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

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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 learn 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. ...
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What is the difference between non-dimensional space and extra-dimensional space in DnD 3.5?

Can someone please explain to me the difference between non-dimensional space and extra-dimensional space in DnD 3.5?
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What sort of check should be used for my frenzy ability's stay-in-control aspect?

My D&D 3.5e character is a half-shark/half-man, and I want to give him a boost ability that allows him to indulge in his frenzy or instinct and gain bonuses during battle. Doing so, however, would ...
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When a wizard is damaged below zero hit points from lethal damage, does he lose the spells that he has prepared?

When a wizard is brought below zero hit points from lethal damage, does he lose the spells that he has prepared? I have always played this way. The 3.5e PHB states under Injury and Death that: A ...
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At what level should you start players joining an ongoing game?

I've been DMing my first ongoing D&D 3.5 game that has been playing together weekly for about a year. We lost a player to real life responsibilities and have another interested in joining the ...
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Making skill-based feats attractive

So everyone knows that the feats that give bonuses to skills are... lackluster at best. I was wondering if anyone has tried implementing any changes to these feats to make them more attractive choices ...
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How can I create a Cleric that uses grappling moves and martial arts?

I'm a complete newcomer to the RPG hobby. I was invited to a D&D session and when I was asked to create my character I was completely blanked. But when I came up with the idea of a martial-artist ...
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Can a PC be any monster from the MM?

I was looking through the 3.5 Monster Manual, and started noticing something. Some monsters had a 'This monster as a character' section, apparently telling the players how to adjust their stats to ...
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Can a wizard cast spells while paralyzed?

The wizard in our party, got into this big argument (one could actually call it a tantrum) about if he is able to cast while paralyzed. He had this feat, sudden still spell, which works exactly like ...
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Daylight vs Bright Illumination vs Shadowy Illumination

Primary Questions Is there a difference between "daylight" and "bright illumination"? Where is the dividing line between bright and shadowy illumination? My Interpretation Daylight seems pretty ...
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Can a stunned character do anything at all?

The stunned status on 3.5 reads like this: A stunned creature drops everything held, can’t take actions, takes a –2 penalty to AC, and loses his Dexterity bonus to AC (if any). So in strict RAW ...
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What are good resources for playing Lizardfolk characters?

Are there any good official resources (racial feats or class substitutions) for Lizardfolk characters in 3.5? Races of Eberron threw goblinoids and orcs a bone but nothing for the poor denizens of ...
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How do Incarnate-class chakra binds interact with Warforged armour?

I'm considering taking a level of Incarnate, and my race is Warforged, so it'd be good to know how chakra binds would deal with the fact that I'm permanently wearing armour everywhere. Magic of ...
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What's the best class to choose with high Con and low Strength?

So, I have a problem. I have a warforged character who, the DM insisted, would be created with a class first and THEN have stats rolled, 3d6, in order and no re-ordering (i.e. STR first, then DEX, ...
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Can my wizard conjure a bedroll so that I don’t have to carry a sleeping mat?

Is there a spell I can use to create a bedroll each night? A magic item would be suitable as well. The spell should be of a low level, i.e. 1 or 2.
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How can I increase the DC of venom

I am playing a druid who has a viper as his animal companion. I'm finding that the DC for the viper's poison (DC 11) makes it less useful as we increase in level. Are there any spells or magical items ...
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Are a deity's rank and class levels co-dependent?

I'm trying my hand at making stats for a deity in D&D 3.5 (god of music, if it makes a difference) using the rules given in Deities and Demigods. So far everything makes sense except one thing: I ...
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What feats should I take to optimize a dragon shaman grappler?

I was hoping to create a dragon shaman using this home brew version of it. My question is what feats should I take to optimize it to be a grapple tank? (By grapple tank I mean that I want him to ...
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How would a 7th level wizard defend his shop?

So my players have been hired by a wizard to recover 3 copies of a spell he created. Three other wizards have copied the spell into secondary spellbooks (which required them to break a ...
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How can I get my wizard to cast low-level spells spontaneously?

Okay, I have this idea for a character (DnD, 3.5e) who has some innate magical talent, but simply fails in developing it intuitively, so he goes on to invest his intelligence in studying and learning ...
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Custom Team for Fighting in an Arena [closed]

We are playing Hero's Championship in a wicked Arena of Terror. That's beside our regular storyline with characters built just for this purpose. It's to get some adrenalin in a Player versus Player ...
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What are the advantages and pitfalls of the Wilder class as compared to other psionic classes?

Of late - most recently, here in RPG.SE's own chat room - I have heard quite a bit of dissatisfaction with the Wilder class. This surprised me, as I thought it was okay at first blush, so I'd like to ...
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Do fighters have to meet level requirements for feats they take using fighter bonus feats?

