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In addition to the Witch Hunter rage power, barbarians can also get Spell Sunder rage power, which lets them dispel evil arcane magic by cutting it in half!
You can also have a couple Inquisitors with the Witch Hunter archetype for tracking down apostate casters, and at higher levels, fighters with the Spell Breaker feat.
Clerics can cast Spell Immunity on their allies if they know which of the evil magics the arcane casters favor.
These are all abilities which start kicking in around levels 6-10 though, so if your party is a lower level than that I'm not sure there's much you can do.
Another way of saying it would be that there is no such thing as non-magical Size bonuses. The bonus a large ogre gets to strength isn't a size bonus; it's part of being an ogre, the same way a medium orc gets a bonus to strength as part of being an orc.
AFAIK, the only way to obtain an actual Size bonus is through Polymorph spells(Either Enlarge/Reduce Person, or the X shape spells). These size bonuses never stack.
Like that time I tried to use Blistering Invective on a room full of vampires. The only person who caught on fire was the dominated thrall. Good times, good times...
General Rook wrote:
They would, but only if they still threaten you after you have relieved them of their weapon(either through IUS, natural attacks, or an off-hand).
Your GM is wrong. If there was a save allowed every round, it would say so. Instead, you are plainly given the end conditions: the halted undead are attacked or damaged.
Hold Person grants a new save each round, but does not end if the target is attacked.
Halt Undead ends if the target(s) are attacked, but does not grant a new save each round.
I don't think we will get an FAQ on this, because the spell descriptions are pretty clear.
There's a couple Ioun Stones that grant their owners feats: White Pyramids grant a Weapon Proficiency, Dark Blue Rhomboids grant Alertness, and Scarlet Green Cabochons grant Endurance. Each of these cost 10,000.
To my knowledge, there aren't any slotted items which grant feats, but since slotless items like Ioun Stones typically cost double that of a slotted item, I would say 5,000gp is a decent price.
For my next PFS character I have been considering playing a man from Hermea, but I'm not entirely sure how to run him. While there is a lot of discussion about Hermea the nation, there is comparatively little about people from Hermea. Looking through the wiki, the only relevant information I've found is this:
Other than that, I can't find any information about citizens of Hermea in the outside world. He could be an agent(There are certainly many great Pathfinders who could be recruited), but I would like more information before going that route. Would such an agent announce his presence, or be secretive? Would they deliberately test potential recruits, or only observe them passively? Would they search for other methods to enhance humanity(magic/technology/artifacts), or focus solely on recruitment?
Are there any other examples of Hermeans traveling to other lands? There's exiles of course, but that doesn't really fit my character concept.
1) Yes. "deals damage normally and detonates as if the alchemist had thrown the bomb at the target" - whatever the bomb would normally do if thrown will also happen here.
2) I think it's whatever order is most beneficial to the creature using the abilities(in this case the alchemist), but I'm not sure.
AFAIK, they don't interact at all. The T-Rex can either use x2 it's strength modifier, or 1.5x it's strength modifier.
My reasoning for this is that neither ability says that it increases the strength modifier; rather it sets the strength modifier at a certain value. Compare that to, say, Dragon Ferocity:
dragon ferocity wrote:
While using Dragon Style, you gain a bonus on unarmed strike damage rolls equal to half your Strength bonus.
That's very different language, and it seems to be written that way expressly to stack with the original bonus to Dragon Style:
dragon style wrote:
you can add 1-1/2 times your Strength bonus on the damage roll for your first unarmed strike on a given round.
Yes, but you'd need a level of Monk (or a class/archetype that gives the Monk's Unarmed Strike class feature). Unarmed Strikes can normally only be used with your fists, the Monk ability is what lets you use any part of your body.
You don't need Monk levels, actually(Though it certainly makes you much better at unarmed attacks if you have them):
Dragon Ferocity wrote:
When you score a critical hit or a successful Stunning Fist attempt against an opponent while using this style, that opponent is also shaken for a number of rounds equal to 1d4 + your Strength bonus.
