I am playing an oradin. I am currently trap in a Black Tentacles spell. I want to use Lay of Hands on myself.

Beginning at 2nd level, a paladin can heal wounds (her own or those of others) by touch. [...] Using this ability is a standard action, unless the paladin targets herself, in which case it is a swift action. Despite the name of this ability, a paladin only needs one free hand to use this ability.

How should I touch myself? What is the easiest way to trigger the effect? It has to be with a free hand. Can my hand touch it self for example?

I can think of different way.

The "Double fingers pinching":

The "Claps your hand"

The "My hand touch itself"

I guess I should touch the wound. But here wounds come from the tentacles (so everywhere) and from the Oracle's Life Link revelation.

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    \$\begingroup\$ -5... How can I improve it? \$\endgroup\$ – aloisdg moving to codidact.com Jun 25 '18 at 22:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Describe, what is the actual problem you're trying to solve. Explain, why does it really matter how exactly do you touch youself. \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Jun 26 '18 at 12:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor Thank you. I think I see the problem with this question. I edited. Hope it is a bit better like this. \$\endgroup\$ – aloisdg moving to codidact.com Jun 26 '18 at 12:53

From a game mechanics / rules as written point of view, it doesn't matter. You have one hand free (Black Tentacles gives you the grappled condition, which only prevents actions needing two hands), you have a swift action available so it just happens. Pathfinder, via its D&D heritage, doesn't get into that kind of simulation of actions.

That's not to say you shouldn't role play it, but you don't need to. Note that you couldn't do "clap your hands" as that certainly requires two hands; "King Kong" might as well, although you can certainly imagine a one-handed version.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What about the Double finger pinching? \$\endgroup\$ – aloisdg moving to codidact.com Jun 25 '18 at 18:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @aloisdg personally, as the paladin, I'd prefer to fist-clenching. Requires less finesse. \$\endgroup\$ – John Dvorak Jun 25 '18 at 18:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @aloisdg Anything more than "I lay on hands" is getting into a question of what your DM / social contract requires. Mechanically, you just need to say "I lay on hands on myself" and you mystically get some HP back, you don't need to say how you do it unless something external to the Rules As Written says you do. \$\endgroup\$ – Philip Kendall Jun 25 '18 at 18:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @aloisdg don't forget to hold your pinky out :) \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Jun 26 '18 at 12:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ I mean extending your pinky finger, a.k.a the little finger. \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Jun 26 '18 at 13:02

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