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

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Do creatures with fractional HD have all the other benefits of full HD creatures?

Some small animals, e.g. rats, have fractional HD, which means that they have less hit points than animals with the same constitution and full HD have. Suppose you have (for example) an outsider with ...
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How does a multiclass gestalt work in terms of BAB and saves?

Every explanation in Unearther Arcana about gestalts refers to them as having only one class on each path except the one about PrCs, so there are really some things that aren't very clear to me. ...
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Which issues of Paizo's Dragon magazine had alternative rules to replace 3.x familiars?

I've seen this mentioned under this question: Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X, and I do remember having read, ages ago, an issue or two (?) of Paizo's Dragon that dealt with optional rules that ...
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Improving the Fighter through research

I would like to enable fighters to research new moves in a way similar to wizard researching new spells. Currently, the mechanism of fighter improvement goes through abilities, but I feel like it's ...
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How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?

My PCs (levels 19-20) are really afraid of clerics (it's somewhat justified from their previous encounters) and usually try to focus all their actions in the first round to get rid of one, no matter ...
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Good campaigns for a small group?

Are there any pre-made campaigns that are fairly simple and able to be played by a group of three people for D&D 3.5? My friends and I have a hard time getting a campaign that we can play, as it ...
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Can a spellcraft check reveal the target of a spell?

You can use spellcraft to identify a spell as it is being cast. But does this check let you know the target of the spell? As an example of when this could matter quite a lot, Dominate allows you to ...
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Are Transmutation spells lost after dismissing or casting Alter Self

The description of transmutation spells is Transmutation spells change the properties of some creature, thing, or condition. So if a transmutation spell was cast after an alter self, and then ...
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Where does the “apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order” rule come from, if it exists?

I have seen quoted several places on the internet a rule that one can apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order. An example I come across frequently (as a druid) is the combination of ...
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What are the costs of having multiple/alternate spellbooks?

I know wizards can get a certain number of spells in their spellbook for free as they level up, but does that specifically cover having them written down in one spellbook? If you plan to maintain a ...
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Does temporal stasis freeze spell effects?

My question boils down to what qualifies as a condition in the spell temporal stasis, as emphasized below. You place the subject into a state of suspended animation. For the creature, time ceases ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3, 3.5 or 4 ed to 2ed monsters?

I would like to know if I can convert monsters from other editions ( I already figured out how to convert monsters from the 1 ed) into 2ed monsters.
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What are the best uses of a Factotum's Cunning Brilliance (Ex)?

At 19th level, you become the ultimate jack of all trades. Your sharp mind and keen sense of your surroundings allow you to duplicate almost any ability you witness. At the start of each day, ...
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Can a Psion become a Thrallherd, then drop Diplomacy with Psychic Reformation?

I have a Psion(Egoist)/Thrallherd with Psychic Reformation. I'm wondering whether I can use Psychic Reformation to drop the points in Diplomacy and the Inquisitor feat, and reassign the points to ...
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Earthquake spell on floating castle?

Does that affect the floor of the castle or just the ground where the castle is floating on? Does it depend on what the caster wants? Does it depend on if the caster can/cannot see the "real ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3.5 to d20 Modern?

What sort of issues would I run into if I wanted to co-opt some D&D 3.5 creatures into a D20 Modern setting? I'm looking mostly at devils, demons and some of the astral creatures. Will such ...
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In what issue did Dragon/Dungeon magazine transition to 3.5e rules?

Dungeon and Dragon magazines have been around for quite a while, though I can't find an online source to tell when they made the switch to the 3.5 ruleset. Does anyone know? Issue #364 of Dragon, ...
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Does the ability Sudden Raystrike work on rays cast from a Wand?

One of the abilities that the Spellwarp Sniper gains at 2nd level is Sudden Raystrike (p64 of Complete Scoundrel). The description says: If you can catch an opponent when he is unable to ...
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Are Weapon Finesse and two-handed wielding mutually exclusive?

I noticed some weapons, like the Elven Thinblade, can qualify for Weapon Finesse despite being classified as one-handed weapons. Does this mean I can wield it two-handed for 150% of my Dex bonus? ...
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In 3.5/Pathfinder, what is the rough CR adjustment for Damage Reduction?

I have seen several breakdown and rough rules for adjusting a monster's CR according to various special abilities and qualities. The Pathfinder Core book and Bestiary has rules about things like high ...
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Increasing Save DC for new magic items

Paizo PRD: Magic items produce spells or spell-like effects. For a saving throw against a spell or spell-like effect from a magic item, the DC is 10 + the level of the spell or effect + the ...
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How can I convert 3.5 Generic Classes to Pathfinder?

I recently obtained the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, and I'm really impressed by the changes. I am going to change my campaign from 3.5e to Pathfinder, but I'm stuck on one major thing. In our ...
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Does resurrection heal ability damage?

The description of the resurrection spell states that it restores "life and complete strength to any deceased creature." Does this include any ability damage that the creature may have suffered, prior ...
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How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before it falls?

