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

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Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...
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Magically becoming multi-headed creatures

If someone Polymorphs into a Hydra, what happens when a head is cut off? Hydra heads have complicated rules about hitpoints and regrown heads and stuff. What if instead of a wizard casting polymorph ...
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Advanced rules or suggestions for traps/trapped items?

I'm working on a story concept where the villain is a tinker who is seeking revenge against a noble house, and his M.O. is intricate mechanical traps. The trap rules given are fine for dungeon ...
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Damage type of quarterstaff thrusts

Is thrusting with a quarterstaff still considered as bludgeoning damage under all circumstances? (From a simulationist standpoint, thrusting with a stave is not an unheard-of maneuver, and can be ...
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How to create and run a realistic cult?

I am starting a new campaign in D&D 3.5 using Forgotten Realms, and the main antagonist of the campaign will be the Cult of the Dragon. I have been reading the "Daily D&D" by Ed Greenwood ...
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Can an Immovable Rod be carried in a Bag of Holding?

If an Immovable Rod is made to stay still, and a Bag of Holding is placed around it such that the Rod is closed entirely in the nondimensional space, does the Bag hang on the Rod, or does the Rod move ...
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How can a GM give treasure to DnD players who overcome challenges without combat?

I'm currently playing a character in a DnD 3.5 Eberron campaign. During the first few sessions, our characters overcame several obstacles without combat. Our GM complained that this made it hard for ...
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How can I make simple tasks more challenging without involving combat?

I want to delay my players for one session while we wait for the last player to become available. My plan is to send them to a wise old man (aka crazy hermit) for advice, and then to delay them for ...
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How can my wizard get strong enough to carry basic gear?

I play a wizard in 3.5, but I was unfortunate in my dice rolls and got rather low strength starting out. Is there some way I could bulk up my wizard without sinking a fortune into magic gear? Does the ...
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Martial maneuvers in an organised, easy to read form?

So, the question came up during the making of a swordsage, and the need to check if the maneuvers chosen can actually be acquired due to prerequisites. Is there anything, in pdf or online form, that ...
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How can an aristocracy be perpetuated between creatures that can't interbreed?

The 25-year-old human prince of a 50-year-old small nation (total population maybe 100,000 spread out in a rather large valley among settlements no larger than 5,000 creatures each) is looking to ...
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Need help working on my level 4 Ranger's Animal Companion in 3.5

So I am working on setting up my level 4 Ranger's Animal Companion in 3.5. Just got her fox. Most of it is done. My DM is having me use the Dog as the stats and stuff my fox is based off of. The only ...
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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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Are there ways to knock smaller opponents back a distance greater than 10' without grappling or spells?

The Monster Manual makes mention of the Awesome Blow monster feat (p. 303) that allows you to knock smaller opponents back 10' with a well-placed hit. But from what I can tell this is the only way to ...
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What prestige classes can Warlocks take?

I know there are prestige classes for casters, but due to the Warlock's Invocation mechanics, I'm not sure which ones it can qualify for, or at least which ones would be beneficial for it. What are ...
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What is the Hardness and Hitpoints of Mage Armor?

In a 3.5 game I play, our DM has a rule for armor that it wears out and breaks over time through natural wear and tear unless we maintain it. He uses a table much like ...
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What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?

Several of my friends are starting a game pretty soon, and one of the players is a great guy, and fun to play with EXCEPT, he plays with the objective of optimization, while everyone else plays much ...
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What's the benefit to having low-light vision as a deep gnome?

A deep gnome has darkvision out to 120 feet and low-light vision. What benefit is there from the low-light vision? The only thing I could think of was with a bulls-eye lantern or daylight spell, he ...
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Can I use 3.5 expansions for pathfinder? [duplicate]

Can I use 3.5 expansion books for pathfinder?? I want to because I want to use different things I read in 3.5 expanisions. Also tell me in your answer which are compatible and which aren't. I'm ...
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Is there a way to become immune to Possession all the time?

I'm going to be running an Eberron game soon, and one of the players has expressed an interest in playing one of the Inspired 'gone rogue'. Unfortunately, the rules for Possession of the Inspired are ...
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What's a good way to build an unseelie fey warlock in DnD 3.5?

Pretty much just what the title says; what are some good feats/templates/racial class levels one would use for making a decent Fey-themed Warlock in DnD 3.5? To be more specific, I'm hoping to use ...
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In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?

Playing a 6th level halfling rogue in 3.5, and I'd like to replicate a door lock mechanism from a copypasta. The setting is sort of prone to Magic Mart syndrome, so access to 1-4th level spells ...
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Are there predefined Military awards in d20?

I would like to run a military campaign starting in medieval times (D&D). The only military award or decoration that I know of in the d20 system (off the top of my head) is the Medal of Steadfast ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken ...
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Can a wizard who has been dead for 100 years be raised as a Lich?

Okay, so I have this big sexy hook for my D&D story, and I want to know if there is a way that I can do this while still following the rules. The history for this is that 100 years ago in my ...
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Is there any limit to how often can you Smite in a round?

