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Can a Shifter activate their minor aspect and then use Wild Shape to change into an animal different than the minor aspect.

For Example, can an 8th level Shifter activate Minor Aspect: Bull, and then turn into a Dire Wolverine from his/her 2nd aspect (thus gaining STR bonus from minor aspect and STR bonus from size increase?)

OK, Forgemaster is a nice crafter Cleric archetype for a dwarf. This is perfect!

Can you explain why having a familiar is needed?

I will need to study that one a bit, however I was hoping for a Cleric as opposed to a Wizard. I'm fairly certain what you offered is fairly well optimized, but I guess I'm only looking for an effective Cleric crafter build.

However, I could change my mind after reviewing what you provided.


OK, after a little research I am leaning this way so far:

1st Level Feat:
3rd Level Feat: Craft Wondrous Item
5th Level Feat: Craft Wand
7th Level Feat: Forge Ring
9th Level Feat:
11th Level Feat: Craft Staff

Since there are no crafting feats needed at level 1 I decided the cohort does not need to be a human. Is there a race that gives crafting bonuses?

I am playing a Cleric in a home game and am strongly considering taking Leadership at 7th level in order to provide crafting opportunities for the group.

From a thematic standpoint I would prefer the cohort to be a Cleric who has been assigned to tutor underneath me.

My Question: Can a Cleric be a solid crafter?

Also, are there feats and/or traits that he can take which shorten his crafting time?

Any tips on what a 5th level Human Cleric crafter would build out? I think I would want him to be able to craft belts/headbands, wands, and staffs. Perhaps a few other items as well. Crafting time will be an issue.

Human Bonus Feat:
1st Level Feat:
3rd Level Feat:
5th Level Feat:

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Have: SFS Formian Heritage or Ikeshti Heritage

Want: PFS Vanara Race Boon

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I was looking for specific archetypes, feats, domains, etc. that allow you to act in a surprise round.

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As the title suggests, I am looking for PFS legal ways to act in a surprise round. I am assuming a Gunslinger with the Quick Draw feat would be able to draw and fire in a surprise long as they are able to act.

Is there a way to do this?

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I have some interest in a Vanaran as they would make a decent Gunslinger...but what is the Red Lizard Race boon for Starfinder?

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Vine Leshy

Goblin ( I realize this is a LONG shot, but thought I'd throw it out there. )

Otherwise, I'd be interested in offers though I am not quite sure what I am looking for. Perhaps something that would make a good Gunslinger.

You can channel energy 3 plus your charisma modifier times per day.

3 plus -2 = 1

OK, Outflank, Paired Opportunists, and Combat Reflexes seems to be the direction we will head into for now.

I will definately be taking the Infusion ability, and hopefully finding a good potion on a chronicle sheet we could use in combination with Alchemical Allocation.

Any other ideas for after that?

Greetings! My son and I are leveling up a couple Ratfolk brothers and were hoping for some tips/advice on Feats to take.

Ratfolk Unchained Rogue (Knife Master)

Ratfolk Swashbuckler (Inspired Blade) 1/Investigator (Empiricist)

The concept is my character will move in first after ID'ing the enemy followed by my son who will come in and hit them hard with Sneak Attack.

I understand that not all enemies will be subject to sneak attack/precision damage so lets not focus on that particular issue. Let's try and focus on what I can do as the Investigator to help set him up for success.

Teamwork feats? We will already be "swarming" so we flank from the same square, but perhaps Outflank would be effective to increase our bonus?

Should I go with a Trip build so his target is prone as well? As a small race it will make that a bit more difficult but perhaps I can make it work.

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I'd say you both are ready to go right now. If you have any type of backstory worked out/printed out you are solid.

My son and I started playing PFS when he was 9...he rolled a Cleric of Sarenrae and I played his big brother the Barbarian. We had a blast with those characters! I (as the big brother) was always protective of the little bro, but he ended up saving me with healing more times than I care to remember. They are both semi retired now after having completed Eyes of the Ten.

I wish you and your daughter all the fun in the world! Getting to spend several hours with your child having fun while playing a game is a beautiful thing.

Out of curiosity, do we have an ETA for when this might happen? I for one was very excited about the Shifter class concept, purchased the PDF, and was almost immediately disappointed.

I would love to be able to play a viable Shifter in PFS play, not just a Druid or Beastkin Barbarian.

