Questions tagged [dnd-3.5e]

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

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How do I recalibrate this encounter from Red Hand of Doom for 5th Edition D&D?

I'm running D&D3.5e's Red Hand of Doom updated for 5e. So far it has been effortlessly straightforward. I've been keeping the basic combat encounter structures and simply swapping out 3.5e ...
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How can a Psionic Manifester get full Bab reliably

I’m currently trying to make a Talshatora Monk/Erudite multiclass work, partially as a challenge and partially because I want to play a psionic Gish. The issue is that, under the constraints i’m ...
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Size alteration while under a spell effect that is a radius centred on you

If I am under the effect of a spell effect that extends in a radius centred on me and then my size is altered to the next larger size category or next smaller size category, is the spell effect radius ...
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Protection from Evil cast on a player who's already under a Charm Person spell?

I'm currently playing a D&D 3.5 campaign and in our last session our fighter has fallen under a Charm Person spell cast by an evil enemy spellcaster. My character is a Cleric and has access to ...
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Does Discipline Focus (Insightful Strikes) add the Wisdom bonus to each attack of Flashing Sun's full-attack action?

Discipline Focus (Insightful Strikes) states the following: At 4th level, you can add your Wisdom modifier as a bonus on damage rolls whenever you execute a strike from the chosen discipline. At 12th ...
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What are the fastest mundane ways to heal out of combat?

Let's take an untemplated human who's low on hit points. Let's also say that, for whatever reason, they don't have access to spellcasting, SLAs, supernatural abilities, magic items, psionics, or any ...
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Can a warlock combine an essence into hellfire blast? [duplicate]

Can a warlock combine essence invocations into Hellfire Blast such as Frightful Blast? If so, how would that change effective caster level of the blast?
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Is there a way to make Chaotic Neutral Anti-Paladin?

There are anti-paladins templates such as Paladin of Tyranny requires Lawful Evil and Paladin of Slaughter requires Chaotic Evil. Are there any Chaotic Neutral aligned anti-paladin type?
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How can I reduce time and cost to create magic items?

According to the rules, creating magic items (like Wondrous items) takes a day per 1000gp item price and cost half the price. In the Epic level handbook there is an epic feat called Efficient Item ...
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Best spells or powers for punishing anyone too close to me

I have a character with a reach of 20-25 feet depending on the buffs I have operational, with a specialty in grappling. The goal is to grab enemies and drag them to my space—and have my space, or ...
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What is “burning faerie fire”?

In "Drow of the Underdark", p. 90, there is an NPC with the special ability "burning faerie fire". Where do I find the rules on this ability?
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Do you lose your class supernatural abilities when using shapechange?

One of my players is wondering whether you lose the supernatural abilities derived from your class when changing for using shapechange. To me, the answer seemed pretty straightforward since the spell ...
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Polymorph and Subtypes with Supernatural special qualities

Suppose an Aasimar wizard turns 7th level and picks up the Polymorph spell. They turn into a Hound Archon. The Hound Archon has the Archon subtype, which includes supernatural special qualities. Does ...
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Does “Magic Weapon, Legion's” affect the monk's unarmed strikes as the normal “Magic Weapon” does?

"Magic Weapon, Legion's", states the following (emphasis mine): This spell functions like magic weapon (see page 251 of the Player's Handbook), except as noted above and as follows. It ...
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Prestige classes that grant domains - Effective cleric level

For a prestige class that grants domains and increases caster level for a previous class, if it grants an extra domain, what is the effective cleric level for that domain? For example, if you are a ...
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What happens if your caster level is modified in the middle of casting a spell?

For example, let’s say that you’re casting a spell with a long cast time (say, 24 hours). And that you have a contingency spell on you that triggers near the end of the casting, or that someone buffs ...
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Can metamagic feats be applied to Apocalypse from the Sky?

