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

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Does a Shadow Veil grant concealment or total concealment when in shadows?

In the writeup for the magic item "Shadow Veil," Magic Item Compendium p. 133, it states "...In addition, while in shadowy areas, you are treated as if you had concealment against creatures lacking ...
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It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?

I got a... difficult situation on my hands. I currently have three groups - a classic Vampire: The Masquerade game, a Pathfinder game, using a Eberron-like setting, and a Warcraft 2nd Ed. /D&D ...
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Sword-and-board balance in D&D [closed]

Fighting with a weapon and a shield seem to be relatively ineffective in D&D relative to two-weapon or two-handed weapon fighting. This seems unfortunate, given their historical ubiquity, ...
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Updating 3rd Edition Shade to 3.5e

I tried the other day to get my DM let me be a Shade (a template from page 314 of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, a 3.0 book) for a new campaign. He looked at its abilities and said there was ...
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Does an Incantatrix learn new spells per level?

This may be something I'm just missing, but it seems by a strict reading, the Incantatrix (I also checked the Mystic Theurge, I'm assuming some of the other prestige classes), no longer get the two ...
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Do D&D 3.5e's Warlocks always source their power from a pact?

(This is in the context of Neverwinter Nights 2 Persistent World) Short version I would like to know if there's a quote from source books that explicitly prove following: Not all warlocks' powers ...
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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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How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect yourself?

This is a great one, that comes from here: How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door? and ...
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Stacking Manual of Quickness of Action +

Can I stack the bonus of two or more Manual of Quickness of Action +5? I didn't find nothing saying that it's not okay, but it's kind of overpower this item if you can stack and have tons of ...
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Can I have 2 variants of the same class?

Unearthed Arcana has the classes Druid Variant and Druidic Avenger. Can I start my character as an Avenger, and later get the other variant? If it is possible, will my bonus spells be separate? How ...
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Does Brains over brawn Factotum skill apply for grapple and initiative?

Brains over Brawn states Brains over Brawn (Ex): At 3rd level, you gain your Intelligence bonus as a modifier on Strength checks, Dexterity checks, and checks involving skills based on Strength ...
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Alternatives to Familiars in DnD 3.X

Players tend to not keep very effective track of their familiars. Where can I find (or equally what can I use as) alternative Class Features for Wizards and Sorcerers to replace Familiars which will ...
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Can you use combat expertise with no melee targets?

Picture the scenario: A skillful fighter finds himself being targeted by a clutch of archers. He can't close the distance in time, but he does have that handy combat expertise feat to give him a ...
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Does using Combat Expertise count as fighting defensively?

The wording of the combat expertise feat states... Normal A character without the Combat Expertise feat can fight defensively while using the attack or full attack action to take a -4 penalty ...
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What classes excel in ranged combat?

I've just started out playing DnD. I want to pick a class that plays well with long-range, and was wondering whether other classes besides ranger can fill in that role effectively. Are there are any ...
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Why is holding a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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Does the game break if a character can't fail Appraise skill checks?

I'm homebrewing a class, and at about character level 14 I'm considering granting the class the following special ability: Appraise Anything (Ex): The creature's Appraise skill check result always ...
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How may times can you charge during a combat?

I have quite a silly question (sorry for that): how may times can you charge during a combat in DnD 3.5? I remember seeing somewhere that you can do it only once, but i cannot find that source again. ...
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Capturing enemies alive in Warcraft tabletop

Hey guys I'm playing a human tinker in the World of Warcraft D&D setting. I was going to have the character specialize in non lethal damage, I was wondering what kind of technological device I ...
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Official 3.5 Rule for level adjustment when applying a template?

I am planning to add a template to my level 12 swashbuckling-type character by using a wish, for example I think the radiant template would be ideal. But I have a strong disagreement with my DM about ...
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DnD 3.5 Character sheet in Microsoft Excel?

I remember founding, a long time ago, a DnD Character sheet that was all based in excel, and calculating all your stats. I'm looking for it again, and cant seem to find it anymore. Somebody would ...
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How does Anticipate Teleportation Greater affect someone walking through a Dimension Door?

Anticipate Telep. Greater states: As anticipate teleportation, except that greater anticipate teleportation identifies the type of the arriving creature (and any companions accompanying it) ...
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What classes are designed to pair together in lore or class description? [closed]

I'm looking for classes that play together, like Thayan Knight and Red Mage.I'm asking about classes which are specifically called in the lore or class descriptions as being paired. Any suggestions?
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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 is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...
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How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf

A little backstory: One of my earliest DnD characters was a Two-Weapon-Fighting Purple-haired Barbarian Elf. He was immensely popular due to his unorthadox nature as a war-loving elf that embraced ...
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Does the spell Nondetection offer protection against all divination spells?

