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

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How do I portray a xenophobic, manipulative, evil noble?

My players, after having travelled through a big Kobold empire to find a temple, finally encountered the temple, only to find it inhabited by a Dragon. They bump into the Kobold who had been tracking ...
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How to handle “extra” skill points? [closed]

I'm building a GMPC character who's backstory involves learning forging from a smith father and learning violin (perform [string instruments]) from his mother. I don't want to waste points where I ...
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What tier is The Way Words Work's version of the Truenamer in?

The D&D 3.5e's original Truenamer is considered so badly broken it's nearly unusable, and in the Tier system, it gets pegged at tier 6 or 7, i.e. it is the lowest of the low. However, the folks ...
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Is Stormguard Warrior really that good?

I have an idea of build centered around the Crusader class, with some possible dips in Warblade/Swordsage to take advantage of the goodies in other disciplines (such as Ironheart Surge or Time Stands ...
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Is there a spear that is considered a light weapon?

I would like for followers of one of my characters to be a Phalanx Fighting army. However, the feat Phalanx Fighting text states: If you are using a heavy shield and a light weapon... If I ...
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How well can a Truenamer (the recreated, GitP, The Way Words Work version) cover for the role played by a divine caster?

I am in a D&D 3.5e campaign (custom setting) where the party is all 1st-level and consists of: Halfling Druid with partial alternate class features, no animal companion yet and a quarterstaff ...
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What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric

The cleric's turn undead ability sends undead fleeing, but the wizard's spell Command Undead enables him to give orders to the same undead. What happens when a Wizard uses Command Undead to force a ...
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List of all core Bard spells in an excel format

Is there a list of Bard spells in an excel format from the SRD? A Google search pulls up lists like this one but if I copy and paste them they paste into a single column with name and description on ...
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How can a weapon of legacy be resized?

Can a Craft skill check or other mundane or magical means resize a weapon of legacy? For example, the +1 silver Small shortsword Full Moon's Trick, a weapon of legacy, is acquired by a Medium ...
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What book are the bloodvelds from?

Our DM and the other DM in our party distinctly recall seeing a creature called a "bloodveld" in a D&D 3.5e book. This creature is a colorless aquatic ooze that feeds on the blood of whatever it ...
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Could Eye of Gruumsh be safely interpreted as Racial Subsitution Levels? [closed]

I am sure most can agree the Eye of Gruumsh prestige class is very dated and extremely sub-par compared to what has come out afterward. Would incorporating the prestige class into the barbarian core ...
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How do Wild Magic and Practiced Spellcaster Interact?

Wild Magic, a Wild Mage class feature (Complete Arcane, p69) states She reduces her caster level by 3 for all spells she casts from now on. However, every time she casts a spell, her use of wild ...
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How does a Ghostly Arm (graft) interact with Two-Weapon Fighting?

According to Libris Mortis (p. 80): ...the grafted creature can use the ghostly arm to deliver an incorporeal touch attack that deals 1d6 points of damage, the equivalent of a ghost’s corrupting ...
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Making sure a character doesn't outshine others? [closed]

This is based on this question. How do I make sure a character like this doesn't overshadow others?
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What's wrong with Weapons of Legacy? and how do I fix it? [closed]

I heard someone say that weapons of legacy was very bad, to they extent that they say to avoid the book completely. My question is, Why? What's so wrong with it that it deserves that? I want to know ...
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Is this Spirit Hunter Ranger variant I created overpowered?

I have a variant of ranger prepared, but I'm concerned the abilities may be overpowered? Spirit Hunter Ranger Replaces: hide in plain sight, camouflage, and the 5th favored enemy. ...
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What are the ramifications of waiving the Evil requirement for the assassin class?

Would being able to be a Good assassin mess up the game or something? Have the designers ever explicitly stated why they added that requirement to the class? Secondly, is there an alternative?
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Are there ways to change your primary spellcasting ability other than the feats in Legends of the Twins?

Going through Legends of the Twins I found a pair of feats that allow Divine casters to switch to either Intelligence or Charisma as their primary spellcasting ability in lieu of Wisdom. This made me ...
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Short Swords or Hand axes?

I'm building a dual wielding+archery character as a "recommended" build for a friend. I don't know whether it would be better for him to build for handaxes/throwing axes or short swords. I know this ...
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How can I improve the AC of my goliath warblade?

I'm playing a campaign in the Eberron setting with some friends. Currently I have a Goliath warblade Level 3 and although I have plenty of HP, my AC is pretty low right now. I'm looking for tips to ...
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Eternal Blade's Blade Guide, and anti-undead or anti-magic effects

The eternal blade prestige class from Tome of Battle gets a "blade guide" as a class feature at 1st level. The blade guide is a Fine-sized incorporeal entity with HP and saving throw bonuses equal to ...
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How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect ...
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What is the name of the spell or effect that prevents resurrection?

I remember seeing a spell (or perhaps a weapon enhancement?) that prevents the target from being resurrected if killed in DnD 3.5. However, I don't remember the spell name, nor its source, so any ...
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Mordenkainen 's disjunction and Mage's disjunction how to protect yourself?

On arriving at level 18 , you can find NPCs with Mordenkainen 's disjunction , how to protect beyond the chance of antimagic field ? Losing the properties of magic items is not good for a group. ...
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Does the Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil's Indigo Veil protect against supernatural abilities?

The Initiate of the Sevenfold Veil (Complete Arcane) has a "Indigo Veil" ability which provides a protection against incoming spells and spell-like abilities: Indigo Veil: A 6th-level initiate can ...
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Do hydras breathe X times or once?

