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

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Can Dragonblooded Characters Take Draconomicon Dragon Feats?

I'm making a Fireblood Dwarf, and I'm wondering if I, as a Dragonblooded creature, qualify for taking Dragon feats like Improved Speed and Rapidstrike?
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Can a Night Elf swim naked on a volcano?

One of my friends came to me with a question that is making my head hurt. According to the Warcraft RPG 2nd Edition Core Rulebook - a supplement for the D&D 3.5 rules, regarding the Warcraft ...
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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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How should we thematically deal with failed skill checks?

Is there a specific ruling or generally-accepted-practice that determines how players should handle failed skill checks? Does it depend on the skill? Specifically, do PCs know when they failed a ...
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What spell to use in conjunction with “Teleport, Greater” to get sufficient information for the teleportation to succeed?

Here is the problem: we want to use the spell Teleport, Greater to reach a place we only have basic info about: We have a map of our continent (scale 1cm for 500km) and we know the general location ...
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Optimizing a D&D 3.5 Monk

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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Speeding Up Combat

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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How does a PC make a permanent extradimensional space in 3.5?

In dnd 3.5/pathfinder, how can a PC make a permanent extra dimensional space? Nothing as fancy nor temporary as a Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion but with more legroom than a 20 cubic feet. The ...
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Why is holding a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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How can an infected creature weaponize its inhaled and injury diseases?

The Dungeon Master's Guide says on pages 292-3 that diseases can typically infect folks 4 ways: consumed from eating or drinking tainted matter, contact from touching an item smeared with tainted ...
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Can Heighten Spell benefit a [Reserve] feat?

Following this question, I notified my player that I was thinking in changing the way that her combo would work. Before I could even say to her how that would work, she started digging the books again ...
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How do I quickly find the official errata for any book?

When answering questions, I often find that I want to double-check that my answer is in-line with the most current version of the rules. Though I can often recognise that I need to check the errata ...
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Is there a way to counter Mindsight?

Mindsight is a notoriously powerful feat from page 126 of Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. A creature that has this feat possesses innate telepathic ability that allows it to precisely ...
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Advancing a monster with spell-like abilities

I am interested in advancing an Efreeti to 16 HD and thus making it huge. My question is about advancing a monster with spell-like abilities. Would the caster level - currently 12 - increase by ...
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Can I prepare/ready a quickened spell? [on hold]

This is the scenario (still dnd 3.5): a lvl 15 wizard will cast a powerful spell on an enemy who is sure to close in melee to him. He's smart so he would like to Quicken Dimension Hop (lvl 2, so ...
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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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Should I use a GMPC to help a small party?

I am starting a Pathfinder game. It will be my first time DM'ing, though I have played 3.x and Pathfinder for a few years. The party will consist of my girlfriend, my best friend, and his girlfriend. ...
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How can relatively low-level characters get an idea of what's behind the door?

When exploring a dungeon, we rarely hear anything when we listen at doors (even with a very high listen check result). We have walked in on some strong but silent types without warning. As a party I ...
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How does Breath Weapon interact with stealth?

Say a hidden Dragonfire Adept (DfA) (Dragon Magic, p.24) uses their Breath Weapon on someone. Can the victim scream in pain? Even if the attack does enough damage to drop them? What can they tell ...
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What's the deal with Pazuzu?

I've read that Pazuzu is some superdevil—I mean, demon lord, and he can be summoned by saying his name three times, and he grants wishes, but why? I haven't heard of him ever offering a binding ...
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Can at-wills be used to fuel other abilities that require spending uses?

Can I use an at-will ability to fuel an ability that is fueled by spending a use of that ability? For example, dragonfire adepts can use any invocation they know at-will, one of which is DARKNESS ...
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What happens when Hiding behind one's tower shield?

I've heard of a trick of Hiding behind one's tower shield with the implication that, since the hider becomes hidden, so too should the tower shield. Now, obviously, the hider's tower shield should ...
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What happens when the dark arts exceed the boundary of reality?

Dungeons & Dragons is about fantasy. Things that happen in the game aren't real, we only pretend that they are. For example, shadow conjurations "are actually one-fifth (20%) as strong as the real ...
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Does alternate form affect somatic component?

Hengeyokai are an animal shapeshifting race in Oriental Adventures (p.10). Invocations are a class feature of the Warlock (Complete Arcane, p.5) and Dragonfire Adept (Dragon Magic, p.25). Complete ...
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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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Can Hellfire Blast be used with the Strongheart Vest soulmeld?

