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Can you trip as part of a Tome of Battle Maneuver?

If a ToB Maneuver such as Daunting Strike calls for a melee Attack as part of the maneuver, can this melee attack be resolved as a trip attack/include a trip attempt?
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Is there any advantage to protecting your true name?

In some stories, you can be targeted by a curse provided the caster knows some things about you, one of which might be your real name. Death Note is a good, recent example of this. You can protect ...
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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 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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Turning radius of a flying thing in D&D 3.5

I am trying to turn the 3.5e SRD's degrees-of-turn-per-feet-of-game-movement numbers (such as 45 degrees of turn per 5' of movement with 45 degrees of maximum turn per square for a creature classed ...
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Can the XP loss from the death or dismissal of a Familiar cause you to lose a level?

From the SRD If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. Failure means he loses 200 experience points per sorcerer level; ...
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Is a creature that used the 2nd option of Improved Grab grappling or not?

This question is related to another recent one, since I couldn't figure out the answer, even though I had all the resources. Let's have an owlbear character that uses Improved Grab after successfully ...
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Does having improved grab allow a character to deal unarmed strike + natural attack damage?

The SRD for improved grab states (emphasis mine): If a creature with this special attack hits with a melee weapon (usually a claw or bite attack), it deals normal damage and attempts to start ...
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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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Can you be tripped by an AoO while standing up?

Let's say "John" is a fighter who has selected a number of feats to focus on tripping his enemies, including Greater Trip, and Combat Reflexes, and wielding a Reach Weapon while under the effect of a ...
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Do saving throw based spells that do damage count as attacks?

During our last session, two of my players got involved in a little PvP, and the Rogue was fireballed by the Wizard as a last act of defiance, hoping to take the Rogue with him as she died. The ...
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What's the mechanism for magically understood speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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Can a Half-Giant Soulknife manifest Mind Blades of the Large size category?

Note: I am aware that I am quoting from 3rd party materials, and not core Pathfinder stuff. The Soulknife's ability Form Mind Blade says the following: A soulknife must choose the form of her ...
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Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
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Does Lightning Bolt affect everyone in its line of effect?

I'm looking for clarification on a spell effect. The specific spell in question is lightning bolt, 3rd-level Sorcerer/Wizard spell. It has an area of a 120-ft line. Does it pass through enemies? If I ...
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Interaction of the Cold extraordinary ability and Grapples

According to the Cold[EX] ability of an Ice Golem An ice golem's body generates intense cold, dealing 1d6 points of damage with its touch. If a Golem were to initiate a grapple, would this ...
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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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Improved Grab and multiple Natural Weapons

Let us take a tiger as an example of a creature having solid chances of making full attack with multiple Natural Weapons each of which may be used to trigger Improved Grab. Let us also assume it hits ...
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Does grappling cause bludgeoning damage?

According to the grapple rules in the SRD: ...you deal damage to the target as if with an unarmed strike. When you look at the weapons table for unarmed strike you see: Would that mean ...
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Adamantine vs adamantine

So other discussions got me thinking in circles. Special materials of 3.5 DND say adamantine weapons bypass hardness less than 20. Adamantine has a hardness 20. How would sundering work between ...
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How many cantrips can I cast continuously out of combat?

Playing Skull & Shackles and we got shipwrecked. My character has Mending as a cantrip. According to the books, cantrips are so inconsequential that they can be cast "without limit". ...
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Are partially charged wands generally purchasable?

In the D&D 3.5 DMG rules are given for the pricing of partially charged wands, which one may explicitly purchase during character creation or sell during play. So long as the wand's final ...
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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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What is the difference between line of sight and line of effect?

As the title. I've seen many definitions such as concealment refer to one or both, but I can't find a clear definition of them or how they are different.
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Is using VR still possible while having both ocular drones launched?

Assuming a character has Cyber Eyes with one Ocular Drone each. In addition, they have a Datajack serving as DNI. Can they still use Virtual Reality (especially the Rigging features) while having ...
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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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Are indirect combat spells visible before they hit their target?

I am trying to understand what mundane characters see when a Magician casts an indirect combat spell. Looking at the rules (core rulebook), I can find the following snippets (p. 283): All ...
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What is the maximum range for indirect combat spells?

