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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Are the immunities granted by Rank 0 and Rank 1 deity redundant?

In Deities and Demigods, a Rank 0 deity gains transmutation immunity: Transmutation A deity is immune to polymorphing, petrification, or any other attack that alters its form. Any ...
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Why are whips so restricted?

The bard has always been a bit of an unusual class. One thing, though, that I've really enjoyed about the bard is that they get Exotic Weapon Proficiency (whip) for free. However, after playing a bit ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the “what's new” summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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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 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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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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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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Is it possible to play an Epic D&D3.5/Pathfinder campaign with a non-magic hero?

My DM is going to arrange a campaign of Epic Gestalts (LvL 24/24), I wanted to play a non-magic user, but they are so underpowered that I probably can't, the closest to a non-magic user I seem to find ...
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Is there a way to take 10 in Iaijutsu Focus?

I want to know if there is a way to take 10 while in combat for a specific skill (In this case Iaijutsu Focus). I heard that there is a feat that allows you to do that but I couldn't find it.
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Why can an adventuring druid using Animal Friendship only befriend half as many HD of animals?

In the description of the D&D 3.0 druid/ranger spell Animal Friendship, it explains that an adventuring druid can befriend only ½ the maximum amount of HD that a non-adventuring druid ...
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What weapon is the Stinger wielding?

On page 81 in Monsters of Faerûn, the Stinger is shown holding with both hands a two-pronged implement that doen't look like any polearm or weapon I recognize. The stats block only lists its ...
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Where is the down-time “life experience” system I recall from?

I remember reading somewhere that characters can gain general 'life' experience during story downtime, usually downtime that takes place over years of story line... Could someone (if anyone remembers ...
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What book are the bloodvelds from?

Our DM and the other DM in our party distinctly recall seeing a creature called a "bloodveld" in a D&D 3.5e book. This creature is a colorless aquatic ooze that feeds on the blood of whatever it ...
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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 ...