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What are the rules for switching an animal companion and how exactly are they summoned?

I have a Druid and a Ranger in the game I'm DM'ing. They constantly change their animal companions. I know that a Druid can release an animal companion from service and get another one (or replace a ...
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Can other casters use an Artificer's Magic Items (without UMD)?

I thought I read the answer to this somewhere but I can't find it in the rules anywhere; please help me clarify. (As this is a RAW question, please include source, thanks) Since the Artificer is not ...
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Is there anything that stacks with the haste spell or speed enchantment

As the title says I am looking for any abilities, spells, enchants, ect that would stack with haste/speed (Preferably speed). I am attempting to build a character who hits A LOT. I know I have seen ...
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What risks are suited for a Dangerous survivor in the Shotgun Diaries?

When does the Dangerous survivor get to use his ability? Since weapons grant bonus dice by default, what risks are suited for a Dangerous survivor? Combating humans doesn't seem applicable, because ...
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Moonlight stalker and wind stance interaction

Does the pathfinder feat Moonlight Stalker While you have concealment from an opponent, you gain a +2 bonus on attack and damage rolls against that opponent. interact with the pathfinder feat ...
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The Shotgun Diaries - Allotted dice per risk

Some questions relating to the allotted dice per risk. If a character is alone, can she roll for a risk type other than her own? Like a "clever" risk for a "dangerous" survivor. If yes, that means ...
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What are the rules for ability score maximums?

There are a bunch of rules I seem to remember about ability score maximums, but I can't remember where they come from or if they're actually the rules as written: I believe there is a RAW that you ...
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Truenamer's Knowledge Focus

I've had a little of a dispute with a player regarding Truenamer, his Knowledge Focus class feature and whenever it applies as prereq to, let's say, gaining a prestige class. The class feature is: ...
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Bardic Music with visual or silent performance types

Bardic Music states two conflicting things. I want to know what you guys think should be the ruling, because I'm seriously trying to convince my DM that this should work. Bardic Music can use ANY ...
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Soulmelds and Wild Shape

Let's say, there is a Druid. He has some soulmelds shaped and really likes them, through he also likes his Wild Shape ability. He looks at his soulmelds, he looks at his Wild Shape and asks himself - ...
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Reduce/enlarge person's equipment acquired while enlarged?

The rules for enlarge and reduce person say "All equipment worn or carried by a creature is similarly [reduced or enlarged] by the spell." Does that happen once at the beginning of the spell for the ...
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How do the 90° and 180° turns work while flying?

The RAW seem to indicate that to turn 90° or 180° you have to perform a fly check and lose either 5 or 10 feet of movement respectively. That's fine, but I'm a little confused as to how to actually ...
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Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?

There has been some contention recently over the RAW-ness of officially published FAQs for tabletop games. While (as far as I am aware) the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not considered RAW, I'm not aware of any ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Is it possible to substitute actual items for the material components in spells?

Generally speaking, material components and focus objects for spells (or at least, the ones without costs listed) are there purely for flavour and the occasional lame joke (like using fur and an amber ...
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Which benefits do Extreme Endurance bestow?

The Martial Artist archetype from Ultimate Combat gains an ability named Extreme Endurance at fifth level. I quote: At 5th level, a martial artist gains immunity to fatigue. At 10th level, he ...
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Frost weapon and implement attacks

I want to use Wintertouched + Lasting Frost as a sorcerer, but I don't like many of the Cold Sorcerer powers. Can I make my Implement attacks do cold damage with a Frost dagger? Or does that only work ...
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Can a Swordsage become a Lich?

Could a Swordsage become a Lich, using the standard Lich template in the MM? The description says "undead spellcaster," but the template itself does not specify any requirements with regards to ...
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Pathfinder Lance Damage Ruling [duplicate]

I am playing a cavalier with a lance.The lance description states "A lance deals double damage when used from the back of a charging mount. While mounted, you can wield a lance with one hand." My GM ...
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Does Improved Overrun prevent AoO or not?

In the 3.5 Player's Handbook, the entry for the feat Improved Overrun on Table 5-1: Feats (p 90-91) states the benefit as: +4 bonus on overrun attempts; no attack of opportunity The full ...
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How do casting times greater than 1 minute work?

d20srd.org says : When you begin a spell that takes 1 round or longer to cast, you must continue the concentration from the current round to just before your turn in the next round (at least). If ...
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How many creatures does Heavenly Fire target?

The Sorcerer Celestial Bloodline has this power: Heavenly Fire (Sp): Starting at 1st level, you can unleash a ray of heavenly fire as a standard action, targeting any foe within 30 feet as a ...
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How does the Multi-Weapon Fighting feat 'replace' the Two-Weapon Fighting feat?

The Multiweapon Fighting feat clearly states that it Replaces two-weapon fighting for creatures with more than two arms. What does that mean? I've given it some thought, and I can think of only three ...
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Is this how to hide?

I know that Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 is a pretty lousy stealth simulator--which is probably why I've not seen a lot of folks try to play characters that hide--, but I want to clarify the hiding rules ...
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Immediate actions during other actions

As we all know, immediate actions are just like swift actions, but can be performed outside of one's turn. However, unlike a swift action, an immediate action can be performed at any time - even ...
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Can a breath weapon's area be willingly reduced?

