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

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Are there rules for “IRL” diseases?

Scenario I have a particular player that insists that the only place he ever visits in towns/cities are brothels. While this makes for funny role-playing at times, it often splits up the party when I ...
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How can a Wondrous Item be made lighter?

I want to give my familiar a Healing Belt (along with a Pearl of Speech so that it can say the command word), so that it can save our butts if it comes down to it (and perhaps hurt that mean ghoul a ...
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Does making a Sleight of Hand skill check really provoke an attack of opportunity?

The feat Cutpurse (Dragon Compendium Volume 1 95) has as its normal entry the following: Using Sleight of Hand in melee provokes an attack of opportunity. The feat Master Pickpocket (City of ...
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The cost of writing a spell in my spellbook

I have seen from various online sources that it costs some gold to write a new spell in your spellbook from a scroll or other spellbook you've found. The player's handbook only mentions that a wizard ...
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Improving my familiar's touch attack bonus

I have a Celestial Bat familiar (Improved Familiar feat) which I use to deliver touch-range spells for me. This animal has no attack on its own, but we have ruled that having a charged touch spell ...
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What is the RAW of how Dodge works?

A few of my players think I am handling the Dodge Bonus incorrectly. I make all the dodge bonus apply only to a single designated target. After doing my research I am not so sure anymore. What is the ...
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Can a monk “wear” Mage Armor without losing their wisdom bonus to AC?

Can a monk use mage armor without losing their wisdom bonus to AC (in 3.5e)? More generally, can a divine caster wearing a monk's belt use greater luminous armor without losing their wisdom bonus to ...
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Can an attacker tell they're dealing non-lethal damage?

While reviewing regeneration I was reminded that "damage dealt to the creature is treated as nonlethal damage". This made me wonder if the attacker can tell (before regeneration happens) that the ...
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Help need for someone who knows nothing about D&D [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could help me? My partner is a big D&D fan and I would like to get him some books for Christmas as a surprise. All I know is he likes 3.5ed and has 5 forgotten realm ...
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Optimizing Torso/Body slot when restricted to light armor, no metal with high WIS [closed]

As a DM I am asked about his optimization by one of my player who plays a Healer. I found the question interesting because as far as I know there is no relevant resource for divine caster than wear ...
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Medium longspear used by a large creature

What happens when a Large creature use a medium sized longspear ? 1st question: Can he use the Longspear in 1 hand ? 2nd question: What happens to the reach of the Longspear, can he use it only at ...
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Are Wizard spells also Paladin Spells when provided by Sword of the Arcane Order?

Background I have a Paladin that reveres Mystra, and would like to be take as much advantage of spells as possible. The DM has allowed the Serenity feat - which is excellent for reducing MAD. Of ...
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Does D&D 3.5 allow cage-type (live catch) traps to be constructed?

It appears that the trap rules in D&D 3.5 do not make provisions for the construction and deployment of cage-type (live catch) traps. How would a party go about constructing and deploying one ...
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Does the feat Magical Training grant a spell list?

The benefit of the feat Magical Training says You can cast three 0-level arcane spells per day as either a sorcerer or wizard (your choice, so long as you have a score of at least 10 in the ...
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What makes the Monstrous Crab so dangerous?

It was recently mentioned that the Monstrous Crab is generally capable of wiping out even a powerful 3rd level party. It seems to me that, lacking any anti-ranged capability whatsoever, it is ...
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How can one continue to make touch attacks round after round?

Please help me understand this sentence in D&D 3 : "You can continue to make touch attacks round after round." It is in "Touch Spells in Combat". I don't understand how is it possible to make ...
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What's the origin of the game terminology “Rocket Tag”?

I've seen a lot of people referring to 3.5 recently using the term "Rocket Tag". Specifically, where does this terminology come from, where was this specific terminology named or created, and what ...
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How to balance my encounters for a party with lots of burst damage

I'm having trouble balancing my combat encounters because my party is able to ditch too much damage in a round. It's a party of 5 lvl 9 but anything with less than a 100hp and high AC doesn't live ...
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Bracing Against a Charge and Reach

If I were to set myself up to brace for a charge with a Longspear, do I get both my readied attack for double damage when they move into reach and my attack of opportunity for normal damage (or would ...
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What would the character-optimization consequences be of using the “one-step” rule for Warlock alignment?

Although the source material for the Warlock class in D&D 3.5e makes no specification on what alignment a Warlock must be (and explicitly mentions Good-aligned warlocks more than once), it is not ...
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How does Spell Immunity work against spells that are on different spell lists with different levels?

Based on Does a Heightened spell bypass Spell Immunity?, a follow-up. What happens if I pick "Dominate Person" as a spell? It's a 4th level Bard spell, but a 5th level Sorceror/Wizard spell. Do I get ...
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Can you stack effects of a touch attack?

Let's say I have a Lich, said Lich is a Dread Necromancer and casts Bestow Wounds (just went a picked a touch spell at random). Now can this Lich make a single touch attack to apply its Lich touch, ...
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Is this Orc and Hobgoblin hybrid well balanced?

I've been thinking on creating a very specific NPC for the E6 game I'm running. This NPC would be a male barbarian, a hybrid between an Orc and a Hobgoblin, perhaps with advanced age. There is no ...
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Magic Vestment on Bracers of Armor?

The Bracers of Armor are described to "surround the wearer with invisible but tangible field of force", which essentially is an invisible suit of armor. My question is: Can Magic Vestment be cast on ...
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Are immunities only working if you want them to?

