Q: Dear Sage
What kind of action is required for the xeph’s burst racial ability? Is it the same as the burst psionic power (a swift action)? And does it provoke attacks of opportunity?
A: Though the xeph’s racial ability shares the same name as the psionic power, it doesn’t refer to that power. Thus, the activation time would be 1 standard action, as normal for supernatural abilities.
Activating the burst power does not provoke opportunity attacks (though the xeph’s movement would as normal, of course).
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