This came up recently in our game, and the text is a little unclear. I'm wondering if anyone could shed some light on this.
Holding the Charge: If you don't discharge the spell in the round when you cast the spell, you can hold the charge indefinitely. You can continue to make touch attacks round after round. If you touch anything or anyone while holding a charge, even unintentionally, the spell discharges. If you cast another spell, the touch spell dissipates.
My reading of this text is that, to touch your six friends, you would need to cast the spell as a standard action, then touch them all next round as a full round action. I'm not even sure you could move while doing this. One of my players linked some other text that I can't now seem to find that leaned it a little differently, though.
Can anyone shed some light on how, exactly, this situation should work?
I'm trying to add a bit more flavor into our game, and since my PCs are in an underground campaign at the moment, I figured I'd give them a chance to kill and skin a... "NotDisplacer Beast," which is a totally custom monster that doesn't violate ANY copyright rules or anything like that.
I'm wondering what you all think some of this notdisplacer beast hide should be worth with the below stats.
Thanks, and cheers,
NotDisplacer Beast Hide
This rare hide is found only from NotDisplacer Beasts, cunning and vicious predators that stalk the lightless undergruond caverns of the world. A single large Notdisplacer beast provides enough hide to make a single suit of leather, studded leather, or hide armor, provided it is skinned properly (DC 20 Craft (Armor, Leatherworking, Skinning) or similar check). NotDisplacer beast hide seems to shimmer slightly when viewed in different types of light, but it has no benefit if not enchanted. For each point of armor enhancement a suit of armor is given, that armor also grants its wearer 10% concealment, stacking up to a maximum of 50%. In addition, it grants a +2 bonus on stealth checks for each point of enhancement bonus the armor has. A single Displacer Beast hide is worth ??? gold.
Quick question on Inquisitor judgements that came up in our group the other week.
Can a fourth level inquisitor have two judgements active simultaneously? Not *activate* them simultaneously, but *have them active* simultaneously. As in, first round, he swift actions to activate the first, then does the same thing for a second one the next round.
On the same vein, could an eighth level inquisitor then have four active by doing the same thing?
There was some contention on this between two of my players recently, and, upon a reading of the ability, it does not state that you can only have one active at a time, as do many other abilities. However, having only one instance of an ability active at a time seems to somewhat be the default, but without a definitive reading of the situation I'm disinclined to rule against the player, especially since he is using all of his daily uses of the ability in just one fight (and I usually enforce four fights a day).
Please and thank you. :)
Judgment (Su): Starting at 1st level, an inquisitor can pronounce judgment upon her foes as a swift action. Starting when the judgment is made, the inquisitor receives a bonus or special ability based on the type of judgment made.
At 1st level, an inquisitor can use this ability once per day. At 4th level and every three levels thereafter, the inquisitor can use this ability one additional time per day. Once activated, this ability lasts until the combat ends, at which point all of the bonuses immediately end. The inquisitor must participate in the combat to gain these bonuses. If she is frightened, panicked, paralyzed, stunned, unconscious, or otherwise prevented from participating in the combat, the ability does not end, but the bonuses do not resume until she can participate in the combat again.
So this is my first time DMing using Pathfinder's experience system. Overall, it's significantly... less complicated than the old WOTC one, but there are a few things I'm fuzzy on.
I just gave my PCs a CR 3 encounter of three small fire elementals. The problem is, if I consider this a CR 3 (from three CR 1s), according to the table, they get 800 experience. If I use this XP budget stuff the PRD is talking about, they get 1200 (each CR 1 is worth 400 XP). FURTHERMORE, according to ANOTHER table, I should be treating the encounter as a CR 4 (3 creatures is equal to CR +3), giving them either 1600 xp or 1200 XP. Good gosh.
Which the heck method is the right one for this? I must have an inherent misunderstanding of this ruleset.
I'm wondering how everyone else handles animal companions.
