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632 posts. Alias of Paul Van Eyk.


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RainyDayNinja wrote:
I actually have a Tengu inquisitor of Norgorber, so he's a crow of murder. You should totally all worship Norgorber.

Unless he's hanging out with 2 Tengu friends, then he's just attempted murder.


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It would be useful if you also rated against each build the other races that are sometimes played which include the 4 elemental humanoid races (Sylph, Oread etc) as well as the other races available for PFS play such as Tengu and Kitsune. These races are played more commonly than some might think.


Undone wrote:
Front loading is only important for PFS if you don't intend to cap your character. I intend to cap my characters.

Fair enough. It raises an interesting point where you might be looking for completely different build concepts depending on whether you go PFS or capping. Do you think your other build ideas change much if you are just interested in PFS play to level 11?


Undone wrote:
c873788 wrote:
Undone wrote:
If anyone has suggestions besides the TWF + Natural attack build I'd be interested in it so I could add it to the guide.
Play a Tengu with the right racial selections and get 3 primary natural attacks from level 1. It's even PFS legal. Furthermore, there's no -2 modifier to hit unlike with TWF.
can't buy extra hits with improved and greater two weapon fighting.

Admittedly, my suggestion is very front loaded. With the occasional use of Ki points, that would be 4 attacks per round without negative modifiers. How many hits were you looking to achieve anyway and by what level? I tend to play mostly PFS where front loading is important.


Undone wrote:
If anyone has suggestions besides the TWF + Natural attack build I'd be interested in it so I could add it to the guide.

Play a Tengu with the right racial selections and get 3 primary natural attacks from level 1. It's even PFS legal. Furthermore, there's no -2 modifier to hit unlike with TWF.


Rambear wrote:
Pummeling style is absolutely the most powerful

Actually, the most powerful style is this.


Lamontia wrote:
As a player, what are your thoughts on female GMs? Have you had one? Ho was it? Why do you think there are so few?

I wish there were more female players let alone female GMs. Unfortunately, they are very rare where I play. It's pretty much like this.


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Dale McCoy Jr wrote:
Humbling, actually. It just felt like removing the "fighter-ness" of the warpriest and replacing it with "monk-ness" felt like a good idea and seemed almost natural. How much people love it just blows me away.

It's the most interesting archetype or class to come out of the whole book.


Nice guide, but just a couple of comments.

Is there any particular reason you haven't considered Horn of the Criosphinx feat for the Sacred Fist build?

Secondly, what do you think of the artifice blessing? I was thinking of making a sacred fist build that could destroy dungeons, houses and constructs alike with his bare hands. I would also give him Knowledge Engineering to supplement the blessing.


Rub-Eta wrote:
My unarmoured Inquisitor stood proud at an AC of 34, at level 5.

Can you please provide a breakdown of this.


Mysterious Stranger wrote:

For the most part the build I posted earlier would work well as a sacred slayer. Who was the deity you chose? Also what did you want the focus of the character to be?

I have no answers to those questions as I'm starting from a blank canvass. All ideas welcome.

I checked out Ferocious Resolve and it looks ok without being amazing since you are still staggered and bleeding 1 hp per round.


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GreyWolfLord wrote:

I'll say, I won't touch Marmite normally, or even Vegemite. I'll stick with Marmalade, thank you very much.

You know how hard it is to find that stuff sometimes...and occasionally I think I'm the only one who actually really likes it!

Marmite, Vegemite AND Marmalade? Don't you think you're spreading yourself a little thin?


Mysterious Stranger wrote:
4th level build idea

Thanks to you and the others who took the time to put up a 4th level build for me. I am now convinced that there is more to the class than I first thought. I will be keen to try out a build.

I think the Sanctified Slayer in particular interests me. I would appreciate any advice for a build that includes this archetype. It will be for PFS play and I have access to Oread and Tiefling in addition to the standard available races.


Liz Courts wrote:
Zavas wrote:
*Starts writing up cleric portfolios for the Paizo staff*
For the record, mine have been previously defined.

Well, I'm curious. Tell us more.


Looking back over the class, Bane looks really powerful but you don't get it until 5th level. The class still looks pretty meh until 5th level. Can someone throw together a 4th level Inquisitor build and show me why it's strong?


