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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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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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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 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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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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Detecting a Held Charge Touch Attack

Touch spells have the ability to Hold the Charge. Meaning that they can be cast ahead of time and then held onto for use whenever after without the need to speak the verbal components again or make ...
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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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Can a Damphir Antipaladin use Touch of Corruption with a Swift Action?

It is known Paladins can heal themselves with a Swift Action: Lay On Hands (Su) Beginning at 2nd level, a paladin can heal wounds (her own or those of others) by touch. Each day she can use ...
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Can a Wizard prepare spells while sick?

Normally I would think this is a no-brainer. However, on page 218 under "Preparation Environment" it states that if you might fail a saving throw it would prevent the necessary concentration to ...
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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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Does the prehensile hair hex raise your carrying load for the purposes of the flight spell?

One of players is a Witch with the prehensile hair hex, and during a recent session she used the flight spell in conjunction with this hex to rescue the party from a flash flood in a deep ravine. When ...
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Where is chart for baseline physical ability scores by size?

I know the question I am asking is akin to flogging a dead horse, yes the question is about size changing and if there is a chart for ability scores based on size. Yes I know there are questions which ...
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Kensai's Signature Weapon special abilities

Maximum Kensai's Signature Weapon Bonus is +10. However, maximum enhantment bonus is +5, so as Complete Warrior says "it can have special abilities that are the equivalent of additional bonuses". ...
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Can an illusion hold weight?

For this quesiton, I'm asking for RAW rulings. Let's say you have a "standard" illusion over a pit, and the character believes it's real; does it support weight? (Typically the answer would be no, ...
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Languages and the Linguistics skill in Pathfinder

I'm running an Eberron campaign using the Pathfinder system. Suppose a character has several bonus languages from character creation. She is able to read and speak this language, per the Core ...
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Do class levels obtained from a gestalt count towards a Swordsage's maximum maneuver level known? [duplicate]

So I wanted to take a short dip in Swordsage to give my character some options if he gets caught in melee, and maybe eventually work up to learning Assassin's Stance (he's a homebrew martial class ...
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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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Is the “half your speed” used in standing from prone your normal speed, or current speed?

At my last session, a scenario arose in which a character was attempting to cover ground as quickly as possible, but was knocked prone. On their next turn, they proceeded to stand up and Dash. This ...
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What ends the witch bolt spell?

The obvious things are: ending it voluntarily losing concentration breaking the tether with range or cover using a normal action on your turn for something other than witch bolt What isn't ...
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Cost of custom crafted item with multiple enhancements spells?

Google-fu has thus failed me. I've been researching and learning the 3.5 crafting system for my upcoming artificer and I seem to have hit a snag in the pricing system. I am aware that it is only ...
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Thunderbolt Strike + Find Familiar + Shocking Grasp

I'm planning to roll an Eldritch Knight Fighter 6/Tempest Domain Cleric 14. I can get shocking grasp and find familiar from EK fighter at lvl 3. I also know that my Familiar can use Shocking Grasp on ...
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What skill gives knowledge of undead?

In a recent D&D 5e session, the issue came up where the party wanted to identify an undead creature, along with its strengths and weaknesses. The party Wizard wanted to use the skill he was ...
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Does the 1-2 diagonal count reset on each move action?

In Pathfinder and 3.x (and possibly other systems I imagine?), diagonal movement is handled by a 1-2 rule to simplify calculation; first diagonal move is 1 square, then 2, then 1, and etc. But what ...
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WarForged composite plating as item Familiar?

Item familiar says it can be applied to any magical item (including weapons and armor as it shows examples of both) with a minimum +1 Enhancement and a magical effects the user understand ds and can ...
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Order of cost reduction application? [duplicate]

Ive read through the cost reduction handbook and a few other locations on reducing the cost of an item during item creation. Using my currently available cost reductions 25% extraordinary Artisan ...
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Can artificers design new infusions?

Artificers in 3.5 cast infusions, this is neither arcane nor divine. Yet they create magical effects. Artificers gain infusions just like a spell caster, and cast infusions in a manner just like ...
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Does the (Swift,) Fly spell cause physical resistance when an object is hovering

Last Saturday, during our regular D&D session, the party's Dusk Blade cast Blade of Blood on a needle she was carrying, then used the spell Fly, Swift to levitate it into position in front of a ...
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Are there rules for custom feats/abilities?

The rules explicitly acknowledge the possibility of spellcasters producing entirely new spells, for example, Independent Research A wizard also can research a spell independently, duplicating ...
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Do monks add their ability modifier to their additional attacks?

