Do racial traits bonus stack?

Telepathic Talent:

Benefit: You can expend your psionic focus to gain a +2 trait bonus to your saves against mind-affecting powers and psi-like abilities. This talent grants no benefit if you do not have the ability to gain psionic focus.



Resistance (Su): Elans can use psionic energy to increase their resistance to various forms of attack. As an immediate action, an elan can spend 1 power point to gain a +4 racial bonus on saving throws until the beginning of her next action.

if I'm a elan (with focus), if is a mind-affecting power to resist, Can I use both?


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Telepathic Talent gives you a “trait” bonus, and the elan’s resistance gives you a “racial” bonus. These are not the same thing: “trait” ≠ “racial.” Since they are bonuses of different types, they stack. In situations where both apply, you add both bonuses together.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ah yes, the good ol' "race trait" vs "racial trait" confusion. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 11, 2020 at 19:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Telepathic Talent is poorly worded, though: what kind of action (if any) does expending psionic focus take, and how long does the +2 trait bonus last? As worded, it's arguably equivalent to "Requirement: ability to psionically focus. Benefit: gain a +2 trait bonus on saves against mind-affecting powers and psi-like abilities.", unless there's something I missed in the base "psionic focus" rules. \$\endgroup\$
    – minnmass
    Dec 12, 2020 at 20:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @minnmass Correct, it should say you can expend psionic focus when you have to make such a save to get a bonus on that save. It wouldn’t use an action, though, so that part wouldn’t really be necessary (though being explicit can be nice). \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Dec 12, 2020 at 21:14

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