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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Do You Accurately Price A Portable Hole?

Using the Estimating Magic Item Gold Piece Values table on page 285 of the DMG, how do you accurately price a portable hole on page 264 of the DMG. I am trying to find the accurate pricing formula for ...
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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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Is there a standard hierarchy when two supplemental books contradict each other?

The spell, Energy Vortex, is found in: Complete Divine (p.164) as a 4th level Cleric/Druid spell (published May 2004) Spell Compendium (p.81) as a 3rd level Cleric/Druid spell (published Dec 2005) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What determines whether an item can be considered “epic”?

In our current campaign our DM is allowing us to get a single non epic item as a reward. One of the players wanted to get a Cowl of Warding, it's a very powerful item that's described in Magic of ...
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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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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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Is there any way though feats for a non-caster tiefling to get wings?

Right now I'm running a Tiefling monk and while I don't think it would be particularly useful to sprout wings, while I was researching feats I found out there are feats specific for tieflings that ...
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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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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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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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Do the ball lightning and spark shower functions of a Ring of Shooting Stars allow saving throws?

In the SRD it states: The first special function, ball lightning, releases one to four balls of lightning (ring wearer’s choice). These glowing globes resemble dancing lights, and the ring ...

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