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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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How exactly does Burn It! (and similar effects) affect splash and ongoing damage?

The level 1 goblin feat Burn It! gives a status damage bonus to all spells and alchemical items that deal fire damage. It also gives a status damage bonus of +1 to all ongoing fire effects. How does ...
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What are the major differences in style and system between D&D 5e and Pathfinder 2e?

I know this is abit of a "wide net" question. I am currently switching over to 5e from years of activity (after 4e was released) from 3.5e.. The mechanics of 5e seem secondary while the role-...
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Which damage types are the most and least resisted?

Inspired by this question: what are the most and least resisted damage types for Pathfinder 2e? What about weaknesses? (This question precedes the release of Bestiary 3, but it seems to me that ...
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Does a natural 20 on an attack cause a critical hit (even if the attack would have missed)?

Related question I was going over the degrees of success rules in relation to the above question and it's answers and came across a bit of rules that seem contradictory. Step 4: Determine degree of ...
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Is Crafting less lucrative than any other way to Earn Income?

One of my players in an upcoming game came up to me and noted that crafting items takes a ridiculously long time and/or is not much cheaper than just buying the item. This got me to look into the ...
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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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How does Flurry of Blows interact with the Multiple Attack Penalty?

As a monk, I can make a Flurry of Blows action that lets me make two unarmed strikes with one action. According to the Multiple Attack Penalty section, The second time you use an attack action during ...
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Monk casting Electric Arc from Wisdom

I have this character concept, an Archer Monk, that uses the the first action for Flurry of Blows then Electric Arc from the other two, because that does not care about MAP1. To make it work with Ki ...
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What is an "instance of damage"?

A comment to my answer here proposes that each part of damage with different types is a separate instance. It matters a lot for weaknesses and resistances: If a Brimorak deals 13 slashing, 4 evil and ...
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How do I respond to a player's criticism that the breadth of feats available in Pathfinder 2e is by its nature restrictive?

Not sure how better to phrase the title. Let me explain. I recently migrated a 5e campaign across to PF2e. One player has been resistant to this move. As an example, he asked how a character might ...
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Is Electric Arc much stronger than other cantrips?

Electric Arc seems to be much stronger in combat than other cantrips. Damage and DPR for it and some select comparisons:1 Cantrip Damage DPR Range Electric Arc 3d4 + 4 (11.5) ( 0.05 × 2 + 0.45 + 0....
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How many actions can a summoned zombie use?

Many zombies - such as the Zombie Shambler - are permanently slowed 1, which reduces the number of actions they can use by 1 each round. Summoning such a zombie with a spell (such as Animate Dead) ...
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Does Pathfinder 2e have more in common with D&D 5e than it does with Pathfinder 1e?

Pathfinder 2e came out more recently than D&D 5e, and there may be some similarities or influences that 5e has had on Pathfinder. Is the new Pathfinder edition more similar or less similar to D&...
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What is the action-economy cost of drawing a weapon? What about two?

What does it take to draw a weapon if you start combat with it away? Is it an Interact? If so, you trigger Reactions including Attack of Opportunity. Part of a Stride (as it was in P1e)? Free? What if ...
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Do Spellcaster Class DCs not increase?

This feels like a stupid question, but I can't find any actual answers. While building a higher-level character to play with the system a little, I noticed what appears to be an omission. At some ...
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What action does stowing a weapon require?

The rules used to be fairly clear on this point, but they seem to have been errata'd into a more ambiguous state on this matter. Currently there doesn't seem to be strict guidance as to what it takes ...
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Does Overwhelming Energy work against resist all?

Overwhelming Energy: [...] the spell ignores an amount of the target’s resistance to acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic damage equal to your level A Wraith for example has resist all 5. If I am ...
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When/How do conditions end when not specified?

Player spells or abilities that cause conditions always have a duration or cure style attached - poison and disease have their own rules, or casting Befuddle to cause the target to be clumsy & ...
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Can I Tumble Through enemies while mounted?

Tumble Through: You Stride up to your Speed. During this movement, you can try to move through the space of one enemy. Attempt an Acrobatics check against the enemy’s Reflex DC as soon as you try to ...
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Can I use the Acrobatic Performer feat to Earn Income using the Acrobatics skill?

Can I use the Acrobatic Performer feat to Earn Income using the Acrobatics skill? The description of the Acrobatic Performer feat says (emphasis mine): You're an incredible acrobat, evoking wonder ...
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Cleric build to maximize melee damage and spell healing

I am making a Dwarf Warpriest Cleric of Shelyn wielding a Glaive. I expect to use Medium armor. I am planning this character out through level 20. I'm looking for a build of feats, skills (if ...
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Is there a list of hands-free unarmed attacks?

For many builds, it is beneficial to have an unarmed attack that leaves the hands free, and is lethal, unlike your fists or kicks. For example, a Magus might want to have a staff and a shield in his ...
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Is crafting permanent items supposed to take this long?

One of my players in an upcoming game came up to me and noted that crafting items takes a ridiculously long time and/or is not much cheaper than just buying the item. This got me to look into the ...
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Are outsiders still only killable in their own planes?

In previous editions, outsiders were only really killable in their own plane. Is this still the case? And additionally: Are there exceptions (pf1/pf2) or does this ability encompass all (true, thus ...
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How many rounds is persistent damage expected to last?

If you do not spend any actions to deal with it, persistent damage ends if you succeed on a DC 15 flat check. What is the expected duration? (as calculated from the chance of ending it)
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What is the expected hit chance?

