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

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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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Question about buying Animal Companions

When you buy an animal companion, as a non-druid and a non-ranger, will it always be level 1? Or is it able to be increased somehow?
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Question about Ranger's Animal Companions

There's a Ranger(Level 4)/Scout(Level 3) in a campaign I'm in, and he tricked me into give him a tiger very very early because I hadn't even read the page yet or knew what I was agreeing to. He ...
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Race Creation/Modification in D&D 3.5

I'm trying to create a set of races, based largely on the classic fantasy races of Man, Elf, Dwarf (and Gnome, but I don't consider that to be a 'classic' fantasy race). I'm using 3.5 rules, and the ...
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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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What are the best uses of a Factotum's Cunning Brilliance (Ex)?

At 19th level, you become the ultimate jack of all trades. Your sharp mind and keen sense of your surroundings allow you to duplicate almost any ability you witness. At the start of each day, ...
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How do Racial Paragon Classes stack up against actual classes?

Racial Paragon Classes are detailed in Unearthed Arcana. These extremely short classes offer a way to expand your racial abilities and make your character feel more "elf-like" or more "dwarf-like". I ...
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Telepathy for Humans

So, I want to give my good-aligned human Telepath Psion a Mindsight, for which I need to give him a Telepathy special quality first, but the Mind's Eye (and every other non-printed-rules-source) was ...
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How does a shrunken item work when unshrunk? [closed]

When you put a shrunken item in a confined space and the unshrink it, what happens? Does it work like "Enlarge Person"? If insufficient room is available for the desired growth, the creature ...
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What rules are there for an opponent detecting me shadowing them while flying and invisible?

Are there any rules about Move Silently checks while flying? Or how much noise flying actually makes? I'm playing a Dragonfire Adept that can both fly and turn invisible, and I want to know if there ...
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How much of a large's creature's space must be above a pit before it falls?

Inspired by this question, I wondered how this works in 3.5 edition. I did not find it in the Falling section of the Environmental hazards glossary in the DM's guide, is it covered somewhere? Should I ...
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Is there a balance problem with adapting Arcane Might properties to all weapons?

The Arcane Might magic weapon property from the Magic Item compendium says: ARCANE MIGHT Price: +1 bonus Property: Bows (not crossbows) Caster Level: 15th Aura: Strong; (DC 22) ...
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How can a Psion increase powers known through Independent Research?

One limitation of a Psion is that they get only so many powers known and you basically can't exceed that amount. But there is another rule, Independent Research - one week and 200 xp per power level - ...
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Any problems playing a dragon PC in a 1st level party?

We are about to play a new campaign and I have been itching to play a dragon with the rules from the Draconomicon. We are starting from the bottom at 1st level characters. Is it OK/balanced/allowed to ...
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How do Prestige class levels stack with base class levels?

About to prestige my monk in the Psionic Fist class. The only part that I am confused on is with how the "Monk Abilities" class feature stacks with my base Monk class. To my understanding it says ...
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What skills can I use for a mounted chase?

I recently found these pathfinder rules about using skill checks for running a chase. I would like to adapt them to my D&D game, however, I wanted to run a mounted chase. Are there any skill ...
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Killing Elementals

So, you've got, let's say, an air elemental you want to kill, and it's basically made of air. How do you kill it? Simply by hitting it with any weapon seems a little bit illogical to me - it's air and ...
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Alter Self limits

So, alter self allows you to turn into any 5HD-or-less member of your type, be it humanoid, outsider or vermin - but HOW MANY times you can change your form per cast? As far as I've got it, it's any ...
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Weapon Focus Unarmed Strike?

Is it possible to apply the weapon focus feat line to unarmed strikes? That is to say, any or all of the following: Weapon Focus Weapon Specialization Greater Weapon Focus Greater Weapon ...
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What is an “official” supplement in the context of D&D 3.5?

I'm uncertain if WotC ever laid down rules for what supplements can be considered "official" or canonical material. I can think of at least the following classes of material: The core rulesbooks ...
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Polymorph, HP and constitution damage/drain

My character polymorphs into a troll and gains his new constitution score, but the HP remains the same, then his con gets damaged/drained. What happens? my Con goes down but as long as I'm a troll ...
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How many XP do I lose when losing a level?

Let's suppose my character dies and I roll a new one or raise dead is cast on him. The rules say I lose a level by doing so. Now, in my group we had lots of discussions on how it's done. We used to ...
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Is there a Pathfinder equivalent to the Radiant Servant of Pelor?

Is there a Pathfinder equivalent to the Radiant Servant of Pelor? I am trying to convert my campaign from D&D 3.5 to pathfinder, and everyone is on board except for my Cleric player who doesn't ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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Are the money pumps described in Harry Potter and the Natural 20 legal under 3.5 rules?

Harry Potter and the Natural 20, a fanfic, describes several potential money pumps in the 3.5 rules: Casting Wall of Iron, and selling the iron produced. Creating items of summon undead, and then ...
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What is a “common metal”?

