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Are there counterspell rules in DnD3.X?

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This question is rather light. Can you add some context? –  DForck42 Jun 12 '12 at 20:00
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Yes,

distilled from d20srd.org

To counterspell you must:

  • Ready an action to counterspell a specific target
  • Make a spellcraft check of DC15 + spell level as a free action to identify the spell
  • Cast the identical spell to counter it
  • Metamagic effects are not considered (you can counter an enlarged fireball with a normal fireball)
  • Some spells are specifically made to counter other spells as per the spell description (example Enlarge Person/Reduce Person)
  • Dispel Magic can also be used to counter spells. In this case you do not need to make a spellcraft check, but you do need a dispel check.
  • A Ring of Counterspells can be used to counter one specific spell cast upon the wearer. It requires no readying, or even knowledge of the spell by the wearer.
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There's an important first step that's omitted here; you must select your opponent by readying an action. –  Jadasc Oct 15 '10 at 15:29
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Jadasc is definitely right, also you may want to describe the spellcraft check and it's level limits. Also you might want to mention the Ring of Counterspell. –  C. Ross Oct 15 '10 at 15:43
    
@Jadasc, @CRoss - Thanks for the comments, I've accommodated both. –  Pat Ludwig Oct 15 '10 at 15:48
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There's also the Improved Counterspell feat which lets you counter a spell with any spell from the same school, as long as it is of higher level. –  Jeff Feb 17 '11 at 12:49
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