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It looks like your real question is can a spellcaster use Eschew Materials to create undead without having a corpse handy? The answer to that question is no. Animate Dead Components V, S, M (an onyx gem worth at least 25 gp per Hit Die of the undead) Targets one or more corpses touched - Create Undead Components V, S, M (a clay pot ...


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You've been given an opportunity to enrich the story/campaign. Dragons hatch from eggs. Dragons have parents/relatives. An adult dragon arrives in the general area of adventuring (think Momma Bear protecting her cubs, or an uncle with a bad attitude). This dragon has an objective: to deal with whomever was messing with her babies/his nephews, etc. This ...


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Time travel to the past instantaneously then time travel to the future conventionally A magic portal can be created that transports its users to the past (and only to the past). Such a portal is created by a caster using the 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell teleport through time [conj] (Perilous Gateways Web column "Portals in Time: The Portal through Time (Part ...


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I have always read You gain the selected language as a bonus language, as meaning that you add the language to your list of known languages when you create your character (as a bonus language), not that you add the language to the list of bonus languages you can choose from to learn with a high intelligence modifier. The reason I believe this is that ...


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The bonus language granted by the Tongues curse is added to the languages you know, not the languages you can choose to know by virtue of high intelligence. Here's why: You apply your character's Intelligence modifier to: The number of bonus languages your character knows at the start of the game." Note the wording: Bonus languages are ...


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A spell's target is different from a spell's material components, so trying to use the feat Eschew Materials to bypass needing a corpse as the target of the spell animate dead, for example, is beyond the feat's scope (as is using the feat to bypass animate dead's onyx material component, by the way). To be clear, the feat Eschew Materials only obviates ...


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The sarcastic answer would be that, if you create it yourself, it's free. That said, in general this should be a non-issue. Both the Animate Dead and Create Undead spells, regardless of material components, require a corpse as the target of the spell. You cannot cast them at nothing, so Eschew Materials would not allow them to be cast without a corpse to ...


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It is, but be aware of the impacts The Pathfinder skill system leaves PCs with way less Skill Ranks. There's no more *4 on the first level, and the limit for Ranks is equal to their Hit Dice, not Character Level + 3. The first point is a consequence of all class skills not being cheaper to purchase, but receiving a +3 modifier in any check. Therefore, the ...


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As the source of the acid is non magical it would not be subject to the Golem's magic immunity and would deal its usual 1d6 damage. It is also worth noting that the golem is only immune to magic effects that allow spell resistance. Almost any acid spell does not allow spell resistance and would therefore work normally.


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Travel to the future conventionally, then travel to the past instantaneously In a similar vein to Hey I Can Can's answer, the dragon could simply go away and wait, growing strong and powerful; perhaps powerful enough to construct a portal of its own, or learning to teleport through time; or, failing that, ally themselves with a fledgling caster who will in ...


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Monsters of Faerun for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition describes the variant ghost dragon (89). Its secondary breath weapon ages creatures caught in the cone-shaped cloud by d% years. There's no saving throw. The wyrmling might convince the ghost dragon to age it by claiming (or knowing) the PCs have some of the ghost dragon's hoard: a ghost dragon is ...


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Corpses are not a material component of reanimation spells but rather the target. Take for example Animate Dead: Casting Time 1 standard action Components V, S, M (an onyx gem worth at least 25 gp per Hit Die of the undead) Targets one or more corpses touched This spell turns corpses into undead skeletons or zombies that obey your spoken ...


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Using Pathfinder's skill system in D&D 3.5 is a little challenging Here are some issues you'll encounter: Instead of the flat DCs for the skill Tumble in D&D 3.5 (if optional rules aren't used), using Acrobatics in Pathfinder to move through threatened squares is a check against the foe's Combat Maneuver Defense. A foe's virtual Combat Maneuver ...


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The Pathfinder Society provides all this information (and there's a lot of it) in their section on the Paizo Web site. The Guide is the key document you're looking for, it lists allowed sources, disallowed options, etc. for the various game modes. If it seems like too much information, you can always use the iconic pregen characters (available on that same ...


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The creature will deal its normal bite damage due to the ring of rat fangs plus the creature's full Strength bonus when the creature uses only its natural attacks. The Universal Monster Rules on natural attacks says Primary attacks are made using the creature’s full base attack bonus and add the creature’s full Strength bonus on damage rolls. However, ...


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There are two possible parsings of that phrase I see. Both allow for the Oracle to speak in combat due to the wording of the rest of the class feature. A: "You gain the selected language as a bonus language." This is the most common reading I have seen, you gain the language as a known language, in addition to every other language you might speak. ...


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Greater magic weapon applies an enhancement bonus, that is, a bonus with the enhancement type. Bonus types are very important, because they are the way the game answers these kinds of questions (whether the bonuses come from spells, items, feats, or whatever). In this case, the arrows are affected by three spells, and thus three enhancement bonuses, but ...


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There is no "automatically succeed stealth check" -- stealth checks are opposed by perception checks. So that's out. Let's see how it would work in general. Here are some rules from the stealth skill: Breaking Stealth When you start your turn using Stealth, you can leave cover or concealment and remain unobserved as long as you succeed at a Stealth ...


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Changes to starting skill points and rank max Pathfinder removed the 4× multiplier on 1st-level skill points, limits ranks to a character’s level, and gives a +3 bonus on class skills with at least one rank. The effect of this is that players get slightly fewer choices for skill points (which is largely a good thing since the 3.5 system is far more ...


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The difference between a normal Organized Play character and an Organized Play Core Mode character is very simple: Core characters can only use certain options, most notably the Core Rulebook. Core characters can also use the Character Traits Web Enhancement and the Roleplaying Guild Guide. No other products (Pathfinder Player Companion, Pathfinder ...


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Add guardians to the trap, someone who will attack or harrass players as they try to overcome it. Suppose the party has to cross a pit: most of the time, they'll do this one-by-one, rather than all fly/leap/teleport to the other side at the same time. Have hidden enemies step out and attack them when they've effectively been split into two smaller and ...


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The short answer is "No". For a start, Improved Critical is a waste of a feat, unless your DM has house-ruled that it stacks with Keen. Yes, you might get a few extra crits with your shield and save some gold, but generally the rapier is the only place the added threat range will make a significant difference, and that feat could go to a number of other ...


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I had something similar happen to me when I was playing, my char had already taken the Leadership feat and had a dog trained for battle. I critically succeeded the Handle Animal check on a hyena after slaughtering its goblin owner. My DM handled it by treating the hyena like an NPC. His level matched my own. But he would not follow us and engage in battle, ...



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