Does the spell Nondetection (and therefore the Unseen Seer ability Guarded Mind) protect the target from all divination spells or just the ones given as examples in the PHB (see quote)? The ...
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When Wild Shaping, does your HD change to match the creature form's HD?

I have a Druid in a D&D 3.5 campaign, currently level 2, but I was looking ahead and loving the idea of Wild Shape. The problem is that it is apparently based on Polymorph, which does not explain ...
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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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How do Druid animal companions work?

Do I control my Companion and his/her actions or does the DM? If I control them, does my PC have to be there to give the order? For example, could my PC's wolf stand guard while the party sleeps with ...
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Dice roll methods and their averages

So, to build some background I am trying to help my DM build a fair Dice roll methods for character generation according to tiers of classes. Ex. Giving weaker classes more stat points although ...
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Can you make a Spring Attack with a single standard action that includes both the attack and the movement?

I believe you can, but apparently not everyone agrees. Please refer to the feat description: When using an attack action with a melee weapon, the character can move both before and after the ...
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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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How quick is an immediate action (spell)? [duplicate]

Immediate actions "can be performed at any time", but how quickly can they be used? Does it mean a spell like emergency force sphere could be used to avoid (for instance) fireball? Ie Wizard Bob ...
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Does the Sapphire Hierarch's prereq “Access to the law domain” require actually choosing the domain?

While researching an edit for my answer here, I had occasion to re-read the sapphire hierarch. One of its pre-reqs is: Access to the Law domain. This wording seems to be unique to the PrC. A ...
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How to create a character with the same combat flavour as the Viper (Game of Thrones)?

I recently started my first DnD campaign and decided to go for the Swordsage from the Tome of Battle. The way I imagine my character fighting is like Prince Oberyn from Game of Thrones (be warned: the ...
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What are the best enhancements for a rapier?

I am playing a character whose base class is a swashbuckler. But I did not optimize it to be a great warrior because for once I decided to rather invest in relationships and feats related to eberron, ...
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Do Nightsticks stack with themselves?

The Nightstick is a magic item from Libris Mortis (p. 78) that gives anyone who owns one 4 extra turn/rebuke attempts per day. A number of builds use this item in conjunction with abilities that ...
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How can I build a Shardbearer?

In Brandon Sanderson's Way of Kings/Words of Radiance, there are a group of warriors known as shardbearers. They wield swords that they can summon and cut through metal/ instant kill. They wear what ...
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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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Size/difficulty of encountrs for lvl 10+ in D&D 3.5

Right, so some basics. Homebrew campaign with 6 party members (stared with three and kept growing). Party is Lvl 12. First character is: Fighter 9/Barbarian 1/Bear Warrior 2.Armor and sword ...
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How to make a game enjoyable for a monk?

One of the players in my campaign decided to play monk. We are all pretty new, so I couldn't have alerted him to this, but from what I understand now, monks are weak. Very weak. This player in ...
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Dragon Magazine's Martial Monk

I have been looking all over trying to find out whatever I can about the Martial Monk class and what is different about it from a normal Monk. The only thing I could find was that essentially you can ...
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Modifying spell components to add flavor

One of my player's character is playing a tiefling wizard (evil party). He asked me if he could modify the spells components to add flavor and narrative uniqueness. I said yes, of course, and we ...
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Can Bag of Holding + Portable Hole Turn Enemies Inside-Out?

First, the player is swallowed by a large monster, such as the Tarrasque or a Dragon. Next, the player puts a bag of holding into a portable hole. This opens a gate to the Astral plane inside the ...
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I have 100,000 gp but can't buy gear. What do I spend it on?

Three years in the past my character and the rest of the party were level 1. At that time, our selfs from 30 years in the future traveled through time and possessed us for two years. We don't remember ...
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Killoren Lifespan?

How long do the Killoren live? All the Races of the Wild splatbook says is that they "live very long lives." I have come across a few conflicting answers online, but it all seems to be user created ...
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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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How can a level 11 druid have a Dire Tortoise as an animal companion?

I do not understand how a level 11 druid by RAW can have a Dire Tortoise (from sandstorm) as an animal companion.
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Which multiclass to choose for melee-damage-dealing mage when starting from Wizard 5 / Fighter 1

RPG: DnD 3.5 Hi! I need advice on which classes to choose to multiclass in to make a super-high-damage-dealing melee character who also knows magic (currently, the char is Wizard 5/Fighter 1). I've ...