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

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Does a magic weapon convert all damage to all magic damage, or just the enhancement?

As the title, for example, will a +1 Short Sword do: 1d6 piercing, 1 magic damage; or 1d6+1 piercing magic damage? If I'm not mistaken, it does matter when concerning resistances and such. I've ...
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Why do people say being a Dragonwrought Great Wyrm gives +3 mental stats?

I'm trying to make a Dragonwrought Kobold Sorcerer, and people keep saying that it's awesome because you can "basically get +3 on all mental stats for free due to old age." I know that being ...
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What are the effects of adopting a patron deity later on? [duplicate]

I have a D&D 3.5e cleric with the Time and Travel bonus domains and no specific patron deity (bonus domains based on personal beliefs and inclinations). This cleric meets all of the requirements ...
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Does all magical darkness create shadowy illumination?

Does all spells that create "magical darkness" create shadowy illumination as described in the spell Darkness. For example Black Sand (Sandstorm, pg. 112) This spell creates an area of black ...
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How do I use fireball without harming my allies? [duplicate]

Whenever I have fireball or a similar AoE effect prepared I usually end up not using it all day. The reasons are that it is hard to use without harming allies or "wasting" the AoE effect on single ...
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Threatening Flying Creatures, or Threatening the Z-axis

What would be considered the threat range for attacks of opportunity when fighting an enemy flying above my PC? Should I consider the adjacent squares threatened regardless of the height of the enemy'...
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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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Does the act of readying an action, use one of your standard actions?

It says in TPH (page 160) The ready action lets you prepare to take an action later, after your turn is over but before your next one has begun. Readying is a standard action. It does not ...
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Does the Epic Loremaster learn new spells if he attains a new level?

According to the SRD, about the Epic Loremaster: The epic loremaster’s caster level increases by 1 for each new loremaster level she attains. If she has more than one spellcasting class, she must ...
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Name of a javelin-creating gauntlet

I once read about this gauntlet (preatty sure it was only one, not a pair) which was able to create an enchanted javelin , or a similar shaped throwing weapon, that you could throw right away. Can you ...
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Must a specialist wizard variant choose prohibited schools?

If using the Specialist wizard variant from Unearthed Arcana (page 59 in the book), does the wizard need to choose one or more prohibited school(s) of magic as they are already sacrificing their ...
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Can I stack cerebremancer and theurge levels? [duplicate]

If I take a level in theurge or cerebremancer, can I increase the spellcasting level of the other, thus increasing the spellcasting level of both classes that the other increases?
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How are the Art and Gems treasure generation tables used?

Am writing an adventure for a group of level 1 characters. I have decided to roll randomly for treasure as per the tables on page 52 & 53 of the DMG. However I cannot see how I use tables 3-6: ...
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What are the Rebirth races?

The semi-official Life-shaping Handbook includes the feat Rhulisti Heritage which has as a prerequisite Any Rebirth race. Trying to research Dark Sun and Rebirth yields so many results I don't know ...
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Does Intuitive Attack work with melee and ranged touch attacks?

The feat Intuitive attack has as its benefit With a simple weapon of your size or a natural weapon, you may use your Wisdom modifier instead of your Strength modifier on attack rolls. (Book of ...
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Can we cast spells while we are entangled in a Web spell?

Can you cast spells while trapped by Web? The spell description sats: If the save fails, the creature is entangled and can't move from it's space, but can break loose by spending 1 round and ...
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Improvised throwing weapon - lantern

Is my interpretation of these rules correct? Throwing a lantern to attempt to hit a specific spot on the ground 50ft away. 4 to attack because it's improvised 10ft range increment, so -8 to attack ...
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What rules govern lighting an arrow on fire through non-magical means?

I know there is a spell to light an arrow. But what if I just want to buy/craft some arrows with a sort of "torch" end that I can light and fire? I assume the damage from the arrow would be less, or ...
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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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Clarification on Disease and Remove Disease

The spell Remove Disease states: Certain special diseases may not be countered by this spell or may be countered only by a caster of a certain level or higher. I have not yet found any diseases ...
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Are there rules for intelligent psionic items?

We have rules for intelligent magic items. We also have this note in psionic item rules: Some psionic items, particularly weapons, have an intelligence all their own. Only permanent psionic items ....
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What is a straight line for running?

You must run in a straight line and you can't run over difficult terrain or obstacles. If I wanted to run at a non-45 degree angle, do I use a line from each starting corner to each ending corner in ...
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What do I need to watch out for if I want to use 3.5 edition Forgotten Realms reference books with 5e?

I'm getting ready to DM a 5e campaign after having been away from D&D for about a decade (back when 3.0 was still kinda new.) Back then I bought a whole bunch of Forgotten Realms reference books (...
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Does firing a ranged weapon through a doorway give cover?