Previously, we've always just let the player with the animal companion more or less control the critter, moving it around on the map and deciding when it should attack, that sort of thing. It's always been the responsibility of the player.
But recently I was rereading the druid section for a new player making their first real character, and noticed the notes about handle animal. So apparently you literally have to HANDLE ANIMAL on the critter to get it to do stuff. But even in Society play I've never seen this done.
So I'm curious, how do the rest of you handle this?
And how do you handle an increase to the animal's intelligence score? That's usually what we do in our groups. Any time the druid or ranger's pet gets an ability score boost, it goes into intellect. Moving out of the "animal intelligence" threshold and into the "human intelligence" threshold gives a much better bonus than a simple +1 to attack rolls, but I'm wondering if anyone else thinks it should come with... added benefits (or is aware that that should happen). It was pointed out to me recently, for example, that the increase makes the creature sentient, so it should be able to improve as a normal animal (or better) rather than just an animal companion. Any thoughts on that?
I'm taking a look at the Race Builder rules of the Advanced Race Guide and finding it... questionable. Some of the point values seem well and truly skewed. Why, for example, would I take the Skilled racial trait when I could simply bump from +2 to any stat to +2 to any two stats and save three points?
Conversely, things like Paragon are friggin' horrible. +4 for a -6? That's great, if you want to be an easily dominated, one-dimensional DM-pancake.
I'm also surprised at the rather steep value of skills. Or rather, the unweighted value of skills. Good skills (like perception) seem like they should be worth, well, considerably more than skills like Profession, but there's no distinction....
For those of you that have used it (or those that have refused to), what experiences have you had with it?
So my group found the Gloves of Dueling, arguably a must for, well, every single fighter. Ever. But a RAW reading of the gloves does not allow their bonus to apply to fighter archetypes.
Any thoughts on this? Do you guys generally allow it? Disallow it? Never noticed it before? Just play summoners?
Polearm Training (Ex): At 5th level, a polearm master gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with spears and polearms. The bonus increases by +1 for every four levels beyond 5th. This ability replaces weapon training 1.
Singleton (Ex): At 5th level, a free hand fighter gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls when wielding a melee weapon in one hand and leaving his other hand free. This bonus increases by +1 per six levels after 5th. This ability replaces weapon training 1 and 4.
Crossbow Expert (Ex): At 5th level, a crossbowman gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls with crossbows. This bonus increases by +1 per four levels after 5th. This ability replaces weapon training 1.
Gloves of Dueling
Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot hands; Price 15,000 gp; Weight —
These supple leather gloves grant the wearer gains a +4 bonus to his CMD against disarm attacks, attempts to sunder his wielded weapons, and effects that cause him to lose his grip on his weapons (such as grease). The wearer doesn't drop held weapons when panicked or stunned. If the wearer has the weapon training class feature and is using an appropriate weapon, his weapon training bonus increases by +2.
First off, I'd like to state that the purpose of this thread is not to bash Golarion or Paizo, so let's please avoid that topic. Thanks! :)
That said, I'm looking for some assistance. I recently agreed to take over as DM for my group, but my life is... busy right now, and I honestly don't have time to make my own adventures, something I very much prefer to do when running games in my world. Which means I have to use modules. Now, I don't mind running modules, generally. I've run and been in some very fun modules, and there's nothing wrong with them. What I really, really, *really* dislike is the world of Golarion. I hate it, in fact. A lot. So running Pathfinder modules is... difficult, because I have to change so much in them that I may as well be making my own adventure.
So I'm wondering, do any of you fine, well-schooled gentleman (and ladies) know of any good-to-decent modules out there? We're starting out at level 4 (but I do so love challenges, so level 5 modules would totally be alright ;) ), so specific suggestions in that area would be wonderful, though a more general suggestion of a generalized resource might be even better.
Oh, and, one of my jerky-jerk little players likes to read modules for fun! So he's read ALL of the levels 1-5 modules that Paizo has published. Of course he has.
