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General Stat Generation: Pathfinder Second Edition (PF2e) has moved away from the methods of the past wherein you generated stats using a point buy or rolled them. Instead you receive various ability boosts (a +2 for a stat < 18 or a +1 if the stat is >= 18) from differing aspects of your character that you decide upon over a series of steps. ...


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Evidently Not One of the cardinal, if often unspoken, laws of gaming is that if you can't get people to play with you, then you can't play. If you can't get people to play with you whenever you bring that character in, then, no, you can't play that character at least with that group. If your read on the situation is correct, your group has a problem with ...


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The very first line for the rules for Cantrips in the Sorcerer class says A cantrip is a special type of spell that doesn’t use spell slots. Seems pretty cut and dried - Cantrips don't use spell slots, so wouldn't get the bonus.


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The character is probably done. You have a large, collaborative, decentralized group. No one feels, or has felt, empowered to confront you over this—they have, no doubt, felt that it isn’t their place to criticize you or your character. Instead, they’re voting with their feet—which is, in this hobby, more-or-less “the nuclear option.” Which means it almost ...


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To cast a spell from a staff, it has to be on your spell list The rules for Casting a spell from a staff spell out the requirements to cast from a staff. The relevant part of these requirements: You can Cast a Spell from a staff only if you have that spell on your spell list, are able to cast spells of the appropriate level, and expend a number of charges ...


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There are lots of changes, mostly major changes. I can only think about certain spells when thinking about "things that didn't change much", and even those have basic system changes behind them. I will try to keep this short, and list things I believe that are impactful to those who have played the first edition of the game, but keep in mind that this might ...


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Pathfinder 2e is still more like Pathfinder 1e than D&D 5e The second edition of the Pathfinder rules does not draw very much at all from D&D 5th edition. If anything, there are a handful of influences from D&D 4th edition. Most of the changes between Pathfinder 1e and 2e are new features which don't appear in either 4e or 5e. Similarities to ...


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It's always been this way And it sort of needs to be; otherwise there is no point in character abilities! In 5e, if my Paladin wanted to "hit someone in the legs to trip them" with his glaive, well, I'm not able to do that, unless I pick up some Battlemaster Fighter Maneuvers through a feat, multiclass, fighting style, etc. In 5e, if I wanted say ...


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D&D 5e has been optimized to make it simple to learn and play, which is what you are reacting to. Its design reflects the fracturing of the D&D fanbase after 4e, and to a certain extent embraces a more “old-school” (read: 2e or earlier) playstyle in which the rules are much more nebulous, fluid, and handled ad hoc by the DM. This both makes it ...


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You need to get rid of the character some way or the other Nothing will help. Your character, as it is right now, is irredeemably gone. You can't fix her in-game because nobody wants to play with the character anymore, so you're past the point of starting a growing-up/redemption arc now. [Sole chance out: you sit down with everyone and apologize for making ...


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Spellcasting Classes A level 1 wizard casting ray of frost deals 1d4 + their spellcasting modifier in damage. As you noted, a cantrip is automatically heightened to 1/2 of the wizard's level, rounded up. A level 1 wizard can therefore heighten something to 0.5*1, rounded up. 0.5 * 1 = 1. Therefore, the cantrip can only be cast as a level 1 spell (it's ...


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The Step action is going to be mechanically worse than the Disengage action Moving 5 feet is a small benefit Personally, I don't believe moving an additional 5 feet is a significant benefit in most situations. Often that small extra distance won't change anything because your opponent is faster or was already slower or just has ranged attacks. The only time ...


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Armor Class is also a Difficulty Class Armor Class is referenced in multiple locations as a DC. Most notably, in the rules in Equipment about AC: Your Armor Class (AC) measures how well you can defend against attacks. When a creature attacks you, your Armor Class is the DC for that attack roll. And also Playing the Game Key Terms All creatures in the game ...


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You can cast any spell while holding anything Somatic components (CRB, p303): You can use this component while holding something in your hand, but not if you are restrained or otherwise unable to gesture freely.


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It's honestly quite the opposite in PF2e. I'm not sure where you're getting your information from but support spells (at least debuffs/control) is pretty weak until much higher level while damage spells hit pretty hard consistently. Also with scaling cantrips you don't have to worry about doing nothing a turn as even a low level caster any more. Sure a ...


