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

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Reasonable stats for a god (DR 25)

I'm constructing a god based on a video game boss to assist a DM friend of mine, which means that ultimately it is intended that the players may (or perhaps WILL) confront his avatar. Given this, I ...
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Can all skills and feats be used in conjunction with Magic Jar?

The spell Magic Jar allows you to possess a nearby creature. The spell states: If you are successful, your life force occupies the host body, and the host's life force is imprisoned in the magic ...
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Feat prerequisites

Related to this question: Skill rank feat prerequisites, and specifically this rule text: Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, ...
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About to start first campaign. Question re: Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers

I decided to select the Ranger class for my first campaign. I used Treantmonk's Guide to Rangers (switch hitter) for my first build. I added Beastmaster and Skirmisher to supplement my expected play ...
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Resisted energy types and immunity

I would like to know the distribution of energy resistances and immunities in 3.5 monsters, and especially the four basic types fire, cold, electricity and acid. It is often said that fire is most ...
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Ways to add the [Good] Descriptor to Spells for Arcane Spellcaster

The 'Consecrate Spell' feat from Book of Exalted Deeds adds the [Good] descriptor to spells cast. Is there another way to achieve this for arcane spellcasters, e.g. as a prestige class feature? The ...
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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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Domains for a Sorcerer with Domain Access

Domain Access from Complete Champion p52 allows a sorcerer to take a cleric domain for the price of forever losing one L1 and one L2 spell known. The sorcerer gets the domain power, but can cast the ...
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Limits and rules for Silent/Minor/Major Image spells

What are the limits of Image spells? An example in the 'All about Illusions' articles on wizards.com (1, 2, 3, 4) is an illusionary guard: Can I make the guard (keeping concentration) dissolve into ...
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Is there a (semi-canon) concordance between the peoples of the Forgotten Realms and their “real-world” equivalents?

I think there's no official stance on this, but I wonder if there's an accepted, semi-canon list of the peoples of the Forgotten Realms and their real world counterparts (that most likely inspired the ...
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Skill rank feat prerequisites

The feat Practiced Spellcaster (Complete Arcane) has a prerequisite of four skill ranks in Spellcraft. Can I take this feat on the first level if I use my skill points to get Spellcraft to four ...
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Does Elemental Spellcasting stack with Draconic Power?

The 'Elemental Spellcasting' feat (Planar Handbook, p39) raises the Caster Level for specific elemental spells (fire, cold, etc). by +1. The 'Draconic Power' feat (Races of the Dragon, p104) raises ...
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Traps specifically for Smart characters

Does anyone have examples or suggestions on creating traps that are harder for Smart (High INT/WIS) characters? Example: My NPC necromancer has set up his lair. In his arrogance he believes that ...
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How can I add higher level prayers to my prayerbook?

Given: A half-elf Archivist/5 (from 3.5 Heroes of Horror) with no required feats. Archivist 5 can cast 3rd level spells. The desired spell is a 5th level spell. All Pathfinder/3.5 books allowed. ...
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What is the best way to compose/express a resurrection wish in D&D?

In the name of Greater Good, my Lawful Good character sacrificed an Avoral Guardinal. This happened in Occipitus (layer 507 of the Abyss), which he now controls as its Demon Lord. My character has ...
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What happens to a returning weapon if someone else grabs and throws it?

As per the SRD, "A returning weapon flies through the air back to the creature that threw it. It returns to the thrower just before the creature’s next turn", so before the thrower's next turn, the ...
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What happens to you after you die in D&D 3.5?

I'm playing an assassin-ish rogue in a 3.5 with Nerull (the god of death) as his deity and decided to build his essential character around the internal struggle of justifying his chosen profession to ...
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Pitfalls in using Feats as a Reward System

I'm planning a fairly non-traditional campaign, in a completely custom setting (still high-fantasy, but slightly more modern). While in this campaign, I have certain events that I've planned to ...
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How does a Cloaker's Engulf ability work?

From the 3.5 SRD, A cloaker can try to wrap a Medium or smaller creature in its body as a standard action. The cloaker attempts a grapple that does not provoke an attack of opportunity. If it ...
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Would “Bane: Human” affect Kalashtar?

Would human-bane weapons do extra damage against the Kalashtar? Kalashtar look similar to humans (to the point they get a disguise bonus), originated as humans, and the main differences are ...
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Fending off phase spiders in 3.5

You're in a dungeon filled with phase spiders. They can ethereal jaunt in as a free action, bite you with their hideous poison dripping mandible of doom, and slip back to the ethereal plane as a move ...
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Incorporeal and attacking while being incorporeal

In the case of being incorporeal, while others attack (with spells and magic weapons or such abilities) you, you have a 50% chance to ignore the damage, and when you attack you also have a 50% chance ...
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Swordsage feat selection to amplify his battle prowess?

The following question was raised during the making of a strength based, two handing (a little bit MAD) swordsage. Currently my feat selection is based on the Master of the Nine prerequisites (them ...
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Swordsage maneuver choice

The following question was raised during the making of a strength based, two handing (a little bit MAD) swordsage. Does having a medium base attack bonus favor single attack maneuvers rather than ...
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Does an intelligent undead have a soul?

This is a question that arose when an evil cleric PC cast Create Undead on someone (who was dead at the time and was never an undead before) and then commanded (as in, he used his Command Undead class ...
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If you speak with dead and then resurrect, will the resurrected remember?