Oh, and, also, more generic settings/modules are preferred, but not a must. If it's not too terribly inclusive like in Golarion, I can edit stuff out pretty easily.
~Brogue the Rogue
P.S. Will pay in shamrocks.
Simple question, I think.
I've got a cleric at 12th level. He wants to use a scroll of Holy Word. The effects of the scroll are highly dependent upon caster level. When using it (assuming I make the required caster level check), do I use my caster level of 12 for the effects, or the required caster level of 15 to use the scroll?
We recently had a discussion in my group about the merits of the straight +X weapons bypassing different types of damage reduction. Our DM actually hadn't even been aware of the fact that they did so, and was very surprised when it recently came up in our campaign.
I'm just wondering what other people think about the rule. Do you like it? Do you dislike it? I'm personally not sure. I like that it makes weapon special abilities less common, since it makes straight enhancement bonuses significantly better. Granted, they were already better, and now they're much better. It also cheapens the value of special material weapons, and gives players a significant boost over monsters in terms of bypassing Damage Reduction (assuming that hasn't already been worked in monsters' stats, which I'm assuming it hasn't).
So, any thoughts on the subject? I'd love to hear more opinions on this. I'm not sure if I, personally, like or dislike it, so I'd like to get some new perspectives.
Hi, all. I just wanted to get some advice on the feat Quick Channel. It seems like a feat of very . . . questionable value.
My cleric just turned ninth level and I can't decide what feat to take. I play him as a support/healer (pretty soon just healer, since a bard will be joining the group). Currently I have Cosmopolitan, Extra Channel, Selective Channel, and Craft Wondrous Items. The sorcerer in the group has Craft Ring and Craft Rod, so there's no reason for me to pick those up. I'm also a dwarf and worship Desna,with the luck and travel domains, if that matters.
I'm not entirely certain I want to use a feat slot to expend my channel energies more quickly, and even if I had this ability it's not something I'd use often (basically only when the group's barbarian takes a real beating, since I keep shield other on him), but it would make our survival more guaranteed. And, other than Scribe Scroll, I just don't know what feat to take, heh.
(In terms of difficulty, we play a pretty tough game. Dying is likely, so combat healing is a necessity. Most combats I spend the first round or two buffing, and every round after that healing or removing debuffs in some fashion.)
So, any thoughts? Is this feat worth it? Not worth it? A total waste of time?
Thanks for your time and input. :)
A friend of mine is running an Oracle and having a bit of a problem with the Life Oracle's Energy Body ability. Specifically, we're unsure as to how many times per round the ability can be triggered, and the text is not explicit.
Does anyone have an official ruling or a RAW breakdown on how the ability should work so he can give it to his DM? For ease of assistance, I've quoted the relevant text below.
Energy Body (Su): As a standard action, you can transform your body into pure life energy, resembling a golden-white fire elemental. In this form, you gain the elemental subtype and give off a warm, welcoming light that increases the light level within 10 feet by one step, up to normal light. Any undead creature striking you with its body or a handheld weapon deals normal damage, but at the same time the attacker takes 1d6 points of positive energy damage + 1 point per oracle level. Creatures wielding melee weapons with reach are not subject to this damage if they attack you. If you grapple or attack an undead creature using unarmed strikes or natural weapons, you may deal this damage in place of the normal damage for the attack. Once per round, if you pass through a living allied creature's square or the ally passes through your square, it heals 1d6 hit points + 1 per oracle level. You may use this ability to heal yourself as a move action. You choose whether or not to heal a creature when it passes through your space. You may return to your normal form as a free action. You may remain in energy body form for a number of rounds per day equal to your oracle level.
I was rolling up an Archivist today when I noticed that the Loremaster ability that archivists get is considerably weaker than the one that normal bards get.
Does anyone know if this is intentional? It seems odd, since being able to make knowledge checks is, well, rather important for an archivist . . .
