Questions about interpreting what a feat does or understanding specific feats, which are abilities of a character that provide small bonuses in specific circumstances in Dungeons and Dragons 3rd edition and higher, as well as Pathfinder.

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Do negative levels bestowed by Death Devotion work like energy drain?

The feat Death Devotion says Once per day as a swift action, you can cause one of your melee weapons to radiate negative energy for 1 minute. When you make a successful attack with this weapon, ...
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Ways for a Sorcerer to cast Spells he doesn't “know”

A Wizard prepares and casts Spells from his Spellbook and can therefore cast pretty much any Spell he has the appropriate Slot for and can get a Scroll to learn it from. I'd like to have a similar ...
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Does the Sharpshooter feat work on ranged spells that require an attack roll?

I had a player ask me whether Sharpshooter works on spells and I wasn't entirely sure. It says “ranged weapon attacks”, but I'm not sure if an Eldritch Blast counts as a ranged weapon attack. I'm ...
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How does Inexorable Shroud work?

I've seen this feat debated a lot and want to know your thoughts on it. Inexorable Shroud reads as follows: "If an enemy is reduced to 0 hit points while it is subject to two or more of your shrouds, ...
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Can you make a recharging Tattoo Spell?

Is it possible to make a spell tattoo from the Craft Spell Tattoo feat that is permanently reusable? That is, a tattoo that recharges and can be cast (e.g.) 1/day?
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What's the best magic item for punching monsters in their stupid faces?

My character, a barbarian with the feat Improved Unarmed Strike,1 occasionally eschews his greataxe and punches monsters. After reading this 2009 thread and this 2009 thread, I don't know what works ...
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Does the Chokehold feat only apply the penalty when you first establish the pin?

I'm looking into building a monk and I couldn't help but notice the feat Chokehold. It's fairly neat and allows you to suffocate an opponent you hold in a chokehold. Does the initial −5 ...
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What does it mean that clans have differing numbers of unique feats?

In Oriental Adventures for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and that text's update to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, the Dragon #318 article “Oriental Adventures Update: Eastern Flavor” (32-48), ...
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Is there a difference between “Background Feature” and a general “Feat”?

I'm attempting to make a custom D&D character, with a custom background. In 5e, backgrounds often feature a "Background Feature" that does not really give them any kind of mechanical advantage; it ...
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Can a Tumor Familiar become an Improved Familiar?

An Alchemist can obtain a Tumor Familiar. There's also the feat Improved Familiar, which is accompanied by a table which lists Arcane Spellcaster Level in one of the columns and has the prerequisite: ...
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Can you take Melee Weapon Mastery twice and have it apply twice to the same weapon?

Can the feat 'Melee Weapon Mastery' Benefit: When you select this feat, choose bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing. You must have Weapon Focus and Weapon Specialization with a melee weapon that ...
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What does intensified spell mean?

Intensified spell says: an intensified spell increases the maximum number of damage dice by 5 levels. What does it mean that it improves damage dice by 5 levels? That spells of damage based on ...
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Picking attribute boost or feats as high-stat 5e Paladin

I'm playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen with a group, and I play a Paladin with the following stats: STR 18 DEX 13 CON 14 INT 12 WIS 15 CHA 17 So my stats are already kinda high. When I get to level ...
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Is there any way to cast non-cantrip spells without taking a level in a spellcasting class?

Can a Fighter learn spells and cast them without multiclassing? I know of feats in supplement books that allow characters to learn and cast 1 cantrip ( lvl 0 spell). I was wondering if there is either ...
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Feats to allow sneak attacks and critical hits against elementals

Are there any official (as in published by WoTC) feats that allow dealing critical hits and sneak attacks to elementals? I know of Swift Hunter for Scout/Ranger (if elemental is a favored enemy), but ...
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For the purposes of Two Weapon Fighting, are pistols considered light weapons?