K177Y C47 wrote:

Additionally, of the best things about the inquisitor is that they ahve a VERY HIGH build optimization floor, even if their cieling isn't the highest.

In other words, they are REALLY FREAKING HARD to screw up build wise. They pretty are always at least decent, if not very strong.

So what you are saying is that it's a well designed class and a balanced class but not a strong class? That's what I'm trying to determine. Is it what some people would classify as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 class? Also, my interest is more around low to middle levels as I never play high levels (beyond about level 12 or 13).


People have given so many good reasons here. Paizo are pretty much the perfect company except... they are slow to answering some (not all) FAQs. If they do better in this one area, then they will have achieved GODHOOD and all Paizo staff will be divine members of an angelic heirarchy.


Jaime Sommers wrote:
On top of everything else (including good action economy with the swift actions) don't underestimate the Teamwork Feats.

I thought teamwork feats were terrible in general as you have to rely on someone else having the same feat.


I occasionally see comments on the forum about how the Inquisitor is such a strong class. I don't ever recall seeing anything really that great about it. What am I missing?


Chemlak wrote:
I will see your Vegemite and raise you one Marmite. Generally known to many who taste it as "Good God, HOW CAN YOU EAT THIS STUFF?!" and known to the rest of us as Ambrosia.

OMG Marmite!! You've come out on the forums to admit this? Have you told your parents yet?


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Insain Dragoon wrote:
I have a question. Do you believe that the ACG that was released fell short, exceeded, or met your expectations?

I'm not sure that's a fair question to ask them. It's really about whether they are meeting our expectations. The fact that they are responding on the forums to our opinions around this shows that they care about our expectations which is in part what really matters.


DrDeth wrote:
Mark Seifter wrote:
Basically, if you give negative feedback when there are no FAQs and then negative feedback when there are FAQs too, since your discontented posts are your psychological ammunition, you're diluting your message in both instances. In essence, pick your top priority and choose that one to give negative feedback.

I want more FAQ! Please? Pretty please?

And, I think I have been as positive as possible about this.

I am 100% behind this sentiment. Occasionally, I might not be happy with some final interpretation but the fact that you make a final decision/clarification for an FAQ is a million times more important than providing feedback not to my taste. If I could have just one thing from Paizo, it would be more FAQs answered.

I also appreciate the time Paizo staff take to be active on the forums. It's another reason I'm a fanboy.


The 8th Dwarf wrote:

Ha ha ha Nutella is for the soft Vegemite is for the hardcore... It puts hair on your chest and it's made from beer.

That and I can get peanut butter Tim Tams now.

The problem with Vegemite is that those who don't understand it slather it on like peanut butter. Vegemite should be used sparingly on toast with melted butter.

Sorry, but peanut butter is bleugh. 8P It's only useful for making satay sauce.


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Sean K Reynolds wrote:


Am I saying Paizo never makes errors? No.
Am I saying errors didn't happen on my watch. No.
Am I saying that errors didn't happen in Adventurer's Armory? No.
But I am saying there is no such "stats for a buttery knife" error in AA, and you should not be allowed to make such a false statement as if it were true.

I think you have proven your point about "the buttery knife" but we are moving away from what I consider the larger issue at hand in this thread. The quality control around the ACG by Paizo's standards was poor. What is more concerning to me is that I worry that Paizo staff will take an unreasonably long time to issue FAQ/Errata notices to deal with all the vague and/or contradictory rulings found in the book. This lack of response to some (NOT all) heavily FAQed threads really frustrates me.

So I guess what I'm saying is that I just wish there was more quality control and more importantly, better FAQ/Errata responses. I am also well aware that the ACG book is newly published and it will take time to respond to all the FAQs but if you look on the forums there are a lot of older FAQs that just seem to be ignored.

Now I need to put my statements in context. I am a Paizo fanboy and I love what they publish. I am happy I bought the hardcopy AND softcopy versions of the book because as usual it has many wonderful ideas for helping me create new characters regardless of all the rules issues.


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prototype00 wrote:

Wouldn't every attack for the dragon style / ferocity, horn of the criosphinx combo be 2.5x Str (2x for Horn of the Criosphinx, .5x for dragon ferocity, dragon style is just a way to get dragon ferocity).

prototype00

By the way, we still haven't come up with a name for this amazing build. How about Hidden Dragon Pummelling Sphinx?


