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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

-2
votes
1answer
115 views

Does Poison's secondary damage only happen once, or does it keep happening?

Our group is unsure of how poison works in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e. Poison says that it does some kind of initial damage, usually to some ability score. Then it does secondary damage that happens ...
2
votes
2answers
271 views

What are the rules on training NPCs?

In D&D 3.5 what are the rules on being trained in Spell Casting/Sword-Mens-ship/Etc. For I want the party to find a orphan who had been abandoned when his home town was raided. I want the kid to ...
5
votes
1answer
629 views

What is the holy creature around the same power as a Pit Fiend?

I am making a D&D campaign with Heaven and a Hell as the setting. This is a custom cosmology with one heaven and one hell, not the default cosmology of D&D with many different planes. In the ...
17
votes
6answers
2k views

Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?

This weekend while playing, our wizard found an invisible creature (detected with see invis) and when asked where it was by the party, the player started counting the squares to give an exact measure ...
10
votes
2answers
474 views

What are ways for a low-level wizard to mimic divine spells/abilities?

I had an idea for a necromancer character that masquerades as an exorcist in order to gain access to areas infested with undead without arousing suspicion. What are the ways that an arcane caster can ...
11
votes
2answers
683 views

Can a Half-Dragon's alignment change from their dragon's alignment type?

Is it possible for a Half-Dragon's alignment to change from their dragon's alignment type? For example, if a blue Half-Dragon (Lawful Evil) had an alignment-affecting spell cast on them, or was bitten ...
7
votes
3answers
828 views

What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...
2
votes
2answers
128 views

Is a pinned character treated as having 0 Dex with respect to the pinning opponent?

Relevant Rules Grappling consequences: You lose your Dexterity bonus to AC (if you have one) against opponents you aren’t grappling. (You can still use it against opponents you are grappling.) ...
6
votes
1answer
253 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
2k views

Is this custom hat-turret too cheap?

I recently downloaded a document from RPGNow, and inside I found a custom magical item. I am not good at calculating costs and such, so I decided to list the item here, and hear the thoughts of the ...
3
votes
2answers
723 views

How does the Earth Spell feat interact with high level spells?

The Earth Spell feat says: As long as you are standing on stone or unworked earth (including normal soil). You can use the Heighten Spell feat to added effect. If you cast a spell using a spell ...
4
votes
3answers
909 views

How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?

I'm trying to come up with the D&D 3.5e world's functional equivalent to a real life Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). Are there any existing spells in D&D 3.5e that can be cast on durable ...
5
votes
1answer
202 views

Does a Ridable Construct Exist?

I am looking for a creature of the type Construct that is explicitly capable of being ridden. A construct that is big and strong enough to carry another creature is not sufficient, I want something ...
26
votes
12answers
7k views

How can we 'regift' a group of highly dangerous gem scarabs across a continent? We don't want them anymore

I need my group to transport several (8-10) gem scarabs across a great distance of ~800 miles from a desert. These are from the Monster Manual V, and for the record, they have a spell like ability ...
-3
votes
2answers
94 views

Building a complete blind-flying system for 3.5e flying mounts [closed]

What ways are there to go about building a safe, reliable system to allow the flying mounts in D&D 3.5e to "fly blind" (i.e. in clouds, fog, rain, and snow, day and night) between preset ...
-3
votes
1answer
92 views

How precise or accurate are the bearings and distances given by Locate City?

Just how precisely can you locate your position relative to a metropolis using locate city? The spell doesn't appear to say clearly. I'm trying to build a sort of flight coordination system, and ...
0
votes
1answer
117 views

Locate City: where's the origin point?

What point within the nearby metropolis/town/... are the distances and bearings given by locate city referenced to? Is it the center of the town square, perhaps? A geometric ...
15
votes
2answers
395 views

Can Kobolds count as tiny for sharing a square with a teammate?

I'm playing a Dragon Fire Adept Kobold, and the Slight Build feature made it seem like I could share a space with a party member. Slight Build: The physical stature of kobolds lets them function ...
3
votes
1answer
474 views

How to interpret rules to make the serial killer from the movie “Relentless?”

The serial killer in Relentless (1989) was able to grapple and control his victims enough to make them hold the murder weapon(s) and force them to finish themselves off. I am unaware of grapple rules ...
3
votes
3answers
712 views

Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I ride my Pseudodragon?

I play a tiny sorcerer with a Pseudodragon familiar, I'd like to be able to ride it, but we are both tiny. We play d&d 3/3.5 mixed (whatever rules end up being more convienent). The best route ...
23
votes
8answers
3k views

Looking for an alternative to my DM's favorite fumble table

I've been playing in a new D&D 3.5 game for a few weeks, and it's going pretty well, with one major exception. The DM is a huge fan of critical hits and critical fumbles, and he has found the ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

Does Hellfire Warlock give me another invocation on its second level?

It's my second time playing 3.5e and I plan to go for the relatively simple Warlock 11 > Binder 1 (for Naberius) > Hellfire Warlock 3 > Warlock all the way to 20th level. My question here is, since ...
43
votes
13answers
12k views

Is a fumble on a natural 1 an official rule?

I am currently a player in a D&D 3.5 game where rolling a 1 on any attack roll is not only an automatic miss, but also means that something "bad" happens – such as dropping your sword, falling ...
6
votes
5answers
892 views

Do acid and sonic damage bypass object hardness?

Similar to Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?, but in 3.5. Particularly relevant is the following: Hardness: Each object has hardness—a number ...
2
votes
2answers
403 views

Can magic items be combined, and how many at once?

