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

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Can Aereni Focus and Skill Focus be stacked?

Aereni Focus says that it counts as Skill Focus for meeting requirements/prerequisites. So, for instance, I could take Aereni Focus (Listen) and I would qualify for the Keen-Eared Scout feat through ...
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Can you benefit from Punishing Stance with a melee touch attack?

All maneuvers in Tome of Battle have a clearly defined paragraph of flavor text, clearly marked in italics, and a rules text right below it. I understand the first part of this rules text to be some ...
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How many Attacks of Opportunity can you take by moving with Robilar's Gambit?

If a player had activated Robilar's Gambit (PHB2 p.82) and then moved through threatened areas for three enemies provoking AoOs from each enemy, could the player get retaliatory AoOs from each enemy ...
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Can a character take Attacks of Opportunity while moving without stopping?

This mostly would come up in the context of readied actions, but other situations could arise. If a character is moving past an opponent who is provoking an attack of opportunity, can that character ...
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Was “Temple of Elemental Evil” ever updated?

The Temple of Elemental Evil was first made for AD&D, meaning that characters and monsters were still built for that system. It is still ranked as one of the best campaigns in the system. Was it ...
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Do non-instantaneous spells fail if the target becomes illegal later on in the spell's duration?

A wizard wants to sneak an apparatus of kwalish past a bunch of guards, and comes up with an ingenious plan - he wants to use polymorph any object to turn the apparatus into a small acorn. However, ...
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Is Giving Players 90 Points in 5e in a 1-1 Point Buy OP compared to 84 points in the same buy system in 3.5e? [on hold]

Just staring 5e, did 3.5 for a long time. The question is - is 90 points for a starting character, in a 1-1 buy system in 5e too OP compared to 84 in 3.5e in the same buy system? Thanks!
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Can a Monk “two-hand” their Unarmed Attack for the sake of Power Attack and the like?

One of the players in my group wants to know if you can basically do a double palm attack as a single attack and get double damage while using Power Attack by way of wielding a weapon with two hands. ...
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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How do you price magic items with continuous effects based on spells with duration: concentration?

If a continuous item has an effect based on a spell with a duration measured in rounds, multiply the cost by 4. If the duration of the spell is 1 minute/level, multiply the cost by 2, and if the ...
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What LA should this custom template be?

Trying my hand at making a custom template. I wanted to make a vampire-ish character, but both the vampire and half-vampire templates were kind of sucky. After some googling I found the Dhampir ...
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Does taking off or landing require an action or any movement speed?

The following examples I think capture the question: Let's say a Giant Eagle is on the ground, walking. It has a 10 foot movement speed on the ground and an 80 foot flying movement speed. In one ...
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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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How much should this Infectious Zombie homebrew change a zombie's challenge rating?

When you are bitten by a zombie, you have to make two checks against Fort DC 10+HD of the zombie. If one fails, you turn into a zombie in 1d4 days, if both fail, you turn into a zombie in 1d2 days. ...
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What Level Adjustment does a Dhampir have?

Looking in Denizens of Dread page 55, I cannot seems to find an LA entry, while this is clearly presented as a usable template (and looking at the gains from the template, I don't think "No LA" is ...
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How can I have a level 3 character with influence over wolves?

I'll admit I've never played D&D, but my friends want me to join a game for a special event and so there's a first time for everything. I want to model my character after Perrin Aybara from the ...
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How can I raise my effective Caster Level to make dispelling my magic more difficult?

I'm trying to minimize the cleric (and related PrCs) levels in a build while still getting enough Caster Level to avoid being dispelled by, say, a lucky chain dispel cast by an Inquisitor. I've ...
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Can Skill Mastery let you take 10 with Use Magic Device?

The rogue special ability (advanced talent) Skill Mastery reads as follows: The rogue becomes so certain in the use of certain skills that she can use them reliably even under adverse conditions. ...
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What is the penalty for stealthing at normal speed?

In both Pathfinder and D&D 3.5e, the rules for stealthing (Stealth, Hide and Move Silently) state: When moving at a speed greater than half but less than your normal speed, you take a –5 ...
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A way to water-proof equipment on short notice

So, our 3.5 party is about to make a quick dive to the next story location, and just before that, our Bard remembers that he don't want to get his lute wet since it would damage the instrument. Then, ...
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If you have Steady Concentration, can you take 10 on Elder Giant Magic?

Elder Giant Magic (Secrets of Xen'drik p.135) requires a Concentration check each round you use it, and “You cannot take 10 on these checks.” Steady Concentration (Races of Stone p.144) says that ...
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Protection against mind-affecting spells (low resources, high-level, low will save)

My character has failed a few critical Will saves in the last couple of encounters. All encounters are pretty tight, so losing one character makes them way more difficult, not to mention that fun ...
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For double weapons, how do the hardness bonuses from enhancement bonuses stack?

From the SRD: Hardness and Hit Points Each +1 of enhancement bonus adds 2 to a weapon’s or shield’s hardness and +10 to its hit points. Does a quarterstaff +1/+2 get a total increase in ...
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Can I reliably swap ability scores?

Say, I was playing for 8 levels with Wis = 9 and Cha = 19. From 9th level and further I'd like to get them swapped: Wis = 19 & Cha = 9. What are possible ways to do so? There is the retraining ...
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Are there any morale rules that say when NPCs should flee?

In AD&D 2nd edition there were morale checks to determine whether an NPC or monster continues to fight, or tries to surrender or flee. In core D&D 3.5 there is nothing of that sort (if I've ...
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(How) can a Warforged get the Dragonblood Subtype?

