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Does an Enhancement bonus on clothing become an Armor bonus?

Given this discussion I had here about combining Magic Vestment and Coat of Many Stars: Targeting what you're wearing would get you two different, non-stacking sources of Armor bonus. – Zachiel ...
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Is the product of the Heavens Mystery revelation “Coat of Many Stars” a valid target for Magic Vestment?

From Magic Vestment: Target: armor or shield touched ... You imbue a suit of armor or a shield with an enhancement bonus of +1 per four caster levels (maximum +5 at 20th level). An ...
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What defines a “willing target”?

In context, I'm building a character for a mid-level DnD 3.5 game (actually a replacement for one that was killed) and was considering getting him a Contact Medallion as part of his gear. The item's ...
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What happens when an interrupt power changes the situation? 4e

One of the characters in the party is a Knight with slide 2 on their Melee basic. The general consensus in the group is that when an enemy attacks one of the knight's allies, the knight successfully ...
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Can armor encumbrance reduce REA or AGI below 1 and what happens then?

When using armor accessories with a "+" there is a paragraph on page 169 that states: Armor accessories, items listed with a “+” in front of their rating, add to the character’s Armor for the ...
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How many times do I get to use Winter Spirit in a Rapid Shot?

I'm a Hunter multiclass Seeker, Paragon Multiclassing paragon path. I have a Seeker encounter power called Winter Spirit from my paragon path that has a Special entry that reads: You can use ...
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Can Flaming weapons set a creature on fire without a critical hit?

My party is about to encounter some trolls. I've been giving them hints that this was coming up and they have gotten some flaming weapons. I'm trying to figure out if one of them has a flaming burst ...
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How do countersongs of a bard work in detail?

In the group I am DMing there is a bard (level 1), who wants to use the countersong supernatural ability. As far as I understand, it is a defense against audible attacks by an enemy. And the ...
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Great Old One Warlocks: Ways to Counter Create Thrall

PHB page 110, Warlock, Otherworldly Patrons, Great Old One Create Thrall At 14th level, you gain the ability to infect a humanoid’s mind with the alien magic of your patron. You can use your ...
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Detecting suppressed auras

The various Realms of Power books describe how an aura can be suppressed by a stronger (or equal-level Divine) aura; but I can't see anything definitive that says that either: You can't detect the ...
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What happens when non-aggravated damage does not fit in the Health Chart?

Suppose my character is wounded (4 damage levels taken). Then, another attack hits for another 4 lethal damage levels. I record damage until Incapacited (3 levels), what I do with the remaining damage ...
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Is a burst attack impossible to shield from with your body?

I was playing a Togorian Elite Soldier wearing a Heavy Battle Armor. He was trying to protect a little girl that was about to get bursted by 3 mercenaries, so he put himself in front of her and kneel ...
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Determining (combat) abilities of NPC's

What skill or roll does one use when a character wants to guess the abilities of another player? Specific situation 1: One of our players was in a fighting pit with 3 NPC's. Last man standing would ...
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When is each skill used when searching for hidden objects like traps?

This actually a number of questions that conform to the title question, and which all stem from a bit of rules confusion. Let's start with the rules confusion. On pg 178, under the skill ...
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Do creatures with inappropriately sized reach weapons threaten different areas?

Specific Examples & Questions Basic Question: Does a grig (MM 235) wielding a Tiny longspear (PH 116, 119) (2 gp 5 sp; 0.9 lbs.) threaten no squares, adjacent squares, or squares 10 ...
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What level of lifestyle do you have when living in the wild without practicing a profession?

Now the box on page 159 says that if you live in the wild and practicing a profession you have the equivalent of a poor lifestyle and if you have proficiency in the survival skill you have the ...
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Trying to find a power/feat, free stealth check at start of combat if you have concealment?

I've been trying a bunch of different things trying to come up with a ranged attacker that I like. Right now I'm working with a Shadowy Rogue. Some time ago I remember bumping into a power or feat ...
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Is RAW Binding a death sentence?

The Chaining and Hedged prison variants of Binding restrict the subject's movement in quite an extreme way, and prevent other creatures from approaching it. Unlike the other variants, however, they do ...
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How to expand a primal burst at paragon level?

I'm remaking my Hunter in my home game for when we hit level 15. Paragon Multiclass Path, Druid. Human, took bonus at will power (Twin Strike), now swapping it out for the Druid power Grasping Tide. ...
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Can the Druid heal themselves with the Balance move?

Can the character who has the balance move (either from being a druid or acquiring it as a multiclass move) use it on themselves? Balance: When you deal damage, gain 1 balance. When you touch ...
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How does Counterspell work in 5e?

I'm not entirely clear on how Counterspell works, when trying to counter higher-level spells: the CS description only talks about disrupting a creature you can see, within 60 feet, casting a spell. ...
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Can you light magically created grease on fire?

I have a forum-based Pathfinder campaign where one of the players would like to light grease created by a Grease spell on fire. Can this type of grease be lit?
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Are size bonuses already incorporated into large races' attribute modifiers?

I have a friend who is playing a Trox. In the listed description we have the bonuses for being that race. All trox have the following racial traits. + 6 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Wisdom, –2 ...
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Is Freedom of Movement hampered from actually working to escape a grapple?

The 5e D&D spell Freedom of Movement says: The target can also spend 5 feet of movement to automatically escape from nonmagical restraints, such as manacles or a creature that has it grappled. ...
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When do “per day” spell-like abilties recover in 3rd edition?

