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1:05 AM
Q: Does Potion of Maximum Power maximize all damage dice of a duration-based spell?

TheFallen0ne The first time you cast a damage-dealing spell of 4th level or lower within 1 minute after drinking the potion, instead of rolling dice to determine the damage dealt, you can instead use the highest number possible for each die. A fireball is simple and becomes an instant 48 damage. But would a...

1:24 AM
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10:09 AM
Q: Does the Alert feature allow a character to automatically detect pickpockets?

FolmhaighThe Alert feature states the following : Always on the lookout for danger, you gain the following benefits: You can't be surprised while you are conscious. You gain a +5 bonus to initiative. Other creatures don't gain advantage on attack rolls against you as a result of being unseen by you. A...

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3:53 PM
Do Pathfinder 1e familiars gain feats? I haven't found a reference to it anywhere, but all the familiar-focused feats seem meant to be taken by the master. On the other hand, that's true of eidolon-focused feats as well, and eidolons clearly get feats. Such a note is lacking for familiars, though.
4:11 PM
@Phoenices Uh.. I don't think so? I think most rules for familiars would be with the core book... I know Animal Companions do get some upgrades, because it is called out with the druid. But I think Wizard Familiars don't get any.
Yeah, looks like not; there are rules to swap out the useless Weapon Finesse to a different starting familiar feat, like Extra Item Slot, but they seem to assume familiars get no more feats. Speaking of which, can I give any familiar the ability to use wands with its starting feat swapped into Extra Item Slot?
4:51 PM
@Phoenices check what you need to use a wand. I doubt.
Hmm. Fair point. It says "A wand must be held in a hand (or whatever passes for a hand, for non-humanoid creatures)," and I've always heard that monkeys can use wands because they have hands & the body shape table confirms this. My assumption is that a "hand" item slot means that you can use wands, even when hands presumably only affect glove-wearing, since that table is just for what wondrous items you can wield.
RAW, it would seem that even more questionable forms work, like hawks (using "whatever passes for a hand"), but I'll see what the various optimization handbooks have to say about familiars and monkeys.
ooh also, it requires the ability to speak, so I'll need a Ring of Eloquence or the Sage familiar archetype and a point in Linguistics.
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8:20 PM
Why does the pathfinder 1e bat statblock have +6 to perception, while the owl has +10 to perception? Does the latter include the +4 racial bonus, while the former forgot about it? +10 seems to be right, as both have 1 skill point, 3 for a class skill, 2 wisdom and 4 racial.

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