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

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Does verbal communication negate invisibility's advantage? If not, does it give enemies more of a chance at hitting the invisible character?

Let's say you have an invisible character who shouts a warning to one of their teammates to alert him/ her that they're in danger. Does that automatically pinpoint the invisible character? If not an ...
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Combat Expertise/Readied Action

If one readies an attack using the combat expertise feat, does one immediately get the dodge bonus to AC, or only until after the attack is actually initiated?
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What's the wizard prestige class that creates its own familiar?

I'm trying to locate a prestige class. The prestige class is designed for wizards. One of the requirements is the feat Craft Wondrous Item. The class description mentions that the wizard studies and ...
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Questions about lances and mounted combat

A lance is a 2 handed reach weapon. PHB also states the following: Lance: A lance deals double damage when used from the back of a charging mount. It has reach, so you can strike opponents 10 ...
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Cost of custom crafted item with multiple enhancements spells?

Google-fu has thus failed me. I've been researching and learning the 3.5 crafting system for my upcoming artificer and I seem to have hit a snag in the pricing system. I am aware that it is only ...
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Balance issues for gestalt melee (or other lower Tier) characters

An idea I had for balancing higher level play is to allow characters who are not tier 1 spellcasters to gestalt. The worries I have are What is the cutoff where a character becomes tier 1? generally ...
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Making an optimized Rage character for d&d 3.5 [closed]

Although there is a question for the 4.0 version, I want to ask it for 3.5. I would like some lvl 20 builds for a Rage focused character, official wotc books only except for Book of Exalted Deeds and ...
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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character generation,...
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Can a marshal add double his Charisma modifier to his Diplomacy skill?

Can a marshal add his Charisma modifier twice to Charisma-based skills like Diplomacy?
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Does a Master Alchemist allow an Alchemist Savant brew 9th level Universal Potions?

Regarding a build mentioned in KRyan's answer to a question: Does a Master Alchemist's... Brew Potion (9th): As Brew Potion (4th), except that the master alchemist can brew potions of 9th-level ...
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Can you damage a creature with vibrations in a zone of silence?

This question is for D&D 3.5E and pathfinder types of games. If you look at how vibrations work, they are a wave of energy. Does the spell silence simply negate the ability to hear, or does it ...
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Is leveling up mandatory?

In D&D 3.5e, being behind in levels compared to the party grants the relevant characters more experience per encounter. Intuitively, this is because the encounter is relatively harder for them and ...
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Does expeditious retreat affect warlock fly speed

Expeditious Retreat says This spell increases your base land speed by 30 feet. (This adjustment is treated as an enhancement bonus.) There is no effect on other modes of movement, such as burrow, ...
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Does the 1-2 diagonal count reset on each move action?

In Pathfinder and 3.x (and possibly other systems I imagine?), diagonal movement is handled by a 1-2 rule to simplify calculation; first diagonal move is 1 square, then 2, then 1, and etc. But what ...
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Genesis spell clarification and Placing gates in portable holes

I'm building an artificer for an upcoming 3.5 campaign but Campaign will have very little downtime for crafting. My idea is to create a Demiplane that has a timeline out of sync with the material ...
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Must both creatures have the feat Darkstalker for a beholder to be flanked?

A beholder has the extraordinary ability all-around vision, which says, in part, that "they can’t be flanked" (Monster Manual 25). The benefit of the feat Darkstalker says, in part, that "you can ...
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Warlock and Hellfire Warlock stacking for Eldritch blast in D&D 3.5

The Hellfire Warlock text says: At each level, you gain new invocations known, increased damage with eldritch blast, and an increase in invoker level as if you had also gained a level in the ...
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Multiplying and dividing

Rules for "multiplication" in D&D and Pathfinder are unusual. This is what Pathfinder rules say about multiplication: When you are asked to apply more than one multiplier to a roll, the ...
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WarForged composite plating as item Familiar?

Item familiar says it can be applied to any magical item (including weapons and armor as it shows examples of both) with a minimum +1 Enhancement and a magical effects the user understand ds and can ...
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Order of cost reduction application? [duplicate]

Ive read through the cost reduction handbook and a few other locations on reducing the cost of an item during item creation. Using my currently available cost reductions 25% extraordinary Artisan ...
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What do you do when there's nothing to do in combat?

There are a lot of situations in D&D combat where characters seem to be left without anything to do that round. For example, a bard out of inspires and without slashing weapons beset by zombies, ...
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Passing an item in combat

One player wants to pass a potion to another player in the middle of combat. What kind of actions are needed?
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How do Multiple Multi-Class Feats work?

I am wondering if I took 2 multiclassing feats, could they a) effect a class ability given by a class other then the one the feat is made for (Having wildshape ability but getting it from Ranger ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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Are there rules for custom feats/abilities?

