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

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Can Tenser's Floating Disk be ridden?

I know the rules for TFD in 3.5 mention it can carry anything within its weight limit and can be directed by the caster within its range limits, but are there any rules about actually riding Tenser's ...
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Is there an oldschool-style morale system for D&D 3e?

Oldschool D&D has rules for morale, such as these from Labyrinth Lord: Monsters have a listing for morale, which represents how likely they are to fight or flee when in an aencounter. Morale ...
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How are Oriental Adventures shaman animal companions updated for 3.5?

The book Oriental Adventures for D&D 3.0 was updated in Dragon magazine #318, but it didn't include an update for the shaman's animal companion from 3.0 to 3.5. I have heard that the druid had ...
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Does metamagic specialist let you quicken spells?

The metamagic specialist (PHB2, 61) lets you cast metamagic'd spells at normal casting time, but there is a particular phrase in the description that confused me: This benefit even lets you ...
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How can you train/tame monsters & magical beasts?

Some background. My party recently went up against a Cloud Ray (MMII p.49 INT 2) and decided they were going to bring it down non-lethally in order to make it their pet/mascot. Unfortunately as much ...
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Why are high ability scores mandatory to cast spells?

After reading this answer, I was once again struck by the fact that a Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 spellcaster, no matter his level, is unable to overcome the limits imposed by his ability scores. Like ...
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What ways are there to magically enforce an agreement?

Assume a PC (or the whole party) wants to make a deal with another PC or NPC. What magical ways are there to make this "contract" binding and enforceable, or at least somewhat so? Examples where this ...
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Does Haunting Melody use a Standard Action?

Benefit: When you sing or use some other Perform skill, you can inspire fear in enemies within 30 feet of you. Any opponent in range must succeed on a Will saving throw (DC 10 + 1/2 your bard ...
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Must one make an Attack Roll when targetting an Ally with a Touch Spell? [duplicate]

For example, say Jim the Cleric and Bob the Rogue are standing next to each other. Bob the Rogue gets hit with an arrow. Bob the Rogue has optimized his Touch AC to the point where Jim the Cleric ...
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Does Protection from Evil protect you from Suggestion?

Protection from evil reads: Second, the barrier blocks any attempt to possess the warded creature (by a magic jar attack, for example) or to exercise mental control over the creature ...
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Ways to boost a low HP character in D&D 3.5

There's a wizard (effective character level: 5) in our party who is very low on HP (has a total of about nine, if I remember correctly), thanks to an initial low CON and an acquired template (+1 ECL) ...
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What does Dispel Magic dispel when there are multiple active effects from items?

If you cast dispel magic on a creature under the effect of a wand of mirror image (has a duration) and a ring of water walk (continuous effect), does it affect both spells? If so, does the same apply ...
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Are there poltergeist-like undead in D&D?

My character is a cleric necromancer looking for utility-type undead. I'd like to find a low-HD undead critter to Command who would be able to act as an Unseen servant (pick up small objects, trigger ...
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A slave's tongue has been cut out. How can we restore her ability to speak?

Slavery is commonplace in this setting. Slaves routinely have their tongues cut out, to prevent them organising a resistance movement, or back-chatting their owners. The party has freed some slaves ...
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Does falling damage by weight get limited to 20d6?

I'm trying to build a character that does damage by dropping on people. (It's a baleen whale with grafted wings.) I was reading the SRD on falling damage and it has this very confusing line about ...
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Once you take a Prestige Class, can you advance your base class later?

Okay, so here is the situation. I have a lvl 4 Rogue/lvl 3 Fighter/lvl 2 Shadowblade character, which is all fine and well. But I am curious if I can take my next level in Rogue or Fighter or if, ...
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Does interrupting sleep to keep watch prevent any healing at all?

I know that if you sleep for a full night, you heal 1 point per character level, and 1 point of ability damage per night. If you have to keep watch at some point during the night, but get 8 hours of ...
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Where is the Swiftblade PrC and what are its requirements?

I'm a level 1 rogue playing 3.5. My DM said I could multiclass at level 3. I want to multiclass as a swiftblade, but I need more details. What expansion is it part of and what are the requirements?
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Could one shape pheonix belt and bind manticore belt to the totem chakra at the same time?

Both of these soulmelds take up the waist body slot but I don't know if that matters since they're both soulmelds and the pheonix belt is only being shaped, not bound.
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Does Wild Shape actually allow [Monster] feats?

Background I have never had a problem with Druids in my games take things such as, Multiattack, Improved Multiattack, and Improved Natural Attack. However, I reached a 'scratch my head' moment ...
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What's a good build for a halfling rogue/assassin? 3.5 [closed]

My character is a halfling rogue lv5 and going to multiclass as a PrC assassin. I've gone over it with my DM and most likely going to level up next campaign, so he has some content written (involving ...
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How to do I show my players it's their own damn fault, without making them feel bad?

Somewhat related to my other question. At this point, the players in my game have travelled through a Kobold Empire. They have killed Ogres for them. They have slain a Dragon and given them back ...
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Dispelling Mage’s Magnificent Mansion

What would happen if somebody tried to dispel Mage’s Magnificent Mansion while it was occupied with people? What would happen to the people inside? Would they be transported to the place in the ...
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Can I cast two swift spells in a round, or otherwise trade a move action for a swift?

