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

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What are the best ways to gain flight?

I have spent some time looking into the various methods of flying and there are many and they are varied. So I'm asking others for their opinions on this matter. A comrade and myself are both ...
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Attacking a grappled foe

When you attack a foe grappled by one of your allies, do you have a chance of hitting your ally instead?
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Do creatures with inappropriately sized reach weapons threaten different areas?

Specific Examples & Questions Basic Question: Does a grig (MM 235) wielding a Tiny longspear (PH 116, 119) (2 gp 5 sp; 0.9 lbs.) threaten no squares, adjacent squares, or squares 10 ...
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So I think I've found a caveat to Lesser Geas' limits

Provided your target fails his saving throw, the description of Lesser Geas states that it lasts until the target completes its specified objective or, should the task not have a definite end to it, 1 ...
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Does a Wizard need a spellbook to cast spells, or just to prepare them?

I had recently gotten into an argument with a fellow player on the subject of how spellbooks work. Specifically, does a Wizard require access to his book in order to cast spells, or just to prepare ...
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What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?

I'm sure we all know about the metamagic feat Maximize Spell, which allows you to cast a spell in a slot 3 levels higher in order to "maximize all variable numeric values" like damage, number of ...
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Practical aspects of fire immunity [closed]

Fire immunity certainly defends the creature against magic attacks with fire description. But I'm curious about natural hazards. How does a fire immune creature react to a extremely high temperature? ...
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Does a disguise check using magical aid take less time?

In Player's Handbook, the rules for Disguise say creating a disguise takes 1d3x10 minutes, and that using magic like alter self, shapechange, polymorph self, or disguise self adds a +10 modifier to ...
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Can't get “a hold” of this At-Range Grappling Conundrum

I usually have a solid grip on grappling rules but a recent battle caught me flat footed. Word play aside, a creature with multiple tentacles grappled me from 10' away, and chose to maintain the ...
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How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?

Complete Arcane has rules for alternate spellbooks, including tattoos (P. 186-187). While this is less economical than just putting on a Ring of Regeneration, cutting your fingers off and carving the ...
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Can a Night Elf swim naked in a volcano?

One of my friends came to me with a question that is making my head hurt. According to the Warcraft RPG 2nd Edition Core Rulebook - a supplement for the D&D 3.5 rules, regarding the Warcraft ...
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How should we thematically deal with failed skill checks?

Is there a specific ruling or generally-accepted-practice that determines how players should handle failed skill checks? Does it depend on the skill? Specifically, do PCs know when they failed a ...
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If a DM uses Zone of Truth as a permanent effect, should creatures get only one save?

In my current setting, the local temple has a permanent Zone of Truth effect in the main hall. While I intended the effect to be an innate quality of the stone used to build the temple, there is no ...
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Can Dragonblooded Characters Take Draconomicon Dragon Feats?

I'm making a Fireblood Dwarf, and I'm wondering if I, as a Dragonblooded creature, qualify for taking Dragon feats like Improved Speed and Rapidstrike?
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What spell to use in conjunction with “Teleport, Greater” to get sufficient information for the teleportation to succeed?

Here is the problem: we want to use the spell Teleport, Greater to reach a place we only have basic info about: We have a map of our continent (scale 1cm for 500km) and we know the general location ...
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Speeding Up Combat

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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Is there a way to counter Mindsight?

Mindsight is a notoriously powerful feat from page 126 of Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. A creature that has this feat possesses innate telepathic ability that allows it to precisely ...
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Can I prepare/ready a quickened spell? [closed]

This is the scenario (still dnd 3.5): a lvl 15 wizard will cast a powerful spell on an enemy who is sure to close in melee to him. He's smart so he would like to Quicken Dimension Hop (lvl 2, so ...
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Should I use a GMPC to help a small party?

I am starting a Pathfinder game. It will be my first time DM'ing, though I have played 3.x and Pathfinder for a few years. The party will consist of my girlfriend, my best friend, and his girlfriend. ...
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How can relatively low-level characters get an idea of what's behind the door?

When exploring a dungeon, we rarely hear anything when we listen at doors (even with a very high listen check result). We have walked in on some strong but silent types without warning. As a party I ...
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How does Breath Weapon interact with stealth?

Say a hidden Dragonfire Adept (DfA) (Dragon Magic, p.24) uses their Breath Weapon on someone. Can the victim scream in pain? Even if the attack does enough damage to drop them? What can they tell ...
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What's the deal with Pazuzu?

I've read that Pazuzu is some superdevil—I mean, demon lord, and he can be summoned by saying his name three times, and he grants wishes, but why? I haven't heard of him ever offering a binding ...
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What happens when the dark arts exceed the boundary of reality?

Dungeons & Dragons is about fantasy. Things that happen in the game aren't real, we only pretend that they are. For example, shadow conjurations "are actually one-fifth (20%) as strong as the real ...
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Does alternate form affect somatic component?

