Quoting Monstrous Physique:
"When you cast this spell, you can assume the form of any Small or Medium creature of the monstrous humanoid type. If the form you assume has any of the following abilities, you gain the listed ability: climb 30 feet, fly 30 feet (average maneuverability), swim 30 feet, darkvision 60 feet, low-light vision, and scent.
1) Since claws, bites, slams (etc) aren't on the list, my presumption is that the PC will not get them in the new form even if they're in a Paizo-product picture of the creature. I.e., not any more than they get the monster's umpittyump hit-dice, breath attacks, pounce, and so on unless so indicated.
2) What is RAW for what happens to the equipment, apparel, and weapons of a person in a "form"? (It doesn't say in the druid section or in Beast Shape.)
Rhino Charge: "You may ready a charge, though you may only move up to your speed on the charge."
Pummeling Charge: "You can charge and make a full attack or flurry of blows at the end of your charge as part of the charge action."
...and what happens is that our clever player swifts a spell, move-chugs a potion (accelerated drinker trait) or just moves, then readies a charge...which he then takes, getting a complete full-attack even though he's effectively had two move actions mixed in there as well.
By the RAW of the moment, that seems legal, if liable to lift the eyebrow.
I just wanted to make clear that this order does not provide or convert the cavalier's normal Challenge melee damage bonus into versus ranged targets, correct?
(That is, aside from them being a Luring archetype, or owning certain wondrous items.)
(Just asking this because a messagebase search doesn't reveal anyone previously asking this specific question, or at least not with the search-trigger words in their thread title. So, this will be helpful in future searching by others.)
Situation: the monster has AC25 and my attack bonus is +20.
— If I roll a 1 on my attack, I obviously whiff, no matter what my attack bonus.
— But let's say I roll a 19 to score a threat with a longsword. During the confirmation roll, the die result is a 1. However, I have the Critical Focus feat granting a +4 circumstance bonus on attack rolls made to confirm critical hits. 1+20+4 = +25. This meets or exceeds the monster's AC, so is it a critical hit?
There's a ton of stuff for Smite, Favored Enemy, Grit, Ki, and so on, so there must be something that works with Challenge, right?
- Aasimar: Add +1/4 to the cavalier’s bonus on damage against targets of his challenge.
Feats & Traits
Crown of Challenge: (head; Price 21,000 gp) This jagged steel crown is rough and scratched but shows no sign of being dented or misshapen. Once per day, the wearer can issue a challenge to a creature able to see and hear him. The creature gains a +2 morale bonus on melee attack rolls and damage rolls against the crown’s wearer for 1 minute. The creature challenged also takes a –2 penalty on attack rolls and damage rolls against all targets other than the wearer, and takes a –2 penalty to the save DCs of its spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities that affect other targets unless they also affect the wearer of the crown. These penalties last 1 minute or until the creature challenged makes a melee attack against the wearer of the crown. If the crown’s wearer has the challenge class feature, he gains the benefit of his challenge against the creature challenged without expending a daily use of his own challenge ability.
Vambraces of the Tactician: (wrist, 8,000gp) A cavalier wearing these vambraces is considered two class levels higher for purposes of determining the effects of his challenge class feature. Furthermore, once per day as a swift action, a cavalier with the tactician class feature can increase the area in which he grants teamwork feats. Before the end of his next turn, when the cavalier grants his allies a teamwork feat, he can grant it to all allies within 60 feet, though they must still be able to see and hear him.
Advanced Weapon Training (Combat) wrote:
If I have all that straight, a Weapon Master build can run like this:
01 F(WM)1: [FEAT(c)], FEAT(g), FEAT(h)
...taking AWT in every bonus feat slot as well one general slot at 5th (with the next general slot kosher for AWT at 11th), correct?
If it stacks with fighter for Weapon Training, the level at which "Fighter Level Nth" feats may be taken, or some other useful goody, add it to the list.
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Brawler: ...a brawler's levels are treated as fighter levels for feat acquisition from 1st, and he is both "fighter" and "monk" for items that trigger off class.
