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The Amazing Spider-Slinger

basically go gunslinger 5 to get dex to damage, then alchemist to get extra arm (or 2) to dual-wield guns (or crossbows with bolt ace).

Ring_of_Gyges wrote:

I'm playing an 11th level wizard in PFS and I love my bonded ring. A great big spellbook with a spell for every occasion makes it a "get out of jail free" card once per day.

Party getting stomped by an efreeti with Scorching Ray and Quickened Scorching Ray every round? TPK? No! Communal resist fire! Damage just went from 24d6 a round to *nothing*.

Giant with barbarian levels just teleported in and full attacked you? Dead? No! Emergency Force Sphere!

Suddenly there are vampires dominating everyone? TPK? No! Magic Circle Against Evil! Everyone who failed gets a new save and everyone is flat immune to new uses.

The enemy all have hardness 10 in a tier 1-5? Heart of the Metal! We all have adamantine weapons!

Need to bust an NPC out of jail for information? Dimension door!

Can't talk to that vital NPC water elemental who only speaks Aquan? Elemental Speech!

Those are all situations which literally came up in games and went from disaster to trivial thanks to the bonded item. It's a huge boon, your whole spellbook becomes a bag of tricks. TPKs don't come from only having a +5 initiative instead of a +9, they come from weird conditions and powers no one is equipped to deal with. Darkness, incorporeal enemies, flight, invisibility, unbreakable DR, etc... You can't predict and prepare for all of them, and with a bonded item you don't need to.

In addition, for players like myself who kind of suck at predicting what spells to prep that day, it's a nice safety net.

Scott Wilhelm wrote:
Darigaaz the Igniter wrote:

This is a variation of a character I played a couple campaigns ago.

** spoiler omitted **
I went half-ranks on the various skills because of the racial and class bonuses you'd be getting. Use spells to enhance your weapons and armor. The only piece of gear this build really wants is a quickdraw light shield, but a buckler can work too. Lesser metamagic rods of extend spell are also really nice.

Basically, you're tanky because of the shield and armor (preferably mithral breastplate), can hit hard by two handing your weapon on your turn and pulling the shield back out at the end of your turn, you have mobility from dimensional jump, can scout well due to not needing light and having little to no acp on stealth, you've got lots of knowledges and are especially good at identifying monsters, and in rp you are one scary mofo and hard to fool (though one...

I like the idea, but I don't think it's square with RAW to make a 2 handed or 2 weapon attack, draw a Quick Draw Shield, and get an AC bonus that turn. You can start getting your Shield AC bonus next turn, but getting that turn runs afoul of the action economy.

You can hold a weapon in the same hand as you are using a Buckler, but you don't get your Shield AC bonus on the same round as you use that Buckler unless you take 19 levels in Fighter with the Thunderstriker Archetype. Then you can.

You get a +1 Shield bonus to AC when you use a Scizore, but not on rounds you attack with the Scizore.

You can get the Feat Improved Shield Bash, and then you can keep your Shield bonus to AC when you Bash.

You can get the Animated shield enchantment, and then you get your AC and both hands to attack with, too.

You can take 2 levels in Alchemist and take the Vestigial Arm or maybe Tentacle discoveries. then you can wield your shield with one limb and fight with the other 2, which interestingly enough is not against the rules.

A less alchemically-gross way you can do the same thing is to fight with weapon...

With the Quick draw feat, putting on or stowing a quickdraw light shield is a free action. Changing from weilding a weapon one handed or two handed is also a fee action. So step 1: stow shield as a free action. Step 2: grip weapon with both hands as a free action. Step 3: attack. Step 4: switch back to one-handed grip as a free action. Step 5: re-draw shield as a free action.

The buckler strategy works similar, but less efficiently. step 1: grip weapon with 2 hands. Step 2: attack at -1. Step 3: wait until your next turn to switch grip since you won't benefit from your shield bonus anyway. This variation of the strategy requires more decision making, because you have to decide whether you want the extra damage or extra ac.

An oil of shillelagh and a club or quarterstaff are a great emergency pack vs rust monsters.

"You ask where I come from? It's not a particularly harrowing tale if you ask me. But I can humor you for a while I suppose.

