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Does Arcane Lock Make An Object More Resistant to Damage?

Arcane Lock says that it increases the DC of checks to break the object or pick any of its locks by 10. However, there is no listed increase in the object's AC or HP. Does this mean that a character ...
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Monster traits classification and implementation in a database

Also I don't know the 3,5 edition very well, because I am not a "paper-and-pencil" player and just a computer gamer, who saw this system in several games. I am trying to build a "monster calculator" ...
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Does a flaming axe's full damage bypass damage reduction?

During a session the GM's dwarf launched an attack with a +2 flaming axe at the PC barbarian with DR 4/—, somehow dealing 40 damage on a critical hit. The GM says that because the axe is flaming, all ...
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Can I two-weapon fight unarmed?

I want to make a fighter whose primary weapons are his unarmed attacks using the Tavern Brawler feat. If I take the Two Weapon Fighting style would that work with 2 unarmed strikes? In the weapons ...
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Can Nystul's Magic Aura Make You Immune To Dominate Person?

Nystul's Magic Aura can make it so that magic and spells treat a creature as though it were another creature type. However the extent of this effect is ambiguous. At first, it says the following, ...
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Can a Druid Wild Shape into a non-core elemental?

I have a party with a level 10 druid, and she was told she can transform into any elemental. When the party was injured after a particularly tough encounter, she transformed into Positive Energy ...
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Gigantic Steed class ability gives all the benefits of a Huge mount?

As per title, I'm wondering whether the Gigantic Steed ability of the Mammoth Rider grants your mount all the benefits of a size increase, namely +8 Str. In fact, the text of the ability is: A ...
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Multiple Bolts and Wizard Edge

If someone casts the power Bolt and casts multiple bolts at once, he rolls multiple attacks for those. So the caster rolls 1-3 psionic rolls + 1 wild die (similar to a weapon shooting multiple shots), ...
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I Roll To Seduce The Dragon! (or, Do Dragon Ancestry and Expertise Stack?)

Lets say there exist some enterprising young bard 3/ sorcerer 1 named Kirk. Deciding to uphold (long past) family tradition, he has chosen to go out and have a little half-dragon of his own. He ...
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Does Animate Dead just create human skeletons/zombies, or can it raise whole creatures as undead?

My GM insists that animate dead can only create the skeleton or zombie listed in the bestiary, namely the 1HD human skeleton/zombie. I had always read it can zombify any creature, as long as you have ...
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How often can a mount be ridden at a gallop?

On page 181 of the PHB it states the following: Mounts and Vehicles. For short spans of time (up to an hour), many animals move much faster than humanoids. A mounted character can ride at a gallop ...
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Does Dueling Fighting Style apply to thrown weapons?

PHB p. 72 (and others) Dueling When you are wielding a melee weapon in one hand and no other weapons, you gain a +2 bonus to damage rolls with that weapon. PHB p.147 Thrown. If a weapon ...
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Could a lightsaber deflect a laser blast from a TIE Fighter?

Inspired by a "Hot Network Questions" question. Could a lightsaber deflect a laser blast from a non-personal source like a TIE Fighter, a Scout Walker, or even a Turbo Laser such as the ones on the ...
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Breaking size limitation for lycanthropy

I'm trying to find any way to get around the whole "you can only choose an animal up to 1 size category different than yourself" rule for Lycanthropes, Shifters who are going Weretouched Master, and ...
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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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Is Charm Monster/Person “harmless” for the purpose of the Insistent Benefactor trait?

Do the spells Charm Monster and Charm Person benefit from the Insistent Benefactor trait? More specifically, will it increase the Spell Save DC by 2? If not, is this because the spells are not ...
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Treasure placement based on APL and/or CR

This may be a somewhat convoluted question, but I will try to be clear. My question is in regards to treasure placement. According to the CRB Pg 400: 1.) To aid in placing treasure, the amount of ...
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The Hiding Rules Contradict Themselves. What Can I Make Of This?

Page 177 "Hiding" says: You can't hide from a creature that can see you. Page 192 "Hide" says: When you take the Hide action, you make a Dexterity (Stealth) check in an attempt to hide, ...
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Leaving and re-entering Stinking Cloud

The spell stinking cloud says This condition [nauseated] lasts as long as the creature is in the cloud and for 1d4+1 rounds after it leaves. So, here's the scenario: A creature is in the area of ...
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Are Paragon Path powers considered class powers?

Example: I have a Warlock with the feat 'Sacrifice to Caiphon', which reads thusly: When you attack with a Warlock attack power that has targets and you miss all targets, then you can deal ...
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When can I draw my weapon?

I know I'm about to face a bunch of enemies, I have to draw them out first. If I know I'm about to be in a huge battle, can my weapon be drawn before I go in there or do I have to wait until the ...
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Is a damage die replaced by the DoS if they are higher than that roll?

I'm using Wolph42's framework for RT, and on the settings there's an option to turn that rule on or off. In that option's description it states that it's rules as written for all FFG40k systems except ...
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Are there any rules that specify a class' alignment?

After a brief discussion in chat about the topic, (which didn't really go anywhere), I was wondering if there was anything in the rules that determined whether certain classes must have particular ...
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Conceal Spellcasting - Skill or Skill Trick?