Mistwalker wrote:

You might also want to look at the GM Shared Prep website. They have a fillable 2 page PDF that has all of the scenarios, modules, APs, specials, etc. on it.

Hi Mistwalker. Thanks for sharing that link. It seems to me that the Pathfinder Society Adventure Checklist found on that link serves a different purpose.

For a start, it's very well presented, compact and looks like it would print out easily. However, it seems to be designed specifically for just one character at a time and more importantly it has no means of distinguishing between having played or GM Credit.

The idea of mine is to be able to load ALL your characters into one spreadsheet so at a glance you can quickly see whether one of your characters has played a scenario or whether I've GMed it and assigned credit to a character. That means I can easily commit to signing up for a session online through a tool such as Warhorn without racking my brains trying to remember whether I've played it or GMed it before.

If you just want something to print out and check for a specific character, then the link you provided is definitely a better choice.


Seranov wrote:

I would imagine that with Horn of the Criosphinx and Dragon Style/Ferocity, you would get the following on a charge:

. . Attack 1: 2.5x Str mod on this hit
. . Attack 2-X: 2x Str mod on this hit

Then add it all up with Pummeling style, like normal.

Horn of the Criosphinx is amazing for the Sacred Fist/MoMS build. What is the earliest level you can get this feat when juggling between the 2 classes - Sacred Fist/MoMS? If I could get Horn of the Criosphinx earlier by only getting 1 level of MoMS early on, it would be worth it.


Chess Pwn is correct in his interpretations.


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I'm sick and tired of confusing myself when I am trying to work out whether I have played a scenario or not before I sign up in Warhorn for our fortnightly PFS game.

To get around this problem, I have created a spreadsheet that contains EVERY scenario from Season 0 to 6 including PFS Sanctioned Modules, discontinued scenarios and Specials in one easy to read spreadsheet. This tool allows me to see, at a glance, whether I've played or GMed a scenario and thus whether I should sign up for it.

I thought I would share my hard work and I'm hoping the PFS community can benefit from what I've developed. Keep in mind that it's meant to supplement only and not replace the official recording of your scenarios for each of your Pathfinder characters. Below is the link to the spreadsheet in Google Docs. Just download it and start filling in the available entries for having Played, GM Credit, or GM Star Replay:

PFS Scenarios


Undone wrote:

It should be noted that Improved Blessed Fortitude is bonkers the freeking heck broken. It's partial vs ALL EFFECTS which require a fortitude save and like all other rounding it rounds down.

1 point of ability damage.
1 Point of ability DRAIN

You could really turn your Sacred Fist/MoMS 2 build into a tank. Take Evasion as well as Blessed Fortitude along with the Luck blessing and very few effects are going to hurt you with the Luck re-roll. It certainly doesn't hurt that 2 levels of MoMS add 3/3/3 to all your saves.

I will also be buying a wand of mage armor. My 18 wisdom bonus doubled for armour class along with the extra +4AC from the wand will give you a decent armour class at low levels. You just have to hope that someone in the party can use the wand on you.


Bigdaddyjug wrote:
In my opinion, the 2nd level of MoMS is worth it simply for picking up Evasion.

The Evasion vs Toughness issue for optimization hasn't been explored/debated enough. Sacred Fist gains Blessed Fortitude at 3rd level which in many circumstances appears to have the same effect (if I'm reading it properly) as Evasion. Is it worth it to have both? Could you use both against a Fireball for instance. Oh, I failed my reflex save for Evasion. Hang on, I'm going to make a fortitude save now to see if I can avoid damage anyway. Oh, failed that as well. Hold on a second, I'll now use my stored up Luck blessing to re-roll Blessed Fortitude.

My question is rules-wise, would you be able to use all these one after the other?


Stregi wrote:
What about Energy Channel feat? It's worth it?And about equip? Robe and winged boots?

I don't know what you mean by Energy Channel feat. I've never heard of this feat. What is it supposed to do?


Bigdaddyjug wrote:
I just looked up Sohei and MoMS, and Alex is correct. They both either change or substitute the "Bonus Feats" and "Flurry of Blows" class features, so they are not stackable.

Ah ok. I was relying on Herolab which doesn't always build things exactly right.


thegreenteagamer wrote:


c873788 - I don't understand how the Hunter's pet is so much comparatively better than, say, a druid's. Could you enlighten me to that?

