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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What are the major changes between Pathfinder first and second editions?

The Second Edition of Pathfinder came out today. As a long-time player of Pathfinder, what changes should I expect to see when I play the second edition? What are the major points that have changed? ...
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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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What is the impact of moving a fallen PC in the initiative order?

If you receive more damage than your current hitpoints, you are Knocked Out. Among other things, "You immediately move your initiative position to directly before the turn in which you were ...
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Is Armor Class a difficulty class (DC)?

Frightened talks only about DCs: [...] You take a status penalty equal to this value to all your checks and DCs [...] Compare it to Clumsy: [...] You take a status penalty equal to the condition ...
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How can I end a stance?

Mike the 1st level Monk is in Monastic Archer Stance, so he can only make Strikes with a bow. It is his only stance. A Skeletal Champion comes to an adjacent position, and Mike knows that they have ...
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Is there anything preventing a wizard from using a staff of healing?

The Staff of Healing has a lot of spells I wouldn't expect to see a wizard cast - Regenerate, Heal, etc, but I don't see anything in the rules on staves that precludes a wizard from using it. Is any ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I address a player's complaint that Vancian spell preparation is too restrictive to make Wizards worth playing?

I'm a DM for a fifth edition D&D campaign. After discovering Pathfinder 2e earlier this year, I've been eager to give it a try with my regular group of players. I like the action economy and ...
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How am I supposed to know what abilities familiars have naturally?

This seems to be a weird issue. The method of creating Familiars in Pathfinder 2e seems freeform at first but then when you get to the specifics of it, it seems that you must know the exact stats of ...
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Do you need an empty hand to cast spells?

The Weapon Storm spell has a somatic component1 (CRB p384): [...] This damage has the same type as the weapon and uses the same die size. Determine the die size as if you were attacking with the ...
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Are ability modifier benefits to things like HP and trained skills retroactive?

In Pathfinder 2e, a character's Constitution bonus affects HP total. A character's Intelligence bonus grants training in additional skills and languages. Are these benefits retroactive? Examples: If ...
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Can my familiar reload my crossbow for me?

I've seen at least one online character optimization guide suggesting that low-level alchemists should acquire a familiar for action efficiency with crossbows - specifically that you could have the ...
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If trapped by a web lurker, can I only use acrobatics to Escape?

The Web Lurker has the ability "Web Trap". It says (emphasis mine): A creature hit by the web lurker’s web attack is immobilized and stuck to the nearest surface until it succeeds at DC 20 ...
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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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Is Pathfinder 2e compatible with Pathfinder 1e, and D&D 3.5 and 3rd edition?

Pathfinder 1e was completely compatible with D&D 3.5 and to a lesser degree 3.0. Most mechanics and statistics can be used in the other systems without major modification. Is Pathfinder 2e ...
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Does Dangerous Sorcery apply to cantrips?

Dangerous Sorcery says I get bonus damage "When you Cast a Spell from your spell slots". While cantrips don't expend slots when you cast them, do you still get a bonus from Dangerous Sorcery when ...
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How do I demoralize more often?

So I recently picked up the PF-2e core book, and I noticed that Intimidate as a skill has a lot more built-in support than it had in PF-1e, having both rogue and fighter feats dedicated to it in 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 are the major differences in style and system between D&D 5e and Pathfinder 2e? [duplicate]

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-playing ...
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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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Are undead immune to the Daze cantrip?

Daze (CRB p327) has the mental and nonlethal keyword. I would assume it does not affect undead, but I found no such keywords in the Bestiary.
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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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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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Command action for strike summons/minion

Wonder if someone could help. I have created a pathfinder 2e Druid character with an animal companion (Bear) and a Summon Fey spell (Sprite). Can the bear only attack my enemy when commanded? From ...
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Befuddle: which save?

Befuddle lists save result levels, but not save type. Is it Will?
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What happens to the multiple attack penalty if I use a readied action to step out of melee range?

Under this video and in various groups, there is a debate about what happens after a character uses a readied action to step out of melee range. I did not find an official answer, so maybe you guys ...
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How do I use Tattoo Artist?

