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The first thing any new player will need to know about Pathfinder Online is how to get around!

From movement in combat to travelling from town to town training skills, knowing what keys will make your character go is a crucial first step to learning the game. Finally, remember that any of these keys can be switched, or "re-bound," to suit your particular needs.

Most veteran gamers will feel right at home with the default movement keys for Pathfinder Online, as they are the classic "WASD" controls: Press W to move forward, A to turn left, S to move backward, and D to turn right. Also likely familiar will be pressing Q to strafe left, E to strafe right, Spacebar to jump, and R to auto-move (i.e. moving forward without having to hold down W). Finally, characters can be moved forward by holding the Left and Right mouse buttons, and turned by moving the mouse left and right while holding the Right mouse button.

Alternatively, the arrows located on the right side of the keyboard can also be used for movement, if, for example, you use your mouse with the left hand. In this case, press Up to move forward, Left to turn left, Down to move backward, and Right to turn right.

Movement Controls
Key(s) Action
W Up arrow Hold Left & Right Mouse Moves character forward
A Left arrow Hold Right Mouse Turns character left
D Right arrow Hold Right Mouse Turns character right
S Down arrow Moves character backward
Q Hold Right Mouse and A Strafe Left
E Hold Right Mouse and D Strafe Right
X Stealth mode
R Auto-move forward
Spacebar Jump


There are four (4) speeds at which your character can currently travel in Pathfinder Online, ordered below from slowest to fastest.

It is important, especially in combat, to be aware of your movement speed, as travelling at anything faster than a Walk will provoke Opportunity, giving your opponents a distinct advantage.

Next to each speed you will find the default keys to toggle (i.e. you are not required to hold the key) in order to switch speeds.

Movement Speeds: Slow to Fast
Speed Key Toggle Notes
Stealth1 X (when Stealth is broken, default speed is resumed)
Walk Left Shift (does NOT provoke opportunity in combat)
Hustle Default (provokes opportunity in combat)
Run Left Control (drains Stamina2 and provokes opportunity in combat)


Gear, resources, loot, and armor will also play an important role in character speed. Heavier Armor types will weigh more, thus raising Encumbrance2 and slowing your character down. Similarly, an inventory full of True Iron Ore (or anything else) will also slow your character down. See Gathering for more information on Resources and weight.

Movement Notes

  1. While not technically a speed, Stealth does have a direct and significant impact on character speed.
  2. Stamina drain while Running and Encumbrance effect on Speed were removed from the game during early Alpha testing; however, the developers have indicated that these will be re-imagined and implemented in the future.

Combat Controls

After learning to take their first steps, most players will immediately want to do the next thing on their bucket list-- pick a fight!

To fight effectively, one must have an intimate knowledge of the Combat Controls: In the heat of battle, one mis-key could be the difference between life and death!

Before you can use your Weapons or Implements, you need to know how to Target an enemy: Pressing Tab will target the nearest opponent, and pressing it again will cycle through closest opponents from left to right2 . Alternatively, clicking with the Left Mouse button will also select a Target.

Primary Form attacks, numbers 1 through 3, are generally your standard low cost (Stamina) low damage attacks, whereas your Secondary Form attacks (numbers 4 through 6) are higher damage and higher cost, and often apply detrimental States to your enemies or Beneficial States to you. Expendable abilities, accessed by holding Alt and pressing the appropriate 1 through 6 key, are Role specific, special abilities that cost Stamina and Power that can be used to powerfully affect the outcome of a battle. Find everything you need to know about Attacks in the Combat section.

Lastly, the player has the ability to place the Attack, Expendable, Utility, and Consumable feats on to the Action Bar in the order that they like by dragging the Feat Icon to the preferred slot (see Graphical Interface for more information).

The default combat keys for Pathfinder Online are listed below, and all but a few should be easily accessible with the left hand on the keyboard (remember, these keys can be customized).