Hellfire Blast (Sp) [...] Each time you use this ability, you take 1 point of Constitution damage. Because the diabolical forces behind the power of hellfire demand part of your essence in ...
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Do Invocations duplicating spells count as Spell-like abilities of those spells?

Title straight from MrLemon. For example, "A 1st-level dragonfire adept begins with knowledge of one least invocation[...]. [...] See Draconic Invocations, below, for a list of available ...
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How should I handle a ruling that really hurts my character?

So I just started my first dnd session a couple weeks ago. The party needed a rogue, so I made a melee guy who used two-weapon fighting. As with all melee rogues, he was supposed to deal damage in ...
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Our DM has a PC, how do we stop going to the PC for answers (because the DM knows everything)?

Everyone is our party is new to tabletop games, and it's our DM's first time DMing. Our story is we are being led across a country to a city, and being led by out DM's PC. (The PC has travelled the ...
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Which are the sources of a Hide in Plain Sight ability?

Source can mean anything like an item, feat, class feature, template, magical location, spell, racial trait, domain granted power, etc. from any official material, such as Drow of the Underdark ...
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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 can I get a character with the lowest hit points possible?

A friend of mine has asked me to help him create an escort mission for his April Fool's game (actually held this weekend, because, you know, scheduling). The players will be escorting a tenth-level ...
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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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How to disagree with the GM [closed]

My GM wants to level down the whole party from 9th to 4th level. I have spoken to the rest of the players in the group and they agree with me that it is not what we want. We are playing on Saturday ...
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Ring of Rope of Climbing

OK, this is a multipart question: 1) The spell animate rope does not make a rope behave at all like the wonderous item Rope of Climbing, does it? 2) Is there a spell that can temporarily make a rope ...
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How Can I Make Supplies Matter In D&D 3.5e?

On long journeys we always forget to track supplies so I am looking for a way to make supplies actually matter in D&D 3.5.
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How to tell when a material is flammable?

I was reading various questions about whether or not grease is flammable, which got me thinking about other flammable materials, so I'm asking what qualifies a material as flammable or not and how ...
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Where can I find the highest CR Vampire ever in an official adventure module?

Where can I find the highest-CR pre-built Vampire opponent in all of Dungeon & Dragons 3e and 3.5 (as that is my favored system) or Pathfinder? I am looking for official adventure modules and ...
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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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How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?

I'm currently playing a IRL game with two of my friends. As you might imagine I was worried that they weren't powerful enough to take on the higher level encounters so I made a character to help them ...
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Can a lake of eternal fire be created with the spell blast of flame?

Spells in the creation subschool of the conjuration school have this note: A creation spell manipulates matter to create an object or creature in the place the spellcaster designates.... If the ...
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Is Drunken Master really as bad as everyone says?

So, when I see someone faulting the Drunken Master, it's typically because of what the character gets at level 1. Drink Like a Demon (Ex): A drunken master's body handles alcohol differently from ...
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Does Flame Strike Bypass Fire Immunity?

Half the damage of the Flame Strike spell consists of fire, and the other half is embrued with divine power and, thus, is not subject to reduction from fire-based resistances. However, does the ...
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How are hybrids/cross-breeds calculated?

We all know half-elves, half-orcs, and even halflings, though halflings don't have similar pedigree. But are there such things as half-elf half-orcs or half-halflings (quarterlings)? What about ...
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What can PCs buy out of game?

Am I right in thinking that PCs can buy anything that is in the player's handbook without finding it in a shop in the game world? Does that mean that magic items are either bought from an in-game ...
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Does Adaptive Style really let you recover expended maneuvers?

You can change your readied maneuvers at any time by taking a full-round action. If you’re a crusader, your current granted maneuvers are lost and you gain new granted maneuvers as if you had ...
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What is the chronological list of D&D 3(.5)e material? [duplicate]

The ring of the darkhidden wondrous item has been published in both MoF and MIC. I assume Magic of Faerûn was printed before Magic Item Compendium, but I want to know for sure. There is a similar ...
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Can damage cantrips be improved?

I have a player interested in ways to improve 0 level attack spells. Mainly, they're looking to not have to carry around a crossbow for attacks when they don't want to cast a spell, and the 1d3 ...
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What is the typical range of high ability scores in D&D 3.5? [closed]

What is the typical range of the highest ability scores you will see in a game excluding magical items (not tomes)? 30? 40?
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When does a weapon that's the target of the spell hurl return?

The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell hurl [trans] (SpC 117) says that For the duration of the spell [1 min./level], when thrown, the weapon returns to its wielder at the beginning of the wielder's next ...