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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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Can you Attack of Opportunity yourself?

As far as I'm aware, you do threaten your square: Most creatures of Medium or smaller size have a reach of only 5 feet. This means that they can make melee attacks only against creatures up to 5 ...
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What counters the outlining effect of the Glitterdust spell?

Aside from the wondrous item called Dust of Darkness how can someone counter the outlining effect of Glitterdust?
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Does a one-attack monster lose its strength bonus when gaining an additional attack?

In Pathfinder, does a one-attack monster lose its x1.5 strength bonus when gaining an additional attack type? This question came about when beastshaping into a one-attack animal but temporarily ...
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Does a race that is a sub-variant of another one qualify for feats restricted to members of that race?

Does a character being a race that is described as a sub-variant of another - for example, Svirfneblin to Gnome - qualify said character to take feats that are restricted to members of the super-race (...
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How does Spell-Eating compare to Energy Drain?

I'd like to replace the standard Energy Drain effect on a few CR3 Wights with the following Spell-Eater effect: Spell-Eater On a successful Melee attack, the target must make a Will save against ...
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Is it possible for two Sorceresses to be a Familiar to each other?

On one of my Pathfinder tables, two players came up with the idea of having their new characters - two 3rd level Sorceresses - not only having a romantic relationship, but also being so important to ...
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Does blindsight allow for detailed observation?

In general, how much detail can blind sight interpret? Is it like the Daredevil movie where they can make out an individuals facial details, or more of a "there is a humanoid/quadruped/tentacled ...
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Can lifesense detect elementals, and by extensions golems?

One of my player's characters is a life oracle who just received life sense. They are arguing that since a golem is powered by elementals, that they should be able to detect the elemental within them ...
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Can you target specific spells with the Greater Dispel Magic spell? How many?

Greater Dispel Magic works as Dispel Magic for the Targeted Dispel option. This functions as a targeted dispel magic, but it can dispel one spell for every four caster levels you possess, starting ...
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Does a kineticist's telekinetic blast literally involve manually throwing a physical object?

Does a kineticist's telekinetic blast literally involve manually throwing a physical object? Telekinetic Blast (Occult Adventures, p. 15) says: You throw a nearby unattended object at a single foe ...
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Does every use of a wand require a Use Magic Device check for non-spellcasters?

Does every use of a wand require a Use Magic Device check for non-spellcasters? For example, for a combat wand user: Does the user need to make a UMD (use magic device) check and an attack roll every ...
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Do you still take the focus penalty from the Cunning Caster feat when your focus is permanent?

Cunning Caster This feat allows you to hide spellcasting, but takes penalties for every visual aspect of the spell you need to hide. The general benefit is below: When casting a spell, you can ...
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Is there an “Adventure Path” analog for White Wolf games?

I love the Pathfinder Adventure Path system. It offloads tons of game master work and provides a fully coherent campaign for months of play. White Wolf's Storytelling Adventure System (SAS) is great, ...
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How can I specialize in only Monster Lore?

I am playing a Transmuter Specialist wizard. For many of my shapechanging shenanigans my DM has asked me to roll skill checks to determine if I know enough about a monster to be able to change into ...
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Would multiclassing in the same class (different non-stacking archetypes) break the game too much?

I know that as per RAW you can stack multiple archetype as long they dont conflict when changing the same class feature. But would it be too game breaking to treat 2 non-stacking archetypes as ...
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Everybody knows how to make magical items. What about magical “places”?

I've been running a Pathfinder 1e game for several years now, for a group of very inventive players that come from all sorts of walks of life. This situation is from the game session that happened ...
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How to make the most out of wands?

As far as I know wands seem to work like this. Wand of Magic Missile made by anybody who can with the Craft Wands feat, the bare minimum of a caster level of 5 and an Int of 13 would function much ...
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What content has been officially converted from Starfinder to Pathfinder?

Are any of the materials in Paizo's Starfinder rules considered standard content for Paizo's Pathfinder rules according to Paizo? If yes, is any of that content also considered Pathfinder Society ...
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How does a variable caster level work for spells?

There are a fair few spells that have more powerful results with a higher Caster Level. Magic Missile creates more missiles, Fireball uses more damage dice, Cure spells restore more hitpoints, etc. In ...
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Creating a Vehicle of Unusual Size (Medium)

Specific Questions Are there any mechanics for custom vehicles in Paizo's Pathfinder rules? Are there any vehicles of Medium or smaller size in Paizo's Pathfinder rules? Are there any enhanced rules ...
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Magical Knack and Hit Dice

I have a level 3 character (arcanist 2/rogue 1) with 25 HP. I wanted to pick up Magical Knack but was confused about the hit die portion of the rule: Pick a class when you gain this trait—your ...
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How do you threaten diagonals with Reach?

According to the rules on measuring diagonals in the Pathfinder SRD: When measuring distance, the first diagonal counts as 1 square, the second counts as 2 squares, the third counts as 1, the ...
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Do you have to make a concentration check to cast the spell from a wand when you are on a plane with the impeded magic trait?

Ok, so our party is currently on the plane of Axis which has the Impeded magic trait for spells with the chaos descriptor. A member of our group had picked up a wand of align weapon prior to our ...
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Which spells can be cast across Pathfinder's Wall of Force?

The Wall of Force spell description says, "Breath weapons and spells cannot pass through a wall of force in either direction". But what exactly does this mean ? Specifically, Can I cast a Fireball ...
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Does Overhand Chop override the damage bonus from wielding a two handed weapon?

I was showing a GM friend of mine a build I was making that uses the Two-Handed Fighter Archetype and we are both unsure of how it interacts with the damage bonus you get from two-handed weapons (...
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What is the best melee combat wild shape form for tight spaces?

