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Pathfinder is an RPG originally derived from the open licensed rules to Dungeons & Dragons v3.5. It was published by Paizo Publishing in 2009.

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Which traits are better for a control/(de)buff Witch at level 4?

Going to make a level 4 witch. I have narrowed my list of traits down to the following. Which 2 of these 4 options is better for a battlefield control/debuffer/buffer build? +2 Initiative (already +...
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How to open locks without disable device?

Our party encountered a locked chest holding fragile loot. Nobody could use disable device skill, neither had the tools. Smashing the chest open wasn't possible. Carrying it out wasn't an option ...
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When does a monowhip count as a whip?

So I am running a Steelbound fighter in an Iron Gods campaign who has chosen whips. Assuming I get a monowhip, what, if anything, can I use for the monowhip? Can I use it as my bonded weapon and/or ...
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Can a bard perform underwater?

We were underwater this past session and ran into an issue with the bard, who is a vocalist, and despite being able to breath underwater via the water breathing spell ran into an issue when we ...
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What is the average point buy of a stat array from a 6x6 matrix of “roll 4d6, drop the lowest die”?

For character creation my group sometimes uses a weird method to generate stats. We roll 6 stat arrays using 4d6d1 (rolling 4d6 and dropping the lowest), and arrange them on top of one another to make ...
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Does Bleed damage break the Fascinate effect?

I'm running an arena combat game online with occasional PVP. One of my players just got hit by euphoric cloud and is fascinated. He is currently bleeding from a previous attack and wants to know if ...
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Will temporary Dex penalties prevent you from getting the benefits of the “Two Weapon Fighting” feat if your Dex score falls below the prerequisite?

Our fighter is exhausted and is suffering a -6 to Dexterity as a result, bringing his Dexterity from 15 to 9. He has the feat Two-Weapon Fighting, which reduces the penalty for fighting with two ...
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Are there any Sorcerer-only spells officially in Pathfinder?

In D&D 3.5 many of the "Dragon-something" sourcebooks had spells that were on Sorcerer spell list, but not on Wizard one. Some of them was dual-purpose, other touched the draconic nature of ...
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Can I swap weapons and change the grip when using two-weapon fighting?

After a fiery dispute with another player about why you shouldn't be able to cheese a magus to both use spell combat and 2-handed attack with only 2 arms, I came up with an equivalent for non-magic ...
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What, beyond correct elemental or alignment damage, can kill a regenerating creature?

In pathfinder, disintegrate states that: Any creature reduced to 0 or fewer hit points by this spell is entirely disintegrated, leaving behind only a trace of fine dust. This indicates to me that ...
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Can you use the Improved Two-Weapon Feint feat in tandem with the Sword and Pistol feat?

I've been trying to find a viable way to use the Sword and Pistol feat, and I thought about using the Two-Weapon Feint feat (more specifically, its improved version). Two-Weapon Feint states that you ...
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How does a Juju Oracle create entranced zombies?

I am building a necromancer and one of the classes in the construction is the juju oracle. These oracles are able to create three special types of undead Dead Zombies - such as juju zombies, created ...
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What would be the level adjustment of an awakened wolf?

The players are currently at 2nd level, soon third. We are playing a campaign with high mortality. I was thinking about creating backup character as an awakened wolf. From what I read, the class ...
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Does a Oracle with the Lich curse get a reduced-cost phylactery?

One of the Oracle's curses is Lich; someone with this curse is almost but not quite a Lich. The only way I know of creating a Lich is by constructing the 120,000 gp phylactery; since this oracle has ...
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How do Alternate Natural Attacks work with a Shifter/Kraken Caller Druid?

So I'm working on building Doctor Octopus and looking to add tentacle attacks (without using a cheesy synthesist summoner). A Kraken Caller Druid gets two at 4th level in their natural form (and more ...
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Can a intelligent, legendary item use its own spell-like powers like a normal intelligent item can?

