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Copying Alchemist Formulae Rulings?

I understand that Alchemist can copy spells as a Wizard could. This explicitly means that an Alchemist can copy formula out of a Wizard's spell book as long as the spell appears on the Alchemist's ...
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Do items from Adventuring Gear or Bag of Books persist?

Equipment like Adventuring Gear and Bag of Books employ a "uses" mechanic that helps abstract the equipment buying process and encourages improvisation. Adventuring Gear: "When you rummage ...
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What happens if you Twin Spell a spell that requires concentration?

Can your character maintain concentration on two spells? If concentration is broken, do both spells fall, or are separate checks made on each?
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Will a spellcaster interrupted mid-meditation or -study have any spells?

I've noticed that Wizards, Clerics, Druids, and most other spell-casting classes (With the exception of Sorcerers) spend at least 1 hour Studying or Meditating to regain their spells. What I want to ...
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Does concealment allow a rogue to make sneak attack?

Can a rogue use cover or concealment in order to Hide, and thereafter make sneak attacks against enemies he is hidden from? For example: A rogue sneak attacks an ogre in melee, then runs behind a ...
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Can you take a second real level of Ur-Priest?

Ur-priest has as a prerequisite an inability to cast divine spells. It also grants divine spells. The first level's fine, because you don't necessarily have spells yet, but every level after that ...
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Choose to use STR when attacking with Precise weapons?

The Precise tag has an ambiguous description in the book: "​Precise: You can use DEX instead of STR when using this weapon." (1st edition, p396. Emphasis added) To me that sounds like the ...
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Are obvious cybereyes cheaper?

A player recently got the idea that obvious cybereyes should be cheaper, just like obvious cyberlimbs. I disagreed, but for the sake of group morale I'm asking here. If possible, I would like a ...
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Rogue with Mirror Image up and Sentinel feat

If I'm playing a Rogue with the Mirror Image spell and possess the Sentinel feat, do I get an opportunity attack if an enemy attacks me in melee but hits a mirror image instead? Would this trigger a ...
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Adamantine Hurricane and Wolf Pack Tactics interaction clarification

In Tome of Battle we find these 2 maneuvers: Iron Heart (Strike) 8: Adamantine Hurricane (p. 66) Tiger Claw (Stance) 8: Wolf Pack Tactics (p. 90) And their interaction is unclear to me. ...
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Does the feat Ironheart Aura benefit the feat's possessor?

The feat Ironheart Aura says While you are in any Iron Heart stance, adjacent allies gain a +2 morale bonus on saving throws. (Tome of Battle 31) The Player's Handbook in the Glossary defines ...
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Are Alchemist bombs light weapons?

I'm currently looking at a design for a bomb-focused alchemist. I plan to use Two-Weapon Fighting (along with the Fast Bombs discovery) to get more bombs per round in mid- and late levels, and I'll ...
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Does Wall of Fire cast in the middle of a huge creature cause it to take damage twice?

Wall of Fire reads (emphasis mine): An immobile, blazing curtain of shimmering violet fire springs into existence. One side of the wall, selected by you, sends forth waves of heat, dealing 2d4 ...
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Is the land movement effect of Ice Storm subject to SR?

Ice Storm has an immediate damaging effect but also a land movement slowing effect that lasts the round. Is the land movement effect subject to SR as magical or is the slow effect a natural result of ...
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When exactly do “once each round” effects work?

Quite a bit of spell effects state that they work once in a round. For example, Balor Nimbus (Spell Compendium p24): each round, the flames deal 6d6 points of fire damage to any creature ...
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Do you have to make a touch attack to heal an ally?

Question The cure wounds spells, and most healing spells, have a range of touch and a target of creature touched. Do you have to actually succeed on a touch attack roll to heal an ally? Reason for ...
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Is it possible to block a breath weapon with a shield?

Most of us may have seen similar imagery: How could a player character do as such, with a shield? Anything RAW, and without resorting to spellcasting (if at all possible), would be nice.
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Is there any sort of mechanical reason to use a trident over a spear?

First, let's take a look at the Spear (D&D 5e Player’s Handbook p. 149): Spear (Simple Melee Weapon) Cost: 1 gp Weight: 3lbs Damage: 1d6 piercing Properties: Thrown (range 20/60), ...
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Have I missed how to calculate the DC for knowing Monster characteristics?

My players often want to see if they know something about a monster or not, specially stuff like weaknesses and resistances. I have this idea that there should be somewhere in the MM or DMG explaining ...
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How do the Checks and Balances work in Mutants and Masterminds 3 and DC Adventures?

Using the specific example of Attack Bonus v Effect Ranks, the rules state that when added together your attack bonus and the effect ranks of your attack cannot exceed twice the series power level. ...
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Into what game-term classifications are half-elves put?

The half-elf has unique racial traits, but one of those racial traits is elven blood, which says For all effects related to race, a half-elf is considered an elf. Half-elves aren't available as ...
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Do Nightsticks stack with themselves?

The Nightstick is a magic item from Libris Mortis (p. 78) that gives anyone who owns one 4 extra turn/rebuke attempts per day. A number of builds use this item in conjunction with abilities that ...
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Are skills that an animal companion has ranks in considered class skills

For the purpose of getting a +3 to an animal companions skills, are skills that an animal companion invests in considered class skills? The rules as written state the following: This lists the ...
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Would Gust of Wind affect a Vampire in Gaseous Form?

