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I was looking over the rules for brewing potions in Pathfinder, and noticed something peculiar. The Brew Potion feat says that if the base price is 250 gp or less, the potion only takes 2 hours to craft, but otherwise, it takes one day per 1000 gp.

Why is there such an arbitrary division? Why isn't the time listed as something like X hours per Y gp?

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I am not sure where you are getting that from - both the Core Rulebook and the SRD indicate that it takes one day to craft a potion, period.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I believe it is the feat that lists the discrepancy. \$\endgroup\$ – NT3RP Aug 20 '11 at 2:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hmm, you're right, and the errata, FAQ, and even the forum posts I can find don't even notice/mention the discrepancy. I always use the 1/day just because it's less fiddly. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk Aug 20 '11 at 2:54
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Magic items almost always take a minimum of a day to craft, but Pathfinder implemented a quick-crafting feature for certain low-level consumables that players are likely to craft a lot of (like first level potions and scrolls of, say, Cure Light Wounds). The 2-hours-per-potion is an exception to the normal rules to allow you to craft cheap potions faster, letting you complete four potions in a day if they're all 250gp or less (so you complete the 1000gp or less per day that you'd normally get while crafting a higher-level item).

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  • \$\begingroup\$ @GMJoe Yes, I mentioned it in my answer, just as an aside. \$\endgroup\$ – gatherer818 Feb 12 '15 at 3:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Whoops, missed that. \$\endgroup\$ – GMJoe Feb 12 '15 at 4:05
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The costs assume an eight hour workday, at about an hour per 125gp. But there's a two hour minimum (probably because of set up and clean up) and working on complex (i.e. expensive) potions will shoot your whole day with more complicated setup, ingredients, and procedures.

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