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

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Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice

So, our 3.5 party is about to make a quick dive to the next story location, and just before that, our Bard remembers that he don't want to get his lute wet since it would damage the instrument. Then, ...
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If you have Steady Concentration, can you take 10 on Elder Giant Magic?

Elder Giant Magic (Secrets of Xen'drik p.135) requires a Concentration check each round you use it, and “You cannot take 10 on these checks.” Steady Concentration (Races of Stone p.144) says that “...
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Protection against mind-affecting spells (low resources, high-level, low will save)

My character has failed a few critical Will saves in the last couple of encounters. All encounters are pretty tight, so losing one character makes them way more difficult, not to mention that fun ...
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For double weapons, how do the hardness bonuses from enhancement bonuses stack?

From the SRD: Hardness and Hit Points Each +1 of enhancement bonus adds 2 to a weapon’s or shield’s hardness and +10 to its hit points. Does a quarterstaff +1/+2 get a total increase in ...
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Can I reliably swap ability scores?

Say, I was playing for 8 levels with Wis = 9 and Cha = 19. From 9th level and further I'd like to get them swapped: Wis = 19 & Cha = 9. What are possible ways to do so? There is the retraining ...
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Are there any morale rules that say when NPCs should flee?

In AD&D 2nd edition there were morale checks to determine whether an NPC or monster continues to fight, or tries to surrender or flee. In core D&D 3.5 there is nothing of that sort (if I've ...
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(How) can a Warforged get the Dragonblood Subtype?

I am currently trying to make a Warforged Bard, and wanted to give him the Dragonfire Inspiration Feat to trade +X Atk and +X Dmg for +Xd6 dmg. However, this requires me to have 11 Cha (No problem) ...
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Natives' spells and abilities pretty useless on elemental plane of fire? [closed]

Let's take a couple of examples: Efreeti and Salamander on the elemental plane of fire. Both have some spell-like abilities which are manifesting their capabilities to use fire. However, it seems that ...
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Houserule: All cantrips/orisons on spell list cast spontaneously, limited per day. Broken?

I'm a new-ish 3.5/Pathfinder frankenstein-hybrid DM (CMB and CMD exist in my game, Death rules from Pathfinder, the rest is 3.5) and now I'm thinking about tweaking Level 0 spells. However I'm not ...
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Wild shape monster save DC.

When you are wild shaping into a monster do you use your own or the monsters hit dice for the sake of determining the DC for the abilities of that creature?
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Are upper-level combat encounters still as complicated and time-consuming?

With level 10 and higher PCs, a lone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder combat encounter can take a long time, but I haven't heard if the same is true in Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Does a 5E upper-...
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How to Roll a Check on Roll20 Via Chat Commands?

So, me and my friends are playing D&D 3.5 using the default sheet template complete with macros and all. The problem is, when I ask for them to roll a check, they have to search for it on their ...
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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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Would Bronze and/or Iron weapons and armor have different stats than “typical” ones in games?

I thought about asking this in Worldbuilding, but since this specifically includes stats for said items, I figured I'd ask here. I want to create a Mid-Late Ancient Era (Classical Greco-Roman) type ...
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Can you retrieve a potion while grappling?

The Rules Compedium explicitly limits the options while grappling to a certain list. Retrieving a potion is not on this list, retrieving a spell component (full round action) and drawing a light ...
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Does increasing size stop the grapple if it has been initiated with Improved Grab?

A Huge reptile bit my Medium character and started a grapple using Improved Grab. My character activated a Polymorph item and transformed into an elefant - which is Huge. Improved Grab says: "...
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Can magic items be fixed using spells?

My DM has house rules saying that armor takes damage in combat and that armor is destroyed after being dealt sufficient damage. Because it's expensive to replace magic armor all the time, I wanted to ...
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Can a shocking grasp spell be delivered with a melee weapon?

I'm playing a wizard in a D&D 3.5 campaign and I normally use the "shocking grasp" spell with unarmed attack (basically, touching the target). Occasionally tough were encounter enemies that it's ...
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I want to run a trial in D&D 3.5, but how can I avoid invalidation by magic?

The Background I'm a pretty new DM, and I'm running a casual game of D&D 3.5 (with some rulings from Pathfinder added to the mix, for practical reasons) and I like doing special things for my ...
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Can a wizard brew a potion of a spell if the spell is higher than a level he can prepare?

I need clarification of the Brew Potion feat. As an example, can a 3rd level Wizard copy Heroism into their spellbook by making the appropriate Spellcraft check, even though Heroism is a 3rd level ...
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Where can I find online playtesters to test encounters before presenting them to my group?

I'm setting up the end of my campaign and I have 4 "mini-boss" fights (& Final BOSS fight) that I'm trying to make extremely tough but also winnable. I don't want to just slaughter my PCs after ...
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Are there average damage-per-round guidelines?

Still being rather new to character-creation, I want to see if the character I create has the appropriate power for its class and level. Are there average damage-per-round per level tables to be found?...
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How can I assume a larger alternate form?