1. Hunter's animal companion gets to share a free teamwork with its master at 3rd level and every 3 levels after. While I'm not a huge fan of teamwork feats, there are a couple of really strong ones that could be cherry picked.

2. A hunter may teach her companion hunter’s tricks from the skirmisher ranger archetype (Pathfinder RPG Advanced Player’s Guide 128) instead of standard tricks. Some of these are incredibly powerful including automatic Shaken condition or Entangled condition on the enemy as a free action when your animal companion makes a successful attack.

3. Divine Hunter archetype allows the Animal Companion to gain the Celestial template at 3rd level. Celestial template will give you several energy resistances as well as smite and DR. That's amazingly good.

4. Primal Companion archetype allows your Animal Companion to gain an evolution pool which is amazing. That means early entry into pounce, increased natural armour or extra energy damage on your attacks just to name a few of the things you can pick up. Even better, Primal Companion can be combined with the Divine Hunter archetype.

When you combine all these things together, the Hunter's Animal Companion totally dominates the Druid's animal companion. Of course, the Druid itself might be better than the Hunter as it is a 3/4 BAB class with full spell casting. But when looking at the pets alone, nothing is as good as a Hunter AC.


Undone wrote:

I like the no duration luck blessing as it helps saves and the high blessing is awesome.

Good is also great, destruction is ok, artifice is really good for season 6 as is chaos, I think also that the nobility, and war blessings are good.

I think you are spot on with your assessment of the blessings. I'm strongly tempted to go Luck as well as Good.

Artifice is tempting to me because of season 6 but I hesitate because the wording says "you can touch one melee weapon". That worries me as I don't know how that would work with your flurry of blows when you use different parts of your body as your unarmed strike. Would it mean that only one of your attacks counts for the artifice blessing each round? I just don't know.


Alex Mack wrote:
Just noticed people are talking about stacking MoMS and Sohei and at least in PFS that will not fly...

Why won't that fly? I thought both Archetypes are PFS legal and none of their class abilities overlap.


I mostly like it and like it a lot.

What I don't like is the poor quality control exercised around rule mechanics when new books are rushed out too quickly. Then we are forced to raise FAQs and wait for clarifications and some (not all) of these FAQs take a very long, long time to get answered if at all.


Undone wrote:

I just realized something indescribably depressing. My 1 level dip build wouldn't get PA till 7th level after some revisions.

SF 1: Pummeling style
SF 2:
MoMS/Iron Mountain 1: Dragon style, B: Pummeling charge.
SF 3:
SF 4: Dragon Ferocity
SF 5:
SF 6: Power attack B:?

I suppose MOMS 2 would change this to PA at 5th.

I would pick Horn of the Criosphinx before Power Attack anyway. The trick with this whole build is deciding when to take the 2nd level of MoMS. Look closely at SF with all its interesting class abilities and spell slots by level before deciding when to take that 2nd level of MoMS.


Undone wrote:

As a PFS player I'm completely unsure if 1 MoMS + Sohei is better than 2 MoMS + Iron Mountain.

I'm leaning Sohei + MoMS 1 for the spectacular initiative.

Toughness and +1 ac is indeed better than evasion because you're unlikely to die from a successful reflex save.

What do you guys think is the best third style feat at level 7/8? Jabbing seems ok but not as good as dragon.

I think Boar Style is nice. That's an extra 2d6 of bleed damage per round and your unarmed strikes now count as slashing.

Another good option is Snake Style. Pump up your Sense Motive and have a ridiculously high armour class against one attack each round.


thegreenteagamer wrote:

So... I'm thinking about working on a Guide to Pets.

Just FYI - the Hunter with the right Archetypes selected makes by far the most powerful pets in the game now. It leaves the other pets for dead. By 3rd level, the Hunter's Animal Companion (Big Cat of course) gets all this:

Bite, 2 x claws, 2 x rake; pounce; resist 5 to fire, cold, electricity and acid; smite; dark vision; climb ability; evasion; scent; free action entangle; free action shake; AC24 all at 3rd level.


Seranov wrote:


Yeah, if you go Sacred Fist 2/Monk 1, you can't grab Pummeling Style/Charge + Dragon Style + Power Attack by level 3. Fervor, the blessing and the extra spell are definitely tradeoffs that could be considered worth it, though, so do what makes you happy. :)

By the way, I just wanted to thank you and prototype00 for coming up with this clever sacred fist x/moms 2 build idea in the first place. It's my favourite build idea to come out of the ACG.


