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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Where does a traveler arrive when a planar location's unspecified?

When a creature is successfully targeted by an effect that transports the creature to another plane but no location on that plane is specified, where does the creature arrive? If the plane is the ...
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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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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long ...
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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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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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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What function does the “light” keyword serve on the hand crossbow

In the equipment section of the D&D basic rules, it lists "light" as a keyword for the hand crossbow. The "light" property offers the following attributes: Light. A light weapon is small and ...
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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 ...
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How do I Block or Defend in DFRPG? Can the following Blocking & Defense Actions Examples be Critiqued/Verified?

I've struggled a bit with what I consider to be somewhat vague sidebars on pages 252 & 253 in regard to Blocks. Thus I've written out other examples of how I think Blocks work and am hoping to get ...
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Does magic armor automatically resize?

I tought I was pretty sure this is not the case, but some discussion has arisen and I'm not so sure anymore. What I know: Most magical objects in the game auto-resize when worn by creatures of ...
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According to the Playtest Rules, can a Paladin own a Familiar? [closed]

I'm here discussing with a friend if the Paladin can have a Familiar or not. The Familiar Feat says that as long as you have a spell of the Wizard list on your Spell List, you can own a familiar, ...
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Where are the rules for “magic” pools?

Encountered a problem in a game the other night, no one had written down their "magic" pool. I looked under quick character creation sections, and may have skimmed over it, but couldn't find it. By ...
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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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How many projectiles from a single attack can you catch with Snatch Arrows?

Certain ranged attacks involve shooting multiple projectiles at once, but it's still a single attack. So what if you are shot by, say, Manyshot, or that one monster from the ELH who can throw 50 ...
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How do touch attacks work in Microlite20?

How do touch attacks work in the Microlite20 system? For example, on page 7 the description of the 1st Level Arcane Spell "Shocking Grasp" reads as follows: Touch delivers 1d6/level electricity ...
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Using Readied actions and the grease spell for sneak attacks in pathfinder

My group has played 3.5 for quite a bit, and now we are with pathfinder. One of us likes to play rogue,and is used to work in tandem with our wizard to take advantage of grease in order to land ...