Since the Shaken given by Dragon Ferocity doesn't seem to reference the Intimidate skill at all, I believe you can stack the Shaken effect from multiple criticals(or multiple stunning fists) to make an opponent Frightened or Panicked.
But what if you hit someone with a successful Stunning Fist, and the attack that delivered the Stunning Fist also happens to be a critical hit? Do they get Shaken twice, becoming Frightened immediately? Or are the only Shaken once, because they've only been hit by one attack(which met both qualifiers?)
Whether or not you Skalds can give allies any bonuses to DR that they have is irrelevant to the original question, due to the following line:
James Risner wrote:
So let's say you get that 11 DR/-, and share that among allies. Your allies also get your rage powers, including Increased Damage Reduction. This would give them an increase to their DR, but because they are already getting the same increase to DR from the exact same source, it has no effect. Their DR stays at 11 DR/-
The abrupt edge of the damage is just how most area effects work in Pathfinder, sound or no sound. If you're in the spell area, you take full damage. Outside of it, you take none. It's not terribly realistic, but it makes playing the game much, much easier. I don't know about you, but I don't want to calculate how severely burned people are after a Fireball based on their proximity to the blast.
As far as house rules go, I would be fine reducing Chime to a full-round cast. Heck, I would be fine with a standard action cast. It is a 6th level spell after all, and is competing with the likes of Overwhelming Presence, Waves of Ecstasy and Dirge of Victorious Knights.
Since 'no noise issues from, enters, or passes through the area', if the vibrating object was outside of the silence, the damage would affect the whole area excluding the silence. If the object as inside the silence, there would be no noticeable effect at all, as the noise can't travel from the source to a point outside of the silence.
Looking at the Wall of Lava spell, I can't figure out how the height for this spell is supposed to work. Am I missing something here?
This spell creates a vertical wall of lava that is 1 inch thick for every 4 caster levels and composed of up to one 5-foot square per level. A wall of lava's maximum height cannot exceed half of its width (with a minimum height of 5 feet). The wall cannot be conjured so that it occupies the same space as a creature or object. A section of a wall of lava can be destroyed by damage (hardness 4, hp 90), but if a section is destroyed, the remaining lava in the wall immediately fills in any such hole created, reducing the wall's overall size by one 5-foot square but remaining a contiguous barrier.
So if it's height can't exceed half it's width, you need it to be 20 feet thick to have a 10 foot high wall. However, you only get 1 inch per 4 CL, so you need a CL of 960 to create a wall of lava that is taller than 5 feet!? That can't possibly be right, can it?
I have a couple questions about using scrolls in combat:
1) If I cast a touch spell from a scroll, can my familiar deliver it?
2) Can I activate a scroll while grappled, assuming it is in hand?
Some new spells in the ARG(like the Oread spells) were made options for Qinggong Monks.
Huh, you're right. Oreads never interested me, but reading through their section now...
Mighty Fist of the Earth wrote:
At 4th level, a qinggong monk (Ultimate Magic 51) may select this spell as a ki power costing 1 ki point to activate.
Stone Shield wrote:
A qinggong monk (Ultimate Magic) may select this spell as a ki power at 4th level.
That's a very simple and easy way to add spells to the Qinggong list. Are those two Oread spells the only ones which were added though? I don't see any others in ARG anywhere.
I loved the Qinggong Monk when it first came out, but as more and more books are released it makes me sad that none of the new spells are ever added to the Qinggong's list.
Looking at the spells in ACG, we have Air Step, Blessed Fist, Blurred Movement, Heightened Awareness, Heightened Reflexed, Long Arm, Thunderstomp... all exceptionally Monk-esque abilities, moreso that many SLAs Qinggong actually has, but nothing is ever added to their list.
We need some monk love :(
I'm trying to make a Wild Empathy focused character in PFS. I know that numerical bonuses to Diplomacy like skill ranks don't apply to Wild Empathy, but what about non-numerical modifiers?
Wild Empathy states "This ability functions just like a Diplomacy check made to improve the attitude of a person." If you have an ability that changes how Diplomacy checks made to improve the attitude of a person works, do those also apply to Wild Empathy?