Bigdaddyjug wrote:
Well damnit another bug in HeroLab. Not that my level 1 sacred fist is doing much damage wit a flurry at +2/+2. The class just doesn't have a dump stat. I ended up going 16/14/14/10/16/10 as a dual talent human.

Why don't you dump Charisma?


Seranov wrote:
c873788 wrote:
Seranov wrote:

This is a possibility, yes. You don't get Dragon Style until Warpriest 3/Monk 1 with this, instead of Warpriest 1/Monk 2, though. You'd still get Dragon Ferocity at level 5. For people who don't want to lose caster levels at all, this is a definite option that shouldn't bother them as much.

What am I missing? Surely you could grab Dragon Style as a normal level 3 feat. 1st level you grab Pummeling Style and at 2nd level bonus Monk feat is Pummeling Charge.

So Warpriest 2/Monk 1 would give you Dragon Style and the 2 Pummeling feats.

Yeah, I suppose you're right. I was just thinking you'd use the Bonus Style Feat from Warpriest to get it.

The reason I'd want to do it this way is that I need to front load the character for PFS play. Firstly, by going 1 warpriest/1 MOMS means I am doubling my AC from level 2 with my high Wisdom.

By level 3 I have the whole point of the build working - the pummeling charge with the dragon style. You also gain Fervor, an extra Blessing and an extra spell slot.

You miss out on getting Power Attack early but given your BAB is so terrible the first few levels, I don't think it's such a problem.

On another note, I am trying to decide if Sacred Mountain or Sohei is a better choice. I am fortunate enough to have a Oread chronicle sheet so I can start out with an 18 STR and 18 WIS and +1 natural armor. Sacred Mountain loses evasion but gains Toughness - not sure what's better.

That leads me to another question - would you be able to use both Evasion and then Blessed Fortitude against an area effect attack for instance?


Seranov wrote:

This is a possibility, yes. You don't get Dragon Style until Warpriest 3/Monk 1 with this, instead of Warpriest 1/Monk 2, though. You'd still get Dragon Ferocity at level 5. For people who don't want to lose caster levels at all, this is a definite option that shouldn't bother them as much.

What am I missing? Surely you could grab Dragon Style as a normal level 3 feat. 1st level you grab Pummeling Style and at 2nd level bonus Monk feat is Pummeling Charge.

So Warpriest 2/Monk 1 would give you Dragon Style and the 2 Pummeling feats.


graystone wrote:

You only need to drop 1 level of spells to get 'pounce' and you can do it with unarmed fighter to snag +1BAB and all monk weapons.

Though, on a class like warpriest where you generally use lower level spells to buff yourself, I see the loss of spell levels a lot easier to deal with than a full caster.

Even better, just drop 1 level of MoMS Monk.


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Cheapy wrote:
A barbarian is probably a phrenologist's best friend...

Is that why your picture wears a hat, Cheapy? To hide all the bumps that highlight your quirks and personality disorders? 8P


c873788 wrote:
Erik Mona wrote:

I'm working my way through Besant and Leadbeater's Theosophical Manuals (100-page summaries of key points to introduce the philosophy) and they haven't really covered the rays yet. The internet is practically useless on the subject, so I'm sticking with primary sources.

What I understand about the concept seems ripe for exploitation in an RPG, but I admit I can't fully get my head around it yet.

I have quite a few books at home. I'll see if I can help you in finding the right books/chapters/passages.

Sorry, none of the books I own seemed to cover the rays.

What I would be excited to see is some sort of Mystic class based around the arousing of the Kundalini (serpent-fire) at a high level to become a "super humanoid". The steps on the way to this achievement would be through the alignment of the 7 chakras at different levels starting of course with the root chakra at a low level.


Erik Mona wrote:

I'm working my way through Besant and Leadbeater's Theosophical Manuals (100-page summaries of key points to introduce the philosophy) and they haven't really covered the rays yet. The internet is practically useless on the subject, so I'm sticking with primary sources.

What I understand about the concept seems ripe for exploitation in an RPG, but I admit I can't fully get my head around it yet.

I have quite a few books at home. I'll see if I can help you in finding the right books/chapters/passages.

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