I have argued this with my group and we always come to no formal conclusion, as there are valid arguments on each side: In regard to smiting, is there a limit to how many you can perform in a round? ...
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Can Improved Natural Attack apply to Animal Devotion's serpent's strike?

Using the serpent's strike special ability of the feat Animal Devotion (Complete Champion 54-55), it's possible for a character to get for at least 1 minute 1/day a bite natural attack that deals only ...
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Which class should my “fallen” paladin change to?

My friend and I are playing D&D 3.5 and I want to change from being a Lawful Good Paladin. My DM will allow me to make him fall if I make it look good and choose a new class that's fit for a ...
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Calculating and balancing challenge ratings

Are there standard rules for calculating CR of groups? For example, in my Pathfinder bestiary, a single Stirge is listed as CR 1/2, and a group of 2d4 (average 5) of them is listed as an average CR 4. ...
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Best way to convert creatures from 3.x to 4E?

I've reccently discovered a load of monsters I created for 3.x D&D and would love to convert them to 4E. Do any guides exist for this? Or could someone give me the most important points to ...
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What does “possession” mean in the context of Swift Ready?

I'm running a D20 Modern game in which my players have access to D&D spells. This situation though could easily come up in a standard D&D game. One of my players is playing a Duskblade and ...
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Custom paper character sheet that's updatable without erasing

So far I've been using a printed copy of the official character sheet for my D&D characters. It features a blank space for every stat. As a consequence of that, every time my character levels up ...
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Putting more focus on knowledge skills

Knowledge skills are the cinderella of the skill set. Nobody really puts grades in Knowledge (local), Knowledge (Nature) or Knowledge (Royalty). If you have a bard in the group, all these knowledge ...
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Does D&D 3.5 DM material contain information applicable for Pathfinder GMs?

I understand that in terms of the core rules to run games D&D 3.5 has: Dungeon Master's Guide + Player's Handbook + Bestiary(s) Pathfinder has: Core Rulebook + Bestiary(s). Pathfinder has a ...
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AD&D 2e to D&D 3.5e Protection from Evil changes

The text of Protection from Evil in my AD&D 2e PHB reads as follows, in part: This protection ends if the protect character makes a melee attack against or tries to force the barrier ...
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How early can I gain a cohort with the Leadership feat?

So I'm struggling to figure out the table on page 106 of the DM guide for 3.5 about how many cohorts you can have and at what level you can have them. If you have a Leadership score of 9 or below, can ...
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Balancing encounters for faster feat progression

I'm DMing a group right now in Eberron (so I already have to take Action Points into account for encounter design), and my players, who are fairly new, are super intrigued by all of the interesting ...
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Battle on Lightning Rail, Movement Rules

The setup: the PCs work their way through a moving lightning rail, fighting off pirates that are attempting to rob the passengers. They get to the cargo hold, fend off their leader, and chase him up ...
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What are the consequences of eliminating the experience points cost to craft magic items?

I'm DMing a Warcraft-themed campaign using the World of Warcraft Role-playing Game books and some Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 books. The players are interested in crafting their own equipement, but it ...
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Can you make a sword out of Ivory?

One of my players is a barbarian that levelled into druid, which ultimately meant he could no longer use metal. However, he killed an elephant with its own tusk, and wants to make that 10ft long tusk ...
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Creating magic items in 3.5 without spells

Is there any way to create magical weapons or armor/shields without using spells? I'm not asking for wondrous items or anything, just your basic +2 Flaming Sword or +3 Ghost Touch Breastplate? I know ...
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How would a ranger know he's being followed?

Not long ago I was reading a novel from a popular DND author where a ranger concludes that they're not being followed, but shadowed. This got me thinking... What telltales would a ...
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How to house-rule re-locking a door using a lockpick?

It is apparently possible (in real life) to lock a lock using lockpicks: Locking locks by rgsupergrover » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:48 am Sorry in advance since this may be a very ameture ...
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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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Divine Metamagic — do you need the base metamagic feat in a feat slot already?

When applying Divine Metamagic to a metamagic feat -- by RAW, do you need to have the base metamagic feat in a feat slot and then use a second feat slot to apply Divine Metamagic to it, or does the ...
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What do I need to do to make Ghostwalk 3.5 compatible?

One of my friends is wanting to use Ghostwalk but there are changes between 3.0 and 3.5 which require converting. What do I need to do to make it compatible?
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What are the most effective ways to protect a character against critical hits?

My DM has some evil dice. These dice seem to roll a much higher than average number of 20s, resulting in a much higher than average critical hit rate against the party. What are some ways a character ...
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What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?

What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve? Are they, in any way, better than the default classes? Do they have any disadvantages/advantages to them?
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How to destroy a Quori Monolith?

My players wish to sabotage or destroy Quori Monoliths in Khorvaire. Do you have any experiences in that kind of scenario? I've already hinted that Kalashtar know a way. Are the monoliths described ...
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How should a DM handle Vorpal + Surge of Fortune?

I have a fairly clever player whose character recently died. He decided to make a new one, whose thing is being an Eldritch Disciple Halfling that throws a Returning Vorpal Dagger around. As a ...