I'm still little confused about actions in Pathfinder. There are standard actions, move actions, full round actions, free actions, etc. I need to know which combinations of these actions I can use in one round. Could someone give me a summary and clarify it for me?
According to The ever useful d20PFSRD:
In a round of combat, you can do either :
- 1 Full-round action OR
- 1 Standard action plus 1 Move action (in any order) OR
- 2 Move actions (effectively trading your Standard action for a Move action)
Plus a combination of :
- 1 Swift or Immediate Action AND
- Any number of Free Actions AND
- Any number of "Not an Action" Actions
A few special cases
The 5 ft. step
Provided you don't take any other action that actually involves using a move speed (walking/running/flying...) during the same round, you can take a 5' step as a free action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity once per round.
While most spells have a casting time of 1 Standard action, others can take a Swift action, a Full-round Action or more. For those spells that take longer to cast, you're effectively using up a Full-round action each round for the duration of the casting.
Also, be they Quickened spells or whatever, you can never take more than 1 Swift action per round.