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

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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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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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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 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 feature,...
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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 attack....
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Is there a Prestige Class or Archetype that mimics the Medician from AD&D 2nd Edition?

Back in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, one of my favorite Paladin Kits from the Paladin's Handbook was the Medician. The Medician was: Description: The Medician seeks to treat the ...
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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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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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Vorpal and Warshaper, immune or not?

I have a question regarding Vorpal and the Warshaper ability, morphic immunities. Let's first look at Vorpal (SRD, emphasis mine): Vorpal: This potent and feared ability allows the weapon to sever ...
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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 ...
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Scent and locating invisible opponent

The scent ability in MM1 states that at 5 ft. you can Pinpoint the sources location. Does this mean you could strike an invisible opponent without a miss chance? This regards Hunters sense stance.
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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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Does anyone know of a dragon companion prestige class?

I am looking for a rules supplement covering a prestige class that had a dragon companion. The character got the dragon on an island, and bonded with it while leveling the class. Eventually the ...
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Why is “Improved Rune casting” listed twice in the Runecaster description?

I was just perusing one of my books (Players Guide to Faerun) and I'm reading a class ability of the Runecaster that states the following: Improved Rune casting (Su): As a runecaster rises in ...
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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 a planar shepherd take on the Special Qualities of a pit fiend?

Does a Druid 8/Planar Shepherd 10 who uses Wild Shape to become a pit fiend take on Special Qualities like DR 15/good-and-silver Darkvision 60 ft. See in darkness Immunity to fire and poison ...
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What does the Ebon Eyes spell do?

Ebon Eyes is a level 1 spell from the Spell Compendium (page 77) that says: The subject of this spell gains the ability to see normally in natural and magical darkness, although it does not ...
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How strong is the Spider Climb force (against rushing water)

I had a player using spider climb in a small cave system, however the room flooded (quickly, with a high water pressure). Would he be able to hold on since he's using spider climb? Alternatively, I ...
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Rule Fudging for Large Groups [duplicate]

I'm running a 3.5 campaign for a large group (8 players, I must be crazy), none of which have every played before, and several of which are quite young (ages 13-17). I've got some ideas for changing ...
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Some combat questions about the rod of ropes

Is making a ranged attack with a rod of ropes a move action, an attack, or a standard action? The description of the second function of the rod of ropes (Complete Scoundrel 116) (4,000 gp; 4 lbs.) ...
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Tome of battle initiator levels manuvers

When using feats like Martial Stance and Martial study, Can you take a stance that requires swordsage levels over 1? To re-ask: Does initiator level = levels in swordsage needed for manuvers and ...
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Ways to modify an existing damage reduction

I am curious to know if there are any ways to modify an existing damage reduction. For example, let's take a natural born were-something that has a DR10/silver. Does any of the books contain an ...
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Can I do a double move while moving silently and still avoid the −20 penalty?

Under move silent and hiding it says that you suffer a −20 check penalty, unless you move at half speed. What I'm wondering is, with a Move of 30, can I use my move action to move 15 (half speed), and ...
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Help with Artificer/Wizard

I'm having isues understanding the item creation process and usage for an Artificer with a Wizard dip. As far I understand the process, a straight Artificer needs to make a Use Magic Device check to ...
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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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What happens when you teleport into a place that no longer exists?

A little context: The big bad is a wizard with a tower and a dungeon. The PCs are going to explode and collapse the dungeon, because reasons. When the wizard is going to teleport into his usual spot ...
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Is rapier considered a light melee weapon

For duel wielding penalties, I was not sure if duel wielding rapiers would allow me to use the two weapon fighting feat or not.
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Does a created or summoned creature have an ability to spawn or summon another one?

Let's consider I am a Pale Master. I created a wraith. Those undead have this ability: Create Spawn (Su): Any humanoid slain by a wraith becomes a wraith in 1d4 rounds. Its body remains intact ...
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Can an artificer buff his charisma before making the UMD check of the day?

In order to make an item, an artificer needs to make UMD checks to emulate features he doesn't have, but the book does not state how much time it takes to make such a check. Can an artificer buff his ...
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What spells can a Psion learn?

