I have just discovered an entry in the Combat section that says "Prepare to throw splash weapon" is a full-round action.
This partly baffles me, but maybe because I have a wrong definition of "splash weapon". Is Alchemist's Fire a splash weapon?
You can throw a flask of alchemist's fire as a splash weapon.
At least it can be used as one it seems.
You can also use a flask of oil as a splash weapon. Use the rules for alchemist's fire (see Special Substances and Items on Table: Goods and Services), except that it takes a full-round action to prepare a flask with a fuse.
Meaning it does not take a full-round action to... what? Prepare an Alchemist's Fire with a fuse? Prepare an Alchemist's Fire? Prepare a splash weapon in general? This is very confusing to me right now.
Does this ever apply to the Bombs of the Alchemist class? I'd say no since it very explicitely says
Drawing the components of, creating, and throwing a bomb requires a standard action
... but I'm starting to question my understanding of things :)
I used to think throwable alchemical substances were used like any other attack. Standard action for a ranged attack, thingie explodes on contact, boom, yay! At worst, you'd need a Move action to retrieve/draw it.
So what does it end up being? Move to retrieve, Full-round to prepare, Standard to throw? That's the worst-case scenario I can come up with. It would seem overkill for such items but maybe that's what it's been all along.
I'm looking for RAW, and RAI if they differ, so I can form my own opinion on how I want to rule it on my own game.