All of the Detect X spells (in addition to Message) have the following text in their description The spell can penetrate barriers, but 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of common metal, a thin sheet of ...
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How does hide and invisible work against allies?

In 3.5, I can't hide if I'm visible, but does this include visible from allies but invisible from enemies? And what about visible for one enemy, but concealment from another, can I hide from the ...
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Does Mitigate Suffering prevent further ability damage?

From Complete Champion p 61: You can temporarily relieve ability damage. Prerequisite: Ability to cast 2nd-level spells. Benefit: As long as you have any restoration spell or another ...
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Is the Greenbound Summoning Feat as powerful as it looks, or am I missing something?

Druids have a feat called Greenbound Summoning (Lost Empires of Faerun, p. 8), which has the following benefit: "All animals that you summon using summon nature's ally acquire the greenbound template ...
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How should HD work with a Vampire template split across levels?

I have made a level 1 bard with the vampire template, and our DM has broken down the template so that I can get the full +8 level adjustment (and vampiric abilities) by the time I reach 9th level. ...
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How does the Chain Spell feat interact with expensive material/experience point components?

The Chain Spell feat can be applied to any spell that normally has a single target. However, it is unclear what happens in cases where spells (such as stoneskin) have expensive material components, or ...
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What, precisely, happens when you apply the Chain Spell metamagic feat to the Chain Lightning Spell?

The Chain Spell feat (Complete Arcane) causes a spell that normally has a single target to arc to multiple secondary targets based on your caster level. The spell chain lightning has a single initial ...
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Energy Immunity

What would happen if you cast an Energy Immunity (Fire), then follow it up with an Energy Immunity (Acid)? Are you now immune to both Fire & Acid for the duration of the spells, or does the second ...
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What is the best way to prevent abuse of the gate spell?

The gate spell may be used for calling a extraplanar creature up to 39 HD for your service, e.g. Solar. That creature may be commanded to use wish spell for raising your attributes or for creating a ...
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Hide in Plain Sight vs True Seeing

Does casting True Seeing pierce through a Ranger's Hide in Plain Sight? What about a Shadowdancer's Hide in Plain Sight? According to the True Seeing description: True seeing does not help the ...
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How does sneak attack work for ranged rogues after surprise round?

Does he become useless? Do you have to place a houserule? Is it spending actions on getting invisible or out of sight again the only way to get sneak attack again? It seems to me a ranged rogue ...
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What alternatives are there for replacing the D&D memorize and forget magic rules

I'm starting a campaign and will be the DM. We are basing our system off the D&D 3rd ed. Most of us (players and myself) don't really like the rules surrounding Wizards / Sorcerers when they have ...
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May magic missile be energy substituted

Does energy substitution cover force damage type? I'd like to fire flaming missile to exploit monster weaknesses and searching for a way to add fire description to the spell or replace original with ...
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What is the LA when only the ECL is listed?

If a class or race has an ECL but no LA value, does that mean that the ECL is the LA, or that it just has a LA of 0 and your character is just that much more powerful with no drawbacks? For example, ...
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Touch Attack Spells vs Incorporeal Creatures

Is it possible to hit an incorporeal creature with a spell that requires a melee touch attack without the use of any magical ability that allows one to make contact with incorporeal beings? Put ...
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Is there a Beloved of Chemosh template anywhere?

For a while, I am looking for this template, but failed to find one (even unofficial). In a long time ago, Sean Everette posts to a message aobut this template in dragonlance forums A template for ...
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How big a creature can you entangle with entangling breath?

I am looking for rules (which I could not find in manuals) or personal contributions to the question: how big a creature can you entangle with entangling breath? Should it depend on the size of the ...
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Do you have to permanently sacrifice turns/rebukes for more daily Devotion Feat uses?

I've been reading Complete Champion and I came across a conflict the in text that I need resolved. On page 52, in the Domain Feats section, the text reads: If you have the ability to turn or ...
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Can you initiate maneuvers with weapons other than those the discipline favors?

When playing a class from Tome of Battle: Book of Nine Swords can you initiate manuevers while not weilding a disciplines favored weapon? For example: could one use Desert Wind manuevers without ...
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How do I gain extra feats outside of normal levelling?

I'm new to D&D and new to version 3.5 particularly. I'm creating a character using the PHB and need to know if there are any means for getting extra feats - perhaps some items or possibly quests? ...
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Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there ...
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Do Powerful Build and Monkey Grip Stack?

The Character in question is a Large half-Minotaur Goliath who is using monkey grip. Normally a Large Goliath could wield a Huge weapon with no penalty. Monkey Grip allows you to wield a weapon 1 ...
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How does two weapon fighting calculate the offhand attack?

I am making a character who uses two weapons at once, but this is the first time that I have attempted to make a dual-wielding character. He will have 2 attacks/round from his BAB. Two-weapon fighting ...
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How does Improved Familiar advancement affect its size category and size-related benefits?

I have a sorcerer with a Gem Scarab familiar planned for a campaign starting at level 10, which would give the familiar 10 HD, which is more than enough for a Gem Scarab to advance a size category. ...