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

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Items to enhance spot checks?

My character often has to make spot checks for various purposes, so I am considering trying to help myself with some magic tool to improve my spot checks. But after a quick research in D&Dtools ...
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Can a sorcerer write their own spells into a wizard's spellbook in 3.5?

I have a sorcerer who found a wizard's spellbook. She cast read magic and wanted to put some of her spells into the book for the wizard. Is this possible?
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What are some good magic items for a monk in 3.5 edition D&D? [on hold]

Right now I have these things, of note, that I got for my monk. belt -Monks belt hand slot -Ki straps (my dc for my stunning fist is now a 26!) ring -mage armor ring feet -sandals of the tigers leap ...
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Airship alterations [on hold]

What kind of alterations/improvements could PCs make to a very basic airship? Although I went (quickly) through "the forge of war", "explorer handbook" and the "campaign setting" I couldn't find any ...
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How should I divide Party Monster XP witha 2nd lvl fighter and a 6th lvl fighter in the party

I had 2 new players join my group. They are now 2nd lvl. My highest lvl player is a 6th lvl fighter. I have a large party of 10, 7 PCs, 3 NPCs. The XP for a CR 3 is 600 for a 6th lvl character and ...
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Can an aasimar be evil? [duplicate]

I just had a character die in my DM's campaign and am building a new one at lvl 14 (6 cleric/8 stormlord). I want to use a lesser aasimar for this because I think their +2 bonus to wis and chr would ...
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Defending a house against demons

I'm a fairly rookie GM and I'm running a campaign in which the characters are going to eventually become a group of professional monster hunters. We are at present low level we are starting off with ...
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Where does a traveler arrive when a planar location's unspecified?

When a creature is successfully targeted by an effect that transports the creature to another plane but no location on that plane is specified, where does the creature arrive? If the plane is the ...
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Clarification on magic with Sigil and the Outlands

Something has been bugging me about the magic traits of the outlands. According to the Manual of the Planes the closer you get to the central spire the less magic works. However, in the module ...
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What about the whetstone?

In the Adventuring Gear section of the PHB, the whetstone is listed as an item. Yet it gets no description, game rules or anything. So, how does the whetstone work? What are the game rules that apply ...
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Optimizing Inherent bonus purchasing to gain as many Skill Points as possible

Tomes of Clear Thought (or wish spells) are a strange beast. They're one of the few ways to increase your ability point gain, but every time you spend money on them you start from scratch - meaning ...
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What creatures/templates have Powerful Build?

I'm particularly interested in templates, but in general can anyone tell me what playable races and usable templates would grant Powerful Build to a creature? I only know of like, one. The ...
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What are reasonable additional statistics for modern and futuristic weapons?

In Chapter 5: Campaigns in the section Building a Different World on pages 145-6 of the Dungeon Master's Guide there's the subsection Modern and Future Technology. I'm designing a prestige class ...
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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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Ideas for a Political Power Struggle [on hold]

I need suggestions of good ideas to help in this beginning of a political power struggle as well as a formation of a nation. Here is the story of the campaign that I am in: The party started the ...
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Improving item saving throws

A character is being prepared with the Voidspawn template from the Book of Templates. They have an ability that can cause items to disintegrate on touch. There is an increasing chance per hour that ...
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Is a kineticist immortal?

When a psion who follows the path of the kineticist reaches level 9 (or when any other psion or wilder reaches level 12 and takes Expanded Knowledge) they gain access to the psionic power fiery ...
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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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Any good module/quest for 6 Lvl 3 PCs? [closed]

I'm a new-ish DM and me and my friends have beeen playing 3.5 for fun the past few weeks. (They all created character and I just threw monsters at them in arena style combat) Now they want to start ...
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Play as a Dragon with Special and Supernatural Abilities

I’m looking for the best way to play as a Dragon with all of its special/supernatural abilities. I don’t care whether this is through a spell, animal companion, cohort, being a dragon or any other ...
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When do “per day” spell-like abilties recover in 3rd edition?

In D&D 3.0 and 3.5, when does a creature with spell-like abilities limited by "per day" uses regain their expired uses? At the beginning of the next new day? (i..e, at midnight, dusk, or ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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What are all the playable races and starting classes? [on hold]

I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What ...
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Help me fit Archmage into the mailman build (3.5)

New player Here. Short intro: I finally found a gaming group on my LGS thats willing to take in a complete newbie. My first game will be ready in a month and I'd like some help with my first ...
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How can I structure XP rewards to favor problem resolution over smashing bad guys?

I am planning a small scenario where the PCs must travel down a narrow corridor to reach the enemy at the other end. The enemy raises skeletons along the corridor, as a moving, attacking barrier. I ...
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What is this aura and cost for this melee rogue magic weapon?

Final Version Ok, thanks everyone, I've decided to scrape the '+1 natural thread range', he will just have to do without (or, as pointed out by just about all of you, pick a rapier instead). I've ...
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What should be the DC to identify monster vulnerabilities?

