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

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Does Evard's Black Tentacles only go “up”?

Recently, I was running a game where the party was flying in an urban environment to face off against a wizard. They were all bunched together next to a building about 20' up to avoid attacks from ...
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What happens when a Mage Hand takes damage?

If a Mage Hand triggers a trap (in my case, by screwing a lightbulb into a booby-trapped socket) or otherwise takes damage from some effect, what happens to it? Does it just sit there and ignore the ...
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Are there negative impacts to having characters advance at different rates?

It's my first time running a campaign (D&D 3.5), and I'm trying to figure out how to assign XP to the players. I am used to playing in games where everyone gets exactly the same XP, whether they ...
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How many Astral Constructs may exist at one time, created from the same manifester?

I can find nothing in the Expanded Psionics Handbook mentioning a limit on the number of astral constructs that can be manifested at one time. The duration of the Astral Construct power is 1 round / ...
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How can I get better land speed with a warforged?

I have a lvl 1 warforged character with adamantine body and he is SO SLOW. Every encounter I find myself taking entire turns just to get where I need to be in order to be able to fight. Are there ...
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How many times must prerequisite spells be cast when using a dedicated wright?

This is a dedicated wright. Appearances aside, he's pretty spiffy, a construct created by busy magic item craftsmen to create more stuff. The dedicated wright's supernatural ability item creation ...
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How to leave a battle in D&D 3.5?

I understand that, according to 3.5 battle rules, a character can move while fighting. Following this idea, I guess that, at some point, we would determine that a character have left battle, for ...
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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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Is there a way to take 10 in Iaijutsu Focus?

I want to know if there is a way to take 10 while in combat for a specific skill (In this case Iaijutsu Focus). I heard that there is a feat that allows you to do that but I couldn't find it.
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How does freefall diving work?

As per this wizards article, a diving charge means you dive 10 feet and move at least 30 to do double damage in a charge. It also states that if you are freefalling, you need a full round action to ...
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Does a creature with Improved Trip get a free attack against Driving Attack's victim?

The feat Driving Attack has as its Benefit If you use a full-round action to make a single melee attack with any piercing weapon and succeed in hitting, you can initiate a special bull rush ...
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Does Improved Familiar feat apply to Urban Companions?

Cityscape Web Enhancement lists an alternate class feature for Druids and Rangers, called Urban Companion: The character gains the companionship of a smaller but far more intelligent creature than ...
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What is a Cacodaemon in D&D 3.5e?

The Fiendish Codex I mentions Ahrimanes, the Chief of the Cacodaemons (p.155). But what exactly a Cacodaemon is goes unmentioned. They're mentioned in 4e, AD&D 1e and Pathfinder, but as far as I ...
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Gestalt Factotum//Artificer vs Factotum//Wizard [closed]

So my friend and I are looking at doing a solo gestalt campaign starting at level 8. It's going to be relatively high-wealth, set in Eberron. Basically, the idea is that since our current DM makes a ...
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How should I handle a ruling that really hurts my character?

So I just started my first dnd session a couple weeks ago. The party needed a rogue, so I made a melee guy who used two-weapon fighting. As with all melee rogues, he was supposed to deal damage in ...
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Can weapon special abilities that don't say they're passed on to ammunition be added to ranged weapons?

Certain weapon special abilities in D&D 3.5 can sensibly be applied to melee or ranged weapons yet are not listed in the random roll table for magical ranged weapons, only melee, and do not state ...
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What 3.5e books are under SRD and not?

I am allowed to use the SRD books in a 3.5 campaign. Which books are SRD and what books are not in D&D 3.5e? P.S this is probably a duplicate so please do send me to the right one, i just couldnt ...
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Can a dive attack be made when you would charge as part of an effect?

The Battle Leader's Charge maneuver says you make a charge as part of the maneuver. If a character has wings and is able to do a dive attack, can a dive attack (which "works as a charge") be done in ...
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Does a Healer's Healing Hands ability apply when creating magic items?

The Miniatures Handbook has the Healer class. One of its class features is Healing Hands. This ability allows a Healer to apply their Charisma modifier to Cure spells. For instance, a level 5 ...
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What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?

The D&D 3.5e's original Truenamer is considered so badly broken it's nearly unusable, and in the Tier system, it gets pegged at tier 6 or 7, i.e. it is the lowest of the low. However, the folks ...
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What are some ways to maximize on a huge strength score?

For a game I'm playing I'm going to have a really massive strength score (and good scores in everything but Con, because undead) so I was wondering how I could really use this massive strength score. ...
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Are there any advantages to making damage be of the fire type?

The Dragonfire Assault feat lets you turn your power attack bonus damage into fire type damage. Are there any advantages to this? All I can see are disadvantages, as a creature can be immune to fire, ...
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Can I make a dive attack with a bow?