Monk [Martial Artist]: "At 4th level, a martial artist may use his monk level to qualify for feats with a fighter level prerequisite when those feats are applied to unarmed strikes or weapons with the monk special quality."
Monk [Sohei]: Receive Weapon Training at 6th level, and upgrades it every six levels thereafter. (Fighter and Sohei levels do not stack for Weapon Training, and Sohei cannot take fighter-prerequisite feats.)
Samurai: From 3rd onward, samurai levels count as fighter levels and stack. (The text doesn't specify what for, but since the classes have no named abilities in common, the only thing left that it could logically apply to would be feats.)
Swashbuckler: "Swashbuckler levels are considered fighter levels for the purpose of meeting combat feat prerequisites." (This line of text appears in the Swashbuckler section for Bonus Feats, of which they receive their first at 4th, but it does not appear that they are required to confine themselves to their Bonus Feat slots.)
Warpriest: "(F)or the purposes of these feats..." (i.e., Warpriest Bonus Feats), "...the warpriest can select feats that have a minimum number of fighter levels as a prerequisite, treating his warpriest level as his fighter level." (Warpriests also treat their class level as BAB level when taking Bonus Feats.) The classes do not otherwise stack, and warpriest PCs may not take fighter-prerequisite feats in their general feat slots.
A miserable one immediate action per round doesn't cut the mustard. Let's get around it.
Things to not include on the list: stuff that requires activation or otherwise works only on your turn (e.g., regeneration or fast-healing), or resistance gimmicks (because there's a million of those and they don't need explanation). -- Assume you've already blown through your DR, hardness, Fortification, False Life, and so on, and are facing big, bloody cartoon Xs in your eyes unless you can make a widget do its business right *now*.)
Things to definitely include: anything that can be triggered without using an immediate action (and especially if its text actually contains the word "heal").
Just a few off the top of my head to get things started:
Sundered Mask: Must worship Nethys. Must be charged by Nethys-worshiping divine caster.
Another Day: advanced rogue talent negates (probably) a killing attack as an immediate action once per day.
Armored Sacrifice: fighter advanced armor training negates a hit entirely, apparently. (Poorly-worded and crazy broke. Will likely be nerfed. Enjoy while it lasts.)
Guarded Life/Guarded Life (greater): barbarian rage powers convert lethal damage to nonlethal.
Flesh Wound: barbarian rage power converts lethal damage to nonlethal once per rage.
Redirect Attack: advanced rogue talent negates an attack by redirecting it to an adjacent target once per day.
Resiliency: rogue talent gains temp hp upon going neg.
Feats and Traits
Deathless Initiate: immediate action negate damage by trading rounds of rage for CON bonus HP w/each.
Fight On (dwarf/half-orc feat): get temp hp if hit 0hp.
Resilient Brute (half-orc feat): once or twice per day, half the damage from a crit is converted to nonlethal.
Roll With It (goblin feat): negate melee attack by bouncing out of combat as immediate action.
Tenacious Survivor (half-orc feat): built-in pseudo-Breath of Life if acted upon within CON-bonus rounds after death.
Contingency (arcane 6th): you know it, you love it, you wish you could afford it more often.
Do you have a character that can absorb a seemingly infinite amount of damage without going down? -- Show us how it works, and claim the Flubber Trophy
1) For our purpose here, "total hit-points" represents what it takes to kill you (i.e., full-up to neg-CON, or whatever even lower number the gimmicks you've accumulated use instead).
2) Any automatically-working effect that ameliorates damages can be factored (such as mechanism by which lethal damage is converted to non-lethal and then auto-healed with another ability). (Sorry, paladins; Lay on Hands isn't automatic, so LoH is excluded.)
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There are three Flubber Trophies awarded: one for outright maximum possible HP, and another for builds including more subjective and variable amelioration effects, and one for PFS legal builds.
