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Can one create variant undead with Undeath word of power?

The Undeath word of power is somewhat similar to Animate Dead, but the latter mentions creating variants (e.g. fast zombies and bloody skeletons) and the former doesn't. Rules as written, is there a ...
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Does making an animal more intelligent automatically make them a magical beast

Inspired by this question Most animals have an intelligence of 1-2 in PF. But should you cast Fox's Cunning on one and raise it's int to (say) 6, does it become a magical beast automatically (with ...
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What skill would you use to determine a scent?

I am not quite sure which skill scent would fall under. Our group just made our own category for it such as Spot, Listen, etc. That is working fine for use but I was just curious as if there was a ...
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Can a cave fisher drag and pull?

The Cave Fisher has this in its Offense section: Ranged filament +3 (drag) Special Attacks pull (filament, 10 feet) I know wolves have something similar: Melee bite +2 (1d6+1 plus trip) ...
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Are Alchemist bombs light weapons?

I'm currently looking at a design for a bomb-focused alchemist. I plan to use Two-Weapon Fighting (along with the Fast Bombs discovery) to get more bombs per round in mid- and late levels, and I'll ...
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Can a Spiritual Weapon spell harm diminuative creature swarms?

Spiritual Weapon creates a weapon made of force that can automatically attack creatures at a distance. Normally swarms made up of diminutive creatures, such as wasps, are immune to weapon damage. Is ...
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What is the bonus for Treat Deadly Wounds when using no uses of a healer's kit?

Reading Pathfider's heal skill it states you can use it with a healer's kit to restore hitpoints ("Treat Deadly Wounds") as follows (Pathfinder SRD): You must expend two uses from a healer's kit ...
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Can a Shardmind use Warforged Components?

In the Eberron Player's Guide there is a section called Warforged Components, containing components that are said to be for the Warforged. However, the items themselves say: Requirement: You must ...
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Is there any official rule on Half-Construct aging?

Does adding the Half-Construct template to a race change aging in any way?
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Can an attack made while falling be treated as set against charge?

If you drop onto an opponent from above and try to attack them, could you treat that attack as if you had set against charge and they were moving toward you at your fall speed? It may sound odd but ...
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Assisted healing (and Inspiring Leadership) game balance

I renamed this question because I didn't estimate the problem correctly, which actually seems to be localized to assisted healing. The old title was "How do I restrain Inspiring Leadership". (Strands ...
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Are Spell-Like Abilities actually Spells?

An interesting point of contention surrounding the definition of a spell-like ability arose whilst answering this question. Are spell-like abilities actually spells? The question mentioned a Flail ...
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What's the likely law enforcement response to my PCs in Nidal?

This question is fairly specific to the shadow-haunted, torture-porn, evil Cenobite god worshiping country of Nidal in Paizo's world of Golarion, but could also apply to other "lawful evil nations" ...
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Can a player with “Harmonious Academic Methodology” train himself without spending XP?

I'm trying to better understand Harmonious Academic Methodology (a Lore charm). It can be used to train others, but the rules states that the lawgivers can also train himself. So can a character ...
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Can I use Vampiric Touch on myself?

The Spell Vampiric Touch states: Your touch deals 1d6 points of damage per two caster levels (maximum 10d6). You gain temporary hit points equal to the damage you deal. You can't gain more ...
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Do celestials weigh the same amount as their template creatures?

When refereeing a game, the following question came up: Do celestials weigh the same as their base template creatures? For example, if a large celestial is injured and needs to be carried out of ...
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Can Augmented psionic powers be made permanent, maybe via Incarnate?

I'm creating a psion were-eagle (for an all were-creatures campaign). While looking for reliable, lightweight armor options to offset my psion's squishiness I'm considering whether inertial armor ...
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So I think I've found a caveat to Lesser Geas' limits

Provided your target fails his saving throw, the description of Lesser Geas states that it lasts until the target completes its specified objective or, should the task not have a definite end to it, 1 ...
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Does flight warrant Move Silently checks?

I just had a thought concerning a Half-Fae Warlock I'm building: if the Half-Fae template grants him butterfly wings for flight, and butterflies aren't exactly known for having audible flying sounds. ...
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Dominate and interaction with environment

Here's the situation: the player had a creature dominated. The module gave the list of standard, move, and minor actions the monster had in the standard monster block. But, there was a separate ...
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Does Perfect maneuverability need Fly checks?

I can't seem to find a detailed breakdown of how to use Flight as a PC beyond what to expect of different maneuverability levels, but whenever flying is mentioned I sometimes come accross mention of ...
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Does a Creature's Advancement Trump Its Text?

The Monster Manual explains that a creature's Advancement entry "shows how tough a creature can get in terms of its extra Hit Dice. (This is not an absolute limit, but exceptions are extremely rare.)" ...
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Is there any way a Binder can use Metabreath feats?

Some of the vestiges that Binders have give breath weapons like fire breath, or sleep breath, which is flavorful and fluffy. Though, to maintain battle efficiency, one may want to do something to make ...
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How may times can you charge during a combat?

I have quite a silly question (sorry for that): how may times can you charge during a combat in DnD 3.5? I remember seeing somewhere that you can do it only once, but i cannot find that source again. ...
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When does a character gaining a level in a new class get the features of that class?

When does a character gaining a level in a new class get the features of that class, according to the RAW of DnD3.5? In my interpretation, when your character, who already has levels in some other ...
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Where do items created with the Path of Conjuring appear?