Take the alternate racial trait Silver Tongued:
"Humans with this trait gain a +2 bonus on Diplomacy and Bluff checks. In addition, when they use Diplomacy to shift a creature's attitude, they can shift up to three steps up rather than just two."
The +2 bonus won't apply to Wild Empathy, because it doesn't get included in the Druid level + CHA calculation. But what about the second part? Since Wild Empathy "functions just like a Diplomacy check made to improve the attitude of a person", would the ability to shift a creature's attitude by 3 steps apply to Wild Empathy?
It's not apples to oranges, it's apple cobbler to apple pie. I can't tell you the pie is a cobbler, but I can say that given some apples, I think we should make a cobbler instead of a pie.
I wish that undercasting was like Summon Monster, because at least with Summon Monster you get choices. Do I summon a Giant Frog or a Small Elemental... or take a gamble and hope for 3 Dogs? With undercasting there are no choices. I don't like Cure X Wounds because it has the same problem as undercasting, but at least that's only a single line of spells and not an entire magic system.
The way I see it undercasting doesn't give psychic casters two or three spells for the price of one at all. They get one spell with a slightly modified power level. If twisting could be considered just another form of metamagic, then what is undercasting but another form of Empower Spell?
That system adds complexity without doing stuff we can't already do, so if we're going to add complexity why not at least make it different? Alternatively we could just remove undercasting entirely and give psychic casters a couple new spells like a true Vancian caster should. I would be happier with than than the current system.
As far as the Occult to 3.5 comparisons, those are going to continue to happen because the Occult Magic DOES have a relations to 3.5 Psionics. Ego Whip? Mind Thrust? Intellect Fortress? Those are all 3.5 Psionic Powers. They essentially do the same things that they did in 3.5, so of course they are going to be compared.
I was really excited to see Paizo's take on psychic magic, but I'm disappointed with the current implementation. It just feels rather... stilted, like they tried to cram the 3.5 PP system into the Vancian Magic system, and the result is not pretty.
While I love the PP system, Dreamscarred Press has cornered that market, so I see why Paizo didn't go that route. However, psychic magic feels like it's fighting against itself in it's current state, and I think this is because it's trying to be too many different things at once. Instead of being tied down to the past, I want to focus on ways we could make Psychic Magic into something new, cool, and distinctly Pathfinder.
Undercasting feels like it's trying to fill the same role that Augmentation did for PP, but since you can't split a higher level spell slot into multiple lower ones there's no reason to undercast a spell when you have higher level slots available unless you KNOW you're fighting a weaker foe. Against true threats, there's no reason to even consider not using your highest tier spell, since the high-level ones are always straight upgrades.
Compare this to say, Burning Hands v.s. Scorching Ray v.s. Fireball, which not only have varying damage but also have varying utility; which one you want to use can be heavily influenced by how enemies are positioned. With undercast spells, this isn't the case; the next level is always just a better version.
One possibility I think it would work better is if instead of having spells that just get bigger numbers as they level, these new occult classes learned ways to 'twist' their spells to better suit their needs. You could never quite know what to expect when fighting an occult caster; this would help add to that eerie, strange feeling that the occult is supposed to give. I think the Alchemist Admixtures are a good example of this; the Alchemist is still throwing bombs, but the exact effect it has been shifted to produce strange results.
Another option would be to use a system like Monk Ki or the Magus Arcana Pool for enhancing these spells. If instead of having Ego Whip I, Ego Whip II, Ego Whip III, etc., the Psychic just had Ego Whip with the ability to boost their spells up to higher strength by spending Ki or some similar resource, you would get the benefits of having multiple power levels without the weird dissonance that undercasting produces in a Vancian magic system. Players are also already familar with this kind of system, which is another bonus. It also opens the door for more possibilities like this in the future... I don't know about you, but I would totally play a Ki-based full caster.
There's a handful of buff spells (Sun Metal, Magic Weapon, Weapon of Awe, etc) which all are [Target: Weapon touched]. Obviously these work when cast on a mundane melee weapon, but what about a Spiritual Weapon?
