Questions tagged [summoner]

For questions about the summoner character class in Pathfinder, and similar classes or archetypes in other RPGs. In Pathfinder, summoners are arcane spellcasters focused on conjuration magic, and have the ability to summon a special creature called an eidolon (see the [eidolon] tag).

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As the DM am I allowed to nerf character stats?

One of our guys is a summoner, and I feel he has become overly powerful. He defeats enemies first every time, so he always get first pick* of treasure and loot. As DM, am I allowed to nerf his ...
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In Pathfinder, does the summoner or the GM control the eidolon?

I'm starting up a summoner character in a Pathfinder campaign, but we're a little unsure of the rules for eidolons. While I know the summoner is the one who tells her eidolon what to do, I'm wondering ...
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What are the specifics of the Summoner's eidolon summoning ritual?

The summoner class casts a one minute ritual to call forth their Eidolon. From the PFSRD: A summoner can summon his eidolon in a ritual that takes 1 minute to perform. Have Paizo ever stated ...
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Ways to solve balance problems with a Master Summoner

I'm currently running a pathfinder game and am running into balance problems with a Master Summoner. It's a low level game (started from level 1) and the summoner is currently level 4 but about to ...
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Does an Eidolon share initiative with the Summoner?

The note for Eidolons indicate they are treated as a summoned creature. I assume this means they are treated as per a Summon Monster spell, with the noted exceptions. Does this mean that the ...
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Can a Summoner Cast the Summon Monster Spell With His Eidolon Out?

I have Summon Monster IV on my spell list. Do I have to dismiss my eidolon before casting the spell, or can I cast it even with my eidolon out? I remember you couldn't have the eidolon and summon ...
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I think my Eidolon is doing too much damage

So I created a spreadsheet to track all my Eidolon's to hit and damage bonuses because it's just too much otherwise, and for fun I decided to see how much damage I can do. Just buffed by myself and ...
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Can an unkind PFS GM permanently kill my earth elemental eidolon?

The earth elemental eidolon does not have the elemental trait of not having to breath, so presumably when it gets sent to its home plane it will die a painful and (semi)permanent death (I mean, if I ...
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Celestial Commander Summoned Monsters

This is a follow-up on this question Can a summoned monster be commanded to aid another? The answer to that questions seems to be "Not if they cannot understand you." I am currently playing a ...
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Is there any advantage to splitting an Eidolon's armour bonus?

The Summoner's Eidolon has a bonus to armour class based on level. The description of the Armor Bonus ability states this can be a mixture of regular armour bonus and natural armour bonus, as so: ...
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Can a Synthesist wear Boots of Speed and still have his eidolon make claw attacks with those feet?

Can a Synthesist Summoner wear Boots of Speed and still have his eidolon make claw attacks with those feet? While rational thought would say that wearing boots would cover up any claws on the hind ...
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What magic item slots does an aquatic eidolon have?

Currently my summoner's aquatic eidolon is wearing an amulet of mighty fists and a belt of strength. What other magic item slots besides neck and waist does an aquatic eidolon have available?
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Do Eidolons need proficiency feats to benefit from armor?

In order to let my eidolons wear armor, I would have to take the required feats, correct? For example, if I custom made plate mail for my large Behir, he would need to take light, medium, and heavy ...
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Does the Large evolution retroactively increase the cost of Ability Increase evolutions?

Suppose a medium-sized Eidolon has spent 2 evolution points for the Ability Increase (Strength) evolution. Later, the Summoner gains a level and gives the Eidolon the Large evolution. According to ...
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Any way for a 3rd-level summoner to cast Lesser Restore Eidolon?

I have been hit with spell that damaged my eidolon for −2 strength ability. I don't get restore eidolon, lesser until I level up to level 4 and get 2nd level spells. Is there a way to be able ...
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Stacking size damages

My question is mainly concerning Eidolons and damage stacking abilities. An eidolon has an evolution called Improved damage that states it increases the die rolls for a specific attack by one step. ...
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How many iterative attacks can an Eidolon with a two-handed weapon make?

I'm experienced with RPG's but this is my first run of Pathfinder. I elected to play a summoner who's Eidolon wield a greatsword. I've heard of this class's supposed "brokenness" so I elected to ...
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Is there a way to bypass/lower the summoner level requirements of eidolon evolutions?

Many eidolon evolutions have minimum summoner level requirements. For example, Alignment Smite, Energy Attack and Flight say "the summoner must be at least 5th level before selecting this evolution", ...
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I found a homebrew summoner/eidolon class online; is it balanced?

I have found many summoner/eidolon classes. One kinda stuck out to me: is it balanced? We are starting at level 1. Desired balance comparison is to the Wizard schools of Conjuration or ...
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What lore is available on how summoners discover their eidolon?

I recently agreed to GM a small Pathfinder campaign with three players who are interested in playing as a group of Summoners. They have requested that, at the start of the campaign, we play out a ...
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Can enlarge person affect an eidolon that 's large due to evolution surge?

The spell evolution surge allows a summoner to grant his eidolon temporary evolution points that can then be spent so that the eidolon gains the evolution large. An unchained summoner's eidolon can ...
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What happens if a Summoner's Eidolon is sent 100 years into the future?

Halfling Summoner lvl 9 in Pathfinder, with a big problem. GM "killed" my Eidolon the only way he knew how: send it into the future a hundred years. It was planar locked, so when it got knocked out, ...
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Pathfinder Unfettered Eidolons can't pounce?

I've heard a lot of people talking about the pounce evolution being overpowered for unfettered eidolons (Bestiary 3), and while it is very strong for normal summoners, I don't see it in the list ...
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How common is Damage Reduction on monsters in Pathfinder?

