Questions tagged [pathfinder-1e]

Pathfinder is an RPG originally derived from the open licensed rules to Dungeons & Dragons v3.5. It was published by Paizo Publishing in 2009. (For questions about the 2nd edition, use the tag [pathfinder-2e] instead.)

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Is there a spell that grants the ability to see in both magical and non-magical darkness?

I'm looking for a spell which I thought existed, but now I'm unable to find it. The main effect of the spell was to grant the see-in-darkness ability (darkvision + see in magical darkness, both with ...
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Does my initial inventory go on the inventory tracking sheet?

I'm getting ready for my first Pathfinder Society game. My character is created and I have a blank inventory tracking sheet. The only left is to purchase my initial inventory. Does my initial ...
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What are the advantages of using the Intimidate skill over using the Diplomacy skill for the same purpose?

What are the advantages of using the Intimidate skill over using the Diplomacy skill for the same purpose? There are some pretty obvious downsides to intimidation. The primary one is if it fails you ...
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Pricing a custom Robe of Bones

I am trying to deconstruct the Robe of Bones(RoB) magic item so that I can construct a personalized version for my necromancer. Why use the default undead in it when I could instead have one with my ...
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The Shaman wandering spirit Lore's Arcane Enlightenment hex grants bonus arcane spells. Is there a spell level limit to what spells can be chosen?

The Shaman wandering spirit Lore's Arcane Enlightenment hex grants bonus arcane spells. Is there a spell level limit to what spells can be chosen? The Arcane Enlightenment hex says: The shaman’s ...
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How to deal with darkness spells and spell-like abilities?

Every adventurer lurking through dungeons risks getting caught in one of the darkness spells, such as Darkness or Deeper Darkness. Not being able to see anything because of such spells is a sure way ...
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How many Hit Dice of undead does an acquired scroll of Animate Dead raise?

Animate dead is one of the few spells which has a variable cost to its casting, as it's based entirely on the amount of HD you are going to raise with the casting, which is partly dependent on the CL. ...
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How to play a wolf head ninja optimally

From Pathfinder SRD Primal Cunning (Ex) While a wolf head lacks the focus and training to access a ki pool, he does have an honed sense of primal, animalistic cunning that allows him to draw on ...
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If I multiclass a Wizard and a Sorcerer with Arcane Bloodline, can I choose a familiar for both?

If I multiclass a Wizard and a Sorcerer with Arcane Bloodline, can I choose a familiar for both? Or can I have a familiar from one class and a bonded object from the other?
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Can the witch hex “Gift of Consumption” be combined with Fortitude (Harmless) spells?

The description of the Gift of Consumption (Su) hex says: The witch curses a creature to share any effects that target her vitality. Whenever the witch is exposed to an effect that requires her ...
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Does climb speed from other sources stack with the climb speed from the Spider Climb spell?

Spider climb doesn't say how your base climb is affected, so I’m confused. Does it stack, does the larger amount override the smaller, or does spider climb just overwrite it, period? For example a ...
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Do these bonuses to disguise really stack together to +51 (or even more, eventually)?

Inspired by an answer to another question. My character is a Kitsune with 22 Charisma* and 8 ranks in Disguise. He has a Realistic Likeness feat. So, using logic from answer by william porter (sic!) ...
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Can you use the Seeking Spell metamagic feat with the spell Fireball?

The Seeking Spell metamagic feat says: In order to benefit from this feat, the selected spell must have a range greater than touch and target one or more creatures, or it must require the ...
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Is it possible to de-animate undead without killing or destroying them?

Is it possible to cause an undead to just become dead without destroying or killing it? The magic that creates an undead are instantaneous (except for special case skeletal crew and possibly others, ...
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How exactly do light and darkness spells interfere?

Let's say, I buy a Dull Gray Ioun Stone for 25 gp. I ask my friend to cast Continual Flame upon the stone. Then I venture to a dungeon with the said Ioun Stone floating around my head and suddenly ...
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Does the target of a bard's Fascinate feature remember being fascinated, and how will they react afterwards?

