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

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Does a weapon become an Improvised Weapon when used incorrectly?

Example: You are armed with a longsword. You are facing a monster with DR 5/bludgeoning. Clearly a weapon that deals slashing damage is not the best choice against such a monster. But there is hope. ...
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How should I make my low-strength cleric more effective at being a close-range tank?

I have a cleric who's currently focused on range combat, but is in a position where she'd probably pull her weight better by playing in a melee gish or close-range fighter role. She's been forced into ...
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So I am a Giant Lizard Now

Long story short, my level six dwarven cleric fell along with most of the party in a necro fortress in the underdark. The last two party members made it back to the surface in time to reincarnate one ...
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How much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...
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Does Poison's secondary damage only happen once, or does it keep happening?

Our group is unsure of how poison works in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e. Poison says that it does some kind of initial damage, usually to some ability score. Then it does secondary damage that happens ...
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What are the rules on training NPCs?

In D&D 3.5 what are the rules on being trained in Spell Casting/Sword-Mens-ship/Etc. For I want the party to find a orphan who had been abandoned when his home town was raided. I want the kid to ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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What are ways for a low-level wizard to mimic divine spells/abilities?

I had an idea for a necromancer character that masquerades as an exorcist in order to gain access to areas infested with undead without arousing suspicion. What are the ways that an arcane caster can ...
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Does an Undead with Wild Shape gain a Constitution score during Wild Shape?

Build Race: Half Drow Template: Necropolitan Classes: Drow Transition Template Class 2 / Wizard 5 / Arachnomancer 2 References Spider Shape (Su): This ability functions as wild shape. Wild ...
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What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...
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Is a pinned character treated as having 0 Dex with respect to the pinning opponent?

Relevant Rules Grappling consequences: You lose your Dexterity bonus to AC (if you have one) against opponents you aren’t grappling. (You can still use it against opponents you are grappling.) ...
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Is this custom hat-turret too cheap?

I recently downloaded a document from RPGNow, and inside I found a custom magical item. I am not good at calculating costs and such, so I decided to list the item here, and hear the thoughts of the ...
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Can a good cleric prepare Inflict Light Wounds?

Inflict Light Wounds is listed in the 3.5e PHB as a Necromancy spell but with no alignment descriptor at all. I cannot find anything in the PHB that prevents a Good-aligned Cleric from preparing that ...
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Does a Ridable Construct Exist?

I am looking for a creature of the type Construct that is explicitly capable of being ridden. A construct that is big and strong enough to carry another creature is not sufficient, I want something ...
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Building a complete blind-flying system for 3.5e flying mounts [closed]

What ways are there to go about building a safe, reliable system to allow the flying mounts in D&D 3.5e to "fly blind" (i.e. in clouds, fog, rain, and snow, day and night) between preset ...
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Locate City: where's the origin point?

What point within the nearby metropolis/town/... are the distances and bearings given by locate city referenced to? Is it the center of the town square, perhaps? A geometric ...
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How precise or accurate are the bearings and distances given by Locate City?

Just how precisely can you locate your position relative to a metropolis using locate city? The spell doesn't appear to say clearly. I'm trying to build a sort of flight coordination system, and ...
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Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?

This weekend while playing, our wizard found an invisible creature (detected with see invis) and when asked where it was by the party, the player started counting the squares to give an exact measure ...
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Does Hellfire Warlock give me another invocation on its second level?

It's my second time playing 3.5e and I plan to go for the relatively simple Warlock 11 > Binder 1 (for Naberius) > Hellfire Warlock 3 > Warlock all the way to 20th level. My question here is, since ...
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Can “Locate City” locate a city other than the nearest city?

Can you use Locate City to locate some other city than the one nearest to you? I'm trying to build a system of "blind" aerial navigation using 3.5e spells instead of the RL tools for this, and as per ...
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How can I build a magical Non-Directional Beacon?

I'm trying to come up with the D&D 3.5e world's functional equivalent to a real life Non-Directional Beacon (NDB). Are there any existing spells in D&D 3.5e that can be cast on durable ...
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How can I ride my Pseudodragon?

I play a tiny sorcerer with a Pseudodragon familiar, I'd like to be able to ride it, but we are both tiny. We play d&d 3/3.5 mixed (whatever rules end up being more convienent). The best route ...
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Do acid and sonic damage bypass object hardness?

Similar to Does energy damage (particularly acid damage) bypass object hardness in Pathfinder?, but in 3.5. Particularly relevant is the following: Hardness: Each object has hardness—a number ...
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Do you roll for an ability score your character doesn't have?

When creating a character, and specifically when generating its stats by dice-rolling, do you still roll the same number of times when you don't use all the ability scores? As an example, would a ...
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What is the holy creature around the same power as a Pit Fiend?

I am making a D&D campaign with Heaven and a Hell as the setting. This is a custom cosmology with one heaven and one hell, not the default cosmology of D&D with many different planes. In the ...
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How to interpret rules to make the serial killer from the movie “Relentless?”

The serial killer in Relentless (1989) was able to grapple and control his victims enough to make them hold the murder weapon(s) and force them to finish themselves off. I am unaware of grapple rules ...
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Can a character drop a net as a free action and have it affect an enemy under them?

