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

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Stacking Monk and Paragon classes

Can a Monk take Racial Paragon levels and then take Monk levels again without taking the feat for that?
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Does taking levels in a prestige class cause XP Penalty?

In D&D 3.5, does taking levels in a prestige class cause the XP penalty like multiclassing does? Please provide the source of the answer so I can show it to my players.
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How to kill a character without making their player too angry

I have been DMing a game for a group of friends. In between two sessions, which ended with them facing a few enemy NPCs, I realized that these intelligent opponents had a very good way to kill one of ...
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It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters?

It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters? Available options I've read about include things like chain-gating solars to ...
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What is a realistic way to incorporate firearms into D&D 3.5

I am thinking about running a side campaign in which firearms play a major part in combat. I have read the advice in the Dungeon Masters Guide but that doesn't seem realistic and it seems to be ...
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Reasons to multiclass in 3.5

I have been playing AD&D (and some other systems) for a long time, but I am new to 3.5/Pathfinder. I have just started looking at the optimization material, and it seems that multiclassing with ...
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A system ranking epic levels alongside divine ranks?

I was wondering how many epic levels could I say one divine rank is worth. Of course, this is a difficult question to answer with precision, considering that wizard 21 for epic spellcasting is ...
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What Resources are available to expand my critical hit multiplier?

I've recently developed an interest in critical hits, and I'm looking to create the largest critical multiplier possible. Note that I'm not asking about critical threat range - I'm familiar with that ...
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How to mitigate glass cannon syndrome in Pathfinder?

This is the more gamey part of my other question, What to do when your character is just too good? In D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder, damage output grows very, very quickly. Much more quickly than hit ...
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How is HD determined in Animate Dead?

I have a dread necromancer playing in my game and I've been wondering if we're interpreting the Animate Dead spell correctly. Since the player isn't one to review the rules of spells herself, I've ...
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Is there a way to do slashing damage with a mace?

I play a double light-mace fighter, and I want to make a lot of attacks every turn. I took a look at the dervish (CW 25) prestige class, and they can take a full attack action and move up to their ...
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Tried all the existing advice, but players still never roleplay fear

I've read some other posts on here about how to telegraph danger to my PCs and how to make them flee. The problem is, I believe I am actively using all the strategies in both of the posts and my PCs ...
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Multiple attacks with a dancing weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the dancing weapon enchantment says it 'fights for four rounds using the base attack bonus of the one who loosed it'. Does that mean if my base attack bonus is +6/+1, the weapon will also ...
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Does a scout get skirmish extra damage on a ready action or AOO?

I'm asking because I'm confused after reading the errata of the skirmish ability in the complete adventurer. Original: She deals an extra 1d6 points of damage on all attacks she makes during ...
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Crafting on ten coppers a day

Using the 3.5 crafting rules, how would you optimize for the cheapest magic item crafting possible, and how cheap would it be? By default, crafting is 1/3rd the base price, or 33.33% + materials. ...
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GM developed recurring villain

I have started my first 3.5 campaign and had the idea that as the GM I could still enjoy playing by making a character using the normal rules and running it as the villain. It would gain the same ...
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How do multiple attacks with natural weapons work?

I'm planning a character that has 2 claw attacks and a tail attack as natural weapons, but now I'm a little confused about the mechanics of using them all. 1: Can both claws be used at once as a ...
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Why is the Monk class considered sub-par in some games of 3.5? [duplicate]

This question is a combination of theoretical-optimization and practical-optimization. In some games, I acknowledge that the monk can be a fun and flavourful choice. Unfortunately, looking at the ...
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How to make the best of a monk? [duplicate]

I have relatively recently teamed up with some high school buddies, joining an ongoing 3rd edition campaign. In the past we have played many 2nd (and even 1st edition) campaigns. Because the campaign ...
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Can cantrips be improved?

I have a player interested in ways to improve 0 level attack spells. Mainly, they're looking to not have to carry around a crossbow for attacks when they don't want to cast a spell, and the 1d3 ...
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What are the complete set of combat modifers for fighting in darkness?

I am slightly confused on combat in darkness. There are modifiers for blinded combatants and invisible combatants, but not specifically combatants who cannot see due to darkness. Are they all ...
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Can I Coup de Grace and/or make a death attack with a touch spell?

This question has two components: firstly, can a character with Assassin levels trigger their Death Attack (after the three rounds of study, of course) by making a Coup De Grace against the helpless ...
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Is there a way to advance both Wizard and Assassin casting?

I'm creating a character for a challenge ("How would you help this village defend against an orcish army?") and in the interests of doing something wacky I decided to try and mix Wizard and Assassin ...
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Should the DM try to actively fix party wealth in a sandbox game?

This question is inspired by this WBL question. The consensus seems to be that WBL is important. But in a sandbox game , where the course of action is determined by the players, what should be DM's ...
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Is there an alternate rule to allow different stats for Male/Female?

I want to introduce a variant that allows for stat adjustments for males/females, but I would like something more in-depth than just a bonus and penalty to stats. Are there any existing variants or ...
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Is there a reason to ignore/adjust the Wealth By Level chart?