My mother was a housemaid and my father was a pit fighter. Explains the ugly mug, I know. Doesn't matter where, that city's been long since destroyed. But I'm getting ahead of myself. As I said, pit fighter and housekeeper. At the beckoning of their shared owner. Not a lot of love between the two, but no hate either. They did what they had to and then moved on with their duties. Got an older brother with the same father. Younger sister though, she came from the old fart's new champion after my father got eaten by a owlbear. Or maybe it was a hydra. Damn, it's been so long now.

Anyway, the whole damn city was corrupt. Least down in the slave pits everything was out in the open far as who was gonna stab who in the back. Heh, we actually were pretty tight-knit down there. Had to look out for each other, nobody else would. Actually got a pretty good education from the other orcs, at least in orcish culture. It was almost like being in a proper clan. Those goblin jerks can shove it though. Always travelling in packs so they can gang up on anyone caught by themselves.

Anyways, at one point this group of adventurers comes storming through. Just runs rampage through the city guard, cuts off and cuts down each of the worst nobles before they can escape. Frees all the slaves and gladiators even. We could've possibly just moved right in where the humans got kicked out if the whole place hadn't been darn near leveled in the fighting. I think the mage of the group was a bit overeager to use an earthquake spell.

Fortunately, those adventurers helped those of us that wanted it to get to Abaslom. The 4 of us went with em, but each of us took a shine to a different path once there. Mum went back to bein a maid, it's all she knew really. Least now she was on payroll. Older bro joined up with a paladin order. I could never get why, too stuffy for my taste. Sis started hanging around with the Pharasmans, I think the carnage got to her a bit. As for myself, well I obviously took a liking to the freedom and wandering that Desna promises. Things I didn't have growing up in the pits.

But I wasn't pious or preachy enough to be a cleric. Too much bloodlust in me. I was afraid I was going to fail Her as a worshiper until she sent me a dream with my instructions. And so I became Her inquisitor, and joined the Pathfinder Society. Because if anyone gets in to the darkest cracks of the world, it's them.

And that, is the beginning."
-Interview with Kraaj, alias Gorak The Destroyer, inquisitor of Desna

This is a variation of a character I played a couple campaigns ago.


Half Orc (City-Raised, Sacred Tattoo)
Inquisitor 12 (Desna, Exploration Subdomain)
Favored Class Bonus: "Add a +1/2 bonus on Intimidate checks and Knowledge checks to identify creatures" x12
Str 18 (16+2 racial)
Dex 14
Con 14
Int 10
Wis 17 (14+3 from leveling)
Cha 10
Traits: Fate's Favored, World Traveller (Kn Local)
Feats: Quick Draw, Power Attack, Furious Focus, Deepsight, Improved Initiative, one other
Bonus Teamwork Feats: Outflank, Precise Strike, Escape Route, Stealth Synergy
Skill Ranks: Intimidate 6, Kn Arcana 6, Kn Dungeoneering 6, Kn Local 1, Kn Nature 6, Kn Planes 6, Kn Religion 6, Perception 12, Sense Motive 6, Spellcraft 6, Stealth 6, 5 ranks to spend on singles to get the class skill bonus
Spells Known:
4th: Cure Critical Wounds, Divine Power, Freedom of Movement, Greater Invisibility
3rd: Dispel Magic, Greater Magic Weapon, Heroism, Magic Vestment
2nd: Blistering Invective, Invisibility, Resist Energy, See Invisibility, Silence
1st: Comprehend Languages, Disguise Self, Divine Favor, Litany of Sloth, Protection From Evil, True Strike
0th: Acid Splash, Create Water, Detect Magic, Light, Sift, Spark

I went half-ranks on the various skills because of the racial and class bonuses you'd be getting. Use spells to enhance your weapons and armor. The only piece of gear this build really wants is a quickdraw light shield, but a buckler can work too. Lesser metamagic rods of extend spell are also really nice.

Basically, you're tanky because of the shield and armor (preferably mithral breastplate), can hit hard by two handing your weapon on your turn and pulling the shield back out at the end of your turn, you have mobility from dimensional jump, can scout well due to not needing light and having little to no acp on stealth, you've got lots of knowledges and are especially good at identifying monsters, and in rp you are one scary mofo and hard to fool (though one could put a few additional ranks in to sense motive just to be sure).

