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

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I want to run a trial in D&D 3.5, but how can I avoid invalidation by magic?

The Background I'm a pretty new DM, and I'm running a casual game of D&D 3.5 (with some rulings from Pathfinder added to the mix, for practical reasons) and I like doing special things for my ...
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Can a wizard brew a potion of a spell if the spell is higher than a level he can prepare?

I need clarification of the Brew Potion feat. As an example, can a 3rd level Wizard copy Heroism into their spellbook by making the appropriate Spellcraft check, even though Heroism is a 3rd level ...
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Where can I find online playtesters to test encounters before presenting them to my group?

I'm setting up the end of my campaign and I have 4 "mini-boss" fights (& Final BOSS fight) that I'm trying to make extremely tough but also winnable. I don't want to just slaughter my PCs after ...
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Are there average damage-per-round guidelines?

Still being rather new to character-creation, I want to see if the character I create has the appropriate power for its class and level. Are there average damage-per-round per level tables to be ...
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How can I assume a larger alternate form?

The Weretouched Master prestige class from Eberron Campaign Setting and the Primeval prestige class from Frostburn have a size limit restriction on your alternate form. I'm wondering if there's any ...
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Recommendations for Party Balancing? [closed]

We're running a low-powered campaign. We currently have five characters, with the indicated tiers (as outlined by the Tier System for Classes): Bard - Tier 3 Warblade - Tier 3 Rogue - Tier 4 Warlock ...
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Reincarnate and level adjustment in story based leveling

In my current campaign we work with story based leveling. Our dear catfolk druid (effective level = 3+1 LA) has died and we used reincarnate to bring her back to life as an elf. We have not yet ...
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What are KRyan's full set of Houserules for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I've seen snippets of KRyan's alterations to D&D 3.5e posted in various answers, but I'm interested in what the full set of alterations are. Answers are acceptable from anyone, assuming someone ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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What are ability scores used for in Dungeons and Dragons?

In Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition, a character's ability score is never rarely used. We only use it at character creation, to calculate the ability modifier. So, why bother having BOTH the ability ...
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Can you cast Invisibility on a large box and hide inside?

What happens if you cast invisibility on a chest or closet that weighs no more than 100 lb./level and then put some items inside it (and close the door)? What if you put a living creature and not ...
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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding ...
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Can a dragon be drowned in its own element?

All dragons have some type of resistance or immunity against certain materials and energy types.(fire, acid, electricity, cold, steel, adamantine). Can we kill a dragon with the related element as a ...
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What types of healing does Aspect of Healing affect?

The Singer of Concordance Prestige Class has a class feature that reads Aspect of Healing (Su): At 6th level, you become able to call upon your sphere's aspect of healing. This aspect is always ...
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How does the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature work exactly?

I am trying to understand how the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature works in "corner" cases. From Tome of Battle, p. 10, we get: Steely Resolve (Ex): [...] At the end of your next ...
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How to start dungeons and dragons 3.5 [duplicate]

I'm looking into getting started with d and d, and I choose 3.5. I found a place I could buy the three main books, but what else do you need to play? Do we need a board or some physical characters, ...
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Turned undead and allies attacks

A cleric turns an undead and it runs and cowers in the corner of the room. He then turns 2 undead in the corridor who flee around the corner and cower 50 feet away at the end of a dead end corridor. ...
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What will cause a bard to cease maintaining inspire courage?

My party just entered a cave. I have melodic casting as a feat. Usually I wait until the first round of combat to activate inspire courage. But the more I think about it, why not just do it right ...
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If you're flying, does dismounting still take a move action?

If you are mounted and are flying, such as under the affects of a fly spell, does dismounting take a move action still? The ride skill seems silent on this, specifically on what actually makes this ...
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What is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...
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Cost for a Wand / Ring / Whatever of Unlimited Prestidigitation?

What would the value be of a wand / ring / whatever of prestidigitation that has unlimited charges and unlimited uses per day?
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Can PCs meet up with old friends and take them on as cohorts? [closed]

I'm trying to recreate a character from a video game. The only problem is that his gear is really powerful, and was provided by other people. So I've been looking for a way to recreate this in ...
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Is there any way to completely conceal spellcasting?

I know several ways to conceal spellcasting, but I'm not really sure about where the crunch ends and the fluff begins, especially about including all the types of components into the concealing. Out ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

I just heard that according to D&D 3rd edition's Draconomicon (for the Greyhawk setting), p. 7: Although a dragon’s front feet are not truly prehensile, a dragon can grasp objects with its ...
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If a poisoned PC reaches 0 Strength, does the Strength damaging poison stop working?

A PC of my group has been poisoned last session, not long before it was over. The poison damages Strength, and he is about 5 points now, probably he'll be helpless soon, as the rules state for ...
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Improving crit chance for a non-evil fighter

I'm looking to build a fighter that fights with a scythe and want to maximize his crit and damage, with more crit then damage if they conflict at any point. I read that the best thing out there for a ...
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Are a Bronze Dragon's breath attacks' cooldowns shared?

