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    Default Simple Q&A Pathfinder (By RAW) I

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    Default Re: Simple Q&A Pathfinder (By RAW) I

    Ok, since I don't have the Bestiary in Hardcover and hate reading PDFs I've got some questions.

    Q1.) What can now be affected by Sneak Attack and Crits? (It seemed the Undead template changed alot).

    Q2.) Is Item creation on your own still viable as Caster?

    That's at least that, what comes to my mind. (yeah I'm a bit rusty in the last times...)

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    Q3: If I play a lizardfolk character (CR 1) in a party of 2nd level characters, do I start the game with 2 racial HD and one class level?
    Do I gain my second class level (and 4th hit die) at the same amount of XP as the other characters gain 3rd level?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazzman View Post
    Ok, since I don't have the Bestiary in Hardcover and hate reading PDFs I've got some questions.
    Almost everything is available online in the Pathfinder SRD. In addition to the copy on Paizo's site, there's other 3rd party editions out there.

    Q1.) What can now be affected by Sneak Attack and Crits? (It seemed the Undead template changed alot).
    A1

    Undead is not - and never has been - a template. It's a creature type.

    Undead, as a type, are no longer immune to sneak attack or critical hits. Specific creatures can still maintain immunity. (I'm drawing a blank on an example at the moment.


    Q2.) Is Item creation on your own still viable as Caster?
    Asking whether something is viable or not is not within the scope of this thread, as it doesn't deal with the RAW (rules as written) but instead deals with opinions.

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    Q3: If I play a lizardfolk character (CR 1) in a party of 2nd level characters, do I start the game with 2 racial HD and one class level?
    Do I gain my second class level (and 4th hit die) at the same amount of XP as the other characters gain 3rd level?
    A3

    Quote Originally Posted by PFSRD
    For monsters with racial Hit Dice, the best way to allow monster PCs is to pick a CR and allow all of the players to make characters using monsters of that CR. Treat the monster's CR as its total class levels and allow the characters to multiclass into the core classes. Do not advance such monsters by adding Hit Dice. Monster PCs should only advance through classes.

    If you are including a single monster character in a group of standard characters, make sure the group is of a level that is at least as high as the monster's CR. Treat the monster's CR as class levels when determining the monster PC's overall levels. For example, in a group of 6th-level characters, a minotaur (CR 4) would possess 2 levels of a core class, such as barbarian.
    (That same quote should be in the Bestiary somewhere...)

    So... your CR 1 lizardfolk with 1 class level would be treated the same as a human with 2 class levels. You would gain your 2nd class level when you have enough XP for 3rd level.
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    Default Re: Simple Q&A Pathfinder (By RAW) I

    A1: Taken from the Pathfinder SRD, which is usually up to date on additions of later books and erratas:

    Immune to Precision Damage (like Sneak Attacks):
    Elementals
    Incorporeal (unless using a ghost touch attack) creatures
    Oozes
    Proteans (50% ignore)
    Swarms can be Sneak Attacked, but not be flanked, so you'd have to find other ways to get Sneak Attack against them.
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    Default Re: Simple Q&A Pathfinder (By RAW) I

    Asking whether something is viable or not is not within the scope of this thread, as it doesn't deal with the RAW (rules as written) but instead deals with opinions.
    Argh seem to have mixed up the vocab, sry, I meant if this by RAW imposes a penality like in 3.5 (where the Artificer replaced the XP cost through Craftpoints). So by RAW my question should be:

    Q2.) Can Craftpoints still be used to create magic items?
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    Q4- If an outsider has Dimensional Anchor cast upon it, will it be transported back to its home plane if targeted with Dismissal?

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    Default Re: Simple Q&A Pathfinder (By RAW) I

    A2 additional

    Craft points don't exist in Pathfinder RAW. While Pathfinder is built on a 3.5 foundation, it has it's own ruleset. So while I appreciate what you're asking, it's still not really a topic for this thread. It's a great topic (in my opinion) and I'd encourage you to start a thread on it.
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    Q5.) Can I cast a spell standing out of harms way, walk up to a target, and deliver a touch attack in one round.

    Rules say I get free touch attack in same round, and that I can move between casting and delivering the touch.
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    A5

    Yes, you answered your own question.

    Here's the rules quote for everybody else:

    Quote Originally Posted by PFSRD
    Touch Spells in Combat: Many spells have a range of touch. To use these spells, you cast the spell and then touch the subject. In the same round that you cast the spell, you may also touch (or attempt to touch) as a free action. You may take your move before casting the spell, after touching the target, or between casting the spell and touching the target. You can automatically touch one friend or use the spell on yourself, but to touch an opponent, you must succeed on an attack roll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Awesome View Post
    Q4- If an outsider has Dimensional Anchor cast upon it, will it be transported back to its home plane if targeted with Dismissal?
    A4

    No - If it travels to a different plane, that's extradimensional travel, which is prevented by Dimensional Anchor.
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    Q6

    Can animated weapons be affected by the arcane strike feat?

