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Questions tagged [dnd-3.5e]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition, a revision of D&D Third Edition, published in 2003.

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Is there any in-text justification for limiting Reserves of Strength?

Dragonlance Campaign Setting has a feat called Reserves of Strength. This is the complete text of its benefit: When you cast a spell, you can decide to increase your caster level with that spell by ...
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Which spells improve damage infinitely with caster levels?

I've been looking for spells that have no upper limit damage based on caster level for my Warlock use with his Craft Staff feat. For example, Flame Strike (Clr 5/Drd 4) has the upper limit of 15d6 ...
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Can I use strike maneuvers while polymorphed?

I have a level 7 Swordsage equipped with a Cape of Vipers from the Magic Item Compendium. He is currently in tiny viper form. I assume he is proficient with his natural bite attack. I have the Tiger ...
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Can a Warblade use Wall of Blades to counter an attack from an invisible foe?

My Warblade is battling a vampire. The vampire is invisible. My Warblade is level 8, and has Uncanny Dodge, letting him keep his DEX bonus to AC. He has Wall of Blades readied. Can he use that ...
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What ways are there to enter a foe's space without triggering an Attack of Opportunity?

A friend is suggesting a very odd Christmas one-shot, where everyone plays as kids, talking animals, snowmen, etc...but also as 20th level Gestalt characters, allowing just about any Pathfinder or 3.5 ...
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Can staggered creatures use immediate actions?

The Staggered condition says (PHB p313): [...] A staggered character may take a single move action or standard action each round (but not both, nor can she take fullround actions). I know the text ...
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Can a cleric cure myopia?

Can a cleric cure spontaneous or acquired myopia (“nearsightedness”) with spells? Which spell should she use if it’s possible?
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Can warblades use strike maneuvers with improvised weapons?

Can warblades use strike maneuvers with improvised weapons? Would they be able to take the standard penalty for improvised weapons, or not be able to do so at all?
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Can a warblade use maneuvers on thrown weapons?

Most strike maneuvers require a melee attack. Thrown weapons aren’t really melee attacks. Warblades get proficiency with thrown weapons. Can warblades use strike maneuvers with thrown weapons?
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Can you use a silver coin as an improvised melee weapon?

Super cool warblade fighting a vampire. Alas, he has no silver weapons. Can I hold a silver coin in my fingers and rake at him or in between my knuckles and punch at him? I saw a similar 5e answer ...
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Where is a larger creature allowed to be placed on the grid when moving into the opponent's space to maintain a grapple?

During Step 4 of a grapple maneuver (To maintain a grapple, you move into opponent's space), how would that movement be managed if the creature moving into the opponent space is larger that the target ...
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Can you use swift actions as other action types?

Let’s say I am playing a Tome of Battle class that utilizes many stances and boosts. Can I ‘slow down’ a swift action and have it count as a move or standard action? Example: Swift action: use a ...
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What are the rules on using a pair of locked gauntlets?

My dual wielding character just got disarmed without being able to retrieve his weapons because they fell into a pit. Suddenly the most capable fighter of the party became a waste of space. So I ...
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Does Fortification also ignore special effects?

Creatures and foes with higher level and CR offers additional effects on critical hits. Like: Attacks: Slam 31d6+5/19-20 (x2 + Disease on critical hit) A player with heavy fortification will ...
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How can I encourage players to role-play using their ability scores?

The physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution), haven't been much of a problem. Feel free to include advice on role-playing these scores as well though. When it comes to the ...
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What is the benefit of Monkey Grip?

Monkey Grip enables you to wield a larger weapon at the cost of -2 to attack. In the best case, a larger weapon gives you 3.5 extra damage: Greatsword 2d6 -> large Greatsword 3d6. The increase is ...
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Are feat extraordinary abilities? [duplicate]

I have not seen anything document in in the rules stating that a feat is an extraodinary ability. I have seen it being categorised as a 'special feature' of the character. This question has already ...
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Is there a feat that allows you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll?

Is there a feat that's the opposite of the Combat Expertise feat? I'm looking for a feat which would allow you to subtract a number from your AC and add it to your attack roll.
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Character's build help: Raptoran Duskblade

I just wanted to know how could I buildup my character for it to be good in the party. Normally, I don't like to multiclass but I've read that we should branch out at 5th or 6th level of duskblade... ...
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Developing skillcheck DCs for an adventure

I'm looking something alongside the lines of: Calculating and balancing challenge ratings ...but for DCs for skillchecks in an adventure. Traps, chests, climbing, swimming, etc. how hard those ...
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A permanent portable Magic Circle

So, a Wizard just got their hands on the Planar Binding spell line, and wants to start utilizing it. Said Wizard also likes to be self-sufficient AND is invested in their alignment - which means they ...
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Can you apply Combat Expertise/Deadly Defense after a trip attempt?

I have a trip-build swordsage with Improved Trip and a spiked chain. Is this legit: Trip attempt at full attack modifier. Trip succeeds. Free melee attack on prone target. Take -2 off attack to ...
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What are racial bonus feats that are gained from polymorph?

I am trying to determine what exactly constitutes a racial feat for the polymorph spell. The spell states that in many ways it functions like alter self, which states You acquire the physical ...
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Is the character wealth/level table to be taken “per character”?

Does the Character Wealth per Level table, as presented on page 135 of the DMG, reflect the wealth that should be owned by a single PC on each level, or by the party as a whole? Example: there is a ...
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Would a character that disarmed an opponent be able to pick up the dropped weapon from the opponent's space?

