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

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Can a wizard who has been dead for 100 years be raised as a Lich?

Okay, so I have this big sexy hook for my D&D story, and I want to know if there is a way that I can do this while still following the rules. The history for this is that 100 years ago in my ...
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Divine Metamagic — do you need the base metamagic feat in a feat slot already?

When applying Divine Metamagic to a metamagic feat -- by RAW, do you need to have the base metamagic feat in a feat slot and then use a second feat slot to apply Divine Metamagic to it, or does the ...
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What do I need to do to make Ghostwalk 3.5 compatible?

One of my friends is wanting to use Ghostwalk but there are changes between 3.0 and 3.5 which require converting. What do I need to do to make it compatible?
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What are the most effective ways to protect a character against critical hits?

My DM has some evil dice. These dice seem to roll a much higher than average number of 20s, resulting in a much higher than average critical hit rate against the party. What are some ways a character ...
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What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve?

What exactly are Prestige classes, and what purpose do they serve? Are they, in any way, better than the default classes? Do they have any disadvantages/advantages to them?
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How to destroy a Quori Monolith?

My players wish to sabotage or destroy Quori Monoliths in Khorvaire. Do you have any experiences in that kind of scenario? I've already hinted that Kalashtar know a way. Are the monoliths described ...
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How should a DM handle Vorpal + Surge of Fortune?

I have a fairly clever player whose character recently died. He decided to make a new one, whose thing is being an Eldritch Disciple Halfling that throws a Returning Vorpal Dagger around. As a ...
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Natural attacks against electricity-subtype creatures and AoO or AoO-like behavior

So, I was working through an electricity-based dungeon I had written up rather off-the-cuff -- I was the DM, with the party consisting of a human Wiz3 and a wolverine (yes) Rogue3. One of the ...
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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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Typing non-lethal damage and its interaction with DR

In this answer, bacrossland suggests that throwing enemies should inflict non-lethal damage on them. While this is an eminently reasonable suggestion, it leaves one thing open: by RAW, what type is ...
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What are the consequences of eliminating the experience points cost to craft magic items?

I'm DMing a Warcraft-themed campaign using the World of Warcraft Role-playing Game books and some Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 books. The players are interested in crafting their own equipement, but it ...
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In Eberron do Elves dream and did Giants create them?

Did the Giants find the primitive Elves and civilized and enslaved them or did they create them, like they did their own version of Warforged? I think I heard somewhere (probably The Dreaming Dark ...
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need suggestions for a Pelor, the Burning Hate minicampaign [on hold]

This is for something along the lines of an HBO miniseries, maybe 4 nights (but we tend to play around 6 hours at a stretch). My idea centers around Pelor, the Burning Hate and the fallout from him ...
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How to optimize an earth dwarf sorcerer?

Initial Details: Greyhawk setting; dwarf worships Sunnis, the Archoelemental of Earth, as she is an earth dwarf and has taken the dwarf sorcerer 1st level racial substitution level. She has also ...
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Can a monk's unarmed strikes be enchanted?

I see a lot of forums calling for Kensai and Amulet of Mighty Fists for a monk to enchant their unarmed strikes. I feel it is unnecessary since the SRD states: A monk’s unarmed strike is treated ...
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What Feats for a Hellfire Ur-lock Disciple?

Looking to make a Warlock, Hellfire Warlock, Binder, Ur-Priest, Eldritch Disciple thing for a new campaign, and I have no clue what to do feat wise as I have never ran a warlock based class before. ...
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Are Unarmed Strikes Natural Weapons?

I know that Natural Weapons don't all count as Unarmed Strikes, but I keep hearing online that Unarmed Strikes are a kind of Natural Weapon. Is this the case?
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What weapon should a halfling wizard get proficiency for?

I am a level 8 halfling wizard with Str 8 and Dex 18 (and no Weapon Finesse). I am planning to use my level 9 feat to get a martial weapon proficiency so that I can get into Abjurant Champion at level ...
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Do I always have access to my domain powers?

I am playing as a cleric of Fharlanghn in my first D&D campaign ever. We are using 3.5 rulings and only the handbook to get our feet wet. This gives me access to the luck and travel domains which ...
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How to make a fake fortune teller?

I am new to roleplaying games, and my character is a gnome wizard. I have yet to reveal his backstory because I want to make him be a fortune teller, without any abilities to let him see the future - ...
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Two players compete for same role - how do I balance this?

I have a D&D 3.5 group of four players, the classes are; Wizard, Rogue, Barbarian, and Swashbuckler, the level of the players is 4. (Having no healer is part of the game, not part of my question) ...
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Binder Apparatus Binding Traits List

So I've been considering creating a new character, and was looking at the homebrew Binder class. My question pertains to the Binder's Apparatus Binding class feature. I've been looking for a ...
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What kind of armor should a Wild Shape Ranger/Master of Many Forms wear?

If you use a Wild Shape Ranger to gain entry into Master of Many Forms you have a lot more types of armor to choose from than the Druid. Going with the Wild special ability is more or less a given at ...
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Throwing grappled creatures at walls, etal to damage them

So, I was DMing a one-shot test dungeon with some Vexgit Gremlins (backported from PF) in it, and the party mage (Wiz3, 0 STR mod, +2 DEX mod) grappled one of them easily as they're Tiny, then ...
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Do Druid animal companions go up in size with HD and gain size-based stat increases?

