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Pathfinder Second Edition is the successor to the Pathfinder RPG on which it is based, and was released on August 1, 2019. Use this tag for questions specific to Pathfinder Second Edition.

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As a GM, how can I balance weapon proficiencies that I grant to players for good roleplay?

I like a bit of roleplay in my games and I'm quite supportive of any players that play in dumb but in-character ways. I often give some advantages here and there but I am a bit worried about balance. ...
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How can I get Inner Radiance Torrent in PFS?

Inner Radiance Torrent is common, but it is Limited: A limited option can be selected only if specifically allowed by a boon — whether from the Achievement Points system, a Chronicle Sheet, or ...
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Pathfinder 2 Alchemist - Adding formulas

So, I was just looking and when you get a basic crafting book, it contains formulas for common items. My question is that some of the things you gain access to are formulas for alchemical items. How ...
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Running a oneshot for a group with no TTRPG experience

I'm running a short Pathfinder session for a group that is interested in TTRPGs but has no prior experience in it. What may be some particular issues that I should keep in mind, specifically for a ...
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Can Troops be flanked?

Troops consist of multiple creatures that are handled as a single creature. They have special rules for many things, e.g. being targeted by spells, but nothing in these rules mentions flanking in any ...
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How many people can be poisoned with ingested poison?

It's pretty clear with contact and injury poisons - how they work. One dose is enough to poison weapon for one strike and the first who'd be hit with it - gets poisoned. Inhaled poison is said to fill ...
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Can summoned creatures take reactions?

Animate Dead is used to summon a Hollow Serpent. An ally within the hollow serpent's reach is attacked, triggering Divine Guardian. Does the summon have a reaction with which it can use Divine ...
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How do damage resistances work with regards to magical weapons?

When a monster has resistance to a physical damage type (or physical damage in general), how does this interact with magical weapons? For example, a Skeletal Soldier has resistance 5 against piercing ...
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Can a Magus use Expansive Spellstrike with a Conflux spell, and if so what exactly happens?

All the starting conflux spells for the various Magus hybrid studies let you make a strike. As far as I can tell, these are eligible for spellstrike if you have Expansive Spellstrike (without the feat,...
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Reactions and free actions (Summoner and Eidolon)

I have a Summoner with a Dragon Eidolon, and I'm not understanding some things about the class. In the following topic: "Your eidolon is no mere minion. It doesn't have the minion or summoned ...
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Can animal companion use grapple in Pathfinder 2e?

Rules of grapple state: Requirements You have at least one free hand or have your target grappled or restrained. Your target isn't more than one size larger than you. Obviously, animals don't have ...
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Chain Lightning and Expansive Spellstrike

Expansive Spellstrike allows for using spells that can "target a creature or that [have] an area of a burst, cone, or line (abiding by any other restrictions of Spellstrike)" with ...
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What Arcane spells can actually hit multiple targets with a Spell Attack (for Spell Swipe)?

For the Magus, Spell Swipe (and eventually Whirlwind Spell) allows you to hit multiple enemies with a Spellstrike; however, if you actually want your multiple targets to both get hit by a spell, you ...
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How does natural attacks interact with double slice and other dual weapon fighting feats?

I want to make a character that has multiple natural attacks (jaw, claws and tail). I want to use them in a way that seems good for me. I looked at the dual weapon warrior archetype, and it felt like ...
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What damage type does the Disintegrate spell deal?

The description of the Disintegrate spell reads: You fire a green ray at your target. Make a spell attack. You deal 12d10 damage, and the target must attempt a basic Fortitude save. What type of ...
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What bonuses can be obtained during a ritual?

Beside the circumstance bonus given by a secondary caster's critical success (or alternatively by the Ritualist Dedication) and permanent magic items the primary caster might have, what are the ...
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How does Pathfinder 2e compare with D&D 4e?