If you cast speak with dead and then resurrection, will the resurrected remember the details of the conversation while dead, the people he spoke with, their identity, and so on?
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Experience gap closure and level adjustment

This question was raised at the latest session of my D&D group. I just changed my PC, so I got the xp penalty the Dungeon Master's Guide suggests (a little less than that, to be precise). To ...
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How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?

In a DnD 3.5 universe, could a spell such as Divination or Commune allow the caster to cheat at betting on sporting events? (For example, by asking a question like "Will Stan Stormbow win in this ...
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What information do creatures passively gain from constant “Detect” spells?

Consider the Night Hag. The Night Hag has "constant detect chaos, detect evil, detect good, detect law, and detect magic." However, each spell reveals additional information for each round "you study ...
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Does the spell Nondetection offer protection against all divination spells?

Does the spell Nondetection (and therefore the Unseen Seer ability Guarded Mind) protect the target from all divination spells or just the ones given as examples in the PHB (see quote)? The ...
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Can a cat familiar open a potion bottle by itself?

My character has a Cat familiar (lvl 16) with an INT of 11 and a DEX of 15. Previously our DM has ruled that the Cat can retrieve a potion from the characters Heward's Handy Haversack. The question ...
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Are there any rules for wrestling / submissions aside from grappling?

I'm DMing a paperless campaign loosely based on the d&d 3.5 ruleset. One of my players wanted to play a wrestler (a la Hulk Hogan). As of now I've been winging it but, even through this particular ...
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Does attacking with a gauntlet provoke an attack of opportunity?

From the Player's Handbook: Gauntlet: This metal glove protects your hands and lets you deal lethal damage rather than nonlethal damage with unarmed strikes. A strike with a gauntlet is ...
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Is every attack against a weapon/shield a sunder attempt? (Also, Mountain Hammer relation to this)

The first question is self-explanatory, and if the answer is yes, is Mountain Hammer and it's upgrades usable on such items without counting as sunder attempts? If not, can they be used instead of an ...
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Making weapon choices that count, and more realistic/interesting weapons

Due to the nature of DnD core its tropes and builds, weapon types rarely count. Enchantments, especially at higher levels, are what count. Your weapon damage die and type rarely count, and the game ...
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Dancing/Raging Mongoose and Time Stands Still synergy?

So, let us assume we have a level 20 swordsage with a two hander, and with access to Time Stands Still and Raging Mongoose manoeuvres. Using a swift action to initiate Raging Mongoose, and then ...
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Do any resources exist which cover player governance of a population

I have some players who would be interested in managing their own city. Is there any literature out there which covers the ins and outs of PCs governing a populace? Some example scenarios: The PCs ...
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How does a multiclass gestalt work in terms of BAB and saves?

Every explanation in Unearther Arcana about gestalts refers to them as having only one class on each path except the one about PrCs, so there are really some things that aren't very clear to me. ...
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How does the placement of Wall of Smoke work?

Most walls from spells must be straight lines. I'm wondering how free am I am with placing them - can I place a wall within squares or only at the borders? Can I place one diagonally over 2 squares, ...
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Would giving a swordsage the Iron Heart discipline unbalance him?

I am not really fond of disciplines with magical effects, like Desert Wind (Shadow Hand is in the same category, but let's face it, it has maneuvers called Shadow Jaunt, Shadow Blink, and something ...
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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Does the +1 DC from Tattoo Focus stack with the +1 from Spell Focus?

Tattoo Focus, a Forgotten Realms regional feat, gives +1 DC to specialization school. Does this stack with the +1 from the feat Spell Focus? Why?
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Are these market prices balanced for these abilities?

Energy Charging: After spending 3 hours under the sunlight, this weapon begins glowing. You can spend this charged energy and cause 2d6 extra fire damage. Shadow Regeneration: When in total darkness, ...
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How do I price a sword that absorbs other weapon's abilities?

I've always been a big fan of giving PCs in my games non-standard equipment, but now that I need to calculate their full GP cost (to calculate how much their equipment is worth) it's giving me nothing ...
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Is Master of Chains the only way to wield a spiked chain as a double weapon?

In DnD 3.5, the only way I have found to use a spiked chain as a double weapon is through the master of chains prestige class from the 3rd edition book Sword and Fist. Is there any other way?
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How to calculate the price of a fully unlocked legacy weapon?

I need to calculate the total sell value of fully unlocked legacy weapons; for example, a Faithful Avenger with all legacy rituals completed. Its non-legacy price is 4330gp, and the cost of the ...
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Monsters overcoming magical damage reduction

The d20srd states, under Damage Reduction: Some monsters are vulnerable to magic weapons. Any weapon with at least a +1 magical enhancement bonus on attack and damage rolls overcomes the ...
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Martial maneuvers in an organised, easy to read form?

So, the question came up during the making of a swordsage, and the need to check if the maneuvers chosen can actually be acquired due to prerequisites. Is there anything, in pdf or online form, that ...
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Where can I find information on swift actions?

I found that the rules in Player's Handbook do not cover swift actions. A friend suggested to look in Oriental Adventures, since that is the book that introduced them properly. I did not find ...
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Which creatures don't speak Common?

I realized that my troglodytes shouldn't have been negotiating and taunting like they were goblins. Troglodytes are too primitive to speak Common. They speak Draconic. Is there a way to generate a ...