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**** Pathfinder Society GM. 21 posts. No reviews. No lists. 1 wishlist. 47 Organized Play characters.

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I currently have a 4th Level Sacred Shield character with a +1 Heavy Steel Shield. Strength is 18. At 5th level, I plan on taking the Improved Shield Bash feat and enhancing the +1 Heavy Steel Shield with the Bashing property.

1) Is the cost to enhance the shield with Bashing property 3,000 gp?

2) Is the shield slam damage: 1d8+9 (+4 STR and +1 magical enhancement and +4 power attack)?

3) Can I use the shield as a two handed weapon for 1d8+13 (+6 STR and +1 magical enhancement and +6 power attack)?

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I’m thinking of creating an Elf Treesinger Druid as my next PFS character. I never played a Druid before. So this will be a new experience. The mechanics of an Elf Druid scream Archer Druid. (But is it the only competent build for a Treesinger?) If I were to go that route, then DEX would be the priority stat, followed by STR and WIS. CHA would be least vital stat.

The preliminary character sketch would look like this:

20 Point Buy for PFS

STR: 14
DEX: 17
CON: 12
INT: 10
WIS: 14
CHA: 10

Faction: Dark Archive

Deity: Erastil

Traits: Deadeye Bowman (Religion) and Arcane Archivist (Dark Archive trait)

Plant Companion: Sapling Treant

Feats: The Archery Feat Chain
1st level – Point Blank Shot
3rd level – Precise Shot
5th level- Fighter Dip for the extra feat: Rapid Shot / Regular feat slot: Weapon Focus - Longbow
7th level – Natural Spell
9th level – Rime Spell
11th level - ?


I imagine that Archery going to stink for this character until I get a Composite Longbow and Precise Shot feat at 3rd level. So for levels 1-2, I tactics will be casting Shillelagh on my quarterstaff and flank with my Treant. Once I hit 3rd level with Precise Shot, my Treant will charge the monsters with me shooting arrows from behind. If the need arises, I will be casting buffs and healing on my pet tree.


With a 14 WIS, I imagine the spells selected will be buffs and battlefield control like Entangle and Barkskin. Once I go pass 5th level, I will assume Wild Shape and hit the monsters with spells like Frostbite, Frigid Touch, Flurry of Snowballs, and other cold-based spells. Combined with the Rime Metamagic feat, I will be debuffing the monsters.

Pet Companion

I envision my Sapling Treant to be an evergreen tree, which I will decorate with all kinds of ornaments. Think of it as a walking, killer Christmas Tree. I will probably pick feats like Toughness, Weapon Focus (Slam), and Power Attack for the Treant. Also, I’ll be casting Barkskin and Bull Strength on the Treant. The Advanced Race Guide says plant companions are never proficient in weapons and armors. Since Leather Armor has an armor check penalty of zero, can my Sapling Treant wear it anyway?


This is what I thought of so far in the character concept. I’m new to building Druids. I like the flavor of the Treesinger. Having a walking Christmas Tree at my side, seems cool. Feel free to comment.

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Never played an Inquisitor before. This is my time at building an Inquisitor. Its for Pathfinder Organized Play.

The character concept would be a Mendev Crusader looking to recruit people to join the battle against Demons in the World Wound. I imagine the character to be something like a drill sergent who gives support to his allies. He would cast buffs like the Bless spell. He would help out the spell casters by using dazzling display to lower the enemy's saving throws. Plus with the Preacher Archtype, the character would give his allies re-rolls with the Determination power of the Archtype.

Race: Half-Orc

Class: Inquisitor
Archtype: Preacher
Inquistion: Conversion

Strength: 16
Dexterity: 14
Constitution: 14 = 2(racial)+12
Intelligence: 10
Wisdom: 15
Charisma: 7

Traits: Fate Favored, Sure Thing (Silver Crusade Faction Trait)
Alternative Racial Traits: Sacred Tatoo, Skilled.

Feat Progression

1st: Judgement Surge
3rd: Weapon Focus(Falchion)
5th: Dazzling Display
7th: Extra Bane
9th: Disheartening Display
11th: ???

