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Does a Troll benefit from its Regeneration trait if it is surprised?

Your interpretation is accurate. Though in many groups this is not exactly how it is played out (some tend to allow a surprise round to take place sort of out-of-order before rolling initiative for ...
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Player trading Drawback traits for feats in pathfinder?

There is no rule that allows you to take a Drawback to gain a Feat. It's not a nerf if the rules don't support it and you don't allow it. Drawbacks are very clear: Drawbacks are traits in ...
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Can a half-elf take human traits?

A half-elf can take human race traits The Pathfinder Core Rulebook FAQ includes this exchange: Half-Elf or Half-Orc: Can a character of either of these races select human racial archetypes (such as ...
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Is there a way knowledge checks can be done without an Intelligence trait?

Skills don’t need to be tied to other traits - or even rolled Your question seems to assume that the only way to represent skill or knowledge is as a secondary trait which must be paired with a ...
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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?

Only if the feature says you are immune to the effect from all creatures of that type. The Pit Fiend’s fear aura ability reads: If a creature's saving throw is successful, the creature is immune to ...
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Do Alternate Racial Traits count toward my character's Trait limit?

Using alternate racial traits doesn't count toward your number of traits, and in fact they have no relation to the trait system at all. It sounds like you're talking about two things: the alternate ...
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Is this “Obsessive” trait balanced?

I think traits are a poor vehicle for this kind of change From the outset, I want to say that this is a massive change compared to most traits. Traits are tiny things, +1 or +2 here, −1 or −2 there, ...
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Do Magical Lineage, Metamagic Master and Wayang Spellhunter stack together?

Metamagic Master and Wayang Spellhunter are the same trait… It's unlikely that a GM will allow one creature to take both the Metamagic Master trait and the Wayang Spellhunter trait. Although both are ...
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Is this "double nature" trait in line with other Pathfinder traits?

It's fine as is - the bonus is so situational and narrow that it's certainly less powerful than the ever popular "+1 to init" traits. You could ask whether it's good enough, but I assume some set of ...
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What does the Trait "He's a Jonah, that one" mean?

The answer is straightforward and you found it yourself: it means a person who brings bad luck (usually to a ship). It comes from the biblical story and is an old sailor expression/superstition. The ...
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Does an action with the "Press" trait require that you use it on the same target of your initial attack?

There is no target restriction with Press If an ability requires that you target the same thing twice, it explicitly says so. For example Bear Hug: Requirements The bear’s last action was a ...
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If I cast a spell through my Vulture familiar, do I attack with advantage thanks to its Pack Tactics trait?

Yes. [Y]our familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell This means that your familiar is the point of origin of the spell. This is supported by the Jeremy Crawford tweet (mentioned ...
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Can a half-elf take human traits?

Half-elves count both as human and elf for any traits, feats, magic items or effects that work only on a certain race. From the core rulebook: Elf Blood: Half-elves count as both elves and humans ...
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Does Fatal and/or Deadly apply when attacking a critical hit-immune target?

Yes it does Immunity to critical hits means that you take normal damage instead of double damage. It does not make you immune to any other critical success effects. Fatal and Deadly both are traits ...
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Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?

Maybe Mythic Racial Heritage Mythic Racial Heritage states: You gain a single racial trait of your choice from the race you picked when you took non-mythic Racial Heritage. That racial trait can’t ...
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What does the Trait "He's a Jonah, that one" mean?

A good idea with BW character Traits is to look, which Lifepaths have them as Lifepath Traits. The Lifepath Crazy Old Sailor has that Trait as a LP Trait alongside Superstitious and Metal Plate in the ...
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Is there a way for a human barbarian to acquire the cold-honed half-elf racial trait?

I don’t believe there is. I haven’t been able to find one with a lot of digging, and the little I have turned up seems to suggest there isn’t any. The Adopted feat allows you to take a “race trait” ...
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Is there a way knowledge checks can be done without an Intelligence trait?

You want an "Education" trait Since you're primarily interested in something to base knowledge skills on, we can thankfully avoid digging into all the pros & cons of having something as ...
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Is there a way to remove negative traits from Corruption?

The standard way to get rid of a trait is to have it voted off by the group during a trait vote. For that to conceivably happen, the player has to work on getting rid of and acting against their trait ...
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Taking damage equal to the number of hit dice?

Abilities do what they say Your interpretation is somewhat incorrect. The quote you listed says "number of hit dice", not half of hit dice (emphasis mine) take acid damage equal to its number of ...
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How to Calculate Effect of Luring Song on CR?

No adjustment is necessary. I asked Chris Perkins, the lead designer of the Monster Manual, this question for you. Me: If I add Luring Song (see: Harpy) to a custom monster, how much CR adjustment do ...
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Homebrew review request: 15 regional traits

The majority are reasonable, but a few need work I've edited the traits in question as if I were considering including them in my own Pathfinder campaign. Ars Arcanum: When casting an arcane spell, ...
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If I cast a spell through my Vulture familiar, do I attack with advantage thanks to its Pack Tactics trait?

Yes. I don't see why not, when Jeremy Crawford indicates that you don't get disadvantage on attack rolls for your spell if you can't see it but your familiar can. If you were thought to be the one ...
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Can you use Wayang Spellhunter and Magical Lineage to make shocking grasp a level 0 cantrip?

Yes, The important part is RAW-legal Unlike Magical Lineage, Wayang Spellhunter was never errataed to prevent spell-level lowering. In combination, the two can indeed lower a +1 spell level ...
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Does Fatal and/or Deadly apply when attacking a critical hit-immune target?

Yes From the 4th edition Core Rulebook clarifications: How do extra critical effects work on a creature immune to critical hits?  Immunity to critical hits reads “When a creature immune to critical ...
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Illusionary Disguise Level 3 olfactory trait missing?

This is probably a typo The olfactory trait states only the following: An olfactory effect can affect only creatures that can smell it. This applies only to olfactory parts of the effect, as ...
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How effective is the Reactionary trait?

This is probably one of the most variable things in the game. Even ignoring the fact that going first is not always better, and that the tactical situation might well change whether or not it is ...
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Child of the Moon not making a skill a class skill?

Actually, there are tons of traits that grant bonuses and not make them class-skills. And I know because that has frustrated me in the past. To list a few: Eye for the Plunder, Pioneer, Ruin Raider, ...
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What can Psychoportive Talent effectively deny?

an immediate action can be performed at any time—even if it’s not your turn. (Actions in Combat → Immediate Actions) This is literally all we get, “any time.” The only way I feel this can be ...
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Magical Knack and Hit Dice

Common Terms defines Hit Dice as follows: Hit Dice represent a creature’s general level of power and skill. As a creature gains levels, it gains additional Hit Dice. Monsters, on the other hand, ...
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