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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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How much damage do torches used as improvised weapons do?

I'm trying to get to the bottom of using a torch as an improvised weapon in 5e D&D. Moving from the more to the less certain: If you make a melee attack with a burning torch and hit, it deals ...
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Divine Metamagic — do you need the base metamagic feat in a feat slot already?

When applying Divine Metamagic to a metamagic feat -- by RAW, do you need to have the base metamagic feat in a feat slot and then use a second feat slot to apply Divine Metamagic to it, or does the ...
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Tripping with a Natural attack that has Grab

The Grab special says: If a creature with this special attack hits with the indicated attack (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free ...
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Typing non-lethal damage and its interaction with DR

In this answer, bacrossland suggests that throwing enemies should inflict non-lethal damage on them. While this is an eminently reasonable suggestion, it leaves one thing open: by RAW, what type is ...
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Natural attacks against electricity-subtype creatures and AoO or AoO-like behavior

So, I was working through an electricity-based dungeon I had written up rather off-the-cuff -- I was the DM, with the party consisting of a human Wiz3 and a wolverine (yes) Rogue3. One of the ...
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Determining Rounds out of combat

I want to run a module that focuses a lot on time related traps and encounters. Example: There are four candles in a room if they are extinguished in anyway, or burn out in 2d6 rounds, the trap will ...
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Does an unconcious creature automatically fall prone?

While looking for the answer to another question, I have stumbled upon a weird curiosity in the Pathfinder (and presumably 3.X as well) RAW. Unconscious Unconscious creatures are knocked out ...
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Is a spell considered to “end” if it is re-cast?

Several spells, including many of the Exalted spells, have a penalty or sacrifice that applies at the end of the spell's duration. If the spell is re-castcast before the duration ends, does the ...
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Mechanics of Stygian Slayer's Shadowy Mist Form

I am GMing a Pathfinder game and one of the players is playing a Stygian Slayer. I found the section in the Advanced Class Guide describing the Shadowy Mist Form class feature to be too brief and, ...
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Does Arcane Disciple give the Nar Demonbinder a 1st-level spell slot?

A player wants to be an Ultimate Magus. He has poured through the forums, and I have as well to know what [we] are getting into. He wants to be a Wizard / Nar Demonbinder / Ultimate Magus. The forums ...
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Lingering Injury and Speed

One of the characters in my party lost her foot to a Kobold. I am using the rules that any character that is knocked down gets a lingering injury as per the Dungeon Masters Guide PG 272. Her character ...
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Are called shots allowed with ranged touch spells?

This came up in an encounter where the players were going up against some "Romero" zombies that required destruction of the brain to kill. A wizard asked, "Can I make a called shot to the head with ...
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Can a potion affect others?

When an imbiber is the target of a spell effect because he consumed a potion, is only the imbiber the target of that spell's effect, no matter the spell's usual target entry? The section on Creating ...
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Is it possible to give up class feature twice for archetypes, if you have it double?

For example: the ranger trapper gets trap finding, the rogue counterfeit-mage gives up trapfinding (not trap sense) - could the player select another archetype that replaces trapfinding? If you ...
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Do I have to be proficient with an Implement to get its properties?

I'm trying to get low-light vision with any magic item that is not a Head slot item. I found Totem of the Night (Adventurer's Vault 2 pg.46). Property: You gain low-light vision. If you already ...
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Can I make unarmed strikes without exceptional ability?

It seems to me like you're supposed to be able to try to attack people while unarmed in Pathfinder, but I'm not sure you actually can. Threatened Squares You threaten all squares into which ...
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Can Clerics take Spell Focus?

Can Clerics use the Spell Focus feat by RAW? The Summoner advice Brian linked me to in his answer mentions that Augment Summoning is a good feat for summoning focused characters, but it requires Spell ...
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Can a character take Attacks of Opportunity while moving without stopping?

This mostly would come up in the context of readied actions, but other situations could arise. If a character is moving past an opponent who is provoking an attack of opportunity, can that character ...
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Can create water break some of the conjuration rules?

In the core rule book, this is stated about conjuration spells: A creature or object brought into being or transported to your location by a conjuration spell cannot appear inside another ...
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Does a weapon become an Improvised Weapon when used incorrectly?

Example: You are armed with a longsword. You are facing a monster with DR 5/bludgeoning. Clearly a weapon that deals slashing damage is not the best choice against such a monster. But there is hope. ...
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Can you make your ally die faster when trying to save him from a Death Ray?

The Beholder has the Death Ray power. It says that if the target fails the second saving throw, the target dies. Does it count for when the players are using heal or powers to let their ally save ...
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When can a starship fire its weapons before making a maneuver action?

Starship combat in Rogue Trader works like this: Actions During each Strategic Round, each ship receives one Strategic Turn. Like regular combat, each ship can perform Actions during this ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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Threatening OA with bare hands

In using an object (PHB 193) it says drawing a weapon can be done as part of another action, such as an attack. If a character has no weapon in his hands, but could draw a longsword, does he threaten ...
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Can I use Silent Image to create the illusion of a torch that illuminates the area?

