The conditions shaken, frightened, and panicked are related fear effects. Does only the worst condition apply because of this, or would being shaken and panicked give you a -4 on stuff?

I ask because there are lots of ways to end up with one of the conditions, and many effects talk about increasing the effect, but I havent seen any rules that say you can only be in one state of fear.


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The cumulative effects of fear are better defined in Special Abilities on Fear. The main point is this:

Fear effects are cumulative. A shaken character who is made shaken again becomes frightened, and a shaken character who is made frightened becomes panicked instead. A frightened character who is made shaken or frightened becomes panicked instead.

It's unfortunate that these cumulative effects aren't clearer in the descriptions of the conditions shaken, frightened, and panicked.

  • \$\begingroup\$ That is good to know, and also makes creating the spreadsheet effects much easier. \$\endgroup\$
    – Fering
    Commented Jan 14, 2017 at 1:42

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