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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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Can targets get out of Weighing Infusion with Strength or Escape Artist checks?

Weighing Infusion states: This infusion functions as entangling infusion, except it entangles and immobilizes a foe by increasing its weight, rather than surrounding it in elemental matter. ...
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How exactly does Shield Master work?

Does Shield Master removing shields' two-weapon fighting penalties mean I don't take any penalties when dual wielding shields, even if I don't have the Two Weapon Fighting feat? I plan on getting ...
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Is using multiple Greatswords on an Unchained Eidolon with a Multiweapon Fighting feat worth it?

My friend plays an Unchained Summoner in Pathfinder Organized Play, and I build a character for them. It's actually possible that I create my own Unchained Summoner two, as I've tried this class ...
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Is there a penalty to ride checks on invisible mounts?

Assuming I'm correct to say that if I'm invisible and my mount is also invisible (separate spells in this case) then I can't see my mount, do I get a penalty to ride checks for that mount?
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Is using the Consume Life power of the Twilight Sage an evil act, or are the rules silent about it?

While building one of my Pathfinder Society characters, I was thinking about making an Arcanist and applying the Twilight Sage archetype. One of its abilities reads as follows: Consume Life (Su) ...
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Can I make an ectoplasmic weapon using Ectoplasmic Spell with Fabricate?

Ectoplasmic Spell: An ectoplasmic spell has full effect against incorporeal or ethereal creatures. Fabricate: You convert material of one sort into a product that is of the same material. ...
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How do Dominate Person and Confusion interact?

Consider a three-way battle between Alice, Bob, and Carol. Alice casts Confusion on Carol, and Carol fails her save. Bob casts Dominate Person on Carol, who again fails her save, and orders her to ...
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How to enter Naga Aspirant class as Samsaran?

I'm interested in the Samsaran race for Mystic Past Life and want to enter Naga Aspirant for the Aspirant’s Bond. The problem is obviously that you need to be a nagaji for that class. I can't take ...
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The Ankheg's skills aren't matching up, what am I missing?

I'm having some fun playing around with the GM stuff for Pathfinder for the first time, mostly I've only run other systems and been a player for Pathfinder, so I was wanting to take a crack at running ...
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Does the Iron Mountain Monk's Bastion Stance conflict with Pummeling Style?

The Monk of the Iron Mountain text makes no mention of the Bastion Stance being treated as a combat style feat. I am questioning it though because the Iron Limb Defense mentions complementing the ...
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How can I make Unchained characters in PCGen?

I am making a character to be played in PFS by my friend, and they want to play a Summoner. Chained Summoners are not legal, but PCGen doesn't seem to support the Unchained one. Is there any way to do ...
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Which number is better for a Sorcerer's primary stat, 20 or 18? [closed]

Building a save-or-lose Pathfinder Society Sorcerer for my previous game (Grease and Color Spray), I've chosen the following stats in 20-point point-buy: Str: 7, Dex: 14, Con: 12, Int: 10, Wis: 10, ...
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Does the feat “Channel Ray” allow you to crit with Channel Energy?

The Feat Channel Ray allows you to make channel Energy as a Ray attack. This of course means that there is an attack roll involved in resolving the attack. You must succeed at a ranged touch attack ...
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Which is more powerful, an arcanist or an exploiter wizard?

For playing in Pathfinder Society, I'm trying to decide whether to play either a level 1 Arcanist or a level 1 Wizard with the archetype Exploiter wizard. While still adhering to Society guidelines, ...
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Does Mind Blank also protect your gear?

Does Mind Blank protect magic items or even normal gear that is on the Mind Blanked target from divination spells (including but not limited to Detect Magic, Locate Object, etc.)? Another player and ...
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How does the Telekinesis spell's Violent Thrust option work?

Part of the Telekinesis spell description says: Violent Thrust: Alternatively, the spell energy can be spent in a single round. You can hurl one object or creature per caster level (maximum 15) ...
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How can I be fair while using a GM vs. players style?

