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

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Do abilities like Extra Spell and the Master Specialist Expanded Spellbook allow you to take spells outside of your class list?

Several abilities including feat Extra Spell and the Master Specialist class feature Expanded Spellbook allow spellcasters to learn an additional spell. However, these abiities do not specify that ...
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How do you get a DM to stop targeting you? [closed]

My group previously had our latest session over the weekend. It was the first one in this campaign so we changed up the roles a bit. I usually DM and I wanted to be PC for a while so we switched it ...
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How many squares does a prone medium-sized creature occupy?

A medium-sized creature occupies one square when it stands. But what about when it's lying on the floor? We had a troll with a reach of two squares that had just beaten my paladin (who was directly ...
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Sanctified one discrepancy

Recently, I encountered one of the abilities of Sanctified One: Holy Fire (Su): Whenever you cast a spell with the fire subtype, you can choose to change all the fire damage it deals into raw ...
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Do Psicrystals get feats?

I've been looking at the uses of Psicrystals lately and have been wondering why I keep seeing references to them getting feats. I have not read anything to support the idea. They technically don't ...
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Does Ninja's Sudden Strike apply for multiple-attack rounds?

Given the following information; I have a Ninja which has the necessary feats and levels to have four attacks in a single round. I can turn invisible for a full round. The invisibility of a ninja ...
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How flexible is the Fang Dragon's Sound Imitation

The Fang Dragon (taken from Draconomicon) has an ability called Sound Imitation: Sound Imitation (Ex): A fang dragon can mimic any voice or sound it has heard, anytime it likes. Listeners must ...
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Help me buff out a rhino

Hi so for tonight's session I am making a mini boss 10 lvl druid. I want him to have a rhino as an animal companion and I believe that if he awaits that a battle is at hand, he would have buffed out ...
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How would I handle the mechanical repercussions of removing alignment?

I, as well as many people in some of the groups I play with, have come to the conclusion alignment is a clunky horrible mess. I personally don't like the way it oversimplifies morality and makes ...
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How does BAB from prestige classes stack with normal BAB?

I am at the moment playing 3.5 and in a discussion with my dm he told me that the increase in attack bonus granted for each level in a prestige class only applies to the first attack. For example, a ...
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Feedback for a Point Buy System for Spellcreation/Research [closed]

I'm working on an RPG as a class project that uses 3.5e rules, and as a experiment I created a point buy system for spell creation rules. Its a very rough second draft that seems to come out roughly ...
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How can I recreate in 3.5e the Shifter class from Neverwinter Nights?

I would like to create a shapeshifting character. I'm used to Neverwinter Nights' Shifter prestige class, I would like to play something similar in DnD 3.5. I would appreciate some pointers about ...
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Wondrous Effects: What Are the Durations?

The rod of wonder (DMG 237) creates Wondrous Effects that have printed durations, creates Wondrous Effects that mimic spell effects yet don't include printed durations, and creates Wondrous Effects ...
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Off-hand penalty in PHB 3.5 glossary, how does it work?

I've played 3.5 for quite some time, and this has been something I've never quite understood, at least with respect to rules as written. On pp 311 of the 3.5 Player's Handbook, under the entry for '...
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Are there items that can be worn under/in addition to armor that grant AC bonuses?

Pretty self-explanatory; I began wondering this when I misread the description of Mithral Shirt and thought it could be worn on the body slot in addition to existing armor to grant additional AC ...
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Does casting while greater invisible make the spell effects also invisible?

I'm pretty sure that even if you're greater invisible and cast say, a lightning bolt, while you stay invisible per the spell, that the spells effects are still visible. I can't find a rule citation ...
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What books comprise “Core” D&D3.5e?

I keep seeing references to "Core" D&D3.5e (as opposed to the SRD), but I'm not sure which books are included. I know the Player's Handbook (PHB), Dungeon Master's Guide (DMG) and Monster Manual (...
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Does an attack with a ghost touch weapon work normally vs. corporeal opponents?

So it's a bit of a habit as it seems for my questions to have a really explanatory title. My characters randomly rolled a looted ghost touch weapon last session. I'm a bit confused about the ...
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Mechanics of tearing apart a character

NPC monster creature tries to tear apart character after successfully grabbing him. Just like it can tear apart objects with brute force completing strength check. What mechanics should be used to ...
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How do deity weapons from “Spiritual weapon” work?

Does the spell Spiritual Weapon just make a powerless copy of the weapon, or is it a powered down version of its weapon? I'm playing a level 4 Cleric whose deity is Chronus, the God of Time. I ...
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Homebrew “magic” version of Soulknife

So it seems the Soulknife, though its ability to conjure energy blades at will sounds cool, actually sucks. Also, my DM (and possibly many other DM's) aren't particularly fond of Psionic rules. In ...
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Convert a caster level to base attack bonus

Is there any means to use a character's Caster Level as their Base Attack Bonus? Abjurant Champion has a class ability to use your BAB in place of your Caster Level (if higher), I'm looking for ...
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Brilliant energy not all it's cracked up to be?

I have this sai and it's already a speed weapon. That character will be taking improved disarm. Am looking at the entry for brilliant energy. "A brilliant energy weapon ignores nonliving matter." ...
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Kingdom Logistics for a 3.5 epic campaign

I have been writing a campaign over the last month. We have six PC's and they each have partnered up with one other person to run a kingdom. There is the 3 PC kingdoms, as well as all a few other NPC ...
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Character good for underwater environments?

