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

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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 ...
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Optimizing a Warforged Fighter/Artificer for Survivability

I'm designing a Warforged character for a new 3.5 campaign I'm playing in. I'm looking at going the 'sword and board' route to maximize my AC, as I'll be the party's tank. Fighter is the main class ...
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Using a weapon made for a creature smaller than yourself, but of your size?

Because of the rules regarding category sizes it is not very handy to use something like a medium-sized longsword as a creature of size category Large or Huge (because of the -2 or -4 modifyer on ...
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How to deal with a blind pursuit?

Last session my GM dealt with it during the encounter, but he wasn't sure how it should actually be handled- given the party, it will occur again. The party Oracle (Wave Mystery with Water Sight ...
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Where can I find the World's Largest Dungeon Actual Play podcasts

Back in 2007 I overheard a conversation at my D&D table about a D&D group over in Europe that was releasing a game-by-game podcast in English of their time in the Worlds Largest Dungeon ...
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What happens when Animal Companions and Familiars hit 0 hp or less?

When a Druid's animal companion's hit points drops to 0 (or lower), does it die? Or does it becomes disabled (unconscious) and can it be healed by the party cleric? What about Wizard familiars?
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How to make a fake fortune teller?

I am new to roleplaying games, and my character is a gnome wizard. I have yet to reveal his backstory because I want to make him be a fortune teller, without any abilities to let him see the future - ...
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What CR adjustment should I make for Divine Rank 0

How do I calculate the the CR adjustment when adding Divine Rank 0? Note: Yes, I know that not everyone agrees with the CR but it is a useful overall guide. So, with that being said I need to make ...
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Does freedom of movement enable you to tumble underwater?

Tumbling is impossible in a deep bog, and presumably also in any kind of aquatic terrain. But what about the freedom of movement spell (and related magic items, eg. Pearl of the Sirines), which allows ...
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How do I deal with playing in an ultra-specialized party that is using a different playstyle than my own?

Someone asked a question about how to deal with wanting to play a plan-focused, stealthy character in a group that essentially consisted of melee types playing a 'Kick In The Door, Screaming Death ...
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Skill to recognize cleric domains and what spells appear on them?

For a homebrew class that I’d like to make sure remains consistent with existing rules on this subject, I need to know if any rules exist that cover the following. Suppose you know a character ...
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3.5 What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?

When a Rainbow Servant hits level 10 they gain access to all nondomain Cleric spells. All spells that do not appear on any other spell list they have are cast as Divine spells. This means that, if ...
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Clever ways to reduce an encounter CR

My current dnd group has been playing for years, while I am relatively new. Unfortunately, it seems that none of them have really ever put much stock in arcane/divine classes or abilities (this ...
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What feats can I use to get a companion of any sort?

Basically, what feats can I use to get a Cohort, Animal Companion, Familiar, or something similar? Standard Class Features and ACF's not so much since they're very class specific, but if there are ...
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How would the Dragonborn transformation affect Grafts, Deformities, and other non-racial physical traits?

The Dragonborn rebirth process seems to allude that such things would be removed or cured somehow, or would they be incorporated into the new Dragonborn form in such a way that they would be part of ...
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Is there a list of playable races with a fly speed?

Essentially I'm looking for a list of playable races and creatures that have flight to begin with. I know of a few with no LA, but I'm also looking for anything from LA +1 to +3 I'd say. More ...
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Centaurs, do they have control of their bodily functions? [closed]

We know that horses do not have control of their bowels when they march down the street. The question is... do centaurs? Would it be a question of intelligence versus animal intelligence? Or is it a ...
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My ranger has tamed an absurd number of Animal Companions with Handle Animal

One of my players is a ranger and she is really, really into animals so every time I design an encounter with an animal as an enemy she automatically tries to tame it and make it a companion. As a ...
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What is the largest possible melee critical range in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd or 3.5 edition?

I've been discussing critical strikes with a friend. He states that there is no way to get more than 11-20 range in any D&D version, but he refuses to explain how he gets there, and it's based on ...
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How to make wolf rider character?

