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I would not consider using something from a book I didn't own, and I would not allow a player at my table to use an item in a book that they didn't own.

Paizo is kind enough to put their rules online for reference purposes; we should return that kindness by actually buying the books with the stuff our characters use, so that they can afford to keep making books for the game we like to play.

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Hey Thursty, GM signups for Con of the North (February 14-16, 2020) are open; are you still thinking of coming to run our 9-10 Starfinder special table?

Con Website

MeetUp Page

My vesk, Zoggy, needs to show you his new Juggernaut Smash Through move.

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In the old, old days of D&D 1E, you got 1 XP per gold piece you obtained, so the real way to power was to just steal everything you come across and sell it at the market.


Nothing stops you from reflavoring PF2E as science-fantasy, you know.

Matt2VK wrote:

Can a Solarain take a standard action to use the Revelation: Stellar Rush and then after finishing that standard action (Stellar Rush) take a Move Action?

Everything I've read makes this look doable. It's just that I'm used to having your turn end at the end of a charge type action.

Unless you guarded step or bull rush them out of reach, if you move after a Stellar Rush, they'll probably get an AoO on you.

But yeah, you can move after a rush.

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Having played frontline characters in a wide range of Society scenarios and adventure paths, I'm very glad for Stamina, because getting jacked down to hit point damage is pretty damn common, and being able to use Resolve to get back to fighting trim without resting for the night or relying on a healer is a blessing.

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Claxon wrote:

If you wanted to decrease specialization damage to half level and reduce damage by one die size to have the weapon have the Operative quality that would probably be balanced.

My concern would be someone using it with Trick Attack if you didn't do those things.

I'd almost want it to be a solarian crystal-only fusion that reduces the die type of both the crystal and the weapon in addition to adding the operative quality.

Biotech is worth it for xenodruids and other nature-lovers to not pollute themselves with chrome and wires. Some character options (notably, Biotechnician) reward use of biotech over other augmentations.

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Amaltopek wrote:

Is there a social element to this? A person with the right cyberware is always armed. Always. That might mean there are some important places they can't go into because they do not allow weapons.

And are there social advantages to eschewing cyberware?

Starfinder is the Wild West. Everybody is always armed, except in very specific circumstances.

There might be RP benefits to eschewing cybernetics, sure, but there are also RP benefits to being a chromed-out bladeboi. I tend to side with the group that gives me massive mechanical (har) advantages.

And, real talk, the anti-cybernetic movement in this game is about one step away from racism against androids and SROs, and I'd prefer not to go there.

Yure wrote:

How would you build an envoy bounty hunter?

With the character creation rules in the core rulebook.

We're going to need a little more info, because the options are endless. What is the campaign going to be like? What role is this character going to play in the party? Is this character the only bounty hunter in the party, or is the entire party bounty hunters?

I might go with Dispiriting Taunt if my job in the party was to debuff the targeted criminal to make them less dangerous, or Get Em!/Clever Feint if the rest of the party needed them easier to hit. Still, more info is needed.

Zaric wrote:

So at level 6, you can spend a resolve point to give a bonus to damage (with get em and improved get em). However, this bonus only lasts for 1 round. I’m not sure it’s the most efficient use of a resolve point. Is adding another +2 (if one PC hits) or +4 (if 2 PCs hit) or +6(if 3 PCs hit) in a round going to really make a difference?

I feel like you pretty much are forced to take “extra resolve” as a feat or “clever improvisation” as an envoy improvisation, just to be able to use this ability enough to make it meaningful. I’ve never had a battle last only 1 round, 4 to 6 rounds seems more likely.

If using the 1 Resolve Point worked for the entire combat (each time you use Get Em/Improv Get Em), would that be game breaking? I was considering changing this for our group, but want to see if this might be a bad idea?

You don't spend Resolve for the damage bonus, you spend Resolve so that Get Em! affects all nearby enemies. The damage bonus is just frosting on the cake of freely shooting everything. Use it when one foe is nearly dead so your team can end that one and move on to the others.

So yes, letting 1 resolve power the whole combat is broken and a bad idea.

Slyme wrote:

Can you not upgrade cybernetics? Someone told me you can upgrade the personal upgrades, I figured that would be the same for the rest of the cybernetics as well.

I was imagining the character trying to eventually get some kind of cybertech for every system slot. Having to wait until higher levels for things like Dermal Plating, which has 7 tiers, would kind of suck, and throw off the build a bit.

