The original release of Dungeons & Dragons third edition from 2000, not including the v3.5 revised edition.

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What are the final polymorph rules?

The polymorph self spell and its friends were an ever-changing pile of errata. What was the final word on how polymorph effects work in Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition? I am uninterested in the ...
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Where is the Gold Slaad mentioned?

One of the various species of monsters created for D&D is the Slaad — vicious, large bipedal 'frog-beings' native to the plane of Limbo, that diverge into various subspecies based on color — red, ...
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What's more powerful than a Fortune?

In AEG's Secrets of the Shadowlands (2004) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition (that's also officially licensed by Wizards of the Coast for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition), the feat ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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What are the major differences between D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I haven't played D&D in decades and came across the PH & DMG for both the 3.0 and 3.5. editions free (score!). I played avidly as a kid but it's literally been 25+ years, so I have no ...
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How Do I Reverse Engineer Ability Checks from 3e to 2e?

This question relates to how the designers of 3rd edition might have come up with the roll-over Ability Check mechanics from the roll-under Ability Check mechanics of 2e. The problem I'm trying to ...
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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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What's the Spirit Point cost of Shapeshift: Spirit?

Fortunes and Winds (2002) for Legend of the Five Rings, Second Edition and Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition presents the new race Shapeshifter, each subrace of which gains a handful of Spirit ...
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Are there rules for fleeing from combat?

Newbie GM here. Neither I nor any of my friends have played D&D for years. I recently found five 3e books at a second hand store, and we thought we'd start up again for fun. However none of us ...
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Natives' spells and abilities pretty useless on elemental plane of fire? [closed]

Let's take a couple of examples: Efreeti and Salamander on the elemental plane of fire. Both have some spell-like abilities which are manifesting their capabilities to use fire. However, it seems that ...
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What are ability scores used for in Dungeons and Dragons?

In Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition, a character's ability score is never rarely used. We only use it at character creation, to calculate the ability modifier. So, why bother having BOTH the ability ...
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Can Greyhawk's dragons seriously not write?

I just heard that according to D&D 3rd edition's Draconomicon (for the Greyhawk setting), p. 7: Although a dragon’s front feet are not truly prehensile, a dragon can grasp objects with its ...
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Name of a javelin-creating gauntlet

I once read about this gauntlet (preatty sure it was only one, not a pair) which was able to create an enchanted javelin , or a similar shaped throwing weapon, that you could throw right away. Can you ...
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What counts as an “area of magical darkness” for the Blend into Shadows feat?

The Blend Into Shadows feat from Drow of the Underdark reads Benefit: As a swift action, you can spend a use of your darkness spell-like ability to make a Hide check, even while being observed and ...
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Which classes stack with others for determining Animal Companion bonuses?

What I am looking for is a complete list of every class and prestige class in any of the first party WotC-published D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rulebooks that stacks with other classes in determining the ...
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What ways exist for a creature using the XPH to get psionic attack and defense modes?

Are there one or more ways for a creature in a campaign that usually uses for its psionics rules the Expanded Psionics Handbook to gain psionic combat attack and defense modes from the Psionics ...
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Feat Interaction: Does the Magic in the Blood apply to Highborn Drow?

Magic in the Blood1 turns your racial spell-like abilities from 1/day to 3/day. Highborn Drow2 gives you additional spell-like abilities. Would those spell-like abilities count as racial spell-like ...
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Does a nezumi inkyo gain the feat Void Use?

The Rokugan campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition says that "[n]on-humans and characters not native to Rokugan may not select the" feat Void Use (55), yet the inkyo (41-5) gains at ...
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Is the Psionics handbook from 3.0 compatible with D&D 3.5

My local gaming shop has an old copy of the Psionics handbook from D&D 3.0, I know the name of the book for 3.5 is Expanded Psionics but I'm really a big fan of supporting local businesses and I ...
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How to build a knight commander?

I would like to build a character for D&D 3 ed (3.5 acceptable too). My intention is to build a heavy-armored melee combatant who would be able to withstand some punishment, deal some damage and ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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How can you tell a 3 E feat is still valid for 3.5?

In What ways exist for a creature using the XPH to get psionic attack and defense modes?, the asker speculates that one way might be a feat not updated in 3.5. That led me to the question: How can I ...
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What source contains a vehicle made from a dead beholder?

A vehicle created from the corpse of a beholder, with the main eye and organs removed to make room for a pilot's seat, was published somewhere in 3.5 or 3ed Dungeons & Dragons. Does anyone know ...
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Have either of the Icewind Dale video games been published as d20-compatible adventures?

My own searches did not yield any results on adaptations of the Icewind Dale video game series' story into pen & paper adventures. All I could find were adaptions for other video games like ...
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What do you do when you roll a 1 for initiative?

Are there any rules - be they official or side-bar optional ones - as to what happens when a player rolls a 1 on their initiative roll? Is the initiative roll something you can critically fail at?
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3 or 3.5 to 2ed monsters?

I would like to know if I can convert monsters from 3.x editions (I already figured out how to convert monsters from the 1ed) into 2ed monsters.
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What order are individual attacks taken in during a full attack action, and does it differ between editions?

