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

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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice

So, our 3.5 party is about to make a quick dive to the next story location, and just before that, our Bard remembers that he don't want to get his lute wet since it would damage the instrument. Then, ...
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Advancing a Choker

I'm designing an encounter into which I'd like to include a Choker, but I'd like to make it lawful evil and give it levels in Monk. Would its Constrict special attack (extraordinary ability) damage ...
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Magic Weapon Creation

So I have a few questions about Magic weapon creation in DND 3.5. As far as I have been told the following notions are true: A weapon can't have a +11 or higher enhancement bonus total (between the ...
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What is the correct way to calculate the Knowledge DC to identify a creature?

Something that has always confused me about the Knowledge skill in D&D 3.5 is that identifying a monster with advancement is more difficult only because the HD increase. The DC of the knowledge ...
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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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DnD 3.5 and “Blink” [closed]

The spell Blink raises some interesting problems. First, many players believe the spell allows its recipient to attack with the benefits of invisibility (+2 to attacks, denial of Dexterity AC ...
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Mechanics for social and mental HP?

I am looking for some mechanics of adding a mental and social HP to characters in a campaign. I was thinking mental could be wisdom bonus instead of con bonus but the dice for a class does not work. ...
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Gauntlets & Spiked Gauntlets: How do they work?

There are a lot of questions I have about Gauntlets and Spiked Gauntlets. For the weapons gauntlets and spiked gauntlets (the answers may vary based on whether they are spiked or not): Do they ...
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In 3.5 DnD, readying a move action to go adjacent to an enemy provoking AoO

If you ready an action to move into threat range of an enemy triggered by that enemy doing something that would trigger an Attack of Opportunity (such as casting a spell or moving out of a square), do ...
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Death During Possession?

What happens when a person, monster, animal etc is possessed but dies? Such as a PC kills the possessed creature, a suicide, or any other means? What happens to the creature causing the possession? ...
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Recommendations for game mechanics that emphasize reagent or component based spellcasting

I'm researching spell component systems for a 3.5e campaign. In 3.5e, spell components are an inconvenience at best and a waste of time at worst. I'd like to homebrew a solution drawing from mechanics ...
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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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Is it possible to work a Spiked Chain as a collar?

I had an idea for a spiked chain-wielding Barbarian character, but instead of the usual warrior brute I thought I'd try something different; he was some kind of escaped slave or something that had ...
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Homebrew special ability for invincibility in 3.5

Concept (spoilers in first and third links) I'm interested in creating something along the lines of the Dahaka from the Prince of Persia: Warrior Within game. In summary, it's invincible throughout ...
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4th Edition-style Alternate Rewards in 3.5e/Pathfinder

Is it possible to give players magical gifts or supernatural powers that don't come as a physical item? In 4e, there's the "alternate rewards" which give similar effects to magical items, without ...
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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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Do the penalties from Two Weapon Fighting and its improved version stack?

Does the additional off-hand attack penalty from Improved Two Weapon Fighting stack with that of the off-hand penalty from Two Weapon Fighting? I ask because I am unsure if the -5 penalty for the ...
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What does the skill “Knowledge (any)” mean?

In Dungeons and Dragons, my character is a Bard Elf. I have the Bard Starting Package, which includes four starting skills (I can only choose 4 due to modifiers) But after "Knowledge", in parentheses ...
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What skill would you use to determine a scent?

I am not quite sure which skill scent would fall under. Our group just made our own category for it such as Spot, Listen, etc. That is working fine for use but I was just curious as if there was a ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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Math for calculating radius attacks [closed]

I am working on implementing the SRD in Python (programming language), but unfortunately I am not great at math. I am stumped with figuring out how to calculate all of the squares that are within ...
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Monsters description and number of attacks

I need some clarification about how many attacks a monster can do and the way this is specified in the monster description. I noticed that these entries are separated by "," or "and". Is there any ...
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Gestalt character with the same invocation from two classes

I have recently decided to run Rappan Athuk - Dungeon of Graves again, and due to the difficulty of the dungeon, I have decided to allow Gestalt Characters. One player applied with a ...
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Designing Puzzles Requiring Halt Undead and Animate Dead

I am currently designing an adventure filled with several puzzles. The point of each puzzle is to get a character to use a power they don't know that they have in order to proceed. For example, for ...
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Line of sight & cover along walls and around pillars

In these scenarios in DnD 3.5, do I have line of sight to the target? If so, does the target have cover? (A = attacker, W = wall, T = target, . = empty square) Along a wall: W W W A . T . . . ...
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Can I use Moondust as a splash weapon?

