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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How does time work in 3.5/Pathfinder?

I am wondering about preparing spells per day. How long is a day? One session? Also some spells last 15 minutes. How long is that during a combat encounter?
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Can you be tripped by an AoO while standing up?

Let's say "John" is a fighter who has selected a number of feats to focus on tripping his enemies, including Greater Trip, and Combat Reflexes, and wielding a Reach Weapon while under the effect of a ...
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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Can you use a swift action during a full round action?

Are you allowed to use a swift action in the middle of a full round action like full attack? The only movement you can take during a full attack is a 5-foot step. You may take the step before, ...
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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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Stacking Ki pool from multiple sources in pathfinder

Does Ki pool Stack from multiple sources in pathfinder? I'm looking to multiclass monk/ninja and want to know if I can combine those two ki pools into one.
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Can a character save against a harmful spell they thought to be harmless?

It's a pretty simple question, but I can't find a definite answer: The cleric tells the warrior he is going to cast a Cure spell on him (harmless spell). The warrior says ok. The cleric instead ...
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

My party of adventurers have fought two black dragon wyrmlings now, for two different reasons, because of two different modules, maybe the authors from WoTC really dig the Dragon half of the game's ...
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Creatively targeting summoning spells

Me and my party have a plan in our upcoming session, that will need some clarifications on how summoning spells can be used. It's all about creative targeting with the Summon Monster I spell. Let me ...
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Why does Quick Draw not apply to alchemical items?

From the Quick Draw feat description: Benefit: You can draw a weapon as a free action instead of as a move action. (...) Alchemical items, potions, scrolls, and wands cannot be drawn quickly using ...
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Can a wizard change a spell they have prepared?

I have read in professor Q's guide to Pathfinder wizards that Unlike the Sorcerer or Bard or Oracle you never have to sit and wish that you had picked a different spell this level since in a ...
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Can I cast two swift spells in a round, or otherwise trade a move action for a swift?

Can you use a move action to make a swift action? What if you have 2 swift spells and a standard one, can you cast them all in one round?
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As a GM, how do I encourage a party to interact with each other?

Background: I'm a fairly inexperienced GM and I'm working with a group that has wildly varying experience with role-playing - the game is intended as a teaching campaign to help a couple new players ...
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What does increased caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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What exactly are Special Qualities?

I am currently developing a tool which hopefully will allow me to choose a monster and a template. The tool will then automatically apply the template to the monster and change its stats accordingly. ...
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How can I build an effective whip fighter? [closed]

I want to build a Pathfinder Society character than can effectively attack with a whip from level 1. If possible, I would really appreciate if this character could have some kind of divine magic, ...
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What is a reasonable result of Create Water directed above a targets head?

As a cantrip, the RAW answer should be little to nothing. On the other hand, having 2 to 40 gallons of water dropped on you from a short distance overhead should have some impact. Such as... At what ...
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Is this Dex/Int build viable for a PVP arena playing primarily vs glass-cannon casters?

I am trying to develop a character who will be able to compete on even footing with Spell-casters by focusing on a high TAC (and possibly Damage-Per-Round) to compete in an arena setting, while not ...
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Can an unchained monk take archetypes?

I'm interested in making a zen archer monk and was wondering if I could actually build a zen archer unchained monk. Is it allowed? From the Pathfinder SRD on the unchained classes: Finally, with ...
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Can I re-summon an instance of a creature which has previously died within 24 hours?

According to the Conjuration Magic rules (emphasis mine) Summoning: a summoning spell instantly brings a creature or object to a place you designate. When the spell ends or is dispelled, a summoned ...
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Are feats explicitly Extraordinary by default?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e that it’s based on, abilities are often tagged as extraordinary (Ex), supernatural (Su), or spell-like (Sp). There are a few other categories (e.g. psi-like ...
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Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit?

Can you use readied actions to avoid being hit? This came up in our game today; after I thought about it, it seems incredibly exploitable. Here are some examples of how you could avoid being hit. As ...
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Is early entry into mystic theurge still an option?

My understanding is that originally spell-like abilities could not be used to fulfill prestige class requirements, then spell-like abilities could be used to fulfill prestige class requirements, and ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack In Pathfinder?

I have not been able to find it stated explicitly anywhere but does damage reduction from different sources stack? For example I have a Lycanthropic character who has dr10/silver and I was looking at ...
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Do shaken, frightened, and panicked replace each other or stack?

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 ...
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Can a permanently anthropomorphic animal companion take levels in an NPC or PC class?

I used my Druid power to turn my animal into an anthropomorphic one, and a spell of permanency to make it permanent. Is it possible for my animal take levels in an NPC or PC class?
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Animal form with most grapple damage in wild shape form

I'm looking for the best wild shape form (or Elemental) for grappling damage. The conditions are as follow: No multi classing, just strictly a base human druid no specific archetype. My objective is ...
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Silent Image in Combat

Say I stick an illusion of a bucket on 5 goblin's heads with Silent Image + pass off concentration to the familiar (through some feat) who moves it along with them. Assuming they try to touch the ...
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How can my sniper get enough attacks of opportunity?