What should be the DCs for checks revealing monster vulnerabilities, damage reductions, and other qualities of the like? Knowing such facts about a monster can dramatically change the dynamic of a ...
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Why did the D&D devs design spontaneous casters to lose out on a spell level compared to prepared casters?

In D&D 3.x, spontaneous full casters (like the Sorcerer or Oracle) gain their higher level spells a level later than the equivalent prepared caster classes (like Wizard and Cleric). For example, ...
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How do I determine my character's maximum load?

According to the d20 SRD regarding carrying capacity: A character can lift as much as his or her maximum load over his or her head. What is the maximum load? Is it the same as the "heavy load" ...
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What happens if a Wizard casts Antimagic Field while under the effects of Time Stop?

Another player in one of my games recently suggested an interesting tactic for capturing opponents inside an Antimagic Field: Doing it inside a Time Stop. But, we are not sure what exactly what ...
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Can a bard directly take the Improved Familiar feat?

I am currently a level 6 Gnome Bard, and due to some odd circumstances the DM is allowing me to take a new feat. I was considering taking a familiar in order to deliver some of my touch spells ...
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Stealing near sleeping people

How does stealing near sleeping people work in D&D 3.5e? I couldn’t find anything in the Player’s Handbook when looking for “pickpocket” or “steal”. A concrete situation is the following: A ...
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Could a wizard multiclassed with a sorceror spontaneous cast all their wizard spells?

In D&D 3.5e, if I multiclass my wizard with a sorcerer, would I be able to spontaneously cast my spells like a sorcerer and still get the rest of the spells that a wizard gets? Or is that not ...
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How to improve physical attractiveness of a PC with low Charisma?

I am currently playing a female swashbuckler and considering using the new Bluff skill seduce to learn secret use that @Hey I Can Chan suggested to me on this question about special effects suited to ...
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Greasing a wall

The grease spell is well known for being an excellent spell for many reasons; my Wizard found amusing use for it that caused some head scratching in a game. An enemy was climbing down a wall, so my ...
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Risks and benefits from letting a monk use higher stats than the party

One of my players would like to eventually play a monk in a low-level campaign I'm planning. I wouldn't want to say no, as the monks are definitely high in flavour. But I'm aware of the huge ...
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Are gloves of Enlarge Weapon what I want?

Are gloves of Enlarge Weapon (Complete Scoundrel p97) for my half-giant possible and legal by RAW? With powerful build I already have a large weapon, and I'm looking to get huge sized weapon damage. ...
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Can you make several of the same potion at once?

The DMG says that brewing a potion takes 1 day. What if my priest prepares 3 slots with the same spell and has 3 times the ingredients? Can he then make 3 potions? Does anyone have an idea about ...
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Determining the caster level for magic weapons?

In response to a question about a melee rogue magic weapon, I noticed I have a question myself about the requirement for creating magic items, or magic weapons in this case. For an example, lets use ...
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Does a half-giant druid in Wild Shape retain Powerful Build?

I'm not 100% sure if this is completely official, but it appears to be similar to other instances: Lesser half-giant race Their Powerful Build allows them to be considered 1 size larger when it is ...
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Can you maintain bardic music and still make an attack action? [duplicate]

Ive recently been looking into bard as a class choice and am confused on a bit about bardic music. It says "Starting a bardic music effect is a standard action. Some bardic music abilities require ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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Where do I find how much XP is required to level up in 3.5e?

I was looking through the Dungeon Master's Guide and I'm having trouble finding a table on how much XP is required for the player characters to level up. Which page is it on, or is it in one of the ...
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Build a social assassin

I'm trying to trick a PC into killing someone in a duel with Merciful pistols. Suppressing the Merciful enchantment ought to be enough, but it helps to be sure, so I'm trying to build a level 8-ish ...
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Optimized Level 4-6 Grappler/wrestler build

I wanted to have the idea of a 'Wrestler' for my next character. No limitations to the build by race or classes besides available to dnd 3.5. What is the most optimal I can get out of this build? I ...
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How much damage does a thrown tower shield deal?

Out of curiousity, I've been trying to create a sort of "Captain America" type character using the Tower Shield Specialist and the Throw Anything feat. Unfortunately, I've been having a lot of trouble ...
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What are the rules for crafting traps that don't cost anything?

In D&D 3.5, crafting time is linked to the cost of the item created. But how is it handled when the item doesn't have a cost? Example: a group of PCs want to build a camouflaged pit trap to kill ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strike be considered as a touch attack?

I believe that the title is really explanatory for the question. But let me expand this a little. Can a monk deliver effects that require touch attacks with an unarmed strike? For example, would a ...
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Is fireburst overpowered?

The party I DM for tries to play D&D 3.5 strictly by the rules as written. The wizard of the party came to me with the fireburst spell, from the D&D 3.5 book "Complete Arcane" (page 107). ...
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What does the +1 caster level affect?

A orange ioun stone adds +1 caster level, what does this affect? Damage from spells? (Like fireball) Duration and area of effect? "Amount" of effect (Like number of missiles from magic missile) ...