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Just to keep things on a reasonable keel, limit attributes to 20pt-buy and 12th-level, unless there's something jaw-droppingly spectacular you feel we really ought to see.
Under their "Spells" section is the following text, the relevant portion which I've bolded:
Q. Does this mean that the domain's granted powers are commensurately delayed (i.e., that listed 8th level domain powers come on-line for the paladin at 11th)?
(This is on the heels of a discussion as to whether or not the trait Magical Knack affected domain powers with "cleric level" wording instead of "caster level"; consensus was that it did not.)
For us multiclass mutts, Magical Knack is a great trait granting +2 caster level in a spellcasting class of our choice.
-- What I'm looking for is something similar which enables us to actually count as an XYZ of +2 level for relatively minor purposes (clerical domain powers, for example, usually reference class level rather than caster level).
Anything out there? (item/feat/trait...doesn't matter)
Can we talk about how multiclass mutts are just better than either Fighter or Cavalier straight-classed?
Goal: cast him as a PFS-legal character while keeping him as true to his "Stormborn" persona (season seven, episode two of “Game of Thrones”) as possible.
* Obviously a male human.
Starting 20pt stat array is 15,14,12,12,12,12
Alternate racial trait: Heart of the Wilderness
01: barb1 [Invulnerable Rager], Raging Vitality, Weapon Focus:Greataxe
Back to basics time: crotchety, cantankerous old elven wizard build:
Narrowed it down to these:
Exploit: PFS has a "progression" mechanic which enables the player to slow down the pace of leveling so that they can enjoy their character longer at certain levels. Basically, you can choose to take half-XP and half-rewards on your cert. So, you play "normal" progression when INT is an odd number, and "slow" down when it is even.
-- What this means is that it will take nine normal 1pt certs to get from 1st to 4th (and there are a number of APs that pop you straight to 2nd in one session), but then I can slow down and enjoy TWENTY-FOUR 1/2pt adventures before hitting 8th, during which time my wizard's INT bonus is exactly the same as another who started with a 20 and is now 21. Savings? FIVE FREAKIN' BUILD POINTS! (Starting 17 versus 18 before racial adjustment.)
(This tactic is especially good if you seldom play characters past 8th in PFS, as tends to be my case for one reason or another.)
Annoyance: requires Additional Traits to get all of Perception, Diplomacy, and UMD as class (most skill traits also come with a +1 bonus, yielding a +4 differential versus not having it class, for a total +6 or +7 improvement versus pure power builds that dump the associated stat (and such builds typically have no ability at all in the skill without taking ranks). That's three traits down, and only one slot left for either Magical Lineage or Eyes and Ears of the City (for INIT+2).
Demerit: CON:10 is really pushing your luck in a d4 class.
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Regarding this thread concerning the Underhanded (UC) rogue talent and the more general questions of drawing and/or concealing weapons in surprise rounds, the first post in that thread has been marked "Answered in the FAQ".
...but no such entry appears in the Ultimate Combat FAQ.
Gentle Rest (Sp): Your touch can fill a creature with lethargy, causing a living creature to become staggered for 1 round as a melee touch attack. If you touch a staggered living creature, that creature falls asleep for 1 round instead. Undead creatures touched are staggered for a number of rounds equal to your Wisdom modifier. You can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + your Wisdom modifier.
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So let me get this straight: a 1st-level domain-granted touch-attack with no save will strip away a dragon's full-attack spread?
...A good three-quarters of the creatures in all the Bestiaries are dog-chow versus this ability. Basically, everything with a high challenge-rating factoring multi-attack.
And then there's the "spam" strategy I saw in the archives in which a party with two PCs with Gentle Rest touch the same target to put it asleep, followed by a third buddy who coup de graces.
Preface: I have not played this AP, so no spoilers, please, aside from yeah-it's-gonna-be-cold.
-- I am helping a friend (smart RPGer, but still learning Pathfinder) create a PC for ROW. Characters will be rough, tough & buff with 25pt-buy and Hero Points. Play-style will highly cinematic and immersive-RP under an experienced GM who, while not having a homicidal attitude, won't mind slipping in extra monsters when start we cake-walking too much.