Weapon Focus, 2 Proficiency with weapon, base attack bonus +1 +1 bonus on attack rolls with selected weapon Weapon Specialization, 2 Proficiency with weapon, Weapon Focus with weapon, ...
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Differing expectations on fight or flight

Last night, I joined a D&D 3.5e campaign. The two other characters in the party were on their way to a grove, inhabited by friendly druids, when they discovered it had been converted to a quarry. ...
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What are the rules for switching an animal companion and how exactly are they summoned?

I have a Druid and a Ranger in the game I'm DM'ing. They constantly change their animal companions. I know that a Druid can release an animal companion from service and get another one (or replace a ...
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Can other casters use an Artificer's Magic Items (without UMD)?

I thought I read the answer to this somewhere but I can't find it in the rules anywhere; please help me clarify. (As this is a RAW question, please include source, thanks) Since the Artificer is not ...
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Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?

The comment below was originally posted on another answer: Furthermore, from a super-strict RAW perspective, it has been argued (not by me!) that the Errata rules don’t actually let a book claim ...
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Making monks better but not broken

I am about to run a campaign where 2 of the 3 PCs are monk-based classes. They will be starting at level 10 and I expect the campaign to run till 15 or 16. One is a Monk 2/ Sorcerer 4/ Enlightened ...
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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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Leaping Flame versus different enemy's actions

The 5th level Desert Wind counter Leaping Flame allows you to teleport to an enemy within 100' that attacks you with a melee (which is useful if the enemy has reach, or if you need to quickly grant ...
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Are there metamagic feats for martial manuevers?

Is there any equivalent to a metamagic feats that can be applied to martial maneuvers. For example a maximized death in the dark would be amazing.
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I want to have elite troop of undead, but which undead?

It's me again with more questions about undead. I was reading the cleric's animate dead spell, and I was a little bit disappointed after reading the skeleton's stats. 6 hp is kind of bad for an elite ...
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Healing a PC with spell resistance

I have a drow in my party that doesn't have a lot of HP. When she's unconscious and bleeding out, I am having trouble stabilizing her—her spell resistance is still active, and I only have a +6 ...
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How should the party heal up between encounters?

Since there's quite a lot of discussion on the button of cure light wounds question, I'd like to pose a separate question: What is the most effective solution for healing outside of combat as ...
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What are the upsides of Changeling Wizard's Dual Specialization ACF?

I'm looking at building a Changeling Wizard for a new campaign. While I'm likely to still take at least the first level of the racial substitution for the delicious skills, I'm less sold on the Dual ...
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PC build - Beguiler/Wizard/Ultimate Magus

I am currently in my first campaign, playing as a level 6 Beguiler (aiming for Shadowcraft Mage). In the case where I die and have to reroll, I think I would like to adapt a slightly different build, ...
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How do I Raise the Dead and Look Good Doing it?

I am a LE cleric (No god, but in a order of LG/LN cleric, faking to praying to their god) and we are in a mass combat campaign (Darn you Drow), and I want to raise an elite troop of undead to protect ...
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Where are example Unique Devil stat blocks?

Flipping through the Fiendish Codex II, there are a few named devils listed as 'unique' but are provided no stat blocks, such as Titivilus, one of Dispater's Dukes and Barbas, a Duke of ...
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Cut off hand with Ring of Regeneration on it

@Li-aungYip 's recent question made me think about this. From the d20SRD: Regeneration This white gold ring continually allows a living wearer to heal 1 point of damage per level every hour ...
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How much should a “button of Cure Light Wounds” cost (should it be available at all?)

My fellow players would like to have a command-word or use-activated "button" of Cure Light Wounds at will, i.e. unlimited uses/day. How much should this cost (if it should be available at all?) ...
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Can you use the pounce ability during a surprise round

I remember reading that during a surprise round you can only take a single action. A charge is usually a full round action but can be used if you are restricted to a single action, as stated in the ...
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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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What type of action is hiding in plain sight

In the PHB it says that hiding takes no action and usually is performed as part of a move action. However if I'm playing a rogue/ranger or rogue/shadowdancer and I have the hide in plain sight ability ...
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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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How does metamagic feats interact with each type of casters?

Wizards Wizards must choose to apply the metamagic feat to their spells while preparing the spell? If yes, can they just cast spells with the metamagic feat this way? Sorcerers and Bards When ...
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Can polymorph any object affect an abomination?

My group and I are playing D&D 3.5e, and we're unclear on what the ruling is: can Polymorph Any Object affect an abomination?
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Using Rot of Ages to enable sneak attacks

This is more a question about 3.5e stealth mechanics than anything else. The Rot of Ages spell grants all creatures concealment against the target. I would think this would enable a rogue to attempt ...
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Does Petrifying Gaze special ability still work posthumously in D&D 3.5/Pathfinder?

Meaning can a PC use the severed head of a medusa or basilisk as a weapon to petrify his opponents?