We will be playing simple campaign. No classes, feats etc that are not in 3 "base" books. Especially, we will try to stick to Player's Handbook. Starting level 2. I was thinking that: You can ride ...
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Ways to boost a low HP character in D&D 3.5

There's a wizard (effective character level: 5) in our party who is very low on HP (has a total of about nine, if I remember correctly), thanks to an initial low CON and an acquired template (+1 ECL) ...
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What alignment would the Ancient Roman civilisation have been? [closed]

In our Pathfinder homebrew setting, I'm looking at making a region that borrows parts of the culture of Ancient Rome, including their system of slavery. What alignment would the Ancient Roman nation ...
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How can a non-epic spellcaster create a Colossal animated object?

The spell animate objects lets a spellcaster animate 1 Small object per level, or a smaller number of larger objects. The spell description says that a Colossal object counts as 32 small objects for ...
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What effect would removing the confirmation roll have on the game?

I've been doing a bit of theorycrafting about 3.5 and pathfinder lately, and a thought struck me about critical hits that got me thinking more about their use in play. Critical hits are clearly a ...
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What to do with a Lizardfolk with high Str/Con/Cha?

Brief explanation; this is my third/fourth character of the campaign (after 4 sessions). He was originally a level 2 Elf Ranger, but after a mishap with a trapped temple and a Cloaker he got ...
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Learning powers from Power Stones

Basically, Power Stones are psionic scrolls - they contain a power you can manifest once - and then they discharge, becoming useless. Of course, it is pretty strong, especially for powers you only use ...
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Wolf trip on hit during an attack of opportunity [duplicate]

A wolf gets a free trip attempt on a successful bite attack. However, this trip attack is a free action, and free actions must be taken on your turn. Does this mean that if a wolf gets an attack of ...
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Is it reasonable/role-playable to build a Cloistered Cleric / Fighter Gestalt?

The description of Cloistered Cleric states: The cloistered cleric spends more time than other clerics in study and prayer and less in martial training. He gives up some of the cleric's combat ...
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What options exist for a “divine bard” in D&D 3.5?

One character I'm considering playing in a 3.5e D&D game is a dwarvish bard (yes, I know that's a really bad idea from a min-max perspective, and no, I don't care!). The back story for the ...
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What happens when the feat Born of the Three Thunders modifies thunderhead?

The feat Born of the Three Thunders (CAr 76) reads, in part, When you cast a spell with either the electricity descriptor or the sonic descriptor that deals hit point damage, you can declare that ...
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Questions about an Arcane/Divine combo build

I had an idea for a character that was multiclass Wizard/Archivist(Heroes of Horror) with Prestige levels in Mystic Theurge. However, upon further examination of the Mystic Theurge class, I noticed a ...
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Is there an official rule set for unstable magic in D&D 3.5?

I want to design a campaign with a theme on dangerous magic, but I'm not sure how to go about doing that. I can't find any official rules for making the casting of spells hazardous in some way. Does ...
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How to defend from Mind Flayer's psionic blast

Is there an efficient way to defend from illithid's psionic blast except with an high will save? Item, spell...?
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Rulings/Usage on Abrupt Jaunt

the wizard specialist ability from PHB2... -- Abrupt Jaunt (conjuration): You teleport up to 10 feet. -- Activating this ability is an immediate action... -- You can’t activate this ...
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Does Dawn awaken creatures sleeping because of magic or poison?

The 0th level druid spell Dawn awakens all sleeping creatures in a 15' radius. How does this affect creatures that are sleeping because of magical effects or poison?
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Would multiple daggers, strapped to a character blades-out, count as multiple attacks?

The title is a bit ambiguous. This needs a short story. Many years ago I was playing in a game as an Elven Rogue. I had lot's of throwing daggers, and regular daggers. At some point were were up ...
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Would it be fair to ask the GM for benefits for self-imposed character limitations?

Is it fair to ask the DM for some kind of benefit if you give your character self-imposed weaknesses/downsides with definite consequences/mechanics behind them? For example, if I had a character with ...
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What is the statistically superior character creation method, twelve 3d6 or six 4d6?

The D&D 3.5 Player's Handbook gives (among others) two preferred methods to roll ability scores for a new character: a) roll 3d6 twelve times and keep the preferred six results, or b) roll 4d6 and ...
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Can someone help me optimize my Elan Psion (3.5)?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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How can an evil cleric hide his alignment?

So I have this cleric character who, after some traumatizing near death experience, has turned to evil and necromancy in hopes of finding the key to eternal life. But he also has to hide his alignment ...
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...