Inspired by this question, I wondered how this works in 3.5 edition. I did not find it in the Falling section of the Environmental hazards glossary in the DM's guide, is it covered somewhere? Should I ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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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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Giving away too much information about alignment?

So, I had an idea for a future campaign where spells and magical abilities would be color coded based on the user's alignment. Good and Evil would be white and black respectively, while Lawful and ...
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How may times can you charge during a combat?

I have quite a silly question (sorry for that): how may times can you charge during a combat in DnD 3.5? I remember seeing somewhere that you can do it only once, but i cannot find that source again. ...
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What's a Solid Way to Strike up a Conversation With a LE Devil outsider without the Gate Spell?

My DM has allowed me to make a vampire / hexblade player character for our weekly game. Naturally, my character's motivations include betraying her old boss (vampire lord) and murdering him. Her back ...
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Working “add-on” powers system for DnD 3.x?

I'm deriving this question from my recent question about Skyrim's Shouts for DnD3.x. Is there an official or unofficial "add-on" system for DnD3.X (or Pathfinder) that introduces optional, extra ...
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About critical rolls on D&D

In both the third and fourth edition of D&D, rolling a “natural 20” on an attack roll automatically hits regardless of the target’s AC, and results in a critical threat, which must then be ...
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D&D high-difficulty / technical character build suggestions

I have always been a huge fan of D&D style derivatives, but I have never actually played D&D itself. (Baldurs Gate (I & II), Final Fantasy VII+, Magic the Gathering, Oblivion, Fallout 3+). ...
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Do Sorcerers need to know a lot of attack spells?

I was building a Sorcerer character I had in mind for high-level campaigns (e.g. starting at 10th) and noticed that while I was planning and selecting his spells known, I seemed to gravitate mostly ...
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How can I deliberately cause my player character's alignment to shift?

I'm playing D&D 3.5e as a human Ranger. Our party has recently had a couple of wins, resulting in some nice loot. I was lucky and got the pick of the pile both times. The first time I got a ...
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Deck of Many Things vs. Forced Dream

Is there a mechanical reason why a creature who activates the Magic of Eberron psionic power forced dream (104-5) can't reset his turn to before he drew a card from the deck of many things (DMG ...
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Finger of death and Raise death/Resurrect/Reincarnate

If someone dies because of a Finger of death, can he be brought back with one of Raise death/Resurrect/Reincarnate? In all spells it is said that "A creature that has been turned into an undead ...
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Helpless opponent & Coup de Grace

I had a question about Coup de Grace. It says you can use it against a helpless opponent. Helpless opponent is defined as "Paralyzed, held, bound, sleeping, unconscious, or otherwise completely at an ...
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What feats/class abilities give an Int bonus to AC?

What feats or class abilities give an Int bonus to AC? Pathfinder or 3.5E material is OK. Please let me know what book you get it from!
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How should I lie to the party about my character's race?

I was thinking about making a character who is an Elan, from the Expanded Psionics Handbook. In short, they used to be humans but through a magic ritual become a psionically inclined race who are a ...
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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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Does Psionic Minor Creation require material component?

The arcane (A) Minor Creation spell notes that in order to create stuff, you need a little bit of it as a Material Component. The psionic (P) one tells that it OS the same as arcane except some stuff ...
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How much custom content is too much

So, I'm a relatively new GM (having only run a quick foray into the Tomb of Horrors for fun) and I've got an idea for a city-based custom campaign. I feel pretty good about my story telling abilities ...
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Why would a non-evil Druid use the Awaken spell?

What is the inspiration for the Awaken spell (found at least in D&D 3.5e)? Why would a druid use it apart from enslaving creatures with intelligence and specialized forms? I'm thinking that it's ...
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Can a Wizard/Artificer teach spells to himself?

So I have this Wizard1/Artificer3 multiclass character. Can I craft, say, a scroll of Cure Light Wounds taken from the Bard's spell list and then, as it is an arcane scroll, adding it to my spellbook? ...
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Differences between D&D 3.X and previous editions

In my quest of learning about Dragonlance setting I came upon an adventure module set in D&D 2nd edition and now I am curious about what the previous editions were all about. I have tried to look ...
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Are there limitations/cautions to “Vorpal”?

I want to give one of my good characters a vorpal Dwarven Ax. My first thought is about alignment issues. I realize that it's how it's actually wielded that would cause alignment conflicts, but is it ...
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Wild Reaper (druid variant) skill priorities

I am playing in a campaign as a wild reaper, which is a druid variant. One of the wild reaper disadvantages compared to a normal druid is that I only get 2 + Int bonus skill points per level, and I ...
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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 monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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Difference between Heavy/Light Crossbows and Long/Short Bows

What are the key differences between Crossbows and Longbows? I'm playing a ranger, but I'm relatively new to D&D, and all my friends have differing opinions on it. For example, Friend A states ...