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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

15
votes
4answers
1k views

In what circumstances (if any) is Fighter 3 a good level to take?

I've heard a lot about how Fighter 3 is a bad level to take. However, are there ever any circumstances in 3.x where it is a good idea for optimisation purposes? I'd appreciate hearing the reasoning ...
1
vote
2answers
169 views

How should Greater Turning work under Complete Divine's alternate Turning rules?

I'm building a Cleric for a D&D 3.5 game who I plan to eventually take levels in the Radiant Servant of Pelor prestige class. In that game we've been using Complete Divine's alternate rules for ...
21
votes
10answers
3k views

How can I create a world with realistic demographics that won't overwhelm my level 1 PCs?

While creating the world for my sandbox campaign, I saw that the demographics in the DMG allowed for the existence of quite powerful NPCs. Their existence is logical of course, but it might pose a ...
7
votes
6answers
1k views

How can I handle conflicts between my disdainful druid and characters who might provoke them?

I'm playing a 56-year-old humorless level 9 human druid who believes that anything humanity does will turn out wrong and that nearly all humans are potential enemies of nature. I've built a very ...
6
votes
3answers
651 views

What happens if you are shut in a Quartermaster's Chest

The February, 1992 issue (yes, you read that right) of Dragon Magazine describes, in its Bazaar of the Bizarre article, a magic item called Quartermaster's Chest (XP value 2,500). This chest provides ...
31
votes
10answers
5k views

Does roleplaying inherently put you at a disadvantage?

My friend is going to be DMing DnD 3.5 with me and 4 other new players. I want to be the best player I can be. One thing I have always struggled with is roleplaying. I am an analytical, competitive ...
1
vote
0answers
62 views

What changes should I use for a Human with Type Outsider instead of Humanoid? [closed]

For a particular campaign setting, my DM asked me to build a Human with type Outsider instead of Humanoid, because my character was born in another plane. What changes should I apply to my character?
6
votes
3answers
3k views

Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How do Racial Paragon Classes stack up against actual classes?

Racial Paragon Classes are detailed in Unearthed Arcana. These extremely short classes offer a way to expand your racial abilities and make your character feel more "elf-like" or more "dwarf-like". I ...
18
votes
8answers
2k views

How can a GM give treasure to DnD players who overcome challenges without combat?

I'm currently playing a character in a DnD 3.5 Eberron campaign. During the first few sessions, our characters overcame several obstacles without combat. Our GM complained that this made it hard for ...
10
votes
4answers
3k views

What happens when Resurrection is cast on a zombie?

I know the Resurrection spell brings something back to life, but what happens when casting it on a zombie? A zombie is already dead, but now undead—does it "die" and is brought back to life, or does ...
10
votes
2answers
864 views

Is it possible to teleport while on the Astral plane?

According to both the D20 SRD and the Pathfinder PRD "Teleportation is instantaneous travel through the Astral Plane." My question, if a character were already on the astral plane for whatever ...
1
vote
2answers
686 views

Power Critical. I need an explanation

Now in the Complete Warrior book in version 3.5 there is a feat called, "Power Critical." That states. "When using the weapon you selected, you gain a +4 bonus on the roll to confirm a threat." Now ...
4
votes
2answers
205 views

How do you “pinpoint” with Listen Skill and “Keen Eared Scout” Feat in 3.5?

As per the Rules Compendium at p.14, beating a Listen DC by 20 allows you to pinpoint the 5' square that the sound is coming from, a very important function when facing stealthy or invisible ...
3
votes
2answers
697 views

How much experience does a cleric get when he Turns Undead?

Is there a standard amount of XP given to a cleric who is successful at Turning Undead?
0
votes
2answers
274 views

Is there a Swordmage in 3.5e? [duplicate]

My friend plays 4e and he enjoys the swordmage class. He was wondering if it's in 3.5 so he can use it in a campaign I'm making. Is it?
18
votes
9answers
3k views

Make NPCs hard to interrogate

So my ~11th level party is going to be interrogating a prisoner (demon, if it makes any difference) to try to get them to reveal their master's evil plan. They'll be doing this in the prison where the ...
5
votes
5answers
628 views

Good alignment on characters facing a vampire

While running the Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil campaign, two of my players were arguing about what they should do about a vampire NPC. Try to change the vampire's alignment and turn him ...
3
votes
2answers
271 views

How to use INT as CHA for all purposes

I am wondering if there is a way to use my INT Ability score as my CHA score, plain and simple. Basically I would like a feat or something that makes this the case. However, if that is not possible, ...
12
votes
2answers
909 views

Is this the way that “Control Weather” is supposed to function?

In our last session, after a nasty battle at sea (A dragon pride pirate ship magically enhanced by 5 dragons), we were stranded on a large ship with broken masts and our ship listing heavily to one ...
22
votes
9answers
4k views

Way to prevent teleportation

My party (average level 10) just had a pre-boss fight. That was an opportunity for me to make them spend some of their resources, because they thought that was actually the big bad boss fight. So we ...
2
votes
2answers
535 views

Are there rules for Intelligent Items with Class Levels?

So the DM gave me the option of giving this intelligent lance various abilities, including a homebrew version of a Psicrystal's Self-Propulsion and Flight abilities. He also gave me the option of ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Regarding resting and spell meditation for casters

My group recently started a game in D&D 3.5. Even though we are all rather familiar with the ruleset, there are certain details that we have trouble discerning from the official documentation, ...
3
votes
2answers
137 views

Interaction Taint and Pestilence Domain

So my Cleric has been tainted and has now 2 points of taint. Looking up the rules I discovered taint can be partially removed by the spell remove disease. So I guess taint is considered some kind of ...
2
votes
1answer
178 views

Do drow elf wizards need to sleep

I know Drows as a race do not need to sleep but have to do a 4 hour trance to stay rested but is that enough for a drow wizard to memorize their spells or do they still need to sleep for 8 hours?
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
1
vote
1answer
103 views

What would a Bayushi Samurai think of the Scorpion Shinobi if he realizes those exist?