Also, does anyone know if Paizo ever clarified how taking 10 and taking 20 works for this ability? I rather wish they'd phrased it differently, heh . . .
Does Soothing Performance prevent the reanimation of a bloody skeleton that has been reduced to zero hit points?
The music effect is a little strange, to me. It takes a spell that's typically target-limited and applies it to all creatures within 30 feet, but they have to hear and see the caster. If the skeletons are currently "dead" I guess that would mean it doesn't affect them?
I'm a bit confused on how the bard's Loremaster ability works. The bard in my group has been using it frequently, which I don't have a problem, but I find the wording of the ability a little ambiguous. I tried scouring a previous thread on this same issue, but it rather veered off in a different direction than what I'm looking for.
Lore Master (Ex): At 5th level, the bard becomes a master of lore and can take 10 on any Knowledge skill check that he has ranks in. A bard can choose not to take 10 and can instead roll normally.
From what I can tell, a RAW reading of this ability says it does . . . absolutely nothing (other than the take 20 part I didn't link). Unlike some class abilities, such as the rogue's Skill Mastery talent, it does not explicitly state that it allows the character to take 10 in a situation where "stress and distraction would otherwise prevent him from doing so." It simply allows the bard to take ten, in general . . . but everyone can already do this. So what's the point of this ability?
Was it the intention of the writers to allow the bard to take ten even in combat?
And a second question, can you "take 10" reactively? That is, can you take when you, say, come up to an old castle and the DM asks you to make an Architecture and Engineering check? Or can you only take 10 when you, the player, are actively using the skill?
One of my players, an 11th level bard, recently stumbled across an interesting combination of abilities. As a move action, he uses his bardic music to create a Dirge of Doom effect, then follows with a single standard action to intimidate any creature that can see and hear him within 30 feet. As a bard, his intimidate is spectacular, virtually guaranteeing success, and ending with a creature that's frightened. My question is, are we playing this properly, allowing the two fear effects to stack? Dirge of Doom states that it can't cause a creature to become frightened, so my player's line of thinking was that the Dirge made him shakened, and the intimidate made him frightened. Is that right? Or does that particular clause of a fear effect mean that that fear effect doesn't stack with any others?
Thanks in advance if you have an idea. :)
A player of mine wanted to get an oathbow, but we weren't sure about this clause: "After an enemy has been sworn, the bow is treated as only a masterwork weapon against all foes other than the sworn enemy, and the archer takes a –1 penalty on attack rolls with any weapon other than the oathbow. These bonuses and penalties last for 7 days or until the sworn enemy is slain or destroyed by the wielder of the oathbow, whichever comes first."
Basic question is, does the oathbow's wielder have to slay the target, or can anyone?
What price would you put on this item? Having a hard time pricing it, myself.
Bedroll of the Restful Sleep
The bedroll is useable once per day, however, once per week the person sleeping in it can take a particularly refreshing nap, awakening after a mere 2 hours of sleep fully rested, and as if he had been affected by a Heal spell.
Does the original save against the poison (when you're first stung by the wyvern or hit by the assassin's poisoned dagger) completely negate the poison, or simply count as one of several necessary saves?
Black Lotus Extract
Type poison, contact; Save Fortitude DC 20
Onset 1 minute; Frequency 1/round for 6 rounds
Effect 1d6 Con damage; Cure 2 consecutive saves
Would you need to save twice in a row if hit by this, even if your first save is successful, or would the very first save completely negate the poison in your system?
"The subject becomes paralyzed and freezes in place. It is aware and breathes normally but cannot take any actions, even speech. Each round on its turn, the subject may attempt a new saving throw to end the effect. This is a full-round action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity"
The wonderful requirement that this spell has of making it a full round action to break the affects has always given me nothing but grief in terms of how gimmicky, exploitable, and annoying it is. To me, it's always seemed to be an unnecessary addendum. I'd like to keep the spell's power where it is without making it so gimmicky. Has anyone ever come up with a way to do just that as a houserule?