I am playing a 9th level druid and looking for advice on combat forms. Typically I use large forms and focus on vital strike and tail attacks during combat. However this strategy doesn't work when I ...
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By the rules, how can you attack while jumping?

At the different tables I've played at, it has always been assumed that you can attack while jumping. After reading this answer I'm not so sure you can. By the rules, what ways can a character attack ...
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Go up two sizes: How do I RAW get a Halfling from size Small to size Large?

How do I turn a size Small Halfling into a size Large combatant? I am a GM and the PCs are Level Four. I want to throw the PCs a curve they are not expecting while keeping it “mid level” (not Mythic ...
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The GM ruled that we didn't get XP for killing the boss because an enemy caster's spell killed them. Is this allowed?

We are playing Rise of the Runelords, and were fighting Nualia and her minions in Thisletop. During the heat of the battle, Nualia was near death at just 12 HP. Her minion caster fireballed the party ...
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How could a level 5 Summoner detect a Phase Spider who is on the Ethereal Plane?

One of the Same Game Test encounters for a level 5 character is the Phase Spider. The test was originally written for D&D 3.5e, but I wanted to run it for a character that I am creating for an ...
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How does the game change if the PCs are monsters? [closed]

I ran a campaign a while ago, and now I want to return to that campaign. It'll be a new party, but there would be references to the earlier campaign along the way. However, this time the party is ...
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How do automatic firearms interact with Attacks of Opportunity?

In Rasputin Must Die! from the Reign Of Winter Adventure path, we are introduced to Automatic Firearm rules. Of interest to this question are the following lines from the relevant text on Automatic ...
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Does Blood Biography depend entirely on the target's knowledge?

In the Pathfinder setting, hags and worshipers of Gyronna sometimes replace babies with changelings. I'm considering an adventure in which the PCs defeat a Gyronnan cult and find a kidnapped baby in ...
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What is the spell I remember that delays ability damage?

I swear I could remember a spell in Pathfinder (though possibly in 3rd Ed) which, after being cast on a character, could slow subsequent ability damaging effects by dishing out the full damage over ...
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Can a vampire use its slam attack while full-handed?

Suppose a vampire is two-weapon fighting. Does it have to drop a weapon to use its slam attack or can it use other body parts - kicking or elbow striking for example - to attack with a slam? I ask ...
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How do I sit down or stand up?

According to the "Table: Armor Class Modifiers" in the combat rules, a character who is kneeling or sitting has a -2 AC vs melee attacks and +2 AC vs ranged attacks. However, I cannot find the rules ...
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Arcanist Dimensional Slide usage specific cases!

So here it goes. Description says that: The arcanist can expend 1 point from her arcane reservoir to create a dimensional crack that she can step through to reach another location. This ...
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Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th-level character abilities?

The question is born from: Does taking the form of a Muse using Fey Form gain you the Sound Strike attack?. Is 20d6 sonic damage every turn overpowered compared to other 5th- to 7th character-level ...
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Can a wondrous item be used to make a scroll?

Since some magic items (scrolls, wands, potions) require the spell must be provided in order to be made but its less picky about how the spell is provided, for example could boots of speed be used to ...
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Does taking the form of a Muse using Fey Form gain you the Sound Strike attack?

I have this possibly game-breaking doubt about the spell Fey Form and the Muse creature. Does the caster get the Sound Strike attack? That's way too strong for a level 3/4 spell.
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How long does it take for a gnome to “bleach”?

Several Pathfinder sources indicate that gnomes don't exactly die of old age in the traditional sense. Instead, gnomes who don't regularly experience new and exciting things undergo "The Bleaching", ...
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How can I make a PC who can create mutants/hybrids/chimeras?

I will be playing an arcane spellcaster (most likely a PF Arcanist) in my next game and my goal is to make a character that specializes in magically cross-breeding species, creating creatures that are ...
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What does elite mean?

In many Adventure Paths or specific books I find this "Elite" sorta template on creatures, but if memory serves me I've never actually found descriptions about what's the difference between a standard ...
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How to increase the attack bonus of an Arcane Trickster?

I'm starting to build an Arcane Trickster in Pathfinder. As you can imagine it would be hard to use weapons with a wizard attack bonus. I am already taking two levels of Unchained Rogue which gives ...
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Creating an elemental undead

So my character is a necromancer and in a turn of great fortune the party faced and killed a non-summoned huge lightning elemental. As I asked in another question there does not seem to be anything ...
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Haunted Heroes Pact Wizard may cause a favored spell combo to be even more broken?

I've been looking at the Pact Wizard archetype from Haunted Heroes Handbook and noticed a feature they pick up at 10th level that states that when metamagic feats are applied to spells learned via ...
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Psychotic Villain vs will save witch hexes? [closed]

I have a major villain who used to be the strongest member of the party, but gained psychosis and is now under my control and gaining mass amounts of power to be used as a boss against the party soon. ...
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Magical Lineage/Bloodline Arcana interaction

Magical Lineage says: Benefit: Pick one spell when you choose this trait. When you apply metamagic feats to this spell that add at least 1 level to the spell, treat its actual level as 1 lower for ...
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Is it possible to create a divine spellbook?

The mnemonic vestment says this: If the wearer is a spontaneous caster, once per day she may use a spell slot to cast a spell from a written source (such as a scroll or spellbook) as if she knew ...
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If I'm hit by an undead touch attack but negative energy doesn't hurt me, am I still affected by the Con drain?

I recently answered a question along the same line as this one about how energy resistance affects regeneration, but sadly I have a new variation of it. My question is about undead, their negative ...