You can upgrade Personal Upgrades by just paying the difference in costfrom the lower level to the higher, but you can't upgrade any other augmentation without paying full price. I don't think you can even sell back your old one, because it is keyed to your genetics.

What you can do is swap out upgrades by just buying and installing a new one. You're never stuck with something forever, so you could get Resistant Hide at 2nd level and then scrap it for Dermal Plating later (though I personally think that you should only get Dermal Plating Mk.1 because it is enough to stack with Enhanced Resistance (Kinetic).

Thematically, sure; mechanically I wouldn't allow it; Personal Upgrades are their own thing and don't follow normal aug rules.

You can just say your upgrade is spooky; mechanically it is the same as anyone else's.

Slyme wrote:

I was thinking about making a character who is obsessed with replacing as much of themselves as possible with cybertech.

Maybe built around an exocortex mechanic character...seems fitting.

Would the cost of the cybertech be worth the investment in SFS, or would I be handicapping the rest of my gear by spending too much of my funds on cybertech upgrades?


Actually, Starfinder assumes that you will be using augmentations; if you're not using a portion of your wealth on cybertech and the like, you aren't playing up to your potential.

You really don't need to upgrade your weapon very often; I was fine with a level 2 pike until I could buy a level 7 yellow star nova lance, for example. Armor does require upgrade every 2 levels or so if you are going to be taking any heat at all, but that still leaves plenty for augments.

Completely aside from the Personal Upgrades (which are practically mandatory), you get augments to shore up weaknesses, free up gear slots, and play to your strengths. It also makes for great roleplay.

My vesk armor storm soldier got dakvision capacitors so he could dispense with the infrared scanners in his armor and use that slot on stuff that helps in combat, like Thermal Capacitors, and his Speed Suspension is great because moving fast is important in this game for a melee soldier. He is most proud of his Wildwise, though, because it allows him to talk to animals and sometimes avoid a fight with them.

Some good character concepts revolve around augmentation; the Augmented Archetype is cool, especially for soldiers who don't give up much and want to be street samurai. The Verthani race gets an extra upgrade slot. The Biotechnician theme gets an extra biotech augmentation slot at 12th level, and the Geneturge mystic connection can also get an extra slot (a Verthani Augmented Geneturge gets *3* extra slots eventually).

I wouldn't necessarily use Augmented on a Mechanic, because you lose nearly all of your mechanic's tricks, but you can still get much of the same feeling with just investing a lot in augmentations (also 1 level in Geneturge mystic for the special brain augmentation is a huge upgrade for a mechanic if you pick Computers or Engineering, gaining the ability to always take 10).

Remember that as you go up levels in Society, you get a lot more money per adventure. After a certain point, you can afford to just kit yourself out with low-level augs which you can then upgrade to taste.

Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
Okay! I think I have enough info to at least make my conversion at 1st level. I may necromance this thread after she's leveled up a bit! Thank you, both of you!

I've had a ton of fun with my melee Technomancer. Good luck!

Nefreet wrote:

Being able to threaten is a nice bonus.

I didn't think that was possible initially.

It ended up splitting the difference between the extremes...still archaic, but threatens as a weapon. Benefits from unarmed strike buffs, but is not flexible enough to use nonlethally without penalty.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Given I'm playing a Drow, whose bonuses don't align as well with Technomancer as other species (and have a CON penalty to compensate for on top of that), and Solar Disciple boosts WIS, which isn't a prominent stat for them, I imagine I'll have to do what you do and focus on auto-hits and buffs. the best stat array I can think of for 1st level is:

STR 14 DEX 12 CON 10 INT 14 WIS 11 CHA 12

That looks like a reasonable spread. Slap a +2 Str mod on at 2nd level and you're in respectable territory. This build will be really assisted by augmentations like the voice enhancer to boost Intimidate for Challenge. Also, the non-energy version of the Junksword is Analog, so you can also use the Photoenergetic Node from AA2 as a sort of poor drow's Empower Weapon.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

I am tempted by Improved Trip, especially since I can give the junksword more flavor by having it look like a drow hook sword...

What other spells should I look into IN ADDITION to junksword so, as you say, I have enough juice to not be a one-trick pony? ;)

Well, here's a kicker: since you have an archetype with an effect at level 4, you lose one spell known of your highest level. From 4th level on, you start each new spell level with just Junksword...which makes it feel less bad to use those high-end spell slots on Empower Weapon.

