players (4) that have all been wanting to play tabletop games for a while. It's worth noting that these guys all play video games (Witcher, Dragon's Age, etc.) and that is ...
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How do you roll against Spell Resistance?

I've been searching how Spell Resistance work for days and I haven't found an answer. What is the roll to pass the target's SR? I mean the DC would be the SR, but what do I add to my roll?
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Can I make ability checks when my ability score is lower than the DC?

I'm new at Pathfinder and have a question nobody in my group of newbies knows the answer to. Can you attempt a DC 16 strength check if you have 12 strength? Option 1: With 12 strength you have a +1 ...
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How would I classify a “disease” for an NPC that's not really a “disease” in Pathfinder?

I am in the process of planning a campaign but I am not sure how to classify this sickness/disease. The whole point of the campaign is to rescue a person who has been held captive for about 5 ...
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How do I calculate APL and CR for mythic PCs and enemies?

I'm GMing a Pathfinder campaign and some players have mythic tiers. They seem really powerful to me? As far as I can tell, even adjusting CR for mythic tiers, their power makes the CR system even more ...
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What do I do about a player with the half-celestial template turning non-Good?

In my party, I have a half-celestial cat folk that has behaving badly. Prioritizing loot over rescuing people, forgetting he can heal (or refusing to heal), and going off to do his own thing all the ...
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How do I balance artifacts of my own invention?

I want to create an artifact, but I want it to be “balanced” with the others presented in the books. What I'm stuck on is what defines the difference between a Major artifact and a Minor artifact. ...
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Can you be tripped by an AoO while standing up?

Let's say "John" is a fighter who has selected a number of feats to focus on tripping his enemies, including Greater Trip, and Combat Reflexes, and wielding a Reach Weapon while under the effect of a ...
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How can I threaten with a whip?

Is there any way to threaten with a whip aside from taking 3 feats to get Improved whip mastery, which still only increases your range by 5 ft? I found one forum post with a solution but that is to ...
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Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
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Can you choose the energy type of Elemental Flux when creating it?

I am playing a level 10 alchemist and I've been wondering about Elemental Flux. The descriptions states that [a] DC 10 Craft (alchemy) check identifies what energy type the activated flask has. ...
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Custom made trap, is it balanced? [on hold]

I made a trap for my PC's. I based it off of the caltrop boots ability where caltrops can be created and will disappear after time. There were a large number scattered down a lane that was 40 feet ...
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Can you wrap up a single humanoid with a web spell?

I'm pretty sure of what the answer is, but during combat I had a drider attack my PCs and it used web on one of them. After careful reading of the spell I'm forced to conclude that I've horribly ...
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druid and neutral alignment for planar wildshape

One of my players is a druid and they recently took the feat planar wild shape. We ended up getting into an argument due to his neutral alignment. Good druids must use the celestial template ...
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How much damage should a character do when flung with Sonic Thrust? [closed]

I'm building a Skyrim-y dragon and settled on Sonic Thrust for Fus Ro Dah. in the event that I am positioned to fire one player at another I'm looking for input on the damage dealt. "Other objects ...
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Is there a class in D&D 3.5e similar to the 4e warden?

I've fallen in love with the idea of a goliath warden. I want to use things like minor shapeshifting, nature powers, and martial skill to murder monsters and take their stuff, but I want to do that in ...
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Brew Fleshcrafting poison limits

The feat Brew Fleshcrafting Poison states. You can create a fleshcrafting poison capable of mimicking one monster ability. By monster ability does it mean any ability that is listed under the ...
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Do you remember what happened during Dominate Person?

My character was affected by the dominate person spell (and failed the will save) and was given some orders. Does he have any recollection or memory of the orders after the duration of the effect ...
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Using more than one spell on a scroll

Playing Pathfinder I have come to realize there is minimal literature on putting multiple spells on a single scroll (or just am not looking in the right places). I am stumped on how to do this. Can I ...
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What makes a good protection against magic missile?

Besides the shield spell, what can defend a creature against the magic missile spell? I am asking for something, if there is anything at all, that can prevent the damage on a hit; not concealing or ...
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Does an incorporeal creature take half ability damage from corporeal sources?

The rules for incorporeal creatures states that "Even when hit by spells or magic weapons, [an incorporeal creature] takes only half damage from a corporeal source (except for channel energy)." If, as ...
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Is there a way to gain a an Oracle Revelation or for an Oracle to take a Revelation from a mystery they don't have?

There are three revelations I know of that would let me swap Dex mod to AC for Cha mod to AC somehow, and I'd like to do that and will have levels in Oracle, however I can't take those mysteries for ...
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Can a Half-Giant Soulknife manifest Mind Blades of the Large size category?

Note: I am aware that I am quoting from 3rd party materials, and not core Pathfinder stuff. The Soulknife's ability Form Mind Blade says the following: A soulknife must choose the form of her ...
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Is there an Aberration with a Negative Energy Breath Weapon at all in the lore?

Whether it's from D&D (any version) or Pathfinder doesn't really matter, this is lore/flavor intended anyways so I don't need the mechanics. I just need the name of the creature and where I can ...
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Does Lightning Bolt affect everyone in its line of effect?

I'm looking for clarification on a spell effect. The specific spell in question is lightning bolt, 3rd-level Sorcerer/Wizard spell. It has an area of a 120-ft line. Does it pass through enemies? If I ...
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How do I GM an encounter where all characters are effectively blind?

