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

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If you make a ranged touch attack with an ongoing, visible spell can you benefit from being invisible?

The spell Defenestrating Sphere (Sor/Wiz 4, Duration: 1 rd./level) allows for a ranged touch attack as a move action: When you cast this spell, you create a violently swirling sphere of air. As ...
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Can you sneak attack with a move action with the spell Defenestrating Sphere?

The spell Defenestrating Sphere (Sor/Wiz 4) has a duration of 1 rd./level. The spell description reads: When you cast this spell, you create a violently swirling sphere of air. As a move action, ...
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Can a character power attack before making an attack of opportunity?

In a recent game, a scenario arose where a character lost initiative but subsequently was granted an attack of opportunity (had Combat Reflexes) by an enemy. There was a follow up discussion about ...
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Greater Boots of Teleportation and Planes of Existence

I'm new to DM'ing and have a question about boots of teleportation in D&D 3.5e. Does anyone know if greater boots of teleportation only work within a certain plane of existence? I have a PC right ...
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Do monster PCs get racial weapon proficiencies?

I remember reading that all monster characters are assumed to be proficient in any weapons listed in their MM description, but when they take class levels they lose these and have only class ...
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Class option for archery + botany + potions

I have a new player who wants to play a half-elf who is: Very intelligent Good at archery Makes potions Knows about plants and botany in order to make potions etc We are starting at first level. ...
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Dispelling contingent magic

If someone casts a Contingency spell triggered by Dispel Magic, will the contingent spell still trigger if an attempt is made to Dispel Magic on the Contingency-caster, or will the Dispel Magic wipe ...
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Is this duke overpaying his guards? [closed]

Once the PCs reach level 4 or 5, I'm planning to have them recruited into a duke's elite guard, and I want to determine appropriate pay. Here's what I have so far: 270 gp per character level per ...
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Turn spells into spell-likes/supernatural abilities

Is it possible to turn spells into spell-like/supernatural abilities? A single spell or the all of your spellcasting
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Can you voluntarily stop at step 3 of Grappling?

Considering a lvl 1 monk with improved grapple, can he perform a Grapple only until the step 3? For example, a small size creature against a medium size human with improved grapple, the monk would ...
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Can the Half-Troll template be used for Troll sub breeds?

Since there is a Half-Troll template in the Fiend Folio, I was wondering if that template could be used to make half breeds of the various Troll sub breeds? Such as the Crystalline, Cave, Forest, ...
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Experience point calculation for encounters

I am likely missing something very obvious but I cannot find a reliable way to figure out how much XP to give my players for encounters anywhere, currently I'm using a factor of 5 encounters of a ...
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Bonus HD of Animal Companions

I have two questions about the bonus HD: Bonus HD: Extra eight-sided (d8) Hit Dice, each of which gains a Consitution modifier, as normal. Remember that extra Hit Dice improve the animal ...
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What exactly can an animal companion do when you succeed or fail the Attack trick check?

I'm a level 1 Druid with +8 on handle animal checks (4 ranks + 4 animal companion bonus + 0 Cha bonus) which gives me a 10% chance on failing a 10 DC check. When failing the "Attack" trick check in ...
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Can a Cancer Mage use both its Touch Attacks?

Cancer Mages (from The Book of Vile Darkness) gain these two abilities: Contagion: ... The touch of a cancer mage carries a contagion spell ... Poison: ... the touch of a cancer mage carries ...
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Can a character gain two levels with the same encounter?

We played with the Deck of Many Things last night and a character drew the card that gives you 50000 XP. The character was 14 and the XP amount was enough for him to gain the next two levels. 15 and ...
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Can D&D 3.5 edition Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction rules be converted to 5e?

The D&D 3.5 edition supplement Unearthed Arcana offered optional rules for Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction. Can I drop either or both rules directly into 5th edition without ...
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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 ...
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How can I tell a creature occupying more than one square is affected by an area spell?

In our last gaming session our enemies cast a silence spell. The bard had used Alter Self to a change into an Asabi, one of the few large humanoids. Two of his squares were inside the silence spell, ...
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Moving through allies in Combat

In our campaign we are currently in the sewers, with most of the rooms being corridors in which only 2 PC of medium size can stand side by side, and dire rats (small creatures) are commom enemies. ...
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What's with this tier stuff, and how does that translate to levels?

I've seen a few questions mentioning things like "paragon tier" or "epic tier". What are tiers? What game(s) are they used in ? How do they translate to D&D 3.5/Pathfinder Levels?
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Is the number of spells I can prepare the same as the number of spells I can cast per day?

I'm currently playing a Druid and I'm extremely confused with "prepared spells". I know how to prepare a spell but I'm not sure how many I can prepare; is it the same number of spells I can cast a ...
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Thunderous throw and flanking

The class Bloodstorm Blade (ToB p.100) has an ability called Thunderous Throw that states: ...As a swift action, you can choose to treat your ranged attack rolls with thrown weapons as melee ...
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Can a wizard cast two spells by taking a full round action? [duplicate]

If a wizard does not move can he cast a second spell in his turn the way melee characters can take extra swings? Also if so, can he still use a quickened spell for a total of three a turn? I have a ...
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Some combat questions about the rod of ropes

Is making a ranged attack with a rod of ropes a move action, an attack, or a standard action? The description of the second function of the rod of ropes (Complete Scoundrel 116) (4,000 gp; 4 lbs.) ...
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Is it possible for a Cleric to catch up on spell levels not gained because of a prestige class?

