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

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A Technical EL Problem in D&D3.5

I have a question on how to give the correct experience to my party. In the first fight they had: 6 x Skeletons (6 x CR 1/3 = EL 2) 1 x Ogre Skel. (CR 3) 1 x Level 2 Cleric (CR 2) 2 x Gnoll (2 x CR ...
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Do caster level checks fail on a roll of a natural 1?

All the SRD states is: Caster Level Checks To make a caster level check, roll 1d20 and add your caster level (in the relevant class). If the result equals or exceeds the DC (or the spell ...
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When, where, and with whom did the Dark Chaos Feat Shuffle originate?

In trying to give credit where it's due, I'd like to learn the name or pseudonym of the originator of the Dark Chaos Feat Shuffle (DCFS) (link is to a definition not a source), and where and when both ...
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Why is holding a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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Power player is a problem. Any fix?

Context I'm a new DM because the old DM wanted to play for once. No big deal right? Man was I wrong in accepting. Let me explain. This "DM" knows everything. He is always right. Even if he is ...
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How can I turn a creature with Su and Ex abilties into armour that grants those abilities? [closed]

Could someone describe to me a method for changing a corporeal creature with Supernatural and Extraordinary racial abilities into a set of armor that would grant those same racial abilities to the ...
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Sets of spells that have explicit bonuses when used together

Some spells come in "sets" that have explicit benefits when you use them together. For one example, the heart of element series in Complete Mage: heart of air heart of earth heart of fire heart of ...
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To what domains does Iyachtu Xvim grant access?

The feat Godsblood Spelltheft has as its benefit the ability to select a domain granted by Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson who assumed his father's hatred and tyranny portfolios for about a decade until he ...
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What happens to a druid's AC and ability score bonuses in Wild Shape?

If a druid uses Wild Shape, does he retain his Natural/Dodge/Deflection bonuses to AC? What about ability score bonuses from items (Ring, Amulet, etc) or from spells (Barkskin, Bull’s Strength)?
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How does the Draconic Breath feat interact with the Animate Breath spell?

The Draconic Breath [Draconic] feat (Complete Arcane) allows a Sorcerer to spend a spell slot to use a breath weapon as a standard action. This is a supernatural ability and the damage and save DC is ...
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Does Font of Life grant a saving throw against enervation?

The general feat Font of Life has as its benefit the following: Whenever you are struck by an attack that drains energy or bestows negative levels, you gain an immediate saving throw to resist the ...
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If my Initiator Level is high enough, can I take Stances of a level higher than 1st when I take my first level in a martial adept class?

Usually, a martial adept’s Initiator Level is equal to his class level, plus his class level in any maneuver-granting Prestige Classes, plus half his level in all other classes. This means a ...
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When taking the Martial Study feat as a Warblade, can I select from non-Warblade disciplines?

When I am taking the Martial Study feat as a Warblade at 6th lvl, can I choose a maneuver from non-Warblade disciplines? For example, take a maneuver from the Desert Wind discipline?
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Can Dispel Magic or Mordenkainen's Disjunction dispel a Supernatural (shapeshift) effect?

In D&D 3.0 and/or 3.5 -- can Dispel Magic or Mordenkainen's Disjunction dispel Supernatural effects? (For instance, a druid's wild shape.)
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Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature?

Complete Adventurer contains the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim which has as its benefit Whenever you cast a spell with an area, you can attempt to shape the spell’s area so that one creature within ...
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What is the exact scope of the Mage Slayer caster level penalty?

The Mage Slayer, Pierce Magical Concealment and Pierce Magical Protection feats (Complete Arcane, p. 81 & 82) have interesting benefits, but they also have a penalty: Special: Taking this ...
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How compatible are books for 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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If your body was destroyed while in a homunculus via Magic Jar, would the homunculus die?

If your body was destroyed while in a homunculus via Magic Jar, would the homunculus die? For class and story reasons I need my body to be destroyed while in someone or something else's body. Would ...
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Is jumping limited to half basic move when exhausted?

If I'm reading the rules for the jump skill correctly, it is not possible to do a jump longer that one's base move. Since an exhausted character may move only half base movement, this implies that his ...
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Magic To Copy a Work of Art

Are there any spells or magic items in D&D 3.5 that would allow the caster/user to copy a work of art? In my current campaign there is an artist(painter) who has been magically making duplicates ...
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Can I Cleave during an Attack of Opportunity and then attack with a Readied action?

Is this situation possible? I have Cleave I have readied an action to attack Someone on horseback charges me, and provokes an attack of opportunity from me I take the Attack of Opportunity, attack ...
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How do I calculate my Jump when combined with Charging speed

What speed I may take to calculate my jump bonus if I'm charging? Charge gives me twice speed. For example I'm a dwarf and I have 20 speed. If I'm going to use Charge my speed is 40. To calculate ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Dispel via opposite spells [duplicate]

This question was developed as an extension of one that is related. What interests me in particular is the part about dispeling. I'm totally agree with the linked answer to that related question ...
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Do effects granting extra dice stack?

I am sure I read somewhere that bonus dice to attacks do not stack with each other, one of my players disputes this, and I can't find rulings about it either way. I know that generally speaking, ...
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How do you “safely” imprison a Lich?

Let's say in a world like Eberron, with a prison like Dreadhold, how would you go about keeping a Lich prisoner if you don't want it to die and escape to its secret phylactery? I mean can a Lich kill ...
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Can you see the moon with the spot skill?

