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Diego Rossi wrote:
"having the ghost touch special ability"

Ghost Touch does not change the base nature of the item to which it is applied.

A spectral copy is still incorporeal and may pass through solid matter.
I'm not arguing that it should target touch, only that there is a way for incorporeal weapons to offer the same benefit as material ones.
The line about "being part of the ghost's form" is not indicative of anything other than the objects' inseparability from the creature.
I would agree that the weapon, in the case of Grave Trappings, may be used either to make the normal incorporeal touch or as the object it appears to be using the Ghost Touch rules. (keep in mind, this special does not actually count toward the +10 limit of the weapon, it's quite broken in that regard)

Sandal Fury wrote:
Why bother? Incorporeal creatures have no strength score. Barring swashbucklers, dex-to-damage, etc, they're better off using their touch attack.

This is generally the case, but Conductive can really help this. Coupled with certain abilities like Sneak Attack, multiple attacks (from BAB) end up being more advantageous for a few edge builds.

Also, regardless of dex to damage, incorporeals always use dex to hit.

Diego Rossi wrote:
Archaeik wrote:

Ghost Touch only makes a material object "count as incorporeal", it is still material and must target normal AC. (Additionally, this means such an object cannot pass through solid material like the creature can).

'spectral copies' of weapons cannot affect the material plane without Ghost Touch, but because they then also "count as corporeal" I would not let them target touch AC.

"Spectral copies" of equipment are only visual props. The headless ghost in full plate wielding a greatsword is still using its corrupting touch to damage you, even if what you see hitting you is a greatsword.
Classic Horrors Revisited wrote:

Grave Trappings (Su)

Challenge Rating: +0.

The ghost died with a strong attachment to a specific item or set of objects. A ghost with this ability may choose a number of items it died with equal to its Charisma modifier to carry with it into death. The ghost continues to be able to use and benefit from these spectral duplicates just as though they were the real things. Weapons and armor are treated as having the ghost touch special ability, while other items act as being incorporeal themselves and can be manipulated by the ghost. Regardless of the type of object, all selected items are treated as being part of the ghost’s form and cannot be disarmed or removed from the ghost (even by the ghost). Should a ghost be destroyed, its equipment reappears with it upon rejuvenating. (CR +0) Occasionally, and at the GM’s discretion, the transition into death might imbue a single ghostly item with strange powers, granting it powers comparable to a magic item suited to the ghost’s character level.

Ghost Touch only makes a material object "count as incorporeal", it is still material and must target normal AC. (Additionally, this means such an object cannot pass through solid material like the creature can).

'spectral copies' of weapons cannot affect the material plane without Ghost Touch, but because they then also "count as corporeal" I would not let them target touch AC.

Attacks do not need to have attack rolls
Smite does not specify physical damage (a good point of reference is Power Attack, which does specify "all melee damage rolls" but restricts touch attacks without actually requiring an attack roll otherwise)

Isonaroc wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
That's way worse than magic missile damage. Good catch.

I brought up ability damage, like, a page and a half ago. :-(

*takes ball, goes home*


Damage wrote:
Damage reduces a target's current hit points.

It's true that "ability damage" is defined in this section, but it is defined separately.

Master of Shadows wrote:
Nah, bleed isn't rolled.

Many bleeds are defined as a die.

I'm more interested in Rend or Constrict though as it can make certain templates more dangerous to PCs.

FCT still has the Special line about FoB

I disagree that this "isn't game breaking" (well, maybe not breaking, but problematic)...

30ft on an optimized Channel Negative Energy is already fairly powerful for a number of reasons (regardless of your opinion on the merits of such a build). 1 ring makes this better than it should for the cost, but 2 starts to get silly since the total area is going up geometrically.

Now, realistically it is taking up the ring slots, but experienced players will still be able to work within that limitation, if only situationally, to optimize performance (especially given how cheap the item is).
And if you're letting 2 stack, how about 2 more ring slot tattoos for a total of +20ft? (all for 54k gp)

kinevon wrote:
Soft Cover wrote:


Creatures, even your enemies, can provide you with cover against ranged attacks, giving you a +4 bonus to AC. However, such soft cover provides no bonus on Reflex saves, nor does soft cover allow you to make a Stealth check.

So, this implies that cover applies against all ranged attacks, with a weapon or otherwise.

I disagree with "all".

They defined the term "ranged attack" earlier in the chapter and now want it to include "ranged touch attack" which they defined separately.

