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

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Flanking while using Total Defense?

Can a combatant using Total Defense flank an opponent? Is a combatant using Total Defense threatening its surrounding? I'd say yes, but I am not sure, so I thought I'd better ask you.
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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Can a cleric regain spells on the Astral Plane?

A cleric has to pray at a certain time each day to replenish his prepared spells. But there is no time on the Astral Plane. Can a cleric trapped on the Astral Plane still get his spells back?
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Is this custom hat-turret too cheap?

I recently downloaded a document from RPGNow, and inside I found a custom magical item. I am not good at calculating costs and such, so I decided to list the item here, and hear the thoughts of the ...
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Are humans living creatures? By the rules, that is?

We know they are. But are they, by RAW? There are many spells and effects, especially "cure" series, that works or not depending on creature being living one or not. This question shows that in many ...
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Bringing the Realism [closed]

As I have played D&D we have come to many points on the road where things don't seem quite fair and as the DM I have to be the arbiter of sticky wickets. For example: If you have a situation where ...
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Ways to boost a low HP character in D&D 3.5

There's a wizard (effective character level: 5) in our party who is very low on HP (has a total of about nine, if I remember correctly), thanks to an initial low CON and an acquired template (+1 ECL) ...
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How would an illusionist hide a castle?

I'm trying to devise a clever character that would be able to hide something quite large (say, a mountain, or a castle atop a tall tower) within the rules of the game. I am aware of spells such as ...
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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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Was psionic combat removed from Pathfinder?

I have the 3.5 edition of the Psionic Handbook that covers psionic combat. But reading through the Pathfinder I have found nothing so far. If changing to Pathfinder, will I no longer need psionic ...
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Description trumps example?

The Spiderskin spell in Spell Compendium gives the target several bonus, each being a +1 every three caster levels, no cap, to a different number. In the spell's text, there's a long sentence that ...
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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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In 3.5 does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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Can Cure Light Wounds be used inside an Anti-magic field?

Antimagic Field notes that: (The effects of instantaneous conjurations are not affected by an antimagic field because the conjuration itself is no longer in effect, only its result.) How does a ...
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Is fireburst overpowered?

The party I DM for tries to play D&D 3.5 strictly by the rules as written. The wizard of the party came to me with the fireburst spell, from the D&D 3.5 book "Complete Arcane" (page 107). ...
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What race is most similar to a cat?

I'm getting ready to start a D&D 3.5 game with my kids. When I asked them what characters wanted to play, my daughter said she wanted to be a cat. I told her I was pretty sure there is a race of ...
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Can a Swordsage become a Lich?

Could a Swordsage become a Lich, using the standard Lich template in the MM? The description says "undead spellcaster," but the template itself does not specify any requirements with regards to ...
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Dealing with Tome of Battle's power inflation

Wait, your swordsage can run up and stab a guy with a fireball (which he's immune to), on top of a normal attack. He can do this 4 times, and take a one round break to get a full charge again? ...
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How can you build a character based on Lord Voldemort? [closed]

This question and it's answers may contain spoilers for the Harry Potter series of books If you were rolling a character based on Lord Voldemort (either as a player character or an NPC) for a DnD ...
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What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules

I'm starting a campaign and will be the DM. We are basing our system off the D&D 3rd ed. Most of us (players and myself) don't really like the rules surrounding Wizards / Sorcerers when they have ...
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What Lovecraft inspired classes exist?

Are there any classes that resemble an occultist of the Lovecraftian mythos, or have such a feeling, except the alienist and the flesh warper? The aberration blood feats are interesting but just give ...
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Can a gnome use Greater Mage Hand to fly?

Let's say I were to create a level 5 gnome sorcerer, and they happened to pick Greater Mage Hand as a spell. Since I get to set the weight of the character, let's say they're 35 pounds, and less than ...
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At-will Spellcasting in 3.5

My gaming group is currently playing a game in 3.5e, but I have done some of the DnDnext playtests and find myself very intrigued by the wizard class' at-will cantrips, and I was wondering if there ...
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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 ...
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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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Character good for underwater environments?

What would be the best character to make for sub-sea and island-hopping adventuring? This would be a newly-rolled level 5 Pathfinder character.
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How can I increase the DC of venom

I am playing a druid who has a viper as his animal companion. I'm finding that the DC for the viper's poison (DC 11) makes it less useful as we increase in level. Are there any spells or magical items ...
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Can Druids tame a dinosaur?