In Pathfinder, I used the bard's Fascinate ability on a guard. Will the guard remember being pulled under it, and what will his reaction towards me be afterwards?
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What are the major changes between Pathfinder first and second editions?

The Second Edition of Pathfinder came out today. As a long-time player of Pathfinder, what changes should I expect to see when I play the second edition? What are the major points that have changed? ...
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Does the armor check penalty apply to Reflex saves?

Does the armor check penalty apply to Reflex saves? Nonproficient with Armor Worn: A character who wears armor and/or uses a shield with which he is not proficient takes the armor's (and/or ...
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Which spell level does the Primal Draconic Bloodline sorcerer's Variant Bloodline Arcana feature refer to?

The Sorcerer's Variant Bloodline Arcana for the Primal Dragon bloodline says Variant Bloodline Arcana: Whenever you cast a spell with an energy descriptor that matches your draconic bloodline’s ...
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How do vision penalties due to darkness work?

So, the penalties that are applied when two characters are in darkness, attacking each other, are perfectly clear in the Pathfinder rules: In an area of dim light, a character can see somewhat. ...
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How can an NPC disguise themselves from the party for an extended period?

I have an upcoming storyline where I would like an NPC to hide their identity to gain the trust of the party. The nature of the ruse will involve them traveling with the party for an extended period (...
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Optimizing a Crossblooded Sorcerer 1/Admixture School Savant Arcanist X

Introduction One of the members of our PFS party is Ash, a blaster mage. Her player’s requirement for the character was “I WANT TO BURN”, so I googled and found this build. However, I decided to push ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of Wand of Cure Light Wounds and Wand of Infernal Healing compared to each other?

Every party in Pathfinder and every character in Pathfinder Society need some healing source, and the two most common ones are a Wand of Infernal Healing and a Wand of Cure Light Wounds. It is often ...
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Can the Delayed Spell metamagic feat be used with Fireball?

Can the Delayed Spell metamagic feat be used with Fireball? Delayed Spell says: ...Only spells that target one or more squares or grid intersections can be affected by Delayed Spell... Fireball ...
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Does the Lesser Beast Totem upscale to 1d8 claw damage for large creatures?

I have a half-giant barbarian (built from the Advanced Races Guide). I've reached 2nd level and have taken the Lesser Beast Totem rage power. I've noticed that the claws only mention scaling down ...
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Which class levels are an Oracle mysteries and curses based on?

I'm not very familiar with the Oracle class. If I understand it correctly, the abilities and spells for the Mysteries are based on Oracle level, whereas the curse abilities are based on Oracle level +...
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What are the mechanical differences between a Summoner and an Unchained Summoner?

I have a player in one of my games asking to play a Summoner (vanilla, not a Synthesist). Personally I like the flavor of the class, and I trust the player, but I'm aware that the normal Summoner has ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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Does a summoned monster's corpse vanish when the spell duration would expire?

If I summon an Eagle with Summon Monster 1 with a duration of 4 turns, but the Eagle dies after only 2 turns, does the corpse vanish after 2 more turns or does it stay on the ground indefinitely?
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What does CR 1/2 mean for Summoned Creature: Eagle?

What does CR 1/2 mean for Summoned Creature: Eagle? The first line is: Eagle CR 1/2
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Can you delay action while unconscious?

Suppose my character in PF1 is unconscious and dying, and the party cleric's turn is not until after mine in the initiative round. I would like to avoid wasting a turn by delaying until after the ...
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Does the level requirement of the psychic's Psi-Tech Discoveries refer to class level or character level?

In the list of the psychic's psy-tech discoveries is Force Field, which says: You must be at least 3rd level to select this discovery. Does this mean Psychic level 3 or character level 3?
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Color Spray vs. Sleep: which spell should a low-level spellcaster use?