For example, a Necropolitan Dread Necromancer just leveled, earning herself the class ability Negative Energy Resistance. However, she has always been using her Charnel Touch ability to heal herself. ...
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How are the followers and the cohort obtained with the Leadership feat?

When a character takes the Leadership feat, how are the followers and the cohort obtained? Do you have to actively recruit them during the game and hope the DM gives you some decent followers, or do ...
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Hit Dice rules with odd racial type

I'm making a Tibbit character, who is a monstrous humanoid. So I went to look up the creature type on d20srd. A humanoid is listed as having an 8-sided hit dice or by class, meaning that class ...
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How do I house rule Feinting in Combat to decrease swinginess?

The primary assertion comes from the fact that Feinting in Combat is generally effective when the player has maxed out their Bluff ranks, but in the handful of encounters where the target has maxed ...
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Are Rake, Rend and Constrict Natural Weapons?

Reference Information Rake states: A creature with this special attack gains extra natural attacks when it grapples its foe. Rend states: If a creature hits with both claw attacks, it ...
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Is a ranger's favored enemy damage bonus precision damage?

The Player's Handbook on the ranger's extraordinary ability favored enemy says At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given on Table 3–14: Ranger Favored Enemies. ...
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Dropping items while gaseous

I know that when a vampire turns gaseous their gear turns with them but what I want to know is if a vampire can choose to go gaseous and leave items behind (such as armour or other worn items). ...
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If there is a strong curse placed by a god, is it detectable by everyone with the detect magic spell?

A PC has a hereditary curse (originally inflicted on an ancestor) that means in a specific scenario the character dies instantly. The curse is coming from an evil god(dess) in Faerun. Can anyone ...
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Did the designers intend that you need only carry the Cloak of Charisma to get the bonus?

The SRD's entry for the Cloak of Charisma says: This lightweight and fashionable cloak has a highly decorative silver trim. When in a character’s possession, it adds a +2, +4, or +6 enhancement ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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How cleric can boost his Intimidation or Diplomacy for a time of his speech? [With spells preferably]

My Cleric would like to give a speech for a townsfolk in a small city. I prepeared a text for my speech, but my DM took a notice that my hero does not have many points in diplomacy neither intimidate ...
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Does the damage from Supernatural abilities bypass damage reduction?

The maneuver Obscuring Shadow Veil does 5d6 damage and is described as a supernatural ability. If I make an attack on a Devil with DR 10/good with a weapon and do 6 damage + 20 damage from the ...
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Know lifespan of a creature

Is there anything in 3.5 that works like the Shinigami Eyes in Death note? I want to see when someone's time is up, when someone is supposed to die, to know when someone is dying etc Is this possible ...
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Shadow garrotte align weapon

Our paladin has the Good devotion feat active. My swordsage uses his Shadow Garrotte within 30 ft.of the paladin and hits a devil with DR 10/good. Shadow Garrotte is a supernatural ability but it's ...
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What is the correct price of cold iron?

DMG states on page 284: Weapons made of cold iron cost twice as much to make as their normal counterparts. Also, any magical enhancements cost an additional 2,000 gp. The Magic Item Compendium ...
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How can I create a weapon with a permanent spell?

I am trying to create a great sword which has a chance to activate disintegrate spell. But I am not sure about the parameters. After a 6-7 sessions I want to reward my pc's with epic (or close to ...
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Whence the large difference in power between ogres and hill giants?

Ogres and Hill giants are both of Giant type and are described as very similar height: 9–10 feet for ogres, 10½ feet for hill giants (and they're both of Large size category). Yet their ...
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Why are the Prismatic Dragon's attack bonuses wrong?

The Question I've been fiddling with the Epic Dragon statblocks recently, as they're given on the SRD, and I've found something that bugs me: some of the calculations are inconsistent, and some of ...
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Does putting a Portable Hole into a Bag of Holding allow a saving throw?

Does putting the Portable Hole into the Bag of Holding grant a saving throw or is it a guaranteed rip to another plane? I want to use this to derail a game with a group I don't like, but I need to ...
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What is the name of this D&D 3.x adventure module in which zombies attack a village?

I am looking for a 3e or 3.5e Dungeons and Dragons module that I played about 10 years ago (+/− a few years or so) that I never got to finish. We played it right after we finished Scourge of the ...
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3.5e rules on racial feats at character creation [closed]

Racial Feats. Depending on the creature type of the character’s race, he begins with a number of feats. These feats may be used however the character likes, provided he meets the prerequisites ...
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Can Dwarven fighters or any non-casting Class create “magic” weapons?

I would like to discuss how did Bruenor Battlehammer craft Aegis-fang. According to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Manual, Bruenor does not have any spell casting class and no mention of an Inscribing ...
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Can you have more undead slaves than you can technically command?

A player of mine is going to play a Dread Necromancer. She obviously wants a huge army at her fingertips, but wants to be subtle about it until she is sufficiently powerful. Through turn/rebuke ...
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What weapons can a familiar use?

If a familiar is nearly as smart as a human (or smarter than the average human, depending on the master's level), and many of them have a high Dexterity score, and familiars inherit all of the ...
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Can you 'permanently' end up in the Ethereal plane using a Blink Spell?

With the Blink Spell in D&D 3.5, you constantly shift in at out of the Ethereal plane in a seemingly random fashion. You spend half the time of the duration in the ethereal plane, thus giving ...
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Is a Warlock Eldritch Blast/Invocation use unlimited?

A Bit of background. I've decided to roll up a Warlock NPC as one of the final bosses for my campaign using the class from Complete Arcane since it fits in with some of the underlying themes and ...