I am one of those rare players that strongly prefers 4th edition D&D to all other editions. I love the lack of ambiguity in combat rules, I love playing on a grid, I love the balance between ...
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Does the effect of the Boots of Speed magic item last for 9 rounds, or 11?

On page 606 of the Pathfinder 2e Core Rulebook, the description of the Boots of Speed reads (emphasis mine): [...] You click the heels of the boots together and gain the quickened condition for one ...
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Can minions benefit from the Haste spell?

My group's druid cast Haste, including his brown bear companion in the casting. The GM ruled that companions are allowed only two actions and cannot benefit from Haste. I disagree. So the question is, ...
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As a Magus, does Spellstrike take 3 actions?

I'm level 2 right now. My DM says it takes 1 action to melee with Spellstrike, and 2 actions to cast my spell. Which means that's all 3 of my actions... So I can't move to an enemy to use my skill? I'...
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Can a Wild Order druid dismiss Wild Shape?

A Wild Order druid uses the Wild Shape spell to transform into animal form. Can he dismiss it at will? Or does he stay in animal form 'til the duration of spell is over? I'm a little confused about it ...
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Is it possible to exchange ability scores (i.e. reducing one ability score and increasing another) during character creation?

Looking into some builds online I perceived that some people have two or three ability scores at 8, even if this cannot be explained by the Ancestry Flaw. Is there any way to exchange Ability Scores (...
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Moving, breathing and Striking in the same round with Barbarian

I have an concept in mind, a fire-breathing Kobold Barbarian. For it to be effective, it needs to take advantage of the additional damage of Rage, (so Strike at least once, 1 action) and use breath a ...
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Does moving after becoming hidden stop the enemy from being flat footed for the purposes of a sneak attack?

If I hide successfully the rulebook says that the enemy is flat-footed for an attack. But let's say the enemy is 10 ft away so that I would first go to it. Action: Hide Action: Move Action: Attack ...
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What's the procedure for monsters/NPCs using stealth?

I've been GMing PF2e for a few months, but I still struggle with understanding stealth, especially when it comes to enemies. An example from an upcoming dungeon I'm planning: There's a room with an ...
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What to do with a player that doesn't know what type of game he wants?

So, IMO a player of mine seems to have not-so-clear ideas about what he wants. We are playing Pathfinder 2e, and he doesn't like it. That's fair, everyone has their own preferences. But from what he ...
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Why would I spend resources on racial unarmed attacks?

As highlighted in this question about Razortooth Goblin, racial unarmed attacks seem to be significantly weaker than manufactured weapons. Some examples: Razertooth Goblin jaws: Damage comparable to ...
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Does the melee attack in Retributive Strike require an action?

The text for Retributive Stike says: You protect your ally and strike your foe. The ally gains resistance to all damage against the triggering damage equal to 2 + your level. If the foe is within ...
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Ways to become dazzled

The Dazzled Condition is quite useful for my rogue since if a creature is dazzled I am concealed. So I can make a Hide Action to become Hidden and so I can make a Sneak Attack. My question would be ...
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Will uneven speed be rounded up or down?

When using the sneak action you can move up to half your speed. If I play a goblin with 25 base speed what would be half the speed? Will 12.5 be rounded up to 15 or down to 10? Since 2.5 is difficult ...
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For how many attacks is a creature flat footed when attacking from concealment?

I am behind a tree (considered hidden) and attack my enemie. According to the rules he is considered flat footed. ...
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Can a PC be untrained in Perception?

Hazards require a secret Perception check to notice them: For hazards with a minimum proficiency rank, roll only if someone is actively searching (using the Search activity while exploring or the ...
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Understanding Trap Detection

Could anyone explain me the following entry: Stealth DC 17 (trained) Is it right that I need to be trained in Perception for this but I do not roll perception but a Seek check? Do I have to on guard ...
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Can every character apply untrained skills without limitation?