Either "ranged touch attack" is a subset of "ranged attacks" and they are all weapons, or they are not, meaning you can't gain cover vs ranged touch attacks. You can't have it both ways.

kinevon wrote:
TomG wrote:
Ranged attack rolls are only for weapons.

Wow, this is the crux of the issue.

Combat wrote:
Ranged Attacks: With a ranged weapon, you can shoot or throw at any target that is within the weapon's maximum range and in line of sight. The maximum range for a thrown weapon is five range increments. For projectile weapons, it is 10 range increments. Some ranged weapons have shorter maximum ranges, as specified in their descriptions.
Ranged Touch Spells in Combat: Some spells allow you to make a ranged touch attack as part of the casting of the spell. These attacks are made as part of the spell and do not require a separate action. Ranged touch attacks provoke an attack of opportunity, even if the spell that causes the attacks was cast defensively. Unless otherwise noted, ranged touch attacks cannot be held until a later turn.

However, Melee Attacks clearly differ from Melee Touch Attacks.

Melee Attacks: With a normal melee weapon, you can strike any opponent within 5 feet. (Opponents within 5 feet are considered adjacent to you.) Some melee weapons have reach, as indicated in their descriptions. With a typical reach weapon, you can strike opponents 10 feet away, but you can't strike adjacent foes (those within 5 feet).

Touch Spells in Combat: Many spells have a range of touch. To use these spells, you cast the spell and then touch the subject. In the same round that you cast the spell, you may also touch (or attempt to touch) as a free action. You may take your move before casting the spell, after touching the target, or between casting the spell and touching the target. You can automatically touch one friend or use the spell on yourself, but to touch an opponent, you must succeed on an attack roll.

Touch Attacks: Touching an opponent with a touch spell is considered to be an armed attack and therefore does not provoke attacks of opportunity. The act of casting a spell, however, does provoke an attack of opportunity. Touch attacks come in two types: melee touch attacks and ranged touch attacks. You can score critical hits with either type of attack as long as the spell deals damage. Your opponent's AC against a touch attack does not include any armor bonus, shield bonus, or natural armor bonus. His size modifier, Dexterity modifier, and deflection bonus (if any) all apply normally.

So the issue is that "melee touch attacks" are not strictly a subset of "melee attacks", yet the vast majority of feats and rules treat "ranged touch attacks" directly as a subset of "ranged attacks". (So this is a problem because they elected to save on word count, but that's something I won't blame them for.)

Chess Pwn wrote:
Well they released the Errata for this right? And it wasn't changed. Make it seem less like a mistake and more like it was intentional now.

This kinda overlooks the sheer volume of errata that was issued for this book and the fact that at least a few items which were thought to be on the list were not addressed (although this part is sadly typical...)

I think it's fine to ask for another review because it may not have actually received one (but I also think this thread is close to its diminishing returns threshold in terms of interest regarding FAQ clicks).

RegUS PatOff wrote:

IMHO you'd get two pools of Command Undead with 7HD for each.

Take a look at Brewer's Guide to Undeath. It has a well thought out approach to building your undead control capabilities.

Agreed, nothing about VMC or Command Undead indicates that you stack levels to determine effective cleric level. (and in fact, RAW, Power over Undead doesn't actually grant an effective cleric level for the purposes of CU)

James Risner wrote:

I only said it had been discussed by WotC developers in 3.5 era regarding Monk Wis to AC stacking with other Wis to AC effects and that it had been discussed by multiple Paizo staff to not stack.

Does that make my position clear?

While that is certainly pertinent, RAI is way more obvious there than a stacking of "X in place of Y" and "add X" which is the more common scenario.

Do you have any WotC commentary regarding that kind of stacking? (since you're bringing them into the discussion)
Was there a "wisdom to AC in place of dexterity" ability?

Counterpoint: Spells are "the most important class feature" to wizards.

Enjoy your ruling.

Cevah wrote:
RAW, a bow would go from 20/x2 to 20/x3.

Bows are already 20/x3, so you're advocating that it does nothing RAW.

alexd1976 wrote:
Archaeik wrote:

I agree, it's fairly hard to adjudicate based on available examples.

From a simulationist standpoint, a quick search indicates that iron is 9-10x more dense than oak, so the question primarily becomes one of difference in volume, because equal volume would be nearly impossible to use in combat.
It likely wouldn't be as thick, because iron/steel is far tougher than wood.

I understand, I already addressed this in my first response.

A more complete analysis would use item HP and thickness guidelines.


