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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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Why is the Psionic Artificer considered to be better than all other tier 1 classes?

The tier list over on GitP considers the Psionic Artificer to be "tier 0" and lists a few reasons explaining why. The primary justifications given for this (as seen here and here, and debated here) ...
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How does Share Spells work with animal companions for continuous effects?

Right okay so here's a question I'm hoping someone can provide clarity to under the D&D 3.5 rule set. I've used the PHB, DMG and the 3.0 Rules of the Game Animals Part 4 to research an answer ...
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Do Artificers, Archivists, and similar classes have any way to exploit the transmuter's Spell Versatility?

From Unearthed Arcana, specialist transmuters can gain the following: Spell Versatility (Ex) A 5th-level transmuter using this variant can adapt magic of other schools to his own style of ...
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What magic items give the owner the ability to possess others like the spell Possession?

Are there any items that allow the wielder to possess another as if casting the spell Possession? Pathfinder or D&D 3.5 items are accepted.
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How to get the villain to a prison on another plane?

Let's just say I have acquired an Emissary of Barachiel contact, and built a prison on our base plane that can't be broken out of while he gets to talk to the prisoner unhindered (and use the class' ...
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Can you craft or buy enchanted barding?

In reviewing the rules for barding, I came across the below statement: Barding can be made of any of the armor types found on Table: Armor and Shields. Now this is interesting because of magic ...
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Does immunity to ability damage also mean immunity to ability drain?

In the SRD section on Special Abilities, ability damage and ability drain are both grouped under Ability Score Loss, and states that one is temporary while the other is permanent. Are drain and ...
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Is Precocious Apprentice enough for Mystic Theurge?

Mystic Theurge has this requirement: Spells Able to cast 2nd-level divine spells and 2nd-level arcane spells. My DM argues, that the arcane spell requirement is in plural, and Precocious ...
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How do I compute an encounter level of monsters with vastly different CR?

In D&D 3.5, how do you add creatures with different CR which are more than 2 CR apart? The table in the DMG 3.5, p. 49, describes how to calculate the encounter level of a mixed pair creatures ...
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What are the key differences between the Charm Person spell and the Diplomacy skill when trying to make someone friendly?

What are the key differences between trying to change someone to friendly via the skill Diplomacy vs trying to do it with the spell Charm Person? I'm trying to figure out if it makes much sense for ...
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What is the earliest possible entry level into the Shapeshifter prestige class from Oriental Adventures?

The Shapeshifter prestige class (Oriental Adventures, p. 45-46) has a fairly high skill rank requirement - 10 ranks of Concentration - as well as +3 BAB and an Alternate Form as prerequisites. What ...
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Does this “yield your space to an ally” rule my 3.5 group uses appear anywhere in the official rules?

I play D&D 3.5 with a group of folks. One of the rules they use in combat allows Alice, on Alice's turn, to ask Bob to yield his space to Alice. Bob chooses a space to move to, Alice moves into ...
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How long does the alternate form of the Hengeyokai last?

A 1st level Hengeyokai is able to change once per day. This once per day is stated to be a change "from human, to animal, and back again." How long does the alternate form of the Hengeyokai last in a ...
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Can a genie use its Plane Shift ability on unwilling creatures?

A Genie has the SP ability of a limited plane shift. A genie can enter any of the elemental planes, the Astral Plane, or the Material Plane. This ability transports the genie and up to eight other ...
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How to Charge and Spring Attack?

Is there any way to Charge (literally, not a functional equivalent, so as tot rigger every 'on a charge' trick in the book) while also applying Spring Attack or an equivalent feature? The objective ...
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Does a Rogue using one handed fire arm and Flick of the Wrist feat allow him to use his Sneak Attack?

Does a Rogue using one handed fire arm and the Flick of the Wrist feat (Races of the Wild, p. 150-151) allow him to use his Sneak Attack?
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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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Do flaws still apply to a druid in Wild Shape?

There may be no consensus on this one given the fact that flaws are a variant rule but: Do any flaws you have as a Druid still apply to your wild shaped form? I am aware that feats are situational so ...
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Are there any potential problems with this home-brew “Dueling Cape” as a substitute for a shield?

I play a swashbuckling rapier-wielding warblade named Vesuvio Monteverdi. He refuses to use a shield, as there is no honor in that. With DM permission, are there any potential mechanical and ...
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What would be the approximate price to modify the DC on “Goggles of the Golden Sun” from the Magic Item Compendium?

Goggles of the Golden Sun (MIC p. 205) allow a caster to use one of their spell slots to cast fireball. It provides a flat save DC of 14, which is kind of lame. They normally cost 4000 gp. How much ...
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Can you use TWF with Eldritch Glaive?

Just like the title says. The warlock invocation eldritch glaive lets the warlock attack with the glaive effect "as if wielding a reach weapon." Is this sufficient to let a warlock use two-weapon ...
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Is negative energy inherently evil?

It has been established that using spells with the [evil] descriptor are evil acts (duh), and raising/using undead is evil (understandable). My question is, does using negative energy in any form ...
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How does the Polymorph spell affect procreation?

The Polymorph spell alters the body of one willing target, changing it into a different creature- Potentially from a different type. If someone were to breed whilst under the effect of this spell, ...
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Is the Keen enchantment better than an enhancement bonus on a rapier?

What weapon has a greater damage per attack: +1 Keen Rapier or +2 Rapier? Here are the base numbers we can use: STR 14 DEX 18 (uses Weapon Finesse for attack) BAB +8 +1 Rapier Crit: 18/x2 Single ...
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How much gold is this DM-created Mask of Three Faces magic item worth?