So remember that you have a little less to work with. Depending on your Intelligence vs Dexterity, you may want to focus on side hustles that rely on saves vs ranged attack rolls, respectively (if you aren't top tier in either, go with buffs or auto-hit stuff like magic missile).

My nuar's side hustle is stabbing people with his horns, so I still mostly stack melee buffs like mirror image.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

True, the same GMs who'd do that are probably the same GMs who'd have enemies try to sunder the soldier's weapons in each fight...

If I do that then, I presume I'd no longer need Advanced Weapon Proficiency, Weapon Focus and Versatile Specialization, since I wouldn't be swinging a plasma sword or wailing blade around. What would be good feats to take instead, and just in general for the melee playstyle?

You would still want Versatile Focus eventually. The Junksword isn't any sort of basic or advanced melee weapon, but Versatile gives you +1 to any weapon you have proficiency in, which the spell does give you.

Enhanced Resistance, definitely (Technomancers have the worst HP and Stamina), along with Toughness or other defensive feats, like Close Combat, from Pact Worlds. I always like Coordinated Shot to help my ranged allies drop anyone I'm threatening with my Reach.

Look at the possible bonuses you can get from the Junksword and consider getting Improved Combat Maneuver to support that. My Steward Officer uses Disarm on his Junksword and has Improved Combat Maneuver (Disarm) so that any disarm attempts are just at a net -2 (and since the Junksword is a 1-handed weapon, if I disarm, the snatched weapon ends up in my free hand).

James Hargrave wrote:
Mike Bramnik wrote:
For our players who still have characters in the First Seekers (Luwazi Elsebo) faction, should we continue to encourage them to write-in once they reach Tier 4 with their faction?

I think so?

There will be a new First Seeker each season right?

Even if there isn't, they will still use SS(LE) as a source of new NPCs for other roles.

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Archpaladin Zousha wrote:

Can't a spellcaster whose reasonably my character's equal or better basically LOLNOPE such a weapon via dispel magic, though?

Granted, a plasma sword can just as easily be LOLNOPE'd by an EMP grenade...

...sure, but how many enemy casters have "casts Dispel Magic on the Junksword guy" listed in their tactics section?

And even if that works, my particular character is a Nuar with Improved Unarmed Strike (a bonus feat from Steward Officer); you almost prefer him to use his Junksword, because the horns actually do more damage at some levels.

Starfinder characters have enough juice to not be one-trick-ponies, is what I'm saying.

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Junksword is actually worth building a character around, for that sweet, sweet Level X1.5 damage bonus it gets instead of specialization. My Nuar Steward Officer Technomancer is an absolute beast with it. He casts Displacement and Mirror Image, then just wades into combat, using the Junksword's Reach and Empowered Weapon to rip them apart as they try to flank him.

Empowered Weapon is fun, because it applies to Attacks of Opportunity taken before the start of your next turn, as well as your regular attack. If you find yourself unable to attack on a round, consider Supercharge Weapon to make that next strike all the sweeter.

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Uh, this is the Starfinder forum. You can just play a kasatha to get four arms here.

Joe Pasini wrote:
Dracomicron wrote:
Thanks, Joe. And congrats on the new position. Who did you annoy to get this punishment? (kidding!)
SO MANY people. But joke's on them—turns out I enjoy working with my colleagues and y'all to find solutions and play fun games ^_^

The secret to happiness is to love the stuff people think you'll hate?

I can dig it!

Okay, this is basically what I wanted. Clearer item text, and it doesn't completely invalidate Natural Weapons (though there is very little reason for Natural Weapons races not to get this thing; it is a pure upgrade).

One thing I like is that the special attack is purely lethal and can't be used easily for subdual (the old verson could be interpreted as optionally lethal at the enhanced bonus, but the new version...the option is to use the new, super-lethal attack or use your puny, soft fists without a double bonus).

Big props RE: Archaic. Now Dragonbot didn't waste his gear boost on Raw Lethality.

I appreciate the effort made to end this longstanding confusion, Joe.

John Templeton wrote:
Dracomicron wrote:

A new player at a convention I met recently had a very interesting idea for a dual-pistols Envoy.

I helped her flesh it out and it turned into a cool thing where she took multi-weapon fighting and Clever Feint. On round 1 she would move to position and Clever Feint, then on round 2 she would Full Attack, with the enemy being flat footed, she would only be -1 net on each attack.

That’s not bad and could slide some of those ideas into my build above.