Races of Stone has a section in skills, which outlines how you can use Slight of Hand to conceal spellcasting. There is no special requirement: When casting a spell, you may make a Sleight of ...
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Can a blink dog take items with them when using their Dimension Door ability?

Blink dogs have "quickened Dimension Door (self only)" as an at-will spell-like ability. I am having some trouble determining exactly what the "self only" restriction entails in this case. It clearly ...
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Occult Adventures: Does the Navel Chakra Breath Weapon grant a Reflex Save?

The new Occult Adventures book provides a new ability for people with a Ki Pool and a prerequisite feat: Unlocking Chakras. One of the Chakras is the Navel, and unlocking it provides access to a ...
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Flight, Gliding, and Falling

In working with Race Creation (Advanced Race Guide), I saw the movement trait Gliding wings. I want to know, if the race has Wings and the flight movement trait, ergo natural flight speed, do they ...
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Is the Dweomerkeeper unacceptably powerful thanks to Supernatural Spell?

The Dweomerkeeper 3.5e prestige class (Complete Divine rulebook official web enhancement) provides multiple uses of "Supernatural Spell (Su)" per day as escalating benefits for class progression up to ...
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Magic Item Creation with instantaneous, continuous spell effects

I am looking through the magic item creation rules, and I cannot seem to find the actual RAW for for the limitations of what spells can and cannot be put on an item as a continuous effect. A player ...
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How does maintaining a Concentration spell work?

There are many spells that have a duration of "concentration", sometimes with a max duration. I understand concentration checks and interruptions, but I can't find specific rules on maintaining a ...
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Would an Ettin and Otyugh live in the same area?

According to the 3.5 monster manual - Ettins like to establish their lairs in remote, rocky areas. They dwell in dark, underground caves that stink of decaying food and offal. They tolerate ...
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Would being blind reduce a character's speed?

A PC is under the effect of a Suggest spell and told to follow someone who had Darkvision. The PC, who is under the effect, doesn't and they are lead into a tunnel system that is pitch black. How fast ...
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How does the Diviner's Portent ability interact with Advantage and Disadvantage?

The portent ability says, in part, You can replace any attack roll, saving throw, or ability check made by you or a creature that you can see with one of these foretelling rolls. You must choose ...
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Can any creature elect to make touch attacks or ranged touch attacks?

Can a creature lacking a special ability to make either touch attacks or ranged touch attacks nonetheless make against his foes—without provoking attacks of opportunity—touch attacks or ranged touch ...
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Can Weapons be Wondrous Items?

I was attempting a new "Most Powerful Build Ever" and I got to thinking, is there anything that excludes weapons from being Wondrous Items? So: can they be? Could I give a sword the ability to cast ...
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Great Old One Warlocks: Ways to Counter Create Thrall

PHB page 110, Warlock, Otherworldly Patrons, Great Old One Create Thrall At 14th level, you gain the ability to infect a humanoid’s mind with the alien magic of your patron. You can use your ...
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What counts for “help slay an elemental” for Rings of Elemental Command?

The various Rings of Elemental Command in the DMG all have basic abilities that start working as soon as you attune them, but there are other abilities that only start working if you "help slay" an ...
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How can I damage or break a foe's weapon?

Can someone provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make an attack against a foe's weapon? I wasn't able to find the specifics maneuvers and descriptions on official L5R 4E material (only some ...
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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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Can an Animal Ally/Animal Companion have an Animal Ally?

This is a RAW question. Animal Companions gain an ability point at level 4. By advancing Intelligence to 3, the Animal Companion gains access to most feats. ("Animal companions with an Intelligence ...
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Are the Light Domain Cleric cantrips in addition to the 3 starting cantrips?

The Cantrips known chart for a level 1 cleric states you know 3 cantrips at level 1. The light domain cleric at level one gets the light cantrip if she doesn't already know it. So, does a light ...
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Is “moving into the defender's space” analagous with “moving out of a threatened square”?

There are two special attacks that call out "moving into the defender's space"; bull rush and overrun. In the bull rush description, under Initiating a Bull Rush, First, you move into the ...
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Does beast form entitlement include just mundane animals, or can you also change into things like dragons?

Does beast form entitlement only include mundane animals like cats, or also things like dragons? If so, does it only give basic powers like turning you into a human sized dragon (if you don't also ...
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What is the difference between being inside or outside of fate from a mechanical point of view?

"Outside of Fate" is something that is often mentioned in Exalted. However, while I can find fluff about it, I couldn't find much mechanical information. Currently, I only found the following: ...
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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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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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Does Spare the Dying work on a creature with less than 0HP?

Spare the Dying states: You touch a living creature that has 0 hit points. The creature becomes stable. This spell has no effect on undead or constructs. Given the Strict interpretation of RAW ...
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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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When advantage isn't enough. Other circumstantial bonuses in 5e?

As noted in this question in many cases a party is going to be able to reasonably gain advantage on a check due to simply working together. However what happens when the party also gets some extra ...
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Two-Weapon Fighting & Bonus Action in 5e

During the latest gaming session our level 3 Rogue was Two-Weapon fighting with a Rapier in the main-hand and a scimitar in the off-hand. At the completion of our gaming session I contested the ...