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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Must a Witch leave their Familiar behind when using Dimension Door?

Dimension Door says: Opening a door that bypasses normal space, you instantly transport yourself and any items you're wearing and holding from your current space to a clear space within range you can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Multiple Attack Penalty on the Trip Action

Since the Trip Action has the Attack Trait, it is subject to MAP (if you tried to Trip as your second action in a turn, your Athletics check would be at a -5). What about weapons that have both the ...
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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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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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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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Our GM has us roll new initiative every round. Just how broad of a change is this?

I am playing in a campaign based on Pathfinder 2nd edition rules. My GM decided to introduce the house rule of rolling initiative every round, basically altering one of the base concept of the game. ...
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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 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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Can I hurt myself with a high jump?

If through the use of a athletics skill feat, gadget, or a magical item that I jump more than 5 feet vertically. Do I take fall damage landing? I haven't been able to find any rules that say you ...
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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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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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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 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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General Rule For Areas of Effect and Large+ Creatures?

How much of a Large+ creature (any creature occupying more than a single 5' x 5' square) must be included in a spell's area of effect before it is, well, affected? If there is a simple statement of a ...
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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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