The great part about Clever Feint is that even if it fails, the opponent is still flat footed to your attack next round (success is that they are flat-footed to EVERYONE's attacks), so basically the envoy never has to shoot at a non-flat-footed target. At 4th level you can pick up Clever Attack and still get a shot off on your "off" rounds. Weapon Focus and Quick Draw as early feats to enhance the build.

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A new player at a convention I met recently had a very interesting idea for a dual-pistols Envoy.

I helped her flesh it out and it turned into a cool thing where she took multi-weapon fighting and Clever Feint. On round 1 she would move to position and Clever Feint, then on round 2 she would Full Attack, with the enemy being flat footed, she would only be -1 net on each attack.

Thanks, Joe. And congrats on the new position. Who did you annoy to get this punishment? (kidding!)

Huh, I'll be darned.

BastionofthePants wrote:

Adaptive Fighting, as a prerequisite, requries "3 or more combat feats."

Weapon Specialization is a combat feat that can be taken multiple times, once for each weapon type.

So at level 3 a Solarian gains Weapon Specialization (Advanced Melee), Weapon Specialization (Small Arms), and Weapon Specialization (Basic Melee). Each is technically an independent feat.

Do these three feats meet the prerequisite for Adaptive Fighting?

The specializations that you get from hitting 3rd level are class features, not feats, as far as I recall. If you don't actually have the feats, you can't take Adaptive Fighting.

Nefreet wrote:

I finally got to play my RoF character at a Convention this weekend, and none of my GMs were aware of the issue. They each let me play it as I understood it.

At Level 3 and then Level 4, there were other characters in my parties who were dealing more damage with actual weapons and class abilities.

If I'd been dominating the table, there might have been more scrutiny, but as it was we just got to enjoy the stories.

While it is good, anecdotally, that you didn't have any trouble, you don't seem to have had two RoF characters built using different assumptions at your tables, right?

The problem has never been "Can a RoF character complete a Society adventure without setting off the rules equivalent of a nuclear bomb?" It's always been about being fair to parties with similar builds but different interpretations.

Thus, FAQ.

Xenobiologist wrote:

Thanks, both of you. :)

I'm seeing a lot of advice about not being a pure-healer. My question is, what options are there for a Mystic/Biohacker to do besides healing?

Some kind of fighty combat is a good option, so a good Dex or Str with perhaps Weapon Focus or Longarms/Advanced Melee Proficiency. I know you are going with Shirren, but one trick I like is to play a Dwarf that gets Advanced Melee Specialization at 3rd character level, no matter what classes you take, so you can fight effectively in melee regardless of what your multiclassing status is. There are a couple of melee injection weapons, especially in the additional materials.

Biohackers use guns to buff and debuff, so I want to be good with an injection gun of some kind. However I'm also seeing advice that PCs should specialize, so I get the impression I should pick like one other Thing besides healing.

Correct. Some classes (like Operatives) get to be good at lots of stuff, but a narrower focus generally helps your build overall.

In Dreaming the Future, I don't think I ever attacked with the Pulsecaster Pistol. I was Mind Thrusting and telekinetically throwing things, even in the boss fight.

I'll stop you right there. Dreaming of the Future is a quest chain, and you were probably able to rest and get your spells back between each segment. Now most Society Scenarios don't drain you TOO dry of spells, but it pays to be able to save them for critical moments.

The Telekinetic Projectile cantrip doesn't ever scale or get specialization bonuses, so it is of limited use at 3rd level. The Pulsecaster would also attack EAC instead of KAC, which is generally a +10% swing on your attack rolls.

Should I replace Psychokinetic Hand with Daze, and take Command or Confusion (Lesser) for my final lv. 1 spell? Or is Remove Condition (Lesser) a better choice to buff my allies? (I had thought Psychokinetic Hand would be useful to sneakily move things without people noticing I did it, but that's an out-of-combat trick. How useful is the spell at low levels?)

Psychokinetic Hand tends to be very common, and if you don't have it, likely someone else will. The utility is based on your creativity and the approval of your GM. I tend to stay away from save-or-suck spells like Confusion or Command, but they can be very powerful in the right circumstance... if you're lucky (bad guys have pretty good saves, usually).

Are there injection guns available at 1st level that do damage? (And is there any way to not do damage when shooting to buff my allies?) Or, are there injectable poisons I can buy at 1st level to shoot enemies, that will be significant in a fight?