Light wooden shield 7

Heavy wooden shield 15
Light steel shield 10
Heavy steel shield 20
Tower shield 20

So it appears that steel items have roughly 1/3 more HP than wooden ones. (And I'd argue pretty strenuously that the precise value for light wooden is 7.5)


Wood 10/in. of thickness

Iron or steel 30/in. of thickness

Given the values above, steel shields should be 4/9 as thick as wooden ones (assuming no other dimension changes).

The listed weight values don't back this up however, and would suggest they are much closer to 1/8 the thickness of an equivalent wooden object by simulationist standards, (that or the game world has some very dense wood).

I agree, it's fairly hard to adjudicate based on available examples.
From a simulationist standpoint, a quick search indicates that iron is 9-10x more dense than oak, so the question primarily becomes one of difference in volume, because equal volume would be nearly impossible to use in combat.

Drimoran wrote:
You get the domain spell slots, but you do not get any domain spell. You can use these higher level domain spell slots with lower domain spells that you already know.

This is wrong, acquisition of domain spells is expressly tied to slots, not class level (like sorcerers).

Force Tower

Note: For some reason they halved the weight of wood when applying mithral to this item, it's not unreasonable to houserule it to weigh more because it likely should (metal items may be thinner than wooden ones, but there's a practical limit to that reduction, and comparing the few items that exist with both materials suggests steel increases the weight by ~50%; the 60lbs suggestion seems quite reasonable in this regard)
It's also enough weight, that I'd consider increasing the ACP as well, since we're already talking houserules and the item was never really intended to be made from metal.

Kaouse wrote:
It sounds a lot more overpowered than it actually is.

Not really.

Mount lacks some of the restrictive language present in Summon Monster, specifically teleportation and SLA's with costly material components, so there's almost no difference to a called creature in this respect.

Also, Augment Summons is almost guaranteed (which doesn't affect called creatures).

Touching Planar Binding, how often do you allow PCs to gain such service for free?
ASM effectively does this without the rigmarole and inherent dangers associated with Planar Binding (you just need to refresh it more often).

Ki Pool wrote:
The ki pool is replenished each morning after 8 hours of rest or meditation; these hours do not need to be consecutive.

Ki is only increased otherwise if the ability expressly states it is.

Considering Ki needs rest, you would need a permanent Wis increase. But it should temporarily increase the maximum for things like Ki Leech.

However, I'm confused by what you mean "like rage"? Rage increases Con, which provides both (real) hit points and increases any DC's based on Con for the duration. Edit: nvm, I understand what you meant now, but I would not compare it to rage at all

ps. the spell you were looking for is Owl's Wisdom

Nigrescence wrote:
Plant Type wrote:
This type comprises vegetable creatures. Note that regular plants, such as one finds growing in gardens and fields, lack Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma scores; even though plants are alive, they are objects, not creatures.

Treants are indeed creatures, and can be targeted by Animate Dead.

Edit: It's subtle, but I just noticed the current wording on the PRD is different than yours.


This type comprises vegetable creatures. Note that regular plants, such as one finds growing in gardens and fields, lack Wisdom and Charisma scores and are not creatures, but objects, even though they are alive. A plant creature has the following features.

Variant Channeling

When you create a cleric character, decide whether she uses the standard form of channel energy or a variant presented here based on one aspect of her deity's portfolio. Once this choice is made, it cannot be altered.
A character who has the channel energy ability from a class other than cleric may use these variant channeling rules if the class's abilities are tied to serving a deity.

It appears to me that the choice affects all channeling possessed by a creature and that you cannot apply it "per pool".

As a matter of RAI, I would say that "when you create a[n eligible] character" means "when you first acquire the ability to channel energy".
There is zero indication that it can (or should) mean "each time... decide".

I would point out, however, that DA used on an arrow with riders still only increases physical damage, not the energy damage which is typically the desired increase for this question.

Wizards can prepare "at any time" however, taking a minimum of 15 minutes.

He should be able to prepare spells in his 9th level slots provided the duration of the bonus lasts long enough (it does).

It's a rather obnoxious way to have to do things (because the duration is unlikely to last long enough to also use them in combat). You're probably better off using metamagic, but it's safer just to prepare 8th level spells if you want to avoid all table variation.

Not really, Bestow Curse does not penalize AC to make your subsequent attacks more favorable (unless you pick the ability penalty option), so it's not really an apples to apples comparison regarding prioritization relative to an enemies weakness.

The only case where ToC significantly loses out is when your opponent has excessively high AC for their CR (not just "above average").

Touch AC is irrelevant to the current discussion however, unless you have a way to extend the duration of ToC. If you could reliably target touch AC and also personally make use of it, it's value skyrockets compared to Bestow Curse. (So Quicken SLA?)

