These are the general rules for Pathfinder Society Playtests. Each playtest may have specific rules, see the playtest announcements for specific rules.
Each playtest runs for a specified period. Once this period has expired, players can no longer use the options being playtested until their publication in a future Pathfinder product.
Playtest options can be accessed by creating a custom character using the rules presented in the playtest document. This character functions as a pregenerated character.
Creating a playtest character: Depending on the tier of the scenario, the player can use a 1st-, 3rd-, or 5th-level character created using the eligible playtest options and the following guidelines.
- 1st Level: The character can be made using the character creation rules presented in the Pathfinder Core Rulebook and the Character Creation Appendix of this guide.
- 3rd Level: This character follows the same rules as above, except that instead of 15 gp starting gold, they can select one 2nd-level and two 1st-level permanent items. In addition, the player can spend up to 25 gp on other available equipment.
- 5th Level: This character follows the same rules as above, except that instead of 15 gp starting gold, they can select one 4th-level, two 3rd-level, one 2nd-level, and two 1st-level permanent items. In addition, the player can spend up to 50 gp on other available equipment.
The Guidelines for Treasure for New Characters and Choosing Items on pages 510-511 of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook apply to these pre-gen equipment choices.
Credit: Choose which of your characters will receive the credit at the beginning of the adventure. The credit earned for playing a playtest character follows the same rules and guidelines as applying credit for a pregenerated character, presented in the Applying Credit section of the Player Basics page of the Guide to Organized Play: Pathfinder Society.
Boons and Other Character Options: In order for the playtest character to take a character option that would normally require a boon, that playtest character must have all of their credit assigned to a character number that has purchased that boon.
Because playtest use additional rules elements that some GMs may not be comfortable with, each GM must opt-in for playtest characters to be used at their tables. Please make sure that you consult the GM prior to game!
This list contains all previous playtests. Make sure to check the dates to see if a playtest is still ongoing.
Animist and Exemplar – September 1 to October 2, 2023
This playtest includes the animist and exemplar classes as outlined in the War of Immortals playtest. The character must take a playtest class and cannot take archetypes.
Kineticist – August 8 to September 5, 2022
This playtest includes the Kineticist class as outlined in the Kineticist Class Playtest. The character must take a playtest class and cannot take archetypes.
Psychic and Thaumaturge – September 20 to October 29, 2021
This playtest includes the psychic and thaumaturge classes as outlined in the Dark Archive playtest. The character must take a playtest class and cannot take archetypes.
Gunslinger and Inventor – January 5 to February 5, 2021
This playtest includes the gunslinger and inventor classes as outlined in the Guns & Gears playtest. The character must take a playtest class and cannot take archetypes.