Freedom of Movement RAW is a mess, and we don't know what it stops exactly. Relevant 3.5e question (but applicable to Pathfinder 1e as far as I know): What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

Moreover, maneuvers do not exist in regular Pathfinder 1e, and it's understandable that a core PF spell makes no special note about them.

The Shadow Pin maneuver is a really good counter; it stops melee characters from charging and getting near in general, and it stops recurring NPCs from teleporting away. No wonder one of my players took it.

The Freedom of Movement spell is meant to counter movement-blocking effects, but it only explicitly mentions making the recipient immune to mundane and magic impediments (emphasis mine):

This spell enables you or a creature you touch to move [...] normally for the duration of the spell, even under the influence of magic that usually impedes movement

Food for thought: It's magic, not "spells". Is "supernatural" magical enough to be included, given that it goes away in an antimagic field?

Does Shadow Pin bypass Freedom of Movement effects, or is it stopped by the spell?

(Since Freedom of Movement allows moving normally but says nothing about special movement forms such as teleportation, is the answer different for the teleportation part?)

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No, it does not counter freedom of movement.

From Shadow Pin

By harming the shadow of your enemy, you can pin them in place. You can initiate this counter in response to a creature within range leaving its space (including via movement such as a being pushed by a gust of wind spell or bull rush combat maneuver, or teleportation effects). The target becomes cursed for one round and stops its movement, dropping to the ground and taking falling damage as normal if it is flying and cannot hover. In addition, the target cannot move or be moved from its space for one round. You cannot stop a creature’s movement if it is within another creature’s space.

As far as I can tell, nothing from the PFSRD description for Shadow Pin specifically gives it an exception to the protection offered by Freedom of Movement. Furthermore, Supernatural Abilities are considered magical in nature, which we can see from the fact that they are unuseable while in an area of an Antimagic Field. It even mentions that Cursed Razor maneuvers are in fact, magical in nature, and are associated with the Spellcraft skill.

Maneuvers from the Cursed Razor discipline are imbued and enhanced with magical energies; as such, they are supernatural abilities. Cursed Razor’s associated skill is Spellcraft, and its associated weapon groups are heavy blades, light blades, and spears.

And with Freedom of Movement we can see how this interacts

This spell enables you or a creature you touch to move and attack normally for the duration of the spell, even under the influence of magic that usually impedes movement, such as paralysis, solid fog, slow, and web. All combat maneuver checks made to grapple the target automatically fail. The subject automatically succeeds on any combat maneuver checks and Escape Artist checks made to escape a grapple or a pin.

Thus, Shadow Pin is prevented by Freedom of Movement due to it being a magical effect that impedes movement.


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