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For questions about Starfinder, Paizo's Pathfinder-like soft sci-fi game. While officially cross-compatible with Pathfinder material, Starfinder is intended to stand as its own system.

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Would it be balanced to use the Starfinder system for races with more than 2 arms in Pathfinder 1e?

In Starfinder creatures with more than 2 arms have a feature where they can hold more items but not take extra actions with those arms. Would it be balanced if a race in Pathfinder 1e had this feature?...
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Is a starship locked in geosynchronous orbit considered "stationary" for the purpose of teleportation between ships?

Teleportation rules in Starfinder are sketchy. In combat, two ships are not moving relative to one another and Teleportation is impossible. However, if ships are stationary and not in combat, ...
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Do humans start off with 1/3rd the languages of Other Races?

A character begins play speaking and reading Common, her racial tongue (if any), and the language of her home planet (if any). Common Racial language: the human racial language is Common Language of ...
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How do I know if my ship has a recharging station?

"At the GM’s discretion, some larger starships might have onboard recharging stations. These might offer recharging at low or no cost, but they typically take 1 minute per charge to recharge a ...
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Starfinder: Soldier: Qi Adept Plasma Blasts Multiple Attacks?

With regard to the Soldier/Fighting Style:Qi Adept/Plasma Blast, these characters get a ranged attack (30ft) with 1.5xlevel bonus (specialization). My question is, How many of these blasts do they get ...
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How can you improve your skill checks in Starfinder?

I am currently in the campaign with two other players. Our party consists of an Operative, a Soldier, and a Solarian. Due to the way skill points are distributed in this game, the Operative is ...
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Does Starfinder cap ability scores or ability score modifier?

My group has recently started a weekly game of Starfinder, a system we don't have any prior experience in. During a level-up in the last session, we found the following inconsistency or at least ...
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Do healing spells harm undead in Starfinder?

So after being programmed through years' of D&D play, we are trying Starfinder. I guess we just assumed that undead creatures are harmed by heal spells and effects but we can't find RAW saying so. ...
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Are Androids immune to all inhalation effects? (Starfinder)

My party and I can't seem to come to a good agreement on the extent of the Constructed Racial trait with regards to breathing. The Android Constructed racial trait reads: ...androids do not breathe ...
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Does bleeding damage stack?

As an operative I have Bleeding Shot and make level bleeding damage if I hit. My question: what happens if I do bleeding damage after I hit the first shot. Does the bleeding damage stack?
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Determining creature rarity in Starfinder

I have a player at my Starfinder table who is really keen to use her bonuses for identifying rare creatures, but has never gotten a chance to. I'd assumed none of the encountered creatures were ever ...
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Does the vanguard's Entropy Shield stack with a real physical shield?

Can a Vanguard have both an Entropy Shield and a real physical shield, and do they stack if so?
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Can a sniper scope be mounted on a solarian's solar flare, like on other small arm weapons?

This is a weird one, but nobody seems to have asked about it. The Character Operations Manual (p. 84) adds the Solar Flare option for the solarian's Solar Manifestation feature. Its description says, ...
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When does a Taunt action take effect during starship combat?

According to Starfinder's starship combat rules on the Captain's Taunt action: You can use the communications system to broadcast a taunting message to the enemy vessel. You select an enemy vessel ...
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Does the mandatory piloting check at the beginning of a helm phase count as the pilot "acting" for the purposes of a Taunt action?

In starship combat, a successful Taunt captain action imposes penalties on opposing crew members for a period of 1d4 rounds if they "act" during the phase in which the Taunt occurs. To quote ...
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Can you take a guarded step in difficult terrain

So the way I am reading the rules it seems impossible to take a guarded step in Starfinder in difficult terrain. So the guarded step rules say:- You can carefully step 5 feet as a move action. This ...
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How do aliens without the Medicine Skill stop the bleeding condition?

According to Starfinder's bleeding condition rules: You take the listed amount of damage at the beginning of your turn each round until this condition ends. Your bleeding can be stopped with a ...
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Starship HP increase on tier level up

When a ship is upgrade from tier 3 to tier 4 in starfinder it says there is a hp increase. You can see this in the starfinder core rulebook, page 294, table 9-1. ...
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Does the use of a gunner major action always preclude the use of the Snap Shot minor crew action?

In Starfinder, during starship combat, the Snap Shot minor crew action allows a crew member who has taken a major crew action earlier in the round to fire a starship weapon during the gunnery phase. ...
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Does a force field absorb hit point damage from an attack that would only deplete stamina points?

In Starfinder, personal force fields grant temporary hit points to the user and fast heal those temporary hit points every round for a finite number of rounds. My question is whether the force field ...
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Illusion vs Hologram, what are the pros and cons

My DM is creating a new 1e campaign and wants to include starfinder elements such as items and classes to it. I'm planning on creating an spellcaster and am wondering if I should work towards the ...
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Can I connect grenades with a detonator and use it as a ranged weapon in combat?

We've been dipping into Starfinder and I find myself playing a mechanic. I love the idea of using grenades to their fullest advantage, it's a fun, volatile weapon that turns up as loot too often not ...
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Does a Successful Saving Throw vs. Disease protect you until the next day?

So you have a monster that can inflict an Injury Track disease. The PC successfully saves to avoid contracting the disease when he is injured in the first round of combat. If he is injured in the same ...
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What are the inhabitants of Golarion called?

Like the inhabitants of Earth are called Earthlings, what are the inhabitants of Golarion called? Golarions? Golarian? Something completely different?
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When a ysoki is holding items in his cheek pouches, can others tell if they have something in there?

