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

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Warblade maneuver recovery

Can a warblade recover their maneuvers using a swift action and a full-round attack? Typically the manual says: You can recover all expended maneuvers with a single swift action, which must be ...
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How much XP does a character with LA start with in D&D 3.5e?

I understand that a newly minted drow (LA +2) sorcerer will have an ECL of 3, meaning that for XP purposes he is treated as being level 3. Thus he will require a total of 6,000 XP to gain his second ...
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Earth Mastery - What is the “ground”?

An earth elemental has earth mastery, Earth Mastery (Ex) An earth elemental gains a +1 bonus on attack and damage rolls if both it and its foe are touching the ground. If an opponent is airborne ...
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Necropolitan sub-type?

In the creation paragraph of the Necropolitan (Liber Mortis ~p112) is said that a creature acquiring this template gain the undead type and atypical sub-type (The subtype may have another name but I ...
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Does dance of ruin hurt the caster

I was reading the text for dance of ruin and it says it spreads outwards centred on the caster, does this mean the caster is also hit by dance of ruin? EDIT: the spell is from the book of vile ...
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Does an entity speaking the god's language understand every language?

I can't remember exactly the name, but I heard of a language used by gods, wich is understandable by every sentient being. It directly form the concept in the auditor's mind (thus, you can adress ...
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Can a vampirized but devout cleric of Pelor avoid losing spellcasting?

Situation: The cleric of Pelor was held against his will, and forced to become a vampire. Pelor is known for especially hating the undead, but also "urges his followers to remember that excessive ...
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Do you lose DEX AC bonus while standing in Grease

Do you lose your DEX bonus to AC while standing in the area of effect of a Grease spell?
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My character is more powerful than the others in the party

Background: DnD 3.5 Homebrew campaign. Level 5 party. Warblade (me). Bard. Warlock. Paladin. Rogue. The dilemma: my character completely outshines the others in almost every single combat ...
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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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Do you have to know the target spell to use Spiritual Counter?

My DM is saying the cleric needs to know the spell in question to counter it, but the wording of the power does not imply that. I checked the errata for the book (Complete Champion) and the feat was ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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Arcane Hierophant Variant: Archivist prestige class creation

I'm planning on creating a prestige class based on the Arcane Hierophant. The Arcane Hierophant however is more wizard/druid bias and since I'm an Archivist I decided to create a variant with the ...
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DEX vs. CON on overall longevity

Would pumping one stat over the other increase the overall longevity as it pertains to a squishy hard-caster? (Wizard/Druid/Sorcerer/Witch types). I am not talking about about any skills or class ...
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Can you buy off Level Adjustment (LA) for monster classes?

Using the rules presented in Unearthed Arcana, can you buy off the LA from monster classes presented in Savage Species? Does this affect balance at high level play? The monster PCs might be a few ...
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Is adding common item effects to magic items dependent on caster level?

The Magic Item Compendium introduced the possibility of adding common item effects, like ability bonusses, AC bonusses, energy resistance or resistance bonuses to saving throws, to other magic items. ...
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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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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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Is Iron Heart Surge limited to effects measured in rounds?

I have just been able to convince my DM into allowing Tome of Battle and allowing my character entering the Warblade. Nonetheless, he felt uncomfortable about the scope of abilities, especially Iron ...
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Why are humanoid favored enemies required to be so specific?

In D&D 3.5, the ranger can only select one subtype of humanoid for his favored enemy. This doesn't make any sense to me, since humanoids tend to be very similar in anatomy. Why should a ranger ...
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Is my Dodge bonus for Total Defense applicable in this situation?

Playing a play-by-post 3.5 homebrew campaign. The gist: my Warblade (with Uncanny Dodge) wants to climb on top of the barrels and see what's in the main chamber. He doesn't know how many or how they ...
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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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Invisible but carrying someone, and under attack

If I am invisible and pick up a smaller injured character to help remove him from the melee area, I understand that unless I completely cover or conceal him (like stuff him in a pack or cover him with ...
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Can the DM force a Will Save to prevent my character from doing something? [closed]

My character swung Tarzan-style on off a bridge using a rope to try and land on an opposite ledge. He didn't make the skill checks to get to the ledge, but passed the tumble check on the fall and only ...
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Inducing paranoia between player characters

I have a situation. My group is heading towards an elven kingdom in pursuit of a plot coupon. Unbeknownst to them, the plot coupon is evil and corrupted and is turning the royal elven family paranoid, ...
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What happens if you Move Earth from under a big tall stone building?

Our party is currently looking for a way of destroying or heavily damaging a castle-like mansion. It is a tall stone building, roughly 45x45 meters. While researching the ways of doing it, our druid ...
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Can you use Total Defense out of combat?

Can you add the dodge bonus from Total Defense when you aren't in combat but anticipating an attack For instance I think there's goblins on the other side of the door. We snuck past them when they ...
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How could character keep his AB relevant at high levels

Let's assume that the character has full BAB. And +5 enhanced weapon. Than he would get total 25 AB at the 20th level. At the same time he would have 11 armor bonus (8 + 3 for mithral full plate) +5 ...
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Can you reduce casting times in The Black Company magic system?

