Concerning the action Aid Another and the feat Swift Aid:

  • Does the feat Swift Aid replaces the bonus to +1 or does it increases the bonus of Aid Another to +3?
  • Can you use Swift Aid as a swift action and then use Aid Another as a standard action on the same target granting the target cumulative bonuses?
  • Does the class feature Aid Allies replaces the Aid Another bonuses to +3 or does it increase the bonus? Example: Aid Another + Aid Allies: +5 to your ally's next attack.

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Swift Aid grants a lesser bonus than the normal aid another action

The bonus granted by the feat Swift Aid is correct: the feat's benefit does, in fact, only grant "your ally either a +1 bonus on his next attack roll or a +1 bonus to his AC" instead of the normal +2 bonus granted by the aid another action.

Ask the GM if your own aid another actions stack

The GM must determine if the same creature can use aid another on an ally multiple times and in the same area (like the ally's AC or attack roll). The text of aid another only says, "Multiple characters can aid the same friend, and similar bonuses stack," and is silent on whether one character can aid the same friend multiple times. You'll have to ask the GM how this works. I'm certain a creature with the feat Swift Aid can, in one turn, aid two different allies, but it's up to the GM whether the creature can aid the same ally twice in different areas or if the ally can aid the same ally twice in the same area.

This GM would likely allow a PC that wanted to spend actions aiding another to do so if that's how the player wanted to have fun, but this GM would also likely nix recruiting a band of halfling investigators that've all taken the investigator talent effortless aid and the trait Helpful.

The answer should be Yes, but politeness demands asking the GM anyway if aid allies can be combined with Swift Aid

The cavalier order Order of the Dragon extraordinary ability aid allies says

At 2nd level, whenever an order of the dragon cavalier uses the aid another action to assist one of his allies, the ally receives a +3 bonus to his armor class, attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. At 8th level, and every six levels thereafter, this bonus increases by an additional +1.

Because the special ability aid allies doesn't care how the cavalier is aiding another, its benefit should replace the normal benefit of the feat Swift Aid. However, once again, as it's potentially abusive to recruit a platoon of helpful halfling cavalier/investigators to follow around a PC, the GM should be warned ahead of time about this interaction.

  • \$\begingroup\$ "As a swift action, you can attempt the aid another action, granting your ally either a +1 bonus on his next attack roll or a +1 bonus to his AC." Shouldn't the text say granting your ally +1 bonus instead of the normal +2? For example the Helpful trait: d20pfsrd.com/traits/race-traits/helpful \$\endgroup\$
    – Zarkos
    Jul 23, 2017 at 2:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Zarkos In an ideal world, it probably should, or, at least, the feat should mention that in its Normal entry, and it doesn't… yet still says what it says. It's been kind of discussed to death on the Paizo message boards. I can link to some of those threads if you like, but I think it's pretty widely accepted to not be a typo nor in need of errata. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 23, 2017 at 2:16

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