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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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Invisible Fist Monk abilities; does the cool-down start when the ability starts or when it ends?

Invisible Fist is a fantastic pair of monk alternate class features, and a pretty good justification for taking 9 levels of monk in a ninja-like character. Both activate as an immediate action, and ...
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What exactly is the scope of Wish?

So I've been looking at various questions about the spell "Wish" on this site, and I'm seeing a lot of people respond with the list of things wish can do reliably from the player's handbook, and ...
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When does the Endure Sunlight feat's benefit reset?

Let's say a vampire with the Endure Sunlight feat is fighting another vampire without that feat, and has a way of creating sunlight that can be turned on/off easily. (In the situation that came up in-...
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According to the Rules Compendium, can I charge through a square that would hamper my movement as long as it isn't difficult terrain?

According to the Rules Compendium, can I charge through a square that would hamper my movement as long as it isn't difficult terrain? Under "Initiating a Charge" (p. 27), it says: If you don’t ...
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Making a Tank character [on hold]

I am in a 3.5e campaign and I am working on putting together a dragonborn knight that has really high defense, health, and can also buff adjacent allies. What should I look at for feats? All books ...
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How does a repeating crossbow work?

I recently looked into the D&D 3.5E rules for a repeating crossbow, but I found them a bit confusing. The rules state: As long as it holds bolts, you can reload it by pulling the reloading ...
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Can you use a Smiting Spell as a normal touch spell?

The Smiting Spell feat from PHB2 lets you transfer a touch spell into a weapon or ammunition and then the next time you attack with the weapon the spell discharges, applying its effects. Can you ...
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Quickened Chill Touch and full attack

Given that, as far as I can understand, the most common interpretation of the spell is that it gives you X charges, and then you are "holding the charge" until you use all the charges to make ...
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Is there a starting class that has all the necessary skills for the Shadowsmith prestige class?

I am looking into making a character that will go into the Shadowsmith prestige class from Tome of Magic page 132. I want to get into it as soon as I can so I am looking mainly for a class that has ...
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What are the benefits to casting without the need for somatic components?

I am playing a Shadowcaster in a 3.5e Forgotten Realms campaign and I took Still Mystery at 1st level, which lets me cast mysteries without the use of somatic components. What is the benefit of being ...
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How can Combat Expertise gained from the Passive Way fighting style be replaced?

I took 2 levels of monk for mainly to get at level 2 the alternative class feature invisible fist and the feat Improved Trip as a bonus feat from the monk fighting style Passive Way. However, at level ...
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Vermin Lord has Pincer Claws ability in table that is missing in text

Page 74 of The Book of Vile Darkness shows the table for The Vermin Lord and at 8th level the ability "pincer claws" is gained. However, in the accompanying ability descriptions for the class, that ...
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Do I have to use the same weapon for Improved Trip?

Assume I have a longsword and an empty off hand, the Improved Trip feat, and a BAB of 6. Can I attack on 6 with my longsword, attempt to trip on 1 with my hand, and if I succeed, follow up with my ...
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How do readied actions involving movement interact with being charged? [duplicate]

Situation: On her turn, Alice uses the ready action. She specifies the condition "a creature attacks me," and an action that would take her out of melee range (like teleporting away with dimension ...
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Can I reuse a disguise check/familiarity if I'm always using a fabricated identity?

I have a character who is always in disguise and I was wondering how that affected things. Does he have to reroll his check every day? Does someone he’s known for years have a bonus to seeing through ...
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How many prestige class levels can one take?

The maximum level for any base class is 20. However, it is possible to go beyond this into the epic levels. Now I wonder; Is the same essentially true for prestige classes? Take for example the ...
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How does the Master of Shadow prestige class affect the Shadowcaster class?

I am playing a Forgotten Realms (3.5e) campaign as a Shadowcaster and I was looking into taking the prestige class Master of Shadow. Would this prestige class effect whether or not I can get ...
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Are there any general rules that govern the visibility of magical effects?

Are there any general rules that govern the visibility of magical effects? Sometimes it's not clear. Last session one of my players complained when I allowed a bunch enemies to identify his character'...
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What counts as Hit Dice for the shadow creature template?

