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

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What does “strike” mean in Robilar's Gambit?

Robilar's Gambit includes the following phrase: ... exposed defenses as they reach in to attack you. Anyone who strikes at you ... What does strike mean and what would count as an attack? Would ...
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Link between deities' domains and alignment

Major characteristics of deity in D&D 3.5e are domains and alignment. It is common sense that deity with law domain should have lawful alignment, deity with evil domain should have evil alignment ...
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What can make something immune to Crusader's “Iron guard's Glare” stance

My DM put us in front of an undead skeleton and a purple worm. My Crusader attempted to use Iron Guard's Glare, but the DM ruled that the enemies were not affected by it. What are the rules for ...
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Can a single attack with bolas both deal damage and trip a foe?

The Player's Handbook describes the bolas as two or three heavy wooden spheres connected by lengths of cord. Because the bolas can wrap around an enemy’s leg or other limb, you can use this weapon ...
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Does a Shadow Conjuration Illusion have mass?

This is assuming the wizard in question has access to the spells Shadow conjuration or Greater Shadow Conjuration and uses it to duplicate the effects of major creation Let's say you're in trapped ...
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How to deal with lack of downtime as a wizard?

As we all know the wizard is a physically weak class that relies on his spells to perform in his adventures. Other than the spells gained at each level-up however he needs to spend 32 hours learning ...
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Can becoming a familiar make an improved familiar stupider?

The feat Improved Familiar (DMG 200) says that Improved familiars otherwise use the rules on page 52 of the Player’s Handbook, with two exceptions: If the creature’s type is something other than ...
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Must you be able to see your opponents to be flanked?

Neither the entry on flanking from the SRD nor the Player's Handbook entry (p 153) nor the Rules Compendium (pp 56-57) mention anything about being able to see the flanker or being aware of the threat....
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How do Savage Progressions, Savage Species' HD and LA rules, and Rebuilding interact?

The Level Adjustment rules (found in the Unearthed Arcana, and updated somewhat in the Savage Progression web articles) allow one to reduce the LA portion of a character's ECL (Effective Character ...
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Can I be a half-dragon necropolitan?

I am playing the Draconic Racial Class (Races of the Dragon pg. 70) and would like to take the Necropolitan template (Libris Mortis pg. 114). May I do so in between the second and third levels of the ...
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Would a Chameleon's Arcane Focus allow the character to use Spell Trigger and/or Spell Completion items?

The chameleon prestige class from Races of Destiny can gain an unusual form of arcane spellcasting through the use of its arcane focus class feature. Is this class feature sufficient for a chameleon ...
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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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Do miss chances stack?

Say a paranoid magic user has Blurring bracers of armor, Mirror Image, Blink, Invisibility, Wings of Cover, and Etherealness going. How to calculate the miss chances versus a normal attack, magic ...
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In what circumstances does Mithral Armor count as one weight category less, and when does it not?

Mithral counts as one armor weight category less (heavy, medium, light) for "purposes of movement and other limitations... which are left unspecified. An example of where this might come up: Armor ...
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In Black Company, do ambush + sniper shot stack?

In the Black Company campaign setting, does a scout's ambush damage stack with their sniper shot damage, or does one take precedence?
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How does one hide one's class from others?

I'm a Lawful Evil (evil like greedy and selfish) warlock with an Imp familiar (through Obtain and Improved familiar feats) in a party with a Good druid. The druid does not have Knowledge Religion or ...
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Is merely being armed sufficient to threaten an area?

A typical flat-footed creature can't make attacks of opportunity, but does a flat-footed creature still enable allies to benefit from flanking if the creature's appropriately armed? Similarly, does an ...
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Do Permanent Spells Remain after a Polymorph?

I'm playing a wizard and I've cast Permanency on Tongues and Arcane Sight. If I Polymorph myself into a Sun Giant, do those spells remain active? Furthermore, if I cast Haste earlier in the round, ...
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What class(es) should I take on a Dragonfire Inspiration-based archer?

Archery is a combat style with a lot of advantages over melee, but suffers in terms of damage. I'm planning a character based around using Dragonfire Inspiration for damage - none of the silly ...
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Can a feat “interupt” another feat?

Can a feat stop another feat, while said first feat is in effect? For example: Would a character with the feat Deflect Attack (homebrew feat) be able to use the feat Evasive Reflexes When an ...
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What happens if you Polymorph Any Object a magic weapon into another form while its magic is suppressed by Dispel Magic?

I'm aware of this question but it hasn't really come to any solid conclusion. Additionally, that question is more concerned about spell stacking in general, and I'm interested in this specific case. ...
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Can an invisible creature be flanked by surrounding it?

If you have an invisible creature totally surrounded on all sides (and know for practical reasons it can't escape), like this: … are all those surrounding it flanking it?
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Do occupied squares increase Tumble DCs for an invisible creature?

Inspired by flanking the invisible. (Every creature is size/reach 5ft./5ft.) Picture this: The invisible creature, say Eveanthia the Elven Rogue under the influence of Greater Invisibility, wants ...
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Chahar-aina and Dastana have stackable armor bonuses, enhancement bonuses increase armor bonus, how does this stack?

We know that enhancement bonuses increase the armor bonus: Enhancement bonuses to armor or natural armor effectively increase the armor or natural armor’s bonus to AC. … and armor bonuses ...
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How should the party heal up between encounters?