The rules explicitly acknowledge the possibility of spellcasters producing entirely new spells, for example, Independent Research A wizard also can research a spell independently, duplicating ...
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Does the (Swift,) Fly spell cause physical resistance when an object was hovering

Last Saturday, during our regular D&D session, the party's Dusk Blade cast Blade of Blood on a needle she was carrying, then used the spell Fly, Swift to levitate it into position in front of a ...
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How similar to normal attacks are attacks made with a telekinetic violent thrust?

The 5th-level Sor/Wiz spell telekinesis [trans] (PH 292) allows the caster to move objects or creatures by concentrating on them.… [T]he spell can… exert a single short, violent thrust [allowing] ...
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can you use swift actions as a second attempt at an action?

Can you use a swift action (I.e. travel devotion) as a save from falling to make a second attempt to grab a rope, etc., for example?
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What is the highest dispel check one can hope to roll?

To my knowledge, the dispel check is ruled by two things: your caster level, which is theoretically evergrowing, and small bonuses coming from feats, prestige classes and several other sources, which ...
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Epic Bluff Use - Instill Suggestion

I have read over the insert on page 39 of the epic level handbook and am still confused by how it reads. The example shows a +50 sense motive modifier and the description says its a sense motive 25 to ...
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Where is the Gold Slaad mentioned?

One of the various species of monsters created for D&D is the Slaad — vicious, large bipedal 'frog-beings' native to the plane of Limbo, that diverge into various subspecies based on color — red, ...
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Does making a Sleight of Hand skill check really provoke an attack of opportunity?

The feat Cutpurse (Dragon Compendium Volume 1 95) has as its normal entry the following: Using Sleight of Hand in melee provokes an attack of opportunity. The feat Master Pickpocket (City of ...
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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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Where does a lich reappear after its destruction?

The key thing about being a lich is that destruction never sticks - the lich's soul is locked away in his phylactery, and ensures that the lich always returns to plague the living: Unless its ...
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What classes would fit a singing assassin? [closed]

My friend is going to create a character of a virtuso assassin. If I understand him correctly, he'd like to be someone with split personality. A successful, well-known musician and dancer, who becomes ...
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When do I have to decide whether to use Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) or not?

The "Wall of Blades" description says: You can decide to use this ability after you learn the result of your opponent's attack. Tome of Blades, p. 70 So, can I decide whether or not to use ...
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Does Wall of Blades (Warblade maneuver) work against touch attacks?

The maneuver Wall of Blades reads: When an enemy makes a melee attack or ranged attack against you, you can initiate this counter to oppose that attack by making an attack roll with any melee ...
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Is the Cancer Mage overpowered?

I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign, and a player wants to go for the Cancer Mage prestige class in the Book of Vile Darkness. Is this prestige class overpowered, as defined in this question?
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Warblade / Swordsage Hybrid

The background: my current warblade is too powerful compared to the rest of my party. I am aware, that the issue might be inefficient builds of other characters, but I wanted to focus on this ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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Is it possible to dual wield two double weapons with two hands for four attacks?

I have tried googling it, went through over 50 books, overviewed Dragon Magazines, Wotc Articles and couldn't find anything. Is there any race, template, feat, class feature, spell, power or other ...
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What is the maximum skill bonus that can be crafted into a magic item?

So, I know that a weapon enchantment caps out at +10 or 200K GP value. But what about skill increasing items? It seems pretty cheap to get a +10 ring of Jump. (10,000 GP) But I remember reading ...
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Reach question for Dancing Blade Parry Stance

When in the Stance Dancing Blade Parry from the Tome of Battle, it says "your reach increases by 5 ft." Does this mean I can only attack enemies with the extended reach or do I still have the option ...
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How are bonus feats affected by reincarnate?

A reincarnated creature recalls the majority of its former life and form. It retains any class abilities, feats, or skill ranks it formerly possessed. The reincarnated creature gains all ...
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Can player characters pick monster feats?

Some of my player characters have a race from a template but without monster hit dice (like half-orc) and others have a race from a template with monster hit dice (like ogre). Now in the back of ...
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How is Assume Supernatural Ability Feat treated if the ability is passive?

Assume Supernatural Ability is a feat that allows a shape-shifted creature to use an ability of its adopted form: You learn to use a single supernatural ability of another kind of creature while ...
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At what point does an adept gain the bonus to AC from the absolute steel stance?

When does the Armor Class bonus from the Iron Heart maneuver absolute steel [stance] (Tome of Battle 66) activate? For example, can a martial adept take a move action to move ten feet then take a ...
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how to balance a character with the half-ogre template (or the party)

I have a party of 6 or 7 players all currently level 2 and one of them has just created a new character: a half-ogre (Savage Species p218) barbarian. we just played one session and it feels as if this ...
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What are the consequences of failing the Strength check to move in a Web spell?

Regarding this part of the Web spell in D&D 3.5: Each round devoted to moving allows the creature to make a new Strength check or Escape Artist check. The creature moves 5 feet for each full ...