Let me know what you think.

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Yesterday, I was judging an adventure for PFS. One player announced that she had an Unchained Half -Elf Rogue who took the Racial Heritage Feat (Tengu) and then used that to obtain the Tengu Wings Feat. I declared that is not a legal build. I pointed to the Additional Resources page on the Advanced Race Guide to the below statement:

Note: Alternate racial traits, racial archetypes, racial evolutions, racial feats, and racial spells are only available for characters of the associated race. Racial equipment and magic items can be purchased and used by any race as long as the specific item permits it (for example, only halflings can purchase and use solidsmoke pipeweed).

However another guy at the table said the Additional Resource Page on the Advanced Race Guide only applies to characters without the Racial Heritage Feat. He argued that since the said player paid the feat tax in Racial Heritage (Tengu, then the build was legal.

Personally, in a home game, I don't see anything with wrong that. If I ran a home game, I'd allow the build. However since, we're talking about PFS, then what is the correct ruling.

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I am building an Anti-Undead Paladin for PFS. I found the Sacred Servant Archtype interesting.

Here is my build.

Half-Elf Sacred Servant Paladin of Iomedae.

STR 15
INT 10
WIS 13
CON 14
DEX 10
CHA 16

Racial Trait: Ancestor Arms - Elven Curved Blade

Iomedae Domain: Sun at 4th Level

Lay on Hands will be used to tank. Channels will be used to kill undead.


1st: Fey Foundling
3rd: Power Attack
5th: Extra Channel
7th: Extra Mercy or Extra Lay on Hands
9th: Extra Mercy or Extra Lay on Hands

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Question - Can a Human use the Racial Heritage Feat to gain access to the Paragon Surge Spell?

From the Mini Guide to Paragon Surge, the author says that a Human or Aasimar with Scion of Humanity can use the Racial Heritage Feat to get the spell. The guide below is almost 2 years old. Posters on that thread have not challenged the author's assertions regards to the Racial Heritage feat. I want to know if its legal for Society Organized Play.

Mini Guide to Paragon Surge


****The Mini Guide to Paragon Surge

So, what is Paragon Surge and why does it deserve a guide all to itself?

Well it’s a Half Elf spell from the Advanced Race Guide. That means its available to Half Elves and Humans who pick the Racial Heritage feat. It’s a level 3 spell for Sorcerers, Wizards, Witches, Clerics/Oracles and Alchemists and Level 4 for the Paladin and Magus.*****

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I looked at the Stonelord Paladin Racial Archtype in the Advanced Race Guide. They are throw back from the Dwarven Defender Prestige Class from the DMG (v 3.5). I thought I would try the class out for Pathfinder Society Play. Here is my build. I am playing generic Dwarf (no alternative racial features). The 20 point buy is arranged as follows.

STR 16
DEX 10
CON 16
WIS 12
CHA 13

Faction: Silver Crusade
Traits: Resilient, Beneficial Touch (Silver Crusade Faction).

Preferred Weapon: Dwarven Longhammer

I planning this character as a debuffing tank who breaks the enemy's weapons and armor.

My proposed feat progession is as follows:

1st level: Fey Foundling
3rd level: Power Attack Attack
5th level: Improved Sunder
7th level: Lunge
9th level: Extra Lay on Hands

Is this a sound build? Your thoughts are appreciated.

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I made a 1st level paladin for PFS. I decided to try the Hospitaler type from the Advanced Palyer Guide. Here are the stats.

Aasimar Level 1.

Faction: Silver Crusade

STR 16
DEX 12
CON 13
INT 10
WIS 10
CHA 17

Traits: Blessed Touch (from Champions of Purity) and Benefical Touch (Silver Crusade Faction).

1st Level Feat: Toughness

Any advice for picking feats as I advance this character? I'm thinking of taking the feat - Extra Lay on Hands - a couple extra times. I want this character to be a decent front liner and excellent healer. I plan on starting as a sword and board. Then, advance to using a Sythce.