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

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Can sneak attack damage from Wracking Touch be used to power spellthief abilities?

As a druid, I am trying to achieve some synergy with a spellthief in my party. I would like to prepare Wracking Touch, then let the spellthief steal it so that she can use the sneak attack damage to ...
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How are 4e elves different from 3.5e elves?

I was looking into how to roleplay an elf in D&D 4e, when the kind folks in one of the chatrooms on this site informed me that elves in 4e are very different from those in 3.5e, which sparked my ...
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Can someone agree (under duress) to forego a saving throw and can you tell if they comply or not?

Suppose a cleric wants to question an NPC under the effects of a "Zone of Truth" spell. And suppose said cleric or a member of her party has the ability to strong-arm the NPC into agreeing. Can part ...
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How can relatively low-level characters get an idea of what's behind the door?

What are good ways for relatively low-level characters (say levels 4-8) to get some idea of what is behind the next door, in order to figure out when it would be a good idea to use buffing spells? ...
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Is it possible to cast 3rd level Arcane spells at level 3?

I am trying to build a Human Wizard 3/Rainbow Servant 10/Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil 7, but for this I need to be able to cast 3rd level Arcane spells at level 3. What combination of feats should I ...
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Help me build my blaster sorcerer!

I'm gearing up for the second half of a campaign based on the idea of Law vs Chaos. I opted for Law. However, instead of playing a Wizard like I normally do, I'm going to give the Sorcerer a shot. In ...
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Does a character hit with Drow Poison always have to attempt the 2nd Fortitude Save?

The description of Drow in the SRD states: An opponent hit by a drow’s poisoned weapon must succeed on a DC 13 Fortitude save or fall unconscious. After 1 minute, the subject must succeed on ...
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Looking for cost to make a very specific weapon in D&D 3.5e

I have no idea how to properly factor the total cost of an Enchanted Weapon, and I'd like help doing so. I've read so many things and it gets confusing when I begin to read parts on how I "multiply by ...
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Is there a way to get spellcraft skill levels without dedicating class levels?

I currently have a Monk that is soon going to be getting Tattooed Monk as a prestige class and I want to prestige again later into an Ur-Priest. I am human, INT 10, and am a level 5 monk. I meet ...
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Secure a letter/scroll against opening (low levels)

Imagine an NPC (~7th level spell caster with limited resources) gives a letter to a low-level party (levels 1-2) asking them to carry it to another NPC (~7th level something with a lot of resources). ...
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How does Delay Poison interact with Drow Poison?

If a character has Delay Poison cast on them before being hit by the poison, my understanding is that both fortitude saves are delayed until the Delay Poison wears off. If a character is hit by Drow ...
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How do saving throws work with Gestalt?

Our party has a level 4 gestalt Scout 4 // Ranger 1 / Swashbuckler 2 / Rogue 1 Heroforge came up with base saves of +5 +5 +0 By my calculation the scout side should offer +1 +4 +1 On the other ...
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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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Beyond hit points: injury in D&D [closed]

I'm interested in adding a touch of realism to combat in D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder. Hit points are a very simple way of measuring injury and stamina, that contributes to the "hit things first, ask ...
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Why do spontaneous casters lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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Can I *create* a PC with a template?

So, I've been thinking - can I make something like first level Celestial Sun Elf-wizard in a non-homerule non-Dragon Magazine game from the start? Are there any templates that can be applied at the ...
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How should I handle a PC's pack of animals?

I am a DM and one of the PCs in my group bought five guard dogs. This has produced a couple of problems: Gameplay: I'm handling the dogs' turns in combat since PCs don't get direct control over ...
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How does strength affect a Brown Bear's bite damage?

I'm looking at the stats for a Brown Bear and trying to figure out how to advance them (for a druid animal companion). All of the derived stats make sense to me except for the Bite damage - why is ...
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Is grappling symmetrical?

Once a character successfully starts grappling a target, is there now any difference between the aggressor and the defender? Or do both characters get exactly the same mechanical effects, such as no ...
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What is a good way of managing status effects in medium-size encounters in D&D 3.5?

Recently, my three 6th-level players (Sorcerer, Druid, Barbarian) encountered some 15 orc barbarians. The sorcerer started casting Glitterdust (save or be blinded) and Stinking Cloud (save or be ...
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How much can ambushers do before losing the advantage of surprise?

I am unsure of how the surprise round works when only the ambushing party is aware, but will need to actually move to get within melee distance of their ambush victims. For example: a group of orcs ...
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Can I choose to increase the casting time of a spell?

When a character casts a buff with a casting time of 1 standard action and a duration of one round, the buff expires at the beginning of their next combat round (is this correct?). So they do not get ...
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Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception

When casting a touch spell, I can leave the spell on my hand and deliver strategically. What happens when that same touch attack is enhanced with Reach metamagic? Lets say I cast Invisibility on an ...
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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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What happens if a Teleportation Circle destinations moves?