What rules apply to the order in which individual attacks are taken during a full attack action in D&D 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder? I am specifically interested in RAW requirements on the order in ...
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Can liquid from the river Styx be weaponized?

Reference: According to Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss, page 111: Those who taste or touch the waters of the Styx must succeed on a DC 17 Fortitude saving throw or be affected by total ...
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Can characters reach Mach 1 and higher in D&D 3(.5)?

A few years back our group tried to come up with the fastest possible D&D character. If I remember correctly we could build a character that could go faster than the speed of sound, but I can't ...
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Does anyone know of a dragon companion prestige class?

I am looking for a rules supplement covering a prestige class that had a dragon companion. The character got the dragon on an island, and bonded with it while leveling the class. Eventually the ...
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To what domains does Iyachtu Xvim grant access?

The feat Godsblood Spelltheft has as its benefit the ability to select a domain granted by Iyachtu Xvim, the Baneson who assumed his father's hatred and tyranny portfolios for about a decade until he ...
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What caster level is used for PC supernatural abilities?

As per this answer, D&D 3.0 lets you use dispel magic to remove supernatural abilities from targets. Typically, this is something PCs do to monsters, so, the applicable caster level is defined ...
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How do attacks work for 3.0 monsters

I was looking through the monster manual 2 to see if any monster would be good to add to my game (don't worry, I got the 3.5 update). What the update doesn't explain is how attacks work. Right now I'm ...
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What is the caster level for a supernatural ability?

As per the errata to the D&D 3.0 DMG, as explained here, supernatural abilities can be dispelled as if they were spells. However, I have never seen a definition of what their caster level is, and ...
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Can Dispel Magic or Mordenkainen's Disjunction dispel a Supernatural (shapeshift) effect?

In D&D 3.0 and/or 3.5 -- can Dispel Magic or Mordenkainen's Disjunction dispel Supernatural effects? (For instance, a druid's wild shape.)
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How compatible are books for D&D 3.0 and D&D 3.5?

I found a bunch of D&D books at a used bookshop, but am now realizing half are 3.0 and half are 3.5... How compatible are these with each other? What are the major rule changes I'll need to watch ...
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What does it mean when a spell “counters and dispels” another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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Do effects granting extra dice stack?

I am sure I read somewhere that bonus dice to attacks do not stack with each other, one of my players disputes this, and I can't find rulings about it either way. I know that generally speaking, ...
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Can a 3rd Edition Game use 5th Edition Characters?

I have recently purchased the 5e players book and I really like the character system in 5e but my usual DM likes to play 3e and I was wondering, are these compatible? Can I use a 5e character in their ...
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How are the Strength mod and LA of Savage Species' anthropomorphic animals determined?

Anthropomorphic animals from Savage species says that attribute modifiers from the race changes depending on size change. I looked up size change in MM1 and I do not see the connection, elephants with ...
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How to gain Turn Undead class feature without taking a cleric or paladin level?

I'd thinking of building a zealot-type character, who would use Divine Feats to bolster his combat. To fuel those feats I need Turn Undead attempts per day. The normal way of getting them is having at ...
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What prestige classes include the Class Feature of “+1 level of existing class features”?

I'm looking for prestige classes from D&D 3e or 3.5e that have a class feature of providing "+1 level of existing class features". I currently know of Uncanny Trickster (CS) and Legacy Champion (...
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Does spontaneously mean without preparation?

The bard, the sorcerer, and other classes like the spellthief (Complete Adventurer 13-20) and the favored soul (Complete Divine 6-10) cast spells without preparation. A cleric that channels negative ...
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How to capitalise on high Charisma in a melee build?

I'm building a Knight Commander. I want him to be a melee support character, passively improving the performance of his party by auras, a fair deal of tankiness and a reasonable damage dealing ...
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Can the 'wild' modifier be applied to non-armor items, such as enchanted cloaks or jewelry?

D&D 3.x has the "wild" modifier specified for armor and shields that causes its base AC bonus and any enhancement-type bonus (such as magical AC bonuses and/or ability score bonuses) to be applied ...
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What makes a good protection against magic missile?

Besides the shield spell, what can defend a creature against the magic missile spell? I am asking for something, if there is anything at all, that can prevent the damage on a hit; not concealing or ...
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How does DR granted by the feat Roll With It actually work?

Dilemma The feat Roll With It (Savage Species, p. 39) contains come text that is confusing1: This applies in addition to any damage reduction you have from other sources. This appears contrary ...
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How do you progress Divine Rank?

I am looking through the Deities & Demigods book for D&D 3.5 and it lists all the different powers and feats/salient abilities, but it does not touch on progressing your Divine Rank. Is this ...
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In which book does Tordek mention a “+3 weapon”?

I recall a D&D 3.5e (or maybe 3e) book in which a fighter (probably Tordek the dwarf) talks in-character about "a +3 weapon," most likely a sword or an axe. This would have been in one of those ...
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How are Oriental Adventures shaman animal companions updated for 3.5?

The book Oriental Adventures for D&D 3.0 was updated in Dragon magazine #318, but it didn't include an update for the shaman's animal companion from 3.0 to 3.5. I have heard that the druid had ...