In D&D 3.5, the rule book says nothing about a Druid being able to tame or have a velociraptor. Could a Druid tame one and use it as his/her companion?
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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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What do I need to do to make Ghostwalk 3.5 compatible?

One of my friends is wanting to use Ghostwalk but there are changes between 3.0 and 3.5 which require converting. What do I need to do to make it compatible?
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How can I make a fighter/sorcerer that contributes to the party?

I want a fighter/sorcerer class that won't bog down my team-mates. Any ideas what to do? I'd like him to be able to have his spells as his main line of attack/defence, but [a certain amount of ...
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Ex-wizard that pretends he still is a wizard

I am pondering creating an epic-level wizard character, who through excessive use of Mordenkainen's Disjunction on artifacts has permanently lost all casting ability as well as all his class levels ...
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Does 3.5e have an equivalent of the Psychic Paper from Doctor Who?

Psychic Paper is an item carried frequently by the Doctor in the revival of Doctor Who. The Doctor sometimes uses it as a form of changeable ID, and people see on it what he wants them to see. Using ...
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Does sneak attack class feature apply for ranged touch attacks?

Player Handbook states that ranged attacks within 30 ft may use benefits of sneak attack. But what about ranged touch attacks? I paid attention to description part of the sneak attack rule. It seems ...
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How many squares does a prone medium-sized creature occupy?

A medium-sized creature occupies one square when it stands. But what about when it's lying on the floor? We had a troll with a reach of two squares that had just beaten my paladin (who was directly ...
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Do abilities like Extra Spell and the Master Specialist Expanded Spellbook allow you to take spells outside of your class list?

Several abilities including feat Extra Spell and the Master Specialist class feature Expanded Spellbook allow spellcasters to learn an additional spell. However, these abiities do not specify that ...
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Is there a standard way of calculating XP when the characters are in no immediate danger?

Awarding experience points in D&D is usually scaled with the difficulty of a task, this most often boils down to comparing the levels of the players with the levels of their enemies, and adjusting ...
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Can a wizard use wands and scrolls of spells from his prohibited schools of magic?

Can a wizard use wands and scrolls of spells from his prohibited schools of magic? i.e: Can an abjurer who banned evocation and enchantment use a wand or scroll of fireball (an evocation spell) ...
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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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Can shaking hands trigger a (ranged) touch attack?

For spells such as ray of enfeeblement, there is a ranged touch attack to target the spell. Other spells activate after a touch attack, such as chill touch. If a victim was otherwise unaware that the ...
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Is there any reach weapon with 1d10 damage or more?

Are there any reach weapons for humanoid medium characters with over 1d8 or 2d4 damage? I would prefer official weapons and not third-party releases. If it is a weapon of non-official source, please ...
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Is there an official 3E D&D character generator?

Is there a good D&D 3E character generator online or downloadable? Is there an official one somewhere? (Not just a character sheet or tracker.) If there are no official generators, what are ...
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Pricing items as a DM

I seem to be struggling with pricing items that players can purchase. In particular magic items such as scrolls/potions ect. I read the rules and have scoured the internets to try figure it out but ...
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Help me evaluate this homebrew Pokémaster class

So one of my players dropped this bomb on me during the discussion stages for a campaign we're going to start soon - he wants his character to be a Pokemaster. Reading through the class though, it ...
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Can circumstances change a skill's key ability score?

Can you use a different key ability for a skill check when it would make more sense for the situation? I think that I've read of this being done. I know there are feats and other abilities that let ...
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How does acquiring a template that changes hit dice affect pre-existing hit points?

When an existing creature acquires a template, and that template changes the creature's hit dice, does this change the creature's existing hit points? Example: A 3rd level human cleric with no bonus ...
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Does Trampling allow you to attack many units in a row?

I was arguing with my DM over if the Trampling special ability allowed you to run over many units. I said that my summoned celestial elephant could run in a straight line and trample all units it runs ...
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How does the Still Spell feat work?

I'm not sure how the Still Spell feat works, so please help me by explaining this example. A sorcerer with the Still Spell feat has his hands tied, and wants to cast a spell like disintegrate. Can ...
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Calculating attack bonuses when fighting with two rapiers

In my current campaign the rogue has decided to take Two Weapon Fighting and Improved Two Weapon Fighting. What should the attack modifiers be during a full attack? His current attack with one rapier ...
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Experience gap closure and level adjustment

This question was raised at the latest session of my D&D group. I just changed my PC, so I got the xp penalty the Dungeon Master's Guide suggests (a little less than that, to be precise). To ...