I have an animal companion which has just gained its 5th HD. On page 291 of Monster Manual 1, the Improving Monsters section says that an increase in Size also changes stats. Do animal companions ...
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Decanter of Endless Water in Gaseous Form

In an adventure I was running, the players overcame a nasty monster in a basement by activating a Decanter of Endless Water and then sending the character holding it into the basement in gaseous form. ...
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Remotely Disabling Traps — do I have to disable Disable Device to allow this?

How does D&D 3.5e handle the case where the means of bypassing or disabling a trap is located somewhere other than the trapped door/lock/...? For instance, take an electricity-based trap (such as ...
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Multiple-stage Disable Device rolling on complex, “strung out”, non-magical traps with variable-by-means Disable Device DCs

Background: I am workshopping the dungeon from this question, and this answer suggests that I should have the rogue make a Disable Device check up front in order to figure out the trap's workings. ...
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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character?

What is the best class or classes in 3.5e to build a character that uses both a sword and either arcane magic or psionics which can be fluffed as arcane magic and focuses on fighting powerful ...
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Is a spell considered to “end” if it is re-cast?

Several spells, including many of the Exalted spells, have a penalty or sacrifice that applies at the end of the spell's duration. If the spell is re-castcast before the duration ends, does the ...
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Capturing enemies alive in Warcraft tabletop

Hey guys I'm playing a human tinker in the World of Warcraft D&D setting. I was going to have the character specialize in non lethal damage, I was wondering what kind of technological device I ...
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Can I teleport adjacent to a moving enemy, and then take an attack of opportunity?

I was recently discussing interesting tricks that combat casters can use to control the battlefield, and the following scenario comes up. The party is defending something against advancing enemies. ...
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Do alchemical weapons count as ammunition?

This amazing answer has inspired me to ask a very multi-faceted question. I considered breaking it up into multiple questions, but then I realized each question was really just a part of a big ...
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Are called shots allowed with ranged touch spells?

This came up in an encounter where the players were going up against some "Romero" zombies that required destruction of the brain to kill. A wizard asked, "Can I make a called shot to the head with ...
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Is there a mass version of Protection from Energy?

I could have sworn that there was a spell somewhere in 3.5 that gave the effect of protection from energy to multiple targets, but I can't seem to find it. I've checked the PHB, SC, and several other ...
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Does Arcane Disciple give the Nar Demonbinder a 1st-level spell slot?

A player wants to be an Ultimate Magus. He has poured through the forums, and I have as well to know what [we] are getting into. He wants to be a Wizard / Nar Demonbinder / Ultimate Magus. The forums ...
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How does the Warshaper's Morphic Body interact with Wild Shape?

War Shaper 2 gets the following ability: Morphic Body (Su): At 2nd level and higher, a warshaper can use its precise control over its form to make itself stronger and heartier. It gains +4 to ...
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Can I full-attack with a Two-Handed Weapon and then attack with a Spiked Gauntlet off-hand?

I'm about to be starting a campaign as a Warblade, and I've been trying to figure out the answer to this question, but so far I haven't seen it specifically addressed anywhere: If I'm wearing a ...
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How can I make a character who feeds on souls?

I want a character who feeds on souls, using them or their power for his or her own devices. In particular: The powers of the character should be flavored as being derived from souls The character ...
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Can familiars learn tricks?

Can a familiar learn tricks via handle animal, despite it being a magical beast? A player asked me that question the other day, and I wanted to say no, but now I am not too sure. There are epic ...
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Team cleric, team warrior, team mage

In D&D 3.5 I was part of a group of players who decided to play homogeneous groups. We found a team of four clerics to be very balanced and able to carry on regardless of the problem at hand. ...
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Is there a way to do slashing damage with a mace?

I play a double light-mace fighter, and I want to make a lot of attacks every turn. I took a look at the dervish (CW 25) prestige class, and they can take a full attack action and move up to their ...
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Where are the rules about what sources are primary?

Maybe it's just too early in the morning and my brain does not properly connect with the rest of the body, but... ...yes, this is a question about primary sources. What happened is I was talking ...
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Does the animal provided by the Wild Cohort feat count as an Animal Companion?

Feat in question: Wild Cohort [General] Benefit: You gain an animal cohort. The animal cohort is generally friendly to you and is willing to follow you and adventure with you. If given proper ...
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Poor visibility and cliffs

I have a situation where several of my party members will be fighting in a treacherous canyon, with rope bridges, zip lines, and a lot of angry gnolls. Some of the gnoll clerics may be prone to ...
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I want to play Dr. Manhattan. How can I? [closed]

How can I create a character that is powerful like Dr. Manhattan? The critical thematic elements are that he: is composed of energy uses pure energy as a power source Either one of these are the ...
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What are some quality low-magic d20 (3.5e/PF) systems?

The title pretty much says it all. I'm getting ready to run a very low-magic (but high martial combat/adventure) Pathfinder campaign, and am looking for any systems to draw mechanics and inspiration ...
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How should I make my low-strength cleric more effective at being a close-range tank?

I have a cleric who's currently focused on range combat, but is in a position where she'd probably pull her weight better by playing in a melee gish or close-range fighter role. She's been forced into ...
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How to deal with rope trick in particular circumstance

Foreword: As it's my first post here, I can't insert more than a couple of links, so you'll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd. The Question: Let's say in ...
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Does an Undead with Wild Shape gain a Constitution score during Wild Shape?

Build Race: Half Drow Template: Necropolitan Classes: Drow Transition Template Class 2 / Wizard 5 / Arachnomancer 2 References Spider Shape (Su): This ability functions as wild shape. Wild ...