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

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Max or average HP on 1st level when gaining fixed HP

Forgive me if this is a repost but I wasn't able to find any similar topics using search bar. One thing has always been bugging me, according to p. 198 of Dungeon Master's guide 3.5e, "instead of ...
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Must a barbarian in a whirling frenzy take a full attack to make the extra attack?

The rage variant whirling frenzy says that While in a whirling frenzy, the barbarian may make one extra attack in a round at his highest base attack bonus, but this attack takes a -2 penalty, as ...
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Must the body remain on the Material Plane during astral projection?

The spell 9th-level Sor/Wiz spell astral projection [necro] (PH 201) is one of those high-level legacy spells dating back to at least Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (1978), likely included in Dungeons ...
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Can a creature hide from a foe affected by the feat Gloom Strike?

The ambush feat Gloom Strike (Drow of the Underdark 54) has as its benefit Your sneak attack creates an aura of magical darkness that impedes your target’s vision for 3 rounds. The target takes a ...
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Making my own warmage? [on hold]

I recently was looking at the warmage and sorcerer, and realized they're similar (same spells per day, saves, and bab). So I tried to make my own pathfinder combination from it. I'd like to know if ...
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How can I gain more uses of a specific natural attack (or pair of natural attacks) in a turn?

I'm building around using the 3.5 Eldritch Claws* feat for my Warlock, which count as a pair of natural attacks added to the damage your Unarmed Attack deals. I would like to gain more attacks with ...
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How are units converted to metric in translations of D&D 3.5?

I have heard that some foreign language translations of 3.5 use meters in the rules text instead of feet. How big is a square in these metric translations? Are weight measurements given in Newtons or ...
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What furniture does a beholder have in its personal quarters?

A beholder's lair is made up of several chambers and... The farthest chamber from the entrance is the beholder’s personal quarters, where the creature sleeps and studies any magic treasure it has ...
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Can a slowed or staggered character take a 5-ft step?

Both Slow spell and staggered condition restrict characters to a single standard or move action per round. Pathfinder seems more precise, explicitly adding to staggered condition (which is, in ...
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Digital character sheets?

I find it annoying and impractical to go to the library to print off character sheets (I don't have a printer at my house), so I decided to see if there were any character sheet apps for my 4th gen ...
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How can I graft a beholder eye on to my body?

I have a party of 5 players and we are all lvl 12. We have one rogue, one archer, one fighter, a wizard and I am a lvl 4 sorcerer with 3 levels of cleric and 5 lvls of mystic theurge. We recently ...
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How is the Initiator Level of a Gestalt character calculated by RAW?

Say you have a Martial Adept class on one side of your Gestalt and some other class on the other side, for sake of example let's go Rogue6//Swordsage6. By RAI, I figure that the Initiator Level takes ...
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Can you Chain Prestige Classes

Say I was an anima mage giving wizard spell caster levels. If I was to take Eldritch Knight, could I give the Anima Mage spell caster levels and it boost both the Anima mage and Wizard, or must I ...
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Do Neraphim Get any Armor Proficiency?

Outsiders get what ever armor proficiency is "described" for their race. Only Description I've seen for Neraphim: Neraphim also prefer to wear strangely colorful body-covering bone spiked ...
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Where do you pick up on a class after taking a prestige class?

So if I go Duskblade level 5, then get Abjurant Champion level 5, then go back to Duskblade, will I get level 11, or level 6 for Duskblade? The Abjurant Champion adds 5 levels to Duskblade, so I ...
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Looking for build help [on hold]

I want Swiftblade 9 with a Wizard that has access to at least 8th level (though pref 9th level) spells. I want Wraithstrike and Haste persisted and 16 BAB minimum so I get full attacks. I'm wanting to ...
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What are the limits to the genesis power?

As part of some fairly silly nonsense, I've suggested the use of the genesis power to a colleague. The power, as stated, allows the caster to: You determine the environment within the demiplane ...
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Animal companion: Wolf to Dire wolf

Does the animal companion wolf advance into Dire wolf when advanced as an animal companion? Furthermore does a Dire wolf gets the normal dire wolf + Druid level -6 (animal companion addons) in stats? ...
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What is the weight of an astral construct?

Nowhere in the astral construct power description does it say what the weights of the resulting constructs are. I have a feeling that I've seen somewhere that ectoplasm has negligible weight, but I ...
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Do you use components when casting spells if you are a divine caster?

Does a divine caster need to use components when casting non-divine spells? For example does a druid casting Flare need to use the verbal casting component? Citations are greatly appreciated.
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Is there a way to completely eliminate the penalties for Two-Weapon Fighting?

From what I can tell, using Two-Weapon Fighting and having a Light weapon in your offhand at best reduces the penalty to -2/-2. Is there an official 3.5 method of completely eliminating this penalty? ...
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Can a Runesmith make more than one Permanent Rune?

Can my Runesmith use his Permanent Rune ability to make more than one Spell Permanent?
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Counter to Celestial Brilliance

The cleric in my party makes frequent use of the spell Celestial Brilliance (from Book of Exalted Deeds) and I've been doing some research on the web. Most people I've seen in other forums tend to ...
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Getting rid of a genie [closed]

I have a genie inside my head, keeps asking what wish do you want? How do I get rid of him I am level 7
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How to improve the Diplomacy skill mechanic in D&D 3.Xe and Pathfinder?