What would be the best character to make for sub-sea and island-hopping adventuring? This would be a newly-rolled level 5 Pathfinder character.
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Ways to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell

Is there a spell, feat, special ability, etc. in DnD3.x – or possibly Pathfinder – that would allow a character to learn whether a magic user knows a certain spell? Or is there a certain kind/school/...
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Telepathy for Humans

So, I want to give my good-aligned human Telepath Psion a Mindsight, for which I need to give him a Telepathy special quality first, but the Mind's Eye (and every other non-printed-rules-source) was ...
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Within 6 levels is there any way to change your save DC from Wisdom to Charisma for a Cleric?

I'm playing in an E6 game (caps out at level 6) and with the stats I rolled and templates I'd like to apply, I end up with a downright amazing Charisma score. Unfortunately, I'm playing a cleric and ...
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Can any dragon be used for half dragon?

I would like to know if the half-dragon template can use other dragons from the various monster manuals like the Ssvaklor (MM3) or Dragon Turtle(MM1) or any other nonstandard dragon (i.e. the ones ...
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What use is Skill Beyond Your Years?

In low-level D&D variant E6, you max out at level 6 and only gain feats every 5,000XP thereafter. There is a feat as follows: Skill Beyond Your Years Prerequisite: Level 6 Pick a skill. ...
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What is the optimal way to gain energy resistance?

I'm looking for the most efficient way to get energy resistance for my character. He's a level 18 caster, wizard, sorcerer & ultimate magus. I don't want to have to take any levels in anything ...
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Do I lose Reaping Mauler class features when I get Enlarged?

The theory is this: Reaping Mauler (Complete Warrior (CW)) has a prerequisite feat: Clever Wrestling (CW). Clever Wrestling has a size prerequisite: Small or Medium character. I would be a human, so ...
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Does Trampling allow you to attack many units in a row?

I was arguing with my DM over if the Trampling special ability allowed you to run over many units. I said that my summoned celestial elephant could run in a straight line and trample all units it runs ...
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Dragonfire Adept - Humanoid Shape invocation

Here is the wording of the Humanoid Shape invocation: You can assume any humanoid form, as the change shape special ability (MM 306). You can remain in the form for up to 24 hours or until you take a ...
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How does the Still Spell feat work?

I'm not sure how the Still Spell feat works, so please help me by explaining this example. A sorcerer with the Still Spell feat has his hands tied, and wants to cast a spell like disintegrate. Can ...
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What would happen if you use Disjunction on a golem?

What would happen if a character were to cast a Mage's/Mordenkainen's Disjunction on an iron golem? Would it stop functioning because Disjunction has removed its magic? Or would its spell immunity ...
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Calculating attack bonuses when fighting with two rapiers

In my current campaign the rogue has decided to take Two Weapon Fighting and Improved Two Weapon Fighting. What should the attack modifiers be during a full attack? His current attack with one rapier ...
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Can you break your fall with a corpse in D&D?

Can a character try to break his fall and reduce fall damage by landing on a corpse in D&D 3.5? I was recently running my campaign and a party member bull-rushed a enemy off a ledge thinking that ...
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How do the final veils of Initiate of the Sevenfold Veils work against a Disjunction?

The indigo and violet veils provide a protection against incoming spells and spell-like abilities.: Indigo Veil: A 6th-level initiate can create the mighty indigo veil. This veil prevents the ...
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How to run mid-climbing combat in D&D?

I am a very new DM and I only know the basics of D&D 3.5. In an upcoming encounter my party is going to be scaling mountain (with climbing gear) when they get attacked my a Giant spider. Any way I ...
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“Ray of Frost” Spell + Water = Lock Broken?

I played only D&D 3.0 and 3.5 editions, but if similar, low-level spells exist in D&D 4.0 and Pathfidnder, please comment, I will probably make a transition to one of them anyway. Is it ...
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Why would a non-evil Druid use the Awaken spell?

What is the inspiration for the Awaken spell (found at least in D&D 3.5e)? Why would a druid use it apart from enslaving creatures with intelligence and specialized forms? I'm thinking that it's "...
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Question regarding spellcraft: Learn a spell

Browsing the PHB, I noticed the 3rd entry of the spellcraft skill's usages: 15 + spell level: Learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll (wizard only). No retry for that spell until you gain at ...
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How can a Psion increase powers known through Independent Research?

One limitation of a Psion is that they get only so many powers known and you basically can't exceed that amount. But there is another rule, Independent Research - one week and 200 xp per power level - ...
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Transforming Turn Undead into something understandable to the players

I've always had problems with the encounter that include clerics and undead due to my difficulty explaining how it works - describing what exactly the cleric does and how the undead react to the ...
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Would it be OK to change a Dragonfire Adept's base breath weapon?

Would there be anything wrong with changing a Dragonfire Adept's base breath weapon element to something other than fire? I was working on a Dragonfire Adept that was supposed to have been descended ...
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Does the spell “Control Weather” create a mobile effect?

Are the effects of the spell Control Weather mobile with the caster, or does the caster need to use a standard action repeatedly to change the area of effect? For example, say that the caster is ...
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Guide to convert a 3.5e DM to a 4e DM

I have never played fourth ed, I have read most of the new books, but it is so different as to be quite foreign to my play style. Is there a primer or guide out to help 3.5 DMs switch to 4th smoothly? ...
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D&D 3.5e HP Damage and Constitution Damage

Say my character is level 5 and I have 12 constitution (+1 modifier) with 25 total hit Points. What happens if I have 5 points of damage (20 out of 25 total hit points) and then I take 1 point of ...
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How has sneaking changed from 3.5 to Pathfinder?

Was researching this in order to answer How can a Shadowdancer use spring attack with Hide in Plain Sight? I learned a fair amount about these changes and since they’re pretty significant, I ...