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Questions tagged [holy-symbol]

For questions primarily about in-universe holy symbols in RPGs. A holy symbol is a religious icon or symbol that can be held in one hand that helps characters whose abilities are powered by their god (or their faith in their god) channel or focus their powers.

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Do you need a free hand to present your holy symbol?

When channeling energy, it says that you must present your holy symbol. But does this take a free hand? Do I have to put down a weapon/shield if both hands are holding something? A cleric must be ...
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What effects would invisible or illusioned holy symbols have on casting for a cleric?

If a cleric decided to have their holy symbol invisible would it affect any of the uses of it? Such as the ability to channel, casting spells with divine focus, and possibly preparing spells (this one ...
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Is there any deity whose worshipers are allowed to substitute a weapon for a holy symbol?

So we have a question about holy symbols for characters with Vow of Poverty, since officially holy symbols violate the vow (which is absurd in all kinds of ways but this isn’t “merely” RAW, Wizards of ...
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Does a cleric need to have a holy symbol at hand to channel energy?

From channel energy: A cleric must be able to present her holy symbol to use this ability. What, precisely, does this mean? Must the cleric have a free hand with which to grab the symbol and ...
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Can a wizard with the False Focus feat use a reliquary weapon as a divine focus, and what value is it considered if so?

My character is a wizard that worships Milani and uses the False Focus feat to cast most spells without the need of components, and also loves firearms. I recently discovered the Craft Reliquary Arms ...
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Can a holy symbol take some artistic license?

When using an amulet as one's holy symbol, does it have to take the precise form dictated by the religion (e.g., as in the table of deities in the PHB, pages 294–6), or can a player use creative ...
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Does Pathfinder allow divine casters to use shields as divine foci?

Inspired by this question, I was wondering if Pathfinder RAW allows a holy symbol to take the form of a shield (some other D&D editions have a similar rule), or does it have to take a more ...
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Does Holy Symbol Expertise mean all enemies, or just the ones you actually attack?

Does the Holy Symbol Expertise [ddi] ... cannot gain combat advantage ... apply to all enemies, or just the ones you actually attack?
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Do you have to have a Holy Symbol in one of your hands to use it?

Do you have to have a Holy Symbol in one of your hands to use it ... (a) in your attacks, (b) to gain advantage of any special effects ?