There are needler pistols and rifles you can get at 1st level. There are poisons (and medicinals, check out analgesics; they have no save vs. Flat Footed), but you're going to be wasting a ton of money on that stuff unless you find it in the scenario.

In what ways do I need to change my build to make it good at shooting, or buffing, and to make it good as a science officer? Science officers use Computers, right?

Shooting: Weapon Focus or Longarm Proficiency

Buffing: Be a Biohacker or Envoy, I guess. Envoys can also heal Stamina
Science Officer: Basically put ranks in as many of the following as possible: Engineering, Physical Science, Life Science, Medicine, and Computers. Computers is the most important for ship combat, followed by Engineering so you can switch to repair duties if necessary.

Also, I've seen arguments about whether Medicine is even a useable skill at all before level 5. Is it a waste at level 1?

It's pretty useless to heal HP before maybe 4th level, but in all other things it's useful. Most scenarios have reasonable DCs on Medicine checks where called for. Remember, though, healing isn't why you take Medicine; healing serums are cheap and plentiful. You take Medicine so you can put "M.D." after your name and rock those Medicine checks written into scenarios.

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In my home game, the PCs are in the Lovecraftian Dreamlands right now. They helped a hunter kill a frost-breathing bear, and the hunter crafted a weapon out of the creature's carcass, specifically a hailstorm-class zero rifle. Of course, this being the Dreamlands, the bear's head at the end of the rifle is still alive and makes commentary between shooting bolts of cold from its mouth.

Strange flavor, indeed!

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One thing I would warn you about is that, due to the Stamina system, healing is not as useful as it is in other games, such as Pathfinder. It's not useless, for certain, and a well-timed heal can make all the difference, but you need to make sure that your character does more than just heal, as healing pretty much never happens until late in a combat, or even post-combat.

4. How much would I lose by multiclassing? Is it worth it, or too much of a detriment? Or is it too soon to know before Biohackers are published? I’m OK with leveling up slowly, but not with being significantly underpowered for whatever tier(s) I play in.

The main thing is that you don't get Weapon Specialization until you're 3rd level in a single class. By multiclassing right away, you're making yourself less effective in a fight... unless you have some other plan than shooting a gun.

5. Assuming my level 1 is Mystic, which class should be primary and which should be the dip? How many levels should I dip into? If I don’t decide until level 3, will it matter at all for how I build now?

Impossible to say, really. It depends on what the primary schtick you want to do with the character is. If you want to be mostly spells, dip into Biohacker for the injection weapon bonuses. If you want to be a science monkey as primary, go with a Mystic dip for some clutch healing spells (great for stopping bleeding) and Mysticism as a class skill.

7. Is profession a waste of time? I’ve read that it never earns much money. Should I move a skill rank to some other skill, and use downtime to craft healing serums instead? (can I remove the skill rank and still have a profession?)

Absolutely not a waste. I can't tell you how many times I've ended a shopping session with less credits than I earned with my profession check.

Crafting healing serums is basically the same as buying them, as there is no money discount on crafting in Starfinder. It isn't worth losing your downtime cash.

Archpaladin Zousha wrote:
While that is 100% awesome, it'd probably have to be modified if it was to be set in Starfinder's universe, since a lot of the concepts that make Planescape Planescape aren't present, like the philosophy elements, the Blood War, The Cage, githyanki and githzerai, etc.

Sure, but they could devise similar aspects and make it their own.

I never looked at the planar guide that came out for PF1.0 recently. Did that setting have character?

Hmm wrote:

I could dig a book that delved more into Starfinder deities. I don't know if that is a full book by itself, or one that deals with the planes and demiplanes as well. I'd love a chapter on the Akashic Library.


Planescape is by far my all-time favorite game setting, I'd love to see a version of that that was updated for the Starfinder era. Infernal space stations orbiting Dis, specialized monastery ships flying through Limbo, Hell and the Abyss fighting over the souls of great inventors or military commanders to gain advantage in their eternal war, heavenly space marines rolling in to protect upper planar interests...

I've honestly been meaning to do a Sharpshooter Soldier/Exo-Mechanic sniper forever, but haven't gotten around to it.

Diasporan Sniper Rifle + Laser Accuracy Gear Boost + Combat Tracking + Weapon Focus (Sniper) [+Miracle Worker at high levels] is going to be some of the highest accuracy out there, which can then be buffed with Overcharge.

It isn't going to be the highest damage build, but it should be reliable

FormerFiend wrote:

You say that while playable greys and reptoids exist.

