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

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Methods of adding more touch spells to a Duskblade's spell list?

I want to play a duskblade, because their ability to channel touch range spells presents a way to use spells in melee combat. But their short list of spells (coupled with very few touch range damage ...
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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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Improved grab and moving a creature without grapple check

Improved Grab from The MM, page 310 states: When a creature gets a hold after an improved grab attack, it pulls the opponent into its space. This act does not provoke attacks of opportunity. ...
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Low-Light, Darkvision and nightfall

I can't seen to find the relevant rules to make this clear for me: low-light vision specifies that its bearers can "see twice as far" as a human in conditions including moonlight and starlight, and ...
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Does spontaneously mean without preparation?

The bard, the sorcerer, and other classes like the spellthief (Complete Adventurer 13-20) and the favored soul (Complete Divine 6-10) cast spells without preparation. A cleric that channels negative ...
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How do Grease and Spider Climb interact?

Context: In a dungeon, a player was stuck on a pillar, and from below a spider was climbing upward. The player cast Grease underneath the spider to try to make it fall back down. While neither of ...
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Can you trip as part of a Tome of Battle Maneuver?

If a ToB Maneuver such as Daunting Strike calls for a melee Attack as part of the maneuver, can this melee attack be resolved as a trip attack/include a trip attempt?
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How to kill a character without making their player too angry

I have been DMing a game for a group of friends. In between two sessions, which ended with them facing a few enemy NPCs, I realized that these intelligent opponents had a very good way to kill one of ...
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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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Fireball Caster Level

The Fireball description says: A fireball spell is an explosion of flame that detonates with a low roar and deals 1d6 points of fire damage per caster level (maximum 10d6) to every creature within ...
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Can Snow Tiger Berserker let me charge past someone and full attack them?

Pounce lets me make a full attack in the end of a charge. Dive Attack works like a charge. Flyby Attack lets me take a move action, including a dive and a standard action. I must be ...
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Does a feat's size prerequisite include smaller sizes?

The Player's Handbook on Prerequisites says that Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, feat, skill, base attack bonus, or other ...
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Can anyone in Eberron qualify for the Bind Elemental feat, or only Zilargo gnomes?

In the Eberron Campaign Setting, it says that the only ones capable of elemental binding are the gnomes of Zilargo. However, in the same book, the only requirement for the Bind Elemental feat is a ...
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Turning radius of a flying thing in D&D 3.5

I am trying to turn the 3.5e SRD's degrees-of-turn-per-feet-of-game-movement numbers (such as 45 degrees of turn per 5' of movement with 45 degrees of maximum turn per square for a creature classed ...
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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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Can the XP loss from the death or dismissal of a Familiar cause you to lose a level?

From the SRD If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. Failure means he loses 200 experience points per sorcerer level; ...
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Does having improved grab allow a character to deal unarmed strike + natural attack damage?

The SRD for improved grab states (emphasis mine): If a creature with this special attack hits with a melee weapon (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start ...
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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
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Is a creature that used the 2nd option of Improved Grab grappling or not?

This question is related to another recent one, since I couldn't figure out the answer, even though I had all the resources. Let's have an owlbear character that uses Improved Grab after successfully ...
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Slashing with Short Swords

Can a short sword be used to deal slashing damage? The Weapons Table seems to list short swords as having only the damage type of piercing, and lacking the slashing damage type. However, this ...
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Any precedent for combining a halberd with a wizard's staff?

I'm running a traditional D&D 3.5E game. One of my players, a Ftr/Wiz/Eldritch Knight, uses a halberd as his primary weapon. He wants to know if he takes both the Craft Magic Arms & Armor feat ...
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Can the 'wild' modifier be applied to non-armor items, such as enchanted cloaks or jewelry?

D&D 3.x has the "wild" modifier specified for armor and shields that causes its base AC bonus and any enhancement-type bonus (such as magical AC bonuses and/or ability score bonuses) to be applied ...
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How to build a knight commander?