While reading this Cohort Question I was kinda struck by a quote in there and instead of asking an unrelated question in that area I figured it would be good to make a separate question. The quote ...
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Stacking Turn Resistance

Does Turn Resistance from different sources stack? Typed bonuses do not stack, however, turn resistance doesn't specify a type. So, if an undead gets a multiple bonuses to turn resistance do they ...
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How do familiars, animal companions, cohorts, followers, and the like fit into the wealth by level progression?

Though I am not advocating a strict adherence to the wealth by level progression, if that progression is used, how would "extra crew members" of PCs fit on the chart? The leadership feat text does ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under Ernir's Psionic mechanics, Arcane flavor variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping answer a question about helping a player create a Duskblade. I would be using @Ernir’s Psionic mechanics, Arcane flavor variant. I was wondering how different ...
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How many spellpoints would a duskblade have under the Spell Points variant rule?

I am in the middle of helping a player create a Duskblade. I have been using a small variant on the Spell Point system found in Unearthed Arcana (the point amounts are the same, though). I was ...
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Total or partial removal of skill cap in d20

What effect would removing or partially removing the skill cap in the d20 system (with a focus on DnD3.5 and Cthulhu d20)? By partial removal I mean - for example - (handing out all the skill points ...
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Why is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e?

Using a hand crossbow is simpler and easier than using a light/heavy crossbow, isn't? So out of what considerations is Hand Crossbow regarded as Exotic Weapon in 3.5e? In 4e, Hand Crossbow is ...
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Immediate action right after damage

Damp Power (psionic): Manifesting Time: 1 immediate action An amber aura quickly spreads over your body, moderating the effects of the environment. When you manifest this power, you are ...
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Do Protection from (Energy) spells protect from the inside or just the outside?

I ran into a problem in a game today when it came to Protection from (Energy). There was a character who had a bomb inside of them and the party though it would work if they cast Protection from ...
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Having a hard time understanding the cost of magic enhancements as listed

Can anyone help clear up the costs of magic items? I am looking at some magic items and the costs only say "+1 enhancement cost." For an example I will use the "Flaming" enhancement. Before an item ...
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Are Draconic Heritage and the Dragonblood subtype equal?

If a feat has Draconic Heritage as a requirement, can it be taken by a character with the Dragonblood subtype, or does he necessarily have to take the Draconic Heritage feat?
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Is there a way to use Charisma in an intimidate check?

I understand Intimidate using Strength as its skill when done in a manner of just looking scary enough to demoralize your opponent, but is there a way to use Charisma to intimidate with words? Aside ...
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Can terrain shape area affect spells or attacks?

I don't know if this is referenced in the rulebooks or just a matter of houserule, but what happens if someone uses a cone-shaped spell or ability in a corridor that is narrower than the width of the ...
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Question about a Dragonfire Adept build

For part of a Dragonfire Adept build idea, I was considering using either Silverbrow Human or Dragon Descended, but then I had another idea: why not both? Would it be possible to combine those two ...
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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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Can a spellcaster use Harmonic Chorus on himself?

I've been looking into ways to boost my save DCs, and I came across Harmonic Chorus. There seems to be a bit of inconsistency in the description, which makes me think it may be possible to cast it on ...
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Homebrew “magic” version of Soulknife

So it seems the Soulknife, though its ability to conjure energy blades at will sounds cool, actually sucks. Also, my DM (and possibly many other DM's) aren't particularly fond of Psionic rules. In ...
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When exactly do “once each round” effects work?

Quite a bit of spell effects state that they work once in a round. For example, Balor Nimbus: each round, the flames deal 6d6 points of fire damage to any creature grappling you (or any creature ...
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Soulknife vs Soulbow

On one hand, we have the Soulknife, who is able to conjure blade weaponry at will and throw them for ranged attacks. On the other, we have the Soulbow, which specializes in throwing attacks, but uses ...
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Is discharging a spell a purely mental action?

We know that casting a spell often requires verbal and/or somatic components. Verbal and somatic components are clearly defined game concepts, but on discharging a spell, all I have is this: ...
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Avoiding Sneak Attack

While reading this question: Can a Barbarian/Rogue Sneak Attack during a Rage? it made me think, Is there a "mundane" way to avoid sneak attack? Sneak Attack works when a rogue: "can catch an ...
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Questions about an Arcane/Divine combo build

I had an idea for a character that was multiclass Wizard/Archivist(Heroes of Horror) with Prestige levels in Mystic Theurge. However, upon further examination of the Mystic Theurge class, I noticed a ...
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How can I acquire Charm Person/Charm Monster as an SLA for my NPC?

So, I'm creating the overarching villain for a campaign I intend to run - an Osyluth with class levels known as Molkor the Quartermaster - and I want to get him into the Fiend of Corruption prestige ...
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Is there a limit to how many extra attacks I can have in D&D 3.5?

I'm playing a fighter/warblade with the Lightning Maces and Power Critical feats, and the Blood in the Water stance, so every time I score a crit, I have an immediate additional strike with the same ...
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Inventor of the Universal Arcane Language?

p.178 of the Player's Handbook 3.5: Arcane Magical Writings To record an arcane spell in written form, a character uses a complex notation that describes the magical forces involved in the ...