In no particular order:
Hexcrafter Magus
Storm Druid
Urban Barbarian
Indomitable Rager Barbarian
Archaeologist Bard
Daring Champion Cavalier
Guide Ranger
Scout Rogue
Ninja (yes, alternate classes count as archetypes)
Vivisectionist Alchemist
Two Weapon Warrior Fighter

Monks: Quingong, Zen Archer, Tetori, Sohei

There's always magical lineage+magic missile+toppling spell

I particularly like quick draw+quickdraw light (wooden or steel) shield+1 handed weapon for any melee oriented caster class

EDIT: summoned monsters and slumber hexes are not so hot at level 1 due to the 1 round duration

Gonna add my vote for the +AC as well. Especially without 1.5 str to damage, the curve blade isn't worth it

I still like the blockbuster wizard build, myself.

Reminds me of my Discount Pile O Builds. Man I wish I could edit those old posts.

Not a Nemesis. I am THE Nemesis wrote:

1. allergic to various coloured crystal

2. works as and with law-men to protect the people of his city from bestial hordes.

3. Cultured charismatic and manipulative "rogue" having no issues backstabbing anyone

4. Schizoid fire starter

5. another manipulative "rogue" dealing in the dark arts vs. his own damnation

6 "aww, Puddin'"

7. pretty vanilla "spy" turns out to be badass even before being avenged.

1) Superman

6) Harley Quinn
7) Nick Fury?

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Nowhere does it say it has an infinite amount of stuff in it. It says you have all you need for your spellcasting. And I forget if it's in the rules or just a dev comment on the forum, but the idea is that restocking the pouch is something you do automatically off camera while in town or whenever you spot something you can use. Like pooping.


Note that the FAQ says spell-like ability. The Shift ability is supernatural, not spell-like, as is indicated by the (Su) right after it. So you cannot use it to qualify for dimensional agility.

Ravingdork, how would you compare the unchained rogue to the ninja?

When I run, Core, APG, and UE pretty much 100% allowed; UM, UC, and ARG are 90%ish allowed; Ultimate Campaign only the traits and retraining sections; GMG and ACG are case-by-case basis; and I rarely allow anything not on the prd.

Starting at level 8 I'd say brawler (snakebite striker)1/ ninja(scout)7. 5th level feat Dragon Style for charging over difficult terrain. Pick up Nimble Striker anywhere you have a free feat slot, though having it already when you start play means not having to worry about it later when going for Claw Pounce. Going 5 more levels of Ninja from there means at 13th level you qualify to take Claw Pounce.

As for stats, with a 25 point buy I'd go something like
Str 16, Dex 13+2, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12-2, Cha 14+2 putting all level-ups in to Str.

As an aside, I would definitely grab Iron Will and possibly Improved Iron Will.

First ones I remember came out a little after the APG.

28: Slay baddies, animate the corpses, make said undead carry the loot for you as you clear out the dungeon.

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This is why an adamantine heavy pick is my weapon of choice on most of my characters

Presumably flurry of blows, sub bite for unarmed strike, add pummeling charge

Yeah, that kinda stinks compared to what it used to be able to theoretically do.

prototype00 wrote:

As an interesting aside, the Conqueror Ooze's natural attack damage went from 14d8 to 16d6 with the newest faq, meaning 12d8 (which is roughly equivalent to 16d6) is now quite possibly a hard maximum.



I'm more irritated that 16d6 tops out at 96 damage instead of 14d8's 112. Furious Finish ftw.

Faq 1 is a welcome consolidation of the resizing rules, its faq 2 that's the real nerf. Now we can't combine all our favorite buff effects. Heck, i'm pretty sure you couldn't even combine the bashing enchantment with lead blades now.

I weep for Nudel.

The carnivorous crystal cave druid still manages 24d6 I think. I have to double check the faq about diferent size bonuses stacking.

EDIT: Rats, only 16d6 without some way of increasing their actual size once transformed and strong-jawed

Start as an orc and get that +4 racial on top on an 18 for 22, then add everything renegaeshepherd said

EDIT: Dragon Disciple gets a non-typed permanent bonus to str at certain levels.

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WombattheDaniel wrote:
This ranger/sorcerer/eldritch knight with the young template is always busy using his +2 longsword and heavy steel shield to save kingdoms, while his annoying pixie familiar tags behind, giving useless advice.

