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In D&D 3.5, does taking levels in a prestige class cause the XP penalty like multiclassing does? Please provide the source of the answer so I can show it to my players.

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According to the srd, no, taking a prestige class does not cause an XP penalty. To grab the quote:

Taking a prestige class does not incur the experience point penalties normally associated with multiclassing.

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