I am planning to run an one shot where it will be me against the players, with me running the game as the dungeon lord (AKA final boss) and the players will be playing as adventurers. However, as the ...
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Is it possible to pose as a cleric of a different god?

Normally for most abilities and spells a cleric must brandish his holy symbol. The symbol itself is intrinsicantly linked to the god he prays to. Now though in some cases the cleric doesn't want ...
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How can I prevent one character from leaving the group to do his own thing?

I have recently made a rather epic story for my players to play though. (In the sense of a long overarching story). I have been running for a few sessions but a particular player is constantly trying ...
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How can I rig a game where dice will always roll poorly? [closed]

I'm planning an encounter with the owner of a hotel casino who loads his dice, and for this encounter only I want my players to use special dice to roll poorly. If there is no website to purchase ...
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Do you need to learn recipes first to use Craft (Alchemy)?

A character in my group, now at Level 2, put Ranks in Craft (Alchemy). He has not actually used it yet, but plans to do so. My question is: Which alchemical items is he at least theoretically able ...
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How long do magic items retain their magic?

Bit of context: we're looking for the ruins of a long-lost fortress and have explored a few ideas, to speed up the research. One thing leading to another, we deduced the place had to have some strong ...
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How to contribute as a low-level character at Pathfinder Society Organized Play?

In a normal Pathfinder game, all characters in a party are of equal level, or at least of roughly equal. In PFS, however, it can range from 1 to 5 in a single module that I will attend, and it feels ...
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Are mindblades prone to spell failure?

As mindblades use psychic spells and the appropriate answer to the normal situation here about psychics Are Psychics arcane casters? Can they prestige into Dragon Disciples and do they suffer Spell ...
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What is a magic dead zone?

From Nail of Blood: Inscribed along its length with wicked-looking runes, this 3-inch-long nail is made of black metal and gives off a faint, eerie blue glow. Powered by strange necromantic magic, ...
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Does Chill Touch combine with a natural touch attack?

In Pathfinder, a lich has a natural touch attack that deals negative energy damage. If a lich casts Chill Touch and touches an enemy, does he deal his normal touch attack damage plus the 1d6 damage ...
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Ways of layering battlefield with shadows to improve Shadowdancer Shadow Jump

(Loosely tied to: Ways to relocate/teleport to improve a ranged fighter mobility and Does relocation/teleportation while hidden requires a new Stealth check ) A build including 4 levels of ...
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Ways to relocate/teleport to improve a ranged fighter mobility

The Stealth rules seems to be kind of a sore point in DnD/Pathfinder systems. What I'm getting at requires two separate questions I haven't been able to find an answer to: I'm mostly a Dex ...
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Does relocation/teleportation while hidden require a new Stealth check?

I've been looking around, and from what I understand, the Stealth rules seems to be kind of a sore point in D&D/Pathfinder systems. What I'm getting at will require two separate questions (other ...
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Is an 8th level and above cleric with the death domain harmed by channeled positive energy?

At level 8 a cleric with the death domain gains the following feature: Death’s Embrace (Ex): At 8th level, you heal damage instead of taking damage from channeled negative energy. If the ...
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Is the secret to smithing Adamantine known only by the Technic League?

Lately, I've been playing a campaign located in Belkzen territory, about a new ship falling down on Golarion and bringing a new heap of adamantine with it, a la Numeria/Starfall. Skipping the ...
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Do enemy animal companions give XP?

So I'm creating an enemy level 9 druid NPC for my Pathfinder game I DM. The enemy has a bear as an animal companion and I want to know if I should reward XP for killing the bear, in addition to the ...
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How can I create a PC like Million Ants?

In a Pathfinder game I'd like to play a PC like Million Ants from the television series Rick and Morty. This character is defined to be one million ants, and in its world it behaves like a fluid, in ...
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If a dwarf barbarian wears heavy armor how fast do they move?

