Questions tagged [pathfinder-2e]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Heightening spells

I get that I can stick a low level spell in a higher level spell slot and cast it there. My example will be Magic Missile, a 1st lvl spell. If I have the spell slot I can cast MM as a 9th level spell. ...
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How can I increase the damage of my cantrips?

Dangerous Sorcery does not work: When you Cast a Spell from your spell slots, if the spell deals damage and doesn’t have a duration, you gain a status bonus to that spell’s damage equal to the spell’...
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How does ambushing / surprise work?

I have perused the Core rulebook to figure out how to handle an ambush. What I found seems very underpowered, and I am not sure if I have missed something or this is intentional and all there is to 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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What's the lowest level at which a PC can break through a hewn stone wall in 1 round?

This question asks how PCs can break a stone wall. Aside from the usage of disintigrate to immediately destroy a wall, it seems that a wall can be destroyed by reducing it's HP to 0. Walls have a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does the Poison Weapon rogue feat do?

Here is the feat, emphasis mine: Poison Weapon -> Requirements: You are wielding a piercing or slashing weapon and have a free hand You apply a poison to the required weapon. If your next ...
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Are oozes immune to critical failures?

In a previous session, one of my players used Sudden Bolt against a Living Sap. Living Sap's have immunity to critical hits. They rolled low on their Reflex Save, and got 11 less than the spellcaster'...
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Are Heightened effects of spells optional?

Most Heighten effects are purely beneficial, but some significantly alter the effect of a spell. There is an edge case where you may want to use a high level spell slot but get the effect unaltered. ...
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Do ghosts have to hover?

I'm trying to figure out the rules around flying creatures - particularly those that only have fly speeds and if that means they effectively have 2 actions a round due to a required hover. Looking at ...
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What happens when you wear armor you're not proficient in?

What penalties or restrictions does a creature have when they don armor they're non proficient in? For example, picture a newly adventurous (level 1) Dwarf Barbarian (18 Strength, 10 Dexterity) who ...
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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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Can a Sorcerer heighten a granted spell?

You only add granted spells to your repertoire1, and there the levels are fixed. For example, Demonic sorcerers have the divine spell list, but get Slow as a granted spell. Does it mean you cannot ...
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Does Cast a Spell trigger an Attack of Opportunity?

Attack of Opportunity (CRB, p142) does not list Cast a Spell as a trigger: Trigger A creature within your reach uses a manipulate action or a move action, makes a ranged attack, or leaves a square ...
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Does the Hover action provoke?

The Hover action has a Move trait so am I right in assuming this would provoke an attack of opportunity?
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Can a Wizard ready a combat cantrip?

You can use Ready only for single actions: You prepare to use an action that will occur outside your turn. Choose a single action or free action you can use, and designate a trigger. Your turn then ...
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Can I use the Acrobatic Performer feat to gain panache using the Acrobatics skill?

Swashbucklers with the Battledancer style can gain panache by: You gain panache during an encounter when the result of your Performance check to Perform exceeds the Will DC of an observing foe, even ...
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Earliest access to 3 action Harm while sustaining Animate Dead

I seems to be a great combo to use 3 action Harm while you have an undead minion, to heal it while you harm your enemies. Unfortunately you need one of your actions to sustain Animate Dead. Haste does ...
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What is the mechanical result of Legendary Sneak?

Legendary Sneak allows you to Hide or Sneak without any form of Cover or Concealment. Of course this calls back to the confusion that is PF1e Hide in Plain Sight, but I think this one might be more ...
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Does the multilingual feat allow me to choose a language I don't have access to?

The Pathfinder 2e multilingual feat says: You easily pick up new languages. You learn two new languages, chosen from common languages, uncommon languages, and any others you have access to. ...
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Is Trick Magic Item one feat or four?

Trick Magic Item shows up in the feats lists for each of the skills associate with a magic tradition - Arcana, Nature, Occultism, and Religion. Most other skills, such as Assurance, only apply to one ...
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What kind of action is it to sheathe reload 0 ammunition?

Reload 0 means drawing and firing/throwing can be done in the same action. What happens if you have a piece of ammunition in your hand and you don't want to attack with it or drop it? Example of how ...
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Does unarmed proficiency get downgraded in Pathfinder 2e polymorph spells (animal form etc.)?

Every polymorph spell that grants you special attacks in your battle form notes that you are trained with these attacks. They are also always unarmed attacks. Does your proficiency bonus for these ...
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Are creatures with Stench auras affected by each others' Stench auras?

One of the Pathfinder 2E adventure paths features many xulgaths, typically fighting in groups. Many xulgaths have some variant of a Stench aura. For example, the level 1 Xulgath Warrior has: Stench (...
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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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How do criticals interact with degrees of success for attacks?

Let's say my character Strikes an enemy with AC 35. My attack bonus is only +10. I roll a natural 20, making my total 30 vs his 35 AC. Is this attack treated as a regular hit, because it would have ...
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What is the upkeep cost of a mount, animal companion, or familiar?

The section on animals in the Equipment chapter (Core 294) gives prices for renting or purchasing an animal. However, we haven't been able to find any rules for cost of animal feed or other upkeep. ...
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Does Transferring Runes have any specific requirements?

I see no mention in Transferring Runes about requirements, but there are requirements for Etching Runes. It's unclear (to me) that the two are directly related. In order to transfer existing Runes, do ...
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Status of Tieflings with the worldwound defenders?

With the worldwound defenders fighting against demons and corrupted members of their own ranks, I'm wondering how tieflings fit in. The only adventures I got from that area have tieflings as enemies. ...
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Is there any way to destroy stone walls within 2 rounds?

After looking at some wall of stone and attack spells I began to wonder: Aside from using technology, is there any way via the use of magical weapons, spells, or his own abilities? How a PC could ...
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Would creating undead minions be considered an evil action in PFS, and therefore earn Infamy?

Would creating undead minions be considered an evil action in PFS, and therefore earn Infamy? I'm not keen on GMing for a necromancer or anti-paladin type character, but also don't want to deny a ...
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Does the "Unified Theory" skill feat have any interaction with the "Natural Medicine" skill feat?

The Unified Theory skill feat states that: Whenever you use an action or a skill feat that requires a Nature, Occultism, or Religion check, depending on the magic tradition, you can use Arcana ...
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Does Lay on Hands against undead require a touch attack?

If a champion uses their Lay on Hands ability against an unwilling undead creature, does s/he need to make a touch attack roll or does it automatically cause damage?
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Can a Champion Lay on Hands when using a Shield and One-handed weapon?

Hoping for a rules clarification, can a champion use Lay on Hands if they are using a Shield and One-handed weapon? If you can't use a shield and Lay on Hands would you have to release the shield, LoH,...