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

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Can a medium sized creature wield a colossal sized weapon?

Can a medium sized creature wield a colossal sized weapon? In this case, for simplicity, a Lv 14 Goliath Fighter with a Sizing Greatsword. Assume empty feat list. I can't find anything in the DMG or ...
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Is making a bet you can't lose an evil act? [closed]

Background The campaign's upcoming antagonist was raised in a good-aligned but poor home in a typical Dungeons and Dragons setting. He's since dedicated himself to wealth redistribution, using the ...
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Maximum Ranks in Speak Language?

Is Speak Langauges subject to the same maximum rank as other skills? I.e., at level 1 with speak languages as a class skill, how many languages can I learn? 4, or more?
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Are negative levels necessarily energy drain?

As far as I can find in the rules, negative levels are always described in conjunction with energy drain, and are even listed together as one special ability in some cases. Usually there will be a ...
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Is the English text authoritative?

The question “Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense?” highlights an apparent error in the French translation of the D&D 3.5e PHB. Is there an official ...
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When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...
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Looking for a great single level class dip for bard, no spell progression needed [closed]

I am working on a build that starts the first 19 levels this way: Bard 9 Sublime Chord 6 Fatespinner 4 I'm looking for something to use for level 20. The best I've got right now is Fatespinner 5, ...
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Is it possible to take a prestige class level 1?

I would like to take levels in Forsaker (we're importing it from 3.0) and the only requirements are Feats: Great Fortitude , Iron Will , Lightning Reflexes If I take those feats at level 1, can ...
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Is it possible to take Cleric & Cloistered Cleric on the same character?

My archer cleric(7x Normal Cleric) would like to take a level of Cloistered Cleric for access to a third domain. Is this possible, or should I be looking elsewhere for more domain choices? TL;DR Are ...
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How are units converted to metric in translations of D&D 3.5?

I have heard that some foreign language translations of 3.5 use meters in the rules text instead of feet. How big is a square in these metric translations? Are weight measurements given in Newtons or ...
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Are there translation-specific errata for D&D 3.5e?

Stemming from: Can a Ranger's Fighting Style be a prerequisite for the feat Two-Weapon Defense? has WotC ever issued 3.5e errata against certain translations to fix translation issues?
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Can I inscribe or inset a holy symbol into my longbow?

In the Player's Handbook, the holy symbols of the gods are detailed. The symbol of Corellon Larethian is a crescent moon. Can I take some of my chalk, and draw (reverently, of course) a crescent ...
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Daylight vs Bright Illumination vs Shadowy Illumination

Primary Questions Is there a difference between "daylight" and "bright illumination"? Where is the dividing line between bright and shadowy illumination? My Interpretation Daylight seems pretty ...
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Are there mechanical reasons for a Cleric to use their deity's favored weapon over another one?

There are a number of deities that have low-damaging weapons as their favored weapon, like daggers and gauntlets. Sharess for example has the Claw Bracer as her favored weapon, which according to the ...
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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for free. However, after playing a bit ...
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Can a creature benefit from both pounce and the effect of bound sphinx claws?

The special ability pounce says When a creature with this special attack makes a charge, it can follow with a full attack—including rake attacks if the creature also has the rake ability. (Monster ...
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What is the real price of a Druid's Vestment?

A Druid's Vestment doesn't take up a body slot and grants one Wild shape more per day. The tables with the wondrous items in the DMG say its price is 3750 gp while the item description says 10000 gp. ...
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Arcane Archer “within range”

I was reading the arcane archer class because of another post, and while reading the abilities it kept referring to using them "within range". How do they define within range? Clearly the weapon focus ...
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Is there a feat to make ranged attacks without provoking attacks of opportunity?

In D&D 3.5 or Pathfinder, is there a non-epic feat that allows you to make a ranged attack at an adjacent opponent without provoking an attack of opportunity?
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Should bound urskan greaves increase the damage of all attacks upon charging?

When bound to the feet chakra, urskan greaves says When you charge, if your melee attack hits, you deal an additional +1d4 points of damage per point of essentia you invest in your urskan greaves. ...
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Is there a way to eliminate opponents through grappling?

I am playing a monk in our Oriental Adventures campaign, and recently we had a situation where another player was grappling a wu jen spell caster. We thought about breaking her neck to quickly get rid ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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Differences between D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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What does Martial arcanist mean for gaining spells? [duplicate]

I was a bit confused by the wording for Martial Arcanist. Martial Arcanist (Ex): At 5th level, you master the art of combining your militant and mystical training. From this point on, your caster ...
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How does the unicorn horn soulmeld's detect evil special ability work?

When bound to the brow chakra, the soulmeld unicorn horn grants the meldshaper the following special ability: You gain the ability to detect evil once per round as a standard action. (Magic of ...
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How to handle a too nice DM?

