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Questions tagged [starfinder]

For questions about Paizo's Pathfinder-like soft sci-fi game of the same name.

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Does the solarian weapon’s damage count as magical?

The solarian weapon states that it is supernatural which means it is magical. Does that mean the damage counts as magical for things like incorporeal creatures?
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How do I tell my S.O. that I am not enjoying playing with this group?

Recently, my group started a game of Starfinder that is run by my S.O. Part of the reason my S.O. wanted to run the game was so that I could have a chance to play as a player since I've been DMing ...
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Can a starship enter the drift while inside another starship?

Some starships in Starfinder are large enough to hold smaller ships, which may have drift engines. The only requirement I've found to enter the drift is that you must be stationary with your ...
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What other actions is Total Defense referring to when it says it can't be combined with other actions that increase your AC?

Total Defense states: You can defend yourself as a standard action. Starting at the beginning of this action, you get a +4 bonus to your Armor Class until the start of your next turn. You can’t ...
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When a solarian uses the Reflection revelation to reflect an attack, do they apply the original attacker's modifiers or their own?

The Reflection revelation states: You can reflect ranged attacks back at your enemies. If you took the total defense action on your last turn, or if you were fighting defensively and spend 1 ...
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Can you use the soldier's “enhanced tank” to get 1/2 off on all upgrades?

The soldier's ability enhanced tank states You gain the Powered Armored Proficiency feat and access to improved armor. This might be the result of your own engineering abilities, having earned ...
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Why do Expert monsters get Will saves instead of Reflex?

The Starjammer SRD page about building monsters has a chart for Expert creatures. That chart claims that expert creatures should have good Will saves instead of Reflex. Why would that be? Expert style ...
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Does the Solarian's Corona revelation only trigger if an attacker beats my AC?

The solarian's Corona revelation states: As a standard action, you can surround your body with an envelope of fiery plasma. You gain cold resistance 10, and any adjacent creature that hits you ...
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How does the solarian's Starquake zenith revelation work?

For the Starquake zenith revelation, it states: As a move action, you can move up to your speed along the ground without provoking attacks of opportunity. Each creature you are adjacent to at any ...
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Can the wearer of power and light armors benefit from two force fields?

Although one suit of armor cannot support more than one force field upgrade, light armor can be worn underneath power armor. Can force fields be installed in both the light armor and the power armor ...
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Can you wear armor and second skin to utilize multiple upgrade slots?

Can you wear 2 sets of armor to get the multiple upgrade slots? Ex. wearing a second skin under a defrex hide to get a total of 2 upgrade slots
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Can I threaten adjacent squares with a rifle by using it as an improvised weapon?

Can someone with a rifle treat it as an improvised weapon via rifle butt to threaten squares around him and provide flanking?
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How far does a racing vehicle keep moving after you try to stop?

The Stop Short description for vehicles says a vehicle that was racing continues to move after you try to stop it. You need to use a move action to stop and can make a Piloting check to reduce the ...
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Does the climb speed you get from the Climbing Master feat override the climb speed you get from Gravity Boost?

The Climbing Master feat states: You gain a climb speed equal to your land speed. Does this override the climb speed of 20 ft you get from Gravity Boost? For instance, can I run using the Climbing ...
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Does Solarian gravity boost function exactly like spider climb?

It says at level 6 you can move along walls as per the spider climb spell. Does that mean it functions exactly like the spell or is it only using it as a reference? For instance do you gain climb ...
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Would Operative's Specialization Skill Mastery apply to Trick Attack?

Specialization Skill Mastery states When attempting a skill check with a skill in which you have the Skill Focus feat, you can take 10 even if stress or distractions would normally prevent you from ...
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How to balance a campaign without a magical restoration

I'm currently GMing a Starfinder game for a group consisting of an Envoy, a Mechanic, two Soldiers, and an Operative. With the Operative acting as a jack-of-all-skills, I'm less worried about mystical ...
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Are there any mechanics for base-building?

In Starfinder, using a homebrew setting, I had my group encounter a ship that was above their level in order to urge them to run. However, the group decided to go for the route of "If we are going to ...
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What do I need a Hacking Kit for?

I'm working on my initial equipment. I'm buying a level 1 computer (miniaturized with Range I). Can I use it for hacking, and/or do I need to purchase a hacking kit?
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Does an antimagic field affect the solarian's mote?

The Solarian's Solar Manifestation ability says in the description: Only you can interact with your solar manifestation, whether in mote, armor, or weapon form. No other creature or effect can ...
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Solarian Revelations needing Attunement of Specific Type [duplicate]

I bet this is somewhere, but I've checked the books and I can't find it. I'm looking at most of the revelations that say they do something when the person is attuned or fully attuned. For example, ...
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Does Damage Reduction Stack in Starfinder

This question is mainly for me looking at the different feats and class powers I have with a Solarian build I'm going for. Without going into too much detail, I have a Soldier 1/Solarian 4 with Blitz ...
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Can you Ray of Light from ship to ship?

I was reading about spaceship combat and it explicitly says Starships in combat are constantly in motion, so it is impossible for a PC to cast a spell with the teleportation descriptor to travel ...
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How to run a diverse campaign without a magic user [closed]

So right now the party I'm going to GM for wants to be 3 Soldiers (vesk, orc, android; sniper, ?, armor storm) and 1 operative (vesk; ghost). No one wants to be a caster. They're pretty deadset on ...
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Does a Solarian’s Photon mode insight bonus to damage apply to ship combat?

