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

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Sniping: How Does It Work?

The Player's Handbook says the following about sniping: Sniping: If you’ve already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide ...
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What does the Ebon Eyes spell do?

Ebon Eyes is a level 1 spell from the Spell Compendium (page 77) that says: The subject of this spell gains the ability to see normally in natural and magical darkness, although it does not ...
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How can one avoid death by the Massive Damage rule using mundane methods?

Disclaimer: a previous question already covers Arcane and Divine Spells vs Massive Damage, so let us concentrate on more mundane ways. Hey I Can Chan suggested that a handful of feats eliminated the ...
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Is the Massive Damage Rule Needed? [closed]

In D&D 3.5 there is a Massive Damage rule: Massive Damage If you ever sustain a single attack deals 50 points of damage or more and it doesn’t kill you outright, you must make a DC 15 ...
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Can a level 4 Ranger take a Giant Owl companion?

At level four, can a ranger's animal companion be a giant owl, or just a regular owl?
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Does a Dread Necromancer's Fear Aura stack with itself?

Reading tons of guides on several classes, many touch on an interesting route of debuffing, namely fear-stacking. However, other than other bonuses in 3.5e, it is not clear to me which fear effects ...
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How does one increase a familiar's Hit Points?

With my choice of getting the Alienist prestige class, once I reach the 5th level of that class, my familiar will gain the Pseudonatural template, which will make it extremely strong in many ...
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Do you need to wear a magic item in order to to use it

If you have a bracelet of friends, do you need to wear it or can you take it out of your bag and use it
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How can I build a Favored Soul that's optimized for tanking?

I'd like to build a CG Half Elf Favored Soul for Corellon in the World of Greyhawk. I want to be very effective in battle, including being able to take a lot of damage, while still being decent at ...
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How does Firesnake work (RaW, RaI, or house rules)

Firesnake has a duration of instantaneous, but claims to be able to move 60 ft every round, and "A creature can only take damage from the firesnake once in a single round", both of which imply that ...
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Is there a Dwarven Battlerager equivalent class for pathfinder?

I have done some research and found a few options of player suggested ways to "remake" a Dwarven Battlerager from the Forgotten Realms 3.5 campaign setting, but none of them seem to be close enough to ...
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Can a Summon spell power a Reserve feat?

The reserve feat Fiery Burst says: As long as you have a fire spell of 2nd level or higher available to cast, you can spend a standard action to... The Summon Monster I spell (and, by extension, ...
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How do I convince players to play a D&D campaign with a restrictive premise?

Background Information I have been DM'ing for several years. My players and I have always loved 3.5e. We love the number crunching. We love the optimization. We love the options. But it seems every ...
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Detecting Wild Shape with a Mythal

On an adventure we're playing most major cities are covered in a sort of mythal that allows law enforcement to know when spells are cast (you need to be registered to use magic inside the mythals). ...
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Living forever in D&D (via spells)?

I was thinking of a way for a humanoid (PC or NPC) to live forever in a D&D setting, but through rather "common" and reproducible means, such that they will be available to many. By this logic I ...
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How to disguise a magical mount?

Scenario: A character has an obviously evil magical beast as a mount, i.e. a Nightmare. How would one go about disguising it for the populus? Would it be able to activate a Hat of Disguise, for ...
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What mount should I try to get?

I currently have a Heavy Warhorse, who is pulling a carriage. I soon want to upgrade my mount, but I couldn't find a simple list of creatures that can be mounted, and looking through all the books is ...
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Did I overstep my power as DM?

While playing a game with a previous group, in the middle of a combat, I had an enemy caster hidden from general combat, but still casting different spells like heal and other non-damage spells to ...
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Ritual for a new animal companion

During the ceremony to gain an animal companion, is the animal summoned from a different plane, or is it required to be an animal that the druid has tamed ahead of time?
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Do wizards need 24 consecutive hours to write a spell in the spellbook?

This answer talks about the 24 hours needed by a wizard to write a spell into a spellbook from a scroll or another spellbook, but I was wondering if that 24 hours needs to be consecutive. It doesn't ...
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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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Suitable flying mounts with good or better maneuverability

I am looking for a flying mount for my character. I want a mount that is: Large (my character is medium, and I don't want one that can't squeeze through things I can go through) Good maneuverability ...
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Can a character craft expensive material components?

One example of a spell that has a material component of non-negligible cost is True Seeing. Basically, this can be read as the spell costing 250 gp a pop. However, a player could suggest that they can ...
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Do the Gloves of Flame require their user to speak Ignan?

The description of the Gloves of Flame in the Magic Item Compendium 3.5 states: In addition, five times per day you can utter the word "burn" in lgnnan to generate a flame in the palm of one hand. ...
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Can a Centaur wear (and benefit from) magical horseshoes?

Related: Can a Minotaur wear (and benefit from) Horseshoes of Flame? Items in Question Horseshoes of Speed These iron shoes come in sets of four like ordinary horseshoes. When affixed to an ...
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Is a Druid's Wild shape multiple or one form?

I'm currently playing my first Druid (currently level 6) in a D&D 3.5e campaign. For the wild shape ability I just can't find anywhere that says whether you choose one wild shape form (e.g. an ...
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Is a Minotaur's Powerful Charge ability a virtual feat?