Thanks for all your hard work on this!

Yup, the Natural Attacks is the other option he was looking into. But you trade out the bonus to Perception for it...and if he is our Trap Spotter we are hoping he can actually spot them.

But along the lines of claw/claw/bite or tusk, there is also a catfolk item that they wear on the claws which can be enchanted and I'm sure fashioned from adamantine/silver/cold iron.

Lots to think about.

My son has decided against the Samurai (for now) and is intent on building a Catfolk Rogue of some type. Catfolk is his favored race and it seems it might fit (at least somewhat) thematically. The guide lists the Trapsmith and Burglar archetypes as solid choice, but he is leaning towards the Cat Burglar racial archetype.

We plan to tinker with this a bit to discover good ways to:

Increase Perception (Wisdom Penalty on Catfolks hurts)
Increase To-Hit
Leaning on a way to use a two-handed weapon as dual wielding as a rogue can compromise his ability to hit things consistently.

I was hoping for the Sun and Fire domain for the blast spells, but the Blossoming Light archetype looks almost perfect for my concept. Since I would not get the bonus spells/spell slots the blast spells are no longer an issue and Sun and Fire domains make the most sense.

Are there any traits or feats or abilities that allow + damage to channeling to Harm Undead? I know the Sun Domain does, but anything else?

Regarding the Samurai I agree the Sovereign Blade looks best, but I will gently encourage him to look at the Cavalier as there seem to be many more options with that class. Is there a desert themed Cavalier?

As the title says I am looking for ideas on 2 builds for my son and I. He wants to play a Samauri while I am leaning towards an undead killing Cleric or divine caster.

Are there any Samauri archetypes that swap out the mount feature and are perhaps somewhat thematic for the sand?

Ideas on undead slayer?

Thanks for your suggestions.

Perfect, thanks!

Ok, this is what I thought. However, is there a place or post that I can provide which states supernatural equals magical?

A question came up in our recent alchemists bombs damage Incorporeal creatures? Is the bomb damage considered magical?

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Grapple part members?

That seems....oddly specific. And somewhat NSFW.

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Anyone able to explain the Taldan Courtier boon, and how it is acquired? Old boon, current boon?

I have a character that is very connected to Taldor and I am interested in what this particular boon entails.

Matthew Downie wrote:
There are items that give you a bonus. Is there any reason it has to be made into a Class skill? Wouldn't any +3 be just as good?

Well, making it a Class Skill gives the +3 bonus, and then any additional items will give additional bonus. I'm not looking for the ultimate Diplomat but any reasonable way to increase the skill will be considered.

I am hoping there is a magic item or something similar that allows a character to make a skill a Class skill.

I am in need of being a bit more...Diplomatic.

Sorry...yes, the Tanglefoot Bomb.

And thank you for the response!

I have a quick question regarding an Alchemists bombs and Discoveries.

If an Alchemist picks up the Entangling Bombs Discovery at level four, do the bombs still do normal damage when they explode, but also have the additional function of entangling? Or does the entangle replace bomb damage?

I could not read anywhere that it replaces the damage, and some of the other Discoveries explicitly read that bomb damage is reduced in some case when additional effects are added. So as far as I can tell the bomb would explode doing damage, and then entangle.

Am I correct? If not, can someone point me to the phrase / post / FAQ where it is explained better?


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Yup, I purchased the PDF of the Field Guide and will be spending 1 Prestige to become a Baron.


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Admittedly I was extremely excited for the class concept and bought the book eagerly. Then I read the class description and was a bit disappointed.

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Has there been any word from Paizo that they agree/think that there are significant and glaring issues with it?

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Do we have any idea when Ultimate Wilderness (Shifter class) will be made PFS legal in the Additional Resources? Has there been a general timeline from previous books?

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I am building a character that I am currently applying my GM credit to, but I want the character to end up as a Noble. Is there a scenario (or scenarios) that offer a Noble Title on the chronicle sheet as a boon?

I understand if this type of "farming" is frowned upon by the community but I am hoping for a little help in which scenario to run next.

Thanks in advance.

I am trying to build a PFS legal character that is expertly skilled in Knowledge Nobility.

My ideas so far:

2 Levels of Empiricist Investigator-Get Inspiration on Knowledge checks and converts several skills to use INT modifier instead of normal modifier. Could get by with a single level, but character will be INT focused so the extra level makes sense.

