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

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Is a hand crossbow anything special?

I'm creating a rogue, and the core rule book says that rogues are proficient with all simple weapons (which includes light and heavy crossbows) and hand crossbows. Is there any reason I would want to ...
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Would this mounted scenario be rule consistent?

As a mounted archer without a feat like combat archery, I still need to worry about attacks of opportunity. However, my mount does not. It is my understanding that you and your mount basically share a ...
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Is AC really as powerful as I think it is?

My understanding of AC is that an enemy must roll higher than your AC to take any damage on you. However, if this is the case, wouldn't a player only need an AC higher than 20 to be invincible? I am ...
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Did I overstep my power as DM?

While playing a game with a previous group, in the middle of a combat, I had an enemy caster hidden from general combat, but still casting different spells like heal and other non-damage spells to ...
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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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Can a PC use his Charisma to influence other PCs in D&D 3.5?

Checking the D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook rules, the rules are explicit that the Diplomacy skill cannot be used to influence other PCs, only NPCs. But I see no such restrictions for Intimidate or ...
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Are tricks the only way that I can control an animal companion?

I asked a similar question the other day, but this is broader and clearer. Is there ever a circumstance where an animal companion will do something or can be controlled without a trick besides riding ...
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Ray of Flame's damage progression

Since the Ray deals 1d6 damage per 2 caster levels, what would be the damage if your caster level is lover than 2? 1/2, then round down. Ta-daa... 0, so 0d6 damage? I'm pretty sure from common sense, ...
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Does Positive Energy heal living creatures even when it does not specify that it does so?

Our group operates under the assumption that every ability that deals negative energy damage Heals undead creatures, which makes a lot of sense considering how many places contain an entry like: ...
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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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D&D 3.5e understanding attacks of opportunity

I am currently assisting in the dming of the game as far as understanding rules. in the last game session we played i experianced a AoO for the first time as did the actual dm. A pc(1) was engaged in ...
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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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What is required to only mount a creature?

I understand that the weight of the player and the player's gear must be within the mounts carry capacity, but is this the only requirement? Are all medium animals with a high enough strength allowed ...
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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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Good alignment on characters facing a vampire

While running the Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil campaign, two of my players were arguing about what they should do about a vampire NPC. Try to change the vampire's alignment and turn him ...
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Questions regarding Animal Companions, Mounts, Riding, and Handle Animal [closed]

Tomorrow I will be playing my first game of dungeons and dragons ever, and I have decided to play as a mounted ranger. I have a few questions regarding the complexity of animal companions. My ...
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Tricks to speed up the combat of 3.5 D&D? [duplicate]

While I would like to ask this question of many other games the answer to each system of rules would undoubtedly be vary different and it'd be too heavy-handed a question to address. So In regards ...
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How exactly do multiple attacks work in 3.5?

So I seem full of questions, but one thing we've never fully understood in our group is how do multiple attacks work in 3.5 D&D? I mean when you start getting fighters and such at level 6+ and ...
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Ability drain (natural) attacks and subdual damage

Some creatures in D&D 3.5 have ability drain attacks, such as the Fang Dragon's bite attack. I remember reading somewhere that for such an attack to actually 'drain' it has to deal lethal damage, ...
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Bringing the Realism [closed]

As I have played D&D we have come to many points on the road where things don't seem quite fair and as the DM I have to be the arbiter of sticky wickets. For example: If you have a situation where ...
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The use of an intelligent magical item. When is it appropriate and how powerful should it be?

This is my first question, so forgive me if I seem to miss some of the protocols. I'm running a D&D 3.5 custom campaign setting, I tend to be a "low magic" and very high rp kind of guy focusing ...
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Does Mind Blank provide protection from Turn Undead?

If an undead character is under the effect of a Mind Blank spell, does the spell's effect offer protection against being forced to cower or flee from a turn-undead effect?
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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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The “Quantum Barbarian” — Beginning the Rage Ends the Rage, and Ending the Rage Begins the Rage

Several years ago, a friend described to me a character build he had, which he called the "Quantum Barbarian." His description of the final result was that (paraphrasing, as this was a number of ...
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How can I craft weapons and armor?

How does one craft weapons and armor in D&D? Assume I have a high enough crafting skill to create the item: how do I know what materials I need? What is required to make say, standard scalemail ...
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When are unexpected events “Too much”?

To vent out from the exams the whole group finished not long ago, I'm preparing a simple D&D3.5 game. A mindless dungeon crawler with lots of enemies, loot and the usual stuff with just enough ...
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What made clerics so strong in D&D 3.5?

