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

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What can I do when the GM dislikes my choices in play?

I am new to D&D. I just recently started a game where we are using 3.5 books for character creation, but the world is completely homebrew and the rules are heavily house-ruled. Pretty much the DM ...
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Is it possible to make a Gestalt character with monster and regular class levels?

I want to build a particularly nasty Ogre as villain, so I went to Savage Species to see what they could tell me there. The thing is, the Ogre as described there is not quite as powerful enough for my ...
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Any good module/quest for 6 Lvl 3 PCs? [closed]

I'm a new-ish DM and me and my friends have beeen playing 3.5 for fun the past few weeks. (They all created character and I just threw monsters at them in arena style combat) Now they want to start ...
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How do you decide if a disease is the cause of death?

When a character who has low hit points from a fight dies after losing constitution from a disease, how do you tell which is responsible of death? Example: Lets take a character who has ghoul fever. ...
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Nymph's Kiss and the Relationship

So we are playing D&D 3.5 and I thought about taking the Feat "Nymph's Kiss" from Book of Exalted Deeds (and tell my DM about it so he could make it happen). The problem now is the following: ...
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AoOs against the same enemy on his turn in 3.5?

I just read this question on AoOs against the same enemy on his turn and now I'm worried about my 3.5e build based on this. Basically I combine high reach from inhuman and spiked chain, go into ...
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AoOs against the same enemy on his turn?

I had this question: Attacks of Opportunity from moving within a threatened area? So, if an enemy goes from one threatened square to another one threatened by the same guy twice, and the area ...
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Do you lose your prestige class features when you no longer meet its requirements?

Certain prestige classes detail a list of requirements that are possible for the player to lose (alignment, casting at a certain level), but not what happens if you no longer meet those requirements ...
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What if a divine spell targets “allies” and your allies aren't who you think they are?

Suppose a divine caster is casting a spell that targets "Allies in a 20-ft.-radius burst". And suppose that unbeknownst to the caster, someone she thinks is an ally is actually an enemy. Does the ...
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When a spell affects a burst centered on the caster, does moving into or out of the burst change who is affected?

For a spell such as mass conviction, which targets "Allies in a 20-ft.-radius burst", is there a single one-time determination of who is targeted, based on which allies are within 20 feet of the ...
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Enemies AoO generate AoOs? AoOs for non-beginners, understanding Karmic Strike and Robilar's gambit

I've got a robilar knockback dungeoncrasher build and I want to fully understand how does it work. So, let me get this stright: Jack the barbarian has a sword on his hand and both feats in the title ...
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What is a ghoul's personality?

Ghouls, it seems, speak the language they spoke in life, and their intellect isn't necessarily worse than it was in life (int. 13 as per the SRD). Unfortunately, there are very little references on ...
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How to optimize a rogue for highest attacks/round and damage/attack?

Using only the 3.5e Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide, how can I make my rogue the most powerful possible? What I have so far: Professor Peppy Littleman - Halfling rogue, level 5 ...
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How can I permanently increase my Dexterity ability score?

Currently, I am playing a level 5 Halfling rogue with 22 dexterity. 17 base + 2 for race + 2 for gloves of dex(+2) + 1 from level up. How can I increase my dexterity to its relative maximum using only ...
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unsettling cold rage feature in 3.5 or PF

I've seen something in some Oriental Samurai-ish supplementary book. @Edit: It was a Musashi's L5A adaptation from sword & sorcery I think, where I saw it. Something like dead eyes. My idea is to ...
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What exactly is blackfire?

There is a spell in Complete Arcane (and Spell Compendium) called Blackfire, that unleashes the eponymous blackfire energy. But what is blackfire itself, apart from this one spell? What are its ...
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Does the charge held for a touch attack count as a spell effect?

When holding the charge for a touch attack, what kind of effect is this? Can it be dispelled? Do counterspells operate when the charge is first created or when it is discharged? The specific case I'm ...
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Can sneak attack damage from Wracking Touch be used to power spellthief abilities?

As a druid, I am trying to achieve some synergy with a spellthief in my party. I would like to prepare Wracking Touch, then let the spellthief steal it so that she can use the sneak attack damage to ...
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How to build a blaster/damage wizard or sorcerer in 3.5e?

'Blasting' in 3.5e, dealing damage using spells, is seen as inferior to battlefield control, buffing, and debuffing - in that it uses up more spell slots for less effect, takes longer to work, and is ...
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How should I lie to the party about my character's race?

I was thinking about making a character who is an Elan, from the Expanded Psionics Handbook. In short, they used to be humans but through a magic ritual become a psionically inclined race who are a ...
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Can Asmodeus' AD&D and 3.5e backgrounds be merged without losing anything?

I was originally planning to make Asmodeus the ultimate bad guy of an upcoming campaign I am DMing, but when I discovered the background in AD&D's Guide to Hell I was immediately sold on the ...
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How can relatively low-level characters get an idea of what's behind the door?

What are good ways for relatively low-level characters (say levels 4-8) to get some idea of what is behind the next door, in order to figure out when it would be a good idea to use buffing spells? ...
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Arcane Hierophant Variant: Archivist prestige class creation

I'm planning on creating a prestige class based on the Arcane Hierophant. The Arcane Hierophant however is more wizard/druid bias and since I'm an Archivist I decided to create a variant with the ...
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Can someone agree (under duress) to forego a saving throw and can you tell if they comply or not?