References: The Minotaur, from Monster Manual I, has the ability called: Powerful Charge (Ex) A minotaur typically begins a battle by charging at an opponent, lowering its head to bring its ...
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Can liquid from the river Styx be weaponized?

Reference: According to Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss, page 111: Those who taste or touch the waters of the Styx must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude saving throw or be affected by total ...
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Is a Bluff check necessary when telling the truth?

Backstory During a session recently played, an NPC asked my character a question. I answered the question. The DM, after hearing a die roll, told me to roll a bluff check. I told him I wasn't lying. ...
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Can a Minotaur wear (and benefit from) Horseshoes of Flame?

Related: Can a Centaur wear (and benefit from) magical horseshoes? Item in Question The Horseshoes of Flame (Savage Species, page 57) state: An ordinary horse wearing these horseshoes may ...
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Does the feat Pebble Underfoot allow a creature to trip oversized foes?

The benefit of the feat Pebble Underfoot (which has as its only prerequisite the feat Improved Trip) says When attempting to trip a creature at least two size categories larger than you, you gain ...
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Does Mirror Image stack with Blur?

If you have the effects of a Blur and a Mirror Image spell on you at the same, do your mirror images gain the 20% miss chance of Blur?
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Can Create Water be used to create HOT water? [closed]

I'm playing a 3.5 Druid and I'm looking for ways to weaponize the Create Water spell. My first idea was to create a long, thin column of water some 100 ft above an enemy while Wildshaped in an avian ...
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How can a nonpsionic character use the power hostile empathic transfer?

A level 7 evil cleric that I play frequently casts on himself the spell delay death (Spell Compendium 63). I want the cleric to be able to use the psionic power hostile empathic transfer. Is there a ...
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Where can I find a list of Monk Prestige Classes?

I have been looking all over for a comprehensive list of prestige classes either specifically meant for the monks or ones that synergize extremely well with them. Does such a list exist or do I ...
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How can I bring an evil NPC back to life after the PCs think they've killed him?

As the DM of a campaign, I have an army that is about to overrun the town my players have been living in. I want to create an encounter in which the players meet a small part of the army lead by an ...
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What stops an intelligent foe from just grabbing your Animated Shield?

An animated shield floats in front of you to protect you as if you were holding it. However, it has no physical connection to you like a real shield does. I understand its usage against mindless ...
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How does the Necklace of Adaption's bubble of air work out in practice underwater?

A recent question about the necklace of adaptation reminded me of an old question of my own that I've never been able to answer: Can a character wearing a necklace of adaption swim? It might seem a ...
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Multiple Metamagic Feats, Spell Slot Adjustments and Effective Spell Level

In our current 3.5 module, my brother plays a Sorcerer. His favourite antic is Ray of Enfeeblement. He always casts it as a Chain and as a 9th level spell to do inflict a 9d6 strength penalty. I ...
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Are 3.5 Bards mechanically weak?

People frequently seem to think that Bards are mechanically weaker than other classes, and I was wondering if this was true?
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Once a creature is hidden, how does a PC attack it? [closed]

Say a target is hidden and has the Hide in Plain Sight (Su) ability (Ref Cormyr: Tearing of the weave - Dark template -- So no need for cover or concealment). If the PC fails his spot vs the target's ...
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How do I calculate weapon damage as I level up?

I updated my weapons' damage rolls with the help of a friend when I reached level 13, but now I'm level 16, and I don't know how to do it myself. My weapons are a huge size Chakram (ranged), a Web ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strikes be enchanted?

I see a lot of forums calling for Kensai and Amulet of Mighty Fists for a monk to enchant their unarmed strikes. I feel it is unnecessary since the SRD states: A monk’s unarmed strike is treated ...
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Do monster stat blocks already include their feats' effects?

When looking up any monster in any manual, are the stat blocs modified relative their feats, or must you modify them yourself? (Example weapon focus gives +1 to att. roll) At the moment, I am DMing ...
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Does Water Breathing let someone breathe under the surface of *any* liquid, or just ordinary water?

Setup: we have a fifth level full caster, a very large storage tank full to the brim with lamp oil, and a bunch of folks outside the tank who want the caster dead (perhaps they have swords and ...
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What's the real benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker?

The benefit of the feat Owlbear Berserker says When grappling, you can make an unarmed attack to deal 1d6 points of normal damage with a successful grapple check. You do not suffer the usual −4 ...
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How to determine the weight/worth ratio of materials?

Is there any way to find out or determine the weight/worth ratio of certain items in D&D? For instance, how much would 3 lbs of unrefined iron (ore) be worth? Or how heavy would 50 GP's worth of ...
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Arrows for which kinds of bows constitute different items?

Since the lengths of the bows and, presumably, the optimal drawn string - bow center distance, are different, my DM has said that shortbow arrows and longbow arrows are different items, and trying to ...
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Does the Necklace of Adaptation let someone breathe under the surface of liquids other than water?

If I was wearing a Necklace of Adaptation, and jumped in a tank of lamp oil, would I drown, or would I breathe normally just as if I was in an environment specified in the item's description? P.S. ...
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Can a Dragon really also be Half-Dragon?

I was playing D&D 3.5 when it was pointed out to me that the half-dragon template can be added to any living corporeal creature which includes dragons. That seems really weird — how can a ...