If that's the way you need to think about it, the math is equivalent.

Their AC is reduced by 2 by virtue of penalizing Dex by 4.

Your bonus doesn't actually change that I see.

You should be able to complete your full attack, especially if you do not gain the grappled condition.

A 5ft is a miscellaneous action that can be taken when you don't otherwise move any distance.

I know of no way to reduce maintaining a grapple to a free/swift action in order to enable a full attack during the same round.

However, you can release your current grapple as a free action which should allow you to attack with your hair each round (but this risks missing and/or failing the grapple check).

Alternatively, nothing actually stops you from making a full attack other than automatically ending the grapple when your turn concludes without successfully maintaining it.

Greater Grapple only reduces maintain to a move action.
You can still make one attack with your standard, but not full attack.

Cevah wrote:
Which is better? Making a touch attack to impose worst of 2*d20, or forcing a Will save to land a -4 penalty across the board. Not being a DPS calculating type, I don't know which is more effective. I think it would be the curse, but cannot be sure.

Statistically, the swing from 2 d20 is about -3, but you gain the added benefit of making it nearly impossible (1/400) of rolling a 20.

Considering there is no save vs Touch of Chaos, but Will negates Bestow Curse, I'd say Touch of Chaos is the clear winner here as it sets you up for more success with Bestow Curse.
Also the attack mod should be higher after factoring in Str (or Dex), and possibly other buffs.

Blindsense (Ex) wrote:
Using nonvisual senses, such as acute smell or hearing, a creature with blindsense notices things it cannot see. The creature usually does not need to make Perception checks to pinpoint the location of a creature within range of its blindsense ability, provided that it has line of effect to that creature. Any opponent the creature cannot see still has total concealment against the creature with blindsense, and the creature still has the normal miss chance when attacking foes that have concealment. Visibility still affects the movement of a creature with blindsense. A creature with blindsense is still denied its Dexterity bonus to Armor Class against attacks from creatures it cannot see.
Aiming a Spell wrote:
Target or Targets: Some spells have a target or targets. You cast these spells on creatures or objects, as defined by the spell itself. You must be able to see or touch the target, and you must specifically choose that target. You do not have to select your target until you finish casting the spell.

At range:

If it is a targeted effect? No. You know where they are, but if you still can't see them to target them with targeted effects.
If it requires a ranged attack roll? Yes, in which case they get their miss chance from total concealment.

Attacks suffer the miss chance.
Targeted effects can be delivered with a touch (but not ranged touch).

Solo Tactics is an effect on the Inquisitor, not the ally, it doesn't even care if said ally would be able to take or use the feats in question.

This isn't like Circling Mongoose where you are "considered flanking", PttW gives you an actual ally which satisfies the conditions for Solo Tactics.

Domain Strike wrote:
Doing so provokes no attacks of opportunity.

Also, the purpose of using Touch of Chaos first is to "cripple" the opponent's ability to make saves vs the rest.

Channeling first wouldn't be the worst option, but it eats action economy (moreso if it's a single opponent); however, so does refreshing the amulet's Bestow Curse, so ymmv.

Pretty sure both are feats

School Familiar

Greater School Familiar

Diego Rossi wrote:

Note that the grappler is using a limb to maintain the grapple (for a non humanoid creature it can be a paw, the mouth, a tentacle etc.), not the grappled.

He is held by some part of his body, but that can be a leg, his neck , the torso or a sleeve, so even the RAI cited above don't say he is using one of his limbs while grappled, as he isn't the one maintaining the grapple.

Even this isn't actually defined by the rules, only that the controlling grappler also gains the grappled condition.

The difference that is defined in the rules is that the controller can end the grapple as a free action, that's it.

I don't see Spell Perfection in the build, so Spell Focus/Greater should only be granting +1 each

That's not how the rules work. They have been written in a specific way to prevent what you are attempting to accomplish.

"effectively invisible" is not the same thing as "actually invisible"

I have no idea where you are construing the implication of invisibility affecting sound... the DC boost is ostensibly because you are only detectable by sound.

Some GM's may run effective == actual, but it's not in the rules.

Re: darkvsion
Invisibility does not care about range, only about the possibility provided something was in range.
If you could be seen with darkvision, you are not invisible.

Invisible is a specific status, unless you are actually invisible, you do not get that bonus.

Invisibility wrote:
Invisibility makes a creature undetectable by vision, including darkvision.

