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

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To what extent does the spell Consume Likeness duplicate equipment?

The 6th-level corrupt spell consume likeness [necro] (Book of Vile Darkness 89), for those unfamiliar with it, lets the caster engage in a little bit of cannibalism and, thereafter, permanently--yeah, ...
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Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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Would an armor and shield of light fortification stack?

Lets say we have a character wearing both an armor and shield with the light fortification special ability. If this character is critically hit, are percentile dice rolled twice to negate the critical ...
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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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Can You Use a Metamagic Rod and a Scroll/Staff/Wand Together?

Are you allowed to use a Metamagic Rod (say Extend) with a spell cast from a scroll or other magical device?
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Writing new campaign, is it fine to “make it up as we go along”?

I'm making new fantasy Dungeons and Dragons third edition game. I wrote out the entire first situation with most general situations in mind. Should I try and just "ole" the whole creative process ...
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What prestige classes include the Class Feature of “+1 level of existing class features”?

I'm looking for prestige classes from D&D 3e or 3.5e that have a class feature of providing "+1 level of existing class features". I currently know of Uncanny Trickster (CS) and Legacy Champion ...
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Can a Power Word spell be cast silently?

Power word stun and power word kill, having only a verbal component, are fascinating, in that the intent appears to be that their power is tied to the words in question. What happens if you take out ...
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Looking for (even unofficial) duelist variants

As @KRyan told me, it seems like the duelist PrC is a little bit broken. But my party is currently lost in the middle of savages countries far from any civilization and it is very unlikely that I meet ...
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Help me buff out an Efreeti

Continuing the advancement of the efreeti in this question, I try to figure out the gains of an efreeti advanced to 16 HD. After advancing it and achieving the huge size as indicated by its new HD, I ...
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What explanation do the D&D devs have for designing spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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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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What is the biggest weapon wieldable with a Goliath + Wield Oversize Weapon?

I was looking at the Goliath race, and noticed the Powerful Build racial trait, which lets me wield a weapon one size category larger without penalty. I also saw the Wield Oversized Weapon feat, which ...
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Can Monk with Warshaper increase the size category of unarmed strikes?

From what I've researched, unarmed strikes are natural weapons even if natural weapons aren't unarmed strikes. Can a monk use Morphic Weapons to increase the size category of unarmed strikes? Emphasis ...
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In D&D 3.5, are Ability Checks, Attack Rolls, and Damage Rolls mechanically distinct?

I've seen answers to this question for Pathfinder and D&D 5, but I cannot seem to locate any explicit statements for D&D 3.5. Essentially, I'm looking for a reference that explains whether or ...
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Can I craft a 25 AC piece of armor?

When using the Craft skill to create armor. It says the difficulty to create an armor is 10+AC bonus. So, can I create an armor that gives 25 AC? The DC would be 35. I wonder if it's possible to ...
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How do I make a D&D 3.5e veteran get used to the 4e roleplaying style?

I have a good friend in my 4e group who is good when it comes to roleplaying his character, but he's always been a dedicated 3.5e player, to the point of avoiding 4e and even Pathfinder completely. ...
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How can an infected creature weaponize its inhaled and injury diseases?

The Dungeon Master's Guide says on pages 292-3 that diseases can typically infect folks 4 ways: consumed from eating or drinking tainted matter, contact from touching an item smeared with tainted ...
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What are the best ways to gain flight?

I have spent some time looking into the various methods of flying and there are many and they are varied. So I'm asking others for their opinions on this matter. A comrade and myself are both ...
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Attacking a grappled foe

When you attack a foe grappled by one of your allies, do you have a chance of hitting your ally instead?
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Do creatures with inappropriately sized reach weapons threaten different areas?

Specific Examples & Questions Basic Question: Does a grig (MM 235) wielding a Tiny longspear (PH 116, 119) (2 gp 5 sp; 0.9 lbs.) threaten no squares, adjacent squares, or squares 10 ...
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Can a construct be undestroyed?

The type construct includes this trait: Not at risk of death from massive damage. Immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points or less. (MM 307) Besides the 9th-level Clr spell miracle ...
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So I think I've found a caveat to Lesser Geas' limits

Provided your target fails his saving throw, the description of Lesser Geas states that it lasts until the target completes its specified objective or, should the task not have a definite end to it, 1 ...
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Does a Wizard need a spellbook to cast spells, or just to prepare them?

I had recently gotten into an argument with a fellow player on the subject of how spellbooks work. Specifically, does a Wizard require access to his book in order to cast spells, or just to prepare ...
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What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?

I'm sure we all know about the metamagic feat Maximize Spell, which allows you to cast a spell in a slot 3 levels higher in order to "maximize all variable numeric values" like damage, number of ...
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Practical aspects of fire immunity [closed]

Fire immunity certainly defends the creature against magic attacks with fire description. But I'm curious about natural hazards. How does a fire immune creature react to a extremely high temperature? ...
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Does a disguise check using magical aid take less time?