Hengeyokai are an animal shapeshifting race in Oriental Adventures (p.10). Invocations are a class feature of the Warlock (Complete Arcane, p.5) and Dragonfire Adept (Dragon Magic, p.25). Complete ...
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Can Hellfire Blast be used with the Strongheart Vest soulmeld?

Hellfire Blast (Sp) [...] Each time you use this ability, you take 1 point of Constitution damage. Because the diabolical forces behind the power of hellfire demand part of your essence in ...
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How should I handle a ruling that really hurts my character?

So I just started my first dnd session a couple weeks ago. The party needed a rogue, so I made a melee guy who used two-weapon fighting. As with all melee rogues, he was supposed to deal damage in ...
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Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?

Everyone is our party is new to tabletop games, and it's our DM's first time DMing. Our story is we are being led across a country to a city, and being led by out DM's PC. (The PC has travelled the ...
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Which are the sources of a Hide in Plain Sight ability?

Source can mean anything like an item, feat, class feature, template, magical location, spell, racial trait, domain granted power, etc. from any official material, such as Drow of the Underdark ...
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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How can I get a character with the lowest hit points possible?

A friend of mine has asked me to help him create an escort mission for his April Fool's game (actually held this weekend, because, you know, scheduling). The players will be escorting a tenth-level ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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Ring of Rope of Climbing

OK, this is a multipart question: 1) The spell animate rope does not make a rope behave at all like the wonderous item Rope of Climbing, does it? 2) Is there a spell that can temporarily make a rope ...
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How Can I Make Supplies Matter In D&D 3.5e?

On long journeys we always forget to track supplies so I am looking for a way to make supplies actually matter in D&D 3.5.
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How to tell when a material is flammable?

I was reading various questions about whether or not grease is flammable, which got me thinking about other flammable materials, so I'm asking what qualifies a material as flammable or not and how ...
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How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?

I'm currently playing a IRL game with two of my friends. As you might imagine I was worried that they weren't powerful enough to take on the higher level encounters so I made a character to help them ...
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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?

So, when I see someone faulting the Drunken Master, it's typically because of what the character gets at level 1. Drink Like a Demon (Ex): A drunken master's body handles alcohol differently from ...
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Does Flame Strike Bypass Fire Immunity?

Half the damage of the Flame Strike spell consists of fire, and the other half is embrued with divine power and, thus, is not subject to reduction from fire-based resistances. However, does the ...
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How are hybrids/cross-breeds calculated?

We all know half-elves, half-orcs, and even halflings, though halflings don't have similar pedigree. But are there such things as half-elf half-orcs or half-halflings (quarterlings)? What about ...
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What can PCs buy out of game?

Am I right in thinking that PCs can buy anything that is in the player's handbook without finding it in a shop in the game world? Does that mean that magic items are either bought from an in-game ...
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Does Adaptive Style really let you recover expended maneuvers?

You can change your readied maneuvers at any time by taking a full-round action. If you’re a crusader, your current granted maneuvers are lost and you gain new granted maneuvers as if you had ...
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What is the chronological list of D&D 3(.5)e material? [duplicate]

The ring of the darkhidden wondrous item has been published in both MoF and MIC. I assume Magic of Faerûn was printed before Magic Item Compendium, but I want to know for sure. There is a similar ...
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Can damage cantrips be improved?

I have a player interested in ways to improve 0 level attack spells. Mainly, they're looking to not have to carry around a crossbow for attacks when they don't want to cast a spell, and the 1d3 ...
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What is the typical range of high ability scores in D&D 3.5? [closed]

What is the typical range of the highest ability scores you will see in a game excluding magical items (not tomes)? 30? 40?
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When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...
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Most useful low HD animals for Embrace the Wild?

In our campaign we are using the Complete Adventurer version of Embrace the Wild that grants the caster the extraordinary senses of a chosen animal. As a druid, I salivate at the thought of getting ...
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What spells other than remove curse can cancel a Cursed Blade? Any level please, any spell caster type [closed]

The cursed blade spell description says "any damage caused by a cursed weapon cannot be cured by ANY means until the damaged individual has received a removed curse spell (or some other effect that ...
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Where can I find a list of Monk Prestige Classes?

I have been looking all over for a comprehensive list of prestige classes either specifically meant for the monks or ones that synergize extremely well with them. Does such a list exist or do I ...
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Are any Devotion feats worth taking without turn/rebuke undead?

The optimizer in me instinctively didn't want to take Devotion feats without any turn attempts to fuel extra usages, since I'm not getting full use out of the feat. However, I can't help wondering if ...
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Why is sympathy so much more expensive than antipathy?

Antipathy and sympathy are both spells of the same level (Clr 9, Sor/Wiz 8). They have basically opposite effects, and they counter & dispel each other, yet antipathy is free (requiring components ...