I would like to build a character for D&D 3 ed (3.5 acceptable too). My intention is to build a heavy-armored melee combatant who would be able to withstand some punishment, deal some damage and ...
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Type changes confusing

So it goes like this: I am using the ghost template. I acquired the undead type. After this I applied the template Divine minion which states: Size and Type: The creature's type changes to ...
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True strike and critical confirmation

So last night, our party's wizard casted on himself true strike, so his next round's scorching ray would be a direct hit. He rolled on his round and rolled a natural 20. So It was a threat. My ...
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When applying a template, which comes first: the template or the first level feat?

I may be using the Proto-Creature inherited template for a game in which I also plan to use the Spellfire feat. Now the Proto-Creature template removes all (Sp) and (Su) abilities from the base ...
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Is there a class in D&D 3.5e similar to the 4e warden?

I've fallen in love with the idea of a goliath warden. I want to use things like minor shapeshifting, nature powers, and martial skill to murder monsters and take their stuff, but I want to do that in ...
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Are there definitive types of Craft (XYZ)?

Dilemma I am making a character for an upcoming (low-power, no magic) campaign and the DM stated we should all consider mundane skills for repairs to our equipment, healing of our characters, and the ...
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Ultimate Magus Question (3.5)

I'm making a Beguiler 1/Wizard 4/Ultimate Magus X. Using the practiced spellcaster feat, I can make sure that levels 1 and 4 of UM count towards my wizard class. However, at level 7 of UM, the ...
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What makes a good protection against magic missile?

Besides the shield spell, what can defend a creature against the magic missile spell? I am asking for something, if there is anything at all, that can prevent the damage on a hit; not concealing or ...
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If leave the Astral Plane do my magic items get weaker?

So the party traveled to the Astral Plane and found this old underground temple that is full of kids living in there. They have some really powerful magical weapons (they don't even know what they are ...
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How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?

I'm currently playing an IRL game with two of my friends. As you might imagine, I was worried that they weren't powerful enough to take on the higher level encounters so I made a character to help ...
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Does grappling cause bludgeoning damage?

According to the grapple rules in the SRD: ...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike. When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see: Would that mean ...
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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Do 'Seeking' ranged weapons work against nonconcealment miss chances? (3.5)

The phrasing in the DMG seems (to me) to indicate Seeking weapons would work against any miss chance, including Entropic Shield or Blink. Is there disagreement regarding this?
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Can a wizard cast the same spells on the following day without a spellbook?

I am a lvl 6 wizard/rogue about to go arcane trickster. One of my companions and myself were captured and all of our stuff taken. I had some spells left and then I used them. My question is, if I keep ...
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What is the relevance of Flame Blade being “wielded like a Scimitar”?

In the description of the Flame Blade spell, it is mentioned that You wield this bladelike beam as if it were a scimitar. What is the relevance of that? Does it mean that since my Druid is a ...
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Do D&D 3.5e's Warlocks always source their power from a pact?

(This is in the context of Neverwinter Nights 2 Persistent World) Short version I would like to know if there's a quote from source books that explicitly prove following: Not all warlocks' powers ...
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Lycanthropy and elves - what is the general guideline?

Well, to get to the point. AFAIK, lycanthropy is mostly reserved for humans and, from what I gained from the books, elves are immune to it as it is a human disease. I recall seeing somewhere a ...
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How do I determine how many encounters a dungeon should contain? [closed]

It's come to the point in our game where the party is going to enter the first major dungeon. They started higher level, around level 8, and we have a variable of 5-8 players. The last 3 coming depend ...
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Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?

The comment below was originally posted on another answer: Furthermore, from a super-strict RAW perspective, it has been argued (not by me!) that the Errata rules don’t actually let a book claim ...
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How do factotums interact with truespeak?

I see that a truespeaker's caster level = their ranks in truespeak -3, does this mean that if a factotum found a lexicon he could learn those utterence based on the classes progression?
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How do the treasure tables work for mixed groups of creatures?

In reference to the question Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?, how does the system expect a GM to handle groups of creatures with mixed treasure types?
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Alternating GM/Campaigns within the same group? [closed]

This question gave me some ideas regarding my current gaming group. I was introduced to D&D roughly a year ago before graduation, so shortly after getting into it everyone involved went separate ...
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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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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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How do I cater to the Three Stooges and good roleplayers at the same time?

As a little background, in case it matters: most of the players in my group (but not all) are college aged, and all of them are personal friends of mine. We're playing D&D 3.5. I myself am the ...
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...