In Player's Handbook, the rules for Disguise say creating a disguise takes 1d3x10 minutes, and that using magic like alter self, shapechange, polymorph self, or disguise self adds a +10 modifier to ...
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Can't get “a hold” of this At-Range Grappling Conundrum

I usually have a solid grip on grappling rules but a recent battle caught me flat footed. Word play aside, a creature with multiple tentacles grappled me from 10' away, and chose to maintain the ...
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How do spellbook tattoos combine with creatures that can change their shape?

Complete Arcane has rules for alternate spellbooks, including tattoos (P. 186-187). While this is less economical than just putting on a Ring of Regeneration, cutting your fingers off and carving the ...
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What Prestige Classes advance caster level but do NOT require “casting spells”?

Essentially, this is for the purpose of advancing Warlock, Factotum, or other classes that do not actually cast spells. I don't know if there's an equivalent base class that grants a Divine caster ...
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Can a Night Elf swim naked in a volcano?

One of my friends came to me with a question that is making my head hurt. According to the Warcraft RPG 2nd Edition Core Rulebook - a supplement for the D&D 3.5 rules, regarding the Warcraft ...
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How should we thematically deal with failed skill checks?

Is there a specific ruling or generally-accepted-practice that determines how players should handle failed skill checks? Does it depend on the skill? Specifically, do PCs know when they failed a ...
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If a DM uses Zone of Truth as a permanent effect, should creatures get only one save?

In my current setting, the local temple has a permanent Zone of Truth effect in the main hall. While I intended the effect to be an innate quality of the stone used to build the temple, there is no ...
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Can Dragonblooded Characters Take Draconomicon Dragon Feats?

I'm making a Fireblood Dwarf, and I'm wondering if I, as a Dragonblooded creature, qualify for taking Dragon feats like Improved Speed and Rapidstrike?
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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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What spell to use in conjunction with “Teleport, Greater” to get sufficient information for the teleportation to succeed?

Here is the problem: we want to use the spell Teleport, Greater to reach a place we only have basic info about: We have a map of our continent (scale 1cm for 500km) and we know the general location ...
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Speeding Up Combat

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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How does a PC make a permanent extradimensional space in 3.5?

In dnd 3.5/pathfinder, how can a PC make a permanent extra dimensional space? Nothing as fancy nor temporary as a Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion but with more legroom than a 20 cubic feet. The ...
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Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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Is there a way to counter Mindsight?

Mindsight is a notoriously powerful feat from page 126 of Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. A creature that has this feat possesses innate telepathic ability that allows it to precisely ...
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Advancing a monster with spell-like abilities

I am interested in advancing an Efreeti to 16 HD and thus making it huge. My question is about advancing a monster with spell-like abilities. Would the caster level - currently 12 - increase by ...
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Can I prepare/ready a quickened spell? [closed]

This is the scenario (still dnd 3.5): a lvl 15 wizard will cast a powerful spell on an enemy who is sure to close in melee to him. He's smart so he would like to Quicken Dimension Hop (lvl 2, so ...
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What is this aura and cost for this melee rogue magic weapon?

Final Version Ok, thanks everyone, I've decided to scrape the '+1 natural thread range', he will just have to do without (or, as pointed out by just about all of you, pick a rapier instead). I've ...
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Should I use a GMPC to help a small party?

I am starting a Pathfinder game. It will be my first time DM'ing, though I have played 3.x and Pathfinder for a few years. The party will consist of my girlfriend, my best friend, and his girlfriend. ...
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How can relatively low-level characters get an idea of what's behind the door?

When exploring a dungeon, we rarely hear anything when we listen at doors (even with a very high listen check result). We have walked in on some strong but silent types without warning. As a party I ...
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How does Breath Weapon interact with stealth?

Say a hidden Dragonfire Adept (DfA) (Dragon Magic, p.24) uses their Breath Weapon on someone. Can the victim scream in pain? Even if the attack does enough damage to drop them? What can they tell ...
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What's the deal with Pazuzu?

I've read that Pazuzu is some superdevil—I mean, demon lord, and he can be summoned by saying his name three times, and he grants wishes, but why? I haven't heard of him ever offering a binding ...
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Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?

Can I use an at-will ability to fuel an ability that is fueled by spending a use of that ability? For example, dragonfire adepts can use any invocation they know at-will, one of which is DARKNESS ...
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What happens when the dark arts exceed the boundary of reality?

Dungeons & Dragons is about fantasy. Things that happen in the game aren't real, we only pretend that they are. For example, shadow conjurations "are actually one-fifth (20%) as strong as the real ...
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Does alternate form affect somatic component?

Hengeyokai are an animal shapeshifting race in Oriental Adventures (p.10). Invocations are a class feature of the Warlock (Complete Arcane, p.5) and Dragonfire Adept (Dragon Magic, p.25). Complete ...