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

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What's the origin of the game terminology “Rocket Tag”?

I've seen a lot of people referring to 3.5 recently using the term "Rocket Tag". Specifically, where does this terminology come from, where was this specific terminology named or created, and what ...
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How to balance my encounters for a party with lots of burst damage

I'm having trouble balancing my combat encounters because my party is able to ditch too much damage in a round. It's a party of 5 lvl 9 but anything with less than a 100hp and high AC doesn't live ...
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Bracing Against a Charge and Reach

If I were to set myself up to brace for a charge with a Longspear, do I get both my readied attack for double damage when they move into reach and my attack of opportunity for normal damage (or would ...
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What would the character-optimization consequences be of using the “one-step” rule for Warlock alignment?

Although the source material for the Warlock class in D&D 3.5e makes no specification on what alignment a Warlock must be (and explicitly mentions Good-aligned warlocks more than once), it is not ...
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How does Spell Immunity work against spells that are on different spell lists with different levels?

Based on Does a Heightened spell bypass Spell Immunity?, a follow-up. What happens if I pick "Dominate Person" as a spell? It's a 4th level Bard spell, but a 5th level Sorceror/Wizard spell. Do I get ...
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Can you stack effects of a touch attack?

Let's say I have a Lich, said Lich is a Dread Necromancer and casts Bestow Wounds (just went a picked a touch spell at random). Now can this Lich make a single touch attack to apply its Lich touch, ...
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Is this Orc and Hobgoblin hybrid well balanced?

I've been thinking on creating a very specific NPC for the E6 game I'm running. This NPC would be a male barbarian, a hybrid between an Orc and a Hobgoblin, perhaps with advanced age. There is no ...
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Magic Vestment on Bracers of Armor?

The Bracers of Armor are described to "surround the wearer with invisible but tangible field of force", which essentially is an invisible suit of armor. My question is: Can Magic Vestment be cast on ...
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Are immunities only working if you want them to?

For example, a Necropolitan Dread Necromancer just leveled, earning herself the class ability Negative Energy Resistance. However, she has always been using her Charnel Touch ability to heal herself. ...
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How are the followers and the cohort obtained with the Leadership feat?

When a character takes the Leadership feat, how are the followers and the cohort obtained? Do you have to actively recruit them during the game and hope the DM gives you some decent followers, or do ...
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Hit Dice rules with odd racial type

I'm making a Tibbit character, who is a monstrous humanoid. So I went to look up the creature type on d20srd. A humanoid is listed as having an 8-sided hit dice or by class, meaning that class ...
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How do I house rule Feinting in Combat to decrease swinginess?

The primary assertion comes from the fact that Feinting in Combat is generally effective when the player has maxed out their Bluff ranks, but in the handful of encounters where the target has maxed ...
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Are Rake, Rend and Constrict Natural Weapons?

Reference Information Rake states: A creature with this special attack gains extra natural attacks when it grapples its foe. Rend states: If a creature hits with both claw attacks, it ...
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Is a ranger's favored enemy damage bonus precision damage?

The Player's Handbook on the ranger's extraordinary ability favored enemy says At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given on Table 3–14: Ranger Favored Enemies. ...
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Dropping items while gaseous

I know that when a vampire turns gaseous their gear turns with them but what I want to know is if a vampire can choose to go gaseous and leave items behind (such as armour or other worn items). ...
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If there is a strong curse placed by a god, is it detectable by everyone with the detect magic spell?

A PC has a hereditary curse (originally inflicted on an ancestor) that means in a specific scenario the character dies instantly. The curse is coming from an evil god(dess) in Faerun. Can anyone ...
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Did the designers intend that you need only carry the Cloak of Charisma to get the bonus?

The SRD's entry for the Cloak of Charisma says: This lightweight and fashionable cloak has a highly decorative silver trim. When in a character’s possession, it adds a +2, +4, or +6 enhancement ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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How cleric can boost his Intimidation or Diplomacy for a time of his speech? [With spells preferably]

My Cleric would like to give a speech for a townsfolk in a small city. I prepeared a text for my speech, but my DM took a notice that my hero does not have many points in diplomacy neither intimidate ...
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Does the damage from Supernatural abilities bypass damage reduction?

The maneuver Obscuring Shadow Veil does 5d6 damage and is described as a supernatural ability. If I make an attack on a Devil with DR 10/good with a weapon and do 6 damage + 20 damage from the ...
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Know lifespan of a creature

Is there anything in 3.5 that works like the Shinigami Eyes in Death note? I want to see when someone's time is up, when someone is supposed to die, to know when someone is dying etc Is this possible ...
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Shadow garrotte align weapon

Our paladin has the Good devotion feat active. My swordsage uses his Shadow Garrotte within 30 ft.of the paladin and hits a devil with DR 10/good. Shadow Garrotte is a supernatural ability but it's ...
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What is the correct price of cold iron?

DMG states on page 284: Weapons made of cold iron cost twice as much to make as their normal counterparts. Also, any magical enhancements cost an additional 2,000 gp. The Magic Item Compendium ...
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How can I create a weapon with a permanent spell?

I am trying to create a great sword which has a chance to activate disintegrate spell. But I am not sure about the parameters. After a 6-7 sessions I want to reward my pc's with epic (or close to ...
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Whence the large difference in power between ogres and hill giants?

Ogres and Hill giants are both of Giant type and are described as very similar height: 9–10 feet for ogres, 10½ feet for hill giants (and they're both of Large size category). Yet their ...
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Why are the Prismatic Dragon's attack bonuses wrong?

The Question I've been fiddling with the Epic Dragon statblocks recently, as they're given on the SRD, and I've found something that bugs me: some of the calculations are inconsistent, and some of ...
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Does putting a Portable Hole into a Bag of Holding allow a saving throw?

