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

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Does a Warforged take half damage to all attacks?

Does a Warforged take half damage to all attacks? I got hit with a fireball today in my campaign and took all the damage, but I'm not sure if I was supposed to take half damage or not.
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What damaged a creature that is in an antimagic field from which it is excluded?

I read a lot about this topic, more precisely I base myself on what is stated here: Does the feat Extraordinary Spell Aim affect the creature's space or the creature? (and other linked discussion) ...
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How do you give spell casters xp?

I’m a D&D 3.5 dungeon master and was playing a session with my players in which they went on a rampage and killed/murdered 100-200 low level soldiers with their spells, in some cases 75 at a time ...
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Are there any ways to make an object count as a creature, even briefly?

Objects are not creatures. (We will ignore the undefined question of corpses....) The object needs to remain an object, if possible. Polymorph is not an option, regardless, due to a requirement of ...
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Can the limitations of Mind Thrust be overcome?

The Mind Thrust psionic power has a few disadvantages. Notably, it is mind-affecting, which doesn't allow it to function against undead, constructs, oozes, and some plant creatures. Also, it ...
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How does the Mind Thrust psionic power work?

The description of the Mind Thrust psionic power in the SRD says: Level: Psion/wilder 1 Display: Auditory Manifesting Time: 1 standard action Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Target: ...
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If Ability Rip leaves you with 0 HD and 0 Class levels, what happens?

Ability rip causes its target, should they lack supernatural abilities, to permanently 2 class levels, or 2 HD if you've no class levels (what happens if you have exactly 1 class level is addressed ...
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What happens if you have one class level and are Ability Ripped?

A level 1 bugbear rogue is targetted by the spell ability rip (Serpent Kingdoms 155). What happens? The bugbear has no supernatural abilities, so it should lose 2 class levels, but it only has 1. ...
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Playable humanoid creature with the most racial hit dice?

My answer to this question would be improved if I knew of a Humanoid-type creature with a large number of racial hit dice. Such creatures are rather rare—Humanoids usually have just one racial hit die ...
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What classes have greater-than-full-caster progression?

For example, Ur-Priest gains the next level of spell at every class level (instead of every other class level, like cleric). Are there any other classes (of any type) that get higher-level spells more ...
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Can I play a pure Ur-Priest?

I mean, of course I can do anything the DM allows, etc. But is there a rules-as-written sequence of events that ends with a character with only Ur-Priest levels? I.e. ECL = Ur-Priest class level. I ...
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What feats or another options can help to avoid touch attack?

If character have only 10 DEX, he becomes vulnerable for touch attacks, because this kind of attacks don't count the armor. What feat i can take, or what i must do to avoid this attacks, or at least ...
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Is there a way to use Flurry of Blows while armored?

Just like the title says. Monks can't use Flurry of Blows unless unarmored. Is there a way around this? Feat, some other class that can use Flurry of Blows but isn't subject to the same restriction?
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How can I make walls immune to fire damage?

What options are there, preferably but not necesarilly through using the Abjuration school of magic, to make sure that the walls of a room are completely immune to fire damage, and thus incapable of ...
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What happens when an anti magic field gets close to a polymorphed creature?

I am playing a cleric who has a persistent anti-magic field on him, from which he is excluded. I use the following feats: Persistent Spell Extraordinary Spell Aim This means that if I approach ...
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How to capture a Genie?

I seem to remember there being a way that a character could capture Outsiders and seal these creatures away in small items, in order to create the stereotypical "Genie captured in an object" trope. ...
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Is there a discrepancy between the strength of aura when detect magic is cast comparing a ring of protection to a weapon with an enhancement bonus?

In the SRD it states: Protection This ring offers continual magical protection in the form of a deflection bonus of +1 to +5 to AC. Faint abjuration; CL 5th; Forge Ring, shield of faith, ...
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How are the Action Economies of Pathfinder 1e and D&D 3.5 Different?

I’m going to be GMing a Pathfinder Adventure Path with PF1e rules, but with some D&D players (who are familiar with 3.5 and 5e rules). This’ll be their first foray into PF so I wanted to explain ...
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How should you adjust Encounter Levels for underequipped PCs?

In two campaigns I play our PCs are equipped far below the guidelines given in the DMG, p. 135 ("Character Wealth by Level"). We keep getting into trouble and are overwhelmed with situations we should ...
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Does energy resistance to cold affect Shivering Touch?

Shivering touch is a spell with Cold descriptor. Does it mean, that it should be affected by resistance to cold energy, thus lowering the Dexterity damage dealt by the spell?
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Forms of magical forensics, magical investigation and code-breaking using magic

I am currently in the process of writing a D&D 3.5 scenario for my players, and I'm looking at producing a sort of slow burn mystery for them to solve. In the earlier stages the party may (or may ...
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Is there a rules-consistent way to rule a character trying to grab a snake?

Bad-guy sorceror just cast Summon Monster I and now a Snake has appeared next to a player. The snake is right next to the king, so she wants to make a go at grabbing the snake and cutting off it's ...
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Is it possible to cast spells with 0 dexterity?

During my last game, the party split and PC has been affected by shivering touch, effectively dropping to 0 dexterity. If a spellcaster's dexterity score is dropped to 0, but the other ability ...
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Why take four levels in Swashbuckler?