I am currently trying to make a Warforged Bard, and wanted to give him the Dragonfire Inspiration Feat to trade +X Atk and +X Dmg for +Xd6 dmg. However, this requires me to have 11 Cha (No problem) ...
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Natives' spells and abilities pretty useless on elemental plane of fire? [closed]

Let's take a couple of examples: Efreeti and Salamander on the elemental plane of fire. Both have some spell-like abilities which are manifesting their capabilities to use fire. However, it seems that ...
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Houserule: All cantrips/orisons on spell list cast spontaneously, limited per day. Broken?

I'm a new-ish 3.5/Pathfinder frankenstein-hybrid DM (CMB and CMD exist in my game, Death rules from Pathfinder, the rest is 3.5) and now I'm thinking about tweaking Level 0 spells. However I'm not ...
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Wild shape monster save DC.

When you are wild shaping into a monster do you use your own or the monsters hit dice for the sake of determining the DC for the abilities of that creature?
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Are upper-level combat encounters still as complicated and time-consuming?

With level 10 and higher PCs, a lone Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 or Pathfinder combat encounter can take a long time, but I haven't heard if the same is true in Dungeons and Dragons 5E. Does a 5E ...
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How to Roll a Check on Roll20 Via Chat Commands?

So, me and my friends are playing D&D 3.5 using the default sheet template complete with macros and all. The problem is, when I ask for them to roll a check, they have to search for it on their ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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Would Bronze and/or Iron weapons and armor have different stats than “typical” ones in games?

I thought about asking this in Worldbuilding, but since this specifically includes stats for said items, I figured I'd ask here. I want to create a Mid-Late Ancient Era (Classical Greco-Roman) type ...
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Can you retrieve a potion while grappling?

The Rules Compedium explicitly limits the options while grappling to a certain list. Retrieving a potion is not on this list, retrieving a spell component (full round action) and drawing a light ...
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Does increasing size stop the grapple if it has been initiated with Improved Grab?

A Huge reptile bit my Medium character and started a grapple using Improved Grab. My character activated a Polymorph item and transformed into an elefant - which is Huge. Improved Grab says: ...
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Can magic items be fixed using spells?

My DM has house rules saying that armor takes damage in combat and that armor is destroyed after being dealt sufficient damage. Because it's expensive to replace magic armor all the time, I wanted to ...
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Can a shocking grasp spell be delivered with a melee weapon?

I'm playing a wizard in a D&D 3.5 campaign and I normally use the "shocking grasp" spell with unarmed attack (basically, touching the target). Occasionally tough were encounter enemies that it's ...
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I want to run a trial in D&D 3.5, but how can I avoid invalidation by magic?

The Background I'm a pretty new DM, and I'm running a casual game of D&D 3.5 (with some rulings from Pathfinder added to the mix, for practical reasons) and I like doing special things for my ...
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Can a wizard brew a potion of a spell if the spell is higher than a level he can prepare?

I need clarification of the Brew Potion feat. As an example, can a 3rd level Wizard copy Heroism into their spellbook by making the appropriate Spellcraft check, even though Heroism is a 3rd level ...
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Where can I find online playtesters to test encounters before presenting them to my group?

I'm setting up the end of my campaign and I have 4 "mini-boss" fights (& Final BOSS fight) that I'm trying to make extremely tough but also winnable. I don't want to just slaughter my PCs after ...
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Are there average damage-per-round guidelines?

Still being rather new to character-creation, I want to see if the character I create has the appropriate power for its class and level. Are there average damage-per-round per level tables to be ...
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How can I assume a larger alternate form?

The Weretouched Master prestige class from Eberron Campaign Setting and the Primeval prestige class from Frostburn have a size limit restriction on your alternate form. I'm wondering if there's any ...
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Recommendations for Party Balancing? [closed]

We're running a low-powered campaign. We currently have five characters, with the indicated tiers (as outlined by the Tier System for Classes): Bard - Tier 3 Warblade - Tier 3 Rogue - Tier 4 Warlock ...
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Reincarnate and level adjustment in story based leveling

In my current campaign we work with story based leveling. Our dear catfolk druid (effective level = 3+1 LA) has died and we used reincarnate to bring her back to life as an elf. We have not yet ...
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What are KRyan's full set of Houserules for D&D 3.5e? [closed]

I've seen snippets of KRyan's alterations to D&D 3.5e posted in various answers, but I'm interested in what the full set of alterations are. Answers are acceptable from anyone, assuming someone ...
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Can a Cleric leave spell slots open to prepare later?

In another question, it's explained that Wizards can leave spell slots blank to be prepared later. I want to know if a Cleric can do the same thing: can a Cleric leave spell slots open when they first ...
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What are ability scores used for in Dungeons and Dragons?

In Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition, a character's ability score is never rarely used. We only use it at character creation, to calculate the ability modifier. So, why bother having BOTH the ability ...
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Can you cast Invisibility on a large box and hide inside?

What happens if you cast invisibility on a chest or closet that weighs no more than 100 lb./level and then put some items inside it (and close the door)? What if you put a living creature and not ...
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Can a red dragon be boiled to death?

Red dragons have immunity to fire. They take no damage from fire, lava, or anything like that. But in both Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 and Pathfinder Boiling water deals 1d6 points of scalding ...
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Can a dragon be drowned in its own element?

All dragons have some type of resistance or immunity against certain materials and energy types.(fire, acid, electricity, cold, steel, adamantine). Can we kill a dragon with the related element as a ...