Recently, there's been some talk about starting up an old Pathfinder game again, and I'm a bit worried about my character being able to adequately support her end of a combo that's rather central to ...
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What is implied by a temporary ability bonus?

What is implied by a "temporary ability bonus"? I've noticed this wording on all of the stat boosting items in the core book. Treat this as a temporary ability bonus for the first 24 hours the ...
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Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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If one uses Shadow Evocation on a willing ally can they choose not to disbelieve?

If one uses Shadow Evocation on a willing ally (e.g. Telekinetic Charge) can they choose not to disbelieve? Shadow Evocation Nondamaging effects have normal effects except against those who ...
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If an enemy moves and provokes an opportunity attack, where are they when the AoO happens?

I was surprised to find no mention of this in the Opportunity Attack rules on d20pfsrd or on the Paizo SRD: if an enemy moves from tile A to tile B and provokes an opportunity attack from me in doing ...
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Do Class Skill Bonuses Count as Ranks?

In Pathfinder do class skill bonuses count as ranks, especially for the purpose of prestige classing, or are they a generic bonus? If they are a bonus, how should I adjust the required ranks for ...
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Can darkvision distinguish visual contrast?

Does darkvision allow a creature to distinguish visual contrast? The rules as written, in both Pathfinder and 3.5e, state simply that "Darkvision is black-and-white only (colors cannot be discerned)." ...
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Can I multi-class between a class and an archetype of that class?

Background I am playing Pathfinder with a character who is a Fighter with the Polearm Master archetype. There is an ability that the Fighter (sans archetype) earns at third level called "Armor ...
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Does Diamond Spray bypass DR/Magic?

Does the spell Diamond Spray count as a magical weapon for the purposes of bypassing DR/Magic? The spell states: These magical slivers are treated as adamantine and cold iron for the purpose of ...
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How much do scrolls and potions weigh?

The physical description for potions: Physical Description: A typical potion or oil consists of 1 ounce of liquid held in a ceramic or glass vial fitted with a tight stopper. The stoppered ...
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How does taking 2 archetypes in from the same core class work?

In the APG it states; A paladin could, however, be both an undead scourge and a warrior of the holy light, since none of their new class features replace the same core class feature. So does that ...
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Does a Rogue using Use Magic Device for a scroll or wand also need to emulate a class feature?

I'm confused about Rogues and Use Magic Device. I've searched the core book and the Internet for the past 4 hours and can't find the answer to my simple question. Since a Rogue doesn't have any ...
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Kit weights don't seem to match contents. Am I missing something?

I was looking though a kit I wanted for a character and I calculated out the weight of the items and it came out as heavier that the kit itself. The kit is the Fighter's Kit containing: backpack, ...
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Are undead immune to intimidate/demoralize

I wanted to confirm this I've heard tell they are but there seems to be much debate. Can you use intimidate to demoralize undead? This seems like the sort of thing that they would have made clear in ...
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Can I combine multiple Feats if they all require a standard attack?

I have a Ranger with Pinpoint Targeting, Deadly Aim, Focused Shot, and Vital Strike. Can I make 1 standard attack action and use all of them together?
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Which skills are lost first if Intelligence drops? Can I choose?

As per this question, permanent increases to Intelligence retroactively grant new skill points in Pathfinder. If I lose my Intelligence bonus, is there a rule for which skill I lose first? Can I ...
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How do I make a touch attack?

I'm a newbie to Pathfinder and the general D&D 3.x area, having only played a small number of sessions ever. Following a recent question I dove into the touch attack rules, since I realised I didn'...
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Can you interrupt an action with a Ready Action?

I know that you can interrupt a turn, but can you interrupt the middle of an action, like a move action or would you have to wait until the other's move action is complete and then interrupt them ...
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Is the Pathfinder FAQ considered RAW?

There has been some contention recently over the RAW-ness of officially published FAQs for tabletop games. While (as far as I am aware) the D&D 3.5 FAQ is not considered RAW, I'm not aware of any ...
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Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another?

Can summoned monsters, specifically natural creatures such as eagles, be commanded to aid another? I've tried to find the answer myself but haven't succeeded.
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Can you write spells prepared with “knowledge pool” in your spellbook?

Knowledge pool At 7th level, when a magus prepares his magus spells, he can decide to expend 1 or more points from his arcane pool, up to his Intelligence bonus. For each point he expends, he can ...
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How does a shadowdancer use nearby shadows to hide in plain sight?

In pathfinder; a shadowdancer acquires the ability to hide while being observed. A shadowdancer can use the Stealth skill even while being observed. As long as she is within 10 feet of an area of ...