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Flanking

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Nathan Garvin
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Scott Peers

Most defenders will be hard-pressed to defend against multiple attackers operating simultaneously from different directions, and wily combatants will take advantage of this fact to give themselves an edge in combat. A creature is considered flanked if it is threatened (characters threaten all areas they can make melee attacks into - usually around a five-foot radius area around them) by two opponents roughly opposite each other. The exact rules of flanking in pen-and-paper Pathfinder are a bit of a bother: if you can draw a line between the center of two attacking characters and it passes through opposite sides of that creature, it’s considered flanked. The rules employed in Pathfinder: Kingmaker are similar, and if you want to ensure you’ll flank opponents, try to move your characters to opposite ends of the target.

Flanking attackers gain a +2 bonus to Attack Rolls against flanked defenders, which can help your warriors cut down even well-protected targets. For rogues flanking is more than a moderate boon, as they can deal Sneak Attack damage to flanked defenders. Melee combatants who wear no, light, or medium armor that doesn’t have a high Armor Check Penalty may want to invest in the Mobility skill so they can flank opponents without drawing Attacks of Opportunity via use of the Acrobatics ability.

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  • Publisher
    Deep Silver
  • Platforms,
    Linux, Mac, PC
  • Genre
    RPG
  • Guide Release
    29 January 2020
  • Last Updated
    21 April 2022
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  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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At the mansion of the Swordlord Jamandi Aldori, adventurers have gathered, lured by the promise of dominion should one of them conquer the nearby Stolen Lands and oust its current overlord - the Stag Lord. You are one such adventurer, and Jamandi’s offer isn’t just a benevolent call-to-arms to make the Stolen Lands safe for normal folk, there’s political angles to its conquest, and the ultimate allegience of its new ruler. More than that, however, a sinister, primordial force has her own interests in the Stolen Lands, and a desire to see new rulers rise… and fall. The Pathfinder: Kingmaker guide includes a full walkthrough of the game’s main campaign, including various side quests, companion quests and strategies.

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