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What is wrong with the D&D 3.5 FAQ?

I've heard from several places that the D&D 3.5 FAQ is generally a bad place to find information about the rules of the game. I don't really understand this distrust, since it's an official ...
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Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?

The comment below was originally posted on another answer: Furthermore, from a super-strict RAW perspective, it has been argued (not by me!) that the Errata rules don’t actually let a book claim ...
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Will Improved Trip & Knock-Down yield up to 3 actions per attack?

Odd question... Since with Improved Trip, If you trip an opponent in melee combat, you immediately get a melee attack against that opponent as if you hadn’t used your attack for the trip attempt. ...
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Can you take free actions during attacks of opportunity?

I have read some claim that free actions cannot be taken during attacks of opportunity. However, Free Action Free actions consume a very small amount of time and effort. You can perform one or ...
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Which non-light weapons does Weapon Finesse apply to?

Weapon Finesse says it applies to all light weapons, and then a small number of other weapons (rapier, whip, spiked chain) from the "Player's Handbook". I know there are other non-light weapons ...
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Can anyone else learn Drow Sign Language?

Can anyone else than drow learn Drow Sign Language? or is it a language that only drow can learn because of, I dunno... dexterity or some other physical conditions?
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What happens to divine power when you go epic?

Divine power (without capitalization) is a cleric spell that, among other things, sets your BAB to equal your level. Now, when you gain epic levels, you stop gaining BAB, you gain an epic bonus every ...
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Is a ranger's favored enemy damage bonus precision damage?

The Player's Handbook on the ranger's extraordinary ability favored enemy says At 1st level, a ranger may select a type of creature from among those given on Table 3–14: Ranger Favored Enemies. Due ...
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The D&D 3.5 FAQ states “the most current sourcebook is considered correct and all previous sources are superseded.” Is this absolute?

Complete Arcane and Spell Compendium state "Of course, if you’re playing with older material and it’s working fine in your game, you shouldn’t feel compelled to change." So can a previous source still ...
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How many Astral Constructs may exist at one time, created from the same manifester?

I can find nothing in the Expanded Psionics Handbook mentioning a limit on the number of astral constructs that can be manifested at one time. The duration of the Astral Construct power is 1 round / ...
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By RAW, how can Prestidigitation create sound?

As an example of the uses of Prestidigitation, the 3.5e PHB lists "Common tricks with prestidigitations include producing tinklings of ethereal music". However, the rules text for Prestidigitation, ...
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How can you train/tame monsters & magical beasts?

Some background. My party recently went up against a Cloud Ray (MMII p.49 INT 2) and decided they were going to bring it down non-lethally in order to make it their pet/mascot. Unfortunately as much ...
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Where is the Catalogues of Enlightenment from?

Where can I find the Catalogues of Enlightenment touchstone combo?
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How does the Draconic Breath feat interact with the Animate Breath spell?

The Draconic Breath [Draconic] feat (Complete Arcane) allows a Sorcerer to spend a spell slot to use a breath weapon as a standard action. This is a supernatural ability and the damage and save DC is ...
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Researching sources to make a Forgotten Realms character?

What sourcebooks should I get to make a fully-themed Forgotten Realms character in 3.5e? Looking for setting information on: Races Classes Regions Feats Religions Prestige classes
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Is there anything stopping a good aligned character from using poison? [closed]

Assuming that using poison is evil, is there anything stopping my chaotic good character from using it?
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Barbed Devil as grappler vs. Medium PCs

I'm preparing an encounter with devils, and I was reading the Barbed Devil entry on the MM. It's stated that it has an Impale special attack while grappling, Improved Grab and Improved Grapple. It's ...
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What's up with the domain Vile Darkness?

Usually when an in-game thing like a feat, magic item, spell, or, like in this case, a cleric domain gets reprinted in a later text, that later text's version of the thing takes precedence over all ...
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What non-explicitly-psionic Prestige Classess advance psionic manifesting?

So, I was looking for a way to close up my Cerebremancer (Wizard/Psion) build with emphasis on Psionic side (I like it way more) and as little Manifester Level loss as possible, and... There's not a ...
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Kensai Monks and Unarmed Strike questions

So, I'm currently building a Monk for a 3.5e campaign. While researching development options, I came across the Kensai prestige class from the Complete Warrior book. However, it led me to some ...
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Does the tower shield's table entry trump the text?

The Player's Handbook on Armor on Maximum Dex Bonus on Shields says, "Shields do not affect a character’s maximum Dexterity bonus" (122), yet Table 7–6: Armor and Shields in its entry for the tower ...
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Does a wand charged with a swift action casting time spell take a swift action to activate?

There are different rules related to the action required to activate a wand: The wand section from magic items states (emphasis mine): Wands use the spell trigger activation method, so casting a ...
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Does the Monster Manual supersede the Player's Handbook [closed]

How does a DM know, in D&D 5th edition, which source to refer to if there is a seeming conflict between two core rule books? During the discussion under this question, I noted the following ...
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Does damage reduction apply to Wall of Thorns' slashing damage?

So, I've referenced the SRD and other RPG Stack Exchange questions on this, and can't find a definitive answer. The SRD entry for Damage Reduction speaks only of weapons (using the word weapon 32 ...
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Can you use Sneak Attack tradeoffs on creatures immune to sneak attack?

Some feats/abilities allow you to trade off sneak attack dice for other effects. For Example, the Deep Poisoning feat description says: When making a sneak attack with a poisoned weapon, you may ...
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Appropriate cost for this custom magic item - Bracelets of Loyal Vermin?

This item is templated off of the Amber Amulet of Vermin from MIC (pg 68). Bracelets of Loyal Vermin Body slot: Arm Effect 1: 1/day - Summon a Giant Wasp that appears and obeys your ...
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Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying?

Fleet of Foot from Complete Warrior: Would a Dragon be able to use the Fleet of Foot feat while flying? The feat states: "When running or charging..
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How does the Spell Compendium change the healer spell list?

The healer class from the Miniature's Handbook has on its spell list the close wounds spell. The Spell Compendium doesn't list the close wounds spell as a healer spell. Should a healer that's in a ...
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Does a dwarven rogue with dwarf rogue substitution levels 1 and 3 gain +3d6 sneak attack on (standard) rogue level 5?

This question is closely related and a follow-up to the question whether dwarf rogue substitution levels 1 and 3 incur a loss of sneak attack damage. The accepted answer was that dwarf rogue ...
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Can you change your orders to Animated Objects?

The animate object spell says the objects attack "whomever or whatever you initially designate." Can you change your orders to animated objects? If you can't, permanent animated objects are ...