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How can I give orders to summoned animals?

What ways are available to give orders to animals summoned through the Summon Nature's Ally spells? I know that Speak With Animals is available, but especially in combat I may not have an additional ...
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What can a Planar Shepherd attuned to the Beastlands turn into?

Normally the Beastlands would not be the first choice for the Planar Shepherd, because you can already turn into most creatures found on the plane (though you don't get their unusual abilities). But ...
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Does the Druid's prohibited armor rule affect abilities gained from Prestige Classes?

Hypothetical situation: A druid has been captured by evildoers, who slapped a metal breastplate onto the Druid, causing a violation of his no-metal-armor rule and thus render him unable to cast ...
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Any Druid class variants that replace Animal Companion without degrading Wild Shape?

I am working on a Druid build that takes 10 levels in a prestige class that does not advance their Animal Companion. Are there class variants that replace the Animal Companion without affecting their ...
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Wild Shaping into creatures of different sizes and hit dice than printed

The Totem Druid (Dragon 335) can Wild Shape into its Totem animal from level 1. Now, none of the creatures it is printed it can turn into has 1HD. Does this mean that if you want to turn into, say, a ...
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Having early access to Wild Shape but being able to Wild Shape into animals

I know that if you want to Wild Shape at a level before 5 when you get it as a regular Druid or a Wild Shape Ranger, there are a few options (Divine Minion, Totem Druid), but the downside to these ...
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What does a D&D 3.5 druid get as a result of size changes during wild shape?

A wild shaping druid will often change size category -- for example, a human druid (medium size category) might change shape into a dog (small size category). The alternate form special ability on ...
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How can a Druid Wild Shape into Outsiders?

I am looking into how Druids (and by extend, Planar Shepherds and Masters of Many Shapes) can Wild Shape into Outsiders from the Outer Planes. The method I have looked into before boiled down to "Ask ...
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How can I increase the DC of venom

I am playing a druid who has a viper as his animal companion. I'm finding that the DC for the viper's poison (DC 11) makes it less useful as we increase in level. Are there any spells or magical items ...
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Healing a PC with spell resistance

I have a drow in my party that doesn't have a lot of HP. When she's unconscious and bleeding out, I am having trouble stabilizing her—her spell resistance is still active, and I only have a +6 ...
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Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities

I am playing in a campaign as a wild reaper, which is a druid variant. One of the wild reaper disadvantages compared to a normal druid is that I only get 2 + Int bonus skill points per level, and I ...
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Soulmelds and Wild Shape

Let's say, there is a Druid. He has some soulmelds shaped and really likes them, through he also likes his Wild Shape ability. He looks at his soulmelds, he looks at his Wild Shape and asks himself - ...
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Controlling animal companion in first round of combat

I am a novice player who recently started playing D&D 3.5 with a group (who are also novices). In the game I am a druid, and this question relates to using the animal companion in combat. As we ...
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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Does my animal companion level up aside from the benefits that come with my effective druid level?

If so, does that mean that it can learn skills? Would I get to choose how I want it to level up?
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How do I effectively control a fresh animal companion in a way that doesn't slow down the party?

When an animal companion first starts out, it only knows one trick. Does this mean that if I don't choose something like heel for the first bonus trick than I must attempt to "Push" my companion? ...
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Do Druids have to roll for “Handle Animal” to “Handle” or “Push” their Animal Companion?

I understand that for normal animals this is necessary, but what about the animals linked to the player? All the rules I see say Handle becomes a free action and Push becomes a move action, but it is ...
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Improving Animal Companions for E6 Gestalt Characters

In my experience, Animal Companions for Gestalt characters seem especially underpowered. As the DM, I have a 2-part plan to address this. Max out HP vs Rolling Allow Gestalt Druid/Rangers to ...
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Can Druids tame a dinosaur?

In D&D 3.5, the rule book says nothing about a Druid being able to tame or have a velociraptor. Could a Druid tame one and use it as his/her companion?
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Druid's wild shape natural attacks and magical item

I'd like to have some details about the Druid transformation in D&D 3.5. Ok, you have reached level 8, so your BA is +6/+1 and let's say that I want to transform into a lion; according to rules I ...
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Help me buff out a rhino

Hi so for tonight's session I am making a mini boss 10 lvl druid. I want him to have a rhino as an animal companion and I believe that if he awaits that a battle is at hand, he would have buffed out ...
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Do you lose the extra HP from a +Constitution item when you Wild Shape?

Say you have an Amulet of Health +2 and you're level 10, so it's giving you 10 HP. Wild Shape says this: Any gear worn or carried by the druid melds into the new form and becomes nonfunctional. ...
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Can a character know Druidic without having any levels of Druid?

Related to my answer here. Druidic is a special language in that no race can take it as a Bonus Language (even those who can choose any language specifically say except Druidic) and cannot be learned ...
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Is there any fluff for the druid's “A Thousand Faces” ability?

I played a D&D 3.5 campaign years ago, and one PC was a druid. The player did a pretty awesome job as a spy thanks to the multiple divination spells, Wild Shape and especially A Thousand Faces: ...
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Is the Greenbound Summoning Feat as powerful as it looks, or am I missing something?

Druids have a feat called Greenbound Summoning (Lost Empires of Faerun, p. 8), which has the following benefit: "All animals that you summon using summon nature's ally acquire the greenbound template ...
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How do I turn a NPC undead in a way that maintains all their abilities, feats, etc.?

I have an upper level NPC druid that I plan on killing and then making undead, along with his animal companion. Do the rules allow the undead animal companion in this situation? (If so does it ...
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Are there any Animal Companions that are not actually Animals?

I’m just curious if any supplement out there includes an Animal Companion that is not, in fact, an Animal. As in the type. I mean that just any Druid of sufficient level can take; there are ...
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Do the lowered level parameters for selecting a Wild Cohort Extend to its Bonus HD/Nat Armor/Tricks?

For referencer the feat can be found here http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/re/20031118a I was wondering, the feat when it says "When selecting an alternative animal cohort, use the list of ...
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Do Druid animal companions go up in size with HD and gain size-based stat increases?

I have an animal companion which has just gained its 5th HD. On page 291 of Monster Manual 1, the Improving Monsters section says that an increase in Size also changes stats. Do animal companions ...
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Druid animal companions

I currently have a Druid in my game that is approaching epic level. In the epic level handbook there is a passage that I cannot find clarification on. The passage reads: Animal Companion: The ...