I am currently looking to build a Cleric of Kossuth with levels in Elemental Savant (Complete Arcane, p.22). They got some neat tricks that I would love to integrate into my character. However, the ...
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Methods of adding more touch spells to a Duskblade's spell list?

I want to play a duskblade, because their ability to channel touch range spells presents a way to use spells in melee combat. But their short list of spells (coupled with very few touch range damage ...
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How do you grant a ranger his animal companion within the story?

I'm a first time DM in D&D 3.5e. My ranger player just earned level 4 and gets his animal companion. How do you grant this to him within the context of the story? Does an animal just magically ...
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Do Druids have to roll for “Handle Animal” to “Handle” or “Push” their Animal Companion?

I understand that for normal animals this is necessary, but what about the animals linked to the player? All the rules I see say Handle becomes a free action and Push becomes a move action, but it is ...
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How do I effectively control a fresh animal companion in a way that doesn't slow down the party?

When an animal companion first starts out, it only knows one trick. Does this mean that if I don't choose something like heel for the first bonus trick than I must attempt to "Push" my companion? ...
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Does my animal companion level up aside from the benefits that come with my effective druid level?

If so, does that mean that it can learn skills? Would I get to choose how I want it to level up?
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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How does magic interact with mirrors? [closed]

I'm gonna be a GM for an upcoming DnD 3.5 game. I want to do an adventure into an house of mirrors / spookhouse / house of illusions. The big bad would most likely be a beholder. Given the number of ...
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Can I counter an Antimagic field with Dispel Magic?

Counterspell section of SRD states: "If the target is within range, both spells automatically negate each other with no other results." Antimagic field description of SRD states: "Dispel magic does ...
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Are psionics overpowered or especially exploitable?

My DM is very picky about what materials we're allowed to use, pretty much PHB only, and we can't multiclass until level 6. I really like psionics, and would especially like to play a psionic warrior ...
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Can sunder be used on non-objects?

According to the sunder special attack entry in the Player's Handbook, page 158, "You can use a melee attack with a slashing or bludgeoning weapon to strike a weapon or shield... (Attacking held ...
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Do wands require verbal commands?

If a Sorcerer gets Silenced, can they still use Wands? Or no, because it requires spoken words?
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A Ranger build that is close to Tier 3 classes

As the title suggests, I am looking for a Ranger dual wielder build that can compete with Tier 3 classes. Our party is quite imbalanced as it is composed of a Druid, a Wizard, a Dread Necro, a ...
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Do mindless base creatures gain sentience through Int boosting templates?

I'm using D&D v3.5. What should happen when a template that is both (1) applicable to any living creature and (2) includes an Intelligence bonus is added to a mindless creature? Say for instance a ...
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How to get high level casting, warlock invocations, and binding

I would like to make a character, probably amoral to evil thematically focused on forbidden knowledge, who can cast high level spells (arcane, divine, or both. As close to possible to a single ...
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Improving my Character's Grapple

I am about to level up my character to level 12. I wish to improve its grapple, specifically the damage it does to grapple. Just to be clear the whole concept of the character is crushing people to ...
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How can significant injuries like broken bones be healed?

During a campaign I ran several years ago, one player's character suffered nonlethal damage during a sparring session and broke his arm. When he healed the damage naturally overnight, he argued that ...
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Can the Forbiddance spell be placed on a moving area? (like a ship) [duplicate]

The spell Forbiddance reads: Forbiddance seals an area against all planar travel into or within it. Can this area be mobile? Such as a the deck of a ship? More specifically, my campaign is in ...
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Building an assassin

I'm starting a new D&D campaign. I'm still fairly new to D&D and I want to build a Rogue/Assassin that dips into Swordsage for the assassin stance. I have read on other sources that this is ...
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How many bolts and arrows come in a pack of unspecified size?

Exploding bolts (Dragon #348) and Thunder Arrows (Dragon #279) don't specify how many bolts/arrows come in a pack. Can I assume that they come in the regular 10/20-pack that bolts/arrows come in? ...
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What ways exist for a creature using the XPH to get psionic attack and defense modes?

Are there one or more ways for a creature in a campaign that usually uses for its psionics rules the Expanded Psionics Handbook to gain psionic combat attack and defense modes from the Psionics ...
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How many ranged touch attacks can a Master Thrower do with the weak spot trick shot?

I'm playing as a Master Thrower who just attained the weak spot trick shot and I was wondering how often I could utilize the ability.
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Is it ever okay to flat-out ban Tier 1 classes?

Background Trying to DM a party that has a Cleric, a Druid, and a Wizard (Tier 1 classes) together is pretty much difficult, especially whenever there is always one person that wants to make a Monk ...
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How does one become a god?

How does one become a deity? I read Deities and Demigods, but some things are either not explained or not mentioned at all. Do you have to get a blessing from a god with 20+ divinity? Can you ...
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Does Pathfinder significantly fix known problems with the Monk class?

As a somewhat follow up to this question re. unarmed strike, I'm wondering: Does Pathfinder significantly fix the monk class (this, and other potential well known class issues)? Specifically *: ...