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

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I can't seem to kill my party, help?

BEFORE YOU SAY "The idea is not to kill the party" PLEASE READ THIS I am a fairly new DM, I have Dm'd about 6 groups, all around the levels 1 - 4 and that was because of problems within the group ...
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What does it mean when a prestige class says “+1 level of existing class”?

I have a druid ready to become a Verdant Master. I understand everything well enough except the "+1 level of existing class" found under spells per Day/Spells known chart. What does that mean to me?
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Can a single attack be a full attack action?

The haste spell grants an extra attack when a character makes a full attack. My DM says: If you do a single attack and can't continue into a full attack, it's a standard attack, even if you ...
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Unarmed Attacks, animal forms and Natural Weapons

Is it possible for a creature like a bear to make an attack that counts as an unarmed attack, even though it has a claw attack as a Natural Weapon?
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Playing as, not with, ourselves

A few of the members of our gaming have had the probably-not-unique idea of statting ourselves as if we were player characters in a campaign. Our problem is trying to find a basis of comparison for ...
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How do multiple attacks with natural weapons work?

I'm planning a character that has 2 claw attacks and a tail attack as natural weapons, but now I'm a little confused about the mechanics of using them all. Can both claws be used at once as a ...
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How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
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Binder Apparatus Binding Traits List

So I've been considering creating a new character, and was looking at the Binder class. My question pertains to the Binder's Apparatus Binding class feature. I've been looking for a comprehensive ...
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Which skill is more suitable for provoking someone?

If a character wants to provoke some sort of reaction (be it anger, or even just breaking his self-imposed silence) by talking to another [player] character; which skill is best suited for a skill ...
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Are there rules for building underground structures?

I was doing some research in relation to this question, and I realized that I had run into a snag. I'm not aware of any rules in either D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder that directly relate to creating ...
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What swarm positionings in combat count as “contiguous”?

"Combat" section of swarm description says, it can occupy any four contiguous squares. What are contiguous squares? Should they touch each other with boarders? Should they go in a straight 20' line ...
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Thinking about PrC Arcane Hierophant [on hold]

I'm fairly new to DnD, currently I'm playing with my second party ever. We aren't really power players, we're pretty casual players more concerned with fun than with optimizing builds. I'm a lvl 2 ...
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Is there a way to simulate the 3.5e Factotum in 5e? [on hold]

I would like a homebrew class that has the same magical skill-monkey feel that 3.5e's Factotum had. I ideally would like the class to be made using the DMG custom class creation guidelines, and I ...
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Does Dispel Magic work on Magic Circle Against Evil?

Can magic circle against evil be dispelled by a simple dispel magic? If so, would the caster have to target an area or a specific target?
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Warforged ability damage with Improved Fortification

In D&D3.5, I'm playing a warforged crusader who has recently taken a lot of CON damage. Normally this wouldn't be a problem, but I have the Improved Fortification feat which makes him immune to ...
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How can I specialize in tripping/disarming people with a spiked chain?

I'd like to make my fighter character better; my goal is to focus on tripping, but reach, more damage, and disarming would also be good improvements. He's a level 2 human, with the Improved Trip, ...
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Does there exist a complete list of D&D 3.X Wizards of the Coast Web site articles?

The Wizards of the Coast Web site has some buried Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and 3.5 articles like this and this.1 The usual site's article categories omit some categories, especially ...
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Is there a playable undead race?

Is there a playable race of undead in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5? I would prefer a race that isn't a vampire or lich. If possible, please share their stats.
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Is the Black Blood Hunter's Animal Aspect's natural armor bonus permanent or temporary?

The Black Blood Hunter's ability called Animal Aspect states: Starting at 2nd level, a black blood hunter gains the ability to take on limited characteristics of his animal form while remaining in ...
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What is this creature that increases in strength as its allies die?

I remember some years ago coming across a creature in 3.5e that works in groups and as each individual of the group is slain the surviving creatures increase in strength. Can anyone give me the ...
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How Do Tainted Sorcerer , Shapechange and Evil Subtype work?

My PG is a Tainted Sorcerer with giant score of taint and i have the evil subtype , so this does not kill me. If i would cast Shapechange i will lose my evil subtype and i will die unless i choose a ...
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Punishment for failing to impress the god of storytelling? [closed]

During the next session, my players will delve into an ancient temple of Hlal, the Dragon God of Storytelling. There, they hope to find the ancient library of wondrous tales and hopefully the means of ...
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What levels classes and stats should the main villains of a Fire Emblem 8/D&D hybrid campaign be? [closed]

I am thinking of doing a D&D 3.5e campaign that has the characters be sent, by divine intervention, into Fire Emblem, Sacred Stones World. But I am having major trouble deciding what levels, ...
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Is there any support in D&D for Were-humans?

In many D&D settings, the character of a human who can shapeshift into an animal is a standard archetype. Druids, Vampires, and Werebeasts are pretty common. However, does any support exist for a ...
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Does Freedom of Movement prevent being engulfed by a Thomil?