Greys and Reptoids are not unique to Society, though. Jinsuls were created specifically as a Society antagonist.

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If you want to get a second Skittermander sheet, you will either need to use a replay (Jadnura or a Nova), or, preferably, GM the scenario yourself so other people can get in on the Skitterfun.

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An Envoy/Soldier is pretty effective at equal levels. Envoy/Solarian is even better, because there is some stat synergy with Charisma. Move - Get Em!/Standard - Stellar Rush sounds like a fun turn.

Operative brings stuff to the table for any other class (I have a 3 Operative/2 Mystic that does just quite well, thanks).

Technomancer/Mechanic would do just fine if it went exo-cortex and relied mostly on buffing guns.

Seems like the race forces you to think outside the box, not about pure class power, but class synergies, feats, skills, and gear.

Yes, Solarians and Soldiers all get the ability to attack 3 times with their class features. Operatives go up to 4 times, but they have to sacrifice their Trick Attack to do so.

Ginasteri wrote:

I can't believe how disappointed I am in you all. Not a single mention of the Tom Sawyer reference. Kids these days.

Also...get off my lawn.

Mean, mean pride...

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FormerFiend wrote:
Hmm wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Does Jinsuls count? I mean technically not new since Starfinder Society but to people outside of it? :p

If you're asking if they are a playable race... Alas, no. But there are 19 other playable races in the book!


Hopefully this grave injustice will be corrected in a future book with a playable variant on the jinsuls.

Though finally having playable izalguuns balances it out a bit.

We don't want playable jinsuls while they are still supposed to be a mysterious enemy race, I don't think. Maybe after we defeat them and make friends with the remainder they can feature in a SFS scenario chronicle like the Copaxi or Morlamaw... then show up as playable in an Alien Archive later.

"Dr." Cupi wrote:
Continuity matters to some and not to others. The good news is that people can play how they want. Though, be aware that some GMs will be more strict that others.

I figure that there are minimum implants that Stellifera who join the galactic civilization get that allow them to communicate freely with other races easily.

Hmm, I suppose I could get a Vocal Modulator to represent that implant.

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Rysky the Dark Solarion wrote:

... I just realized there’s an exclamation point at the end of Swarm.

That’s gonna bug me.

Oh, it's going to BUG you.

Something about the insectoid Swarm is going to BUG you.

Alert the media, the Swarm BUGs people. To death, perhaps!

Ah yes, Jad "Insufficient Data" nura.

Luke_Parry wrote:
*shrugs* I respect that that is RAW, since 'fluff' doesn't matter in SFS, but my Stellifera ('Deep Blue') is mute, since I like the racial fluff ;-)

I respect your dedication to character development. :)

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Luke_Parry wrote:
Dracomicron wrote:
...also I kinda think it's hilarious to have these little cuttlefish dragging themselves around in open air, talking and such like it ain't no thing.

That is, of course, with the caveat that they can't actually vocalise, or communicate telepathically - the 'background fluff' for the race notes that their language is one of bodily color changes, and they were only able to communicate with the Azlanti via the use of the Telepathic Message cantrip... a Mk I Mindlink Circuit is probably a good early purchase, or you will spend most of the game session being *really* quiet (since it otherwise takes a standard action to 'say' something).

"No talking" isn't listed in their stat block; therefore such a concern is not such a problem that it can't be overcome with basic PC measures.

Wei Ji the Learner wrote:
Blake's Tiger wrote:
All of the logic (or not, depending on your perspective) aside, what I can't figure out is why anyone wants a gill sheath: air breather or water breather.
Two words? *Insurance*. *Paranoia*.


Starfinder Society writers have caught on to the fact that environmental protections have painted them into a corner with regards to potential environmental threats, and numerous scenarios have included situations where the protections don't work properly.

...also I kinda think it's hilarious to have these little cuttlefish dragging themselves around in open air, talking and such like it ain't no thing.

HammerJack wrote:
The feature says you don't need survival for some things. They don't need survival for those things. There's nothing unfair about still needing the skill for other things the feature doesn't affect. You can get by fine with just enough survival skill to make the DC 5 Stay Mounted check, and not use tricks.

I'd like to get this clarified. The implication in the Riding Saddle entry is that you don't really need Survival to do any of the basic things. Needing to roll at all to stay mounted is still a big penalty for a class that is usually pretty tight on skill points (sure their primary stat is Int, but their base is only 4 ranks).

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