The Weretouched Master prestige class from Eberron Campaign Setting and the Primeval prestige class from Frostburn have a size limit restriction on your alternate form. I'm wondering if there's any ...
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Recommendations for Party Balancing? [closed]

We're running a low-powered campaign. We currently have five characters, with the indicated tiers (as outlined by the Tier System for Classes): Bard - Tier 3 Warblade - Tier 3 Rogue - Tier 4 Warlock ...
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Reincarnate and level adjustment in story based leveling

In my current campaign we work with story based leveling. Our dear catfolk druid (effective level = 3+1 LA) has died and we used reincarnate to bring her back to life as an elf. We have not yet ...
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What are KRyan's full set of Houserules for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I've seen snippets of KRyan's alterations to D&D 3.5e posted in various answers, but I'm interested in what the full set of alterations are. Answers are acceptable from anyone, assuming someone ...
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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 ability scores used for in Dungeons and Dragons?

In Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition, a character's ability score is never rarely used. We only use it at character creation, to calculate the ability modifier. So, why bother having BOTH the ability ...
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Can you cast Invisibility on a large box and hide inside?

What happens if you cast invisibility on a chest or closet that weighs no more than 100 lb./level and then put some items inside it (and close the door)? What if you put a living creature and not ...
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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding ...
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Can a dragon be drowned in its own element?

All dragons have some type of resistance or immunity against certain materials and energy types.(fire, acid, electricity, cold, steel, adamantine). Can we kill a dragon with the related element as a ...
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What types of healing does Aspect of Healing affect?

The Singer of Concordance Prestige Class has a class feature that reads Aspect of Healing (Su): At 6th level, you become able to call upon your sphere's aspect of healing. This aspect is always ...
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How does the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature work exactly?

I am trying to understand how the Crusader's Steely Resolve class feature works in "corner" cases. From Tome of Battle, p. 10, we get: Steely Resolve (Ex): [...] At the end of your next turn,...
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How to start dungeons and dragons 3.5 [duplicate]

I'm looking into getting started with d and d, and I choose 3.5. I found a place I could buy the three main books, but what else do you need to play? Do we need a board or some physical characters, ...
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Turned undead and allies attacks

A cleric turns an undead and it runs and cowers in the corner of the room. He then turns 2 undead in the corridor who flee around the corner and cower 50 feet away at the end of a dead end corridor. ...
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What will cause a bard to cease maintaining inspire courage?

My party just entered a cave. I have melodic casting as a feat. Usually I wait until the first round of combat to activate inspire courage. But the more I think about it, why not just do it right ...
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If you're flying, does dismounting still take a move action?

If you are mounted and are flying, such as under the affects of a fly spell, does dismounting take a move action still? The ride skill seems silent on this, specifically on what actually makes this ...
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Cost for a Wand / Ring / Whatever of Unlimited Prestidigitation?

What would the value be of a wand / ring / whatever of prestidigitation that has unlimited charges and unlimited uses per day?
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Can PCs meet up with old friends and take them on as cohorts? [closed]

I'm trying to recreate a character from a video game. The only problem is that his gear is really powerful, and was provided by other people. So I've been looking for a way to recreate this in D&D....
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Is there any way to completely conceal spellcasting?

I know several ways to conceal spellcasting, but I'm not really sure about where the crunch ends and the fluff begins, especially about including all the types of components into the concealing. Out ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

I just heard that according to D&D 3rd edition's Draconomicon (for the Greyhawk setting), p. 7: Although a dragon’s front feet are not truly prehensile, a dragon can grasp objects with its ...
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If a poisoned PC reaches 0 Strength, does the Strength damaging poison stop working?

A PC of my group has been poisoned last session, not long before it was over. The poison damages Strength, and he is about 5 points now, probably he'll be helpless soon, as the rules state for ...
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Improving crit chance for a non-evil fighter

I'm looking to build a fighter that fights with a scythe and want to maximize his crit and damage, with more crit then damage if they conflict at any point. I read that the best thing out there for a ...
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Are a Bronze Dragon's breath attacks' cooldowns shared?

A Bronze Dragon has two different breath weapons.A Line of Lightning, and a Repulsion Gas. The breath weapons of Dragons always come with a certain cooldown period, and I was wondering if using one of ...
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Does a Bodak's gaze attack work on an invisible target?

Does a Bodak's Death Gaze attack work on a creature that is invisible? Or does the Bodak need to actively be able to see the creature to use the attack? I am running a D&D 3.5 campaign and ...
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Does a Dragonwrought Kobold gain Dragon attacks?

The Kobold only feat “Dragonwrought” turns you into a True Dragon with a colour/metal of your choosing. Does this mean it also gets the attacks associated with being a true Dragon? i.e. Breath Weapon, ...
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What is the name of the book describing a prestige-class called 'Hawk' (I think)?

I vaguely remember reading this PDF for 3.0 or 3.5 that contained a description of a prestige-class. The class was for close-combat oriented rogues and warriors who were relying on intimidating the ...
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Is the bonus domain of the Contemplative class restricted?

I have a D&D 3.5e cleric who is lawful good and has no patron deity, but still meets all of the prerequisites for the Contemplative prestige class (Complete Divine) by grace of having: had ...