Combat Controls
Key(s)1 Action
Click Left Mouse Select Target
Tab Select closest Target and cycle through Targets (left to right2 )
` (sometimes referred to as ~) Switch Weapon Set
Top row number 1 to number 3 Primary Form Weapon Attacks
Top row number 4 to number 6 Secondary Form Weapon Attacks
Top row number 1 to number 6 + hold Alt Expendable Feats
Top row number 7 and number 8 Utility Feats
Top row number 9 and number 0 Consumable items
F1 Target Party Member 1 (your character)
F2 through F6 Target Party Member 2 through 6, respectively

Party Members

The world of Pathfinder Online is a vicious place, and outside city walls (and sometimes even within!) characters will always be in mortal danger, whether from goblins or other players. One common survival tactic is to always bring a friend! Travelling in numbers has other benefits, as well.

To form a party with friends, or use any of the other commands below, first press Enter to place the cursor in the chat box, then type forward slash (/). For character names, spaces, hyphens, and other marks must be included, but the character name need not be capitalized (i.e. Dazyk will work the same as dazyk or dAzYk).

Party Commands
Text Entered Action
/invite Character Name Invite character to join your party (leader only)
/kick Character Name Dismiss character from your party (leader only)
/promote Character Name Promote character to party leader (leader only); a party can only have 1 leader
/leave Leave your current party

Combat Controls Notes

  1. Key(s) indicates 'Top Row Number' because the game system differentiates between the 'Top Row Number Keys' and the 'Right Side Number Keys', which is important to remember when altering Keybinds.
  2. This information is theoretical; more extensive research needs to be performed to confirm the direction of target cycling.

Interface Controls

Now that the player has taken their first steps and killed their first goblins, they are likely wondering "did I get any loot?" and "what are my character's statistics?" To find out, one must know how and where to access that information.

The last thing any player wants to do is spend time searching for relevant information. From finding your skill list, to seeing if an Expendable is in your Inventory, knowing which key or menu icon leads to which information will save you time and ensure your game-time stays fun.


Although also mentioned in the Combat controls section, targeting controls will be briefly reiterated here as they are used as much for selecting NPCs, resource nodes, and other non-combative targets as they are used in combat. Clicking with the Left mouse button will select a target (be it enemy, friend, or node); Right clicking on the target will begin interaction (i.e. gathering from a resource node or talking with an NPC). When the Left mouse button is held down and the mouse is moved (up, down, right, or left) the camera will pan around the character in the direction of the mouse.

Character Information

C opens your Character Sheet, where you can find your XP, Reputation, Skills, Ability Scores, Resistances, Attack Bonuses, and other information. P opens up your "Paperdoll," which is where you will slot your Feats and your Equipment to build your character's ability set. F opens your Feats menu where you will find all of your trained feats, and what they do. I opens your Inventory, where you hold all of your Gear, Resources, and looted goods! M will open the World Map, where you can see the lay of the land more easily than on your mini-map. F10 opens the window in the top right corner of the game screen, where you can track your latest Achievements, find out how close you are to your next Role level, or see the details of an Escallation mission. F11 opens your Achievement window, which lists all of your completed and in-progress accomplishments. Be sure to check the Graphical Interface section to discover more detail on all of the previous, and many other, menus and game interfaces.

Interface Controls
Key(s) Icon Screen Area Action
Click Left Mouse Select Target
Click Right Mouse Interact with Target
Hold Left Mouse + move Mouse Up, Down, Left, or Right Pan camera in direction of mouse movement
Mouse Wheel (scroll button) Zoom camera in and out
Character sheet icon.png
Top left Toggle Character sheet
Paperdoll Icon.png
Top left Toggle Paperdoll
Feats menu icon.png
Top left Toggle Feats menu
Inventory icon.png
Top left Toggle Inventory menu
Map icon.png
Top left Toggle World Map
Event window icon.png
Top right Toggle Events window
Achievement menu icon.png
Top left Toggle Achievement window
Quest log icon.png
Top left Toggle Quest Log window
Company icon.png
Top left Open Company window


Similarly to Party commands, Company commands involve first pressing Enter to place the cursor in the chat box, then typing forward slash (/). All commands always have the same syntax: /command parameter, parameter. Unlike the Party commands, however, most parameters in the Company commands do not properly process if capitalization is used. Please use only lower case characters. Most commands start with vc which stands for Venture Company.