A Bronze Dragon has two different breath weapons.A Line of Lightning, and a Repulsion Gas. The breath weapons of Dragons always come with a certain cooldown period, and I was wondering if using one of ...
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Does a Bodak's gaze attack work on an invisible target?

Does a Bodak's Death Gaze attack work on a creature that is invisible? Or does the Bodak need to actively be able to see the creature to use the attack? I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign and ...
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Does a Dragonwrought Kobold gain Dragon attacks?

The Kobold only feat “Dragonwrought” turns you into a True Dragon with a colour/metal of your choosing. Does this mean it also gets the attacks associated with being a true Dragon? i.e. Breath Weapon, ...
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What is the name of the book describing a prestige-class called 'Hawk' (I think)?

I vaguely remember reading this PDF for 3.0 or 3.5 that contained a description of a prestige-class. The class was for close-combat oriented rogues and warriors who were relying on intimidating the ...
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Is the bonus domain of the Contemplative class restricted?

I have a D&D 3.5e cleric who is lawful good and has no patron deity, but still meets all of the prerequisites for the Contemplative prestige class (Complete Divine) by grace of having: had ...
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Do metabreath feats require a cooldown?

There has been a bit of a discussion in our party. One player is playing a Dragonfire Adept. His class has given him quite a variety of breath weapons, and only one of them has an actual cooldown (and ...
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Does a magic weapon convert all damage to all magic damage, or just the enhancement?

As the title, for example, will a +1 Short Sword do: 1d6 piercing, 1 magic damage; or 1d6+1 piercing magic damage? If I'm not mistaken, it does matter when concerning resistances and such. I've ...
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Name of a javelin-creating gauntlet

I once read about this gauntlet (preatty sure it was only one, not a pair) which was able to create an enchanted javelin , or a similar shaped throwing weapon, that you could throw right away. Can you ...
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How can a Dragon hold a weapon/shield?

My Bronze Wyrmling familiar has taken the Wyrm of War Sovereign Archetype from Dragons of Eberron, which states that it "becomes proficient with all types of armor and shields, as well as all simple ...
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If the Wealth-By-Level is an indication of the value of Magic Items for Player Characters, does the WBL for NPCs have the same purpose?

If the Wealth-By-Level is an indication of the value of Magic Items for Player Characters to use in combat, does the WBL for NPCs have the same purpose, or is it there for some other purpose (to ...
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Do the “four 10 foot cubes” of the Sculpt Spell metamagic feat need to be adjacent?

The Sculpt Spell metamagic feat allows you to change the area affected by a spell. One of the options you have to change your spell into is "Four 10 foot Cubes". Do these cubes need to be adjacent ...
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Computing treasure from an NPC encounter

I've been reading and cant make heads or tails how to generate treasure awarded after defeating an NPC. For example, a level 2 warrior human that the players kill. I can look up his wealth by ...
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How do I use fireball without harming my allies? [duplicate]

Whenever I have fireball or a similar AoE effect prepared I usually end up not using it all day. The reasons are that it is hard to use without harming allies or "wasting" the AoE effect on single ...
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Does all magical darkness create shadowy illumination?

Does all spells that create "magical darkness" create shadowy illumination as described in the spell Darkness. For example Black Sand (Sandstorm, pg. 112) This spell creates an area of black ...
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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder ...
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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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Why do people say being a Dragonwrought Great Wyrm gives +3 mental stats?

I'm trying to make a Dragonwrought Kobold Sorcerer, and people keep saying that it's awesome because you can "basically get +3 on all mental stats for free due to old age." I know that being ...
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What are the effects of adopting a patron deity later on? [duplicate]

I have a D&D 3.5e cleric with the Time and Travel bonus domains and no specific patron deity (bonus domains based on personal beliefs and inclinations). This cleric meets all of the requirements ...
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Threatening Flying Creatures, or Threatening the Z-axis

What would be considered the threat range for attacks of opportunity when fighting an enemy flying above my PC? Should I consider the adjacent squares threatened regardless of the height of the ...
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What are the Rebirth races?

The semi-official Life-shaping Handbook includes the feat Rhulisti Heritage which has as a prerequisite Any Rebirth race. Trying to research Dark Sun and Rebirth yields so many results I don't know ...
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Does the act of readying an action, use one of your standard actions?

It says in TPH (page 160) The ready action lets you prepare to take an action later, after your turn is over but before your next one has begun. Readying is a standard action. It does not ...
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Immortality and Psionics

There are several ways to become immortal in DnD - like creating a phylactery to become a Lich, or eating chunks of starmetal to gain Construct traits. The most of those methods apply to arcane users, ...
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Does the Epic Loremaster learn new spells if he attains a new level?

According to the SRD, about the Epic Loremaster: The epic loremaster’s caster level increases by 1 for each new loremaster level she attains. If she has more than one spellcasting class, she must ...
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Must a specialist wizard variant choose prohibited schools?

If using the Specialist wizard variant from Unearthed Arcana (page 59 in the book), does the wizard need to choose one or more prohibited school(s) of magic as they are already sacrificing their ...