Link, ocarina of time




Str: 3d6 ⇒ (5, 6, 4) = 15
Dex: 3d6 ⇒ (3, 2, 1) = 6
Con: 3d6 ⇒ (2, 3, 6) = 11
Int: 3d6 ⇒ (3, 1, 1) = 5
Wis: 3d6 ⇒ (4, 2, 5) = 11
Cha: 3d6 ⇒ (1, 3, 3) = 7
I could make this work for a Dwarven barbarian. Might need to grab quick draw for shield shenanigans though.

Don't forget escape route. As long as you're mounted both you and your mount never trigger attacks of opportunity for moving through enemy's threatened squares.

Life oracle definitely, especially if you can grab a favored class bonus to jack up the effective level of your channel. Aasimars and Ifrits both have that, to my knowledge.

Yes, the second domain must be from that list as well.

The entire country of Ustalav.
The temple of the starstone.

Detect magic is a great treasure finding spell. Also the rod of mineral detection.

I'd say Inquisitors come in to their own at 3rd and really come in to it at 5th. For the former, they've gotten monster lore, stern gaze, their first teamwork feat, and some of their judgements have ticked up to better than +1. For the latter, now they have 2 judgements per day, all of them are +2 or better, and they have just gained their bane ability.

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My roommate tried to let me let him play an artificer EVERY FREAKING TIME I suggest a pathfinder campaign. He staunchly refuses to look at it as anything but an extension of 3e.

pinny0101 wrote:
Rynjin wrote:
25 gp is expensive?
No, but I dont want to have to carry 10 bottles with me, and this is more of a backup plan for emergancies, so not worth 2 feats and some noesistant weight.

You only need the one bottle when using it with ray of frost. It acts as a focus, not a material component

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Tiny Coffee Golem wrote:
Raymond Lambert wrote:
Some people would.just use (sp?) Prestidigitation to "shower" themselves each day. Makes me think that thread about a 20 level pc being jumped while.bathing seems silly to me.
I would do the same thing IRL given the option.

It's like a magical sonic shower. You don't even have to bother getting undressed.

Inquisitors, Druids, Paladins, Bard with some careful archetyping, Alchemists, Summoners, and I like the witch ideas above but it would be harder.

Going to +1 quick draw and quickdraw light shield. For one feat and the difference if damage between a greatsword and your longsword, you add a non-negligible boost to your ac and can get some nice extra enchants put on it.

There is no spells/supernatural weapon category for the fighter's weapon training. The list of fighter weapon groups is limited to: Axes, Bows, Close, Crossbows, Double, Firearms, Flails, Hammers, Heavy Blades, Light Blades, Monk, Natural, Polearms, Siege Weapons, Spears, and Thrown.

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Rays and splash weapons are under the category of weapon-like things that weapon focus, for example, could apply to.

Maybe he had the rich parents trait? PFS only starts you with 150.

Depends on starting level but I'd lean toward zen archer

Here's how I'd do one, 20 pt buy.

A swarm can be comprised of ~300 non-flying tiny sized creatures.
Cats cost 3cp each
you can train multiple animals at a time with handle animal

make your own cat swarm for 9gp

Chengar Qordath wrote:
Ascalaphus wrote:
Honestly, Vital Strike isn't bad, it's just not as good as a lot of people hope and the disappointment has embittered them. The feat is basically meant as a consolation prize for situations when making a full attack isn't possible.
Yeah, I think the long string of FAQs restricting what it could do really turned people off the feat. At this point it's a pretty safe bet that if you FAQ any question to Paizo about vital strike, the answer is "No, you can't." Heck, Paizo brought back RageLancePounce because the alternative was letting mounted characters vital strike with a lance.

I don't know where you've been but lancepounce is still nerfed 'because realism'

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Or a bottle of air

Akari Sayuri "Tiger Lily" wrote:
Rennaivx wrote:
I haven't been playing long, but I can already tell that's probably going to be my biggest quirk. I know it actually gives higher long-term flexibility, but I might need that second remove paralysis or bestow curse that day...
Likewise - I hate playing Wizards because, even though they are theoretically more powerful, it's extremely dependent on spell selection. I can deal with druids and clerics because they have spontaneous spell substitution to at least not have the slot be useless. But I generally prefer sorcerer and oracle.

Exactly my problem as well

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Another nice feature of the portable hole is that it's nearly weightless compared to 15 lbs per tier of bags of holding.

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