It says that when a solarian is in photon mode you get +1 insight bonus on damage rolls. Since it states just damage rolls in general, does that apply to spaceship combat when firing weapons?
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How much do the humans on absalom station know about aliens?

I have just started playing Starfinder and i am thinking of making an Xenophile character who only knows what common knowledge there is to aliens refusing doing further research since she believes she ...
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How large are Starship Cores?

A PC wants to store a starship core in a Null-sec Chamber, but I cannot find any information regarding the actual physical size of a starship core and the safety equipment that goes along with it. ...
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High capacity batteries

It mentions on page 168 that lower capacity batteries still work in more powerful weapons so long as they have enough charges. The rules appear to be mute on whether you can purchase a better battery ...
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Finding DC of Athletics check to climb on a cable line strung between two moving objects in zero gravity?

Climbing in zero or low gravity is a -5 DC modifier. If the two objects are moving at high speed (let's say 300 MPH through outerspace, so no wind resistance), how would that impact the DC of the ...
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For the solarian's Solar Manifestation is it consider magic for the purposes of “detect magic”?

Exactly as stated is the Solar Manifestation magic and can it be detected by detect magic?
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Can a mechanic's exocortex actually hack?

In Starfinder, a mechanic with an exocortex gains the Wireless Hack ability at 5th level. It allows the exocortex to attempt a Computers check each round against a designated computer within 20 feet, ...
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Does Versatile Focus apply to weapon proficiency granted by a class sub Ability?

Mechanic's AI: Exocortex has the Combat Tracking at Level 1. This grant them proficiency in longarms and 3rd Level Weapon Specialization: longarms. Mechanics are proficient initially with small arms. ...
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Do Weapon Focus and & Weapon Specialization work with ray spells?

Do Weapon Focus and & Weapon Specialization work with ray spells
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Does Second Skin armor stack with any other armors?

Can the Second Skin armor be worn under another armor set and does the EAC, KAC and armor penalties stack?
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What, exactly, are “Deadly Wounds”?

In both the Medicine skill, and in the Medical Expert feat, there is mention of treating deadly wounds. However, "deadly wounds" doesn't seem to be defined anywhere. Is this just when someone has ...
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How can heavy-armor melee characters practically close in on ranged enemies?

Okay, I have to be missing something critical here since I've just started SF so please tell me what's up and correct me. Base movement speed is 30 for everyone. Heavy armor reduces your movement ...
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Can the “while attuned” powers of Solarian stellar revelations be used while attuned to either mode, or only the matching one?

I’m having trouble finding an official clarification of this, so I’m wondering if anyone has found a ruling: Solarians gain powers known as stellar revelations. These are either “photon” or “graviton”...
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Do INT score increases from items increase ranks you can spend on skills in Starfinder?

Let's say my character has Mk1 Synaptic Accelerators that increase his INT by two (or his modifier by +1). Does that retroactively give me more ranks to spend on skills? I know this is the case ...
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Can I substitute movement for a Standard action?

I just joined a Starfinder campaign and have rolled up a solarian who will be joining the party in the next game. Since it’s been a while since I’ve played any 3e-derived games, I’ve been reviewing ...
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Player Character Urog Diet

I have a few questions regarding the diets of urog player characters. The book (Alien Archive, page 116-117) does not list any unusual dietary requirements under the Racial Traits block, but their ...
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What is the damage progression?

In pathfinder we know the damage type progression is from "1" over 1d2 to d10s in term of dice types and often up to 16d6 in terms of dice rolled as shown here: Pathfinder Damage Dice Steps ...
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What is corpsicum?

On page 439 of the Starfinder Core Rule Book, a description of notable locations on Castrovel ends like this: ...or Candares, with its endless waterfalls and dangerous cliffside corpsicum ...
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Range vs Melee Balance in Starfinder

I hope this question isn't too broad. I'm looking into Starfinder and I'm curious about the balance between Range and Melee combat. Most Fantasy games are balanced toward close-combat with melee ...
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How do I keep my players from investing too much time in their doomed characters?

I'm designing a campaign for a group of friends. One of the main plot hooks is a bunch of mercenaries that want to bring them to an oracle which gives them the first indication of the Big Bad. When ...
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Can you fill a life bubble with water?

I am looking to use life bubble in both Pathfinder and Starfinder. I'm trying to figure out a way for life bubble to contain salt water. Is it possible to put a void zombie in a bubble with holy ...
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Can a weapon be made of both cold iron and adamantine alloy?

From the SFSRD on Adamantine (emphasis mine): Adamantine Alloy Adamantine is a starmetal... Pure adamantine is exceedingly rare and expensive, so weapons using adamantine are always made of an ...
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Can Anchoring Arcana be used with Rune of the Eldritch Knight?

From the SFSRD (emphasis mine): Anchoring Arcana (Su) As a full action, you can make a single attack with a magic weapon against a single foe. ... So if you have a magic weapon, you can make a ...
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Are spell slots of a Multiclass Mystic + Technomancer interchangeable?

Let's say I have a level 2 Starfinder character, with a level in Mystic and a level in Technomancer. According to the book (and her stats) she can cast 3 level 1 spells from my level in Technomancer ...
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Are UPBs reusable?

Are UPBs (universal polymer bases) reusable? In my mind, I'm envisioning a versatile and creative Android mechanic using his integrated custom rig for not only item creation from UPBs but disassembly, ...
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Does Medical Expert still require the use of a Medical Kit?

The feat Medical Expert says (in part) You can use the Medicine skill in conjunction with a medpatch or sprayflesh to treat deadly wounds as a full action. The Treat Deadly Wounds use of Medicine ...