The rules on ysoki cheek pouches are rather vague on whether objects held inside them are actually concealed. It seems possible that someone else would be able to determine that the ysoki was ...
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Does the pressurized lung augmentation in Starfinder protect a character from the effects of sudden decompression?

According to the Starfinder rules, the pressurized lungs biotech augmentation has the following effect: "You can hold your breath for up to 1 hour and are immune to the normal environmental ...
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Why does pregen character Iseph have +11 to acrobatics and +10 to piloting at level 1?

Paizo provides pregenerated level 1 character stats for iconic character Iseph. Among the stat bonuses listed, it mentions "Acrobatics +11" and "Piloting +10 (1 rank)". I don't ...
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Can a Solarian's ability to enter a Stellar Mode take into consideration conditions affecting her?

I know there is GM discretion allowed as to the situations affecting a Solarian's ability to enter a Stellar Mode, but I would like other GMs opinions on this situation. RAW seem to generally require ...
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Do you lose a turn/spell slot when casting a spell on invalid creatures?

Say my Mystic attempts to cast Fear as a 1st level spell on a creature. 1st: When you cast fear as a 1st-level spell, it affects one living creature of CR 4 or lower at close range... If the DM ...
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If I fire a laser weapon with the Aurora property, does the damage (or lack thereof) occur before or after the target's invisibility is negated?

Laser weapons cannot do damage to invisible creatures (Core Rulebook, p. 184; emphasis mine): Laser weapons emit highly focused beams of light that deal fire damage. These beams can pass through ...
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Will it be a significant disadvantage to play a tiny character?

I'm looking to play in my first Starfinders game, and am delighted by the variety of races available. My inclination is to play a Raxilite Biohacker. I'm very familiar with Pathfinder but just ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of using Starfinder's ability score generation and advancement method for Pathfinder?

I'm starting a new campaign as GM. We are in session zero and talking about how to roll/buy ability scores. I'm considering using the Starfinder system with Pathfinder 1e. Starfinder starts all stats ...
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What's the significance of different laser weapon types?

What is up with all the different types of laser weapons? There's Zenith, Parallax, Corona, and others, but I can't seem to find the significance of these subtypes of laser. I am assuming there are ...
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What content has been officially converted from Starfinder to Pathfinder?

Are any of the materials in Paizo's Starfinder rules considered standard content for Paizo's Pathfinder rules according to Paizo? If yes, is any of that content also considered Pathfinder Society ...
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How unbalancing is changing the target of Detect Thoughts to only the dead and dying?

One of my players is playing a lashunta envoy with the death-touched theme. As such, they have access to "Detect Thoughts" once per day. To give a little flavor with their theme, I decided to let ...
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How can I roleplay a character who's been lobotomized? [closed]

I am doing a Starfinder campaign playing a Ysoki technomancer who had a black market brain augmentation go wrong, resulting in a "unique type of emergency lobotomization." I was lucky in my ability ...
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How does the Divine Blessing of Triune work?

The description of the Divine Blessing of Triune says: Triune: You can use a computer without having a user interface or hacking kit simply by touching it. You must still succeed at a Computers ...
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Does the Technomancer's Supercharge Weapon spell work on a ship's weapon for the purposes of ship-to-ship combat?

Does the Technomancer's Supercharge Weapon spell work on a ship's weapon for the purposes of ship-to-ship combat?
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Will doubling the price & damage of grenades make them balanced compared to other weapons?

Context: I'm running a group through the Dead Suns adventure path. This is the first time any of us have used Starfinder. One of the party members is an ysoki envoy who would like to focus on grenades ...
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Can a ship in the Drift communicate with someone outside the Drift?

Traveling between worlds in the system takes 1d6+2 Days (Core pg 291) while system wide communication takes 1d6-1 Hours (Core pg. 430). Is there any reason a ship travelling in the Drift for 3-8 ...
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Which books do I need in order to run a Starfinder game?

I recently got me the core rule book of Starfinder and I really love the setting and the rules. I want to run a Starfinder game but I don't exactly know which books I need or where to start exactly. ...
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What is the Roll20 syntax needed to add a +1 bonus from the Weapon Focus feat to an attack with a long arm?

Under Weapon & Armor Proficiencies > Attacks: I am trying to add a bonus +1 to my attack with a long arm because of the Weapon Focus feat (1st level soldier). I tried: ...
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Does the Corona Aura of the Solarian Revelation (Same Name) Affect Allies?

Every source and forum I've visited, when talking about Solarian revelations for a melee build, suggests Corona as a great revelation...but they always (in their own words) state that the damage ...
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Do the Runelords still exist in Starfinder?

(This may go unanswered for a while due to not much Starfinder lore being released, but I feel like it's worth asking now.) After the conclusion of Rise of New Thassilon (the most recent Adventure ...
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How many encounters can a party handle in a day, without breaks?

I'm currently working on some homebrew for a Starfinder game. I've read the pages 388 to 393 of the core rule book several times, but might just be missing something. It gives details on how to craft ...
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Computers with the Range Upgrade

In Starfinder, if I have a computer with the Range Upgrade, does that provide range to all devices connected through Control Modules, or do I have to buy the Range Upgrade multiple times -- once per ...
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Is having explosions as a go-to solution considered bad table manners?

I am working on a Starfinder character who specializes in explosions, whose go-to solution is applying explosives to a problem till it ceases to be a problem. I am afraid I will be perceived as ...
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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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