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Is there a way knowledge checks can be done without an Intelligence trait?

I've seen people criticize the use of intelligence traits in RPGs- for example, in the Gemini RPG there is no intelligence trait because the authors intended a PC to be "as intelligent as you ...
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Homebrew review request: 15 regional traits

I'm trying to assign regional traits to my homebrewed world. As some background, these would be a set of fifteen regional traits for 15 universities in a metropolis dedicated to the pursuit of ...
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Does an action with the "Press" trait require that you use it on the same target of your initial attack?

The rules for the "Press" trait read as follows (emphasis mine): Actions with this trait allow you to follow up earlier attacks. An action with the press trait can be used only if you are ...
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Can a Kineticist benefit from Surprise Weapon trait bonus with Telekinetic Blast?

Can a Kineticist benefit from Surprise Weapon trait bonus with Telekinetic Blast? Telekinetic Blast You throw a nearby unattended object at a single foe as a ranged attack. The object must weigh no ...
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Illusionary Disguise Level 3 olfactory trait missing?

The rules for heightening spells include In addition, many spells have additional specific benefits when they are heightened, such as increased damage. These extra benefits are described at the end ...
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Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?

Question is as the title says, "Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?" Maybe through feats or traits? Something adopted? (The racial trait is ...
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Does Fatal and/or Deadly apply when attacking a critical hit-immune target?

Critical hit immunity specifies Immunity to critical hits works a little differently. When a creature immune to critical hits is critically hit by a Strike or other attack that deals damage, it takes ...
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Does Accelerated Drinker apply to anything other than potions?

I am trying to make a Drunken Brute Unchained Barbarian, and I came across the Combat Trait Accelerated Drinker. It allows you to drink a potion as a move action, presumably still provoking AOO since ...
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If you save to become immune to a creature's trait/ability, are you immune to that trait/ability from all such creatures?

So a Pit Fiend has a neat little thing called a fear aura. Essentially if you start in it, you have to make a save or be frightened. We know from a related question that the rules for combining ...
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Can you use Wayang Spellhunter and Magical Lineage to make shocking grasp a level 0 cantrip?

One of my players is attempting to use Spellhunter, Magical Lineage, and Blissful Spell. His goal is to make Shocking Grasp a level 0 spell/cantrip. Is this interaction legal RAW?
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What can Psychoportive Talent effectively deny?

The description of the Psychoportive Talent Trait says, You can expend your psionic focus as an immediate action to make a five-foot step. You may do this even if you have already moved in the ...
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For the purposes of Magic Jar, does a monster with the Spellcasting special trait have class levels? [duplicate]

The spell magic jar says with regards to the creature who's body the caster is possessing: If the target has any class levels, you can't use any of its class features. The only class feature a ...
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Is this “Obsessive” trait balanced?

I've decided to homebrew a trait like Unearthed Arcana talks about but I'd like another opinion on whether it's balanced. The idea is someone who works themselves to the point of harm in order to gain ...
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Magical Knack and Hit Dice

I have a level 3 character (arcanist 2/rogue 1) with 25 HP. I wanted to pick up Magical Knack but was confused about the hit die portion of the rule: Pick a class when you gain this trait—your ...
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How does the Swashbuckler's Suave Defense feature work with the Robe of the Archmagi? [closed]

If I were to give Suave Defense trait to a player and if they have the Robe of the Archmagi, how would it work? Suave Defense states: While the swashbuckler is wearing light or no armor and ...
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Is there a way to remove negative traits from Corruption?

One of my party’s characters recently rolled on the Corruption table (after character burning, during the campaign) and got the Diseased trait. There are several worse than that, such as Maimed or ...
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Taking damage equal to the number of hit dice?

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes lists a number of Demonic Boons (p. 30) that a DM can grant to monsters and NPCs dedicated to a particular demon lord. For Juiblex, it says that the "most dedicated ...
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Do Magical Lineage, Metamagic Master and Wayang Spellhunter stack together?

Magical Lineage: Pick one spell when you choose this trait. When you apply metamagic feats to this spell that add at least 1 level to the spell, treat its actual level as 1 lower for determining ...
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Does a Troll benefit from its Regeneration trait if it is surprised?

The rules of surprise in D&D 5e state: If you're surprised, you can't move or take an action on your first turn of the combat, and you can't take a reaction until that turn ends. A troll has ...
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Player trading Drawback traits for feats in pathfinder?

I've been running a pathfinder campaign for a few sessions and one of the players is a powergamer type that discovered you can choose not to get a feat and rather get two traits as an equivelant. Now,...
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Child of the Moon not making a skill a class skill?

So, looking at most traits, any trait they give a bonus to tends to make it a class skill, yet Child of the Moon, at least in the description provided by D20PFSRD, does not have it do so (it does say ...
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How effective is the Reactionary trait? [closed]

First, I'm pretty sure that you can't really calculate how good an attack bonus is without knowing an opponent's AC. If that logic holds true, then we can't specifically calculate how good a +2 ...
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Do Alternate Racial Traits count toward my character's Trait limit?

Assume for a particular Pathfinder game that I am allowed to use two traits for my character. Do alternate racial traits count towards that number? I assume not since you are trading a built-in racial ...
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Remorhaz Heated Body Mechanics Explanation

The Remorhaz (page 258 MM) has an ability called Heated Body: Heated Body. A creature that touches the remorhaz or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 10 (3d6) fire damage. ...
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Can a half-elf take human traits?

Can a half-elf raised by Varisian nomads take the trait Varisian Tattoo?
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Sheriff Hemlock - Favored Son trait [closed]

I am planning on taking the trait "Favored Son" of Sheriff Hemlock in the AP Rise of the Rune Lords. would anyone provide me some feedback how I could use this trait besides the way they say in the ...
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What traits will help a tetori monk grapple better?

I'm looking for some help to pick the best traits for my PC in a Rise of the Runelords campaign. The GM's allowed my tetori monk to take three traits. I want to use them to ramp up my PC's Combat ...
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How to Calculate Effect of Luring Song on CR?

The Harpy is a CR1 creature from the Monster's Manual. However, they have an interesting trait called Luring Song, which is rather unique. Luring Song. The harpy sings a magical melody. Every ...
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Is this "double nature" trait in line with other Pathfinder traits?

So I have half-elf druid of Gozreh - deity with double nature as a goddess of beach fun and god of storm's wrath. I promised my players bonus traits for character history and knacks. What I came up ...
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What does the Trait "He's a Jonah, that one" mean?

The Burning Wheel has a character Trait called "He's a Jonah, that one" (BWG p.329). Like many character Traits in BW it has no further description. So what is the trait supposed to mean? A general ...
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If I cast a spell through my Vulture familiar, do I attack with advantage thanks to its Pack Tactics trait?

The find familiar spell description states: When you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must be within 100 feet o ...
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Should replacement characters have to take campaign traits?

I'm running the Second Darkness Adventure Path and between the books some players have changed out their characters. The Second Darkness Player's Guide had several campaign traits which were presented ...
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Can mystic theurge be entered early using Magical Lineage?

Look at the trait Magical Lineage. Say at level 1 the character took a levels in either wizard or cleric. For the trait Magical Lineage, the character picks a spell that appears on both the cleric and ...
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