Can you use a move action to make a swift action? What if you have 2 swift spells and a standard one, can you cast them all in one round?
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Does a “Helm of Opposite Alignment” work on demons?

Reading the description of the Helm of Opposite Alignment, I don't see anything which would prevent it from working on demons. But somehow I have the strong impression that the evil of a demon is an ...
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Can a Sorcerer learn “Cure Light Wounds” from a scroll?

According to the book, the sorcerer can learn an unusual spell from a scroll if the spell is Arcane. A Bard can use Arcane spells, and the "Cure Light Wounds" is available on his magic table. So if I ...
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Is there a way to change a weapon's damage type on the fly?

I'm not talking about magical enchantments, but an action that a character can perform in combat. For instance, rapiers and shortswords deal piercing damage, but they are still edged weapons, and ...
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Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?

My Player's Handbook, in French, as well as this other source, describes Combat Style (two-weapon fighting) as follows: Si le rôdeur choisit le combat à deux armes, il peut se battre comme s'il ...
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Magic To Copy a Work of Art

Are there any spells or magic items in D&D 3.5 that would allow the caster/user to copy a work of art? In my current campaign there is an artist(painter) who has been magically making duplicates ...
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Conceal Spellcasting - Skill or Skill Trick?

Races of Stone has a section in skills, which outlines how you can use Slight of Hand to conceal spellcasting. There is no special requirement: When casting a spell, you may make a Sleight of ...
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For druid companions, such as riding dogs, what is the base hp?

I am trying to make a companion to go with my druid but cant figure out what its starting hp would be and what modifiers might be on it later as I level as a druid. Can someone tell me how it works?
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How long is the initial “training time” to get the first level of a class?

Consider a 0th level character, or a character with existing character levels, multi-classing into a new one. I think, she needs to go somewhere - to a fighters' school, or to a wizards guild, etc - ...
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Can a wish spell grant new skills?

I was researching and trying to discern if a wish spell could give a PC a skill he does not have. I don't see anything that states it can or cannot but when compared to some of the things a wish could ...
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Cross-class skils & multi-classing [duplicate]

I have a rogue who plans on multi-class to a dragonfire adept. My question is regarding the skills. A lot of rogue skills are not on the DFA list. Do I use the cross-class rules for these skills when ...
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What is a realistic way to incorporate firearms into D&D 3.5

I am thinking about running a side campaign in which firearms play a major part in combat. I have read the advice in the Dungeon Masters Guide but that doesn't seem realistic and it seems to be ...
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Can a medium sized creature wield a colossal sized weapon?

Can a medium sized creature wield a colossal sized weapon? In this case, for simplicity, a Lv 14 Goliath Fighter with a Sizing Greatsword. Assume empty feat list. I can't find anything in the DMG or ...
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Is making a bet you can't lose an evil act? [closed]

Background The campaign's upcoming antagonist was raised in a good-aligned but poor home in a typical Dungeons and Dragons setting. He's since dedicated himself to wealth redistribution, using the ...
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Maximum Ranks in Speak Language?

Is Speak Langauges subject to the same maximum rank as other skills? I.e., at level 1 with speak languages as a class skill, how many languages can I learn? 4, or more?
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Are negative levels necessarily energy drain?

As far as I can find in the rules, negative levels are always described in conjunction with energy drain, and are even listed together as one special ability in some cases. Usually there will be a ...
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Is the English text authoritative?

The question “Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?” highlights an apparent error in the French translation of the D&D 3.5e PHB. Is there an official ...
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When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...
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Looking for a great single level class dip for bard, no spell progression needed [closed]

I am working on a build that starts the first 19 levels this way: Bard 9 Sublime Chord 6 Fatespinner 4 I'm looking for something to use for level 20. The best I've got right now is Fatespinner 5, ...
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Is it possible to take a prestige class level 1?

I would like to take levels in Forsaker (we're importing it from 3.0) and the only requirements are Feats: Great Fortitude , Iron Will , Lightning Reflexes If I take those feats at level 1, can ...
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Is it possible to take Cleric & Cloistered Cleric on the same character?

My archer cleric(7x Normal Cleric) would like to take a level of Cloistered Cleric for access to a third domain. Is this possible, or should I be looking elsewhere for more domain choices? TL;DR Are ...
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How are units converted to metric in translations of D&D 3.5?

I have heard that some foreign language translations of 3.5 use meters in the rules text instead of feet. How big is a square in these metric translations? Are weight measurements given in Newtons or ...
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Are there translation-specific errata for D&D 3.5e?

Stemming from: Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense? has WotC ever issued 3.5e errata against certain translations to fix translation issues?
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Can I inscribe or inset a holy symbol into my longbow?

In the Player's Handbook, the holy symbols of the gods are detailed. The symbol of Corellon Larethian is a crescent moon. Can I take some of my chalk, and draw (reverently, of course) a crescent ...
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Daylight vs Bright Illumination vs Shadowy Illumination

Primary Questions Is there a difference between "daylight" and "bright illumination"? Where is the dividing line between bright and shadowy illumination? My Interpretation Daylight seems pretty ...
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Are there mechanical reasons for a Cleric to use their deity's favored weapon over another one?

There are a number of deities that have low-damaging weapons as their favored weapon, like daggers and gauntlets. Sharess for example has the Claw Bracer as her favored weapon, which according to the ...
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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for free. However, after playing a bit ...