In the entry for firearms in Ultimate Combat, pistols are not explicitly given a classification of light weapon or otherwise, so I'm unsure how the Two Weapon Fighting feat would apply to ...
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What's the duration of these wild feats?

The Benefit of the Complete Divine wild feat Serpent's Venom says You can spend a usage of wild shape to gain a secondary bite attack (at your base attack bonus −5 and adding 1/2 your Strength ...
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How many luck points does it cost to get a better attack roll with Lucky?

For the Lucky feat there is something I need clarified. The feat says (PHB p. 167): "... Whenever you make an attack roll, an ability check, or a saving throw, you can spend one luck point to ...
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Can luck points be used after attack rolls against me?

The Lucky feat includes the following benefit: You have 3 luck points. [...] You can also spend one luck point when an attack roll is made against you. Roll a d20, and then choose whether the ...
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Should the damage from an unarmed strike be reduced by Heavy Armor Master?

The Heavy Armor Master feat (PH p.167) grants the following benefit: While you are wearing heavy armor, bludgeoning. piercing, and slashing damage that you take from non-magical weapons is reduced ...
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Can metamagic be acquired at first level?

In D&D 3.5, can I acquire a metamagic feat at lvl 1? I'm wondering this because I am playing a cleric and would like to get Empower spell to increase my healing to my party
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Are Secondary Natural Attacks needed to take advantage of Multiattack?

Rules on Multiattack state the following: Prerequisite: Three or more natural attacks. Benefit: The creature's secondary attacks with natural weapons take only a –2 penalty. Normal: Without ...
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Can Snow Tiger Berserker let me charge past someone and full attack them?

Pounce lets me make a full attack in the end of a charge. Dive Attack works like a charge. Flyby Attack lets me take a move action, including a dive and a standard action. I must be ...
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Does a feat's size prerequisite include smaller sizes?

The Player's Handbook on Prerequisites says that Some feats have prerequisites. Your character must have the indicated ability score, class feature, feat, skill, base attack bonus, or other ...
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Can anyone in Eberron qualify for the Bind Elemental feat, or only Zilargo gnomes?

In the Eberron Campaign Setting, it says that the only ones capable of elemental binding are the gnomes of Zilargo. However, in the same book, the only requirement for the Bind Elemental feat is a ...
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Does the bonus attack from “Polearm Master” have reach as well?

PHB p. 168: Polearm Master You gain the following benefits: When you take the Attack action and attack with only a glaive, halberd, or quarterstaff, you can use a bonus action to make a ...
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Extra Attack, Crossbow Expert, and hand crossbow: 4 shots per turn?

In D&D 5e, can a 5th level fighter shoot a hand crossbow 4 times per turn using the Crossbow Expert feat? Extra Attack, PHB p. 72: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of ...
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Can I load a hand crossbow while holding a shield?

Can I load a hand crossbow if I am using a shield and the crossbow? Would I be able to get multiple attacks with Crossbow Expert if I am using a shield and a hand crossbow?
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When applying a template, which comes first: the template or the first level feat?

I may be using the Proto-Creature inherited template for a game in which I also plan to use the Spellfire feat. Now the Proto-Creature template removes all (Sp) and (Su) abilities from the base ...
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druid and neutral alignment for planar wildshape

One of my players is a druid and they recently took the feat planar wild shape. We ended up getting into an argument due to his neutral alignment. Good druids must use the celestial template ...
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Is there a way to gain a an Oracle Revelation or for an Oracle to take a Revelation from a mystery they don't have?

There are three revelations I know of that would let me swap Dex mod to AC for Cha mod to AC somehow, and I'd like to do that and will have levels in Oracle, however I can't take those mysteries for ...
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How can I make an overweight character? [closed]

I'm going to start off by saying that this will be my very first time playing any sort of tabletop role-playing game. I know what I'm about to ask may be questionable due to the whole epic fantasy ...
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Can a rider attack while the mount attacks?