In The Black Company's magic system, it is possible to increase the casting time of a spell in order to reduce its DC to cast. Is it possible to do the reverse, increasing the DC to make it faster?
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What is the highest possible number of attacks per round for a creature with four arms?

What is the highest possible number of melee attacks that one could get consistently in one round for a four-armed creature? Exploiting possible understatements and lacks of limiters in the rules is ...
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How to counter high-level players using scry and teleport / How to maintain intrigue?

So, my Eberron campaign has gotten to the point where the players are level 18, and they are resolving many of their issues by scrying on their enemies, and simply teleporting to them in moments of ...
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Can a “theurge” prestige class increase the level of a different “theurge” prestige class?

Consider a build something along these lines: Wizard (some levels) Cleric (some levels) Mystic Theurge (advancing Wizard and Cleric spellcasting) Binder (some levels) Anima Mage (advancing Binder ...
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What are the effects of being “Immobilized”?

I was struck by the spell Sepia Snake Sigil and now I am Immobilized. What does this do, can I cast spell? Can I use abilities etc?
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Is Forcecage unaffected by Antimagic Field?

A Forcecage could be made of walls of force: an immobile, invisible cubical prison composed of either bars of force or solid walls of force (your choice). And considering that Antimagic field ...
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Can you pick up and move a gate?

The gate spell creates a 5-20 ft. hoop that connects 2 locations. Can I simply pick up the hoop and carry it with me?
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Is it possible to gain extra uses of unique class features?

Some classes offer unique powers as class features with a number of uses per day. Is there any possible way to increase the number? For example: A Thousand Cuts (Ex): When a dervish reaches 10th ...
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Reduce a one-hand weapon to a light weapon? [closed]

Is there any way to reduce a weapon's category from one-handed to a light weapon? I.e. make a scimitar usable with Weapon Finesse?
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Many weapons with speed enhancement

How many extra attacks does having multiple weapons with speed enhancement can be made? I have seen this question: Do multiple Speed weapons grant multiple extra attacks? However I don't know how is ...
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How does an Artificer's Retain Essence feature interact with evil or cursed magic?

I can't find anything that even addresses an Artificer using his Retain Essence ability: Retain Essence (Su): At 5th level, an artificer gains the ability to salvage the XP from a magic item and ...
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How does the Shatter spell's single target option work?

When I use Shatter in the second way, targeting just one object, does it break the object entirely or act like sunder attack? The wording in the third paragraph is a bit confusing to me. It seems that ...
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Does mystic shield allow casting while in an antimagic field?

The spell mystic shield says This spell creates an invisible aura around the recepient that moves with that individual. It prevents all spells and spell-like abilities of 6th level or lower from ...
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How does one gain vampiric powers without becoming a vampire?

For example: a vampire feeds their blood a human in order to give them some of the vampires' powers. one gains some of the vampires' powers after surviving a fight with them one get cursed and ...
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May a character with Evasion under the effect of Starmantle avoid all damage?

The Starmantle spell (Book of Exalted Deeds, p. 108) states: Contact with the starmantle does not destroy magic weapons or missiles, but the starmantle's wearer is entitled to a Reflex saving ...
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Does Mystic shield + Starmantle destroy magic weapons?

Starmantle destroys nonmagical weapons. Mystic Shield says: A mystic shield also negates the enhancement bonuses and special properties of magic weapons used against the target. Does this mean ...
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Can I play a follower of a deity similar to Xom?

I have barely any experience in tabletop RPGs, but a friend of mine is planning to host something fantasy-esque (I suspect 3.5) in the near future, so I got the urge to try something similar to Xom's ...
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Need a good “Katrina Horror” scenario/resources for my Pathfinder campaign [closed]

AVAST! THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD! In my current Pathfinder campaign, set in Golarion, I'm mashing up the Second Darkness Adventure Path, initially set in the seedy pirate-infested town of Riddleport, ...
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Custom Devlin's ring combined with the quiver of Anariel

I'm having a small disagreement with a good friend and, like a good patient, I'd like a second opinion. The Complete Book of Eldritch Might, (3.5 revised) has a fantastic ring that creates infinite ...
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Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop Shadow Jaunt?

Does the spell Dimensional Anchor stop the ability Shadow Jaunt from the Tome of Battle?
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Unique D&D 3.5 artifacts and magic items from Dungeon Adventures? [closed]

In which issues of Dungeon Adventures and Dragon Magazines can I find unique artifacts and magic items for D&D 3.5? I am looking for new ideas which I could use in my campaign, but I am fed up ...
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What are the effects of losing your feat prerequisite?

I have a human cleric with the Extend Spell feat thanks to the domain power of the Spell domain. The first level human bonus feat was spent on Persistent Spell and the regular first level feat was ...