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In the case of being incorporeal, while others attack (with spells and magic weapons or such abilities) you, you have a 50% chance to ignore the damage, and when you attack you also have a 50% chance of not harming your opponent (while attacking with a spell or magic weapon).

The question is, is ghost touch weapons the only way to bypass that drawback?

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The d20srd.org entry on Incorporeal Creatures has the answers you seek:

There is no 50% miss chance for Incorporeal creatures hitting other creatures unless the incorporeal creature is within a solid body (and thus, can't see it's target granting it total concealment. An incorporeal creature's attacks ignore armor, natural armor and shield bonuses so they can be quite accurate against many foes!

The following ways can damage an incorporeal creature without having to worry about the 50% miss chance:

  • positive energy
  • negative energy
  • force effects such as magic missile
  • attacks made with ghost touch weapons
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    \$\begingroup\$ The incorporeal subtype in Monster Manual 3 and Tome of battle state that an incorporeal creature's attacks with melee wepons that are not magical have no effect, and that with magical weapons the creature suffers a 50% miss chance. Your link states otherwise. What is oficial from these two? \$\endgroup\$ – Khaal Mar 20 '12 at 23:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Khaal - interesting, I don't know \$\endgroup\$ – Pat Ludwig Mar 21 '12 at 2:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Khaal: Where exactly in MM3 and ToB? I couldn't find it. \$\endgroup\$ – Yandros Mar 21 '12 at 2:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Yandros - it is in the definition of the Incorporeal subtype in the rear of the book (MM3) \$\endgroup\$ – Pat Ludwig Mar 21 '12 at 2:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ MM3 page 214 under the Incorporeal Subtype and ToB page 79 can be found this: Nonmagical attacks made by an incorporeal creature with a melee weapon have no effect on corporeal targets, and any melee attack an incorporeal creature makes with a magic weapon against a corporeal target has a 50% miss chance, except for attacks it makes with a ghost touch weapon, while are made normally (no miss chance). \$\endgroup\$ – Khaal Mar 21 '12 at 11:26
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Transdimensional spell is a feat that was originally in Tome and Blood and now is in Complete Arcane, I believe. It allows one to cast spells that affect incorporeal creatures as though they were corporeal. There are also spells and effects from Ghostwalk that can drag incorporeal creatures into manifested corporeal bodies.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ It is also in Complete Divine, p.85. \$\endgroup\$ – starwed Sep 18 '12 at 12:02

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