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Can a Dazzled rogue Sneak Attack?

In Pathfinder 1st edition, Sneak Attack has the following condition: The rogue must be able to see the target well enough to pick out a vital spot and must be able to reach such a spot. A rogue ...
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When making a Wild Empathy check, do any of the bonuses from Diplomacy apply?

When making a Wild Empathy check, do any of the bonuses from Diplomacy apply? Ranks, skill focus, traits, etc. The ability says: This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check to improve the ...
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Wall of fire: What's a 'solid surface'?

Wall of fire has to be cast on a solid surface. What's a solid surface? Can it be the back of a dragon? Dragon scales are pretty solid.. If the solid surface disappears (ice melts away, roof ...
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Which uses of Bonus-Action spellcasting are legal?

Looking at other questions about casting spells as a bonus action has left me trying to keep a lot of information in my head about whether a given combination of spells is legal according to the ...
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Pathfinder Versatile weapon and Weapon Finesse

I have a question. I have built a half-elven dragon rider based off of dexterity to make up for her lack of armor. She has elven weapon familiarity as an alternate trait so her weapon used is an elven ...
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Does Wish just give another spell slot?

The description of the wish spell reads: The basic use of this spell is to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. You don't need to meet any requirements in that spell, including costly ...
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Where are the heroes of Faerûn during Tyranny of Dragons according to other adventures?

I know that as the DM I can make up whatever I want and put the heroes of Faerûn wherever I choose in the story. What I am looking for is answers that are in other modules (published adventures) that ...
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How can a Forge Cleric obtain proficiency with swords at first level?

I am about to start a campaign of D&D 5th edition. I have a character in mind, a blacksmith with a thing for swords, who became a cleric worshiping a sword god. Mechanically this translates to a ...
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Beholder's ability through mirrors [on hold]

I was thinking about a Beholder encounter in a room with covers and mirrors: can the Beholder and eventually the PC use spells through a mirror's line of sight? If a spell (like Fireball) require ...
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Are there any alternative Creatures creation rules for the Star Trek RPG by Decipher?

The rules given in the books, whether it's the Narrator's Guide or the Creatures supplement, are a mess. Creatures created with the rules from the Narrator's Guide are ridiculously feeble, and ...
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Can a Magus's Black Blade perform skill checks other than the ones listed on the Bladebound page?

I've just made a Bladebound Magus in Pathfinder, and I could not find a lot of information on whether the Magus's black blade could perform skill checks other than the ones listed on the Bladebound ...
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How to show emotions differently for different NPC's

I'm the DM of the group. This is more of an acting question rather than one about mechanics. As my group and I have progressed through our game I've introduced several recurring characters to it. ...
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Spell Conversion up

Okay, so I'm playing in a D&D 3.X/Pathfinder game, everything in print available. Some of the players are wanting to 'convert/combine' multiple lower level spell slots into a higher level spell ...
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How to explain in a role-playing context whether you hit or miss based on proficiency and AC? [on hold]

Note: This question is coming from someone who has only ever played AD&D 2E so the only AC I know of is traditional negative AC and THAC0. One of the things that I've always been frustrated with ...
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Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage?

Do attacks without proficiency have disadvantage or do they just use the modifier for the weapon? ie. dex or str
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What melee attack does a doppelganger use if it picks up a weapon while shapechanged? [on hold]

The doppelganger has the following traits and actions: Traits Shapechanger: The doppelganger can use its action to Polymorph into a Small or Medium humanoid it has seen, or back into its ...
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Does the Sword of the Planes have a +4 bonus against literally any outsider?

In our Pathfinder game, we recently came upon a Sword of the Planes. This longsword has an enhancement bonus of +1 on the Material Plane, but on any elemental planes its enhancement bonus increases ...
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When failing an ability check, can a player's skill score be reduced as a consequence? [on hold]

When trying to lockpick a padlock with a rusty nail I found in the guano excrement of a cell in a Bugbear cave, my DM had me roll for lockpicking. I rolled a 7 and he ruled that I rolled badly and ...
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If a spell is cast on a moveable creature/object and lasts longer than a round, and the creature/object moves, does the spell move with it?

Recently it has come up at our table on the topic of centering a spell with an extended length, like sickening radiance, on a creature or something else that move. My table & I are unfamiliar with ...
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Can two Large (or larger) creatures flank two Medium creatures who might split attention?

If two Large creatures are on opposite sides of a pair of Medium-sized creatures who are side by side, do the Large creatures gain flanking? Flanking grants advantage because it's impossible to keep ...
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How can I shape long-term plot challenges around character power/capabilities? [on hold]

When planning a session or adventure, obviously one should take into account the approximate power level and capabilities of the players. For creatures and similar formal challenges, CR helps scale ...
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In “Prophecy”, when going onto a space that has a villain on it, are you required to fight it? [migrated]

A few days ago, I played the RPG "Prophecy" for the first time. While playing, we ran across a question that the experienced player among us did not know, and looking through the rules didn't give any ...
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Can spells function as feats?

I was looking through a necromancer class for pathfinder published by a third party source and I noticed a section that claims "At 3rd level, a necromancer gains Command Undead as a bonus feat." I was ...
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Keeping bonds with memory resets

I've been playing as a character in a dungeon-world campaign. About once per session in this campaign the world "resets". Our players return to the starting tavern, our inventories, health and ...
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Can targets see through Disguise Self/Seeming if they succeed on the Investigation check?

The one answer to my previous question suggests that all Illusions conjured by Disguise Self and Seeming can be seen through by the user, but not by outside viewers. The two spells Disguise Self and ...
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Can a target have two Armor Class (AC) values?

