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How are damage penalties on melee attacks calculated?

Several attacks get only half the Strength bonus to damage - off-hand attacks or attacks from light weapons come to mind. Of course, main hand, non-light attacks get the full Strength bonus and two ...
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Good modifications to the lycanthropy alignment change?

Related to my other question, my PCs who have become were-rats don't want to become Chaotic Evil, but do want to remain uncured. They're up for struggles and such, and aren't looking for it to ...
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Elven Wizard Generalist number of new spells per level?

The Elven Wizard 1st level Racial Substitution 'Generalist Wizardy' (Races of the Wild) says: At each new wizard level, she gains one extra spell of any spell level that she can cast. which ...
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Investigating suspects and evidence in a D&D3.x based world

First of all, I know there's been a question titled Crime Investigation in a fantasy world. My question is only partially similar to that, though. The problem: In a DnD3.x based world (including ...
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Is there any way to turn regular ranged weapon attacks into Touch attacks?

Just this basic question. Any feat, skill trick, spell, regardless of source would be fine, just want to know if i've missed something or if the means doesn't actually exist to do so. The only way ...
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Does Beast Strike Add Strength to damage twice?

The feat Beast Strike allows you to add claw or slam damage to your unarmed strikes. since your strength mod is added to claw or slam damage as well as to unarmed strike does it get added twice?
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Which humanoid has the highest strength?

I am seeking a humanoid with as high strength as possible. The strength may not come from a template, an elite array, or class levels, but solely from its own racial bonuses. The humanoid must be ...
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D&D high-difficulty / technical character build suggestions

I have always been a huge fan of D&D style derivatives, but I have never actually played D&D itself. (Baldurs Gate (I & II), Final Fantasy VII+, Magic the Gathering, Oblivion, Fallout 3+). ...
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Barbarian rage and fight on defense

Can a Barbarian in Rage mode fight defensively or use Full Defense? I didnt find any rule about it, I think there is something about using Combat Expertise, but nothing else. In the session that the ...
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What are the advantages of AD&D over D&D3?

Background: I've been playing RPGs for a long time and I've been playing AD&D for years. I enjoyed both the original D&D and D&D3/3.5/Pathfinder, other than (especially) tons of other ...
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Can non-barbarians take Whirling Frenzy?

Can non-Barbarians take the Whirling Frenzy alternate class feature? For example, if I were to take two levels in the Half-Orc Paragon class, can I replace rage gained this way with Whirling Frenzy? ...
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Alternating GM/Campaigns within the same group?

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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Can an attack made while falling be treated as set against charge?

If you drop onto an opponent from above and try to attack them, could you treat that attack as if you had set against charge and they were moving toward you at your fall speed? It may sound odd but ...
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Practical aspects of fire immunity [closed]

Fire immunity certainly defends the creature against magic attacks with fire description. But I'm curious about natural hazards. How does a fire immune creature react to a extremely high temperature? ...
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Fortifying & Defending a shop in a city

When they're not adventuring, the PCs in my campaign own a magic item shop in a very large city. They have a staff, inventory, marketing, and in general it operates like you'd expect an item shop to ...
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How do Energy Effects work underwater?

This is similar to this question on fire damage underwater but a little broader. How do other energy types work underwater? I'm plumbing through the underwater level of Castle Whiterock and my ...
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Do creatures get an attack of opportunity against targets with soft cover?

Let's say that, in completely open ground (i.e., no actual physical cover anywhere nearby), a creature with reach is immediately adjacent to a foe. That foe's ally is immediately behind the foe, ...
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Spell placement on a grid, and possibly the differences between “Effect” and “Area”

This question came up when the spells wall of fire and blade barrier were cast and we weren't sure how to handle it. Described below are the issues we had, but first the relevant portions of the ...
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Need help finding a mind-controlling parasite

I need help finding a creature to play as a player in D&D 3.5. The idea is that it inserts itself into the brains/head/control center of other creatures. I was not able to find any stats for such ...
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3.5 Monk Ki Strike and Damage Resistance

Does a Level 4 Monk deal full damage against a creature with DR 5/Slashing? From the D20 SRD regarding Damage Reduction: "The creature takes normal damage from energy attacks (even nonmagical ones), ...
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Is There a Swarm Druid in D&D 3.5?

I am most familiar with 4e D&D, but might be playing in a 3.5 game starting in a couple months and I need to nail down a character. I have been drawn to the idea of a swarm druid in 4e rules and ...
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Break through leaking hit point abstraction

I'm breaking huge and cumbersome question Damaging transmuted state to smaller and more specific parts. I was told previously that HP is absolute in the Mechanics of tearing apart a character topic. ...
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Level-0 spells for Duskblade?

I was creating a duskblade with the Player's Handbook 2, and on page 98 spells for the Duskblade are listed, but there are no level 0 spells to chose from... (I'm guessing there is another source for ...
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What is the lowest character level at which a binder can take the anima mage prestige class?

