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

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What happens if a commoner takes a prestige class?

I'm currently in a 3.5/pathfinder campaign. (Mostly 3.5, but since it's steampunk we're borrowing liberally from pathfinder as we find the need.) We started as commoners, the idea being that we would ...
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How do I make a D&D 3.5e veteran get used to the 4e roleplaying style?

I have a good friend in my 4e group who is good when it comes to roleplaying his character, but he's always been a dedicated 3.5e player, to the point of avoiding 4e and even Pathfinder completely. ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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Build A Better Swarm

I am currently GM'ing an urban based campaign and one of the plot hooks I've come up with is the city's rats getting more and more violent, attacking people on the street in broad daylight. Eventually ...
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How to reduce minis dependence in d20-based games?

In Pathfinder and similar versions of D&D, there is a lot more miniatures/tactical map dependence than in earlier versions (and in most other RPGs). I am interested in reducing the dependence on ...
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How to tame a wild animal?

I stumbled upon this question: My ranger has tamed an absurd amount of Animal Companions with Handle Animal In the uses of Handle Animal, most similar thing I have seen is: Rear a Wild Animal ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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How many sorcerer and wizard spells are there in D&D 3.5?

While commenting on: this answer I tried to give an exact number of all sorcerer-wizard spells in D&D 3.5. Trivial searching didn't produce any results. Therefore, how many spells are there, by ...
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Which level would be appropriate for this homebrew Mass Dimensional Anchor?

Since dimensional anchor is sometimes used as a protection from teleport-esque spell, I am going to devise this mass version of spell. My initial thoughts are presented here: Dimensional Anchor, ...
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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?

My D&D 3.5e character is a half-shark/half-man, and I want to give him a boost ability that allows him to indulge in his frenzy or instinct and gain bonuses during battle. Doing so, however, would ...
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Full Round Actions with poor/average flying

When using a poor flyer or average, I seem to have read somewhere that you must move every turn (hovering requires a feat or something like that). Does this imply taking a move action to move, every ...
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Anywhere I can find more magic item sets for 3.5e?

I really like the idea of the magic item sets presented in the Magic Item Compendium (chapter 5), but have not found much like this in other 3.5e books. I've seen some in the Arms and Equipment Guide ...
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Any good premade campaigns for beginners?

Does anyone know of some good premade campaigns for a small (not more than 5) players, all of whom are new to D&D? I want to start them at low level since they haven't played before. I'm finding ...
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Are Rakshasas supported as a playable race?

Pretty much what it says on the tin: Does D&D 3.5 have any official player character stats for the Rakshasa? (Obviously you can reverse engineer any monster stat block into the basic racial ...
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General Gold value of XP

The context of my question is mostly related to crafting items (with an XP cost) and then trading them with other PCs within the party. In the case where a Gold<>XP ratio does not scale the same ...
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DnD 3.5 Two-Weapon fighting sneak attack [duplicate]

In DnD 3.5, I'm playing a level 4 rogue with the two-weapon fighting feat. When sneak attacking someone (not flanked), would the sneak attack count for both the main and offhand because they strike at ...
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Balancing Spellcasters; Spontaneous Casters versus Prepared Casters

So ask any optimizer and they'll almost always tell you the same thing: in 3.5 classes that prepare spells are better than spontaneous spellcasters. It's generally not thought of as even a contest. ...
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Any Druid class variants that replace Animal Companion without degrading Wild Shape?

I am working on a Druid build that takes 10 levels in a prestige class that does not advance their Animal Companion. Are there class variants that replace the Animal Companion without affecting their ...
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How to get around being unable to read with blindsight

I am preparing to play a character who's only form of vision is magical blindsight with a range of 60 feet. I have a couple questions about how it interacts with other effects. Scrying spells, such ...
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Acquiring non-class skills for which untrained checks aren't allowed after character creation

I have a Paladin, now level 2, and at character creation, I didn't exactly have a ton of skill points to set. I have -1 in INT and I'm not a human, so that left me with quite little choice. This ...
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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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Can you heal a split black pudding?

In 3.5, black puddings possess: Split (Ex) Slashing and piercing weapons deal no damage to a black pudding. Instead the creature splits into two identical puddings, each with half of the ...
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Drow Spellcaster build for 1 vs 1 & 1 vs 2

Currently I am making a Drow Spellcaster character with the build learned towards 1v1 combat in a small area, it is specific for the D&D drow based campaign. The fights are most of time 1v1 with ...
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How to raise the largest possible zombie (undead) army

Okay, it's time for the Zombie Apocalypse. Or at least, the raising of a rather unpleasant Zombie Army. Well, zombies are nice, but hey, other undead are welcome as well. So... an let's make it an ...
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Can subdual damage be used to Sunder?

