I have been GMing in pathfinder for a little under a year now and I have recently realized that I have not been taking full advantage of certain aspects of combat encounters such as terrain effects and such.

I looked online for a checklist of possible things such as, difficult terrain, special objects and hazard that you can add to an encounter but all I found was hero lab and encounter generators which is not what I want.

Is there a manual checklist that I can use to make sure I have at least thought of each mechanical part of an encounter, such as rough terrain or hazards?

It should be easy to copy so I can use it for multiple encounters.


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Firstly any environment you can imagine can add to a fight.

As such there is no exhaustive list, however the following resources (it was resources that was requested) should be of use:

But possibly the most comprehensive aid on this topic I've found is this;


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