I understand that cover works by the attacker deciding on a corner of their square and checking if a line to any of the defenders squares hits something that gives cover. But if the attacker is on ...
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Do doorways count as corners regarding tactical movement?

You can't move diagonally past a corner. Does moving through a doorway on the battlemat count as a corner? I.e., I can't move diagonally through a doorway? ...
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Can I Summon Nature's Ally through a wall or floor?

The spell hasn't got a target, except maybe the grid you're placing the creature on. Does a grid position count as a target that you need line of sight to?
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Do Elans get the same bonus feat & skill points as humans?

I'm starting to play a Elan like described in the Expanded Psionics Handbook. In the description there is this part that says that Elans were humans that got crafted into an Elan at a later point. ...
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Can mind manipulation override the “no suicide” clause of Geas?

My situation is as follows: One of my players wanted to force a creature to commit suicide by casting geas on it, with the suggestion for the creature to jump into a pit (which the party knew to be a ...
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Is Damage Reduction a Supernatural or Extraordinary ability?

From the MM Damage Reduction (Ex or Su): A creature with this special quality ignores damage from most weapons and natural attacks. So it's either Extraordinary or Supernatural. However, for ...
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How to make a plant bomb?

We have a ranger and a druid in our party and entangle somehow is one of our favorite spells. Our encounters early in the campaign were often bandits etc. that were just charging at us so we solved a ...
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Can multiple ghosts use Malevolence on one creature?

Ghosts have the ability Malevolence that allows them to possess a creature. This ability is similar to a magic jar spell (caster level 10th or the ghost’s Hit Dice, whichever is higher), except ...
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How can vermin stay vermin yet acquire a fly speed?

Lords of Madness introduces the director (137-8), a beholderkin much like a typical beholder except tentacles on its underside allow a director to enslave a creature with the type vermin, which then ...
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How to calculate the Dusk Giant's stats?

I am trying to make the stat-block of a Dusk Giant (Heroes of Horror p. 147) which has advanced to 24 HD. However, trying to add up all the Cannibalize bonuses, it doesn't seem to add up with the ...
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Do charmed people realise they were charmed after the end of the spell?

If you cast charm or dominate person on a person in Pathfinder or D&D does the target know (s)he is being charmed? And if (s)he does, does (s)he know this during the effect or only after it?
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Optimizing a rogue/swashbuckler/druid for stealth and infiltration

I'm up to level 6 in a friend's campaign with this Rogue 3/Swashbuckler 3. I'm not sure which route to take from here, as there are so many. For my goal, I'd like to focus on being a super sneaky ...
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How do you calculate experience rewards for defeating NPCs with class levels?

So, We were recently fighting a "monster" wich was using a playable race (no LA) and had levels in druid. How does one calculate exp for this? I was also fighting a vampire, at what stage do you use ...
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Energy Immunity to Burning Blood

I am having an argument with one of my players about the effects of Burning Blood from the Spell Compendium and energy immunity. Specifically if a hypothetical creature has immunity/resistance enough ...
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What check to use to see if a player notices an uncomfortable NPC?

I have just started a new campaign and all the players are gathering at an Inn. One of the players has sat in the corner and is clearly uncomfortable with his surroundings. I have another player who ...
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Do racial bonuses to skills count toward ranks for synergy?

Page 61 of The Players Handbook says (emphasis mine): Skill Ranks: A character’s number of ranks in a skill is based on how many skill points a character has invested in a skill. Many skills ...
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Do the extra HD of an animal companion make the animal bigger? [duplicate]

The title is probably a bit poorly worded. In short: The Dire Weasel has an advancement that states that if it has 4-6 HD, it is medium. But if it has 7-9 HD, it is large. Do the HD that are added to ...
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How to convert the ECL of NPC's to CR?

My campaigns are RP heavy, and the players fight NPC's as often as monsters. Hence, how could I calculate the CR of something with class levels?
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Questions about lances and mounted combat

A lance is a 2 handed reach weapon. PHB also states the following: Lance: A lance deals double damage when used from the back of a charging mount. It has reach, so you can strike opponents 10 ...
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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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What is the best build for a Duelist using only the SRD?

In my opinion, the prestige class Duelist (from the SRD) seems a bit weak, although the concept is interesting, as some of the abilities. For a few reasons (I don't own most supplements, and our GM ...
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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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Does an item need to be +1 enchanted before adding an enchant with fixed cost? (called full plate)

RPG.SE has some good answers on magic items, Confusion about magic weapon pricing being a great one. But I wondered how this works on enchantments with a fixed cost. I know the cost for say a keen ...
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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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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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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. ...