This spell has [Effect: Magic weapon of force]. The question is, does this qualify for the [Target: Weapon touched] of the earlier spells?
My cleric just hit 9th, and looking at spells I found Lesser Astral Projection:
And looking at the full one:
Does this mean that, after paying 1,000 gp for the material component, I can cast this spell once to project myself... then return to the material plane as a projection, allowing me to adventure as normal and do normal people things, only if I die I will re-awaken wherever my real body is(admittedly with 2 negative levels)?
If so, that seems like it functions almost as a 'save point'... sure, it's 3k/'death', but it's a lot cheaper than the 8k/death you would pay normally to have someone raise you, and you don't have to worry about death effects/disintegration as much.
I just found this spell Blood Crow Strike, which sounds cool but I can't actually figure out how it works.
Based on the spell block, this looks like a spell that you hit an enemy creature with:
Yet the spell description itself sounds much more like a buff spell you would cast on an ally:
To complicate matters further, this is a 4th-level Cleric spell, which means you must be at least 7th level to cast it. However, the example given uses a 14th-level Monk, and I don't believe characters can go up to 21st level.
This further reinforces the idea that this would be a buff spell that you cast on an allied Monk, but since the duration is instantaneous I don't have any idea how this would work, unless you are permanently imbuing them with the power to make ranged Unarmed Strikes, which seems... incorrect.
I'm looking at Shatter Resolve specifically. It says that when creatures fail a save versus your channel, creatures become shaken for a number of rounds. Due to the way that fear effects work, subsequent channels would stack this effect, making creatures frightened and then panicked.
But what if you don't want them to run away? What if you only want them to remain shaken? Can you simply not use your feat?
I've hit the limit, and often. You can't actually start a scenario with any undead, but Command Undead's HD limit is equal to your own HD; it's quite often where I hit that limit with a single channel. Just last session we fought against an undead creature with 11 HD, who was thus completely immune to my Command Undead.
Animate Dead is a bit more lenient, with a limit of twice your caster level, and I haven't hit the limit on that one(they're separate pools). That costs gold though, so I use it less often than Command, which is free.
EDIT: For the rest, my defenses are pretty strong already. Now that you mention it though, my biggest weakness is versus Constructs, which I'm almost ineffectual against; do you know of anything that would help there?
I have a level 10 Cleric of Urgathoa in PFS, with about 20,000 gold and no idea what to spend it on other than generic +stat, +AC, and +Save items. Currently I have the following:
Headband of Charisma +4
While I'm open on any suggestions for what to buy, ideally I would like to increase one(or more) of the following:
Unfortunately, I don't have enough fame for a +6 headband, can't buy a headband of wisdom because I need my charisma one(though I suppose I could get an ioun stone), and I don't know of anything that would increase my effective HD for channeling.
So... any ideas?
After seeing some fantastic examples of 3D terrain for various scenarios, I decided that I would like to try my hand at building my own 3D terrain. However, since this will likely be a large investment of time and money I want to make sure that the scenario I build it for is relatively uncommon, so that I can run it for a large number of groups(both locally and at cons).
The scenario I was thinking about was Haunting of Hinojai, but since it's an older scenario I have no idea what % of PFS players have played it. Does anyone have some numbers I could reference?
Is it possible to use PP in order to purchase expensive spell components? I'm looking at Stoneskin, and I would like to use 2 PP to buy a giant jar of granite dust(worth 750gp) which I could then use to cast the spell 3 times. I'm not sure how this fits into the rules legality though.
On the one hand, this could be considered purchasing a single item(the jar of dust) with multiple uses, not unlike buying a scroll with duplicate spells, wand with multiple charges, or a bottle of sovereign glue.
On the other hand, it could be considered 3 separate items(3 separate spell components), which just happen to be the same type of item that is stuffed into a single container.
I was working on prepping for a session I will be running this weekend where I was going to have the party ambushed by a group of monstrous humanoids. After looking at the statblock for Gnolls, Hobgoblins and Bugbears though, I noticed a... discrepancy.