Would it be possible to carry moondust, from Sandstorm, in a flask and attempt to use it as a thrown splash weapon, forcing saves against suffocation? If so, how terrible of an idea is this? If ...
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Can one use a breath weapon and a melee attack in the same turn?

My character is Dragonborn, and has a breath weapon. Making a breath weapon attack is a standard action. I am wondering if I can make a breath weapon and also make one attack with my weapon? I know ...
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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 ...
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My starting players miss a lot against enemies

I have a fresh campaign with new characters in my campaign, but one thing that becomes increasingly clear is how poorly they do in combat, even against simple encounters. In 3.5, An attack roll is ...
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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 ...
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Sanctified one discrepancy

Recently, I encountered one of the abilities of Sanctified One: Holy Fire (Su): Whenever you cast a spell with the fire subtype, you can choose to change all the fire damage it deals into raw ...
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Does Ninja's Sudden Strike apply for multiple-attack rounds?

Given the following information; I have a Ninja which has the necessary feats and levels to have four attacks in a single round. I can turn invisible for a full round. The invisibility of a ninja ...
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Living Spell and Mage's Disjunction

There is a dillema about Living Spell ooze: since it is an awakened spell, how does Disjunction effect it? (And will at all?). Should it take damage from anti-magic field (like elemental would on ...
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Help me buff out a rhino

Hi so for tonight's session I am making a mini boss 10 lvl druid. I want him to have a rhino as an animal companion and I believe that if he awaits that a battle is at hand, he would have buffed out ...
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What is the full text of 'Favored in Guild: Jazred Chalssin'?

Several Assassin Handbooks out there (eg. this one) seem to reference a certain feat. Favored in Guild – Jazred Chalssin (DMG2+web): +4 DC [of death attack]. Tied pretty tightly with anti-Lolth ...
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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 ...
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How does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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Should I show the health of enemies?

This is my first time hosting a PnP session, and one issue I've run into is whether to let players know the health of their enemies. Should I show them the monster's HP number, or describe in varying ...
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Feedback for a Point Buy System for Spellcreation/Research [closed]

I'm working on an RPG as a class project that uses 3.5e rules, and as a experiment I created a point buy system for spell creation rules. Its a very rough second draft that seems to come out roughly ...
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How can I recreate in 3.5e the Shifter class from Neverwinter Nights?

I would like to create a shapeshifting character. I'm used to Neverwinter Nights' Shifter prestige class, I would like to play something similar in DnD 3.5. I would appreciate some pointers about ...
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How flexible is the Fang Dragon's Sound Imitation

The Fang Dragon (taken from Draconomicon) has an ability called Sound Imitation: Sound Imitation (Ex): A fang dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard, anytime it likes. Listeners must ...
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Wondrous Effects: What Are the Durations?

The rod of wonder (DMG 237) creates Wondrous Effects that have printed durations, creates Wondrous Effects that mimic spell effects yet don't include printed durations, and creates Wondrous Effects ...
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How can market price of magic items be calculated from crafting price?

How would you calculate the market price of a magic item when only the crafting price is given? Some books like Magic Item Compendium give market prices, I know, but other books still have magic items ...
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How do you get a DM to stop targeting you? [closed]

My group previously had our latest session over the weekend. It was the first one in this campaign so we changed up the roles a bit. I usually DM and I wanted to be PC for a while so we switched it ...
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How many creatures should face a party of 6 PCs?

I am going to DM for the first time. The group of players is 6 people. I have no clue on how many creatures I should make them face. For example, a group of 2 people would face about 3-5 bugbears but ...
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Are there items that can be worn under/in addition to armor that grant AC bonuses?

Pretty self-explanatory; I began wondering this when I misread the description of Mithral Shirt and thought it could be worn on the body slot in addition to existing armor to grant additional AC ...
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Off-hand penalty in PHB 3.5 glossary, how does it work?

I've played 3.5 for quite some time, and this has been something I've never quite understood, at least with respect to rules as written. On pp 311 of the 3.5 Player's Handbook, under the entry for ...
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Does casting while greater invisible make the spell effects also invisible?

I'm pretty sure that even if you're greater invisible and cast say, a lightning bolt, while you stay invisible per the spell, that the spells effects are still visible. I can't find a rule citation ...
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What books comprise “Core” D&D3.5e?

I keep seeing references to "Core" D&D3.5e (as opposed to the SRD), but I'm not sure which books are included. I know the Player's Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and Monster Manual ...
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Heart of Water and grappling threats

I have been making a new wizard lately and I have been trying to have many ways of avoiding statuses/effects that easily disable/endanger a caster. As many of you know, one of these is Grapple, and ...