Does putting the Portable Hole into the Bag of Holding grant a saving throw or is it a guaranteed rip to another plane? I want to use this to derail a game with a group I don't like, but I need to ...
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What is the name of this D&D 3.x adventure module in which zombies attack a village?

I am looking for a 3e or 3.5e Dungeons and Dragons module that I played about 10 years ago (+/− a few years or so) that I never got to finish. We played it right after we finished Scourge of the ...
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3.5e rules on racial feats at character creation [closed]

Racial Feats. Depending on the creature type of the character’s race, he begins with a number of feats. These feats may be used however the character likes, provided he meets the prerequisites ...
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Can Dwarven fighters or any non-casting Class create “magic” weapons?

I would like to discuss how did Bruenor Battlehammer craft Aegis-fang. According to the Forgotten Realms Campaign Manual, Bruenor does not have any spell casting class and no mention of an Inscribing ...
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Can you have more undead slaves than you can technically command?

A player of mine is going to play a Dread Necromancer. She obviously wants a huge army at her fingertips, but wants to be subtle about it until she is sufficiently powerful. Through turn/rebuke ...
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What weapons can a familiar use?

If a familiar is nearly as smart as a human (or smarter than the average human, depending on the master's level), and many of them have a high Dexterity score, and familiars inherit all of the ...
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Can you 'permanently' end up in the Ethereal plane using a Blink Spell?

With the Blink Spell in D&D 3.5, you constantly shift in at out of the Ethereal plane in a seemingly random fashion. You spend half the time of the duration in the ethereal plane, thus giving ...
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Is a Warlock Eldritch Blast/Invocation use unlimited?

A Bit of background. I've decided to roll up a Warlock NPC as one of the final bosses for my campaign using the class from Complete Arcane since it fits in with some of the underlying themes and ...
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Channel Spell (su) and Scorching Ray

When talking with my players (we all play Pathfinder, but use some classes of 3.5), one of them plays with a spellsword and we're confused about channel spell: Channel Spell(su) At 4th level, a ...
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Getting a new familiar with Improved Familiar

I'm a level 2 Wizard, soon-to-be level 3. I have a Hawk familiar, and I'm very interested in the idea of getting the feat Improved Familiar at level 3. I'm interested in a Celestial Hawk or Owl, which ...
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What circumstances make Heighten Turning worthwhile?

The feat Heighten Turning has the following as part of its benefit: When you turn or rebuke undead, you may choose a number no higher than your cleric level. Add that number to your turning check, ...
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If an Umbral Blot came up against a black Hole, what would win?

Thanks to DM logic, the characters in our epic-level campagin started layering spell over spell until we ended up creating a black hole. Don't ask how. These things tend to happen in our campaign. As ...
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Which feats should a weretiger take to best use its natural attacks?

Which feats should a weretiger take to fight at optimal efficiency using its bite and claws? Are there any claw-type weapons a weretiger can wear that improve his natural claw attacks? Which feats ...
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How can a creature using a weapon bypass DR X/—?

How can a creature using a weapon overcome a foe's damage reduction X/— (like that of the barbarian)? Are the only ways the martial maneuvers foehammer (ToB 59) and mountain hammer (ToB 84) et al.?
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Can Iron Heart Surge remove sleep, paralysis, or similar effects?

The description of Iron Heart Surge seems unclear to me. Normally, you must be able to move to initiate a maneuver. However, Iron Heart Surge seems very broad in what it affects. Can it also remove ...
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Rogue sneak attack against Improved Uncanny Dodge

Can a rogue or assassin, with 6 or 7 total levels, use sneak attack when he is attacking someone with Improved Uncanny Dodge, like a barbarian 5th or Warblade 6th? If rogue attack from invisibilty ...
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Is there a druidic version of the spell mark of justice?

The 5th-level cleric and 4th-level paladin spell mark of justice curses the subject when the subject performs an action chosen when the spell is cast. Is there a similar spell for punishing unruly ...
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How can I make the protagonist from the Night Angel Trilogy into a PC? [closed]

I'm a big fan of Brent Weeks's Night Angel Trilogy of novels and want to play a PC as close as possible to the wetboy Kylar Stern/Durzo Blint, a rogue, assassin, and warrior with the awesome talents. ...
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When, where, and with whom did the Dark Chaos Feat Shuffle originate?

In trying to give credit where it's due, I'd like to learn the name or pseudonym of the originator of the Dark Chaos Feat Shuffle (DCFS) (link is to a definition not a source), and where and when both ...
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Sets of spells that have explicit bonuses when used together

Some spells come in "sets" that have explicit benefits when you use them together. For one example, the heart of element series in Complete Mage: heart of air heart of earth heart of fire heart of ...
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Can a Great Diplomat have two cohorts?

The Dragon #318 article "Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor" (32-48) altered the benefit of the Oriental Adventures feat Great Diplomat (63) to the following: You gain a +2 bonus on ...
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Do caster level checks fail on a roll of a natural 1?

All the SRD states is: Caster Level Checks To make a caster level check, roll 1d20 and add your caster level (in the relevant class). If the result equals or exceeds the DC (or the spell ...
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To what domains does Iyachtu Xvim grant access?

The feat Godsblood Spelltheft has as its benefit the ability to select a domain granted by Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson who assumed his father's hatred and tyranny portfolios for about a decade until he ...
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What happens to a druid's AC and ability score bonuses in Wild Shape?

If a druid uses Wild Shape, does he retain his Natural/Dodge/Deflection bonuses to AC? What about ability score bonuses from items (Ring, Amulet, etc) or from spells (Barkskin, Bull’s Strength)?