I'm making a Rogue (Thug) 10 as an antagonist for my PCs to fight against. For skills, he has Persuasive, Skill Focus, Intimidating Prowess, and Shatter Defenses. With a Charisma of 13 and 15 strength, this gives him a +25 bonus to Intimidate checks. Obviously, he'll be using intimidate to demoralize his opponents. With the Frightening ability and a good roll, he can potentially Frighten an opponent rather than making them shaken.
My question is thus. Aesthetically, how do you envision someone attacking you in such a way that it makes you run away in a panic, despite your training or personality? A seasoned, veteran dwarven warrior of 10th level would be virtually guaranteed to be frightened by this guy . . . and I just don't envision this happening.
I like this idea, and want to use it against my PCs, but I want to settle it, aesthetically, in my own mind first. So anyone have any ideas?
There was a feat back in 3.5, I forget exactly where, that allowed you to add your shield bonus to armor class to your touch armor class in addition to its normal benefits. I was going to move this feat over to our pathfinder campaign because I rather like it, but I noticed there's an APG (I think?) feat that added base shield bonus to touch AC and to CMD, along with another bonus.
I'm wondering if it would be balanced to allow the previous shield ward feat as it's written, applying your full shield bonus to touch AC only?
Looking for some advice on this subject. My group and I are starting up a new campaign arc with fresh characters, and the issue of crafting magical items has come up, as it often does. I don't usually have an issue with someone crafting magical items because the experience loss from them is usually at least a decent balance in terms of power lost/power gained. However, I did just find out that it now costs NO experience to craft magical items.
My experience in the game has shown me that allowing characters to have significantly more gear than their level would normally allow does increase their power substantially. I don't really want to actively prevent them from making items, assuming it makes sense for their character to be doing it, but, to be honest, I see zero reason why any character would ever not be making magical items, from a mechanical standpoint, at least.
So what do you all think about crafting magical items? How has it worked in your campaigns? Was there any significant imbalance? Did it turn out fine? Should Rust Monsters and Black Puddings become my world's most common dangers? -_-
Anyone know if this ten feet of movement is exempt from attacks of opportunity? Reading it, it seems like it isn't, but that just seems odd considering how Step Up worked.
Step Up: Whenever an adjacent foe attempts to take a 5-foot step away from you, you may also make a 5-foot step as an immediate action . . .
Following Step: When using the Step Up feat to follow an adjacent foe, you may move up to 10 feet. . . .
Trying to find the answer to this in light of it coming up at a recent session. Do you count the extra movement cost for difficult terrain while moving into it or moving out? And where is this stated? All I could find is that moving "through" difficult terrain costs double movement, which seems somewhat vague to me.
Hi, all, I'm trying to find out what kind of action it is to use my cleric domain ability, specifically, the Liberation and Divine Presence abilities (Liberation and Glory domains, respectively).
Now, I know it's a standard action to activate . . . but what is it to maintain? Is it a standard action to activate, then it stays on until I turn it off? Does it take a standard action each round to activate/maintain?
The relative text:
Liberation (Su): You have the ability to ignore impediments to your mobility. For a number of rounds per day equal to your cleric level, you can move normally regardless of magical effects that impede movement, as if you were affected by freedom of movement. This effect occurs automatically as soon as it applies. These rounds do not need to be consecutive.
Divine Presence (Su): At 8th level, you can emit a 30-foot aura of divine presence for a number of rounds per day equal to your cleric level. All allies within this aura are treated as if under the effects of a sanctuary spell with a DC equal to 10 + 1/2 your cleric level + your Wisdom modifier. These rounds do not need to be consecutive. Activating this ability is a standard action. If an ally leaves the area or makes an attack, the effect ends for that ally. If you make an attack, the effect ends for you and your allies.
Thanks a bunch to anyone that can help.
P.S. Game is in an hour and a half. xD