In D&D 3rd Edition, 3.5 Edition, and even Pathfinder, it is ridiculously easy as a player to purposely or inadvertently break the skill system, especially with Diplomacy. For example: A level 5 ...
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Example implementations of time limits on player actions in combat [closed]

Several questions (like this one) suggest imposing time limits on players to speed up combat. Those suggestions usually lack expertise on the topic. I’m looking for your experience on that matter. ...
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If a character has the TWF feat from 3.5 and the Ambidexterity feat from 3.0, does this remove the TWF penalty?

I'm not exactly sure how these would stack if they were both allowed. Would the -2/-2 with a light weapon and TWF be eliminated or would it be exactly the same (thus making Ambidexterity obviously ...
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Does the Sword of the Planes have a basis in the rules for its GP cost for its abilities?

As per the SRD: This longsword has an enhancement bonus of +1 on the Material Plane, but on any Elemental Plane its enhancement bonus increases to +2. (The +2 enhancement bonus also applies on the ...
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D&D 3.5e Duskblade Build Question [closed]

My Build: Duskblade 4 / Wizard 1 / Abjurant Champion (Wizard) 5 / Duskblade 4-13 / ?? 1 This gives me at level 19 a BAB of 18 and a Wizard level of 18(Martial Arcanist), with an extra level for a ...
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Can a soulknife with quickdraw use iaijutsu focus?

A soulknife of 5th level can create a mindblade as a free action. Iaijutsu focus requires you to draw your weapon to deal extra damage. Could I, for example, create a mindblade inside a sheathe then ...
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Can a character meet prerequisites using a magic item?

Just as the title says, I'm wondering if a character can meet the prerequisites of a particular choice (feat, prestige class, etc.) by using a magic item that grants the prerequisite? As an example: ...
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Does Draconic Breath qualify for Metabreath Feats?

I stumbled upon an interesting feat called Draconic Breath in the Complete Arcane and decided to read up on it. It reads as follows: [Draconic] You can convert your arcane spells into a ...
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What is the manifesting time for a quickened power?

Quicken Power from 3.5 states that You can perform another action, even manifest another power, in the same round that you manifest a quickened power. But it doesn't state if the manifesting ...
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What is wrong with the D&D 3.5 FAQ?

I've heard from several places that the D&D 3.5 FAQ is generally a bad place to find information about the rules of the game. I don't really understand this distrust, since it's an official ...
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Can a demilich use its spell-like abilities on itself?

The demilich, an epic monster originally from the Epic Level Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and nominally updated to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 by the SRD and Conversion Book, has the ...
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Can Cleric attempt to turn undead instead of usual attack of opportunity?

Turning undead is a supernatural ability that a character can perform as a standard action. It does not provoke attacks of opportunity. You must present your holy symbol to turn undead. Turning is ...
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Can Ability Score increases caused by magic items qualify me for feats?

As far as I know, only a player character's non-temporary ability scores are considered for taking feats, taking prestige classes, etc. Meanwhile, any ability bonus that comes from spells, or magic ...
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What feats can I use to get a companion of any sort?

Basically, what feats can I use to get a Cohort, Animal Companion, Familiar, or something similar? Standard Class Features and ACF's not so much since they're very class specific, but if there are ...
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How can I reward a character that doesn't want magic items?

So I've got a campaign where one of the characters, a fighter, severely distrusts magical items. The party level is 6+, and it seems difficult to figure out a way to compensate this character in ...
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What are the steps for creating an animal companion?

I'm having some issues statting out a badger Animal Companion for a 6th level Ranger in D&D 3.5. Can anyone provide step by step instructions that I can follow whenever I create an animal ...
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How can one establish communication with intelligent creatures lacking language?

The ice toad (Frostburn 140-1) is a magical beast with an Intelligence score of 6 yet no language. Beyond being conceptually annoying and making me feel bad for the handful of aberrant genius ice ...
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How does the flaming sphere reflex save work?

How do I calculate what a successful reflex DC save when trying to dodge against the flaming sphere?
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Do Dragonwrought Kobolds Incur Age Penalties if They're Not True Dragons?

I was just wondering if the question on whether Dragonwrought Kobolds are true dragons or not have any bearing on whether or not they get age penalties to their physical stats? Please back up your ...
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What is the point of having a 1st-level familiar if you can't communicate with it in a language?

I have a 1st-level sorcerer in my game that has a rabbit familiar. Familiars are magical beasts, so you can't use "speak with animals" or anything that specifically affects animals. As a result, she ...
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Does Pathfinder have the character imbalance problem that D&D 3.X has?

Many agree that D&D 3.X has a tier "problem" (or system or classification, depending upon your preference). I enjoy the basic rule set of 3.X but have a hard time having fun with a system that is ...
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Does Evard's Black Tentacles only go “up”?

Recently, I was running a game where the party was flying in an urban environment to face off against a wizard. They were all bunched together next to a building about 20' up to avoid attacks from ...
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What happens when a Mage Hand takes damage?

If a Mage Hand triggers a trap (in my case, by screwing a lightbulb into a booby-trapped socket) or otherwise takes damage from some effect, what happens to it? Does it just sit there and ignore the ...
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Are there negative impacts to having characters advance at different rates?

It's my first time running a campaign (D&D 3.5), and I'm trying to figure out how to assign XP to the players. I am used to playing in games where everyone gets exactly the same XP, whether they ...
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How many Astral Constructs may exist at one time, created from the same manifester?

I can find nothing in the Expanded Psionics Handbook mentioning a limit on the number of astral constructs that can be manifested at one time. The duration of the Astral Construct power is 1 round / ...
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How can I get better land speed with a warforged?

I have a lvl 1 warforged character with adamantine body and he is SO SLOW. Every encounter I find myself taking entire turns just to get where I need to be in order to be able to fight. Are there ...