For example: A Raptoran is in flight and is holding a net. His movement from his previous turn ended 20 feet directly above an enemy. At the start of his next turn could he, as a free action, drop ...
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How can we 'regift' a group of highly dangerous gem scarabs across a continent? We don't want them anymore

I need my group to transport several (8-10) gem scarabs across a great distance of ~800 miles from a desert. These are from the Monster Manual V, and for the record, they have a spell like ability ...
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What happens when two Spheres of Annihilation touch one another?

What happens if a Sphere of Annihilation touches another Sphere of Annihilation? I see a few possibilities: They destroy one another The universe turns inside out The effect of hitting one with Gate ...
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What effects do critical and fumble tables have on D&D 3.5?

Just getting some extra damage, and just missing, seem pretty boring. A lot of people like to spruce things up by having critical hits and natural-1 fumbles result in a roll on a special table, which ...
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What does a Copper Dragon's Slow Gas do?

The Copper Dragon in the SRD has two breath weapons, one of which is a cone of slow gas. The description says: A copper dragon has two types of breath weapon, a line of acid and a cone of slow ...
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What are the real Challenge Ratings of Copper and Red Dragons?

The title is basically the question. I'm prepping a session, which might feature a battle between the PCs aiding a wounded Copper Dragon and a Red Dragon with its Kobold tribe, so I was looking over ...
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Does move silently offer full attack?

Imagine a rogue beginning to move silently against a foe who has not yet spotted the rogue. The rogue approaches the foe from behind successfully, and the enemy is flat-footed against the rogue. How ...
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Looking for an alternative to my DM's favorite fumble table

I've been playing in a new D&D 3.5 game for a few weeks, and it's going pretty well, with one major exception. The DM is a huge fan of critical hits and critical fumbles, and he has found the ...
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Are there more effective ways for a wizard to recover frequent and diverse ability damage other than this specific pair of magic items?

The Prestige Class Metaphysical Spellshaper (BoEF, p.81) has the ability to spontaneously cast metamagic spells, at the cost of suffering 1 ability damage per spell level the metamagic improves the ...
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How would using the 3.5e rules for gestalt characters work in 5e? [closed]

I recently saw a post on Reddit describing some home-brew rules for gestalt characters in 5e. It seemed interesting so I looked up the original 3.5e gestalt character rules (which can be found here ...
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Enhancement bonuses and Base Attack Bonus

I've been wondering about this. If you have a weapon with an enhancement bonus, does it add to your BAB to get an additional attack? I know that if you have a BAB of 4 and an enhancement bonus of 2 ...
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Would Psion and Psywar HD stack for a psicrystal?

Title pretty much says it all. Working with a 16 psywar/5 Sanctified Mind. If I've read things correctly, my psicrystal would currently be level 16. If I take some levels is psion, would its level ...
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Is there a game-balance reason for Weapon Finesse to require a BAB of +1?

For a new campaign, I'm considering removing the Weapon Finesse (WF) prerequisite of BAB +1. I'd like clerics, monks and especially rogues to have access to it at first level. I'm trying to suss out ...
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Languages spoken by wild-shaped druid

When a druid turns into an elemental, which languages can he speak? Does the new form allow him to still speak his already known languages or the physical changes of the vocal chords don't allow that ...
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How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?

In one of my groups, there is an evil cleric. He constantly uses the 'harm' spell to greatly reduce the enemies hp (after several buffs and debuffs). The thing is, since he is playing with an evil ...
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I can't seem to kill my party, help? [duplicate]

BEFORE YOU SAY "The idea is not to kill the party" PLEASE READ THIS I am a fairly new DM, I have Dm'd about 6 groups, all around the levels 1 - 4 and that was because of problems within the group ...
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What does it mean when a prestige class says “+1 level of existing class”?

I have a druid ready to become a Verdant Master. I understand everything well enough except the "+1 level of existing class" found under spells per Day/Spells known chart. What does that mean to me?
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Binder Apparatus Binding Traits List

So I've been considering creating a new character, and was looking at the homebrew Binder class. My question pertains to the Binder's Apparatus Binding class feature. I've been looking for a ...
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Can a single attack be a full attack action?

The haste spell grants an extra attack when a character makes a full attack. My DM says: If you do a single attack and can't continue into a full attack, it's a standard attack, even if you ...
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What swarm positionings in combat count as “contiguous”?

"Combat" section of swarm description says, it can occupy any four contiguous squares. What are contiguous squares? Should they touch each other with boarders? Should they go in a straight 20' line ...
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Are there rules for building underground structures?

I was doing some research in relation to this question, and I realized that I had run into a snag. I'm not aware of any rules in either D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder that directly relate to creating ...
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Thinking about PrC Arcane Hierophant [closed]

I'm fairly new to DnD, currently I'm playing with my second party ever. We aren't really power players, we're pretty casual players more concerned with fun than with optimizing builds. I'm a lvl 2 ...
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Is there a way to simulate the 3.5e Factotum in 5e? [closed]

I would like a homebrew class that has the same magical skill-monkey feel that 3.5e's Factotum had. I ideally would like the class to be made using the DMG custom class creation guidelines, and I ...
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Does Dispel Magic work on Magic Circle Against Evil?

Can magic circle against evil be dispelled by a simple dispel magic? If so, would the caster have to target an area or a specific target?