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

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How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
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Do bonuses of the same type stack?

My group and I have a question about stacking enhancement effects of spell and items. For example: A fighter got ogre power gauntlets +2; in a fight, the wizard cast Bull's Strength on him, which ...
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Are there any extra saves vs turning when the target is an intelligent undead?

Context: I am making a Dread Necromancer who has gone the route of the Necropolitan, so this might apply both when I use my turning, or when some stuck-up goody goody tries to get all up in my ...
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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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Are undead ever healed by positive energy?

I always thought that positive energy is harmful to undead and negative energy heals them, but I recently found out that, technically at least, undead by default are only healed by negative energy, ...
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How do I design a net throwing device for my gnomish character?

Keep in mind this is for the BBEG coming through a portal in a game I'm playing in. (We know a group is trying to summon it and are looking into backup plans if we can't stop them - and knowing my DM ...
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Are there any rules for creating intelligent items by PC's in 3.5E? If not…, please help!

Title says it all, really. Intelligent Items [SRD] & DMG 3.5 mention: "In general, less than 1% of magic items have intelligence." Like artifacts, intelligent items are never encountered as ...
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Can I use a Large light weapon to get Power Attack damage?

I'm a fighter who's found a really good dagger I want to use. Sadly, it's a light weapon and Power Attack has this unfortunate clause: You can’t add the bonus from Power Attack to the damage dealt ...
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Are saving throws stacked up when multi-classing?

We are playing regular D&D 3.5 campaign and I was wondering if the saving throws are added to each other when multi-classing. For example: A barbarian gets +2 FORT, +0 REF and +0 WILL, at level ...
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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 Evil....
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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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Is a golem immune to a Dread Necromancer's Charnel Touch?

Imagine a situation: you're a Dread Necromancer with a ring of spiderclimb, and you're stuck in the room with the only exit being guarded by a [nonspecific] golem. You're out of spells, but you still ...
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determining CR for trap involving repeated activation

can anyone please tell me how to determine the CR for a trap that has a duration of 10 rounds? it is a repeated steam jet trap that emits 2 steam jets every round and each steam jet deals 2 damage + ...
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What would be the generic terms for anthropomorphic personifications of chaos, law and neutrality?

According to the SRD 3.x and its derivatives the generic term for anthropomorphic personifications of good and evil are celestial and fiend, respectively. For example, angels and archons are both ...
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What happens to a priest travelling from one world to another in the Prime Material Plane?

I'm working on a planeswalking campaign where the group will be travelling through several different worlds in the Prime Material Plane (i.e. from Toril to Krynn). I'm using the AD&D Planescape ...
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Stacking Enhancement Bonuses [duplicate]

Do enhancement bonuses to ability scores stack? Such as from a Belt of Giant Strength and from the spell Bull's Strength?
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Can you pause a spell's duration?

Can you suppress a spell duration (or magical item) so that you can effectively pause the duration of it? I have a custom item with a once-per-day effect, and the duration has a (d) on it, meaning I ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Monk and Swordsage both get the class feature AC Bonus (Ex). Monk: When unarmored and unencumbered, the monk adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC. In addition, a monk gains a +1 bonus to AC ...
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

It appears that in anticipation of D&D Next Wizards of the Coast has removed much of the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition Web content. I didn't perform a thorough search to determine if all the ...
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What's the quickest and cheapest way to duplicate a spellbook? [duplicate]

I currently have a copy of Boccob's Blessed Book, which is fantastic, but I fear that if I lose it somehow (it gets stolen, sucked into the Astral Plane, etc.) I won't be useful as a wizard. I'd like ...
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Maximizing initiative [closed]

What non-magic item and non-spell options are available to characters for maximizing initiative? Things I am thinking: Race that boosts DEX Certain classes like Scout or Swordsage The Improved ...
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Does constitution modifier math into racial HD health in DnD 3.5?

If a PC with 18 CON is playing a race that has 2d10 racial HD, and rolls 5 and 3, would he start his first class level with 5+3 + class HD or 9+7 + class HD? I couldn't seem to find whether ...
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Does the dex bonus to AC from armor and shield stack?

I have a dwarf with full plate armor and a tower shield with dex of 16 (+3). Full plate grants a max dex bonus of +1 to AC and the tower shield +2. Now, can I get both the +1 AND +2 to get a +3 dex ...
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Clarification on magic with Sigil and the Outlands

Something has been bugging me about the magic traits of the outlands. According to the Manual of the Planes the closer you get to the central spire the less magic works. However, in the module ...
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Deadly Defense/Critical Hit

When calculating damage on a successful critical hit, do you double the damage die from the feat Deadly Defense?
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Are there homebrew fix classes or rules that put Fighting types and Roguish types into Tier 1?