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    A6

    Arcane Strike doesn't say the weapon needs to be wielded, or even held. It simply says, "your weapons..." Given that, I'd say yes.
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    Q7

    Would animated weapons also benefit from the imp. critical feat if they're the weapon you've designated for it?
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    A7

    No, due to the text of Animate Weapon:

    The weapon never gains a flanking bonus, nor does it provide one for another attacker, and her feats do not aid its attacks.
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    A 7 and revised A6

    Actually, I'm changing my previous answer. The answer to both #6 and #7 seems to be no.

    he weapon never gains a flanking bonus, nor does it provide one for another attacker, and her feats do not aid its attacks.
    (emphasis mine)
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    Ah there we go. Missed that bit in the wall o' text.

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    Q8

    Other than taking the evocation school, is there any way for a wizard to increase the damage of their direct damage-dealing spells? Note that I'm not looking for caster level increases, but rather +X damage with spells that deal direct damage (such as evocation spec.) or +X damage per die of damage rolled (such as Draconic Bloodline's Bloodline Arcana).
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    A8: Dipping a level in Crossblooded Dragon-Orc Sorceror.

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    I already mentioned Sorc bloodlines (which wouldn't necesarily have to be a crossblood). Let me clarify - I'm asking how a wizard specifically can get the bonus (and now let me specifically add without multiclassing); I'm well aware that sorcs have a few options available to them.
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    Q9 (I think)
    Reading about Summoners and Eidolons.
    Eidolons have a Rake evolution that states "for a successful grapple, the Eidolon can have two Rake attacks".
    Is that EVERY successful grapple? Can you grapple a target multiple times (and get two free attacks for each)?

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    A9

    According to the universal monster rules:

    "A monster with the rake ability must begin its turn already grappling to use its rake—it can’t begin a grapple and rake in the same turn."

    So basically, you can get the attacks each round that you began with a grapple. Since you have to have started the round in a grapple, you could only get this bonus, at most, once per turn.
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    Q10

    Imagine I use a whip and successfully trip an enemy who has a 5ft range from 10ft away.
    Can he (in one turn) use his movement action to get up, take a 5ft-step and attack me with his normal action? Or does standing up from being prone count as movement in regards to 5ft-steps?

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    A10

    It's not explicitly stated in the rules, but it appears as if standing prone does not count as movement in regards to performing a 5 foot step.

    5 foot step:

    "You can't take more than one 5-foot step in a round, and you can't take a 5-foot step in the same round that you move any distance."

    By standing up prone you are still in the same spot you started off in.

    Move:

    "The simplest move action is moving your speed. If you take this kind of move action during your turn, you can't also take a 5-foot step."

    Explicitly stated here that a regular move action doesn't let you 5 foot step.

    Stand Up:

    "Standing up from a prone position requires a move action and provokes attacks of opportunity."

    It's not mentioned under Stand Up, however, which would imply it does allow a 5-foot step.
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    A10 slight correction

    Maybe it's picking semantic nits, but...

    Quote Originally Posted by Blisstake View Post
    Move:

    "The simplest move action is moving your speed. If you take this kind of move action during your turn, you can't also take a 5-foot step."

    Explicitly stated here that a regular move action doesn't let you 5 foot step.
    The last sentence is incorrect -- move actions do not preclude a 5-foot step. Movement does.

    That said, I agree completely with Blisstake's general answer to the question: standing from prone is a move action, but it is not movement. So a 5-foot step is still permitted.
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    That isn't contrary to anything I stated. I was just saying that the "move" move action specifically mentions not being able to 5-foot step.
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    A10 Additional

    I see it clearer now... You're using the term "regular" move action for movement, and I misinterpreted that somehow.

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    Q11:
    If I have an INT penalty of -2 and level in a class that only gives 2 skill points per level, do I get 0 skills points per level or 1 skill point? I thought I remember reading something about always getting at least 1 skill point, but I can't find it.

    Q11A:
    If you always get a minimum of 1 skill point, would being a Human bring that up to 2 even if you have a large INT penalty, or is that counted in the same way INT bonus is?
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    A11:
    You always get at least one skill point per level

    Quote Originally Posted by PFSRD
    You apply your character's Intelligence modifier to:
    ...
    The number of skill points gained each level, though your character always gets at least 1 skill point per level.
    A11A:
    I'm not sure about the part with humans, but since the ability reads that humans get an extra skill rank when they level rather than an extra skill point, I would think that a human character would still get it, even with a large INT penalty.

    Quote Originally Posted by PFSRD
    Skilled: Humans gain an additional skill rank at first level and one additional rank whenever they gain a level.

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    Q9 addendum.
    I'm still a little confused about the Eidolon evolutions.
    Quadruped Eidolons can add a 'grab' ability to a natural claw attack, to give them a free grapple on a successful hit.
    They can then add the 'rake' ability to the same attack, that states they get two rake attacks on a successful grapple.

    Am I to understand that these 'rakes' happen in the next round (and only once, meaning I have to let the target go and grapple them again to trigger them)?

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