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

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Is adding common item effects to magic items dependent on caster level?

The Magic Item Compendium introduced the possibility of adding common item effects, like ability bonusses, AC bonusses, energy resistance or resistance bonuses to saving throws, to other magic items. ...
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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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Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?

I am most familiar with 4e D&D, but might be playing in a 3.5 game starting in a couple months and I need to nail down a character. I have been drawn to the idea of a swarm druid in 4e rules and ...
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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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Is Iron Heart Surge limited to effects measured in rounds?

I have just been able to convince my DM into allowing Tome of Battle and allowing my character entering the Warblade. Nonetheless, he felt uncomfortable about the scope of abilities, especially Iron ...
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Why are humanoid favored enemies required to be so specific?

In D&D 3.5, the ranger can only select one subtype of humanoid for his favored enemy. This doesn't make any sense to me, since humanoids tend to be very similar in anatomy. Why should a ranger ...
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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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Is my Dodge bonus for Total Defense applicable in this situation?

Playing a play-by-post 3.5 homebrew campaign. The gist: my Warblade (with Uncanny Dodge) wants to climb on top of the barrels and see what's in the main chamber. He doesn't know how many or how they ...
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Experience point calculation for encounters

I am likely missing something very obvious but I cannot find a reliable way to figure out how much XP to give my players for encounters anywhere, currently I'm using a factor of 5 encounters of a ...
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Invisible but carrying someone, and under attack

If I am invisible and pick up a smaller injured character to help remove him from the melee area, I understand that unless I completely cover or conceal him (like stuff him in a pack or cover him with ...
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Can the DM force a Will Save to prevent my character from doing something? [closed]

My character swung Tarzan-style on off a bridge using a rope to try and land on an opposite ledge. He didn't make the skill checks to get to the ledge, but passed the tumble check on the fall and only ...
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Inducing paranoia between player characters

I have a situation. My group is heading towards an elven kingdom in pursuit of a plot coupon. Unbeknownst to them, the plot coupon is evil and corrupted and is turning the royal elven family paranoid, ...
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What happens if you Move Earth from under a big tall stone building?

Our party is currently looking for a way of destroying or heavily damaging a castle-like mansion. It is a tall stone building, roughly 45x45 meters. While researching the ways of doing it, our druid ...
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Can you use Total Defense out of combat?

Can you add the dodge bonus from Total Defense when you aren't in combat but anticipating an attack For instance I think there's goblins on the other side of the door. We snuck past them when they ...
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How could character keep his AB relevant at high levels

Let's assume that the character has full BAB. And +5 enhanced weapon. Than he would get total 25 AB at the 20th level. At the same time he would have 11 armor bonus (8 + 3 for mithral full plate) +5 ...
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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What is the highest possible number of attacks per round for a creature with four arms?

What is the highest possible number of melee attacks that one could get consistently in one round for a four-armed creature? Exploiting possible understatements and lacks of limiters in the rules is ...
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How to counter high-level players using scry and teleport / How to maintain intrigue?

So, my Eberron campaign has gotten to the point where the players are level 18, and they are resolving many of their issues by scrying on their enemies, and simply teleporting to them in moments of ...
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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 are the effects of being “Immobilized”?

I was struck by the spell Sepia Snake Sigil and now I am Immobilized. What does this do, can I cast spell? Can I use abilities etc?
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Is Forcecage unaffected by Antimagic Field?

A Forcecage could be made of walls of force: an immobile, invisible cubical prison composed of either bars of force or solid walls of force (your choice). And considering that Antimagic field ...
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Can you pick up and move a gate?

The gate spell creates a 5-20 ft. hoop that connects 2 locations. Can I simply pick up the hoop and carry it with me?
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Is it possible to gain extra uses of unique class features?

Some classes offer unique powers as class features with a number of uses per day. Is there any possible way to increase the number? For example: A Thousand Cuts (Ex): When a dervish reaches 10th ...
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Reduce a one-hand weapon to a light weapon? [closed]

Is there any way to reduce a weapon's category from one-handed to a light weapon? I.e. make a scimitar usable with Weapon Finesse?
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Many weapons with speed enhancement

How many extra attacks does having multiple weapons with speed enhancement can be made? I have seen this question: Do multiple Speed weapons grant multiple extra attacks? However I don't know how is ...
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How does an Artificer's Retain Essence feature interact with evil or cursed magic?

I can't find anything that even addresses an Artificer using his Retain Essence ability: Retain Essence (Su): At 5th level, an artificer gains the ability to salvage the XP from a magic item and ...
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How does the Shatter spell's single target option work?

When I use Shatter in the second way, targeting just one object, does it break the object entirely or act like sunder attack? The wording in the third paragraph is a bit confusing to me. It seems that ...
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Does mystic shield allow casting while in an antimagic field?

The spell mystic shield says This spell creates an invisible aura around the recepient that moves with that individual. It prevents all spells and spell-like abilities of 6th level or lower from ...
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How does one gain vampiric powers without becoming a vampire?