Scenario I had some players fighting off a vampire's attack. The vampire was a sorcerer and rather than dying to the player characters, he casted Gust of Wind and used his Gaseous Form ability to ...
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Can Spirit Guardians affect enemies through walls?

We just had a scenario where the enemy set up a 'death trap' with arrow slits covering a corridor, allowing them to pop in, shoot, then pop out -- all without actually entering the corridor. Which ...
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Does Haunting Melody use a Standard Action?

Benefit: When you sing or use some other Perform skill, you can inspire fear in enemies within 30 feet of you. Any opponent in range must succeed on a Will saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 your bard ...
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Must one make an Attack Roll when targetting an Ally with a Touch Spell? [duplicate]

For example, say Jim the Cleric and Bob the Rogue are standing next to each other. Bob the Rogue gets hit with an arrow. Bob the Rogue has optimized his Touch AC to the point where Jim the Cleric ...
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Warlock's Create thrall doesn't get a saving throw even if the target takes damage? What kind of enchantment spell is it?

Warlock having a Great Old one as a Patron upon reaching 14th level unlocks the ability to Create Thrall by charming an incapacitated humanoid. The power as it is written looks like it uses the ...
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How do Pathfinder's vision penalties due to darkness work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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When does a flying creature start and end falling?

Situation: Alice the Aarakokra sees Bob the Battlemaster coming. She ascends to 605', just out of the 600' range of Bob's longbow. Bob (Str 14) performs a running high jump 5' into the air and ...
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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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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Can you attack more than once using multiple weapons with the “loading” property?

Alice has no feats, the Extra Attack class feature, and is holding two hand crossbows, one in each hand. Can she load and fire both crossbows every turn?
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Does interrupting sleep to keep watch prevent any healing at all?

I know that if you sleep for a full night, you heal 1 point per character level, and 1 point of ability damage per night. If you have to keep watch at some point during the night, but get 8 hours of ...
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Can a Sin Eater eat sins from something they did not kill?

Based on a related question, where Eat Sin was quoted, I noticed something rather... strange. Eat Sin (Sp) At 1st level, as a free action, when the sin eater inquisitor kills an enemy, she ...
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Freedom of Movement and its interpretation

I was reading Freedom of Movement and I have a question about how its worded, specifically the line that follows: The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist ...
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How can I damage or break a foe's weapon?

Can someone provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make an attack against a foe's weapon? I wasn't able to find the specifics maneuvers and descriptions on official L5R 4E material (only some ...
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What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?

In Vampire: The Masquerade, one of my NPCs was a dual-sword-wielding Assamite with the ambidextrous merit. In the rules, I did not find specifics about dual-wielding in melee other than a short ...
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Do Overhand Chop and Backswing never work together?

The Two-Handed Fighter advanced core class (in the Advanced Players Guide) gives two abilities (Overhand Chop and Backswing) that seem like they should overlap, but I'm not sure they do. Am I ...
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Magic Jar without a receptacle

In the magic jar spell effects, you can possess a body, which sends the 'life force' or 'soul' to the receptacle/magic jar. You possess the body and force the creature's soul into the magic jar ...
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Can Clerics be Death Domain and Neutral?

Basically, me and my friend have been arguing for 2 months over Death domain cleric alignment. He keeps referencing the DMGs quote of "The gods of death domain embody murder" and the fact it is a ...
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Can the Suit Seeker Inquisitor Archetype and the Sin Eater Inquisitor Archetype be used at the same time?

I'm interested in building an Inquisitor with the Suit Seeker and Sin Eater archetypes. I know you cannot take two archetypes that replace the same class feature. From the Suit Seeker archetype: ...
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Conceal Spellcasting - Skill or Skill Trick?

Races of Stone has a section in skills, which outlines how you can use Slight of Hand to conceal spellcasting. There is no special requirement: When casting a spell, you may make a Sleight of ...
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How could one defeat a pervasive antimagic field?

There is a campaign I'm in that, though I'm pretty much done and ready to bail on it, has inspired a thought experiment. Long story short, we got railroaded hard into being gladiators. We have had ...
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Are negative levels necessarily energy drain?

As far as I can find in the rules, negative levels are always described in conjunction with energy drain, and are even listed together as one special ability in some cases. Usually there will be a ...
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Do flaming weapons with the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage on trip attempts?

Do flaming (and other elemental damage) weapons that have the trip special weapon feature deal their extra damage when they are used in a trip attack and hit successfully?
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When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...
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What level of interactibility does the Summon natural allies spell grant over summons that can speak? [duplicate]

I play a Gnome Alchemist with the Preservationist archetype. In my formulae I have Summon nature's allies (I, II, IV and so on...), which allows me to summon creatures to help me do things (fight, and ...
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Can an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with Returning?

Can a melee weapon that is being used as an improvised throwing weapon be enchanted with the returning property? The returning property seems to state that if a weapon can be thrown, it's eligible ...
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Throwing a weapon as an improvised weapon

In Pathfinder, if a weapon is thrown by a character at a target, does it become an improvised thrown weapon? For example purposes, the character in question is a Barbarian with the feat Throw ...