The Tome of Magic has the Binder class and the Anima Mage prestige class. Let's assume a Binder/Sorcerer wants to take the Anime Mage prestige class as soon as possible. Probably he would want the ...
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Divinities character sheets for D&D 3.5

I remember finding the character sheets for some major divinities and famous npc on some D&D 3.5 manual, but now that I need them I can't find them anywhere. In which manuals can I find this kind ...
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How can a D&D 3.5 fighter defeat CR-appropriate challenges without magic weapons?

I play a level 10 fighter of Dwarven heritage in a party with a cleric, Druid, and Rogue, and the character does not use magic at all. I have very good, flexible DMs who understand my position and try ...
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What happens when you trip a flying target with Good or Perfect maneuverability?

According to the Rule Compendium, "A winged creature can be tripped, and if it is, it falls as if it didn’t maintain its minimum forward speed." (P. 145) But if the target has good or perfect ...
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Which D&D 3.5 deities grant the pride domain?

The pride domain appears in the D&D 3.5 Spell Compendium, but does not list any gods that grant it. Does anyone know of an official source with any gods with this domain? I've read in some places ...
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What sourcebook has 0th-level psionic powers?

So, I've heard about the existence of 0-level psionic powers somewhere in D&D, which would be a fantastic boon for low-level psionic characters (and a nice feature for mid- and high-level ones). ...
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3.5 Tome of Battle - Warblade maneuver replacement and maneuver prereqs

I'm rather puzzled about how the warblade's maneuver replacement works with higher level maneuver prereqs. Do maneuver prereqs need to be fulfilled after I've already taken that maneuver? I'd think ...
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Can a naturally poisonous creature always use the feat Poison Spell?

If a creature is naturally poisonous, like an aranea (MM 15-6) or a couatl (MM 37-8), can the creature freely use the feat Poison Spell (Und 51) to poison all its spells that require a melee touch ...
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Is there a Construct Class?

I am looking for a construct class or something similar enough I can change it into a construct class. An example of what I would think a construct class could do would be, it can remove and change ...
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Large creature with reach weapon, how does sunder work?

Let's assume that the large creature with reach weapon (reach 20') does not have a feat to not provoke AoO. And a medium humanoid with a longsword (reach 5') is standing out of his own reach but in ...
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What Book was the Kender god detailed in?

In which book for 3.5e DnD was the god of the kender described? obviously it is in one of the Dragonlance books. I remember reading somewhere the kender god was a really chill dude who wanted ...
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Speeding Up Combat

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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What are the costs of having multiple/alternate spellbooks?

I know wizards can get a certain number of spells in their spellbook for free as they level up, but does that specifically cover having them written down in one spellbook? If you plan to maintain a ...
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Base Attack Bonus vs. actual bonus on attacks?

When I reach level 6 my BAB will be +6/+1. When I make my actual attack with weapon focus (+1) and strength mod (+3) does it make it +10/+5?
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Archivist's Spellcasting

While looking through some classes I found the Archivist class from the Heroes of Horror (page 82). While reading through the spellcasting and prayer book sections however, I find that the wording is ...
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Can Psi-like abilities be augmented with power points?

The rules on Psi-like abilities says they behave the same as powers aside from the lack of initial costs, but does that rule out the ability to spend power points on them to augment them? I'm mostly ...
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When do spells expire?

When casting spells with a duration longer than instantaneous, at what point in the round does the effect expire? Say for example you cast a spell with a duration of 1 round, does that mean the spell ...
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Melee touch attack with two weapons?

I have a Rogue/Swordsage that fights with 2 daggers and has Two Weapon Fighting (TWF). I'm considering taking Fire Riposte (Tome of Battle, 53) which grants the ability to do an immediate melee touch ...
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Does changing a creatures type change its traits?

I was wondering: If I change, say a vermin into an dragon with the half-dragon template, does its traits change? The template says that the half-dragon retains all special qualities of the base ...
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What Are the Movement Limits When Maintaining a Grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in ...
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Can a rogue, druid, or cleric use Shield Bash without penalty?

Originally I was going to ask, "Can a rogue or druid use Shield Bash", but the answer seemed obvious: "Yes, why not?" The question then is whether a rogue or a druid can use Shield Bash without the ...
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Do these Elemental summoning items function infinite times?

They do not list charges or uses per day. Only that the first Elemental has to die (or be dispelled or dismissed) before a new one can be summoned. The summoning only requires one round so you could ...
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What are the rules of using a ranged weapon while flying?

What are the rules (if any) on ranged weapons while flying? (I'd assume that the rules would be similar to using ranged weapons while running, but I just want to know if there are any actual rules on ...
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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Generate an engaging and “realistic” tribe of orcs (also one of ogres)

My players recently turned a slaughter of low-level orcs & ogres (separate situations) into a massive recruitment drive. Given the choice between death and lucrative mercenary work, most chose to ...
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What happens when you use Maximize Spell on a Prismatic spell?

I'm sure we all know about the metamagic feat Maximize Spell, which allows you to cast a spell in a slot 3 levels higher in order to "maximize all variable numeric values" like damage, number of ...
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Damaging transmuted state [closed]

There are several spells (Flesh to Stone and Polymorph any Object at least) that allow you to transmute foe unlucky enough to fail his fortitude save. They have very rough description about how can ...