One of our characters is using Rashemi Elemental Summoning to summon Thomil earth elementals. The elemental's engulf ability states: As a standard action, a thomil of size Small or larger may ...
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Dispelling Mage’s Magnificent Mansion

What would happen if somebody tried to dispel Mage’s Magnificent Mansion while it was occupied with people? What would happen to the people inside? Would they be transported to the place in the ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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Good Pre-generated adventure for absolute new Players and new DM? [closed]

Next weekend, I and three friends are going to sit down and have a game of D&D. None of us have ever played D&D before and I have been given the role of DM. I'm looking for a good ...
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Is high level magic available in the D&D 3.5 E6 variant rules?

The D&D 3.5 E6 variant rules cap character's level progression to Level 6. How does this affect high level magic? I understand that spellcasters may continue to add more spell slots once they ...
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How much can you fit into a portable hole?

A Portable Hole (DMG I p.264) is described as being 6' in diameter and 10' deep, which translates to over 282 cubic feet or just over 8000 liters of empty space. But unlike the Bag of Holding (DMG I ...
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Healer/Fighter help? [closed]

Alright so I've been planning this huge quest for about a month now. And I am planning on using a character I create as a guiding tool. Only problem is, I know all my friends who are going to join are ...
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Is a character flat-footed if they end their turn mid-jump?

In 3.5, a character can end their turn mid-jump if they run out of movement for that round but they have not finished their jump. Is such a character considered to be flat-footed, as is a balancing or ...
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Favored Enemy vs unidentified target

In my next session, there's a good chance that the players will interact with a Kobold Ranger that has been following them around. It might even come to combat. However my players, being aware that ...
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CRs and ELs in D&D3.5 [duplicate]

I've a question about CRs and ELs in D&D3.5 (and probably it has been already answered and I haven't understood it, so feel free to close it). I have a party of five characters at level 11 ...
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How do I benefit from skirmish as a high BAB ranged and melee scout?

I know that as a scout progresses he gets more attacks/round from his BAB. if using both attacks or all three is a full round action how can he gain the benefit from his skirmish which requires him to ...
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Optional but official rules that balance “instant death” threats in DnD3.5?

I'm looking for optional rules from (semi)official publications that offer players (and their characters) a chance to avoid "instant death" threats (such as the petrifying gaze of a (CR7) medusa) ...
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What race is most similar to a cat?

I'm getting ready to start a D&D 3.5 game with my kids. When I asked them what characters wanted to play, my daughter said she wanted to be a cat. I told her I was pretty sure there is a race of ...
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PC build - Beguiler/Wizard/Ultimate Magus

I am currently in my first campaign, playing as a level 6 Beguiler (aiming for Shadowcraft Mage). In the case where I die and have to reroll, I think I would like to adapt a slightly different build, ...
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How to create battles in a war

I've been creating my own campaign loosely basses on the Eberron campaign setting (as in very loosely, I've only been using the names of countries & cities to create my own map). I was planning ...
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Good Undead Templates for a (good aligned) Rogue character

In my current campaign, I am planning to transform one of my players (a rogue) into an undead player. I talked with him and both of us thinks that would be different and fun for the game. Now, I am ...
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I need help with a 3e-4e merger homebrew system (specifically fighters)

I am trying to create my own RPG system, similar to 4e and 3e, and hopefully a happy merger of both. For casting classes, there are 4 tiers of spells per 10 levels, totaling 12 tiers of spells ...
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Character help: Not just another dumb fighter

What are the most effective methods, mechanically, to quickly give a fighter useful magical knowledge and options (in and out of combat) without significantly sacrificing effectiveness as a fighter? ...
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Swarms: Do they qualify for Flanking an enemy?

My druid wants to start summoning swarms for the rogue to use as a flanking buddy. Would this work?
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Can other casters use an Artificer's Magic Items (without UMD)?

I thought I read the answer to this somewhere but I can't find it in the rules anywhere; please help me clarify. (As this is a RAW question, please include source, thanks) Since the Artificer is not ...
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What other giants are there in 3.5e? [closed]

I'm looking into building a campaign involving the giants going at war. But I'm looking for diverse bunch of giants, so the party does not keep fighting the same type over and over again. Going ...
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What happens when you touch a Sphere of Annihilation?

In my DnD 4e group, they will stumble upon a Sphere of Annihilation (Tomb of Horrors) in the near future, they just don't know it yet - unless the wizard calls for an Arcana check. Now I, the DM, have ...
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Do druid animal companions get ability points due to high HD?

I'm not sure about that one, and I can't find any explicit text in the rules. I know that regular HD for improved monsters also improves one ability by one point every four Hit-dices, but is it also ...
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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Death via ability damage vs magic items

I'm looking for a clarification on how reducing an ability to 0 is affected by magic items that increase that ability. For instance, a character with CON 18 is wearing a belt of Constitution +2, ...
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Can liquid from the river Styx be weaponized?

Reference: According to Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss, page 111: Those who taste or touch the waters of the Styx must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude saving throw or be affected by total ...