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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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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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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 and refuses to do further research since she believes ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can PCs keep up when maneuver DCs increase so quickly?

Lots of maneuvers call for a DC of [some number]+2×[the ship's tier]. Yet as your character levels up (and your ship's tier with it), your max ranks in a given skill only increase by 1/level. Thus, ...
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What is “archaic armor”?

Starfinder Core Rulebook mentions "archaic armor" in the "Archaic" weapon attribute description at page 180: Archaic This weapon deals 5 fewer damage unless the target is wearing no armor or ...
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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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Why did Paizo say they dropped the evil subtype from Animate Dead? [closed]

I was reading the new Starfinder Core Rulebook and as going through the spells section, I stumbled upon Animate Dead lacking the evil subtype (which was there in Pathfinder). Further reading the ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do Starfinder classes have different tiers of power?

I know that in 3.x (including Pathfinder) it's common to talk about different tiers of classes in terms of power and versatility. Does this also apply to Starfinder, and if so, what are they? I rarely ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...