Pathfinder is often lovingly referred to as “Mathfinder”, and while PF2 doesn’t require quite as much number crunching as PF1, the math is still more complicated than many other games like D&D 5e. The added complication of degrees of success can make PF2’s math somewhat opaque, which makes it difficult to make decisions. In this article, I look under the hood and show you exactly how the math works and how you can use that to make better choices.
The same article for 5e is among the most visited articles on the site, and it provides a mathematical basis for many of the underlying assumptions while building effective characters. This article seeks to fill the same role for PF2.