The Tattoo Artist feat from Secrets of Magic (https://2e.aonprd.com/Feats.aspx?ID=2962) reads: When you select this feat, you gain the formulas for four common magical tattoos of 2nd level or lower ...
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Does Returning rune imply Reload 0?

I was experimenting with building a Thor-like Human Fighter in Pathfinder 2e. I'm picking a mixture of feats that fit well for both melee and ranged, because Thor likes to throw his hammer, Mjolnir. I ...
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Is there anything preventing a first-level alchemist from buying a sixth-level alchemical formula?

The alchemist starts at level 1 with eight first-level alchemical formulae - two from their specialisation, four from their alchemical crafting feat, and two for free because they're alchemists. ...
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Do tower shields provide cover from all directions?

A Tower Shield allows you to use the Take Cover action, in order to gain Greater Cover from the shield. This is confusing because the cover rules require that a source of cover must be between you and ...
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Can you sustain a spell multiple times per turn?

For example, if I sustain the Flaming Sphere spell, I can use it to damage an opponent. Can I sustain it 3 times per turn, to deal damage 3 times?
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Are oozes overpowered for their levels due to the Engulf ability?

Background Early in my campaign, there was a combat encounter where three level 2 PCs fought a single gelatinous cube. The cube was the standard level 3, and there were no special outside ...
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Can you increase the DC and healing of Treat Wounds with Natural Medicine?

I noticed a strange skill interaction while trying to make a build for a Primal witch. The Treat Wounds skill action specifies that the DC and amount healed by the skill check can be increased based ...
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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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What are the differences between Paizo's Pathfinder 2e GM screens?

When looking at the Paizo store, there were 3 different GM screens available at the same price (all in the “Other Accessories” section): GM screen Advanced GM screen Portrait Advanced GM screen ...
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Can I keep playing a character who annoys other PCs?

Context This question is about an online community campaign. We are around 20 players who play in a persistent universe where anyone can run a game as a GM. The system is Pathfinder 2e and players can ...
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For a 1st level human warpriest, what is the point of using a melee weapon if I can cast Divine Lance cantrip spell?

I am trying to familiarize myself with Pathfinder 2e, which is also my first role-playing game in which I will be actively participating in live sessions. I am interested in creating a 1st level human ...
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2-Action Heal vs. 3-Action Heal

Quick and easy question: Does the 3-Action Level 1 Heal Spell heal for 1d8, or 1d8+8? Is it a general rule that a 3-Action variant of a spell includes the effect of the 2-Action variant? Or is it a ...
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What is the Aasimar Trait?

I make my first PF2e character and choose an Aasimar Heritage. Now they write in the description: You gain the aasimar trait, in addition to the traits from your ancestry. But I cannot find an ...
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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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What are the sales figures for Pathfinder 2e between launch year and second year to date?

Pathfinder 2nd edition officially hit gaming tables almost a full year ago. Since then, I've noticed quite a lack of questions on this site with the pathfinder-2e tag compared to other systems, and I ...
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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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Do strikes with weapons etched with runes inherit traits from those runes?

The Conduct Energy free action states as a requirement: Your last action or spell this turn had the acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic trait. The Conducting rune grants a weapon etched with it ...
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Does martial weapon training include uncommon weapons?

At 1st level, a ranger gets training in martial weapons. Does that include the weapons in the uncommon martial group? Can any level 1 ranger be trained in using a dogslicer, for example, or is the ...
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Frightened + clumsy

Is there any benefit of inflicting clumsy 1 on an enemy that is already frightened 1? (assuming the durations are the same) (note to answerers: both clumsy and frightened inflict status penalties, and ...
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Is Alchemical Alacrity a mistake?

Alchemical Alacrity says: Your comfort in concocting items is such that you can create three at a time. When using the Quick Alchemy action, you can spend up to three batches of infused reagents to ...
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Can a Familiar cast Summon Animal?

If my Familiar has the Spellcasting ability, is it limited to spells with 2 actions or less? The ability make it sound like the only limitation is that it is 5 levels lower than your highest-level ...

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