The party (into which my bud is the last-arriving player) currently consists of...
* human synthacist summoner
...of which most are moderately to heavily min-maxed to really dish it out.
My friend is currently playing a cat-riding gnome caster in our other game, and doesn't want overlap in character concepts. The new party lacks ranged offense and anybody with Survival on their class list.
So, he decided to go with an archery-focused witch-hunter barbarian. (He's looking forward to inter-party banter with the ratfolk PC.) He's also looking forward to not failing saves (which he's famous for doing in the other game despite good numbers on paper).
=== Build #1 "Bowbarian" ===
01: barb1 [Arch:urban][Arch:brutal pugilist][Crowd Control] PBS, Rapid Shot
02: fight1 [weapon master:longbow], Precise Shot
03: barb2 [Savage Grapple][Rage Power:Superstition], Extra Rage Power:Witch Hunter
Armor: scale > mithral BP > Celestial
The class levels could come in essentially any order; I layered them as I did to keep every level providing a new ability.
....Ideas? (I'm toying with detuning the damage some, and going with a ranger/barb theme instead of the bowbarian weapon-master/Gloves of Dueling cheese DPR maximizing.)
Q. Is it critically necessary for Survival at 1st level, or can we slide until 2nd?
Considering all the hate this feat gets, you'd think it was nearly the worst option in the game. But it is? Let's crunch some mathy bits....
james maissen wrote:
I normally don't give any of those to a paladin. But VS isn't worse; and is arguably an awesome combat feat for those "now you suck" situations (see below).
The Vital strike feat was a nice idea.. it is far too weak to be a suggestion. They were perhaps far too conservative when they made it for it to be a viable option.
A 2hPA-focused character does 4d6 on a move/attack with a greatsword, same as a large T-rex mount. VS applies to any weapon, including ranged weapons; and permits you to make the best of perpetual move-and-attack situations robbing you of full-attack capability.
Given an iconic +1/flaming greatsword wielded by a STR 18 character, he'll average 17.5 on a normal 2h chop. Vital Strike's extra two dice represent a 40% gain in average damage. Versus a target with DR5, Vital Strike's +7 represents a 56% improvement over the weaker base damage. Versus a target with DR10, 14.5 is a whopping 93% gain over 7.5.
In a scenario involving, say, an on-foot battle with a golem who ignores you while pursuing the squishy ally who triggered it (continually moving out of your threatened zone), Vital Strike compares favorably to Power Attack, where the greatsword attack ia +1/+1 attack/damage between BAB6 and BAB8 versus Power Attack, and +2/-2 attack/damage from BAB8 to BAB12.
Take a low-fantasy/cash-poor 15pt-buy campaign in which the PC in question has a STR of only 14 and sword-and-boards a +1 longsword: 2d8+2 is 69% better than 1d8+2. Versus DR5, a 2d8-3 Vital Strike attack is 400% better than 1d8-3 (which fails to penetrate 37.5% of the time).
-- A great many combat feats only kick in when everything is going your way and you're performing your signature "everything, including the kitchen sink" penultimate maneuver. Vital Strike, otoh, shines when you're nerfed, keeping you viable.
I think everyone agrees that Vital Strike is poorly worded; but for what it does, by-the-numbers it's a pretty good feat.
What are the rules (especially as regards to legality in PFS) regarding this feat and gnomes (or any other race with innate arcane ability)? Can a 1st-level gnome fighter use the feat?
...I note that various races may now qualify for PrCs based on inate abilities rather than casting-class levels (with there accordingly being renewed interest in the moribund Mystic Theurge), and am curious if this leniency extends to feats.
Build experiment #2 for halfling cavalier chedderball
Note: NOT a hard-core DPR min/max build (I want some skills and RP hooks; also, character unlikely to be played high level, so maximum oomph beyond Mounted Skirmisher at 14th is roughly zero priority)
Concept: maximum melee cheese per level; looking for feat suggestions at the suggested locations.
