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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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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 ...
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How Many Grenades Can a Ysoki put in their Cheeks?

I play a ysoki technomancer with Grenade Proficiency. A few times, I've gotten away with a grenade or two stuffed in my cheeks, but the question came up of how many grenades could potentially go in ...
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Is there any way to have more than one ship in Starfinder?

This question stems from How much does a spaceship cost? and is a side question that came up in discussion there. I know that you build, upgrade, or replace your ship with build points. However, ...
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How much does a spaceship cost?

Going through the spaceship building chapter of Starfinder I'm rather impressed with the versatility in there, but I seem to not be able to find what these spaceships cost. The header "Building a ...
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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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Overcoming language barriers in Starfinder

Since Starfinder has been released I've been interested in using it as a system for an exploratory kind of campaign. Imagine West Marches meets Star Trek. There's a lot I and the people I'm playing ...
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Is the amount of Skill points per level right?

Following official rules about skills that state: "Your skill ranks in a single skill can’t exceed your total character level." And some classes granting 8 + Int modifier per level, wouldn't those ...
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Are Medicinals used offensively supposed to allow a Save?

In combat, one can use a Needler, Needler Rifle or Injection Glove to apply a drug, an injury poison, or a medicinal compound to an enemy via the Injection special property. For the Drugs and ...
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Can I put my Drone into my cheek pouches?

Starfinder introduces "Bulk" — an easier system for calculating encumbrance. All listed equipment are now measured in "bulks", however, creature weight is still being measured in pounds. It becomes ...
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What are the benefits of owning a computer?

After having read the Core Rulebook, I am still not entirely certain what the benefits are of owning a computer in Starfinder. Clearly they are capable of storing and processing information, but to ...
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Are Androids considered “living creatures” in terms of beneficial spell effects?

Core Rulebook, page 272 says there are spell effects targeting "living creatures" only: Some effects restrict which targets can be selected. If an effect targets living creatures, it affects all ...
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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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Do grenades damage equipment?

When in the blast radius of a grenade, regardless of a successful reflex save or not, does the damage apply to the gear being worn by the character as well as to their stamina/health?
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What are the rules differences between Pathfinder and Starfinder?

Paizo's Starfinder system is heavily based on their long-running Pathfinder system (itself based on D&D 3.5). What rules are different between the two systems? To clarify, this question does not ...
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Does Mending work on Androids?

Androids, being both humanoid and construct, have the following racial trait: Constructed For effects targeting creatures by type androids count as both humanoids and constructs (whichever ...
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When you select the Healer connection as a Mystic do you lose access to Mystic Cure?

Under the connection spells entry of Healer it specifically says Spells: 1st - 6th mystic cure; replaced by 1st- lesser remove condition.... Does this mean that as a Mystic with the Healer ...
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What is the effect of a perfect darkness solar manifestation?

Solarians get a solar manifestation that can have different colours up to perfect darkness. I'm a bit confused though: A glowing solar manifestation, regardless of its form, sheds dim light in a ...
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Does a character need to add Weapon Specialization bonus damage when shooting a needle full of medicine at an ally?

At 3rd level, all the Starfinder classes grant Weapon Specialization feat for their proficient weapons, which states: [...] you add your character level to damage with the selected weapon type, or ...
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Can you apply multiple personal upgrades to the same ability?

While the rules regarding personal upgrades seem straightforward enough, I'm still left wondering whether or not a player may use multiple personal upgrades to increase the same ability. You can ...
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How do you calculate Resolve Points when Multi-classing?

How do you calculate Resolve Points when Multi-classing? The standard is half PC's level (minimum 1) + Class Key Ability mod (EX: Operator's Dex mod). Our GM had us make level 5 PCs and I chose to ...
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Can you Multi Attack with Operative Trick Attack?

Apparently you are allowed up to two attacks in single turn in Starfinder, albeit at a -4 penalty to both attacks as a full action. Trick Attack, Starfinder's variant of Sneak Attack, is also now a ...
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Am I understanding “L” weight correctly?

According to the Core Rulebook, an item of designation "L" can be thought of as being 1/10th of a bulk, as 10 of these items together counts as 1 bulk. But then does that mean it is possible for my ...
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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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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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How does the Phrenic Adept Archetype interact with the Mystic class at level 9?

I thought I understood how Archetypes work, since they're relatively simple in concept - if you take an archetype, you replace some class abilities with new ones, and this seems to hold up fine for ...
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Does cover work for both ways for enemies?

So Starfinder is out, and I feel like my life is complete, as it is just great. I am used to playing D&D 5e, and while I have some experience with 3.5e, I have never played Pathfinder. As such, ...

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