Apocalypse from the Sky is a 9th level spell from the Book of Vile Darkness. Epic level rules allow for spell slots higher than 9th level, so assuming one had access to those, could such feats be ...
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Permanent Polymorph Any Object and levelling up

Suppose a character is under the effect of a Polymorph Any Object spell with a duration of Permanent. When they gain their next level, they gain an ability score increase and apply it to one of the ...
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Polymorph, Type, and Vision

The Polymorph spell functions as the Alter Self spell, except where otherwise stated. For example, with Alter Self, it specifically states you do not gain the special vision of the new form. For ...
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Is there any build that claims to substantially benefit in versatility from the Mystic Theurge's extra spell slots?

Conventional wisdom is that more spell levels are better than more spell slots of lower level. For example, this argument has been used to argue in favor of playing a Focused Specialist Wizard. From ...
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Master of Many Forms Tripper Questions

I am making a gestalt character and was dead set on basing it off of a tripper I absolutely loved playing awhile back. The DM is fairly open to any official source except BoED, BoVD, Dragon Mag, or ...
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Familiars and Skill Tricks

The rules for Familiars state that they use either the master's skill ranks or their own, whichever is higher. However, skill tricks did not exist when these rules were written. If a master spends ...
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Multiple forms of flight on the same creature, what happens?

An old enough dragon can learn spells that grant flight with improved maneuverability. There are the Wings of Air and Wings of Air, Greater spells (cannot link as they are not OGL). That can get a ...
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Can you alter the base item without damaging an enchantment?

I am running a 3.5 campaign and in this game I have decided that I will give out treasure entirely randomly, as opposed to tailoring loot based on the party as I usually do. In this instance, the ...
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On Role-playing True-to-Canon Elves Despite Fellow Players Promoting Orcs [closed]

While I have read all the 3.5 sourcebooks -- and had some practically memorised, I haven't played that many campaigns. One of the few that I did, I went with a Lawful Neutral Grey Elf Wizard, and as ...
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Does Vow of Poverty require you to starve?

So, this was clearly not intended, but I'm looking back at the Vow of Poverty with a legalist's eye, and I see the following. To fulfill your vow, you must not own or use any material possessions, ...
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How can another character make an animal handling check to make a homunculus a companions for other party members?

I plan to give the party an opportunity to find a homonculus in a defeated necromancer lair and possibly make it their animal companion if they wish to. The druid characters could probably make the ...
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What happens to a corporeal undead creature when it is destroyed?

An undead creature is: Not at risk of death from massive damage, but when reduced to 0 hit points or less, it is immediately destroyed. What does "destroyed" mean exactly here? Do they ...
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Can we get my gestalt E6 character’s dire wolf animal companion/special mount her 21st HD?

In a previous question, I asked about making my strange gestalt E6 character’s mount tougher. I have followed that advice, and as my character is now (among other things) a gestalt of Harmonium ...
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Is it possible to turn a monster into a humanoid without giving them average physical ability scores?

Savage Species lists some rituals through which a creature can--in one example given--transform from an ogre into an elf. If nothing else, it's an interesting and evocative idea: a 6th level ogre ...
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How might one permanently change the key ability for the Craft skill from INT to DEX?

How might one permanently change the key ability for a specific skill from a mental to a physical stat? Specifically the Craft skill, and from INT to DEX, relating to a character that can carve ...
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How far can a wolf drag a 175 lb human on tundra?

One of my players is arguing that a wolf cannot drag a 175 lb human including gear more than 5 ft when on tundra. How far can they drag them?
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Anything other than Combat Reflexes for more AoOs?

The D&D 3.5e counterpart to a previous question of mine: how do I get more attacks of opportunity as a low-Dex character? Between heavy armor, penalties from increasing my size, and grapples ...
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Does rogue's vest bonus damage apply separately for each precision damage source?

Rogue's vest (MiC 130) grants users with "the skirmish, sneak attack, or sudden strike ability" an extra 1d6 damage "when making such an attack" Does this mean that, for example, a ...
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What is Fortitude?

