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

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Wild Shaping into creatures of different sizes and hit dice than printed

The Totem Druid (Dragon 335) can Wild Shape into its Totem animal from level 1. Now, none of the creatures it is printed it can turn into has 1HD. Does this mean that if you want to turn into, say, a ...
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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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How to tame a wild animal?

I stumbled upon this question: My ranger has tamed an absurd amount of Animal Companions with Handle Animal In the uses of Handle Animal, most similar thing I have seen is: Rear a Wild Animal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Having early access to Wild Shape but being able to Wild Shape into animals

I know that if you want to Wild Shape at a level before 5 when you get it as a regular Druid or a Wild Shape Ranger, there are a few options (Divine Minion, Totem Druid), but the downside to these ...
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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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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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Are the Clerics of Pelor supposed to be celibate?

So, I've rolled up a Dwarf who happened to be raised by humans. I call him "Gilly". At one point in the game I returned to my room at an inn only to find a woman there waiting for me. I started ...
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I'm getting Trapfinding from Rogue and Scout, what can I trade one of them for?

As title says: Since I'm multiclassing into both Rogue and Scout, I have the Trapfinding ability granted to me from two different classes, and as far as I know they don't stack or improve upon each ...
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What does a D&D 3.5 druid get as a result of size changes during wild shape?

A wild shaping druid will often change size category -- for example, a human druid (medium size category) might change shape into a dog (small size category). The alternate form special ability on ...
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How can a Druid Wild Shape into Outsiders?

I am looking into how Druids (and by extend, Planar Shepherds and Masters of Many Shapes) can Wild Shape into Outsiders from the Outer Planes. The method I have looked into before boiled down to "Ask ...
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Change an item with a daily use into intervals per day

Some magic items say something like, "This effect lasts for 10 rounds. You can activate this ability once per day." Others do this: "This effect lasts for 10 rounds each day, divided up as you so ...
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Are there melee builds that can keep up with well-played tier 1 casters? [closed]

I want to know if there are melee builds, i.e. characters designed to use either melee or ranged weapons in combat, that can keep up with/compete with/or be useful to competent tier 1 casters (Wizard, ...
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If a character does something evil, but they can justify it as good are they evil?

Let's say there is a forest gnome named Treeloff. Now Treeloff is one of the kindest, most innocent people you will ever meet; however, one day that all changed. You see, Treeloff loves the forest ...
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How do the Planar Shepherd's features interact with the Outlands?

I have recently read up on the Planar Shepherd, and I have a few questions about it regarding its interaction with the Outlands. And while I know the Planar Shepherd is in an Eberron book, and as such ...
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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 are “tiers”, and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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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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Are there any feats that allow a non-barbarian character to use rage?

This question is pretty simple: are there any feats for D&D 3.5 that allow a non-barbarian character to enter a rage mode? It doesn't matter if the feat is a third party resource. I also don't ...
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Can you use Spring Attack while flying instead of taking Flyby Attack?

If someone has the feat Spring Attack and he has the capacity to fly, does he still need to learn Flyby Attack, since it's almost the same thing?
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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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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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Is an arrow destroyed when used successfully as an improvised melee weapon?

The SRD says about Arrows that An arrow used as a melee weapon is treated as a light improvised weapon (-4 penalty on attack rolls) and deals damage as a dagger of its size (critical multiplier ...
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Should I allow a Wondrous Item on level 1 character creation?

I'm starting a new 3.5 campaign, using only the 3 core books for character creation, and starting all my players off at level 1. One of my players has written a (rather good) backstory for his ...
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Can a character sharpen their teeth to give themselves a bite attack?

In a recent D&D 3.5 session the party's chaotic evil druid gnome tried to sharpen his teeth to points so he could make bite attacks out of beast form. However I denied him the ability to do so ...
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How can you become a tree?

This is a rather strange and fairly straightforward question. Is there any magical method for someone to turn themselves into tree, whether it be arcane, divine, or through the use of a magic item? ...
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How does one determine damage when using the feat Leap Attack?

Just so nobody has to find it, the Complete Adventurer errata says that in the feat Leap Attack that the second sentence of the Benefit paragraph should read as follows: If you cover at least 10 ...
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Is there a directory of optimisation handbooks for D&D 3.5?

On the eve of 5th edition, there has been a great deal of bit rot since the dark days of 2003-2004. Forums have lived and died, and many of the trivial searches on google show ancient threads. ...
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Dark Creature template, and derivative speeds

One of the benefits of the Dark Creature template (Tome of Magic, p. 161) is that you get +10 feet "to all modes of movement". Let's say I take a level in Ape Totem Barbarian, which grants a climb ...
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Small Poisonous Monsters

Some monsters are poisonous, and make you roll to save against some unpleasant effects. Most of the mundane monsters poison their target through injury... And that's where it gets strange See, for ...
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Can a creature choose to inflict less damage?

The Player's Handbook says in the section about Damage When your attack succeeds, you deal damage. The type of weapon used (see Table 7–5: Weapons, page 116) determines the amount of damage you ...
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Are there any ways for a Swift Hunter build to get Movement+Full Attack in a round besides Travel Devotion and Shadow Pounce?

I've been looking into this for quite a while, seen many different methods and builds regarding Shadow Hunter builds, and most of which at least mention Travel Devotion. Thus far I haven't been able ...
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Can you pass an entire surprise round?

Looking at this question about sniping, in this situation: Example 3 A wields a loaded crossbow and waits on on a cliff overlooking a valley for B to walk by. A is unobserved and has a low ...
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Sniping: How Does It Work?

The Player's Handbook says the following about sniping: Sniping: If you’ve already successfully hidden at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack, then immediately hide ...
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How do I develop cryptic tomes in D&D 3.5?

I want to have a series of very hard to understand tomes (à la the Necronomicon) in my D&D 3.5 campaign. How do I model their difficulty? What kind of checks should be used so that players have an ...
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Hide check penalty when under effect of light spell?

Is there some reference in the rules what is the Hide check penalty when the subject is under the light spell effect? The situations: My group is in a pitch black dungeon, and our scout is always ...
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Concentration check DC for Bardic Music

In D&D 3.5, as a bard I have to make concentration checks to maintain some of the Bardic Music abilities. What's the DC of those concentration checks?
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Do prestige class levels advance an Ardent's number of mantles assumed?

Let's say I'm a level 7 Ardent/4 Ectopic Adept. That combination makes me, for all intents and purposes, a level 10 Ardent when it comes to manifesting powers. Would I, at that level, assume my 5th ...
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True necromancer, caster level and animate dead

I was working on a True Necromancer (Libris mortis pag. 53) and I wanted to see how many undeads it can control. Assume the Necromancer is level 11, he comes from a cleric/3, wizard/3, true ...
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In D&D 3.5, do wild shaping druids gain the senses of the new form?

In D&D 3.5, do wild shaping druids gain the senses of the new form? The rules for the Alternate Form ability (on which Wild Shape is based) explicitly state that the shape-changing creature "does ...
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Ways for a Sorcerer to cast Spells he doesn't “know”

A Wizard prepares and casts Spells from his Spellbook and can therefore cast pretty much any Spell he has the appropriate Slot for and can get a Scroll to memorize it from. I'd like to have a similar ...
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Balancing Spellcasters; Spontaneous Casters versus Prepared Casters

So ask any optimizer and they'll almost always tell you the same thing: in 3.5 classes that prepare spells are better than spontaneous spellcasters. It's generally not thought of as even a contest. ...