The Pathfinder Core book states that and intelligent item uses & maintains its powers... but the legendary items description states that the bearer is the one that uses it. This seems like common ...
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How can I improve the duration of Silent Image cast by my intelligent magic armor?

I have an intelligent suit of armor that can cast silent image. Per the spell's description, the duration is as long as the armor concentrates on the spell. How do I make it have a higher chance of ...
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Can a Magus's Black Blade perform skill checks other than the ones listed on the Bladebound page?

I've just made a Bladebound Magus in Pathfinder, and I could not find a lot of information on whether the Magus's black blade could perform skill checks other than the ones listed on the Bladebound ...
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Does the spell Know the Enemy allow knowledge rechecks?

There is a low level spell called Know the Enemy which grants +10 bonus to knowledge checks against a creature you encountered in the last day. Does casting this allow you to make a new knowledge ...
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Can my sentient weapon aid me?

At 3rd level, the bladebound magus gains a sentient weapon called a black blade. This sentient weapon replaces a familiar. A magus with this class feature cannot take the familiar magus arcana, and ...
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Is it possible to have a Plant Companion without the Treesinger archetype?

Within RAW, is there another way to qualify for the Treesinger's Plant Companions?
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Pricing a custom Robe of Bones

I am trying to deconstruct the Robe of Bones(RoB) magic item so that I can construct a personalized version for my necromancer. Why use the default undead in it when I could instead have one with my ...
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Interactions between Reposition and Trip Maneuvers when making both with a Flowing Monk's Reposition

This question about the Flowing Monk's Redirection already lightens the mechanic when one combat maneuver is used. However the order of the actions and their interactions remains ambiguous to me when, ...
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Can a vampire enter a temple?

My party will be going to a temple soon, and I'm wondering if a vampire (who is stalking them unbeknownst to the party) will be able to enter. It's to an evil god, but the ground is still technically ...
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Is there a melee equivalent for Clustered Shots?

The Clustered Shots feat says: You take a moment to carefully aim your shots, causing them all to strike nearly the same spot. Prerequisites: Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, base attack bonus +...
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Should readying an action to set a brace weapon dissuade an intelligent enemy from charging?

The rules about readying a weapon against a charge states : You can ready weapons with the brace feature, setting them to receive charges. A readied weapon of this type deals double damage if you ...
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Is it possible to use the Handle Animal skill to calm down a hostile animal?

We've recently encountered a pack of wolves that were trained by goblins, but their masters weren't anywhere nearby. Is it possible to use Handle animal to make them less hostile?
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Can you hire an hireling in order to produce things for you?

According to downtime rules, you can spend a day and pay half of the gold normally necessary to buy labor or goods if you do unskilled work. Is it possible to hire untrained hireling and have them ...
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How to play Pathfinder in a future Earth setting? [closed]

I am putting together a homespun world for my PCs to play Pathfinder in. Rather than being based on high fantasy, it is set in a future Earth, post-calamity setting. It has been several thousand years ...
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Can you tell if a spellcaster is maintaining a spell?

If a spellcaster casts an illusion spell that is Duration: Concentration, and then another character comes in, can they tell that the spellcaster is concentrating on something? If so, would they be ...
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How can I add an alternate racial trait to a race in PCGen?

I'm trying to include some custom races into PCGen for simplicity (custom setting). I've got the races down, easy enough. The problem I can't figure out is how to add the alternate traits for a few of ...
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Does a Snake Sword user get an AoO for an opponent moving from one threatened square to another within range?

So I am starting a new character in an ongoing campaign and I was going to do a Chain Armor + Spiked Chains dual wield trip tank deal but I decided to see what other reach type weapons might be ...
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Can I wait until after my first attack to activate the Power Attack feat's benefit for subsequent attacks?

When I make a full attack, can I choose to not activate the benefit of the Power Attack feat for the first attack, and then activate it on subsequent attacks? In other words, can I make an attack ...
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How do the qinggong monk's spell-like ability ki powers interact with the sensei's Mystic Wisdom feature?