When a Magician with Spellcasting uses indirect combat spells such as Fireball, what is the maximum range? Looking at the rules for choosing the target of a spell (core rulebook, p. 281): If you ...
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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 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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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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Creating a city made of illusion that won't be quickly figured out

We are playing DnD5e in custom world. This is going to be my first time as DM. Currently I'm trying to get my first adventure together. My idea was to trap my players in the city, which is just an ...
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Will a spellcaster interrupted mid-preparation have spells they did not use during the previous adventuring day?

As a follow-on to this question, I pose the question "would a prepared caster (wizard/cleric/druid/paladin/ranger and their derivatives) have whatever spells they did not use the previous day if they ...
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Copying Alchemist Formulae Rulings?

I understand that Alchemist can copy spells as a Wizard could. This explicitly means that an Alchemist can copy formula out of a Wizard's spell book as long as the spell appears on the Alchemist's ...
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What happens if you Twin Spell a spell that requires concentration?

Can your character maintain concentration on two spells? If concentration is broken, do both spells fall, or are separate checks made on each?
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Can you take a second real level of Ur-Priest?

Ur-priest has as a prerequisite an inability to cast divine spells. It also grants divine spells. The first level's fine, because you don't necessarily have spells yet, but every level after that ...
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Will a spellcaster interrupted mid-meditation or -study have any spells?

I've noticed that Wizards, Clerics, Druids, and most other spell-casting classes (With the exception of Sorcerers) spend at least 1 hour Studying or Meditating to regain their spells. What I want to ...
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Do items from Adventuring Gear or Bag of Books persist?

Equipment like Adventuring Gear and Bag of Books employ a "uses" mechanic that helps abstract the equipment buying process and encourages improvisation. Adventuring Gear: "When you rummage ...
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Choose to use STR when attacking with Precise weapons?

The Precise tag has an ambiguous description in the book: "​Precise: You can use DEX instead of STR when using this weapon." (1st edition, p396. Emphasis added) To me that sounds like the ...
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Are obvious cybereyes cheaper?

A player recently got the idea that obvious cybereyes should be cheaper, just like obvious cyberlimbs. I disagreed, but for the sake of group morale I'm asking here. If possible, I would like a ...
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Adamantine Hurricane and Wolf Pack Tactics interaction clarification

In Tome of Battle we find these 2 maneuvers: Iron Heart (Strike) 8: Adamantine Hurricane (p. 66) Tiger Claw (Stance) 8: Wolf Pack Tactics (p. 90) And their interaction is unclear to me. ...
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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 ...
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Rogue with Mirror Image up and Sentinel feat

If I'm playing a Rogue with the Mirror Image spell and possess the Sentinel feat, do I get an opportunity attack if an enemy attacks me in melee but hits a mirror image instead? Would this trigger a ...
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Is the land movement effect of Ice Storm subject to SR?

Ice Storm has an immediate damaging effect but also a land movement slowing effect that lasts the round. Is the land movement effect subject to SR as magical or is the slow effect a natural result of ...
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Does Wall of Fire cast in the middle of a huge creature cause it to take damage twice?

Wall of Fire reads (emphasis mine): An immobile, blazing curtain of shimmering violet fire springs into existence. One side of the wall, selected by you, sends forth waves of heat, dealing 2d4 ...
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Is it possible to block a breath weapon with a shield?

Most of us may have seen similar imagery: How could a player character do as such, with a shield? Anything RAW, and without resorting to spellcasting (if at all possible), would be nice.
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Have I missed how to calculate the DC for knowing Monster characteristics?

My players often want to see if they know something about a monster or not, specially stuff like weaknesses and resistances. I have this idea that there should be somewhere in the MM or DMG explaining ...
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Into what game-term classifications are half-elves put?

The half-elf has unique racial traits, but one of those racial traits is elven blood, which says For all effects related to race, a half-elf is considered an elf. Half-elves aren't available as ...
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How do the Checks and Balances work in Mutants and Masterminds 3 and DC Adventures?

Using the specific example of Attack Bonus v Effect Ranks, the rules state that when added together your attack bonus and the effect ranks of your attack cannot exceed twice the series power level. ...