We are making characters in Pathfinder and a player asked if they could go past 18 with racial bonuses. Now we aren't talking with any equipment, just a simple 15 point buy with pluses also from the race. I'm mostly asking because I'm pretty sure somewhere I heard that you can only go to 22, but that's with levels if I'm not mistaken.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Once levels and items are involved, 22 isn’t even particularly special. Using only “common” resources (available to any class and many races), 36 is a decent number to keep in mind as “maximum” (18 base + 2 race + 5 from levels + 6 enhancement + 5 inherent), though many characters will not bother getting that high even at 20th level. \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Commented Dec 15, 2015 at 19:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok That makes sense. I was wondeirng if you could go past 20 I didn't think it was an option. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sunspear25
    Commented Dec 16, 2015 at 17:56

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You can go up to 18 by buying, and then add your racial bonus.

from d20pfsrd

No score can be reduced below 7 or raised above 18 using [the purchase method]. See Table: Ability Score Costs for the costs of each score. After all the points are spent, apply any racial modifiers the character might have.


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