I had an idea for a kobold-operated tank. The armor would be thick enough to be immune to damage from all mundane projectiles (arrows, bolts, flintlocks, javelins, etc.), and resistant to magic and ...
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Where is Madame Freona's Tea Kettle in the Tyranny of Dragons (ToD) Adventurers League stories?

I have this map of Phlan: It does not list Madame Freona's Tea Kettle, however. In Defiance in Phlan, it only describes the Tea Kettle as follows: Madame Freona’s Tea Kettle (and Freona ...
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Duration of Fear Cone/Aura Effect

NOTE: This is about the number of rounds the creature effected by the Fear effect, not about the duration of the Fear Cone itself. The Gaki is one of many creatures that have the Fear Aura or Fear ...
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Is a speech trying to convince a crowd of something a persuasion or a performance check?

If I'm say, trying to convince a group of soldiers to follow me(a player) into a fight, or a crowd to riot, or otherwise convincing a large group of people via oration to do something (maybe it's a ...
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Is there a limit to how many spells you can add to your spellbook per day?

Basically I was able to purchase seven scrolls of lower level spells (two first, three second, two third) that would be useful to my wizard. Assuming an hour per spell, could I scribe them in all in a ...
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War Caster Feat: Opportunity Attack Casting following a Bonus Action spell

The war caster feat includes the following feature: When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature, rather ...
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Is a Life Oracle's curse tied directly to the manifestation of powers? [on hold]

I will be joining a Pathfinder group in the next couple of days and - having little exposure to Pathfinder before, limited to Clerics / Monks so far - I want to go for a Life Oracle this time. All ...
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Can a Level 6 Kensei Monk make an improvised weapon magical?

I've been scratching my head for a while in order to somehow manage to make an improvised weapon magical (to overcome resistance/immunity to nonmagical attacks). I believe I've found a way, but I want ...
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How many short rests can you take per day?

Is there a specific rule that limit the number of short rests per day like the one that say that a character can't benefit from more than one long rest in a 24-hour period? My friend is playing a ...
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Does the beholder's charm ray really take a PC out of the fight like this?

I was reading the Beholder's statblock (MM, page 28): Eye Rays. The beholder shoots three of the following magical eye rays at random (reroll duplicates), choosing one to three targets it can see ...
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How does the free resurrection spell from DDALEL2017 work?

One of the PCs in a game I DM is killed in the middle of adventure. The player has this certificate and wants to use the free resurrection. The module I ran is DDEX1-10 Tyranny of Phlan where the ...
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How does a 10th level Incantatrix count when adding several metamagic feats?

The capstone ability of the Incantatrix prestige class (Player's Guide to Faerûn, p. 61), Improved Metamagic, says: At 10th level, an incantatrix has mastered metamagic to such an extent that ...
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Is it possible to polymorph 2 characters into a Tarrasque using True Polymorph?

Is it possible to use true polymorph to transform 2 PC characters, each of whom is at least level 15, into a CR 30 Tarrasque?
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How can sapience be determined for monsters?

Whenever I DM (5e D&D), I tend to treat any creature without a language as bestial in its behavior (mostly in combat), especially if it has an intelligence score of 5 or less. This has never been ...
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What if the players refuse to join the questing pack in the Valkenburg Foundation?

The Werewolf adventure The Valkenburg Foundation begins with the players being asked to join the Questing Pack. Their role in the questing pack is pivotal because it is the mechanism used to feed them ...
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If I have Charm of Wisdom and Lore of Escape, do I add my Wisdom modifier twice to Bluff checks?

In the character generation process for the Inquisitor class, I was faced with a question, the answer to which I'm not entirely sure. I used Conversion Inquisition, which grants me: Charm of ...
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How do we feed a character whose mouth is magically sewn shut?

My party has gotten themselves into quite a pickle and one of our characters has gotten his mouth sewn shut by magical thread, which we can't cut. He is unable to eat and our GM has determined that he ...
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Do prestige class levels count for a Cleric Aura?

At 1st level, a Cleric and a Paladin gain an Aura which can be detected via the relevant Detect [Alignment] spell. Looking at a variety of Prestige Classes advancing Divine spellcasting, however, I ...
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What creatures does Antimagic Field temporarily wink out of existence?

The antimagic field spell has the following effect on creatures: A creature or object summoned or created by magic temporarily winks out of existence in the sphere. Such a creature instantly ...
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Importing 4e-ish Warlock Focuses into 3.5e/Pathfinder [on hold]

I'm playing a D&D 3.X/Pathfinder/Heavy Homebrew game playing a Warlock-esque character, and was wondering if there was a 'easy' way of 'importing' focuses from 4th edition. Secondarily, I know ...
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How do I have creatures move in formation?

Here's the scenario. A group of 4 adventurers move into a room of 5 highly trained kobolds who employ group tactics. Their main strategy is shield walls with kobold-sized pikes. They try to form up ...
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Which features of a wizard's familiar, if any, are considered magical?

The find familiar spell has a duration of instantaneous, which implies that the familiar itself is not an ongoing magical effect. However, the spell provides a number of ongoing features that are ...
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Can a Magus learn Wizard spells by conducting independent research?

By the rules of non-downtime Independent Research: Independent Research A wizard can also research a spell independently, duplicating an existing spell or creating an entirely new one. The ...
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Looking to optimize multiple melee attacks

I'm trying to find 2 classes to hybrid into that maximize the attack-shift-attack-shift-attack style powers. I already have the fighter powers of Tempest Dance and Storm of Blows, but what other class ...
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Does staggered also mean hindered?

Does staggered constitute as hindered for triggering to the Medusa's Wrath feat? So I am playing a pathfinder game with some buds, and I made a monk (Core, not unchained). Under scorpion style there ...

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