In a normal round, you can perform one regular action, one move action, and one swift action, or you may instead perform one full action. Most characters will seldom perform swift activities, though sometimes using a special ability or class attribute is a swift action. You can use your standard action to execute either a move action or a swift action, if you wish, and you can also use your move action to do a swift action. You can also take 1 reaction each round, even if it is not your turn; however, reactions happen only in response to particular defined triggers. There are some other actions which don't fall into the normal action types.
A full action consumes all of your effort during your turn, which means if you choose to take a complete action, you can't take any other standard, move, or swift actions that turn. The most common full action is the attack that is complete.
In some circumstances, you may be unable to take all of your actions . The condition or ability that limits your actions explains which activities you can or can not take. Regardless, you can not take a full action if you're unable to take a standard action, a move action, and a swift action.
An action's type essentially tells you how long the action requires to perform within the framework of a 6-second combat round. There are five kinds of activities: regular actions, move actions, swift actions, full actions, and reactions.
Performing a move action lets you take Tactical actions that, while secondary to your standard action, are still key to your success. The most common move action is to move up to your rate .
A reaction is a special action you may take even if it's not your turn, but only after a specified and concrete trigger. You can not use a response before the first time you act in a combat. You can take just 1 reaction each round; you regain your reaction at the start of your turn.
A response is a unique action you can perform even if it isn't your turn. An attack of opportunity is among the most common reactions, and is the only response any character can use regardless of course. Your class or other special skills might make different sorts of reactions that are available to you. Regardless, reactions consistently have triggers that define when you can use them.
Using a special ability is usually a standard action, unless it's an ongoing ability or the ability says otherwise. In rare cases, an ability might take a full action or a move action to trigger. In most cases, a use-activated special ability cannot be triggered as a swift action. Using a spell-like ability typically provokes attacks of opportunity unless mentioned otherwise.
Whilst actually trying to convince somebody using a skill takes actions, banter and quips are a hallmark of science fantasy stories, and the game wouldn't flow naturally if you could only talk in initiative order. Thus, you can speak an amount that makes sense, in the GM's discretion, without spending any of your activities, even if it is not your turn.
The simplest move action is moving up to your speed . Many nonstandard Modes of movement are also covered under this action, such as burrowing , climbing and swimming , or flying . See Additional Movement Types for more details.
Unless their descriptions state otherwise, purely defensive responses interrupt the triggering action: resolve the reaction first, then continue resolving the triggering actions. Otherwise, resolve the reaction immediately following the triggering action.
Most move activities don't need a check unless the circumstances are more difficult than usual. For instance, opening a door normally does not need a check, but it does when the door is locked. These actions are transfer actions.