See the question on what character tiers are if you don't understand this. Basically, I'm fine with Tier 1 classes being able to do all their tricks; a fun game can be had that way. What I'm not ...
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How do I model a non-native speaker's weak grasp of a language?

I've created a character for my/our current campaign that is essentially a "foreigner" to the group. He understands and speaks the language, but doesn't always understand the meaning behind choice ...
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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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how can I convey to the players their PCs' cultural behaviors without telling the players what to do?

To begin this discussion, I think a working definition of culture may be in order. The Following is Adapted From Wikipedia and my own ideas Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge ...
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Can multi-classing improve a sorcerer's solo-potential?

Can multi-classing improve a sorcerer's solo-potential? And how should I do this? My friend has started a new series of 3.5 D&D sessions where I have been leveling my half-elf sorceress. Due to ...
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How can I convert enemies from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm trying to convert The Forgotten Forge from the back of the Eberron book into 5th Edition to run it, and right now I'm trying to get the enemies inside it converted over, using the UA article as a ...
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What design reasons have been given for the fact that armor doesn't break?

In D&D objects have hitpoints values, but when I equip a suit of full platemail it doesn't grant me protection in the form of its own hitpoints before any actual damage is applied to me. Have any ...
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What would be a logical organization of monster taxonomy? [closed]

One of the more idiosyncratic subsystems within 3.x are creature types. Types were originally devised to make combat more diverse than it was in 2e, as types would determine combat statistics ...
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How does the feat Ranged Pin work?

The feat Ranged Pin has as its benefit the following: You can perform a ranged grapple attempt against an opponent by pinning a bit of its clothing to a nearby surface. The target must be within 5 ...
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Can you take more than one 5-foot-step using Combat reflexes, Evasive Reflexes and Robilar's Gambit together, or Shifting Defence by itself?

Can you using these three feats, take more then one five foot step per round? From Robilar's Gambit: In return, they provoke attacks of opportunity from you each time they swing From Evasive ...
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Does Monkey Grip allow wielding 2 handed weapons in 1 hand?

As typical in D&D a friend and I are having a debate, this time about whether or not Monkey Grip (3.5 complete warrior feat) allows a medium creature to wield a 2-handed medium weapon with one ...
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Can a creature benefit twice from an alignment-specific soulmeld?

If a creature takes the feat Shape Soulmeld (Magic of Incarnum 40) so it can shape a soulmeld that expects to be shaped by a creature possessing a lone alignment component, does the creature gain both ...
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How can I make an opponent flat-footed?

I'm playing a ninja in a 3.5 game right now. They have an ability that is like sneak attack, but only works when the opponent is denied their dex bonus, and not when simply flanking. I'm only first ...
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Narrating a lopsided combat vs. rolling it out

If the PCs are so overwhelmingly more powerful than their foes and it wouldn't make sense for there to be backup / higher level foes around from a story standpoint (no "deus ex machina" for the ...
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What is the caster level of a spell effect from a magic item?

I am in the process of creating a custom item and I have hit another snag. This time with the spell I'm putting on it: Divine insight (1/day command word activate). For reference this is the part I'm ...
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How do deity weapons from “Spiritual weapon” work?

Does the spell Spiritual Weapon just make a powerless copy of the weapon, or is it a powered down version of its weapon? I'm playing a level 4 Cleric whose deity is Chronus, the God of Time. I ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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How to allow no-level lackeys access to a secret area/ specially designed demiplane? [closed]

First off, I'd like to give credit where it is due: I was watching a walk through of Jak and Daxter 3, when this occurred to me. Jak gets many special ability that lets him access new areas. The one ...
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Kensai's Signature Weapon special abilities

Maximum Kensai's Signature Weapon Bonus is +10. However, maximum enhantment bonus is +5, so as Complete Warrior says "it can have special abilities that are the equivalent of additional bonuses". ...
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Is Holding initaitive possible?

Can characters hold their initiative (or simply wait until another acts) in order to coordinate with each other, like to perfectly strike the enemy in sync? Would there be any mechanical benefit from ...
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Is Refocus an action in 3.5?

Is Refocus still an action in D&D 3.5? In original 3e, it was a full-round action which reset your initiative as though you had rolled a natural 20. However, I can't find that rule on d20srd.com. (...
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Can I full-attack with a Two-Handed Weapon and then attack with a Spiked Gauntlet off-hand?

I'm about to be starting a campaign as a Warblade, and I've been trying to figure out the answer to this question, but so far I haven't seen it specifically addressed anywhere: If I'm wearing a ...
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Can the skill Craft (cooking) influence magical effects?

Can a cleric use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting create food and water to attempt to create better tasting food and water? Similarly, can a wizard use the skill Craft (cooking) when casting ...
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Can an illusion hold weight?

For this quesiton, I'm asking for RAW rulings. Let's say you have a "standard" illusion over a pit, and the character believes it's real; does it support weight? (Typically the answer would be no, ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...