Improved draconic wings states that: You can make a dive attack. A dive attack works like a charge(...). You can make a dive attack only when wielding a piercing weapon. Since the bow deals ...
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How can I remove/minimize the need for sleep for a character?

I want to make a character that doesn't sleep at all or sleeps very little and stays alert when not sleeping. I'm making this character as an NPC and I'm the DM, so I can basically do anything, but I ...
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Can a single “opportunity” provoke multiple attacks of opportunity from the same creature?

I already know that if you take multiple "acts" while in a threatened square, you provoke multiple attacks of opportunity (for example, if you drink a potion and then move out of a threatened square) ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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Are dragons able to recognize other dragons in humanoid form?

So i'm about to start running a campaign where my group will start out in a city that is led by a king who happens to be a Great Wyrm Gold Dragon in alternate form. I'm playing it with a whole back ...
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To what point is a warforged half-heal rounded?

Eberron campaign setting page 23 says warforged healing is halved, but it does not specify if it's rounded up or down, so I don't know if lesser vigor, for example, would heal 1 or 0 damage per turn. ...
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What does increased caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...
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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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How can a human expand their lifespan in Pathfinder? [duplicate]

Is there a way for a human character to increase their life span by any significant amount? I want to expand his lifespan because I want him to eventually raise a dragon, but I know that's way ...
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Can werewolf cleric purify humans?

I was an inexperienced cleric in the old times… Then I caught lycanthrophy. Now that I'm a werewolf and humans are food to me, can I use the cantrip Purify Food and Drink to purify humans?
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How can a land-based Druid have a Shark (or aquatic) animal companion?

A recent question asked if a Druid could have a Shark for an animal companion on land, to which SevenSidedDie responded: If you can somehow overcome its suffocation problem and its ...
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How to use passive bonuses from weapon enchantments?

Basically, how do I have to hold/store/whatever the items to get whatever passive bonuses they grant. For example, Eager and Warning provide passive initiative bonuses. I think one of these actually ...
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Accurate Population Scale of Forgotten Realms Cities

Do the maps of cities in the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Books accurately reflect the statistics of those cities? I recently decided to use the city of Everlund from the Forgotten Realms ...
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Ways to reduce Arcane Spell Failure on pre-existing gear

At level 1, I bought this really cool armor that, given a masterwork, and custom fit quality, had 0 armor check penalty and a +6 to max dexterity bonus, and a really good amount of armor, plus it ...
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Tome of battle multiclassing recovery method

In tome of battle page 97, the book says that if I multiclass with multiple martial adept classes, I "retain the same method for readying and recovering maneuvers that I previously used". Does that ...
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Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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How powerful is the skill Bluff?

Is there any limit to the Bluff skill's ability to change other creatures' perceptions of the world around them? I think a high enough check result may allow any degree of change, but what's the Bluff ...
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Which book can I find grenades in?

Is there a type of thrown object that can do damage, cause distractions, cover advances, start fires etc? I am basically looking for a medieval grenade. I think I saw something in one of the books, ...
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Are there any Handbooks for the “Expert” NPC Class?

Question is in the title: Are there any Handbooks for the "Expert" NPC Class? I'm only looking at the Core NPC class, not any homemade or other "Experts" floating around. I have checked all the ...
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How do sunder modifiers for size and weapon work?

With sunder, The wielder of a two-handed weapon on a sunder attempt gets a +4 bonus on this roll, and the wielder of a light weapon takes a -4 penalty. If the combatants are of different sizes, ...
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List of all core Bard spells in an excel format

Is there a list of Bard spells in an excel format from the SRD? A Google search pulls up lists like this one but if I copy and paste them they paste into a single column with name and description on ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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Is there software for generating encounters for D&D 3.5e?

I've been a long time player of D&D 3.5e, and I was wondering if there are any programs that can help me generate encounters, loot and experience. I'm new to being a DM and have trouble following ...
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How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect ...
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How to fix sorcerors getting shafted by spell point variants?

Using the spell point variant, sorcerors lose a lot of their strength in comparison to wizards (and druids and clerics, but let's stick to arcane for now). They are left with 249 points at 20th level ...
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Can a cloak be used to hide someone's wings?

I have a character with dragon wings and I would like to make a dramatic entrance with her in the game. Are there rules that specify whether wings can be hidden under a cloak? If so, where? When I ...
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Where is the down-time “life experience” system I recall from?

I remember reading somewhere that characters can gain general 'life' experience during story downtime, usually downtime that takes place over years of story line... Could someone (if anyone remembers ...
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What are all the playable races and starting classes? [closed]

I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What ...