Quoted from d20: Base Speed: (Slow and Steady) Dwarves have a base speed of 20 feet, but their speed is never modified by armor or encumbrance. and A barbarian’s land speed is faster than the ...
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How does the Furyborn bonus interact with a weapon's regular enhancement bonus?

I've been looking through the Magic Weapons for Pathfinder, and came across the Furyborn enchantment. Basically, whenever you damage someone, you get a +1 Enhancement bonus to your weapon against that ...
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Hell Knight Signifier Double Dip?

I was looking into Hell Knight Signifier builds and I found a reference to something called the "Divine Double-Dip", where (for example) you would take 3 levels of Oracle for a Mystery revelation, and ...
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Does the bard's Inspire Courage feature increase damage for swarms?

The Bard's Inspire Courage feature references weapon damage rolls: A 1st level bard can use his performance to inspire courage in his allies (including himself), bolstering them against fear and ...
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Does Atavism give more bonuses on top of the Advanced template, or is it just summarizing?

From Druid 4th level spell Atavism: The animal immediately gains the advanced creature simple template. It gains a +2 bonus on all rolls, including damage rolls and special ability DCs, a +4 bonus ...
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How is the ankylosaurus animal companion's stun DC calculated?

So in my last question, Dinosaur Damage Dilemma, I was talking about damage for an Ankylosaurus and I realised that while the dinosaur can stun, the DC would be different for an animal companion. It ...
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Gate Mage implementation for D&D or Pathfinder [closed]

Gate mages, described in the Mither Mages series by Orson Scott Card, are potent healers, tricksters, travelers, and linguists. They have some potential as damage dealers in that they can use gates to ...
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How do I increase the damage of an ankylosaurus companion’s tail without reducing its attack bonus?

The Dinosaur As a druid thinking of using an ankylosaurus as an animal companion, I'm interested to see the damage one might get out of it. Unfortunately, it hits one per round at best and its ...
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New Player joining with Craft Magic Arms and Armor

I'm GMing a Pathfinder game that's been going on for awhile now and wanted some advice. We have a new player that's joining a game in progress. The rest of the party is level 8. He's coming in at ...
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My GM declines valid dialogue by my character due to his low Charisma; how can I change my GM's mind?

This is the first time I'm playing D&D. As a result, I may have botched the stats of my character. I have a low Charisma stat. However, in my understanding, this should only be a modifier to how ...
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Are there any rules for modern weapons/armor?

As I looked over the Pathfinder rules - especially the weapons and armor stats from Paizo and different 3rd-party producers - I noticed that I saw stats for either scifi or fantasy items, but I did ...
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Can Synthesist Summoners apply evolutions to the Summoner's natural attacks?

I'm a bit confused here. Since the Eidolon and Summoner are fused together as a Synthesist, could I apply an evolution like reach to one of my Summoner's own natural attacks? Or would I have to wait ...
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Where can I find LPJ Design's alternate gun rules for Pathfinder? [duplicate]

From this answer: Your main problem is that the Gunslinger is gimped by the awful Pathfinder gun rules. It will never have comparable damage to other characters. Consider getting your DM to allow ...
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Which Elementals can a Conjuration (summoning) spell summon?

Based on the note to Hey I Can Chan's answer here. Both Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally list Elemental(small) in their level 2 versions (and larger elementals for higher spell levels). Are ...
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What is the relationship between Moroi Vampires and Dhampir offspring in the lore?

A rather interesting plot hook has presented itself, and has made me curious as to the relationship between Dhampir and their respective vampiric parent. I have looked into some of the basic ...
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Issues with a druid build [closed]

The problem We are playing the campaign path The Second Darkness and my friend is a druid with a ankylosaurus animal companion. We are all 7th level and he is doing way less damage than everyone else,...
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Can creatures with Spell Resistance voluntarily fail saving throws?

Pathfinder's magic rules say that a creature with "special resistance to magic" can voluntarily fail a saving throw against a spell. Voluntarily Giving up a Saving Throw A creature can ...