As far as I'm aware, it is common knowledge that the Swashbuckler is only useful because of the Daring Outlaw feat and Insightful Strike. Between them, they only require three levels in Swashbuckler. ...
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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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Archive of 3.5E characters? [closed]

I'm trying to write some software to generate characters for 3.5E. Is there a library of characters known to be correct with respect to RAW that I can download? Such a library would help me figure out ...
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Do Psion and Ardent power points and powers stack?

The description of the psion class says: Every psion must decide at 1st level which psionic discipline he will specialize in. Choosing a discipline provides a psion with access to the class ...
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What causes victims to burn from the inside out?

In our campaign, our party was supposed to meet a crew on their ship who were sailing in search of a relic for the king. A psionic in the party used timehop and we ended up on the ship an hour into ...
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How do monstrous hit dice work?

Continuing my recent foray into poorly-defined areas of the advancement rules, I have a closely related set of questions about how the rules work as written. Consider a PC starting as a first-level ...
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Do you take damage a second time if you start your turn in the square of a Blade Barrier spell?

The spell blade barrier (PHB, p. 205) reads Any creature that passes through the wall takes 1d6 points of damage per caster level (maximum 15d6), with a Reflex save for half damage. If you ...
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Can the Sidestep feat be used to avoid attacks?

The sidestep feat states the following: Once per round, when you make an attack of opportunity, you may take a 5- foot step after you attack. This 5-foot step doesn't count against your limit of ...
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What does it take to use a scroll?

Using a scroll doesn't take any material components. Instead, these were used up when scribing the scroll. However, other than that the book isn't exactly clear on what one must provide in order to ...
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How to do different things while casting?

Some spells take longer than one turn to cast. For example, the Planar Ally spell takes 10 minutes. As I understand it, this is the equivalent of taking a full-round action for ten minutes straight, ...
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Am I correctly calculating the damage of this build?

Books of D&D 3.5: Player's Handbook (PHB) Tome of Magic (ToM) Complete Adventurer (CA) Complete Psionic (CP) Expanded Psionic (EP) My character is a fighter 2/shadowcaster 1/scout 1/ardent 1. He ...
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How can wizards/other arcane casters become able to use restoration spells?

Other than (limited) wish, are there any feats/prestige classes/etc. that could (directly or indirectly) give a wizard access to things like cure X wounds, remove disease, raise dead, greater ...
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How did 3e evolve into a more rigid ruleset?

Prompted by a comment to this question: How to use skills — did this change between editions and how? Interestingly, 3.x was originally intended to be used as a toolset like AD&D, but it wasn’t ...
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Does the extra movement you get from the Travel Devotion Feat provoke attacks of opportunity?

If you employ the domain feat Travel Devotion (Complete Champion, p. 62) you can Once per day as a swift action, (...) activate this ability to move up to your speed as a swift action each round. ...
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How do you set up your health in D&D 3.5e?

I'm setting up my D&D character and I don't actually have the D&D 3.5 edition handbook. I am also new to the D&D world so I'm kind of a noob. How do you set up health for a Half-elf ...
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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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How does the Hellfire Warlock's hellfire blast function?

I'm trying to properly understand the Hellfire Warlock's hellfire blast. Hellfire Blast (Sp): Whenever you use your eldritch blast ability, you can change your eldritch blast into a hellfire blast. ...
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How do you convert a Diplomacy roll in a 3.5e adventure to 5e?

Looking through a 3.5e adventure it mentions a Diplomacy roll: Give the PCs a minute to explain themselves to the lich, at the end of which one of them can make a Diplomacy check in an attempt to ...
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Do supernatural abilities that “function like spells” satisfy prestige class requirements?

For example, say you have 2 levels in Dweomerkeeper, meaning you have Arcane Sight (Su). Does this count as one of the two required divination spells to take levels in Unseen Seer?
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Do you need to cast spells every day you are working on a construct?

Crafting magic items takes one day for every 1,000 gold pieces of its value and spells have to be cast every day. Although it takes one day for every 1,000 gold pieces to craft a construct as well, I ...
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Does a Druid/Barbarian using Rage cancel out Wild Shape?

5e Player dipping toe into 3.5 with help of a friend, who is an old hand, but hasn't played in a long while. He was reading the 3.5 books and seems to think the phrasing of Barbarian Rage would ...
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By the rules, can you gain “extra” of something you didn’t have before?

KRyan's answer to the question "Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?" discusses the use of the term "extra" as follows (emphasis mine): The benefits section does say ...
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Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?

The “locate city bomb” is a somewhat-notorious example of theoretical optimization, turning a minor 1st-level divination into something quite similar to a nuclear blast that kills everything for miles ...
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What other spells can power the Locate City Bomb?

The locate city bomb is a series of metamagic feats you can apply to a the locate city spell to do high damage over a very wide area. Typical process: Cast locate city from Races of Destiny. ...
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How to use skills — did this change between editions and how?

It seems the role of rules1 was changed throughout the history of D&D. For instance, as this answer says, there was an explicit destinction between "crunch" and "fluff" in fourth edition: a ...
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Does a familiar act on its own initiative count?

In campaigns in which I participate a familiar is controlled by the player in normal situations; the DM takes over the familiar if the PC orders his familiar to do something very dangerous, gives it a ...
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What feat/spell/skill lets you know if you're breaking a vow/your god's rules as a free action?

I am building a D&D 3.5e Saint Cloistered Cleric with a Vow of Poverty and Vow of Peace. In the past two weeks, I ran across a character ability (a skill, feat, spell, alternate class feature, ...