It's a common knowledge that Samurai despise ninjas, consequence of their lack of honor, counter-posed with the Bushido lifestyle. But what if you are a Samurai from the trickiest families, and the ...
10
votes
6answers
2k views

How to build a tank out of the fighter class

I need to build a tank for a party limited to the classic four: cleric, fighter, rogue, wizard. He should have following abilities: Prevent other party members from harm in direct martial ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

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? ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

What should I do if I have one PC that has optimized his character and is throwing off the party's CR?

Tonight out group just finished up our second session into our latest campaign. Everyone is enjoying it and it has been running rather smooth. I have realized, though, that one PC in particular is way ...
3
votes
1answer
100 views

How does the range of Wings of Flurry work?

Wings of Flurry from Races of the Dragon is a great blasting spell. Its area is a 30-ft radius burst, and its range is 30 ft. How is this supposed to work? Can I only cast the spell on my own square ...
2
votes
2answers
88 views

Random Treasure - Psionic Item Powers Chart?

Where can I find a table of random psionic powers to go with the random psionic items chart in the SRD? For example to determine which powers are imprinted in a power stone found as random treasure? ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

Can a Specialist Wizard multiclass to cast spells from his prohibited schools?

I've had DMs rule both ways on this..I haven't seen any official RAWs on this so I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction? If a Wizard specializes (giving him 1-2 prohibited ...
22
votes
6answers
4k views

How would a 7th level wizard defend his shop?

So my players have been hired by a wizard to recover 3 copies of a spell he created. Three other wizards have copied the spell into secondary spellbooks (which required them to break a ...
3
votes
3answers
630 views

How can an intelligent magic lance change what type of weapon it is?

I'm looking for any sort of ability to add onto an intelligent magical lance that will allow it to change into other weapons. Whether this is something like making it "wear" a ring of Polymorph Any ...
7
votes
2answers
496 views

Constitution bonus to HP for a necropolitan

In 3.5, players can take the template Necropolitan. This makes them undead, they lose a level, but gain various benefits. Since undead have no constitution score, what happens to their hit-points ...
12
votes
1answer
2k views

Can a wizard memorize spells in the middle of the adventuring day?

I know I have to get 8 hours of sleep and study my spell book for an hour to study and use spells. If I only study a certain number of spells and kept a few unstudied, can I prepare one later on when ...
1
vote
0answers
66 views

Which rolls does the GM make in secret for the party? [duplicate]

What are all the common skill checks or saving throw rolls that the GM makes in secret for the party? I would like list of all the secret rolls that the GM makes, that the party does not even know ...
10
votes
4answers
691 views

How can we protect a ship from magical rain of Acid?

Fairly straight forward question but one I've not been able to answer (though I'm in the middle of the session atm). We're in a high / epic (some of us have just hit lvl 21) campaign where large ...
5
votes
1answer
916 views

Optimizing a Minotaur PC

Was wondering if any one would be able to help flesh out my character and help me make him better. At the moment we are in a 14 level campaign using complete and core books D&D 3.5 edition also ...
1
vote
2answers
276 views

What skills should a Wizard pick? [closed]

Wizards have a somewhat limited pick of really useful skills: Concentration and Spellcraft are of course mandatory, Decipher Script and Knowlege (arcana) are good ideas as well, but what about the ...
9
votes
3answers
1k views

Controlling animal companion in first round of combat

I am a novice player who recently started playing D&D 3.5 with a group (who are also novices). In the game I am a druid, and this question relates to using the animal companion in combat. As we ...
8
votes
0answers
458 views

Help with an apparently bored player [duplicate]

I have a group of 5 players, 3 are long time veterans and we have been playing together for 15 years, the other is a newcomer who is actually liking the game a lot, and there's a 5th player that ...
3
votes
2answers
166 views

Looking for lycanthropy-related accessories

I've been planning to use lycanthropes as important characters (NPCs) in my next campaign (Pathfinder). I'm looking for any relevant accessories (rules, adventures, magazine articles, blog posts) ...
4
votes
2answers
645 views

How are caster levels determined in concert with the feat Master Spellthief?

The first and third benefits of the feat Master Spellthief from page 79 of Complete Scoundrel are pretty straightforward (although the first's a little sad in that it only affects the level of spell ...
12
votes
6answers
461 views

How to manage creative use of Spell Components?

I have two players on my group that are deviously creative: a half-elf wizard and a human teenage mutant ninja turtle rogue. Those players started toying with the idea that a spell component pouch ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

About Spell Scrolls' mechanic, how do they work?

This question is bothering me, my dm couldn't answer it. What is the difference between a spell scroll and a page of spellbook? One goes "puff" after use while others stays permanently. Also I'm ...
3
votes
1answer
475 views

How many ways are there (if any) to use more than one meta-psionic feat on one manifestation?

All meta-psionic feats (and several other feats) require the expenditure of the manifester's psionic focus. Apart from one feat (Psicrystal Containment), it seems like a manifester may only hold one ...
0
votes
2answers
275 views

Psychic Rogue as a blaster

When talking about blasting in psionics, we usually talk about Psion Kinethicist, or Wilder. The former one has more powers, and the latter one has more "bang" in each blast - like "+6 to ML" at 19 ...
9
votes
3answers
955 views

How can we compensate for a Warforged's lack of healing?

Our Pathfinder in Eberron group has a Warforged barbarian. As such, she has the most health, takes the most damage, and is the hardest to heal (No natural healing, half healing from spells). This ...