Minimum 2 levels of Mindchemist Alchemist-Gets Double INT bonus to all Knowledge checks, plus Cognatagen to increase INT, and bombs for some combat ability. Would prefer race with Bonus to DEX/INT, but Half Orc may work with +1/2 point of damage to bombs.

Trait: Civilized-+1 Trait Bonus to Knowledge Nobility & Local

Item: Mossy Disc (Cracked) Ioun Stone-+1 Competence Bonus on Knowledge Nobility. Also, can the Ioun Stone be upgraded to the higher level items similar to how we do magic weapons/belts/headbands?

What other Race options are there that might give alternative racial features to increase a knowledge skill?

Any other items that help with this?

While I would prefer to keep it to just two classes I am open to hear suggestions on additional classes that would offer a considerable bonus to knowledge checks in general, Nobility specifically.

Any ideas out there?

Thanks for the input!

With that group, I would say Bard. You and the investigator have Cure spells on your list so you both can use a wand. Inspire Courage would be delicious candy for that group.

However, a Cleric would be handy for the "Remove" line of spells. I know, play the Cleric archetype that gives Inspire that Evangelist?

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Thanks, thats a fantastic resource.

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Is there a reference I can go to that lists certain NPC's that are present in scenarios?

I am interested in running all scenarios that reference Grandmaster Torch for a character I am rolling up.

I am building a Necrologist Spiritualist for an upcoming game and I want to spend the majority of my gold on gear for the phantom. I am hoping for some suggestions on what to buy for it.

Currently, I will be picking up a Strength Belt and some cheap Leather armor. I have about 7k left to spend on him. Is there an item which will help him deliver touch spells? A feat perhaps?

As an Anger based phantom he will get Power Attack as a bonus feat so will have 3 other feats to take as we are building for 6th level.

Also: How do I calculate his HPs each level? 4.5 per level plus CHA modifier and Toughness if he has it?

The Necrologist is exactly what I want but we cannot be evil. Thats disappointing.

We are doing a short module in October, but only using classes from Occult Adventures book. My question is: Is there an Occult Class/Archetype that can channel negative energy?

I would love to play a negative channeler as the majority of our party will be playing Dhampirs.

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Yup, I have a character concept for a Rougorou. Now to check the non race boons I have at home to see if anyone is interested. I will also have a Skinwalker boon in the near future I would be willing to trade.

Want: Rougorou
Have: Skinwalker (in about 2 months) or various non race boons....can list later if there is interest.

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Anyone have access (and willing to share) the Racial Abilities/Stats of the Rougorou?

I would like to see if its something that would work for an upcoming concept I have.


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This may sound strange...but whats a Rougorou?

I have been poking a bit around the forums and haven't found any info on the Starfinder Society rules regarding character creation and such similar to Pathfinder society. Has there been a Starfinder Society Rulebook released to build legal Society characters for the upcoming season of Starfinder?

My son and I are wanting to begin building our characters but I want to make sure we follow the correct guidelines.

I realize this may be something that was addressed earlier and that it may be released after Gencon, but I am simply hoping for clarification.

The excitement builds!

Was there going to be a playtest for the upcoming Shifter class?

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I have a question regarding applying GM credits to a brand new toon, and whether or not I can apply special boons to it after my initial chronicle sheet but prior to when I've actually played the character.

My Specific Situation:

I am very interested in the upcoming Shifter class. I believe the book comes out in October but then there will be a short period of time while we wait for it to be "legal."

Can I store up chronicles on a character, and then create a Shifter at level 5? (or 3, 4, 6)

Also, can I apply a Race Boon that I would have received after the moment I first applied a chronicle but prior to ever actually being played?

How do you switch out the 1st level Bloodline for a Familiar?

The only issue with taking the Cleave line is that it will only work against multiple mobs who are near me.

I have no idea what the set up will be, and I would hate to take multiple feats that are useless part of the time.

I have a question regarding Sanctuary: It states that the target can also not attack. So can this be ended just when I attack, or am I not able to attack, period.

I see what you mean: Move, Attack, LoH to gain Sanctuary. And then I guess on the next round you just follow the same routine...after reading a bit more it seems perfectly reasonable.

20 point stat buy.

Where would I find Sanctuary Mercy?

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