In D&D 3.0 and 3.5, when does a creature with spell-like abilities limited by "per day" uses regain their expired uses? At the beginning of the next new day? (i..e, at midnight, dusk, or ...
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Armor proficiency for a multiclassed Rogue/Wizard

I have a character Rogue1/Wizard1 (favored class rogue). Since a rogue has light armor proficiency, is this also valid for wizard spells that I cast with somatic components? By "valid" i mean: Can I ...
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Does 5e better explain what they mean by “duration, or until you lose your concentration?”

From many spells: After 1 hour, or until you lose your concentration This can be read either as "Whichever comes first" or "Whichever comes last". Presumably it means whichever comes first, but ...
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Do projectiles exist in flight?

I have a Warlock with the Utility Power Ruinous Phrase. Target: One unattended Medium or smaller non-magical, inanimate object Effect: if the target has hit pints equal to 20 + your level or ...
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Is there a general rule of take the average or roll the dice?

There was a comment on one of my answers that stated that all instances of average or dice rolling are treated the same by the rules. Specifically mentioned are players gaining HP, Monster Damage and ...
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How do foci and somatic+material components interact when it comes to occupying a hand?

In 5e, the rules state the following regarding spells with somatic and material components: Somatic (S) Spellcasting gestures might include a forceful gesticulation or an intricate set of ...
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What happens to the Warlock Spell Slots when he obtains new Spell Levels?

This isn't explained on the spellcasting section of the warlock. On the table, it's shown the warlock acquires new spell slots as it levels up, for example, starts at level 1 with 1 1st level slot, ...
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Does the Ranger's Companion synergize with the Ranger?

The Ranger Beast Master subclass gets an animal companion under the ranger companion ability, which for free can move about the battle field, or using the Ranger's action can make an attack. Being a ...
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Do NPCs have their own personal refresh and pool of fate points?

I'm studying FATE Core System, while reading the FATE Freeport Companion I found the refresh value for some NPC. Now I'm not sure about how to use this value because the GM available fate point is ...
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Understanding the Swashbuckler's Dizzying Defense ability

I'm trying to understand how the new Swashbuckler 15th level ability dizzying defense works, rules-as-written. (I suspect I may not play it RAW, but I at least want to understand the RAW before making ...
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How many times per scene can I attempt to cast a spell such as Postcognition?

In this question I'm using Postcognition as more of an example of how instant / concentration spells work. I have a situation in my Mage The Awakening group where a player cast Postcognition rote on ...
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Can the Monk Feature “Stunning Strike” be used with Martial Arts?

Stunning Strike reads like the following paragraph: "Starting at 5th level, you can interfere with the flow of ki in an opponent’s body. When you hit another creature with a melee weapon attack, you ...
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Multiclassing: How do Ability Score Improvements work?

Given that every class gets a minimum of 5 ability score improvements each at levels 4, 8, 12, 16, and 19 (Rogue and Fighter get more at other levels), do these ability score improvements occur by ...
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Gunsmithing and special bullets

Does Gunsmithing allow you to create bullets made from special materials at 10% of the cost of buying bullets of the same type?
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Are enemy weapons and armour up for grabs as loot?

I am running the Starter Set Adventure (Lost Mine of Phelvander), and the majority of enemies have weapons and armour. For example every goblin has a scimitar, a shortbow, and leather armour. When ...
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Forced usage of “at-will” Basic Attacks

I am playing a Warlock with the Eldritch Strike power, which has the following piece of text: This power counts as a melee basic attack. This means that I have two MBAs, my normal strength-scaling ...
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Optimizing the single target blast

The monster is coming. You hear it pounding on the door outside, and you have perhaps a moment before it breaks through, and you need to put it down hard and fast. Fortunately, you're a spellcaster. ...
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Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
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Changing the attribute applied to a skill and penalties to attribute based checks

Student of philosophy causes you to use intelligent instead of charisma for certain uses of diplomacy and bluffing. Would family ties apply a penalty to those uses since it now uses intelligence? ...
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How much does a “Potion of cure light wounds” heal?

According to the documentation, a potion of cure light wounds points to the spell "cure light wounds". Now, the spell has some info about healing: cures 1d8 points of damage +1 point per caster ...
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Taking feats while multiclassing

Let's suppose that we have a multiclassing barbarian/PRC. The character has 6 levels of Barbarian and does not intend to take any more, focusing on leveling as a rogue. However, the player would like ...
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What is required to be able to sneak attack with a spell or ranged attack?

I'm playing a 3rd level rogue, and I'm looking at at taking a few levels of sorcerer for the Draconic bloodline's claws, and as a prerequisite for the arcane trickster prestige class. Since I'm going ...
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The Stack'O'Mounts

This is an exercise in ridiculousness, but I find it quite fun to consider - hence powergaming. Let's consider three characters: a gnomish cavalier (small) with his wolf mount (medium), half-orc ...
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Do natural attacks count as melee weapons?

Consider a barbarian that loves to charge at things. On top of his trusty axe (which is indeed a manufactured weapon) he also has a pair of claws by the virtue of Beast Totem or maybe from some ...
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How are caster levels determined in concert with the feat Master Spellthief?

The first and third benefits of the feat Master Spellthief from page 79 of Complete Scoundrel are pretty straightforward (although the first's a little sad in that it only affects the level of spell ...
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Can a vampire cross running water in Pathfinder?

(Inspired by some comments in this question) In D&D 3.5 and earlier, vampires couldn't cross running water - even over a bridge or on a boat (I vaguely remember them being able to do so if they ...