Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition, a revision of D&D Third Edition, published in 2003.

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Is the Create Crawling Claw spell valid in v3.5?

The monster "crawling claw" (an animated amputated hand, a la Thing) seems to have a muddled history of revisions across D&D 3e and 3.5. In the 3.0 book Monsters of Faerun (29), a crawling claw ...
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Can a worn boot be the target of Grease?

This weekend one of our party members tried to cast a grease spell on the boot of an enemy. This caused some internal quandry about whether it was allowed and resulted in a GM call. The spell does ...
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How can I stop my nightmare's hooves from burning everything?

My antipaladin's nightmare mount kept lighting on fire everything we'd ride over with its flaming hooves (e.g. shrubbery, commoners' huts, gnomes). While this is normally awesome, sometimes my allies ...
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New Gnoll Subrace. Looking for suggestions to make it better [on hold]

Ok, so as the title says I created a new subrace of gnoll. It's called a Wilk Gnoll. Made for temperate forests instead of warm plains. I'm still a new DM so I'm not sure if the CR would still be ...
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Is a GM hiding rolls standard?

I haven't been playing D&D for too long, maybe a year, but the DM of the main campaign I'm in always hides his dice rolls. I don't have an issue with it, but when I play with another group the DM ...
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Link between deities' domains and alignment

Major characteristics of deity in D&D 3.5e are domains and alignment. It is common sense that deity with law domain should have lawful alignment, deity with evil domain should have evil alignment ...
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What can make something immune to Crusader's “Iron guard's Glare” stance

My DM put us in front of an undead skeleton and a purple worm. My Crusader attempted to use Iron Guard's Glare, but the DM ruled that the enemies were not affected by it. What are the rules for ...
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Can a single attack with bolas both deal damage and trip a foe?

The Player's Handbook describes the bolas as two or three heavy wooden spheres connected by lengths of cord. Because the bolas can wrap around an enemy’s leg or other limb, you can use this weapon ...
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Does a Shadow Conjuration Illusion have mass?

This is assuming the wizard in question has access to the spells Shadow conjuration or Greater Shadow Conjuration and uses it to duplicate the effects of major creation Let's say you're in trapped ...
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Must you be able to see your opponents to be flanked?

Neither the entry on flanking from the SRD nor the Player's Handbook entry (p 153) nor the Rules Compendium (pp 56-57) mention anything about being able to see the flanker or being aware of the threat....
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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What does “strike” mean in Robilar's Gambit?

Robilar's Gambit includes the following phrase: ... exposed defenses as they reach in to attack you. Anyone who strikes at you ... What does strike mean and what would count as an attack? Would ...
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Can a feat “interupt” another feat?

Can a feat stop another feat, while said first feat is in effect? For example: Would a character with the feat Deflect Attack (homebrew feat) be able to use the feat Evasive Reflexes When an ...
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What happens if you Polymorph Any Object a magic weapon into another form while its magic is suppressed by Dispel Magic?

I'm aware of this question but it hasn't really come to any solid conclusion. Additionally, that question is more concerned about spell stacking in general, and I'm interested in this specific case. ...
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Chahar-aina and Dastana have stackable armor bonuses, enhancement bonuses increase armor bonus, how does this stack?

We know that enhancement bonuses increase the armor bonus: Enhancement bonuses to armor or natural armor effectively increase the armor or natural armor’s bonus to AC. … and armor bonuses ...
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Would a Chameleon's Arcane Focus allow the character to use Spell Trigger and/or Spell Completion items?

The chameleon prestige class from Races of Destiny can gain an unusual form of arcane spellcasting through the use of its arcane focus class feature. Is this class feature sufficient for a chameleon ...
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Do miss chances stack?

Say a paranoid magic user has Blurring bracers of armor, Mirror Image, Blink, Invisibility, Wings of Cover, and Etherealness going. How to calculate the miss chances versus a normal attack, magic ...
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In what circumstances does Mithral Armor count as one weight category less, and when does it not?

Mithral counts as one armor weight category less (heavy, medium, light) for "purposes of movement and other limitations... which are left unspecified. An example of where this might come up: Armor ...
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Do occupied squares increase Tumble DCs for an invisible creature?

Inspired by flanking the invisible. (Every creature is size/reach 5ft./5ft.) Picture this: The invisible creature, say Eveanthia the Elven Rogue under the influence of Greater Invisibility, wants ...
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Can an invisible creature be flanked by surrounding it?

If you have an invisible creature totally surrounded on all sides (and know for practical reasons it can't escape), like this: … are all those surrounding it flanking it?
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Improvised reach weapons

Can you use the rules for improvised weapons and have a large item, such as a 10 feet pole arm to gain reach and threaten a larger area?
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What methods exist for obtaining the class feature wildshape without ever being a druid?

Any methods are acceptable: powers, classes, items, spells, alternate class features, racial sub-levels, templates; the more comprehensive, the better. Any official or designated official 3.x source ...
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What class(es) should I take on a Dragonfire Inspiration-based archer?

Archery is a combat style with a lot of advantages over melee, but suffers in terms of damage. I'm planning a character based around using Dragonfire Inspiration for damage - none of the silly ...
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Can I use a Large light weapon to get Power Attack damage?

I'm a fighter who's found a really good dagger I want to use. Sadly, it's a light weapon and Power Attack has this unfortunate clause: You can’t add the bonus from Power Attack to the damage dealt ...
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Are there any rules for creating intelligent items by PC's in 3.5E? If not…, please help!