One of the easiest ways of winning low-level combat encounters is casting Color Spray or Sleep. Those two are both save-or-lose spells, and low-CR enemies usually have weak Will saves. However, ...
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How do I best decide who knows what at the beginning of a game? [closed]

Adventure Paths (APs) come with a freely downloadable player's guide that details a lot of things about the setting of the AP, including mechanical suggestions such as which prestige classes or class ...
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For a multiclassed Wizard/Sorcerer, do the Wizard school features benefit sorcerer spells?

If I'm primarily a sorcerer and multiclass into a wizard of the school Evocation/Admixture, with this effect: Versatile Evocation (Su): When you cast an evocation spell that does acid, cold, ...
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How to deal with a DM who pointedly ignores important details? [duplicate]

The campaign was intended to be difficult. We knew and accepted that up front, and it sounded like a fun challenge. But we never knew until we were already a fair ways into it how much of the ...
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What is the price of a printing press?

What is the price of a printing press? Trying to be a writer, a printing press will help make multiple copies of adventure tales to sell at various towns, but the price isn't listed.
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If I mandated that full casters take 1 non-spellcasting class level for every 2 spellcaster levels, would they be balanced with 2/3 casters?

I've been asking about how to balance player characters, and others have suggested using tier 3 classes only, or using only spellcasters who cast 6th-level spells. This is not the place to contest ...
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Can a Slayer use Studied Target outside combat?

Is it possible for a Slayer to study a Target outside of battle to gain the bonuses for roleplaying purposes, rather than combat bonuses?
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What ways are there to reduce the cost of the Animate Dead spell?

I am going to be a necromancer and not feeling like having to pay for my undead. The following are methods I know about. Blood money spell - banned in current game Cauldron of the dead magic item - ...
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Is the Infernal Healing spell actually worth it as a Wand?

Infernal Healing is a spell that gives you Fast Healing 1 for 10 rounds, healing 10 HP of damage. It can also be used right before combat to auto-stabilize in case you get dropped. Some people claim ...
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Can you put ranks into knowledge skills that aren't class skills?

Can you put ranks into knowledge skills that aren't class skills? As a sorcerer, Knowledge Engineering isn't a class skill, can I still put ranks into it so I can do Engineering checks after I level?
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Rules-as-written, does an attempt to tie up a creature affected by the Sleep spell awaken it?

When playing PFS, I used Sleep on a group of thugs and disabled them all. When I declared that I was tying up one of them, our GM told us that the thug awoke and was now trying to fight. This left us ...
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Do saddles made for Small or smaller riders weigh less?

Do saddles made for Small or smaller riders weigh less? Likewise, do saddles made for Large or larger creatures weigh more? It seems to me that they would be adjusted as armor would, but I can't find ...
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Does the Healing Domain (or similar metamagic-like effects) affect scroll/wand/staff use?

Many abilities, notably the Healing Domain 6th level feature, allow you to alter "your spells" with metamagic-like effects. At 6th level, all of your cure spells are treated as if they were ...
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Can I somehow set the tower shield down as cover?

Is it possible to set a tower shield in a place to gain cover but without the the need to hold it with one arm?
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Synthesist, Combat Reflexes, Improved Grab and Bite

I have a player who want to make a "tanky" build with a Synthesist Summoner (from Pathfinder APG). The plan is as follows: The fused eidolon is a bipedal with dual claws. Evolutions are: Bite, ...
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Why does Blasphemy destroy undead which are generally evil?

I was reading the spell Blasphemy and its got contradictory texts/ Its area for example says Area nonevil creatures in a 40-ft.-radius spread centered on you Then the spell effects Killed: ...
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Does precision damage affect incorporeal creatures?

Does precision damage affect incorporeal creatures? If so, does it affect them fully, or based on how the effect would attack them (50% for magic weapons, and 100% for Ghost Touch weapons)? For ...