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

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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 ...
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Can a creature benefit from both pounce and the effect of bound sphinx claws?

The special ability pounce says When a creature with this special attack makes a charge, it can follow with a full attack—including rake attacks if the creature also has the rake ability. (Monster ...
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What is the real price of a Druid's Vestment?

A Druid's Vestment doesn't take up a body slot and grants one Wild shape more per day. The tables with the wondrous items in the DMG say its price is 3750 gp while the item description says 10000 gp. ...
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Arcane Archer “within range”

I was reading the arcane archer class because of another post, and while reading the abilities it kept referring to using them "within range". How do they define within range? Clearly the weapon focus ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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Should bound urskan greaves increase the damage of all attacks upon charging?

When bound to the feet chakra, urskan greaves says When you charge, if your melee attack hits, you deal an additional +1d4 points of damage per point of essentia you invest in your urskan greaves. ...
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Is there a way to eliminate opponents through grappling?

I am playing a monk in our Oriental Adventures campaign, and recently we had a situation where another player was grappling a wu jen spell caster. We thought about breaking her neck to quickly get rid ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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How does the unicorn horn soulmeld's detect evil special ability work?

When bound to the brow chakra, the soulmeld unicorn horn grants the meldshaper the following special ability: You gain the ability to detect evil once per round as a standard action. (Magic of ...
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How to handle a too nice DM?

OK, this might be a weird one, but I would like to know how to help our DM to be more impartial in our game. I'm playing a campaign of D&D 3.5 with five friends. They're almost all new to RPGs ...
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Confusion about magic weapon pricing

So, a friend of mine is trying his hand at GMing and is planning out a campaign that will start us out at level 5 with a 5000gp starting budget. My Elven Swashbuckler will be bringing along a +1 Keen ...
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Does using a blink shirt to teleport provoke attacks of opportunity?

The soulmeld blink shirt says that the meldshaper gains the ability to teleport (as dimension door) up to 10 feet at will. Using this ability is a standard action. After using this ability, you ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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What's the probability formula for succeeding at a Complex Skill Check? [closed]

The SRD page for Complex Skill Checks gives percentage numbers for a number of different scenarios. For example, if the required roll on a 1d20 is 2, the chance of success on a simple check is 95% ...
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Prestige class progression with multiple base classes: mix and match?

When you take a prestige class that advances your spellcasting, and you have more than one spellcasting class, can you have some of the prestige class levels progress one base class, and some the ...
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Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?

I was looking for the Wizard Handbook but all the links were broken. Somewhere on the handbooks of other classes (on other forums) I saw a This was archived by WotC, here's the link But the ...
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Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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Can you roll social skill-checks against other players?

This is the situation: In a group of four people, they've stumbled upon a magically locked tower. They discover a balcony, and three of the PC's want to enter through there. The Lawfully Good paladin ...
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How can I get my character immunity to compulsion effects?

I have a personal problem with having my characters being subject to magical compulsions, specifically Dominate. I know they're part of the game, but they touch on some personal history stuff that ...