Assume the players are in an area of natural darkness (no magic involved). Can I use silent image to create a bright illusion such as a torch or maybe a miniature sun to illuminate our way? A good ...
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Does Pathfinder allow divine casters to use shields as divine foci?

Inspired by this question, I was wondering if Pathfinder RAW allows a holy symbol to take the form of a shield (some other D&D editions have a similar rule), or does it have to take a more ...
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Does an Undead with Wild Shape gain a Constitution score during Wild Shape?

Build Race: Half Drow Template: Necropolitan Classes: Drow Transition Template Class 2 / Wizard 5 / Arachnomancer 2 References Spider Shape (Su): This ability functions as wild shape. Wild ...
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Somatic spell component with shield

Im trying to understand the somatic component of spellcasting, in pathfinder, and how it relates to shields. The core rule book has this to say about bucklers: You can cast a spell with somatic ...
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What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...
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Is a pinned character treated as having 0 Dex with respect to the pinning opponent?

Relevant Rules Grappling consequences: You lose your Dexterity bonus to AC (if you have one) against opponents you aren’t grappling. (You can still use it against opponents you are grappling.) ...
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Can a good cleric prepare Inflict Light Wounds?

Inflict Light Wounds is listed in the 3.5e PHB as a Necromancy spell but with no alignment descriptor at all. I cannot find anything in the PHB that prevents a Good-aligned Cleric from preparing that ...
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How precise or accurate are the bearings and distances given by Locate City?

Just how precisely can you locate your position relative to a metropolis using locate city? The spell doesn't appear to say clearly. I'm trying to build a sort of flight coordination system, and ...
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Upper limit on “create water” container size

From the core rule book, the spell "create water" includes the following: Water can be created in an area as small as will actually contain the liquid, or in an area three times as ...
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Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?

This weekend while playing, our wizard found an invisible creature (detected with see invis) and when asked where it was by the party, the player started counting the squares to give an exact measure ...
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What penalties does Sensory Deprivation apply?

Description of the ability: The psyker has learned how to block the messages of the target’s senses. The psyker makes an Opposed Willpower Test against the target. If he succeeds, the target ...
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How to interpret rules to make the serial killer from the movie “Relentless?”

The serial killer in Relentless (1989) was able to grapple and control his victims enough to make them hold the murder weapon(s) and force them to finish themselves off. I am unaware of grapple rules ...
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How can we 'regift' a group of highly dangerous gem scarabs across a continent? We don't want them anymore

I need my group to transport several (8-10) gem scarabs across a great distance of ~800 miles from a desert. These are from the Monster Manual V, and for the record, they have a spell like ability ...
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Can I let one hand go from a two-handed weapon to use Wrist Razors?

I'm making a character that comes from a primal, uncivilized wilderness and I thought using Wrist Razors and a Trikal would be cool. Can I let go of the Trikal (a two-handed weapon) with the hand ...
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Does poison's effect on ability scores end when the effect ends?

It's not clear to me whether a poison whose "effect" is 1d6 Dex is dealing ability damage that must be healed, or has an effect that vanishes when the poison's duration is over. My question is ...
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Can Vicious Mockery hit a target behind full cover?

We ran into this situation where a creature was behind a large rock in a cave and had full cover. My bard knowing the creature was behind the rock wanted to use Vicious Mockery against the creature. ...
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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...
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Can monk move between his extra and bonus attacks?

There are clean rules for moving between actions and between attacks granted by those action (e.g. a fighter with four attacks can move between them freely). But the monk's Flurry of Blows feature is ...
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Pathfinder: Does Mystic Theurge allow me to use arcane spell slots for domain spells?

I've been thinking of the next Pathfinder character I have to make, and I decided on a Mystic Theurge. After doing some research, I decided to use the Ecclesitheurge cleric archetype to satisfy the ...
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Opportune Parry and Incorporeal attacks

The RAW for the Opportune Parry deed seems to indicate that a swashbuckler can parry an incorporeal attack, such as a ghost's Corrupting touch, even with a non-magical weapon. Considering this kind ...
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Can a single attack be a full attack action?

The haste spell grants an extra attack when a character makes a full attack. My DM says: If you do a single attack and can't continue into a full attack, it's a standard attack, even if you ...
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War Caster, a whip and a dagger, and provoking Opportunity Attacks [duplicate]

This related question gives an answer about provoking opportunity attacks when wielding a dagger and a whip. I am interested how this interacts with the feat War Caster (5e PHB p170): When a ...
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How do opportunity attacks work when wielding weapons with different reach? [duplicate]

Assume a player with two weapons: a whip and a dagger. A hostile creature stands right next to the player. On the creature's turn, it moves away 5ft. So the creature left the reach of the dagger, but ...
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Are there rules for building underground structures?

I was doing some research in relation to this question, and I realized that I had run into a snag. I'm not aware of any rules in either D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder that directly relate to creating ...
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Wizard minor conjuration ability interpretation

I would like to use Minor Conjuration to summon a flask of oil or alchemist's fire. Assuming I keep the object within the spells range (10ft), am I allowed to light this conjured substance on fire ...