Company Commands
Text Entered Action
/companysearch Open the company search control
/vccreate companyname Creates a company and makes you the leader (spaces in the name are accepted)
/vcinvite companyname, charactername Invites a character to the company
/vcstatement companyname, statement Enter company moto, long description
/vcrecruitmessage companyname, recruit message Brief company description, tag-line
/vcaccept Used by the invited character to accept the invitation
/vckick companyname, charactername Kick the Character from the Company
/settlementapply settlementname, companyname Send sponsorship application from Company to Settlement (leader only)


Keybinds specify which keys on the keyboard and mouse are 'bound' to which Controls in the game. Customizing these key and mouse buttons so that performing actions feels effortless, and the controls feel comfortable, is critical to being able to enjoy the game.

All of the Movement, Combat, and Interface keys can be altered to suit the particular player's needs. The game system is still being developed and there is no procedure 'in-game'--yet--to alter the keybinds. Therefore, what follows are step-by-step instructions on how to make the adjustments to key assignments from the program data itself.

Making Custom Keybinds

  1. Navigate to the Pathfinder Online folder in your Program Files folder on your hard-drive.
    Example E:\Program Files (x86)\Pathfinder Online\Pathfinder_Data
  2. Open the folder called Keybinds
  3. Inside Keybinds you should see two files, do not alter these default files
    1. default.player_settings.ini
    2. default-dvorak.player_settings.ini
  4. Create a new text file called: player_settings.ini (Note: Due to access restrictions on your hard-drive, you may need to create the file on the Desktop and then copy it to the Keybinds folder.)
  5. Log in to Pathfinder Online
  6. Select your Character and load the game
  7. Once in game, press Enter and type the following command in to the chat box: /exportkeybinds
  8. Open the player_settings.ini file, it should now list your current keybinds (which will be the defaults)
  9. Alter the player_settings.ini file to your heart's content, being sure to use the same format for key names as the system (see the Default Keybinds tables, below)
  10. Save the player_settings.ini file (you may again have to save it to the Desktop, then copy it back into the Keybinds folder
  11. Back in the game, type the following command in to the chat box: /importkeybinds
  12. Test and re-adjust as necessary

See some examples of Custom Keybinds here.

Default Keys

The following is a comprehensive list of Key names and their respective actions for Pathfinder Online, as defined by the game system itself. The system recognizes specific names for Keys and Commands (ex. Freelook, MouseTarget, Mouse0 Drag), therefore, it is important to use the appropriate name. For clarity sake, several names are defined, below.

All Keys and Mouse Buttons
U.S. Layout Dvorak Layout Game Action
W , Forward
A A TurnLeft
S O Back
D E TurnRight
E . StrafeRight
Q ' StrafeLeft
Left Arrow Left Arrow TurnLeft
Right Arrow Right Arrow TurnRight
Up Arrow Up Arrow Forward
Down Arrow Down Arrow Back
R P AutoRun
Left Shift Left Shift Walk
Left Control Left Control Run
Spacebar Spacebar Jump
Mouse0 Mouse0 MouseTarget
U.S. Layout Dvorak Layout Game Action
1 1 Attack1
2 2 Attack2
3 3 Attack3
4 4 Attack4
5 5 Attack5
6 6 Attack6
7 7 Utility1
8 8 Utility2
9 9 Refresh1
0 0 Refresh2
` ` WeaponSwap
C J Character
F Up Arrow Feats
X Q Stealth
Tab Tab TabTarget
U.S. Layout Dvorak Layout Game Action
F10 F10 Events
F11 F11 Achieve
I C Inventory
M M WorldMap
P L Paperdoll
Mouse1 drag Mouse1 drag Mouselook
Mouse1 Mouse1 InteractTarget
Mouse0 drag Mouse0 drag Freelook
Enter Enter Chat
F1 F1 SelectParty 0
F2 F2 SelectParty 1
F3 F3 SelectParty 2
F4 F4 SelectParty 3
F5 F5 SelectParty 4
F6 F6 SelectParty 5

Name Explanation
Mouse0 Left Mouse
Mouse1 Right Mouse
Mouse# Drag Hold the mouse button and move the mouse
Mouselook Turn character + camera
Freelook Camera pan