The stats for all 3 of these monsters are very, very similar. Similar HP, similar attack, similar damage... but not similar CR. Hobgoblins are CR 1/2, Gnolls are CR 1 and Bugbears are CR 2.
What am I missing that is supposed to make a Bugbear as challenging as 3 Hobgoblins? I think a hobgoblin would stand a good chance 1v1 with a bugbear, so one of these monsters must be mis-CRed.
Since whips are traditionally made out of leather, are these any special materials you can use to make them? It seems like whipwood is the only one which seems like it could work, but even then that's almost a houserule since whipwood is in fact a type of wood, and whips aren't generally made from wood.
I've got a Fetchling character with 3 levels of GM credit on it that I never actually built in PFS, and I think it's about time to do so. After much deliberation I'm sure that I want to go into the Shadowdancer PRC, but I'm not sure how I want to get there, so I would like some opinions from you guys.
My background story is going to be that I was an enforcer for the Onyx Alliance, then while on a mission in the Shadow Plane found the banished fae Count Ralnac. The Count caused me character to embrace freedom and reject the slave-trading Alliance, so he joined one of the Alliance's rivals - the Pathfinder Society.
Right now, the options I have considered are:
1) Monk -> Fighter -> Shadowdancer
This takes care of most of the feat requirements for Shadowdancer, allowing me to spend my other feats on more useful combat abilities. I had considered going for the Moonlight Stalker feat chain as it works well with the Fetchling's Shadow Blending, and I think this is the only way I would actually have enough feats to do it.
2) Ninja -> Shadowdancer
This has more of a focus on stealth, and as long as I'm picking up Dodge/Mobility being able to benefit from Sneak Attack when flanking could be nice. Pressure points synergies moderately well with the shadow's strength drain attack, too.
3) Summoner -> Shadowdancer
Sadly the Shadow Caller archetype isn't allowed in PFS, but I could still use my eidolon as a flank-buddy up until I get my shadow, then focus on buffing/support spells while my shadow melees. Here I would be directly contributing less, but have more versatility.
What do you guys think? Anything I haven't considered?
I have a Maneuver Master Monk in PFS with the Moonlight Stalker feat chain, and I regularly make use of Feinting in order to deny opponents their DEX versus my attack. However, I was recently told that Feint isn't actually a combat maneuver since it doesn't use CMB/CMD, and thus I can't use it with Maneuver Master.
Is this correct? It seems utterly bizarre to me, but a cursory reading of the rules doesn't find anything to contradict this...
Cleric's two main stats are WIS and CHA. WIS is used for spellcasting, and is most commonly the 'primary' stat for clerics, while CHA is used for channeling energy and is most commonly the 'secondary' stat.
How you will want to allocate your stats will depend on what kind of cleric you want to be. A couple suggestions:
'Vanilla' Party Support Cleric:
Melee Crusader-Style Cleric:
Hmm... okay, so question. If you have a Myrmidarch Magus who uses his Ranged Spellstrike through a scatter weapon such as a Dragon Pistol, what happens? Does the spell affect all targets in the cone(Such as the Holy Gun's Smiting Shot?), or does it only affect one target(chosen before or after the attack rolls?) or something else entirely?
It would be good if you tell us what the other encounters are so we can see what you are aiming for.
Evocation - Puzzle-Room with a constant elemental storm(Bolts of fire, ice, lightning and acid flying everywhere).Necromancy - Wight with 2 Ghoul servants.
Transmutation - Terrified rat, polymorphed & buffed with magic into something more fearsome.
Conjuration - Bound outsider the PCs can either fight or negotiate with.
Illusion - Series or trapped hallways.
Abjuration - Variety of magical sigils, glyphs and wards.
I'm running a campaign where the PCs are currently in Nex and will be entering a tower devoted to magical research. I'm planning on having eight rooms, one for each school of magic, with an appropriately-themed encounter inside of it. I've got one for the most of the schools, but I'm having trouble coming up with one for Divination and Enchantment rooms. The party is currently level 5.
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Huh. Is that why I've been having so much trouble painting my Bones? Good to know. I'll have to do that in the future...