For example: a vampire feeds their blood a human in order to give them some of the vampires' powers. one gains some of the vampires' powers after surviving a fight with them one get cursed and ...
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May a character with Evasion under the effect of Starmantle avoid all damage?

The Starmantle spell (Book of Exalted Deeds, p. 108) states: Contact with the starmantle does not destroy magic weapons or missiles, but the starmantle's wearer is entitled to a Reflex saving ...
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Does Mystic shield + Starmantle destroy magic weapons?

Starmantle destroys nonmagical weapons. Mystic Shield says: A mystic shield also negates the enhancement bonuses and special properties of magic weapons used against the target. Does this mean ...
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Can I play a follower of a deity similar to Xom?

I have barely any experience in tabletop RPGs, but a friend of mine is planning to host something fantasy-esque (I suspect 3.5) in the near future, so I got the urge to try something similar to Xom's ...
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Need a good “Katrina Horror” scenario/resources for my Pathfinder campaign [closed]

AVAST! THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD! In my current Pathfinder campaign, set in Golarion, I'm mashing up the Second Darkness Adventure Path, initially set in the seedy pirate-infested town of Riddleport, ...
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Custom Devlin's ring combined with the quiver of Anariel

I'm having a small disagreement with a good friend and, like a good patient, I'd like a second opinion. The Complete Book of Eldritch Might, (3.5 revised) has a fantastic ring that creates infinite ...
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Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop Shadow Jaunt?

Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop the ability Shadow Jaunt from the Tome of Battle?
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Unique D&D 3.5 artifacts and magic items from Dungeon Adventures? [closed]

In which issues of Dungeon Adventures and Dragon Magazines can I find unique artifacts and magic items for D&D 3.5? I am looking for new ideas which I could use in my campaign, but I am fed up ...
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What are the effects of losing your feat prerequisite?

I have a human cleric with the Extend Spell feat thanks to the domain power of the Spell domain. The first level human bonus feat was spent on Persistent Spell and the regular first level feat was ...
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Can you choose to add a template to a druid's animal companion instead of adding a hit die?

One of my fellow players posed a scenario that I can't really find a satisfactory answer to. A level 10 character has the Wild Cohort feat and can have an animal companion as a level 7 druid. Since he ...
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Which Outsider features and traits does the Apotheosis class feature grant?

According to the Apotheosis class feature of the Knight of the Sacred Seal prestige class, found in Tome of Magic, "your type changes to outsider, and you gain the native subtype (see the perfect self ...
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Can a fundamentally deceptive character work?

This question is in the spirit of another question I asked before. I would like to explore a style of role-playing in DnD (specifically 3.5e) that may be slightly different from how characters usually ...
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Can Aereni Focus and Skill Focus be stacked?

Aereni Focus says that it counts as Skill Focus for meeting requirements/prerequisites. So, for instance, I could take Aereni Focus (Listen) and I would qualify for the Keen-Eared Scout feat through ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I haven't played D&D in decades and came across the PH & DMG for both the 3.0 and 3.5. editions free (score!). I played avidly as a kid but it's literally been 25+ years, so I have no ...
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Striking back against a malevolent GM

I have a GM in our D&D game who is being extremely problematic and toxic in our D&D game. The last session we were in, the five of us were exploring the desert seeking out a pyramid where a ...
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Rules for hybrid dragons? (mixed colors)

I run a campaign (Pathfinder mostly, with several house rules) in which I had an idea to incorporate a shadow/red dragon hybrid. It goes well with the story and the entire concept of the setting, but ...
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Typing non-lethal damage and its interaction with DR

In this answer, bacrossland suggests that throwing enemies should inflict non-lethal damage on them. While this is an eminently reasonable suggestion, it leaves one thing open: by RAW, what type is ...
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How can I get more spell slots for an ultimate magus without resorting to the feat Extra Slot?

I'm planning on a wizard/warmage/ultimate magus build. By level 15 the character'll have caster level 11 in both classes, yet 5 levels remain. I want to save the character's feats for metamagic feats, ...
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My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal

One of my players is a ranger and she is really, really into animals so every time I design an encounter with an animal as an enemy she automatically tries to tame it and make it a companion. As a ...
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How to improve a character with Vow of Poverty [AC; Hitpoints; Charisma; Constitution]?

Despite templates, items granting inherent bonuses and permanency-spells, how can a character be improved? Are there places to which the character can travel that would get him mechanical benefits ...
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Drinking Bless Weapon Oil

A player picked up a bottle of bless weapon oil and is wanting to know what happens if he drinks it, and I cannot find any specifications on this. I would guess that nothing would happen but was ...
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Where do I find the DC to craft a magic item?

Playing a 3.5 campaign I'm a 3rd level Warforged Artificer and I've just really started to get the money to look into seriously crafting stuff and have unlocked Craft Wondrous Items as a 3rd level ...