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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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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Can a shield that has both armor and attack enhancements exceed +10 total enhancement?

A shield can receive enhancement bonuses to both AC and Attack. Do both types of enhancements count against the maximum possible bonus (+5)? For example, can I have a shield that has +5 to AC, the ...
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AoOs against the same enemy on his turn?

I have seen this question for D&D 4e: Attacks of Opportunity from moving within a threatened area? and I was wondering about attacks of opportunity in Pathfinder/3.5e. If an enemy goes from one ...
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If holding the charge on a touch spell, does getting hit do anything?

If you are holding the charge on a touch spell, will getting hit by melee, ranged attack, or spell dissipate the spell you're holding? If it's a melee attack, does the attacker feel the effects of ...
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Can creatures tell if they've been blessed or cursed by Prayer?

When casting Prayer, you give your allies a bonus and your foes a penalty on most rolls. Now, assuming you get to choose who your allies and foes are, can a creature tell which one you've designated ...
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Scorpion Whip - how does it actually work?

The Scorpion whip says: http://www.d20pfsrd.com/equipment---final/weapons/weapon-descriptions/whip-scorpion This whip has a series of razorsharp blades and fangs inset along its tip. Benefit: ...
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Can Metamagic be used in Item Creation? What are the limits?

One of my players has recently obtained the Craft Wondrous Item feat. In an attempt to prepare for what he may build I want to know the specific limits of Wondrous Items. I know that someone can ...
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Where are the one-handed grappling rules?

The feat Grabbing Style says it's possible to grapple with one hand (at −4 without the feat). The feat Grabbing Master says it's possible to grapple two different foes (and maybe more if the grappler ...
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How much control do I have over my familiar's behaviour?

I am a neutral Wizard traveling with a paladin. My improved familiar is an imp. Let us say my imp has a wand of cure moderate wounds and I want him to heal the paladin in the middle of a fight. Let ...
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Is an unchained Monk able to use flurry of blows if he uses claws?

Reading through the unchained rules I didn't find a mentioning anywhere so is an unchained Monk able to use flurry of blows in combination with claws?
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How can a humanoid qualify for the Multiweapon Fighting feat?

I am a druid who plans on taking advantage of wild shaping to use a form with multiple arms to wield multiple weapons such as an octopus. Multiweapon fighting is the prefect feat for this. However it ...
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What does the letter in parentheses after a spell duration mean?

We're playing D&D using primarily Pathfinder rules. I'm just getting into a class with spell abilities and have a question regarding the duration of spells. I've noticed that some have a letter in ...
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How do the Cleric and Druid's Spontaneous Casting interact with other classes' spells?

This is a very RAW vs. RAI question. When the descriptions of both clerics and druids discuss how prepared spells are instead converted into specific kinds of spells, they always talk about "a" or "...
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How does the Elf shaman favored class options interact with touch range hexes?

Elf shaman favored class option: (Advanced Class Guide pg. 69 (Amazon)): Add 5 feet to the range of a chosen shaman hex. Multiple bonuses from this ability can apply to the same hex, to a maximum ...
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What is the actual area of Emergency Force Sphere?

I have seen a few discussions about the area of effect of an Emergency Force Sphere: Effect 5-ft.-radius hemisphere of force centered on you The arguments are that you must pick a grid ...
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Expeditious Retreat and Chameleon Mutagen

The Gnome Saboteur's Chameleon Mutagen gives them a climb speed = to 1/2 their base speed. So an increase to base speed would also increase their climb speed by half. However, Expeditious Retreat ...
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How does Earth Glide work?

I'm hoping some one can point out some rules I've missed, or some rules extrapolation I've overlooked that might explain some of these questions. There are different descriptions for Earth Glide ...
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Throwing a weapon as an improvised weapon

In Pathfinder, if a weapon is thrown by a character at a target, does it become an improvised thrown weapon? For example purposes, the character in question is a Barbarian with the feat Throw ...
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What is the touch AC of an attended object?

What is the touch AC of an attended object? Larry the Lizard Wizard casts darkness and tries to touch his opponent's armor. darkness has a range of "touch" and targets an "object touched". Larry's ...
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Are Shadow Conjurations effectively invisible to True Seeing?

With the spell Shadow Conjuration you can essentially cast Summon Monster, however, the summoned creature is an Illusion (or at least from the Illusion school). How does True Seeing react to this? ...
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Can a magus with a high BAB cast two spells or attack and cast, with their full attack action?

Suppose you are a level 10 Magus or something similar. (Something with a decent BAB progression and spellcasting abilities) When you hit +6/+1, can you cast a spell, then attack, vice-versa, or simply ...
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Unchained Flurry of Blows with Natural Weapons and Feral Combat Training using natural attacks as primary

I know the question of whether adding your natural attacks after you finish a Flurry of Blows (As secondary nat attacks at −5) has been asked many times (Monks, natural and unarmed attacks, and Feral ...
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What happens if you stop meeting the requirements for a spell?

Many spells specify a condition (animal, living creature, undead, etc.) that their targets must fulfill. What happens if such a spell is cast on a target that meets the condition(s), but changes in ...
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Applying an Intelligence-boosting Headband to an Animal to teach language?