Braggart Knight #2
Racial Archetype: Outrider
01 barb1 [Mounted Fury][mount's move+10][rage:7r], Raging Vitality
Alignment: CN, but pretends to be LG (bluffs that he's a paladin to avoid will save magic); teller of tall-tales
Strengths: 10 feats & features by 4th, easy massive damage vs save-sucked foes at 7th
In re a possible revamping of existing modules to conform to a new normal average party size of six:
...Just double the bosses & solos! Two creatures is equivalent to CR +2! (Core 398).
Oh, joy! All those single BBEM monster encounters will now have two. Most of these (IMNSHO) are "non-Superstar" and designed to maul one or two PCs within an inch of their lives before they're gunned down. Double them up, and you'll see a massive increase in character deaths, especially in situations where placement at the beginning of combat puts a PC between them. Why? Because the brunt of dished-out damage is usually borne by only a couple PCs in an encounter. If 4-player >>> 6-player average represents a 50% increase, imagine the one or two PCs who take the hit in single-BBEM encounters now taking 50% more. Yeah. Bodies will litter the floor.
And this in a campaign where PC death, aside from a prestige freebie or two, represents a viscous smack to WBL (unlike, say, in Living Greyhawk, where level-loss gave you time to catch up). The deleterious effect will be particularly pronounced in the Tier 3-4 range when most PCs have neither fame nor cash. I had a character I enjoyed immensely get killed in LG at 2nd and 3rd levels, both times while playing the mod which would have leveled her, resulting in her dropping to XP levels 0.5 and 1.5 respectively -- a huge hit level-wise, but I could keep playing the same character without a serious impediment with WBL once caught back up to XP equivalent to when the character died. I.e., I lost the time but not the character. PFS players do not have such an option -- they lose both time and the character, and a certain percentage will elect to bow out if several months' worth of effort in a pride-n-joy character is completely vaporized -- and that, of course, will be bad for the campaign.
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Idea for financing Raise Dead: pay with XP as a third option in addition to existing straight money or prestige, or in some combination. (The in-game explanation would be that, lacking personal funds, you were indentured to a patron who assumed payment; your compensatory labor for them took considerable time during which your "adventuring skills" grew soft.) Forfeiting 4 XP is the closest match to 3.x's losing one-and-a-half. (The other details of level loss shouldn't prove insurmountable.)
What results is a mechanism for enabling well-loved characters (of at least second level) to survive meat-grinder scenarios.
"...It uses your base attack bonus (possibly allowing it multiple attacks per round in subsequent rounds) plus your Wisdom modifier as its attack bonus. It strikes as a spell, not as a weapon, so for example, it can damage creatures that have damage reduction. As a force effect, it can strike incorporeal creatures without the reduction in damage associated with incorporeality. The weapon always strikes from your direction. It does not get a flanking bonus or help a combatant get one. Your feats or combat actions do not affect the weapon...."
-- Spells and supernatural abilities (e.g., Inspire Courage) apparently do, however.
So, does Haste (or Boots of Speed, et al) grant it an extra attack?
(My assumption is no, given that the Spiritual Weapon isn't a targetable creature; but thought I'd ask anyway since I observe no instance of the question being asked previously in the messagebase.)
Tips for the aspiring angry flower: "has" (or "have", or "haven't" or "hasn't") and "got" do not belong in the same sentence when "got" is used in a possessive sense.
"I have a college degree" ...OK
No! Wrong! You FAIL English. You will now be lashed.
(Almost everyone is doing this, even various Big Cheeses in the midst of their own critiquing errant verbiage in Superstar submissions. For the love of huge matinees, please make it stop.)
(I note, with considerable amusement, that all three Jacobs (Jacob Trier, Jacob W. Michaels, Jabob Kellog) in the 2012 Final 32 have the same avatar.)
Contestants must spar while wearing self-made dragon LARP consumes and wielding Nerf versions of medieval weaponry.