I'm just starting a campaign for the first time with a couple of friends, and I've been told that certain classes like cleric are really strong; some people even say they're overpowered. What is it ...
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Optimizing a Minotaur PC

Was wondering if any one would be able to help flesh out my character and help me make him better. At the moment we are in a 14 level campaign using complete and core books D&D 3.5 edition also ...
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Preventing gear loss while using Change Shape?

Change Shape states the following: Any gear worn or carried by the creature that can’t be worn or carried in its new form instead falls to the ground in its space. If the creature changes size, ...
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Should I take Sorcerer or Warmage for a Kobold Ultimate Magus?

I'm trying to build a Dragonwrought Kobold Ultimate Magus, but I'm having trouble deciding whether I want to do it based off a Wizard/Sorcerer or Wizard/Warmage. On one hand, Sorcerer is a Kobold ...
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5th level optimized Fighter/Ranger builds for 3.5/Pathfinder

I'm running Paizo's Crypt of the Everflame/Temple of Living God/City of Golden Death with some veteran players using 3.5 rules mostly. But these veteran players have busy lives and I think they are ...
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How can I make Attacks of Opportunity using a ranged weapon?

Is there any way a character can make an attack of opportunity using a ranged weapon? If so, how? What book does it come from?
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Spells similar to Unconcious Agenda for 3.5 without certain restrictions

I'm after a spell i can have cast on my character where on a certain condition (in my case, character is bitten by a vampire) he will conscious or not, be made to perform an action (in my case, slug a ...
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Repair Spells/Infusions and “Constructs”

I've been having a bit of an argument with another DM lately over whether the Artificer's Repair infusions can effect inanimate objects. From my understanding, RAW the repair spells are only meant to ...
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Which feats fit this concept?

I have this character who's working in an open-world type of game where being actually useful to a party isn't the biggest concern of a character. Who's this Leilani gal, again? Leilani is the ...
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How to defend from Mind Flayer's psionic blast

Is there an efficient way to defend from illithid's psionic blast except with an high will save? Item, spell...?
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I'm running a Pathfinder adventure using 3.5E rules - what should I watch out for?

I'm running a 3.5E table for a mix of experienced and new players. The adventure we're running is "Way of the Wicked", which is set for Pathfinder. (To clarify: the players are working with 3.5 rules, ...
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In D&D 3.5 Why does “Withdraw” not trigger an “Attack of Opportunity”?

In D&D 3.5 "Withdraw" is defined as follows: Withdrawing from melee combat is a full-round action. When you withdraw, you can move up to double your speed. The square you start out in is ...
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Can players use ranged attacks or spells while within the Magic Circle against Evil?

So, I know that Magic Circle against Evil acts as an emanation, and everyone within a 10 foot radius of the target gets the effects of Protection against Evil. Additionally, non-good creatures cannot ...
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Can Manticore Parry redirect an attack towards the original attacker?

The Tome of Battle supplement for D&D 3.5 offers a Maneuver called Manticore Parry, which allows the initiator to redirect the attack to another target. But which targets are legal? When you ...
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What should I do if I have one PC that has optimized his character and is throwing off the party's CR?

Tonight out group just finished up our second session into our latest campaign. Everyone is enjoying it and it has been running rather smooth. I have realized, though, that one PC in particular is way ...
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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Roleplaying Persistent Cloud of Knives

I am making my cleric (5th level character) persistent spell list and I would like to make Cloud of Knives persistent. And as tremendously good as it sounds in terms of combat (will have a few buffs ...
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How to Avoid Weakness to Cold Iron

In a Dungeon Keeper campaign I am playing, my character has a weakness to cold iron, taking double the damage from cold iron sources. I'm a 5th level druid, for now, and I am looking for ways to ...
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Do you always get a Will save?

In D&D is there any situation where a player character could not be given a will save? Such as unconscious, insane, already under a previous illusion? If you are not in control of your mental ...
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Can I attack a specific spot on an enemy?

I'm starting a d&d 3.5e campaign this weekend as a rogue and have been thinking about not being able to make a sneak attacks on undead. I was thinking that I could at least slice it's achilles ...
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Description trumps example?

The Spiderskin spell in Spell Compendium gives the target several bonus, each being a +1 every three caster levels, no cap, to a different number. In the spell's text, there's a long sentence that ...
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Why can't a feint be part of a full round attack?

When reading the rules from PH3.5 about feints, it states that a feint is a standard action, or with the feat "improved feint" it can be a movement action. So unlike with others special attacks that ...
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How to discourage players from rushing?

I recently started GMing for my D&D group, and it was my first time as GM. My group often tries to rush through things before I can describe their environment ( ex: running through a cave before ...
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What are the full names of all the outer planes?

I know there is the "Seven Mounting Heavens of Celestia" and the "Nine Hells of Baator" How many outer planes are there, and do they all have long names like this?