So I want to make a Howl's Moving Castle home base, but I want to be able to have visitors teleport in from a little cottage. My DM and I are wondering if a Teleportation Circle that was made ...
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How much XP do monsters or NPCs have for spending on spells and item creation?

How much experience do monsters, NPCs or other generated creatures have for the use of spells and item creation? When a demon uses wish, how does it spend XP, and from what pool does it draw on? Is ...
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How do I handle PCs with 1 or 2 intelligence?

There are some situations where a PC's intelligence may drop to animal levels due to ability damage/drain/burn. I would like to know how they act and do they still have access to class features and ...
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How to make a Dark Brotherhood-esque Job Request System in D&D 3.5 E6

The Goal In a E6 campaign I am playing in I want my character to start an assassins guild similar to The Dark Brotherhood from The Elder Scrolls games. The Problem/Question I am stuck on how to set ...
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What happened to Nerull in 4e?

I've been following a story from 3.5e to 4e related to Nerull... but in 4e he does not exist! :o what happened to him in 4e?
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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 race is most similar to a cat?

I'm getting ready to start a D&D 3.5 game with my kids. When I asked them what characters wanted to play, my daughter said she wanted to be a cat. I told her I was pretty sure there is a race of ...
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DND 3.5 Alternate Alignment System [closed]

I've been a DM in DND 3.5 for a while now, and have been sitting down working for this last week on potentially a new campaign setting which I'd like to have ready in a few months - there is no ...
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How many Hit Dice of undead creatures are destroyed with turn undead?

When you use the supernatural ability turn undead, you make a turning check (1d20 + your Charisma modifier), and the maximum Hit Dice of the single Most Powerful Undead Affected (PH 159) is dependent ...
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How do Incarnate-class chakra binds interact with Warforged armour?

I'm considering taking a level of Incarnate, and my race is Warforged, so it'd be good to know how chakra binds would deal with the fact that I'm permanently wearing armour everywhere. Magic of ...
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Do Sorcerers need to know a lot of attack spells?

I was building a Sorcerer character I had in mind for high-level campaigns (e.g. starting at 10th) and noticed that while I was planning and selecting his spells known, I seemed to gravitate mostly ...
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Do Class Skill Bonuses Count as Ranks?

In Pathfinder do class skill bonuses count as ranks, especially for the purpose of prestige classing, or are they a generic bonus? If they are a bonus, how should I adjust the required ranks for ...
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What happens if a commoner takes a prestige class?

I'm currently in a 3.5/pathfinder campaign. (Mostly 3.5, but since it's steampunk we're borrowing liberally from pathfinder as we find the need.) We started as commoners, the idea being that we would ...
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How do I make a D&D 3.5e veteran get used to the 4e roleplaying style?

I have a good friend in my 4e group who is good when it comes to roleplaying his character, but he's always been a dedicated 3.5e player, to the point of avoiding 4e and even Pathfinder completely. ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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Build A Better Swarm

I am currently GM'ing an urban based campaign and one of the plot hooks I've come up with is the city's rats getting more and more violent, attacking people on the street in broad daylight. Eventually ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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How to tame a wild animal?

I stumbled upon this question: My ranger has tamed an absurd amount of Animal Companions with Handle Animal In the uses of Handle Animal, most similar thing I have seen is: Rear a Wild Animal ...
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Are there no planar dragons in the Peaceable Kingdoms of Arcadia?

I've been doing a bit of reading, and I discovered that there are planar dragons for pretty much every Outer Plane of the Wheel... except for Arcadia. I recall reading some long time ago that they ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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How many sorcerer and wizard spells are there in D&D 3.5?

While commenting on: this answer I tried to give an exact number of all sorcerer-wizard spells in D&D 3.5. Trivial searching didn't produce any results. Therefore, how many spells are there, by ...
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Which level would be appropriate for this homebrew Mass Dimensional Anchor?

Since dimensional anchor is sometimes used as a protection from teleport-esque spell, I am going to devise this mass version of spell. My initial thoughts are presented here: Dimensional Anchor, ...
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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?

My D&D 3.5e character is a half-shark/half-man, and I want to give him a boost ability that allows him to indulge in his frenzy or instinct and gain bonuses during battle. Doing so, however, would ...
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Full Round Actions with poor/average flying

When using a poor flyer or average, I seem to have read somewhere that you must move every turn (hovering requires a feat or something like that). Does this imply taking a move action to move, every ...
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Anywhere I can find more magic item sets for 3.5e?

I really like the idea of the magic item sets presented in the Magic Item Compendium (chapter 5), but have not found much like this in other 3.5e books. I've seen some in the Arms and Equipment Guide ...