Hear the sound of battle [DC]–10

If you are making attacks, no matter what kind, it is very easy to detect you, even if you can't be seen.

The stealth rules do not quite work the way you think they do.

Matthew Downie wrote:
Since it's not that type of spell, 'concentration' here must refer to concentration in the normal English sense (as it is in the Barbarian rage ability) and not in the 'concentration check' sense.

Certainly not "must", it's ambiguous enough that it probably needs clarification given that it's a specific rule for that spell and that the language used is very suggestive of using normal concentration rules.

The intent certainly seems to be that if something inflicts the "dead" condition on you independent of suffering from "hit points equal to your negative Con score", that your hit points are then reduced to an amount equal to your negative Con score.

The rule simply seems to be covering all possibilities, such that you don't have people arguing that hit point loss stops at a value equal to -Con (or is always adjusted to that once you die).

Fist2Jaw wrote:
What about both attacks being done with the Armor Spikes? It's not a double weapon, so what if I brought two sets of armor spikes?

There are ways to flurry with armor spikes, Brawler being the easiest.

N. Jolly wrote:
Going to bump this, as well as asking if burn is doubled when using with a conductive weapon or not.
Conductive wrote:
he may choose to expend two uses of his magical ability to channel it through the weapon to the struck opponent, which suffers the effects of both the weapon attack and the special ability. (If the wielder has unlimited uses of a special ability, she may channel through the weapon every round.)

Consuming two uses is not the same as activating twice, I expect burn is applied only once.

Technology Guide wrote:


No new skills are introduced to the Pathfinder RPG to model how characters interact with technology-rather, existing skills are expanded to allow for such interaction. Additional rules for how skills interact with technology are listed below. Without the Technologist feat, a character is treated as untrained in the skill in question when using it on technology.
Technologist wrote:
Normal: You treat all skill checks made against technology as if they were untrained skill checks. This may mean that you cannot attempt certain skill checks, even if you possess ranks in the skill in question.
Improvisation wrote:
Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus on all skill checks for skills you have no ranks in. Furthermore, you can use all skills designated "trained only" untrained.

The way it's phrased, Technology treats you as untrained, but does not also make those checks "trained only".

But Improvisation coupled with Technologist would let you make untrained checks for skills uses that require both Technologist and skill ranks (like disable device).

If I'm reading the ring correctly, it only grants the "Sustained Force" option from telekinesis.

The normal formula is spell level * caster level * 2000, or 5*9*2000, which would be 90k; so the ring got an ad hoc reduction of 16.6%(1/6) for only granting a portion of the spell.

Death Attacks wrote:
In case it matters, a dead character, no matter how he died, has hit points equal to or less than his negative Constitution score.

It's easiest to adjudicate hit points == -Con if you don't actually know that they should be lower.

The answer is #2 if they survived long enough to receive the fort save and then failed.

3. This depends entirely on the source of the damage.

Since ability damage doesn't actually reduce your score, first reduce the score from ability drain, then apply any damage.

Certain sources of ability damage(namely penalties - but some spells) can't reduce your effective score below 1, so add up all other ability damage that isn't restricted in this way first. Finally, if your score is still positive, add in this restricted ability damage, reducing your effective score to 1* if applicable.

*This is only for the purpose of determining if you qualify to become unconscious/die; penalties for ability damage still only accrue at a rate of -1 per 2 points of damage, but the effective maximum damage is equal to your ability score(after reduced by drain).

Touch of Corruption does not offer a save in addition to the touch attack. (This parallels Lay on Hands not offering saves to undead.)

Converting uses of ToC into Channel Negative Energy does offer a save for half. Cruelties do not apply to this.

I'm not sure what you mean by "through your weapon", but if you mean the Conductive weapon property, that would consume 2 uses of ToC but otherwise function as if you had used it normally (no save, cruelties apply).
Conductive can only function with ToC however, not Channel Energy.

This is the only other thing I could find that comes close to what you're asking about.
If Energy Channel is what you're asking about combining with cruelties, the answer in no; it consumes a use of channel energy to grant specific bonuses, and does not count as channel energy or ToC.

The expanded slots aren't restricted to casting the spells learned from the spirit, so yes.

But since you intentionally picked a controversial example, expect table variation on whether it's easy to obtain a 2nd level lattice of haste.
Related: I see nothing in the lattice description that indicates the spell contained in the lattice must be cast at the same spell level that the creator used, so a Medium using a 3rd level lattice of Haste should still be able to cast it as a 2nd level spell known.

Lastly, 4k is 2/3 your WBL at level 4, which may be disallowed.

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