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

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Can a cleric turn an undead swarm?

I ran into a monster that I'm thinking of using next session. It's the scarab swarm from the Sandstorm Book. The creature's entry reads the following type: SCARAB SWARM, DEATH Diminutive Undead (...
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What is the correct price of cold iron?

DMG states on page 284: Weapons made of cold iron cost twice as much to make as their normal counterparts. Also, any magical enhancements cost an additional 2,000 gp. The Magic Item Compendium ...
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How can I create a weapon with a permanent spell?

I am trying to create a great sword which has a chance to activate disintegrate spell. But I am not sure about the parameters. After a 6-7 sessions I want to reward my pc's with epic (or close to epic)...
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Does putting a Portable Hole into a Bag of Holding allow a saving throw?

Does putting the Portable Hole into the Bag of Holding grant a saving throw or is it a guaranteed rip to another plane? I want to use this to derail a game with a group I don't like, but I need to ...
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Why are the Prismatic Dragon's attack bonuses wrong?

The Question I've been fiddling with the Epic Dragon statblocks recently, as they're given on the SRD, and I've found something that bugs me: some of the calculations are inconsistent, and some of ...
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What is the name of this D&D 3.x adventure module in which zombies attack a village?

I am looking for a 3e or 3.5e Dungeons and Dragons module that I played about 10 years ago (+/− a few years or so) that I never got to finish. We played it right after we finished Scourge of the ...
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3.5e rules on racial feats at character creation [closed]

Racial Feats. Depending on the creature type of the character’s race, he begins with a number of feats. These feats may be used however the character likes, provided he meets the prerequisites ...
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Can you have more undead slaves than you can technically command?

A player of mine is going to play a Dread Necromancer. She obviously wants a huge army at her fingertips, but wants to be subtle about it until she is sufficiently powerful. Through turn/rebuke undead,...
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Optimizing a grappler druid build

I am about to start on a pre-made adventure, for which I intend to use a grappling druid. We are allowed only to use core books & the complete series, I have the following concept in mind and ...
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What's the nicest way to handle lycanthropy when it comes to XP?

I've been running some published adventures in D&D 3.5 and two of the PCs in the party have contracted lycanthropy (they're now were-rats). They've had their first night of the full-moon. While ...
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Does having a competency bonus or an insight bonus mean that even with knowledge of that subject, you cant attempt an untrained check? [closed]

Recently I got into a debate about an edge case in Rules concerning Racial bonuses, trained Skills, modifiers, and Skill Ranks. My problem lies with ambiguous rules concerning how Insight, ...
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Can Iron Heart Surge remove sleep, paralysis, or similar effects?

The description of Iron Heart Surge seems unclear to me. Normally, you must be able to move to initiate a maneuver. However, Iron Heart Surge seems very broad in what it affects. Can it also remove ...
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What weapons can a familiar use?

If a familiar is nearly as smart as a human (or smarter than the average human, depending on the master's level), and many of them have a high Dexterity score, and familiars inherit all of the master'...
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Getting a new familiar with Improved Familiar

I'm a level 2 Wizard, soon-to-be level 3. I have a Hawk familiar, and I'm very interested in the idea of getting the feat Improved Familiar at level 3. I'm interested in a Celestial Hawk or Owl, which ...
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Can nonweapons have magic weapon special abilities?

In this question, Comments suggested that a creature with feat Improved Unarmed Strike that wanted magic weapon special abilities for his unarmed strike get a pair of masterwork gloves, have them ...
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Can you 'permanently' end up in the Ethereal plane using a Blink Spell?

With the Blink Spell in D&D 3.5, you constantly shift in at out of the Ethereal plane in a seemingly random fashion. You spend half the time of the duration in the ethereal plane, thus giving ...
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How do you make a vampire cleric stay dead?

In our current D&D 3.5 campaign we have made enemies with powerful drow vampire clerics. They have an annoying habit of resurrecting as their god is one who brings people back from the dead to ...
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Channel Spell (su) and Scorching Ray

When talking with my players (we all play Pathfinder, but use some classes of 3.5), one of them plays with a spellsword and we're confused about channel spell: Channel Spell(su) At 4th level, a ...
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Is a Warlock Eldritch Blast/Invocation use unlimited?

A Bit of background. I've decided to roll up a Warlock NPC as one of the final bosses for my campaign using the class from Complete Arcane since it fits in with some of the underlying themes and ...
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What does “aligment: always good” mean in the Half-Celestial template?

I've read the entry in the MM for the Half-Celestial template. It applies to a non-evil creature and the creature becomes "always good". What does this phrase mean? What happens with a half-celestial ...
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Does Telepathy need a shared language to work?

I have telepathy as the MM1 says: Telepathy (Su) A creature with this ability can communicate telepathically with any other creature within a certain range (specified in the creature’s entry, ...
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What circumstances make Heighten Turning worthwhile?

The feat Heighten Turning has the following as part of its benefit: When you turn or rebuke undead, you may choose a number no higher than your cleric level. Add that number to your turning check, ...
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If an Umbral Blot came up against a black Hole, what would win?

Thanks to DM logic, the characters in our epic-level campagin started layering spell over spell until we ended up creating a black hole. Don't ask how. These things tend to happen in our campaign. As ...
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Rogue sneak attack against Improved Uncanny Dodge

Can a rogue or assassin, with 6 or 7 total levels, use sneak attack when he is attacking someone with Improved Uncanny Dodge, like a barbarian 5th or Warblade 6th? If rogue attack from invisibilty ...
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What's the shape of a burst if the burst extends beyond a confined area?

The description of the area of a burst says that A burst spell affects whatever it catches in its area, even including creatures that you can’t see. It can’t affect creatures with total cover from ...
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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, ...