Does a breath weapon's area of effect always have to extend to its fullest size, or could you use it over a smaller area than your maximum if you so chose (e.g. breath weapon is 60 foot line, stop ...
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Can you 5-foot step while entangled

This should be a really simple question but - can you 5-foot step while entangled in Pathfinder. I can see arguments both ways as to whether you can but I cannot see anything definitive. 5' step ...
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Does Casting a Spell with Somatic and Material Components Require 2 Hands?

Question Can a spell with both somatic components and material, focus, or divine focus components be cast with only one free hand? To clarify further... What does it mean to prepare material ...
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Does the Vanguard Weapon property only trigger when used to make the attack?

This question is in response to my answer for Do Properties of magic weapons stack when using Two-Weapon Fighting? which I deleted because of contention. In short I suggested that weapons, such as ...
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Explaining the Wall Run merit from the Parkour merit tree

I am trying to understand the third rank in the Parkour merit tree, "Wall Run" (Tribes Of The Moon -- Page 98) First of all it is important to put the normal rules of climbing here first: ...
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Elven Wizard Generalist number of new spells per level?

The Elven Wizard 1st level Racial Substitution 'Generalist Wizardy' (Races of the Wild) says: At each new wizard level, she gains one extra spell of any spell level that she can cast. which ...
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Is there any way to turn regular ranged weapon attacks into Touch attacks?

Just this basic question. Any feat, skill trick, spell, regardless of source would be fine, just want to know if i've missed something or if the means doesn't actually exist to do so. The only way ...
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Does an adept leave an astral signature when using his powers? How long does it last?

I am trying to figure out whether adepts using their magical powers leave an astral signature. So far, since checking the core rulebook and Streetmagic, I have found a few forum discussions on the ...
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Charisma-based checks and concentration

Some abilities such as Strength of the Sun give a bonus to Charisma-based checks. On the other hand, paladins, bards, and sorcerers add their Charisma modifier to Concentration checks. In that ...
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What does a horse need to carry your things?

I noticed that you can buy saddlebags that can store up to 20lbs. Can you put more than 1 set of saddlebags on a horse? What other options are there for a horse to carry loot?
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Break through leaking hit point abstraction

I'm breaking huge and cumbersome question Damaging transmuted state to smaller and more specific parts. I was told previously that HP is absolute in the Mechanics of tearing apart a character topic. ...
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Does faking life help to brighten one's aura?

In the description of Aura Perception [Auspex 2] it is mentioned that the Aura of a Kindred looks pale in comparison to one of a mortal. Would faking life help in "masking" that fact? Or is it ...
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Extra Successes with weapons

Since my native tongue is not English I just wanted something cleared for myself. In the New World of Darkness Core Rulebook there is a text that does not quite make sense to me: Extra Successes: ...
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Can effects or abilities raise the difficulty of a task above 10?

In Numenera, it mentions that difficulties are on a scale of 1 to 10. However, effects or abilities might modify this difficulty 1 or more steps in a direction. For example: A dazed character ...
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Archivist's Spellcasting

While looking through some classes I found the Archivist class from the Heroes of Horror (page 82). While reading through the spellcasting and prayer book sections however, I find that the wording is ...
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Can Psi-like abilities be augmented with power points?

The rules on Psi-like abilities says they behave the same as powers aside from the lack of initial costs, but does that rule out the ability to spend power points on them to augment them? I'm mostly ...
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What happens when you trip a flying target with Good or Perfect maneuverability?

According to the Rule Compendium, "A winged creature can be tripped, and if it is, it falls as if it didn’t maintain its minimum forward speed." (P. 145) But if the target has good or perfect ...
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Crafting in the Wilderness

We've started a campaign recently where we are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Our characters are fairly low-level and do not have any starting equipment other than the clothes on our back As such, ...
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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What are the implications of having a bone token spellbook?

I am working on a Wizard character that used the bone tokens mentioned in Complete Arcane as his spellbook, with the idea that he was a jeweler by trade and made special bone jewelery to store ...
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Injury Poison vs Temp Hit Points / Damage Reduction

Specifically looking at poisons of type Injury: Injury: These poisons are primarily delivered through the attacks of certain creatures and through weapons coated in the toxin...One dose of ...
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Can an enemy overrule your dominate feature with another dominate attack power?

In General Players handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide does not provide any answers on situations where a target get affected by the domination condition from two conflicting sources at the same ...
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Is negative energy (or chanelling it) necessarily evil?

I'm building a Lawful Neutral cleric of Abadar, and picture her channeling negative energy as "Abadar's rebuke of the unjust". In my case, she'll use the Rulership variant channeling rules, cutting ...
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Breath of Life and hp based Death Effects

The spell Breath of Life says quite explicitly: Creatures slain by death effects cannot be saved by breath of life. But I have some issue regarding what "slain by death effects" means. Let's say ...
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Under What Circumstances Do Additional Creatures Add to EL?

Question The Dungeon Master's Guide explains that DMs Do not award XP for creatures that enemies summon or otherwise add to their forces with magic powers. An enemy’s ability to summon or add ...