Suppose a cleric wants to question an NPC under the effects of a "Zone of Truth" spell. And suppose said cleric or a member of her party has the ability to strong-arm the NPC into agreeing. Can part ...
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How can an epic level cleric survive the first round of melee combat using only SRD?

My PCs (levels 19-20) are really afraid of clerics (it's somewhat justified from their previous encounters) and usually try to focus all their actions in the first round to get rid of one, no matter ...
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Is it possible to cast 3rd level Arcane spells at level 3?

I am trying to build a Human Wizard 3/Rainbow Servant 10/Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil 7, but for this I need to be able to cast 3rd level Arcane spells at level 3. What combination of feats should I ...
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Looking for cost to make a very specific weapon in D&D 3.5e

I have no idea how to properly factor the total cost of an Enchanted Weapon, and I'd like help doing so. I've read so many things and it gets confusing when I begin to read parts on how I "multiply by ...
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Secure a letter/scroll against opening (low levels)

Imagine an NPC (~7th level spell caster with limited resources) gives a letter to a low-level party (levels 1-2) asking them to carry it to another NPC (~7th level something with a lot of resources). ...
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How do saving throws work with Gestalt?

Our party has a level 4 gestalt Scout 4 // Ranger 1 / Swashbuckler 2 / Rogue 1 Heroforge came up with base saves of +5 +5 +0 By my calculation the scout side should offer +1 +4 +1 On the other ...
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How does Delay Poison interact with Drow Poison?

If a character has Delay Poison cast on them before being hit by the poison, my understanding is that both fortitude saves are delayed until the Delay Poison wears off. If a character is hit by Drow ...
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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...
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Is there a way to get spellcraft skill levels without dedicating class levels?

I currently have a Monk that is soon going to be getting Tattooed Monk as a prestige class and I want to prestige again later into an Ur-Priest. I am human, INT 10, and am a level 5 monk. I meet ...
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Why are there no bonus cantrips for high ability scores?

It seems that in DnD 3.5 RAW, cantrips are not included in the ability modifiers and bonus spells progression chart, meaning that beyond level 2 a wizard cannot increase his number of cantrips per ...
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Can you make items with a “misc” or “unnamed” bonus to an ability score?

Back when I was learning about how to craft magic items in 3.5, I was told by the GM that in order to get around enhancement bonuses not stacking, you could make an item with a "misc" bonus, or an ...
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Is it even worth playing a monster class in 3.5?

Monster Classes are completely crippled from what I see. You start out greatly underpowered and it's a slow climb to being half-way decent with most creature's insane Level Adjustment. You don't get ...
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How does strength affect a Brown Bear's bite damage?

I'm looking at the stats for a Brown Bear and trying to figure out how to advance them (for a druid animal companion). All of the derived stats make sense to me except for the Bite damage - why is ...
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Is grappling symmetrical?

Once a character successfully starts grappling a target, is there now any difference between the aggressor and the defender? Or do both characters get exactly the same mechanical effects, such as no ...
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How should I handle a PC's pack of animals?

I am a DM and one of the PCs in my group bought five guard dogs. This has produced a couple of problems: Gameplay: I'm handling the dogs' turns in combat since PCs don't get direct control over ...
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What is a good way of managing status effects in medium-size encounters in D&D 3.5?

Recently, my three 6th-level players (Sorcerer, Druid, Barbarian) encountered some 15 orc barbarians. The sorcerer started casting Glitterdust (save or be blinded) and Stinking Cloud (save or be ...
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How much can ambushers do before losing the advantage of surprise?

I am unsure of how the surprise round works when only the ambushing party is aware, but will need to actually move to get within melee distance of their ambush victims. For example: a group of orcs ...
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Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception

When casting a touch spell, I can leave the spell on my hand and deliver strategically. What happens when that same touch attack is enhanced with Reach metamagic? Lets say I cast Invisibility on an ...
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Can I choose to increase the casting time of a spell?

When a character casts a buff with a casting time of 1 standard action and a duration of one round, the buff expires at the beginning of their next combat round (is this correct?). So they do not get ...
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What happens if a Teleportation Circle destinations moves?

So I want to make a Howl's Moving Castle home base, but I want to be able to have visitors teleport in from a little cottage. My DM and I are wondering if a Teleportation Circle that was made ...
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What happened to Nerull in 4e?

I've been following a story from 3.5e to 4e related to Nerull... but in 4e he does not exist! :o what happened to him in 4e?
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What is wrong with the Truenamer?

I have seen a lot of people say that the Truenamer does not work (such as this answer placing Truenamer at the bottom tier) or that it's terrible. As far as I can read and see, though, it seems to be ...
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DND 3.5 Alternate Alignment System [closed]

I've been a DM in DND 3.5 for a while now, and have been sitting down working for this last week on potentially a new campaign setting which I'd like to have ready in a few months - there is no ...
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How much XP do monsters or NPCs have for spending on spells and item creation?

How much experience do monsters, NPCs or other generated creatures have for the use of spells and item creation? When a demon uses wish, how does it spend XP, and from what pool does it draw on? Is ...
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How many Hit Dice of undead creatures are destroyed with turn undead?

When you use the supernatural ability turn undead, you make a turning check (1d20 + your Charisma modifier), and the maximum Hit Dice of the single Most Powerful Undead Affected (PH 159) is dependent ...
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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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Build A Better Swarm

I am currently GM'ing an urban based campaign and one of the plot hooks I've come up with is the city's rats getting more and more violent, attacking people on the street in broad daylight. Eventually ...