Pathfinder Society Game Mechanics

XP and Leveling

This is not based on CR vs APL. For every scenario completed, you get one XP. For every three XP, you go up one level.

Prestige Points

Pathfinder Society Organized Play also tracks a new statistic called Prestige Award (PA). Prestige Award is what you earn from your chosen faction for accomplishing various tasks for them during a Society mission or adventure. Prestige Award represents your worth to your faction—your renown or aplomb. It also represents your ability to buy new items, both magic and mundane, as your faction gives you much wider access to equipment than does the regular world. Starting with Season 1, during every scenario you will have an opportunity to gain 2 Prestige Award. One opportunity will be an easy or normal difficulty request—such as finding an item or talking to a particular NPC about a secret subject—and the other will be quite hard—such as a high Diplomacy skill check or the acquisition of a well-protected item. Prestige Award is a very important part of Pathfinder Society Organized Play—as you gain Prestige Award, your ability to buy better and more powerful items increases. Prestige Award may also be spent on temporary benefits.

As Prestige Points (PP) are awarded you should note the amount of points you have and the amount you have earned. Ex.- perhaps [Current Balance/Total Earned] is a good way to note this. I have 5/8 PP. The 8 represents the total PP, while 5 is your current PP balance after spending three PP somewhere along the way. It is important to note how many PP you have earned because it will dictate the maximum coin you may spend on equipment.

Prestige Award and Item Purchases
Current Maximum Prestige Award Maximum Item Cost
4 500
9 1,500
13 3,000
18 8,000
27 11,750
31 16,500
36 23,000
40 31,000
45 41,000
49 54,000
54 70,000
58 92,500
63 120,000
67 157,500

Ability Score

Pathfinder Society follows the “purchase” system used for generating ability scores as explained on pages 15–16 of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook. Pathfinder Society uses the “High Fantasy” choice of 20 points, allowing you to build a solid PC at 1st level. Please remember that no score can be reduced below 7 or raised above 18 using this method. Racial modifiers are applied after the points are spent, so it is possible to begin play with a low ability score of 5 and a high ability score of 20, depending on your race choice.

Ability Score Costs
Score Points Score Points
7 –4 13 3
8 –2 14 5
9 –1 15 7
10 0 16 10
11 1 17 13
12 2 18 17


The following feats from the Core Rulebook are not available in Pathfinder Society Organized Play:
  • Brew Potion
  • Craft Magic Arms and Armor
  • Craft Rod
  • Craft Staff
  • Craft Wand
  • Craft Wondrous Item
  • Forge Ring
  • Leadership
  • Scribe Scroll (Wizard PCs select Spell Focus at 1st level instead.)

Faction Traits

Considered campaign traits for Pathfinder Society Organized Play, in the Guide to PS Organized Play 2.0 are five new traits for each faction. On character creation, you may select one trait from your PC’s faction trait list below. You may select one additional trait from any other legal resource (see Chapter 13 in the Guide to PS Organized Play 2.0).


No evil alignments are allowed in Pathfinder Society Organized Play. You may select any other alignment for your character, keeping in mind alignment restrictions of the various classes.

The mechanics Confused me. I know and understand that an Evil character in this game could disrupt the team and the flow of the game, and official play. What was hard to reconclie was Cheliax’s LE alighnment. How could this be? I am assured by the PFS message board, that all the alignments that are not evil can still be from Cheliax and still support Cheliax, but missions may be a challenge due to thier evil intent. A Paladin can still have Celiaxan faction and stay LG It’s just going to be more difficult.

Pathfinder Society Game Mechanics

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