If you gave an animal a Headband of Vast Intelligence, thus raising its intelligence beyond 2, would that allow it to learn to understand new languages (and speak if it's a thrush for example)? ...
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Do growing effects on creatures (such as Enlarge Person and Righteous Might) stack?

Actually nothing in the rules says anything about this, while anything affecting the size of weapons seems to not stack with other kinds of growing effects. It is mentioned for the Growing weapon ...
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Monks, natural and unarmed attacks, and Feral Combat Training

Need help about some interaction between monk/natural attacks and Feral Combat Training during full round attack , not FoB! Monk unarmed strike A monk’s unarmed strike is treated both as a ...
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Do Caster Levels from different sources stack?

This seems like a glaring oversight, but what are caster levels? Do characters only have one score called caster level just like sneak attack? Why do most classes not state what their caster level ...
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3D Rules for a 2D Game

Often while playing Pathfinder, my group will run into problems where rules for 3-dimensional play simply don't exist, so far as we can find. Arguments will come up over things like carrying-capacity, ...
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How does the wielder of an intelligent magic weapon experience its powers?

For example, let's say a PC got hold of an intelligent weapon that has the dedicated power "true seeing at will", and communicates telepathically. When there is an invisible enemy on the battlefield, ...
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Can a Tumor Familiar become an Improved Familiar?

An Alchemist can obtain a Tumor Familiar. There's also the feat Improved Familiar, which is accompanied by a table which lists Arcane Spellcaster Level in one of the columns and has the prerequisite: ...
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Can a creature designate as the target of a charge a foe the creature can't charge?

The game seems to assume ideal battlefield conditions with perfect intelligence. However, sometimes battlefield conditions aren't ideal and intelligence isn't perfect. The special attack charge says ...
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Magic Jar without a receptacle

In the magic jar spell effects, you can possess a body, which sends the 'life force' or 'soul' to the receptacle/magic jar. You possess the body and force the creature's soul into the magic jar ...
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How does the ring of transcendent spells work?

I am confused as to how the ring of transcendent spells from mythic works. Ring of Transcendent Spells This jade ring is carved in the shape of an ouroboros. Three times per day, the wearer can ...
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Can monsters with only Primary Natural Weapons do multiple attacks?

An example: A Dire Bear has two Claw Attacks and a Bite attack. According to my own knowledge of the rules as written, a creature with only primary natural weapons doesn't gets more attacks as the ...
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Synthesist summoner and Linnorm Death Curse, Taiga rage power

I am playing a Synthesist summoner level 7. I am thinking of taking 6 levels in skald to get the Linnorm Death Curse, Taiga rage power but i am not sure if it would activate while using raging song ...
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Techniques for making high level D&D play more manageable?

Many people complain about high level D&D 3.x play. It can become less enjoyable for both players and GMs because of the huge nest of rules and complexity required for every character, the prep ...
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My player wants to watch the world burn

Several times I've had experiences where I was running a fairly standard campaign, and I got a player who wanted to, essentially, watch the world burn. I had a character who offered up his life force ...
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Differences between 5th Edition D&D and Pathfinder?

4th Edition took D&D on a very different path from 3.5, and Pathfinder (often referred to by players as 3.75) filled the niche of the continued evolution of the 3.x system. I enjoy Pathfinder ...
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What is Pathfinder's relationship to D&D?

Pathfinder is often conflated with D&D, 4e I think, but it isn't actually named "Dungeons & Dragons." What is Pathfinder's relationship to D&D, and how does it fit in with the various D&...
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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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How to balance a very-low magic campaign

Recently, my players and I got kind of bored with the fact that Pathfinder relies heavily on magic items than martial prowess for fighting classes. I realize and accept the fact that spellcasters are ...
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Inventiveness vs. breaking the game; How do I encourage one, without enabling the other?

So, recently, I had an issue where I had to make a call on a custom-made weapon, and I'm not sure I handled it very well. The player was using a human alchemist, and instead of throwing 'bombs' every ...
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Bomb based alchemist builds

I'm looking for help with building a bomb-slinging alchemist at level 10. Assume 25 point buy for initial generation. The focus is getting the most effective bomb usage possible. Fast bombs is ...
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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding damage,...
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How many kobolds does it take to dig a Pit Trap?

I did some maths, based on PF SRD for both traps and crafting, and this is what I found : a Pit Trap is a CR-1 trap (but it's a lazy kind of trap, so let's assume, as PF SRD tells us to do, that it ...
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How can I play a lawful rogue? [closed]

I wanted to try something new in a Pathfinder campaign, so I created a lawful good cleric/rogue. Problem is, I have no idea how to play a rogue as lawful, due to this: From the PRD: Life is an ...
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Is there any objective reason to favour d20PFSRD over the Paizo PRD?

I've seen different references to online manuals for Pathfinder at d20pfsrd.com and paizo.com/prd. What is the difference between these two sites? Since the core rules are likely to be the same, ...
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How do I make a gunslinger with a decent damage progression?

I am considering playing a Gunslinger when next we play Pathfinder (I am currently GMing a game, and we'll be switching off afterwards), and thumbing through the Ultimate Combat Playtest v. 2, and I'm ...
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What encounter features make low CR enemies challenging?

I'm planning an encounter where a mid level party would be assaulted by a a large number of lower level characters. We've all read Tucker's Kobolds, but what makes this kind of encounter actually ...