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

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Swift action spell scrolls

If a spell has a casting time of one swift action, does a scroll of that spell also take a swift action to activate, or does it still take a standard action?
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How to represent an “Abhorsien,” “Speaker for the Dead,” or “Shepherd of Souls” type of theme?

I have a character who recently hit level 21, which will be the last level of the campaign. As such, I am looking for something fitting her destiny more than power, and the DM is most likely willing ...
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Can I use a Heighten Spell on high ability score extra spell slot to benefit from a Reserve Feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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When do spells expire?

When casting spells with a duration longer than instantaneous, at what point in the round does the effect expire? Say for example you cast a spell with a duration of 1 round, does that mean the spell ...
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Druid's wild shape natural attacks and magical item

I'd like to have some details about the Druid transformation in D&D 3.5. Ok, you have reached level 8, so your BA is +6/+1 and let's say that I want to transform into a lion; according to rules I ...
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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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Can I use Run in an area where there is no straight path available?

The Combat rules have to say this about Running: "When you run, you can move up to four times your speed in a straight line ...". Now my question is: what if I'm in a dungeon, or more generally in a ...
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Druid: how to obtain rage?

I'm building a druid character for an upcoming E6 game, and I'm wondering if I can get myself rage along with 6 levels of shapeshift variant druid. Unfortunately, shapeshift is obligatory, which ...
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Need help with Sorcerer build options

Ok, so I'm working on a Spellscale Sorcerer with a gambler theme; he will eventually be taking levels of Fatespinner and Fortune's Friend (he doesn't consider this cheating any more than an athlete ...
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Resisted energy types and immunity

I would like to know the distribution of energy resistances and immunities in 3.5 monsters, and especially the four basic types fire, cold, electricity and acid. It is often said that fire is most ...
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Skill rank feat prerequisites

The feat Practiced Spellcaster (Complete Arcane) has a prerequisite of four skill ranks in Spellcraft. Can I take this feat on the first level if I use my skill points to get Spellcraft to four ...
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Swordsage feat selection to amplify his battle prowess?

The following question was raised during the making of a strength based, two handing (a little bit MAD) swordsage. Currently my feat selection is based on the Master of the Nine prerequisites (them ...
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Is the assassin's death attack, a death attack?

The SRD describes Death Attacks as follows: Death Attacks In most cases, a death attack allows the victim a Fortitude save to avoid the affect, but if the save fails, the character dies ...
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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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AoOs against the same enemy on his turn?

I had this question: Attacks of Opportunity from moving within a threatened area? So, if an enemy goes from one threatened square to another one threatened by the same guy twice, and the area ...
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How to get around being unable to read with blindsight

I am preparing to play a character who's only form of vision is magical blindsight with a range of 60 feet. I have a couple questions about how it interacts with other effects. Scrying spells, such ...
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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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How do I effectively control a fresh animal companion in a way that doesn't slow down the party?

When an animal companion first starts out, it only knows one trick. Does this mean that if I don't choose something like heel for the first bonus trick than I must attempt to "Push" my companion? ...
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Do creatures get an attack of opportunity against targets with soft cover?

Let's say that, in completely open ground (i.e., no actual physical cover anywhere nearby), a creature with reach is immediately adjacent to a foe. That foe's ally is immediately behind the foe, ...
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A system ranking epic levels alongside divine ranks?

I was wondering how many epic levels could I say one divine rank is worth. Of course, this is a difficult question to answer with precision, considering that wizard 21 for epic spellcasting is ...
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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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Is discharging a spell a purely mental action?

We know that casting a spell often requires verbal and/or somatic components. Verbal and somatic components are clearly defined game concepts, but on discharging a spell, all I have is this: ...
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Do druid animal companions get ability points due to high HD?

I'm not sure about that one, and I can't find any explicit text in the rules. I know that regular HD for improved monsters also improves one ability by one point every four Hit-dices, but is it also ...
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Can someone agree (under duress) to forego a saving throw and can you tell if they comply or not?

Suppose a cleric wants to question an NPC under the effects of a "Zone of Truth" spell. And suppose said cleric or a member of her party has the ability to strong-arm the NPC into agreeing. Can part ...
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How to add and use a luck stat?

What are ways to incorporate a luck stat into a d20 based system as a seventh stat of 10+/- or just a direct modifier. Should the player have the ability to choose or change it in character ...
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What Are the Movement Limits When Maintaining a Grapple?

Question When the grappler attempts to maintain the grapple (PH 156), how much movement can the grappler take to move into the target's space? Comments say this issue apparently goes unaddressed in ...
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Are there any skill rank house rules?

My group is fairly small (3 characters including my own), and ranks in skills seem to be a bit off for us. We are calculating skill ranks properly for each of our characters, but our ranger seems to ...
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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Do you always get a Will save?