Here's the DM-created magic item in question: Mask of Three Faces When worn, the mask attaches to the wearer's face and cannot be removed by normal means. At next sundown, the mask falls ...
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How to handle DM constantly stealing everything from sleeping characters? [closed]

In past campaigns, the DM has had a habit of stealing from our characters while they sleep impulsively without any sort of story reason. And not just regular stealing either, they manage to remove all ...
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How to gain additional turning pools?

I've seen a lot of chatter about gaining alternate turning pools as a way of powering Divine Metamagic, but I have been unable to find any indication what turning pools are available and how to gain ...
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Is there an errata that changes the effect of the Irresistible Spell Metamagic feat from Kingdoms of Kalamar?

So the metamagic feat known as Irresistible Spell is from a campaign setting known as KoK (Kingdoms of Kalamar) a relatively unknown setting. If you have the metamagic feats Envelop the Wall (another ...
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What happens when a colossal-sized creature casts Righteous Might?

Righteous Might doubles the caster's size and provides a number of other benefits. My question is this: If the caster is already colossal, does it still get the doubled size and other benefits, or ...
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Are there any feats that let you treat tentacles as arms, or arm grafts that can add arms?

Are there any feats that let you treat tentacles as arms that can be used to wield weapons, a la Prehensile Tail for tails? Alternatively, are there any arm grafts that can add to my total number of ...
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Can an unintelligent monster have different feats?

I seem to recall a rule that monsters with Intelligence — cannot have different feats than what is presented in the statblock, because that's just how the species is. Am I remembering that right? Or ...
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Can evil outsiders be sanctified?

In the Book of Exalted Deeds, there is a spell called Sanctify the Wicked. The effect of this spell essentially comes down to forcing an evil creature to undergo a year-long process which culminates ...
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Can a bard use Captivating Melody to increase the DC of the Soothing Voice spell-like ability?

Soothing Voice is a spell-like ability for half-elf bards that give them the ability to expend a bardic music to cast Calm Emotions. Captivating Melody allows for a bard to expend a bardic music as a ...
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Cerebral Parasites and Where to Find Them

What book do I find cerebral parasites in? I've got an adventure that has them in it but doesn't give me any of the details of what they do. The adventure came from an issue of Dragon magazine, in an ...
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What happens when a Vampire gets hit with the Disintegrate spell?

Just for a clear concept the players are Vampires and they are about to face a Beholder. A Vampire has the Undead Type Traits: (p317 MM) No Constitution score Immunity to any effect that ...
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Is flight possible in heavy armor?

The Reinforced Wings feat (Races of the Dragon, p. 101) says at the end: Normal: Flying creatures can’t fly in medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load. I could not find any ...
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What does a spell range of “25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels” mean?

The spell disrupt undead has the text Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Does this mean 25 feet at first level, +5 feet at level 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.? or Does it mean 25 feet at first level, +5 ...
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Are there ways for paladin to regain their dead special mount faster?

When the paladin's special mount dies, the paladin can't summon it for 30 days or when they level up, whichever comes faster. I understand it is so that the paladin can't abuse their mount as a ...
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How can I add the [mind-affecting] descriptor to a spell/power that doesn't already have it?

I have a character in a 3.PF game (using Pathfinder's core rule set, but allowing classes, feats, and other materials from both D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder) with a very high optimization target (...
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Why are the rules for the polymorph subschool of magic separated from the rest of the book?

When I first bought the core rulebooks for Dungeons and Dragons 3.5, I did a cursory look through of all the books. One thing that stuck out to me was the fact that in the very back of the Player's ...
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How precise/Knowledgeable is Discern Location?

The discern location spell says A discern location spell is among the most powerful means of locating creatures or objects. Nothing short of a mind blank spell or the direct intervention of a ...
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Steal Spell-Like Ability (Spellthief) vs once per day Spell-Like Abilities

Assume that we have a Spellthief with Steal Spell-Like Ability (see here) and a willing creature, a unicorn say, from which the Spellthief wishes to steal a once per day spell-like ability (say, cure ...
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Can a caster help another one to make a craft contingent spell?

The Craft contingent spell feat description says Craft Contingent Spell Type: Item Creation Sources: Complete Arcane Unapproachable East You know how to attach semipermanent spells to a ...
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Is a Duergar's Expansion and Invisibility abilities spell-like or psi-like? And does it matter?

The Duergar in the Monster Manual says that their expansion and invisibility abilities are spell-like abilities. But in the Expanded Psionics Handbook they are psi-like abilities. Which is it? And ...
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Can I cast Stretch Weapon well before the battle?

The casting time (1 swift action) suggests it is meant to be cast during encounters. However, can I cast it in the morming, and use it in the first attack of the first encounter of the day? Stretch ...
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How can I convert a Vacuous Grimoire from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm converting a module from 3.5e to 5e, and it includes a Vacuous Grimoire which I'm trying to work out how to convert. A Vacuous Grimoire in 3.5 is a book that, upon reading, requires a Will check ...
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Do the rules say whether the DM should roll stats for monsters or not?

I noticed that the Monster Manual tells you the racial bonuses that monsters have if you consider the starting point as the standard array. For BBEGs and the like, we roll ability scores for them, ...
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What is the most expensive material in the world that could be used to create Pun-Pun's lute?

I want to create a magic item that would be basically a lute left by the almighty Pun-Pun. I highly doubt that he would lower his standards to use pitiful materials like adamantium or platinum. I am ...
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How do I rule on a character who cooks food? [closed]

I have a player who's character wants to preserve and enhance the dwarven culture by learning new cooking techniques and ingredients. As such she has taken Profession (Cooking) as a skill (she's a 1st-...
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Is it possible to consistently get spell levels faster than Clerics or Wizards?

In reference to mixing theurge classes with fast-progression classes like the Apostle of Peace, Blighter, or Ur-Preist this answer mentions that "Any time you get a spell level before a Cleric or ...