I would like to include an encounter in my campaign that involves a battle between the PCs and a group of monsters where they are all effectively blind. To take away the race abilities that allow for ...
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Should one buy the Pathfinder book when the content is available for free on d20pfsrd.com?

Does the Pathfinder core rulebook contain any information that is not included already on www.d20pfsrd.com that would make it worth it to buy the PDF version of the manual? Or does it only have extra ...
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Can a good cleric use necromancy

If I am playing a NG Cleric with a NG deity, can I use spells of school necromancy? In the CRB, it notes this: Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells: A cleric can't cast spells of an alignment ...
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How do multiple natural attacks work?

Okay, I need some clarification. The Pathfinder Core Rules state this about natural attacks: You do not receive additional natural attacks for a high base attack bonus. Instead, you receive ...
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Feedback on a Counterfeit Mage Archetype Rogue [closed]

For an upcoming adventure path I created a rogue with the archetype counterfeit mage. This is the group's first Pathfinder experience, having always played a house-ruled D&D 3.5 (e.g. flanking ...
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Does the Chokehold feat only apply the penalty when you first establish the pin?

I'm looking into building a monk and I couldn't help but notice the feat Chokehold. It's fairly neat and allows you to suffocate an opponent you hold in a chokehold. Does the initial −5 ...
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What's the BAB for Spiritual Weapons created by Crown of Swords?

Crown of Swords creates something like Spiritual Weapon, but the user has to spend charges to allow the weapon to continue attacking. Now, Spiritual Weapon says that the weapon gets the BAB of the ...
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What energy type has less chance for resistance

I am currently playing a level 7 Magus in a pathfinder group, almost level 8. I was considering to buy an elemental metamagic rod, so that when I use spellstrike with shocking grasp, I can try to ...
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Seeking special abilities standard hit chance

So, I was checking this question, Do 'Seeking' ranged weapons work against nonconcealment miss chances? (3.5) and I noticed that it stated in a comment that "Seeking weapons ignore normal miss ...
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Do spells with area effects affect targets that have been swallowed whole?

If my barbarian was swallowed whole by a dragon, would a spell with an area of effect(such as fireball or lightning bolt) hit me? Does the same apply for channeling to heal me? In this question, the ...
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As a Barbarian, does my CMB and CMD increase during rage?

I'm playing D&D Pathfinder as a Barbarian, and today I had this doubt and at this point of the game I was too ashamed to ask my friends or my GM: While in rage, a barbarian gains a +4 morale ...
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How does a very small area spell with a movable area interact with grappling creatures?

A PC grapples an NPC. They remain in their own spaces because the NPC isn't pinned. If a flaming sphere or an aggressive thundercloud were moved into the NPC's space, does the spell's effect affect ...
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Playing a realpolitik cleric [closed]

I am trying to build a cleric which has a realpolitik attitude but is still ultimately good. Any recommendation for which Forgotten Realms deity I should choose? Thanks!
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Dex-to-damage houserule to make monk more viable?

I recently started running a Pathfinder campaign with some friends. Two of the players are pretty experienced, two are brand new, and this is my first time DM'ing. One of the new players is playing a ...
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Lycanthropy and elves - what is the general guideline?

Well, to get to the point. AFAIK, lycanthropy is mostly reserved for humans and, from what I gained from the books, elves are immune to it as it is a human disease. I recall seeing somewhere a ...
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Druids, wild shape, and armor check penalties

I have a player who is a druid. They naturally are interested in obtaining armor with the wild special property. They have argued that when they wild shape and their gear melds into their bodies that ...
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In Pathfinder Society what boons exist?

So after spending far too much time scouring what I could on boons and chronicle sheets, is there a running list of the boons and methods to acquire said boons? And how do race boons work if the boon ...
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Interaction of the Cold extraordinary ability and Grapples

According to the Cold[EX] ability of an Ice Golem An ice golem's body generates intense cold, dealing 1d6 points of damage with its touch. If a Golem were to initiate a grapple, would this ...
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Can being flat-footed actually improve your AC?

When something refers to an ability bonus instead of an ability modifier does that mean that you only add the modifier if the ability score is positive, or are “bonus” and “modifier” to be read as ...
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Riding/beating a dead horse

Context: My Undead Lord Cleric's current Corpse Companion is a fast zombie heavy horse. So, my GM and I disagree on a key aspect of riding an undead horse. He thinks that because riding a living ...
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How does inhaled poison work? [duplicate]

I am playing a level 10 alchemist and I know that I can create poisons, as well as put them on weapons. However, there is a poison type that is inhaled and is airborne. After I read how it works, I ...
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Pathfinder character creation using multiple books

Is there a good resource that leads you step by step through creating a character using more than just the core book? For example, if I choose an Elf character, it reminds you that there are variant ...
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How does Blood Crow Strike really work?

The way Blood Crow Strike is written does not make sense. The casting time is 1 Round, and the duration is Instantaneous. Now this can be taken two ways: The change is instantaneous, and permanent, ...
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Brawler and two weapon fighting feat tree

One of my players is a brawler. He just reached level 8 and got improved two weapon fighting. He asked what his attacks were suppose to be and I went to tell him, only to find out that I didnt know ...
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Good classes with Multiple Ability Dependence

Often times when contemplating what class I want to play I will take a look at my rolls : if they're overall good, I'll generally go something with a little more Multiple Ability Dependence (MAD) vs. ...