This is born from a... pedantic ... argument. The argument is, with the spot skill, you take a -1 penalty per 10 feet of distance to the object you are trying to spot. Trying to see the moon on a ...
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Does a slender pillar grant just bonuses or does it also grant other benefits?

Miscellaneous Features on Slender Pillar says These pillars are only a foot or two across, so they don’t occupy a whole square. Place a dot in the center of each square that has a slender pillar ...
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Good source of d and d or similar game, minituare figurines? [duplicate]

So I am playing a new group of players and they are hoping for more of a visual aid. Does anyone know any good places to pick up cheap figures?
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Dusk blade channeling and full attack action

A sixth level duskblade channels shocking grasp and misses his attack. I believe he still holds the charge to his next round. Now would he be able to take a full attack action with the shocking grasp ...
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Is there a concise listing of all mundane item templates? [closed]

I know there are quite a few templates that can be added to mundane items from Dungeon Master's Guide II and Hammer and Helm, but what I'm looking for is a listing of all known templates that can be ...
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Reality to Fiction: Powerfully Built Humans?

Hafþór Björnsson is 6' 9" (2.05 m) and 419 lbs. (190.005 kg). That is a pretty good reason he was cast as The Mountain on Game of Thrones - not to mention he is a very popular Strongman. When we look ...
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How do price discounts stack?

I am making an artificer that is optimized for making items. I currently have Extraordinary Artisan (-25% price), apprenticeship(-10% price) and mercantile background(-25% price, DM allowed me to buy ...
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What feats can an animal companion take?

The druid's animal companion says, "An animal companion gains additional... feats for bonus HD as normal for advancing a monster’s Hit Dice." Can an animal companion take feats from any category and ...
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As a Duskblade can I Power Attack Shocking Grasp the hinges off an iron door?

Scenario My party approached an iron door in a dungeon and our rogue failed its Open Lock skill check. My duskblade took the opportunity to try and break the door. I have knowledge of hardness and ...
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Why do Hill and Frost Giants have a bigger damage bonus than their Strength bonus?

In the D&D 3.5 Monster Manual, a Hill Giant's damage entry shows: Greatclub +16 melee (2d8+10) A Hill Giant's strength bonus is +7. Since there doesn't appear to be any magic abilities or ...
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Can I Use Sickening Grasp [Reserve Feat] During a Full Attack with a Two-Handed Weapon?

Could a duskblade with vampiric touch as his first third level spell take the reserve feat sickening grasp, full round attack with his two handed weapon, then take a hand off and touch attack with ...
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How do I cast a spell that's not on my spell list without spending points in Use Magic Device?

This question is partially inspired by this question, but it's a problem that I've run into in a few high-level 3.5 games. Suppose that I'm a high-level Sun Elf wizard. For whatever reason, I don't ...
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Is Soulfire at all useful for a character with high Fortitude and Steadfast Determination?

I am working on a martial character which happens to have a high Fortitude score and the Steadfast Determination feat (Player's Handbook II, p. 83): Benefit: […] You do not automatically fail ...
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How can a 13th-level wizard get a 17th-level wizard to fail a will save?

I am planning a plot that involves an evil wizard who reached lichdom, was defeated by another (good) wizard (his phylactery was also destroyed), was resurrected by a resurrection spell (he wasn't a ...
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Heal as a paladin spell

By far the best healing spell in the game, heal, is a 6th-level spell for clerics. It’s also found on the Healing domain, again as a 6th-level spell. Various other classes get it as a 6th-level spell, ...
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When limited wish duplicates a spell, is the duplicated spell that spell or limited wish?

When the spell limited wish is used to duplicate a spell, is that effect the actual spell or, instead, is that effect limited wish reproducing the spell's effect? The 7th-level Sor/Wiz spell limited ...
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What are the objective benefits of lichdom compared to reincarnation for high-level wizards?

I am thinking of comparing the possibilities for immortality for high-level wizards. The most well-known solution is lichdom (if they are evil). As we know, no cleric or wizard spell can resurrect ...
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Easiest Access to Raise Dead

In D&D 3.5, Raise Dead is a 5th level cleric spell, meaning a cleric would have to be level 9 to be able to cast it. The cleric who can cast Raise Dead can also cast many other spells, such as ...
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Does a dusk blade channeling shocking grasp get +3 to attack?

I have seen discussions on other boards where people believe a duskblade channeling shocking grasp against a metal armored opponent should receive the +3 attack bonus for the spell on the melee ...
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Does a Combat Medic's Evasion Work Exactly as a Monk's Evasion?

Evasion granted by the Combat Medic prestige class states: Evasion (Ex): Beginning at 4th level, you can avoid damage from certain attacks with a successful Reflex save. See the monk class ...
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Does Darkness dispel Dancing Lights?

Drow vs. Elves in a dungeon with no natural light. Torch light for elven party. If a drow drops a darkness spell on an object in the middle of the party are they effectively blind? If they had a ...
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Madness Rules for 3.5 [duplicate]

So, I am running a game of D&D 3.5 and I have a player character in the group whose backstory includes his mother having gone insane at some point in the past. As she is a marked heir of her ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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What lighting condition does the spell Darkness create?

Many people hold to the interpretation of the spell Darkness that it is an area of total darkness. But this is not how I would interpret it, to me it appears as if the spell creates an area of dim ...