Hydra (http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/hydra.htm) text includes "...can breathe jets of fire 10 feet high, 10 feet wide, and 20 feet long. All heads breathe once every 1d4 rounds. Each jet deals ...
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Can you take Melee Weapon Mastery twice and have it apply twice to the same weapon?

Can the feat 'Melee Weapon Mastery' Benefit: When you select this feat, choose bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing. You must have Weapon Focus and Weapon Specialization with a melee weapon that ...
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Could you be able to hide your mount with HiPS?

Would you be able to hide your mount with Hide in Plain Sight (assuming you've got a way to quiet the noise (like magical barding/horse shoes), which to be honest, is not particularly hard to get a ...
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Damage type of quarterstaff thrusts

Is thrusting with a quarterstaff still considered as bludgeoning damage under all circumstances? (From a simulationist standpoint, thrusting with a stave is not an unheard-of maneuver, and can be ...
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How can I make simple tasks more challenging without involving combat?

I want to delay my players for one session while we wait for the last player to become available. My plan is to send them to a wise old man (aka crazy hermit) for advice, and then to delay them for ...
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Are there ways to knock smaller opponents back a distance greater than 10' without grappling or spells?

The Monster Manual makes mention of the Awesome Blow monster feat (p. 303) that allows you to knock smaller opponents back 10' with a well-placed hit. But from what I can tell this is the only way to ...
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Can you trip someone if you have no free hands?

I'm building a Fighter for shield fighting and tripping attempts. The trip section of the SRD specifically states that you must take an unarmed melee touch attack against your target. If I have both ...
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What is the Hardness and Hitpoints of Mage Armor?

In a 3.5 game I play, our DM has a rule for armor that it wears out and breaks over time through natural wear and tear unless we maintain it. He uses a table much like ...
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How can my wizard get strong enough to carry basic gear?

I play a wizard in 3.5, but I was unfortunate in my dice rolls and got rather low strength starting out. Is there some way I could bulk up my wizard without sinking a fortune into magic gear? Does the ...
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Where did the Eladrin come from?

Fiendish Codex I (p. 105 and onwards) details the war at the start of the multiverse between the forces of Law (all of the gods and their servants) against the forces of Chaos (the obyrith and their ...
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How can I run a game for a group of 3 players that doesn't include a healer?

How do I handle having a party without a Healer? I have a Healer character ready but not a player for her, and I don't know how well I could handle playing her as a GMPC when I have another character ...
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Can I use 3.5 expansions for pathfinder? [duplicate]

Can I use 3.5 expansion books for pathfinder?? I want to because I want to use different things I read in 3.5 expanisions. Also tell me in your answer which are compatible and which aren't. I'm ...
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In D&D 3.5, is there a mechanism to resemble the use of a remote-controlled car?

Playing a 6th level halfling rogue in 3.5, and I'd like to replicate a door lock mechanism from a copypasta. The setting is sort of prone to Magic Mart syndrome, so access to 1-4th level spells ...
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How are statistics determined for an awakened animal?

Do published awakened creatures exist? Is there a stat block in any official text—including Dragon and Dungeon magazines—for a creature that's been the target of the 5th-level Drd spell awaken ...
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What can I do to prevent a player from breaking the game?

Several of my friends are starting a game pretty soon, and one of the players is a great guy, and fun to play with EXCEPT, he plays with the objective of optimization, while everyone else plays much ...
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Is there any limit to how often can you Smite in a round?

I have argued this with my group and we always come to no formal conclusion, as there are valid arguments on each side: In regard to smiting, is there a limit to how many you can perform in a round? ...
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Can Improved Natural Attack apply to Animal Devotion's serpent's strike?

Using the serpent's strike special ability of the feat Animal Devotion (Complete Champion 54-55), it's possible for a character to get for at least 1 minute 1/day a bite natural attack that deals only ...
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What does “possession” mean in the context of Swift Ready?

I'm running a D20 Modern game in which my players have access to D&D spells. This situation though could easily come up in a standard D&D game. One of my players is playing a Duskblade and ...
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Are there predefined Military awards in d20?

I would like to run a military campaign starting in medieval times (D&D). The only military award or decoration that I know of in the d20 system (off the top of my head) is the Medal of Steadfast ...
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How early can I gain a cohort with the Leadership feat?

So I'm struggling to figure out the table on page 106 of the DM guide for 3.5 about how many cohorts you can have and at what level you can have them. If you have a Leadership score of 9 or below, can ...
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AD&D 2e to D&D 3.5e Protection from Evil changes

The text of Protection from Evil in my AD&D 2e PHB reads as follows, in part: This protection ends if the protect character makes a melee attack against or tries to force the barrier ...
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Can you make a sword out of Ivory?

One of my players is a barbarian that levelled into druid, which ultimately meant he could no longer use metal. However, he killed an elephant with its own tusk, and wants to make that 10ft long tusk ...
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Are there rules as written for counter tracking?

I recall running a pre-generated mod years ago, where the NPCs were performing tracking (survival) checks to make their tracks more obscure to the party hunting them. I have been using this since ...
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How would a ranger know he's being followed?

Not long ago I was reading a novel from a popular DND author where a ranger concludes that they're not being followed, but shadowed. This got me thinking... What telltales would a ...
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Is there a way to become immune to Possession all the time?

I'm going to be running an Eberron game soon, and one of the players has expressed an interest in playing one of the Inspired 'gone rogue'. Unfortunately, the rules for Possession of the Inspired are ...