There are various options that let you make your enemy drop a held object (for example, the "Disarm attack option"). Would a character that just disarmed an opponent be able to pick up the dropped ...
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What bonus applies to a longbow-wielding opponent when a sunder attempt occurs?

A Fighter with the Improved Sunder feat wielding a Greataxe is performing a sunder attack on a longbow-wielding opponent. PHB p113 indicates that a longbow is a projectile weapon and that most ...
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Does the Devoted Tracker feat allow you to take an unconventional animal companion?

The paladin mount allows the character to take unconventional creatures as their mounts, such as dragons, magical beasts and things like that. The druid/ranger animal companion must be an animal. ...
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Is there a way to lose 5 hit points without spending many resources?

I am building a Crusader, and I want to make better use of the features Steely Resolve and Furious Counterstrike. Steely Resolve creates a delayed damage pool, the first 10* damage you receive every ...
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Is the distance for the errata’d Scout skirmish ability a straight line, or distance travelled?

The errata for Complete Adventurer's skirmish ability states the following She deals an extra 1d6 points of damage on all attacks she makes during any round in which she moves at least 10 feet away ...
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About Ice Assassin (Frostburn) spell [closed]

The Simulacrum spell has the following description: You can't create a simulacrum of a creature whose HD or levels exceed twice your caster level. Is also the spell of Ice Assassin (Frostburn) the ...
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How does someone “simply avoid” an overrun attempt?

I have a question regarding Overrun special attack in D&D 3.5. The rule says that, the defender can "simply avoid me", but it doesn't clarify if he has to perform any action or roll in order to ...
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How often can one do a Knowledge check to identify a creature?

The SRD section on Knowledge says: Try Again No. The check represents what you know, and thinking about a topic a second time doesn’t let you know something that you never learned in the ...
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If the target of Staggering Strike already started an action, can it do anything else?

With Staggering Strike, if an enemy moves and provokes an attack of opportunity, I hit it, and it fails the save, it becomes staggered. Staggered: A staggered character may take a single move ...
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Filling spell lists for non- Core Books base classes!

I write with a serious problem regarding spell lists for classes such as: Witch, Shugenja, Shaman, ...and many other base classes that were added outside of core rulebooks (countless basically). ...
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How much total damage is dealt in this grappling scenario?

I'd like to preface this question with the info that our campaign has ruled that grapple attempts can be initiated from any melee attack including the touch attack granted when casting a harmful touch ...
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How quiet is a creature that's not moving?

A typical adventurer in a breastplate and employing a heavy wooden shield suffers a −6 armor check penalty on appropriate skills, including the Move Silently skill. But, with that in mind, what's the ...
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What object size is a bastard sword made for a Medium character?

A bastard sword made for a Medium character requires two hands to use as a martial weapon without the exotic weapon proficiency feat to use it, but with the proper feat, a Medium character can wield ...
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How does a monk jump as far as they want?

In the Order of the Stick webcomic, This was back when OOTS still occasionally made jabs at the D&D 3.5 rules. Roy describes her behavior in strip #406 page 2 panel 10 like this: It's like ...
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How does Cutting Hand affect grappling?

Cutting Hand (SC, p.57) changes your hand so that it does more damage and has a +2 enhancement bonus, but he enhancement bonus does not apply to touch attacks. My question is this: When grappling, ...
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How does the Skillful Moment spell interact with skills taking time to use?

The Skillful Moment spell (Dragon #350, p. 78) has the following effect on the caster: Upon casting this spell, you channel a future result of one designated course of action into an act you're ...
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Do alternate class skills granted by racial substitution levels stay class skills for later (non-substitution) levels?

I'm trying to make an NPC that's a Fighter(5)/Knight Protector (6). According to the Complete Warrior sourcebook, the requirements for the Knight Protector prestige class are: Base Attack Bonus: +5 ...
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What happens if a troll's head is attached to the wrong body?

So, what happens if the wrong troll's head were attached to the wrong body? The scenario is something along these lines: in a pitched battle where the only option is to behead them, and multiple ...
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Can a PC who takes the form of a deepspawn spawn monsters?

A PC uses the spell shapechange to assume the form of a deepspawn (Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn 32–3). Can the PC use the deepspawn's spawn ability? If so, are such spawn forevermore under ...
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What is the weight of an iron defender in Eberron?

What would be the approx weight of a basic Iron Defender construct in Eberron? Our party stumbled upon a few of these, and managed to deactivate them without damaging. I am thinking of taking one ...
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In which book is Psychic Warrior?

I can find the class on SRD, but it does not list the source book. So which book introduced Psychic Warrior?
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What is this monster from limbo with a scythe?

I remember a 3.5e monster I read about a few years back, but I can't remember its name or what book I got it from. It was in a printed 3.5e book. Here's what I remember: Native to the plane of limbo ...
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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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Why do I see so much hate online for double progression prestige classes AKA “theurges”? [closed]

There are a number of “theurge” Prcs in D&D 3.5 and D&D 3 — classes that progress both their own and the base class's spellcasting — and I've notice a lot of hate for them that I don't ...
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How can a Summoning Ooze command their summoned monsters?

Summoning Oozes (Monster Manual III, excerpted here) can use a Summon Monster spell-like ability - but they have no language. How can they command the summoned monsters?
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Are there any rules about layering two (or more) sets of armour?

Layering armour was common, historically, for those who could afford it. Which lead me to the realization that I can't recall any rules prohibiting layering armour. Although the d20 System is an ...