I was thinking of building a Summoner for a game of Pathfinder. I kinda like the idea of a cat-like Eidolon that can deal a lot of damage by pouncing a target and just shredding them. Going through ...
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What happens if an Eidolon is hit with Imprisonment?

If a Mythic Unchained Summoner's Eidolon is hit with the Imprison spell, does it automatically unsummon, or is it trapped in the prison?
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Does Synthesist eidolon need Weapon Training evolution to use weapons?

Does a bipedal synthesist need the Weapon Training evolution to use weapons? Or (since they use the Summoner's feats) can they use whatever weapons they were proficient in?
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Can an Eidolon apply a reach evolution to a weapon attack?

Can an Eidolon apply a reach evolution to a weapon attack (such as a polearm)? The wording of the reach evolution does not seem to refer to natural attacks as most other Eidolon attack abilities do. ...
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Is it possible to have a Eidolon that is also a weapon?

Are there any rules for using another character as a weapon? Specifically an Eidolon. From what little I can find on the topic the weapon PC would count as an improvised weapon of some club variety. ...
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Does a level 9+ Synthesist Summoner have Multiattack when fused with their eidolon?

An eidolon normally gets Multiattack as a bonus feat if they have 3 or more natural weapons at level 9. However, a Synthesist Summoner's eidolon does not have any feat of their own. So, my question ...
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Why does an eidolon choose to be bound by a summoner?

I'm a GM in Pathfinder-1e and one of my players wants to start playing a summoner. He asked me what is the reason that an outsider chooses to bound to a summoner (RP wise) and I couldn't find any ...
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Do racial natural attacks matter for a Synthesist's attack limit?

Synthesists are a unique summoner archetype that combines with the eidolon, which can range from a Hulk or werewolf relationship to powered-up final forms, to a super-suit. The eidolon is a separate ...
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How many hp does a starting eidolon have?

Does a level 1 summoner's eidolon start with maximum hp just like a PC or is there a rule I missed somewhere?
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How to match up an evolving eidolon with my desired look and feel?

When you create an eidolon in Pathfinder, it gets evolutions including limbs and such over time. But if you have a specific form in mind for your eidolon and would prefer it to not change so much ...
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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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What are the mechanical differences between a Summoner and an Unchained Summoner?

I have a player in one of my games asking to play a Summoner (vanilla, not a Synthesist). Personally I like the flavor of the class, and I trust the player, but I'm aware that the normal Summoner has ...
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Can a Synthesist use the Skilled evolution while fused?

The synthesist gains access to the eidolon’s special abilities and the eidolon’s evolutions. The synthesist eidolon has no skills or feats of its own. Evolution Skilled (Ex): An eidolon becomes ...
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Does the Twin Eidolon's Summoner also share its Feats?

While using the Twin Eidolon class feature, the summoner can assume the shape of his eidolon, copying all of its evolutions, form, and abilities. Are feats also copied? Also, can a summoner use his ...
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Does an Eidolon benefit from its own Greater Shield Ally effect?

When a Summoner reaches 12th level, they get the Greater Shield Ally class feature: At 12th level, whenever an ally is within an eidolon’s reach, the ally receives a +2 shield bonus to its Armor ...
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Do extra Limbs on an Eidolon give them extra weapon attacks?

In an upcoming Pathfinder campaign, one of my friends that loves to attempt to break games is about to take the Summoner class. Out of caution and curiosity, I looked through the advanced evolutions ...
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Can a Gnome Summoner (Unchained) ride his Biped Inevitable Eidolon if the Eidolon can't take the Mount evolution?

One of my character ideas involves a Gnomish Unchained Summoner who rides on the back of his Eidolon, who would be an Inevitable. As the Inevitable only has the biped base form, it does not qualify ...
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How can I get a Hell Hound as a Summon Monster 2 option in PFS, as early as possible?

Hell Hound is listed in the Summon Monster II alternative summoning list. This creature seems nice to be used by my friend who is a True Neutral Unchained Summoner with a focus on actually summoning ...
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If an Eidolon has the Flight evolution, would the Boots of Striding and Springing increase its fly speed?

A summoner's eidolon can gain the Flight evolution, which says the following: An eidolon grows large wings, like those of a bat, bird, insect, or dragon, gaining the ability to fly. The eidolon ...
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When awarding xp, is the summoner's eidolon counted as a separate party member with respect to xp division?

Under Exact XP on p.399 of the Core Rulebook, it states that the XP for the encounter should be tallied and then divided by the number of party members. Each party member is then awarded this amount ...
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How's the CMD trip bonuses from extra legs work?

I'm playing a summoner in a new campaign with some friends, using the half-elf wild caller archetype so gaining evolution points with an extra 1/2 every level. Well a friend told me that for every set ...
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Do multiclass Summoners still get to rearrange evolution points?

If you are a Summoner and you dip into another class, do you still get to rearrange the evo points on the eidolon? The summoner can change them whenever he gains a level (and through the ...
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Does a synthesist risk exploding upon entering the Positive Energy Plane?

A summoner that possesses the synthesist archetype gains his eidolon's hp as temporary hp. On the Positive Energy Plane if a creature's temporary hp exceed its normal hp the creature must succeed on ...
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Would a Synthesist summoner have access to their Eidolon's feats?

I am thinking of playing as a Synthesist summoner but I can't find a source telling me whether I get my Eidolon's feats or if those feats are only used should I use split forms.
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mounted summoner

So I'm sure in one of the endless Pathfinder books I read about either and Archetype or Order for the Cavalier, (maybe the Summoner) there was a summoner that used it's eidolon as it's mount. It ...
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First-worlder Summons and Eidolon

On Archives of Nethys the First Worlder Summoner summon replacement ability is defined as: Summon Nature’s Ally (Sp): Starting at 1st level, a first worlder can cast summon nature’s ally a number ...
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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 ...