(inspired by this answer) A cursory look thru the Bestiary has shown values ranging from 12 to 19 (plus level). Did anyone collect the data, or has seen any guidelines from the creators?
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Does Pathfinder 2e fix the “linear fighters, quadratic wizards” problem?

This question about the playtest got the answer "we just do not know it yet". More than a year after the publication, what it the final answer? (if making a comparison to DnD 5e helps, use ...
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Is there enough disparity between the classes to put them into tiers?

I'm interested in the balance of this new edition's classes. Are casters still noticeably more effective in almost all situations than non casters?
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Does Assurance literally forgo a roll and thus prevent effects that require a roll?

Here's what Assurance has to say: Even in the worst circumstances, you can perform basic tasks. Choose a skill you’re trained in. You can forgo rolling a skill check for that skill to instead receive ...
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Does Cast a Spell make you a spellcaster?

If I want to use a Spellheart to cast Electric Arc as a Monk, I need the Cast a Spell ability. Based on the comments on this answer, people seem to think Focus Spells gives you Cast a Spell for Focus ...
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Are there any spells that can damage several enemies but not allies?

After the first round of combat, the party and the enemy usually get intermixed, not a great time for a Fireball. There are several control spells that target individual enemies like Fear (heightened),...
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What is it about damage spells in pathfinder 2e that's considered 'weak'?

I've read repeatedly that casters in PF2e are mostly relegated to support roles, i.e. buffing allies, rather than dealing damage. I know that this was an effort on Paizo's part to deal with the linear ...
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Since the Refocus activity requires spending a Focus Point before I Refocus again, can I only fully replenish my focus pool by resting?

I'm a bit unsure about how the Refocus activity works. If I have a pool of 3 focus points and spend 2, according to the Refocus rules I can regenerate 1, but need to use up at least 1 again before I ...
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Making Mountain Stance interact with the Knockdown monster ability not frustrating

Mountain Stance gives, among other things: you gain a +4 item bonus to AC and a +2 circumstance bonus to any defenses against being Shoved or Tripped. Some creatures, like a wolf, have the knockdown ...
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In terms of damage, how do guns and gunslingers compare to other ranged classes?

I've been looking over the recent Pathfinder 2E expansion Guns and Gears and it seems that firearms are generally weak compared to most other weapons. The Gunslinger class supposedly specializes at ...
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What actions can animal companions take?

The Pathfinder 2e rules are quite clear about how a character can issue orders to a normal animal, and what that animal can do. The Command an Animal (Core Rulebook pg. 249) Nature skill action states,...
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Is Initiative a check?

Inspired by debate on this question's answer, are the rolls made for Initiative considered checks (for purposes such as Conditions affecting them)?
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Making a combat-viable blind PC

A streamer I found was talking about the P2E Reading Ring, which is designed to give blind characters a way to read in-game. That got me wondering: How would one go about making a combat-viable PC who ...
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Is hardness like resist all?

Resist all: When an effect deals damage of multiple types and you have resistance to all damage, apply the resistance to each type of damage separately If a Brimorak tries to take down a simple door ...
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Can I take a feat multiple times?

Taking some feats like Adopted Ancestry or Adapted Cantrip multiple times might be beneficial. I could not find anything against taking feats several times in the Feats section, but some feats ...
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If a PC becomes stunned on their turn, do they lose the rest of their actions without losing any stunned value?

Page 622 of the Core Rulebook defines the Stunned condition: You've become senseless. You can't act while stunned. Stunned usually includes a value, possibly over multiple turns, from being stunned. ...
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Just how good is Grovel, actually?

The Kobold 5th level ancestry feat Grovel has two key benefits. The first of these is straightforward enough - it allows the Kobold to feint from a 30 foot range - an unambiguous and clear advantage. ...
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Does the order in which you take Focus Spells change the size of your focus pool?

For the purposes of this example, say I'm a Monk with the Summoner Multiclass Dedication, and no focus points to start. If I take the following feats, how many focus points will I have in my pool? One ...
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Can Warp Mind's effect be mitigated just by hitting your friend?

The Warp Mind spell says the following: You scramble a creature's mental faculties and sensory input. The target must attempt a Will saving throw. Regardless of the result of that save, the target is ...
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Does Battle Cry happen before or after Initiative is rolled?

The Feat Battle Cry reads When you roll initiative, you can yell a mighty battle cry and Demoralize an observed foe as a free action. If you’re legendary in Intimidation, you can use a reaction to ...
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Inventor + Shifting Rune + Unconventional Weaponry + Advanced weapon

Inventor weapons must "begin with the same characteristics as [lvl 0/1 simple/martial] weapons". You can't use dual form to get an advanced weapon. You can use a shifting rune to change ...
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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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What are the mechanical differences between Blazons of Shared Power and Doubling Rings?

Doubling Rings came out in the CRB. They make dual-wielding cheaper, the fundamental runes of one of your weapons are duplicated to the weapon held in the other hand. Blazons of Shared Power seem to ...
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Where can I find the Drink Blood ability?

The Taste Blood feat has a prerequisite: Cel Rau, Straveika, Svetocher, or another lineage from a vampire with the Drink Blood ability However, when I check these lineages, there is no mention of ...
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Do I need to have the "deity" class feature to cast Spiritual Weapon?

In Pathfinder 2, the spell Spiritual Weapon has, as a requirement, "you have a deity". What does it mean exactly? My guesses (from the most to the least likely imho) You need the "...
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