"Three men enter; one man leaves!"
Shirtless barbarian theme; straight-class (something I almost never do):
Help me fill in the feat and rage power holes, or suggest alternatives. Build must be PFS-legal. INT seems excessive, but I want to max out several skills. Rage powers which can only be used once per rage (or per day) are annoying, and I don't like paying "taxes". (Critical Focus seems like a shoo-in for 9th, but I'd prefer something more flexible and interesting than just a chancy bonus.)
STR:14, DEX:14, CON+17, INT:(14 or 12), WIS:(12 or 14), CHA:07
1. b1 Raging Vitality
Leveling: take an extra round of rage (rather than hitpoint) every barbarian level.
Variant: one level of Fighter[Unbreakable] for [Endurance][Die Hard], and take the feat Deathless Initiate at 7th. Forfeits Barb12, saves end up +1/-1/-1 Fort/Ref/Will, -1 attack (loses Reckless Abandon+4), -1 DR, and loses Come and Get Me.
Weapons: bardiche, greatsword, javelins
Note: build emphasis is on being virtually unkillable, not dishing out maximum DPR. Superstition chain not being taken because it interferes with ability to receive party healing (and we'll have lots of nonlethal damage which quickly melts away when said healing is received).
1. cavalier1 (mount + full-plate proficiency)
...so, as early as 2nd-level, I'm flurrying in full-plate with a temple-sword? At 10th, I'm a sohei6/cava4 with Horse Master for a full animal companion, and own Gloves of Dueling to juice the heck out of probably two-dozen Weapon Training-applicable weapons.
(Counting down the seconds for AM FLURRY IN FULL-PLATE.)
Moi, in the Adamantine Katana thread, wrote:
Right now, the game mechanics do not permit a miner to mine by swinging a mining pick! (I.e., the argument in the other thread was moot because you can't even use a pick to break down a stone wall in the first place.)
"That rock will *never* break if you use a piercing weapon! You need an axe or a hammer!"
Fix: stationary objects should be subject to automatic crits per coup de grace, with hardnesses and/or HP tables upped accordingly. Certain weapons would be especially effective, such as picks versus stone and axes versus organic material like wood (and both being ideal for sundering armor and shields).
I.e., can a barbarian who becomes lawful alignment (for any reason, whether voluntarily to temporarily learn a multiclass, or involuntarily - losing his ability to rage for the duration) and then ceases being lawful alignment resume raging?
....now stop rolling those eyes at me like that -- this is actually a serious issue.
Is it really harder to stay being a barbarian now than it is to stay being a paladin?
(Ex-ex-monks have the same problem, btw.)
UC: Flurry of Stars (Ex): A ninja with this ability can expend 1 ki point from her ki pool as a swift action before she makes a full-attack attack with shuriken. During that attack, she can throw two additional shuriken at her highest attack bonus, but all of her shuriken attacks are made at a –2 penalty, including the two extra attacks.
Q. Must all of the attacks during the full-attack be shuriken attacks? For example, if I am a monk/ninja adjacent to an adversary, may I Flurry with one unarmed strike, 5' back, then throw three shurikens (all attacks at -4) by invoking Flurry of Stars at the beginning of the sequence?
In addition to normal monk bonus feats, a maneuver master may select any Improved combat maneuver feat (such as Improved Overrun) as a bonus feat. At 6th level and above, he may select any Greater combat maneuver feat (such as Greater Grapple) as a bonus feat. At 10th level and above, he may select any maneuver Strike feat (such as Tripping Strike) as a bonus feat.
...grammatically, this implies that a Manuever Master gets two feats at monk1 (rather than just having maneuver feats added to the list available to chose one bonus feat from) -- is this the designer's intent?
While wearing brass-knuckles, cestus and assorted other monk weapons which modify unarmed strikes, what's the word on how they stack with Ki or items like Amulets of Mighty Fists? (I'm assuming all dissimilar bonuses stack; and usage of the weapons does not preclude employing feats which modify unarmed strikes.)