The rules concerning the items are simple, but the way the items are created is not clear (this is from the 20th Anniversary edition). The vampire can create a simple form (in the case I'm ...
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Is there an action cost for changing facing?

Is there, in canonical D&D 3.5*, a ruling prescribing action (move action, standard action etc.) for changing the facing of a character without changing position, or a ruling specifically saying ...
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What defines the CR of a creature

I'm trying to figure out what exactly defines the CR of a creature. Without the dozen playtests with different levels of groups, is there a quick easy way to do this?
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How do you handle Held action in Savage Worlds?

Ok, the Held actions have been giving us a lot of trouble recently. I'm gonna illustrate a situation: Let's say a vampire gets a King of Spades, a zombie gets a 3 of hearts, a ranger gets a Queen of ...
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How complex are sprite tasks usually allowed to be?

What is the general consensus on how detailed a Sprite command can be? I know Sprite tasks aren't spent until the Technomancer changes the command, but does having conditional modifiers like "if" or ...
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Can a PC cast a Floor of force?

The PRD entry for environment states: Transparent Floor: Transparent floors, made of reinforced glass or magic materials (even a wall of force) [...] The PRD entry for Wall of Force states: ...
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How should I interpret Assassin's Death Attack conditions?

The Assassin presige class feature called Death Attack says: While studying the victim, the assassin can undertake other actions so long as his attention stays focused on the target and the target ...
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How can established settings contact each other, and are there rules about it?

I've actually had some of my questions answered browsing through the forums; however, I wanted to address some issues that may come of my conclusions! First off, I haven't DM'd since the first ...
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Feat or minimal LA template to gain Aberration type

I’m looking for a way to give a 1st-level character the Aberration type, without simply being an Aberration because the race is already fixed (non-psionic thri-kreen, i.e. Monstrous Humanoid ...
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What works on a creature targeted by an antimagic ray?

The Antimagic Ray is a spell originally from Draconomicon, updated in the Spell Compendium. Here's all the extracts from the text we need to analyze the case, or so I believe. The target functions ...
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Is there an unarmed strike proficiency in D&D 3.5, and, if there is, do monks get it for free?

I'm trying to settle a coffee break argument - does a weapon proficiency for unarmed strike exist (either explicitly, or under some other more general weapon proficiency) under D&D 3.5 rules, and, ...
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Does Spectral Hand require extra actions?

The spectral hand spell creates a hovering hand that delivers touch spells you cast. Purging the description from informations that are not useful to this question, this is the spell's description: ...
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Is there, in D&D 3.5, a standard/canonical ruling for skill in astronomy/knowledge(astronomy)?

Question see title; further explanation: what I mean is especially in relation to identifying time (of month, year) and location/heading based on the location of celestial objects and, say, a standard ...
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How to legally trap a character under a rock, underwater

The huge water elemental grapples the PC, and pulls him into the murky water. The rest of the party manages to finish it off with ranged attacks and spells, but oh no! It was a load-bearing elemental, ...
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Is there a difference between “Able to cast x lvl spells” and “Ability to cast x lvl spells”?

I was looking at the Eldritch Knight prestige class and saw one of its requirements is "Able to cast 3rd-level arcane spells." I thought "Hmm, well my 1st level sorc with 18 Charisma is "able to cast ...
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Can a DM disallow the Candle of Invocation exploit using RAW?

The Candle of Invocation exploit is pretty cheesy. Basically, a player uses a candle to gate in an extra-planar being that grants more than one wish per summoning. One wish is used to get another ...
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What is the best way to prevent abuse of the gate spell?

The gate spell may be used for calling a extraplanar creature up to 39 HD for your service, e.g. Solar. That creature may be commanded to use wish spell for raising your attributes or for creating a ...
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How can I arrange for the long-term containment of magical animals?

One of my players is building a Hermetic Menagerie. There was some discussion during the game about how to enchant the Menagerie to securely contain the animals stored inside. The requirements are ...
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Question about ability score bonus spells

The Player's Handbook states that you can get "bonus spells" for certain ability scores, but does that mean more spell slots/spells per day, more spells known, or both?
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What kind of action is rake?

Rake descriptions are annoyingly unclear. Does winning a grapple check let you rake immediately as a free/triggered/no action, or Is winning a grapple check simply a prerequisite for being able to ...
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Master of Shrouds Summon Undead caster level

At second level Master of Shrouds (LM p46) gets Summon Undead ability: Summon Undead (Sp):At 2nd level and higher, a master of shrouds can summon one or more incorporeal undead creatures a ...
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What is the physical stress cap for a Diminutive Size creature with Claws?

Consider the lowly garden gnome. He's got the Diminutive Size [-1] power, which means he is Wee. [...] When your size is a factor in combat, you can only inflict 1 physical stress per attack (but ...
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When exactly do “once each round” effects work?

Quite a bit of spell effects state that they work once in a round. For example, Balor Nimbus: each round, the flames deal 6d6 points of fire damage to any creature grappling you (or any creature ...
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Can characters with the Guardian theme choose powerful ranged characters as their bonded charge?

The Guardian character theme level 10 feature states that Generally speaking, you can’t designate someone as a bonded charge whose melee combat skills equal or exceed your own The warden in my ...
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Are Weapon Finesse and two-handed wielding mutually exclusive?

I noticed some weapons, like the Elven Thinblade, can qualify for Weapon Finesse despite being classified as one-handed weapons. Does this mean I can wield it two-handed for 150% of my Dex bonus? ...