OK, this might be a weird one, but I would like to know how to help our DM to be more impartial in our game. I'm playing a campaign of D&D 3.5 with five friends. They're almost all new to RPGs ...
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Confusion about magic weapon pricing

So, a friend of mine is trying his hand at GMing and is planning out a campaign that will start us out at level 5 with a 5000gp starting budget. My Elven Swashbuckler will be bringing along a +1 Keen ...
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Does using a blink shirt to teleport provoke attacks of opportunity?

The soulmeld blink shirt says that the meldshaper gains the ability to teleport (as dimension door) up to 10 feet at will. Using this ability is a standard action. After using this ability, you ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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What's the probability formula for succeeding at a Complex Skill Check? [closed]

The SRD page for Complex Skill Checks gives percentage numbers for a number of different scenarios. For example, if the required roll on a 1d20 is 2, the chance of success on a simple check is 95% ...
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Prestige class progression with multiple base classes: mix and match?

When you take a prestige class that advances your spellcasting, and you have more than one spellcasting class, can you have some of the prestige class levels progress one base class, and some the ...
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Are the WotC archives of d20 Character Optimization forum forever lost?

I was looking for the Wizard Handbook but all the links were broken. Somewhere on the handbooks of other classes (on other forums) I saw a This was archived by WotC, here's the link But the ...
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Is choosing a different class feature too good as a (house rule) replacement for a redundant feat?

In the group I DM for there was a player playing a 5th level Rogue / 4th level Assassin. He gained another Assassin level and he would have received Improved Uncanny Dodge, but he already had the ...
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Can you roll social skill-checks against other players?

This is the situation: In a group of four people, they've stumbled upon a magically locked tower. They discover a balcony, and three of the PC's want to enter through there. The Lawfully Good paladin ...
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How can I get my character immunity to compulsion effects?

I have a personal problem with having my characters being subject to magical compulsions, specifically Dominate. I know they're part of the game, but they touch on some personal history stuff that ...
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Who is affected by an area buff?

Righteous Wrath of the Faithful (SpC) is an area buff that has a round per level duration, a 30 ft range and target: all allies 30 ft from you. Is it a buff on each target that was 30 ft from me when ...
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How do you force a character to reliably tell the truth?

One problem that I have with the various ways of determining falsehood in 3.5/PF is that none of them are foolproof. There are a few spells that help with this, but they all allow saves. Zone of ...
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Are magical items / armor / equipment subject to the effects of environmental damage or deterioration

I'm pretty sure I've read that magic weapons never lose their edge (sharpness). I also thought I'd read somewhere that they don't rust either and that the same applies to armor. But what about ...
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What elements make a simple 9 level Dwarf martial tank? [closed]

I once was a D&D 3.5 player for about a year, and I was playing a dwarf fighter, but I needed to take a break. Now I'm returning, but I need to make a new character. The DM says to make a 9th ...
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Broken links in the community-made Tome of Battle Build Compendium [duplicate]

I'm looking for a build for a new Swordsage character and I bumped into the Tome of Battle Build Compendium, but all of the links are broken. As I read, there was some changing in the site forum ...
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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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Blighter Blightfire range

The Blighter class in D&D 3.5e (Complete Divine) has an ability called "Blightfire" Blightfire (Su): Starting at 2nd level, as a standard action, a blighter can unleash a scorching blast of ...
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How do “the masses” address clerics/paladins & other members of the clergy?

In 3.5 (Greyhawk) How do people in general refer to/address members of the various clergy? Granted, inside the church hierarchy the clergy have their official ranks & titles they can use to ...
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Why do Ability Score method names imply difficulty inversely? [closed]

While in video games, playing with more difficult parameters, the selections are named easy (the game is easier to play than normal) normal difficult (the game is more difficult than normal) but ...
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Can you use Hellcat Gauntlets with Eldritch Blast?

Hellcat gauntlets(Magic Item Compendium pg.111) can be activated to add 1d6 points of slashing damage per spell level to the next spell cast. Can they be used with the Warlocks Eldritch Blast ...
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How do you make a dragon player character in D&D 3.5?

Me and a friend were looking at the rules in Draconomicon to make a Dragon PC and we were still baffled four hours later because of the dragon aging and leveling-up processes. Can anyone explain these ...
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How do Racial Paragon Classes stack up against actual classes?

Racial Paragon Classes are detailed in Unearthed Arcana. These extremely short classes offer a way to expand your racial abilities and make your character feel more "elf-like" or more "dwarf-like". I ...
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Double weapons and switching hands

I am playing a Warblade weilding a Spiked Chain. I have one head of the chain enchanted with +1 Sweeping, and the other head with +2. My question is, if I have the +2 end as my main attack, and the ...
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How do you calculate Mithral armor check penalty?

When calculating the armor check penalty from mithal armor, do you also add the MW "bonus" or is it already included in the description? It's come to my attention that I may have been doing this ...