Title says it all, really. Intelligent Items [SRD] & DMG 3.5 mention: "In general, less than 1% of magic items have intelligence." Like artifacts, intelligent items are never encountered as ...
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Stacking Enhancement Bonuses [duplicate]

Do enhancement bonuses to ability scores stack? Such as from a Belt of Giant Strength and from the spell Bull's Strength?
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Allow an EPIC PC-Lich? How to allow research lichdom? [closed]

Long time reader, first time poster: I have a near-Epic PC on my hands with cash to spare and wanting to become a Lich. I obviously have a lot of problems with that, but don't want to forbid it ...
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Can you pause a spell's duration?

Can you suppress a spell duration (or magical item) so that you can effectively pause the duration of it? I have a custom item with a once-per-day effect, and the duration has a (d) on it, meaning I ...
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What's the quickest and cheapest way to duplicate a spellbook? [duplicate]

I currently have a copy of Boccob's Blessed Book, which is fantastic, but I fear that if I lose it somehow (it gets stolen, sucked into the Astral Plane, etc.) I won't be useful as a wizard. I'd like ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Monk and Swordsage both get the class feature AC Bonus (Ex). Monk: When unarmored and unencumbered, the monk adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC. In addition, a monk gains a +1 bonus to AC ...
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Maximizing initiative [closed]

What non-magic item and non-spell options are available to characters for maximizing initiative? Things I am thinking: Race that boosts DEX Certain classes like Scout or Swordsage The Improved ...
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Does constitution modifier math into racial HD health in DnD 3.5?

If a PC with 18 CON is playing a race that has 2d10 racial HD, and rolls 5 and 3, would he start his first class level with 5+3 + class HD or 9+7 + class HD? I couldn't seem to find whether ...
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Is merely being armed sufficient to threaten an area?

A typical flat-footed creature can't make attacks of opportunity, but does a flat-footed creature still enable allies to benefit from flanking if the creature's appropriately armed? Similarly, does an ...
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Does the dex bonus to AC from armor and shield stack?

I have a dwarf with full plate armor and a tower shield with dex of 16 (+3). Full plate grants a max dex bonus of +1 to AC and the tower shield +2. Now, can I get both the +1 AND +2 to get a +3 dex ...
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Deadly Defense/Critical Hit

When calculating damage on a successful critical hit, do you double the damage die from the feat Deadly Defense?
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Do Permanent Spells Remain after a Polymorph?

I'm playing a wizard and I've cast Permanency on Tongues and Arcane Sight. If I Polymorph myself into a Sun Giant, do those spells remain active? Furthermore, if I cast Haste earlier in the round, ...
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Are there any extra saves vs turning when the target is an intelligent undead?

Context: I am making a Dread Necromancer who has gone the route of the Necropolitan, so this might apply both when I use my turning, or when some stuck-up goody goody tries to get all up in my ...
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What happens to a priest travelling from one world to another in the Prime Material Plane?

I'm working on a planeswalking campaign where the group will be travelling through several different worlds in the Prime Material Plane (i.e. from Toril to Krynn). I'm using the AD&D Planescape ...
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How do I design a net throwing device for my gnomish character?

Keep in mind this is for the BBEG coming through a portal in a game I'm playing in. (We know a group is trying to summon it and are looking into backup plans if we can't stop them - and knowing my DM ...
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How can I convert enemies from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm trying to convert The Forgotten Forge from the back of the Eberron book into 5th Edition to run it, and right now I'm trying to get the enemies inside it converted over, using the UA article as a ...
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Are saving throws stacked up when multi-classing?

We are playing regular D&D 3.5 campaign and I was wondering if the saving throws are added to each other when multi-classing. For example: A barbarian gets +2 FORT, +0 REF and +0 WILL, at level ...
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What would be a logical organization of monster taxonomy? [closed]

One of the more idiosyncratic subsystems within 3.x are creature types. Types were originally devised to make combat more diverse than it was in 2e, as types would determine combat statistics ...
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Can you take more than one 5-foot-step using Combat reflexes, Evasive Reflexes and Robilar's Gambit together, or Shifting Defence by itself?

Can you using these three feats, take more then one five foot step per round? From Robilar's Gambit: In return, they provoke attacks of opportunity from you each time they swing From Evasive ...
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how can I convey to the players their PCs' cultural behaviors without telling the players what to do?

To begin this discussion, I think a working definition of culture may be in order. The Following is Adapted From Wikipedia and my own ideas Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge ...
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What would be the generic terms for anthropomorphic personifications of chaos, law and neutrality?

According to the SRD 3.x and its derivatives the generic term for anthropomorphic personifications of good and evil are celestial and fiend, respectively. For example, angels and archons are both ...
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Can a creature benefit twice from an alignment-specific soulmeld?

If a creature takes the feat Shape Soulmeld (Magic of Incarnum 40) so it can shape a soulmeld that expects to be shaped by a creature possessing a lone alignment component, does the creature gain both ...
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determining CR for trap involving repeated activation

can anyone please tell me how to determine the CR for a trap that has a duration of 10 rounds? it is a repeated steam jet trap that emits 2 steam jets every round and each steam jet deals 2 damage + ...
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Narrating a lopsided combat vs. rolling it out

If the PCs are so overwhelmingly more powerful than their foes and it wouldn't make sense for there to be backup / higher level foes around from a story standpoint (no "deus ex machina" for the ...
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What is the caster level of a spell effect from a magic item?

I am in the process of creating a custom item and I have hit another snag. This time with the spell I'm putting on it: Divine insight (1/day command word activate). For reference this is the part I'm ...
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Kensai's Signature Weapon special abilities

Maximum Kensai's Signature Weapon Bonus is +10. However, maximum enhantment bonus is +5, so as Complete Warrior says "it can have special abilities that are the equivalent of additional bonuses". ...