In D&D is there any situation where a player character could not be given a will save? Such as unconscious, insane, already under a previous illusion? If you are not in control of your mental ...
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How does Beast Strike interact with a monk with natural attacks?

Let's suppose we have a monk with two claw attacks. This character can make a full attack with iterative unarmed strikes using his head, knees, elbows and feet and ears and as long as he does not use ...
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Treasure tables in 3.5: roll per monster or per encounter?

It recently occurred to me that each monster in the MM has a treasure value, I've been rolling on the treasure table per encounter, am I supposed to roll per monster that has a treasure value over ...
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Is there a way to advance both Wizard and Assassin casting?

I'm creating a character for a challenge ("How would you help this village defend against an orcish army?") and in the interests of doing something wacky I decided to try and mix Wizard and Assassin ...
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How does the werewolf template alter my level?

If I'm a 5th-level monk who gains the werewolf template, what exactly happens to my character? I know I gain 2 d8-sized hit dice, but do I become a 7th-level monk? Or do the hit dice and level ...
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How do Shrink and Enlarge work in constrained environments?

What happens if you cast a shrink spell on an ogre then lure it to a very narrow tunnel then dispelling first spell and casting enlargement? Does that ogre explode? deforms? just gets stuck? or ...
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Ways to add the [Good] Descriptor to Spells for Arcane Spellcaster

The 'Consecrate Spell' feat from Book of Exalted Deeds adds the [Good] descriptor to spells cast. Is there another way to achieve this for arcane spellcasters, e.g. as a prestige class feature? The ...
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Looking for lycanthropy-related accessories

I've been planning to use lycanthropes as important characters (NPCs) in my next campaign (Pathfinder). I'm looking for any relevant accessories (rules, adventures, magazine articles, blog posts) ...
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Am I giving up too much with these Unearthed Arcana fighter variants?

I'm in the extremely early stages of planning a character for a low-magic D&D 3.5 campaign. The theme of the campaign is that the party will be pirates. I'm currently mulling around the idea of a ...
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Multiclassed spellcaster, full spell knowledge?

I am making an arcane/divine multiclass to later prestige as a mystic theurge. I have 'practices spellcaster' twice, as to have full caster level in both spellcaster classes. My question is if there ...
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Practical aspects of fire immunity [closed]

Fire immunity certainly defends the creature against magic attacks with fire description. But I'm curious about natural hazards. How does a fire immune creature react to a extremely high temperature? ...
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3.5 Tome of Battle - Warblade maneuver replacement and maneuver prereqs

I'm rather puzzled about how the warblade's maneuver replacement works with higher level maneuver prereqs. Do maneuver prereqs need to be fulfilled after I've already taken that maneuver? I'd think ...
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Are tricks the only way that I can control an animal companion?

I asked a similar question the other day, but this is broader and clearer. Is there ever a circumstance where an animal companion will do something or can be controlled without a trick besides riding ...
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Is Kalamar Campaign Setting official or 3rd party?

I am runnig a game with all official D&D 3.5 rulebooks available + Dragonlance Campaign books from WoDC, SoveignPress and MW Productions (since it is a Dragonlance campaign). I discard ...
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Monk with Aberrant/Vile feats

Additional attacks are a good thing to have and some feats give you those - like, Tentacles with a slam stack from Aberrant bloodline, or Bite attack from Vile. The question is - do those recieve ...
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Can Warforged be repaired with a skill check?

We're running a Pathfinder game, set in Eberron. In our first session, our Warforged was brought to very negative health and is thus disabled. She won't heal naturally, only receives half of magical ...
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When precisely is stealth lost?

If a foe is unaware of a character's presence due to stealth, and then that character does something that would break stealth, when does the foe become aware of them? Immediately, as an ...
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How does energy resistance work?

I have a D&D 3.5 character who has gained 3 energy resistance to fire due to an item. My question is. Does the energy resistance add 3 to AC when dealing with fire attacks or does it negate 3 of ...
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What dangers are there in having my GMPC be the recurring villain?

I have started my first 3.5 campaign and had the idea that as the GM I could still enjoy playing by making a character using the normal rules and running it as the villain. It would gain the same ...
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Minimizing Arcane Spell Failure with an armored Warforged

I'm starting out playing with a warforged in a D&D 3.5 campaign. I'm looking to minimize ASF – the concept behind this character is to play a sorcerer that specializes in touch attacks and uses ...
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Is there a list of non-OGL monsters?

I would like to find a list of monsters that are not OGL - like mind flayers, beholders, etc. How do you identify whether a monster is OGL or not?
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Is there a complete list detailing all Magical Beasts and Outsiders native to the Outer Planes?

I am looking to write a guide on the interaction between the Planar Shepherd and the various Outer Planes, but for this I am looking for an overview of all Magical Beasts and Outsiders native to said ...