Since there's quite a lot of discussion on the button of cure light wounds question, I'd like to pose a separate question: What is the most effective solution for healing outside of combat as ...
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Looking for (even unofficial) duelist variants

As @KRyan told me, it seems like the duelist PrC is a little bit broken. But my party is currently lost in the middle of savages countries far from any civilization and it is very unlikely that I meet ...
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What Lovecraft inspired classes exist?

Are there any classes that resemble an occultist of the Lovecraftian mythos, or have such a feeling, except the alienist and the flesh warper? The aberration blood feats are interesting but just give ...
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Would replacing the type of damage done by a monster make a big difference, provided the damage dealt is the same?

If you replace any one damage type with any of the others for the type of damage a monster is able to do, should that have much difference in gameplay, provided the damage stay exactly the same? This ...
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What methods exist for obtaining the class feature wildshape without ever being a druid?

Any methods are acceptable: powers, classes, items, spells, alternate class features, racial sub-levels, templates; the more comprehensive, the better. Any official or designated official 3.x source ...
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Improvised reach weapons

Can you use the rules for improvised weapons and have a large item, such as a 10 feet pole arm to gain reach and threaten a larger area?
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Introduce CoC d20's spell costs into DnD3.x

Call of Cthulhu d20 has a Sanity point loss and/or (temp.) ability drain cost for spellcasting. How would it be best to introduce this system into DnD3.x? Are there (semi-)official guidelines for ...
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How do I challenge my PCs who fight every battle like Mongol horse archers?

In my last few game sessions, my players have begun adopting a strategy which is working wonders in the campaign we are playing. In this Planescape campaign, we are on the Outlands, which has a lot of ...
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Do bonuses of the same type stack?

My group and I have a question about stacking enhancement effects of spell and items. For example: A fighter got ogre power gauntlets +2; in a fight, the wizard cast Bull's Strength on him, which ...
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Are there any extra saves vs turning when the target is an intelligent undead?

Context: I am making a Dread Necromancer who has gone the route of the Necropolitan, so this might apply both when I use my turning, or when some stuck-up goody goody tries to get all up in my ...
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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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Are undead ever healed by positive energy?

I always thought that positive energy is harmful to undead and negative energy heals them, but I recently found out that, technically at least, undead by default are only healed by negative energy, ...
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How do I design a net throwing device for my gnomish character?

Keep in mind this is for the BBEG coming through a portal in a game I'm playing in. (We know a group is trying to summon it and are looking into backup plans if we can't stop them - and knowing my DM ...
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Are there any rules for creating intelligent items by PC's in 3.5E? If not…, please help!

Title says it all, really. Intelligent Items [SRD] & DMG 3.5 mention: "In general, less than 1% of magic items have intelligence." Like artifacts, intelligent items are never encountered as ...
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Can I use a Large light weapon to get Power Attack damage?

I'm a fighter who's found a really good dagger I want to use. Sadly, it's a light weapon and Power Attack has this unfortunate clause: You can’t add the bonus from Power Attack to the damage dealt ...
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Are saving throws stacked up when multi-classing?

We are playing regular D&D 3.5 campaign and I was wondering if the saving throws are added to each other when multi-classing. For example: A barbarian gets +2 FORT, +0 REF and +0 WILL, at level ...
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Allow an EPIC PC-Lich? How to allow research lichdom? [closed]

Long time reader, first time poster: I have a near-Epic PC on my hands with cash to spare and wanting to become a Lich. I obviously have a lot of problems with that, but don't want to forbid it ...
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How can a Good-aligned cleric cast Desecrate?

A Cleric5/Malconvoker5 needs to cast Desecrate. He is currently Good aligned and wants to maintain that alignment in order to avoid complications from pesky adventurers' overzealous use of Detect Evil....
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Tried all the existing advice, but players still never roleplay fear

I've read some other posts on here about how to telegraph danger to my PCs and how to make them flee. The problem is, I believe I am actively using all the strategies in both of the posts and my PCs ...
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Is a golem immune to a Dread Necromancer's Charnel Touch?

Imagine a situation: you're a Dread Necromancer with a ring of spiderclimb, and you're stuck in the room with the only exit being guarded by a [nonspecific] golem. You're out of spells, but you still ...
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determining CR for trap involving repeated activation

can anyone please tell me how to determine the CR for a trap that has a duration of 10 rounds? it is a repeated steam jet trap that emits 2 steam jets every round and each steam jet deals 2 damage + ...
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What would be the generic terms for anthropomorphic personifications of chaos, law and neutrality?

According to the SRD 3.x and its derivatives the generic term for anthropomorphic personifications of good and evil are celestial and fiend, respectively. For example, angels and archons are both ...
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What happens to a priest travelling from one world to another in the Prime Material Plane?

I'm working on a planeswalking campaign where the group will be travelling through several different worlds in the Prime Material Plane (i.e. from Toril to Krynn). I'm using the AD&D Planescape ...
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Stacking Enhancement Bonuses [duplicate]

Do enhancement bonuses to ability scores stack? Such as from a Belt of Giant Strength and from the spell Bull's Strength?
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Can you pause a spell's duration?

Can you suppress a spell duration (or magical item) so that you can effectively pause the duration of it? I have a custom item with a once-per-day effect, and the duration has a (d) on it, meaning I ...
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Do the AC Bonus (Ex) class abilities of monks and swordsages stack?

Monk and Swordsage both get the class feature AC Bonus (Ex). Monk: When unarmored and unencumbered, the monk adds her Wisdom bonus (if any) to her AC. In addition, a monk gains a +1 bonus to AC ...