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If a PC is injured in such a way that they lose a piece of their body, how can they recover it? To be more accurate, say they have an arm cut off, how would they regrow the arm?

Im asking for hopefully lower level solutions. I am aware of the 7th level Regenerate spell which would restore missing bits.

If the PC is lucky then they are under the effects of ring of regeneration or pearly white spindle ioun stone which would also allow you to recover from this state.

What options remain?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Options other than those listed are likely to be some combination of overpriced, obscure, or shady. Is there a reason the spell regenerate can't just be purchased upon returning to town? I mean, 910 gp is a pittance for getting back the use of one's arm! \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Oct 24 '16 at 19:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ Due to it being a 7th level spell you would need to go to a rather large city to find someone able to cast it. Scrolls are a bit more likely but cost a fair bit more, and then you need to be able to activate the scroll yourself, which usually isnt a big deal for at least one member in the party. \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Oct 24 '16 at 19:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ The regeneration spell was ruled as 7th level spell assuming that very few things in the system can sever a limb, if you house rule that PCs can get their limbs severed at lv1 by any thug with a sword, you should consider adjusting the spell level aswell. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Oct 25 '16 at 13:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowKras Consider challenging the frame by making that an answer. \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Oct 26 '16 at 13:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Related (for D&D 3.5e): How can my undead reattach his arm? \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Oct 26 '16 at 17:17
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RAW aren't really equipped to handle limb loss. Given that they even have a spell expressly for that purpose and that they place it at such a high level leaves me to assume limb loss was intended to be restricted to out of combat scenarios. Conversely, limb recovery was intended to be an extraordinary thing (apparently more incredible than resurrecting the dead).

That said, the Pathfinder SRD does offer this limited version of the regenerate spell which might suit your needs. This is 3rd party content, but it's better than nothing. It's 4th/5th level, so certainly more readily accessible than a 7th level spell: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/3rd-party-spells/4-winds-fantasy-gaming---3rd-party-spells/regenerate-lesser

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Arrange to have reincarnate cast on you and then die

The reincarnate spell (Druid 4, Shaman 4, Witch 5) creates a brand new young adult body for the deceased. Using this spell it might actually be worth it to commit suicide so your friendly druid, shaman, or witch buddy can bring you back, limbs intact. You might, (ahem) on the other hand, come back as a troglodyte, so it's not a perfect fix, and you still might need a couple of more 4th-level restoration spells to get you into fighting shape, but all that might be easier than finding a level 13 cleric to cast regenerate.

Or urge the GM to make a house rule

A GM has more options for letting characters regrow limbs. While not RAW, a generous GM may allow fast healing (instead of only specific instances of regeneration) to reattach a limb by holding it to the stump or something. Fast healing is much easier to get at lower levels, like with the 1st-level spell infernal healing, for example.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 for the mention of Reincarnate. Possibly the most fun spell on the game. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Oct 26 '16 at 16:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ Fast Healing does not attach limbs back together though, you should consider editing that part. If it did, Infernal Healing would be the cheapest solution around. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Oct 26 '16 at 16:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was hoping to avoid requiring death effects \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Oct 26 '16 at 17:31
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You can look for a troll witch or shaman that has Transfer Regeneration (or anyone that qualifies for the spell) so they can regenerate your severed limb.

You can look for a cleric for Regenerate, and donate up to 910 gp (7 * 13 * 10 gp) to his church. A high level cleric may be rare depending on your campaign setting though.

However, if at first level your character already lost a limb, you should consider looking at the optional rules for Called Shots, we have 3 types of damage caused by aiming at a specific body part:

1) Called Shot: An attack aimed at a body part that deals fewer than 50 points of damage results in a normal called shot. Called shots inflict either minor penalties or temporary inconveniences.

2) Critical Called Shot: When a called shot is confirmed as a critical hit but deals fewer than half the creature’s hit points of damage (minimum 50), a critical called shot results. Critical called shots can cause ability damage, bleeding, and other serious effects.

3) Debilitating Blow: A called shot that deals half the creature’s hit points of damage (minimum 50) or more (whether a critical hit or not) results in a debilitating blow that has extra effects. A debilitating blow inflicts major consequences and potentially permanent consequences.

Losing an eye, losing an arm or leg, have your head separated from your neck are all major consequences of debilitating blows. For arms specifically, not only it has to be a debilitating blow, but the target has to fail his saving throw by at least 5 points:

Arm Debilitating Blow: A debilitating blow deals 1d6 points of Dexterity damage and 1d6 points of Strength damage. The blow renders the arm useless until healed unless the target succeeds at a Fortitude saving throw. If the saving throw fails by 5 or more, the arm is severed or otherwise mangled such that only regeneration or similar effects can repair it. The target also suffers the effects of a called shot to the arm (if the arm remains usable) for 2d6 minutes.

Yes, these are optional rules, but they do give us an insight at how serious a severed limb should be on the game system. Potentially aimed at higher levels and not the first few character levels, as few creatures can deal more than 50 points of damage in a single attack. So things that can routinelly sever a limb off should be rare, unless it was done outside of combat (a tortured prisioner?).

The Regenerate spell was ruled as 7th level spell assuming that very few things at the lower levels in the system can sever a limb. A GM that decides to house rule that PCs can get their limbs severed at lv1 by thug with a sword that roll a critical hit, should consider adjusting the spell level aswell. Or create an alternative such as Regeneration, Lesser to allow low level characters to recover their limb's function if they are able to at least attach the limb back together.

Otherwise the system will strongly benefit characters that focus on critical hits and weapons with high critical range (kukri, scimitar) and roleplaying effects that will have real effects on the game system, like saying "I am aiming at his arm" before rolling an attack roll.

Lastly, a Cracked Pearly White Ion Stone would be a cheaper alternative, if the character had one prior to losing his limb.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The ring is 90,000 gold. An NPC is not going to loan that out to just anyone. The ring also only works on injuries you got while wearing it. \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Oct 26 '16 at 17:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ The first option of transfer regeneration is the kind of solution that I was looking for. One of the most manageable ways of regrowing limbs despite trying to track down someone willing with regen. \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Apr 30 '18 at 5:33
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There's one option if you think outside of the box. I hope the party has done some work for a powerful church with a cleric able to cast the Regenerate spell. Bonus with this option is that it opens up many story possibilities. Maybe the high priest of [deity] casts it in recognition of all the good deeds done by the PC, maybe the priest needs the party to do [task] and will cast the spell in return for their agreement to do that task.

Just because a spell is out of reach of the party's magic-users, doesn't mean that spell is out of reach of the party.

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