In the Psionic Handbook, Dungeon and Dragon edition 3.5, on page 7, Table 1.1 shows how many spells you learn for each level. Example at level 1: you get 2+d spell of level 0 spell. so 2 spell + 1 ...
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Can a vampire use a Headband of Ferocity to avoid turning gaseous at 0 HP?

Does a vampire that's using a headband of ferocity (S&F, p. 77) get to not automatically turn gaseous when reduced to 0hp, so they can then do something else like quaff an inflict potion, rather ...
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What is the use for an alchemist's lab?

If the alchemist's lab (500gp) provides +2 circumstance bonus on craft(alchemy) checks, what use is there for it if a masterwork artisan's tools (55gp) already provides the same bonus on ANY craft ...
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Can Telekinesis be used to Bull Rush someone more than 5 feet?

I'm running a D&D 3.5 campaign with a BBEG who has telekinesis. During one particular encounter he tried to bull rush the fighter into a pit. The fighter's player then pointed out that since he ...
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How does Flare affect a drow?

If you successfully cast flare at a Drow would they be blinded for one round by the bright light (due to being light sensitive) and then dazzled for the rest of the spell's duration (due to the spell'...
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3.5 harm and greater harm

Does anyone know why Harm deals 10 damage per caster level (max 150) and Greater Harm "only" 1d12 per caster level (max 20d12) ? Even at 20th level Harm (150 damage) is more efficient than Greater ...
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Can Spiritjaws hold a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature?

Can Spiritjaws be used to grapple a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature? On the one hand incorporeal subtype says that incorporeal creatures can't be grappled. On the other hand force effects ...
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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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Some practical questions about the rod of ropes

Depending on your generation, the rod of ropes (Complete Scoundrel 116) (4,000 gp; 4 lbs.) is either a Bat-claw, a hookshot, or both, but Dungeons and Dragons 3.5's attempt to simulate this complex ...
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What book contains this antlered humanoid fey?

In one of the later Monster Manuals, there was a Fey called something like "Master of the Forest" It took the form of a human male with antlers. Can anyone confirm or correct the name and tell me ...
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D&D 3.5 ranger combat styles — forbid other sources of same feats?

In my Dungeons and Dragons campaign, my co-players and I are having a little bit of a struggle with my character's feats. My character is a fighter(2)/ranger(2) dual class. For my fighter feat I chose ...
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How to set up a Castle Siege? [closed]

I am running a war, for my players. They have won a battle pushing their opponent back into a citadel within the cliffs. I am looking for stories, suggestions, or more importantly rules on how to ...
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Can metamagic feats be applied to (Sp) abilities?

For instance, lets say you are a Drow wizard, and you have taken Quicken Spell as a metamagic feat. You wish to Quicken your innate darkness ability, so that you can throw down a cloak of magical ...
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Does a burst centred on the caster affect the caster?

I was wondering whether a burst effect centered on you affects you. The Dread Necromancer from Heroes of Horror has a Negative Energy Burst — does it affect her? Also, the player has the Tomb-Tainted ...
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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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Can you retry a failed Turn Undead attempt?

In AD&D if you tried to turn undead and failed to roll high enough to turn that hit die of undead, you could not retry turning that same undead. In 3.5 I don't see that restriction. So can you ...
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Is the Cancer Mage overpowered?

I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign, and a player wants to go for the Cancer Mage prestige class in the Book of Vile Darkness. Is this prestige class overpowered, as defined in this question?
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How to do mobs of monsters with class levels?

The level 11 PCs are going to raid a tower/school filled with low-level wizards/clerics/fighters of a variety of races and levels. Is there a more elegant way to simulate the massive amount of low-...
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Is an exhausted character also fatigued?

An exhausted character moves at half speed. If a character has a speed of 30 feet he moves at 15 when exhausted. Can he run or charge when exhausted or is he also fatigued? Is an exhausted character ...
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Can the Fatespinner's Spin Fate ability be used after the target roll is made?

In 3.5 the Fatespinner prestige class has the ability Spin Fate: as a free action a Fatespinner can add a point or more of DC to one spell. Can this be done after the target's save roll or must it be ...
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How to deal with the differences in perception between group characters?

I struggle with the following : You enter the room and a dark, old man dressed with a humble and threadbare mantle is prattling in a corner. When he sees you, he stands up and comes forward, ...