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Initiative is a concept; however, any roll made for it is a check Initiative references using checks when determining its value Typically, you’ll roll a Perception check to determine your initiative [...] some other type of check. [...] Stealth check. A social encounter could call for a Deception or Diplomacy check. Additionally, the following line shows ...


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I’m going to answer this the same way I answered a similar question about Starfinder: we just don’t know yet. Pathfinder 2e is a far larger change from Pathfinder 1e than Pathfinder 1e was from D&D 3.5e, and at this stage in Pathfinder 1e’s life, we didn’t know for that yet either. So for a system that has changed far more than the previous case, we ...


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“Finesse” trait is compatible with unarmed attacks Page 286 on the manual, under "weapon traits" says: Any trait that refers to a “weapon” can also apply to an unarmed attack that has that trait. And unarmed attacks are listed as having the finesse trait in the table in the same page.


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Summoned creatures are minions. And therefore, they must be commanded to get actions. The chain of looking this up for yourself: Summon Fey is a Conjuration spell that says you summon a creature The Conjuration School of magic notes that "creatures summoned by conjuration spells have the summoned trait." Summoned states that "It has the minion trait." ...


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Divine lance deals aligned damage The spell's damage is effective only against certain enemies, those that have an alignment that conflicts with your deity's (see Core 452 on damage types). For example most beasts (likely foes at low levels) are neutral in terms of alignment and thus will not be hurt by the cantrip at all. Divine lance is a ranged attack As ...


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Mechanically, Pathfinder 2e is a completely different system. Even the things that share the same name are different enough that you can use basically nothing from 3.5e or Pathfinder beyond the ideas themselves—all the numbers, effects, conditions, costs, and so on are going to have to be redesigned from scratch for 2e. Narratively, Pathfinder 2e has ...


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The Wielding Items section of the rules (CRB 272) covers this. Table 6-2: Changing Equipment states that drawing a weapon takes an Interact action in its first entry: Photo credit to Archives of Nethys. Consider a dual-wielding character with two weapons. Each weapon is one item, and so it would take 2 separate Interact actions to draw both items. The ...


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Spell Substitution PF2-wizards are unmatched in versatility out of combat In 5e a wizard can learn any number of spells and cast certain spells as rituals. This takes 10 minutes (+ original casting time) and you can do it even if the spell is not prepared. This does not cost a spell slot. A PF2 spell substitution wizard can also learn any number of spells, ...


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No. CRB pg. 462, "Limitations on Triggers": You can use only one action in response to a given trigger.


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Snare Crafting is a General feat, which means a Versatile Heritage Human can take it at level 1, as can any human (or half-elf or half-orc) who takes the General Training ancestry feat.


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Can an untrained character buy [these] Proficiency does not influence whether or not you can buy an item. You may freely buy items no matter what degree of proficiency you have with them. However, you must have access to the item you want to buy. This is explain on page 13 of the Core Rulebook in the "rarity" entry: Uncommon items are available only to ...


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Sudden Charge requires two actions and, as part of its activation, allows the user to Stride twice and Strike once. Assuming the user has the standard three actions, they'll have one left after a Sudden Charge, which they can use to Strike again, for a total of two Strikes in their turn. The advantage of Sudden Charge is that it effectively gives a "...


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Technically, you can attempt to Feint against a creature that has swallowed you From a pure mechanics standpoint, nothing prevents you from Feinting. Being Swallowed Whole imposes the Grabbed (which imposes Flat-Footed and Immobilized) condition and you are Slowed 1 . Since you're Immobilized, you can't take actions with the Move trait, and attempts to use ...


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By default, yes, you can only recover 1 focus point after every use no matter how many you spent. However, you can take class feats that increase this amount. All classes with focus spells have access to an "X Focus" feat at level 10-14 that allows them to recover two points at once, and some have an additional "X Wellspring" feat at level 18 that increases ...


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Some of that text in leveling up seems like a holdover from the playtest when your level was always added to proficiency. Rather than using that section for explaining your proficiency bonus, lets consult the section on proficiency. Proficiency is a system that measures a character’s aptitude at a specific task or quality, and it has five ranks: untrained,...


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