If an archer with the Ranged Sunder feat shoots a blunt arrow (A&EG, p. 5), can he try to Sunder with it? Or is this not possible because blunt arrows deal subdual damage, with no way to deal ...
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Do blindsight and X-ray vision work together?

This was originally part of another question. Blindsight says it requires line of effect to see something, but if I wear a Ring of X-ray Vision does it allow my blindsight to see through walls within ...
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In 3.5 does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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Are there negative modifiers for moving and making a range attack?

If you take your move action before you use your standard action to fire a ranged weapon, do you suffer from some kind of penalty? And what if you do this via the Shot on the Run feat?
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What methods are there to remove, prevent, or otherwise safeguard from penalties from Light Blindness?

Considering that most adventuring parties will deal with light, and there are a few good templates and races for stealthy types that include Light Blindness (or at least Light Sensitivity) what is out ...
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Gestalt character granted the same class feature twice at the same level

If a gestalt character is granted the same class feature by both classes, is there a RAW way to trade one out? I'm assuming not because the gestalt rules state that if the two classes have aspects ...
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At what level should you start players joining an ongoing game?

I've been DMing my first ongoing D&D 3.5 game that has been playing together weekly for about a year. We lost a player to real life responsibilities and have another interested in joining the ...
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Unsheathing a weapon from a Handy Haversack

If you have an sheathed weapon in a Handy Haversack that you have within reach (IE tied to your belt), can you both reach for said weapon and unsheath it in a single action? Or does drawing a weapon ...
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What can a Planar Shepherd attuned to the Beastlands turn into?

Normally the Beastlands would not be the first choice for the Planar Shepherd, because you can already turn into most creatures found on the plane (though you don't get their unusual abilities). But ...
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In a gestalt with two different manifesting classes, how do power points work?

As an example, say I were to take psion 7 as one side of a gestalt, and wilder 7 as the other side. Each class grants 46 power points/day, plus each gains bonus power points for high Intelligence and ...
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Can players remove curses from their cursed items?

The DMG has entries for cursed items, which I like to slip into otherwise random loot every now and then just to get on my player's nerves. Can a player remove the curse from a cursed item using ...
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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How can a Druid Wild Shape into Outsiders?

I am looking into how Druids (and by extend, Planar Shepherds and Masters of Many Shapes) can Wild Shape into Outsiders from the Outer Planes. The method I have looked into before boiled down to "Ask ...
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Having early access to Wild Shape but being able to Wild Shape into animals

I know that if you want to Wild Shape at a level before 5 when you get it as a regular Druid or a Wild Shape Ranger, there are a few options (Divine Minion, Totem Druid), but the downside to these ...
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Wild Shaping into creatures of different sizes and hit dice than printed

The Totem Druid (Dragon 335) can Wild Shape into its Totem animal from level 1. Now, none of the creatures it is printed it can turn into has 1HD. Does this mean that if you want to turn into, say, a ...
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How do cursed items work?

I have never really used cursed items in my campaigns, but I'm considering doing so for my latest one. For the most part, cursed items seem pretty straightforward except for two things: How do you ...
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What exactly are “regular” and “normal” movement, and what counts as each?

You can draw a weapon as a free action combined with "regular move." You can tumble past opponent as part of "normal move." I don't really know if regular and normal moves are one thing or two ...
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What does a club of size Large or bigger cost?

I'm working on a Master of Many Forms. Given that not all forms you can turn into creatures with high strength but not too spectacular natural attacks (Giants and such), I want to arm him with a ...
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Puzzles vs the Swordsage

I'm playing as a Swordsage, and my DM is concerned that with Dance of the Spider and the Shadow Jaunt line, it will be impossible for terrain to be a challenge, making it hard to design puzzles. Is ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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Does the Druid's prohibited armor rule affect abilities gained from Prestige Classes?

Hypothetical situation: A druid has been captured by evildoers, who slapped a metal breastplate onto the Druid, causing a violation of his no-metal-armor rule and thus render him unable to cast ...
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How should I handle PCs using a humanoid creature for a living shield?

In my last game I had an interesting situation. The PCs took a Goblin captive and interrogated him. After that they decided to bind him up with rope, and use the Goblin as a living shield against ...
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How do I determine feats for a new character?

I always get hung up on feats when creating a new character in D&D 3.5. Specifically, this part of the fighter description from the SRD has me really stumped: At 1st level, a fighter gets a ...
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Can magic items be combined, and how many at once?

I've been looking into making a Master of Many Forms, but I've run into two issues with this; you're both naked and unarmed. Now, when turning into something like a Beholder or a T. rex this is not ...
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Does the Cloistered Cleric's skill list include the original Cleric's skills?

1st I am ONLY looking for RAW answers, I have plenty of my own logical reasonings for the answer should be what I think it should be so I don't need more of those. Please read the whole question to ...