In a D&D 3.5 campaign I play a level 12 Paladin / level 3 Wild Planes Outrider. Can my mount make a (full) attack while I make a (full) attack? Can I make a full attack when the mount charges ...
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Brawler and two weapon fighting feat tree

One of my players is a brawler. He just reached level 8 and got improved two weapon fighting. He asked what his attacks were suppose to be and I went to tell him, only to find out that I didnt know ...
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Does the Alert feat make it impossible to pickpocket a character?

I'm currently a player/co-dm for a 5e campaign. There is one player who is trying to power game and do his best to gain the upperhand in all situations. This has led to him abusing wording on certain ...
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Does the Defensive Duelist feat work when wielding ranged finesse weapons?

Does wielding ranged finesse weapons (e.g. a dart) trigger the Defensive Duelist feat? I note that many other references to 'wielding' specifically refer to wielding melee weapons, while the text ...
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How can I give an animal or mount skill ranks or feats?

Lets say I buy a giant chameleon and want it to have the stable gallop and narrow frame feats. How do animals (not familiars or animal companions) gain feats, if they do at all? How do they gain ...
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Will Distant Spell Link work via Improved Share Spells

Distant spell Link lets you use your companions Share Spells feature at close range, rather then touch. Benefit(s): The range of your allied creature's share spells ability increases to close ...
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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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Martial Classes Attacking with Saving Throws

I've been looking for ways that a fighter (or other martial class) can fight effectively, preferably at low levels, against other high AC opponents. I know there is things like "Ki Shout", where you ...
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Spell Rays and Reach-applied touch attack: delivery and onlooker perception

When casting a touch spell, I can leave the spell on my hand and deliver strategically. What happens when that same touch attack is enhanced with Reach metamagic? Lets say I cast Invisibility on an ...
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Pinning a Shield with a Shield?

Question(s) Would shield bashing, or using the shield as a weapon, meet the requirements of the Pin Shield feat? Also, would Agile Shield Fighter have any effect? For instance, would that allow to ...
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Is there a way to weaponize a Battle Magic Tactics token? [closed]

So there's this feat from Monster Manual V that I don't think any creature except the text's three hobgoblin casters have ever taken.1 Here it is. Battle Magic Tactics Through intense ...
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The rules for manyshot/ rapid shot

In our campaign another argument has arisen. A fighter has the feats rapid shot and manyshot but he is using a rapid reload crossbow. The problem is the GM is confused as to whether this is even ...
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Greater Manyshot & Split on our Invisible Flying Rogue seems too good

The party I DM for has recently hit Lv 15 and our Rogue(as the role) took Greater Manyshot as his chosen feat. His bow with a standard shot hits in the ballpark of ~15-20DMG; Plus a split arrow ...
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What item creation feats should an Alchemist take?

I'm trying to plot out an alchemist build with the Clone Master archetype, particularly the feats. I'd like to keep this character somewhat mirrored to another: the wizard in the party, and the ...
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When casting a spell with War Caster feat reaction does it use up a spell slot?

War Caster When a hostile creature's movement provokes an opportunity attack from you, you can use your reaction to cast a spell at the creature rather than making an opportunity attack. ...
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Bard Feat Optimization: Buff/Control/Face

I'm building a bard for DND 3.5. I am trying to plan my feats out into the future. We expect to play this campaign to level 20 over the course of 5-6 years. Roleplaying wise, my character is the ...
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Would the Shield Wall feat grant a shield bonus for each adjacent ally, or just one adjacent ally?

Situation: I am believing the feat limits the benefit to only one adjacent ally, but friends state that it should include an additional adjacent ally due to the wording: Benefit: When you and an ...
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Does the feat Ironheart Aura benefit the feat's possessor?

The feat Ironheart Aura says While you are in any Iron Heart stance, adjacent allies gain a +2 morale bonus on saving throws. (Tome of Battle 31) The Player's Handbook in the Glossary defines ...