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

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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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Two players compete for same role - how do I balance this?

I have a D&D 3.5 group of four players, the classes are; Wizard, Rogue, Barbarian, and Swashbuckler, the level of the players is 4. (Having no healer is part of the game, not part of my question) ...
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What kind of armor should a Wild Shape Ranger/Master of Many Forms wear?

If you use a Wild Shape Ranger to gain entry into Master of Many Forms you have a lot more types of armor to choose from than the Druid. Going with the Wild special ability is more or less a given at ...
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Throwing grappled creatures at walls, etal to damage them

So, I was DMing a one-shot test dungeon with some Vexgit Gremlins (backported from PF) in it, and the party mage (Wiz3, 0 STR mod, +2 DEX mod) grappled one of them easily as they're Tiny, then ...
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Do Druid animal companions go up in size with HD and gain size-based stat increases?

I have an animal companion which has just gained its 5th HD. On page 291 of Monster Manual 1, the Improving Monsters section says that an increase in Size also changes stats. Do animal companions ...
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Decanter of Endless Water in Gaseous Form

In an adventure I was running, the players overcame a nasty monster in a basement by activating a Decanter of Endless Water and then sending the character holding it into the basement in gaseous form. ...
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Remotely Disabling Traps — do I have to disable Disable Device to allow this?

How does D&D 3.5e handle the case where the means of bypassing or disabling a trap is located somewhere other than the trapped door/lock/...? For instance, take an electricity-based trap (such as ...
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Multiple-stage Disable Device rolling on complex, “strung out”, non-magical traps with variable-by-means Disable Device DCs

Background: I am workshopping the dungeon from this question, and this answer suggests that I should have the rogue make a Disable Device check up front in order to figure out the trap's workings. ...
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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character?

What is the best class or classes in 3.5e to build a character that uses both a sword and either arcane magic or psionics which can be fluffed as arcane magic and focuses on fighting powerful ...
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Is a spell considered to “end” if it is re-cast?

Several spells, including many of the Exalted spells, have a penalty or sacrifice that applies at the end of the spell's duration. If the spell is re-castcast before the duration ends, does the ...
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Can I teleport adjacent to a moving enemy, and then take an attack of opportunity?

I was recently discussing interesting tricks that combat casters can use to control the battlefield, and the following scenario comes up. The party is defending something against advancing enemies. ...
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Do alchemical weapons count as ammunition?

This amazing answer has inspired me to ask a very multi-faceted question. I considered breaking it up into multiple questions, but then I realized each question was really just a part of a big ...
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Are called shots allowed with ranged touch spells?

This came up in an encounter where the players were going up against some "Romero" zombies that required destruction of the brain to kill. A wizard asked, "Can I make a called shot to the head with ...
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Is there a mass version of Protection from Energy?

I could have sworn that there was a spell somewhere in 3.5 that gave the effect of protection from energy to multiple targets, but I can't seem to find it. I've checked the PHB, SC, and several other ...
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Does Arcane Disciple give the Nar Demonbinder a 1st-level spell slot?

A player wants to be an Ultimate Magus. He has poured through the forums, and I have as well to know what [we] are getting into. He wants to be a Wizard / Nar Demonbinder / Ultimate Magus. The forums ...
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How does the Warshaper's Morphic Body interact with Wild Shape?

War Shaper 2 gets the following ability: Morphic Body (Su): At 2nd level and higher, a warshaper can use its precise control over its form to make itself stronger and heartier. It gains +4 to ...
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Can I full-attack with a Two-Handed Weapon and then attack with a Spiked Gauntlet off-hand?

I'm about to be starting a campaign as a Warblade, and I've been trying to figure out the answer to this question, but so far I haven't seen it specifically addressed anywhere: If I'm wearing a ...
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How can I make a character who feeds on souls?

I want a character who feeds on souls, using them or their power for his or her own devices. In particular: The powers of the character should be flavored as being derived from souls The character ...
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Can familiars learn tricks?

Can a familiar learn tricks via handle animal, despite it being a magical beast? A player asked me that question the other day, and I wanted to say no, but now I am not too sure. There are epic ...
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Team cleric, team warrior, team mage

In D&D 3.5 I was part of a group of players who decided to play homogeneous groups. We found a team of four clerics to be very balanced and able to carry on regardless of the problem at hand. ...
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Is there a way to do slashing damage with a mace?

I play a double light-mace fighter, and I want to make a lot of attacks every turn. I took a look at the dervish (CW 25) prestige class, and they can take a full attack action and move up to their ...
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Where are the rules about what sources are primary?

Maybe it's just too early in the morning and my brain does not properly connect with the rest of the body, but... ...yes, this is a question about primary sources. What happened is I was talking ...
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Does the animal provided by the Wild Cohort feat count as an Animal Companion?

Feat in question: Wild Cohort [General] Benefit: You gain an animal cohort. The animal cohort is generally friendly to you and is willing to follow you and adventure with you. If given proper ...
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Poor visibility and cliffs

I have a situation where several of my party members will be fighting in a treacherous canyon, with rope bridges, zip lines, and a lot of angry gnolls. Some of the gnoll clerics may be prone to ...
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I want to play Dr. Manhattan. How can I? [closed]

How can I create a character that is powerful like Dr. Manhattan? The critical thematic elements are that he: is composed of energy uses pure energy as a power source Either one of these are the ...
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How should I make my low-strength cleric more effective at being a close-range tank?