With 'trained only' skills it is obvious, but I am not sure whether everybody can use all other skills even without being an expert in it. Let us take as an example the 'Palming an object' action ...
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Is the attack from Razortooth Goblin a separate action or can I add it to my normal attack?

The Razortooth Goblin Heritage give a jaws unarmed attack that deals 1d6 piercing damage. Can I add this to my normal attack or do I have to spend a separate action for it? E.g. First Action: Attack ...
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Sneak Attack after the first Attack while flanking

In Pathfinder 2e it is possible to make 3 attacks each round. Let us say I flank with my other party member. Can I sneak the second and third attack as well?
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Champion vs. Thief Damage Comparison

I am new to Pathfinder 2e. I am absolutely not familiar with the Champion, and just a little bit with the Thief. How do the Champion and Thief compare regarding damage output (at level 1, 5, 10, and ...
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What is the status bonus to damage when a ranger with Gravity Weapon active uses Power Attack?

As title. Power Attack says "you deal an extra die of weapon damage". Gravity Weapon states that the first Strike each round gains a "status bonus to damage equal to twice the number of ...
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Simultaneous fear and saving throw

I'm considering taking the Fearsome Rune on a weapon, and have feats or other runes which impose a saving throw on a hit/crit. Does the fear effect get applied before the saving throw, or after? That ...
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Do conditions persist when an Eidolon is unmanifested?

Let's say a summoner's eidolon is currently suffering from persistent bleed damage, is frightened 1, benefitting from Haste for 5 more rounds, and permanently blinded. The summoner is reduced to zero ...
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As a DM, how can I address players' frustration with in-game decision-making?

After last night's session, my players and I had a long after-action discussion in which they expressed frustration at how their own in-game decision making has led them to circumstances that they ...
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Do I add my level of Dragon Disciple to my caster level to determine the duration of my Shield spell? [closed]

I'm creating a Fighter/Sorcerer Dragon Disciple. My intention is to only get 1 level of Sorcerer for the Shield spell. Do I add my level of Dragon Disciple to my caster level for my Shield spell ...
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Does Pernicious Poltergeist harm only enemies?

Pernicious Poltergeist (say that 10 times fast) says that: You create an echo of a powerful poltergeist, temporarily anchoring it to the area to terrorize and harm any opponents foolish enough to ...
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Is there a difference between Slowed 1 and Stunned 1?

Slowed 1 and Stunned 1 both reduce a Creature's Actions by 1 on their next turn; what's more, they don't even stack per the line in Stunned saying that it overwrites Slow. What difference, besides ...
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Quick Alchemy and Poison Potency

Does the line on Quick Alchemy about remaining potent for only 1 round matter for poisons once they've been applied? You swiftly mix up a short-lived alchemical item to use at a moment's notice. You ...
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Do Illusory Creatures suffer Multiple Attack Penalty (MAP); is it shared with the spellcaster?

Illusory creature isn't a Minion and doesn't provide much information about attacking. It seems likely that it would take MAP, but doesn't specify so I'm not sure; it's additionally unclear if it ...
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Can Illusory Creature make ranged attacks?

If you create the image of a creature with a ranged attack, such as a creature armed with a Longbow or a creature with launch-able spikes, can illusory creature use those for their attacks?
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Do riders provoke Attack of Opportunity?

Attack of Opportunity has this trigger: A creature within your reach uses a manipulate action or a move action, makes a ranged attack, or leaves a square during a move action it’s using. If you are ...
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If you have a reaction that disrupts the trigger, can you cause a creature using Stand to remain Prone?

In a recent bout with lesser deaths, we noticed some particulars about Move Actions that Trigger Reactions. Particularly: If you use a move action but don’t move out of a square, the trigger instead ...
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If you have a reaction that causes Prone, can you cause a creature using Stand to be Prone again?

In a recent bout with lesser deaths, we noticed some particulars about Move Actions that Trigger Reactions. Particularly: If you use a move action but don’t move out of a square, the trigger instead ...
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