I've been looking into making a Master of Many Forms, but I've run into two issues with this; you're both naked and unarmed. Now, when turning into something like a Beholder or a T. rex this is not ...
5
votes
1answer
324 views

Can “Locate City” locate a city other than the nearest city?

Can you use Locate City to locate some other city than the one nearest to you? I'm trying to build a system of "blind" aerial navigation using 3.5e spells instead of the RL tools for this, and as per ...
11
votes
1answer
837 views

Can a character drop a net as a free action and have it affect an enemy under them?

For example: A Raptoran is in flight and is holding a net. His movement from his previous turn ended 20 feet directly above an enemy. At the start of his next turn could he, as a free action, drop ...
8
votes
3answers
479 views

What happens when two Spheres of Annihilation touch one another?

What happens if a Sphere of Annihilation touches another Sphere of Annihilation? I see a few possibilities: They destroy one another The universe turns inside out The effect of hitting one with Gate ...
15
votes
3answers
590 views

What effects do critical and fumble tables have on D&D 3.5?

Just getting some extra damage, and just missing, seem pretty boring. A lot of people like to spruce things up by having critical hits and natural-1 fumbles result in a roll on a special table, which ...
1
vote
1answer
295 views

Does an Incantatrix learn new spells per level?

This may be something I'm just missing, but it seems by a strict reading, the Incantatrix (I also checked the Mystic Theurge, I'm assuming some of the other prestige classes), no longer get the two ...
20
votes
6answers
2k views

Roleplaying a Dragon Better

So I'm DMing a very Dragon-Heavy campaign that my friend gave me, but I seem to have trouble roleplaying dragons. I don't want to stop the campaign and find a new one because I'm having difficulty ...
8
votes
2answers
499 views

Can you put a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without tearing a hole in reality?

As long as you can fit a Sphere of Annihilation into a Bag of Holding without touching it (and costing you your Bag), could you put the Sphere into the extradimensional space of a Bag of Holding and ...
5
votes
2answers
1k views

What bonuses and penalties do 4-hoofed race impose?

I'd like to play a centaur character from races of wild and I'm interested what skill penalties and bonuses I would face. Centaur stands firmly on his 4 hoofs and I found no clues if doing so gives ...
15
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
88 views

What does a Copper Dragon's Slow Gas do?

The Copper Dragon in the SRD has two breath weapons, one of which is a cone of slow gas. The description says: A copper dragon has two types of breath weapon, a line of acid and a cone of slow ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

Why are Dragons “Always X” alignment?

As per this question and the answers provided therein, Dragons are of the "always X" alignment. Which means... Always: The creature is born with the indicated alignment. The creature may have a ...
1
vote
2answers
169 views

What are the real Challenge Ratings of Copper and Red Dragons?

The title is basically the question. I'm prepping a session, which might feature a battle between the PCs aiding a wounded Copper Dragon and a Red Dragon with its Kobold tribe, so I was looking over ...
5
votes
2answers
324 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
416 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
206 views

Are there more effective ways for a wizard to recover frequent and diverse ability damage other than this specific pair of magic items?

The Prestige Class Metaphysical Spellshaper (BoEF, p.81) has the ability to spontaneously cast metamagic spells, at the cost of suffering 1 ability damage per spell level the metamagic improves the ...
15
votes
3answers
1k views

Is there a game-balance reason for Weapon Finesse to require a BAB of +1?

For a new campaign, I'm considering removing the Weapon Finesse (WF) prerequisite of BAB +1. I'd like clerics, monks and especially rogues to have access to it at first level. I'm trying to suss out ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Enhancement Bonus = Crit Threat Improvment? [closed]

In the AD&D Second Edition book Player's Option:Combat and Tactics, an enhanced weapon (+1 bonus or better) also improved the critical range by that much. So if I had a +2 Longsword (19-20 x2) it ...
5
votes
1answer
347 views

How would using the 3.5e rules for gestalt characters work in 5e? [closed]

I recently saw a post on Reddit describing some home-brew rules for gestalt characters in 5e. It seemed interesting so I looked up the original 3.5e gestalt character rules (which can be found here ...
11
votes
5answers
1k views

How to make spell components relevant again?

The spell components mechanic has always seemed a bit ham-fistedly handled in D&D since 2nd edition. What should be an interesting way of defining a wizard generally becomes "I have my pouch" and ...
10
votes
4answers
2k views

How does a PC make a permanent extradimensional space?

In dnd 3.5/pathfinder, how can a PC make a permanent extra dimensional space? Nothing as fancy nor temporary as a Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion but with more legroom than a 20 cubic feet. The ...
14
votes
5answers
2k views

How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?

In one of my groups, there is an evil cleric. He constantly uses the 'harm' spell to greatly reduce the enemies hp (after several buffs and debuffs). The thing is, since he is playing with an evil ...
1
vote
2answers
86 views

Enhancement bonuses and Base Attack Bonus

I've been wondering about this. If you have a weapon with an enhancement bonus, does it add to your BAB to get an additional attack? I know that if you have a BAB of 4 and an enhancement bonus of 2 ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

Would Psion and Psywar HD stack for a psicrystal?

Title pretty much says it all. Working with a 16 psywar/5 Sanctified Mind. If I've read things correctly, my psicrystal would currently be level 16. If I take some levels is psion, would its level ...
5
votes
2answers
164 views

Languages spoken by wild-shaped druid

When a druid turns into an elemental, which languages can he speak? Does the new form allow him to still speak his already known languages or the physical changes of the vocal chords don't allow that ...