I have a cleric who's currently focused on range combat, but is in a position where she'd probably pull her weight better by playing in a melee gish or close-range fighter role. She's been forced into ...
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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Does an Undead with Wild Shape gain a Constitution score during Wild Shape?

Build Race: Half Drow Template: Necropolitan Classes: Drow Transition Template Class 2 / Wizard 5 / Arachnomancer 2 References Spider Shape (Su): This ability functions as wild shape. Wild ...
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What are the complete set of combat modifers for fighting in darkness?

I am slightly confused on combat in darkness. There are modifiers for blinded combatants and invisible combatants, but not specifically combatants who cannot see due to darkness. Are they all ...
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Can anyone else learn Drow Sign Language?

Can anyone else than drow learn Drow Sign Language? or is it a language that only drow can learn because of, I dunno... dexterity or some other physical conditions?
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Clone and Cocoon, what happens.?

I'm currently creating a high level caster (3.5) for fun and I came across an odd spell combination. Clone (source: PHB, Arcane spell) basically this spell makes a clone of your body (that you have ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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Can a character take Attacks of Opportunity while moving without stopping?

This mostly would come up in the context of readied actions, but other situations could arise. If a character is moving past an opponent who is provoking an attack of opportunity, can that character ...
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What information should be on a Sorcerer's spell sheet? [closed]

I am working on a custom spell sheet for the sorcerer class. The sheet is meant to be suitable for an intermediate or advanced player who understands sorcerer spell casting but has not memorized every ...
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Ray of Flame's damage progression

Since the Ray deals 1d6 damage per 2 caster levels, what would be the damage if your caster level is lover than 2? 1/2, then round down. Ta-daa... 0, so 0d6 damage? I'm pretty sure from common sense, ...
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Can Clerics take Spell Focus?

Can Clerics use the Spell Focus feat by RAW? The Summoner advice Brian linked me to in his answer mentions that Augment Summoning is a good feat for summoning focused characters, but it requires Spell ...
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So I am a Giant Lizard Now

Long story short, my level six dwarven cleric fell along with most of the party in a necro fortress in the underdark. The last two party members made it back to the surface in time to reincarnate one ...
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Does a weapon become an Improvised Weapon when used incorrectly?

Example: You are armed with a longsword. You are facing a monster with DR 5/bludgeoning. Clearly a weapon that deals slashing damage is not the best choice against such a monster. But there is hope. ...
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Level advancement and continuation in Temple of Elemental Evil, Scourge of the Slave Lords and Queen of the Spiders

I recently started DMing the Temple of Elemental Evil (ToEE) but in 3.5 edition. My thought is to continue with the Scourge of the Slave Lords (SotSL) and finish with Queen of the Spiders (QotS). ...
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How much does a large monstrous spider weigh?

The first spider shape an arachnomancer gets will be a small, medium, and large monstrous spider. Let's just talk about large size for the sake of argument. According to a National Geographic ...
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Can a good cleric prepare Inflict Light Wounds?

Inflict Light Wounds is listed in the 3.5e PHB as a Necromancy spell but with no alignment descriptor at all. I cannot find anything in the PHB that prevents a Good-aligned Cleric from preparing that ...
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What feats are useful for a Dragonfire Adept build?

I'm building a Human Dragonfire Adept (from Dragon Magic) with the Draconic template (as presented in Races of the Dragon), as well as a feat for Draconic Tail, but I need a bit of help picking out ...
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Does Poison's secondary damage only happen once, or does it keep happening?

Our group is unsure of how poison works in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e. Poison says that it does some kind of initial damage, usually to some ability score. Then it does secondary damage that happens ...
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What are the rules on training NPCs?

In D&D 3.5 what are the rules on being trained in Spell Casting/Sword-Mens-ship/Etc. For I want the party to find a orphan who had been abandoned when his home town was raided. I want the kid to ...
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What is the holy creature around the same power as a Pit Fiend?

I am making a D&D campaign with Heaven and a Hell as the setting. This is a custom cosmology with one heaven and one hell, not the default cosmology of D&D with many different planes. In the ...
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Can a character relay a distance to another character in exact feet/squares?

This weekend while playing, our wizard found an invisible creature (detected with see invis) and when asked where it was by the party, the player started counting the squares to give an exact measure ...
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What are ways for a low-level wizard to mimic divine spells/abilities?

I had an idea for a necromancer character that masquerades as an exorcist in order to gain access to areas infested with undead without arousing suspicion. What are the ways that an arcane caster can ...
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Can a Half-Dragon's alignment change from their dragon's alignment type?

Is it possible for a Half-Dragon's alignment to change from their dragon's alignment type? For example, if a blue Half-Dragon (Lawful Evil) had an alignment-affecting spell cast on them, or was bitten ...
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What is the effect of being dragged by a burrower and buried alive?

I'll be DMing an encounter in a couple of weeks that involves the party of PCs invading a den full of Asabi. The PCs are lvl 9-10, and the Asabi commander is similar level (RHD 3 / Rogue 3 / Hexblade ...