The Sensei monk archetype allows, from 6th level onwards, a monk to use the ability Mystic Wisdom (Su) At 6th level, a sensei may use his advice ability when spending points from his ki pool to ...
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Does Double Move allow you to cast spells or activate abilities that require swift or standard actions without changing weapon set up?

Can a character that, for example, holds a weapon in each hand, use its move action to sheathe one of them, cast a spell (a divine spell with the Quicken Spell metamagic feat which is a swift action) ...
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Can Oracles use CHA mod for casting javelins from Holy Ice?

The text of the javelins option from Holy Ice refer to using the WIS mod plus the BAB for each javelin attack. Can Oracles apply their CHA bonus instead?
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Does Shield Master make Two-Weapon Fighting obsolete?

I need a clarification between these two answers: 1 2 The first answer argues that Shield Master removes only the penalties from attack rolls made with a shield. So for example a character that has ...
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I'm having difficulty getting my players to do stuff in a sandbox campaign

I've been a GM for about three years now. I've been GMing for this group for almost two years next month. I have an issue with motivating my players to take action. It's a sandbox campaign and they'...
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Is there any information about the Guild of Wonders beyond what's available in the Guide to Absalom?

I have a player interested in playing a CN rogue with a penchance for artwork trained by a guild of assassins. The Red Mantis seem too evil and don't work with his backstory for other reasons, but the ...
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Do hybrid classes get everything from both classes during advancement?

In Pathfinder there are the hybrid classes, e.g. Arcanist, Investigator, etc. Each hybrid class has two parent classes. For example, Arcanist has Wizard and Sorcerer as parent classes. My question ...
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How much do locked gauntlets impede a character?

All the following questions are about constrained hand[s] only (so no scenarios in which a free offhand would do the trick) and, in the event that it would change the outcome, with or without a weapon ...
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Does NPC engaging in combat remove penalty for re-stealthing?

If a rogue uses ranged sneak attack, then another PC engages in melee combat with the same NPC, does the NPC disregard the sneak attacker? (Assume the melee attacker was the one who shot the arrow. ...
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How can an NPC send a cry for help that is seen and heard?

This is somewhat related to How can I send messages over long distances? However, that is for D&D 5e, and my question is for Pathfinder. I have a story hook idea and could use some assistance ...
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How does the Quick Study exploit work for a School Savant Arcanist?

I have an arcanist character with the School Savant archetype, which allows me to prepare an extra spell per level of the chosen school (Air in my case) but requires two preparation slots for a spell ...
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How to optimize eidolon to grapple enemies with some sort of a chain?

I am creating my very first character for Pathfinder. I decided to make a summoner with frontline Eidolon, heavily inspired by Shaman King series. It is a half-elf spirit summoner on level 2, focusing ...
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Changing the ability applied to a skill and penalties to ability based checks

Student of philosophy causes you to use intelligent instead of charisma for certain uses of diplomacy and bluffing. Would family ties apply a penalty to those uses since it now uses intelligence? ...
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How many damage die should my natural attacks be doing?

Alright, so I'm basically a new roleplayer. We’re playing Pathfinder on Discord. All the rules, combat and everything else comes from the d20pfsd site. So Pathfinder ruleset, feats, etc. My character ...
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How do you roll for a business when you are out of town?

My character has recently acquired some wealth and rather than buy magical items I decided I would buy an inn and have the group use it as a home base. I looked at the Ultimate Campaign rules and ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, on the DM's side?

The very similar question here has answers that focus a lot on the experience of the players. As a fresh PF DM who was used to 3.5e I'm more interested in changes to rules that I need to pay ...
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To craft a Javelin of Lightning, you need to be able to cast Lightning Bolt; can I use a Wand of Lightning Bolt to meet this requirement?

So to craft a javelin of lightning, you need to be able to cast lightning bolt. My druid can't do this, but if he bought a wand of lightning bolt, could he use this to meet the requirements?