Starting at first level monks can use their Martial Arts ability to make an unarmed strike as a bonus action (and later they get more than one attack with Flurry of Blows). When you use the Attack ...
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Can player characters pick monster feats?

Some of my player characters have a race from a template but without monster hit dice (like half-orc) and others have a race from a template with monster hit dice (like ogre). Now in the back of ...
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Does Water Breathing + a full waterskin = infinite “air”?

I was wondering if a person could use water breathing to avoid breathing a toxic atmosphere. The spell itself states: This spell grants up to ten willing creatures you can see within range the ...
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Can a Rogue apply sneak attack on a reaction/opportunity attack? [duplicate]

The 5e PHB says a Rogue can only apply Sneak Attack (given the conditions are met) once per turn. Does this differentiate between the Rogue's turn and the entire combat round? If the Rogue gets to ...
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What exactly can you do with the product of Major Creation?

Let's assume a caster able to cast the spell Major Creation. What he is trying to do is exploit this to be able to avoid having to pay for certain things. As explained in this question, what is ...
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Can you use Major Creation to create the diamond dust required for Resurrection?

I have a character who is able to cast major creation and resurrection. He has a CL of 15. He starts by taking a really small piece of diamond (not enough to cast Resurrection), and casts major ...
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Is being pinned the same as helpless?

When a creature is pinned, is the creature considered helpless and thus vulnerable to coup de grace? Under the rules for helpless it says A helpless character is paralyzed, held, bound, sleeping, ...
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Stackability of staged Save Ends effects?

Rules Compendium, Page 228: Identical effects that a save can end If a character is subject to identical effects that a save can end, ignore all but one of those effects. For instance if ...
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Undine Weaponshaft and Projectiles

Could I load at least 1 projectile (mostly arrows, bolts) into my Undine Weaponshaft longspear and fire it/them by using my hydraulic push ability?
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What is the highest possible number of attacks per round for a creature with four arms?

What is the highest possible number of melee attacks that one could get consistently in one round for a four-armed creature? Exploiting possible understatements and lacks of limiters in the rules is ...
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Weapon damage bonuses and critical hits

If a player has a +1 Dagger (example), and then he score a critical hit, is the "+1" thing doubled too or just the damage dice? Will the damage be 2d4 +1 +ability mod or 2d4 +2 +ability mod? If a ...
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Can guidance help with checks that take a long time?

From the description of guidance orison: The creature gets a +1 competence bonus on a single attack roll, saving throw, or skill check. It must choose to use the bonus before making the roll to ...
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May a character with Evasion under the effect of Starmantle avoid all damage?

The Starmantle spell (Book of Exalted Deeds, p. 108) states: Contact with the starmantle does not destroy magic weapons or missiles, but the starmantle's wearer is entitled to a Reflex saving ...
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What are the limits of an arcane lock?

The spell arcane lock can be cast on "a closed door, window, gate, chest, or other entryway." What are limits of this entryway? That is, must this entryway have a flap, lid, or other type of barrier ...
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Can I attack the target of my Overrun?

Simply put: Can I attack the same creature I choose to use the Overrun combat maneuver on? The entry for the Overrun maneuver states it can be done as part of a charge, does that mean I can attack ...
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Where, exactly, is it laid out that a torch can do damage to swarms?

So it's pretty common that people say that torches can do a single point of fire damage to swarms. However, my group can't seem to find any sources that confirm this. Basically, it comes down to ...
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What are the effects of losing your feat prerequisite?

I have a human cleric with the Extend Spell feat thanks to the domain power of the Spell domain. The first level human bonus feat was spent on Persistent Spell and the regular first level feat was ...
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What is the point of applying shield spikes to a one-handed weapon?

I was looking over the weapon-creation chart towards the end of this page, and saw that one of the options available to you is making the weapon count as a light shield with spikes. However, when I ...
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Can I use fabricate to turn gold coins into ingots worth three times as much gold?

I was reading through some spells and I came across Fabricate. This gave me a solid moment of pause. Particularily, "Material Component: The original material, which costs the same amount as the raw ...
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How can bonuses or advantage be attained for attempts to gain control over a creature? [closed]

This question about Pathfinder has gotten me wondering about how willpower might be more easily overcome in D&D 5e. By gain control, I mean using a spell or ability to get a creature to "switch ...
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Can a Target of Nightmare Haunting be woken up to break the effect?

This arises from discussions in comments on the question: How can a party defend against the Dream Haunting action of a Night Hag? . The wording could either it lasts the duration the Night Hag is in ...