I've been playing Low Magic Age, which appears to be a computer game based closely on the rules for D&D 3.5e. However, as I haven't played pen-and-paper RPGs I'm not familiar with the terminology, ...
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Do you gain XP based on your “level” or your XP total?

Let's say a 3rd-level character with 5900 XP (100 away from reaching 4th level) clears two EL 5 encounters during an adventure. The PHB says on page 58 that XP is handed out at the end of each ...
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Does a golem's magic immunity bypass its opponent's defensive spells?

What happens if, for instance, a Golem tries to grapple a foe that had freedom of movement cast on it? Immunity to Magic (Ex) Golems have immunity to most magical and supernatural effects, except ...
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In melee combat, is a poorly optimized high-level Paladin weaker than its optimized mount?

A while ago, I remember reading that past a certain level, a Paladin's combat effectiveness is little more than that of an escort for its superior mount. Given the optimization conditions in the title,...
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How can this in-combat healing specialist best spend their remaining levels and feats?

For an upcoming game (starting at ~level 9-10, continuing until level 20 or we get bored/distracted), I've been working on a build specialized in in-combat healing, with a secondary focus on buffing ...
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Why do elves suffer aging effects in 3.5E? [closed]

D&D 3.5 rules specify the effects of aging when reaching middle, old, and venerable age. These effects are the same for all races, with only the age at which they’re reached changing. Forgotten ...
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Is there any psion variant/ACF/etc that gets Grip of Iron?

I have a character who would really like to have grip of iron, the 1st-level psychic warrior power. However, said character is a psion, specifically an egoist, not a psychic warrior, and doesn’t have ...
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In D&D3.5, how do Magic Jar and Alter Self interact?

In D&D3.5, how do Magic Jar and Alter Self interact? Suppose I am a normal human wizard, and I cast Magic Jar, then possess a huge zombie (assume the zombie has been awakened, and is definitely a ...
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Ways to extend my natural (non-weapon) reach?

I have a character who has taken Inhuman Reach from Lords of Madness and Deformity (Tall) from Book of Vile Darkness, and is two levels away from warshaper 3rd and the morphic reach feature from ...
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In D&D 3.5, how does Awaken Undead interact with Bloodhulks?

D&D 3.5's Monster Manual 4 introduced "Bloodhulks", three new kinds of mindless undead which are not templated from a base creature. The Spell Compendium has the most updated version of ...
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Does a dark tiefling need to eat?

Tieflings are Outsider (Native), which means they're native to the Material Plane. ToM's Dark Creature template makes a creature extraplanar when not on the Plane of Shadow. To me, this seems to imply ...
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How to get your first 1d6 sneak attack without class levels?

There are numerous ways to get additional d6’s worth of sneak attack, but almost all of them require that you have 1d6 (or more) sneak attack before you can take them. How does one get +1d6 sneak ...
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Can you escape a grapple during a time stop (without teleporting or similar effects)?

Some context: during our last game a hidden creature (not the BBEG, but kind of a mini-boss, CR23) charged and grappled (with improved grab) one of the PCs (a 20th-level Sha-ir/Cleric/Dweomerkeeper) ...
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Does invisibility allow you to see through the object you cast it on?

The invisibility spell specifically states: The creature or object touched becomes invisible, vanishing from sight, even from darkvision. When invisibility is cast on an object in a square that ...
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Lore Jockey players

I've been having problems with a player where he'll trying to get me to homebrew rules for him based on these lore points. Recently he wanted to get his blade serrated to do bleed damage. After ...
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When optimizing an E6 character (D&D3.5 variant), can you assume bonus feats whenever convenient, or only at level 6?

When optimizing an E6 character (D&D3.5 variant), can you assume bonus feats whenever convenient, or only at level 6? I’m very familiar with the underlying 3.5 system, but not very familiar with ...

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