In a campaign that I am in, I play an elf that possesses the template shadow creature (Lord of Madness 167–8). My elf gains additional abilities from the template according to the number HD my elf ...
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What happens if a petitioner is brought back to the Material Plane?

A petitioner is, essentially, the soul of a deceased character that has found its way to the plane to which it belongs. However, as far as I am aware, it does retain its level and abilities - at least ...
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How to remove the taint of Undeath from a corpse?

Certain spells, such as Raise Dead and Re-Incarnate, could be used to return a fallen ally to life. However, they do not work on creatures that have been undead. Thus, an ally that has become a Ghoul ...
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What damage does the Wall of Fire spell do to a creature immobilized on top of it?

Our resident grappling dwarven runesmith has presented us with a new challenge: he got 30 points of fire resistance via resist energy and decided to drop walls of fire on himself while he is grappling....
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Before high levels, can Salient Divine Abilities be balanced for players? [closed]

I've become interested in Salient Divine Abilities. This answer details some of the ways in which they can become absurdly imbalanced (even in comparison to an Epic level party). However, when I look ...
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Is there any official Eberron material about the death dragonmark?

I play a lot in Eberron settings. I was planning to make a campaign where an NPC has the death dragonmark, but I couldn't find any official sources for that. Am I just bad at searching, or it is just ...
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Is the Exclusive trick the only “official” way to keep others from using Handle Animal on an animal?

I'm asking this because I think it's ridiculous to be able to handle someone else's loyal animal (e.g. a guard dog, animal companion) without training the animal to accept such handling. Exclusive (...
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How far can a ghost see when they are manifested?

A creature, including a ghost, can see only a limited distance on the ethereal plane, due to the nature of the plane itself. When a ghost is manifested, they are still on the ethereal plane, but are ...
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Is there a lore explanation to the Improved Spell Capacity feat?

I have been glancing through the epic feats. I ran into a feat called Improved Spell Capacity, which allows a caster to cast up to 25th-level spells. As far as my lore knowledge goes, after the ...
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Is this conversion of the Sidhelien race from the Birthright AD&D 2E campaign setting balanced for ECL 0? (version 2.0)

The first iteration of this race can be found here. This is the second iteration of this race, due to excellent feedback by "Hey I Can Chan". Could everyone please evaluate the below race in terms of ...
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Does the spell Alter Self potentially change the effective hit dice of the caster for the purpose of targeted spells?

In this question about Polymorph and Alter Self, one of the answers claims that using Alter Self might effectively reduce the caster's hit dice to match the form chosen, thus making a higher-HD ...
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Can I use the Split Ray metamagic feat on the Ray of Exhaustion spell like this?

Does this sequence work? I use the Split Ray metamagic on the Ray of Exhaustion spell With the first ray, I hit enemy A If he does not fail the Fort save, I hit him with the second ray; now he is ...
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How can I avoid paying for costly material components?

Create Magic Tattoo (SC p55) looks like a great spell, but it is very pricy at 100gp per casting. Is there a way to avoid/reduce the cost? The solution should be official, at least from Dragon ...
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Is this conversion of the Sidhelien race from the Birthright AD&D 2e campaign setting balanced for ECL 0?

Could you please evaluate the below race in terms of balance issues? I am trying to keep it at ECL 0 but some of the qualities while minor are a bit difficult to evaluate when combined. Sidhelien (...
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Does paying an XP cost count as having your level drained for Restoration spells?

When a player loses a level due to paying an XP cost to either cast a spell or create an item, could this level be brought back through the use of a restoration spell?
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How does this scenario involving the Polymorph and Alter Self spells play out?

We had an interesting scenario pop up at our table. A dwarven runesmith (Races of Stone p.118) with caster level 9, getting ready for a big battle, did the following: He set all his equipment out on ...
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Is the 3.0 Druid a lower tier than the 3.5e Druid?

When looking at comparisons between 3.0 edition and 3.5, I've noticed something interesting. In some cases, for example here and here, I've seen it commented that the Druid was not playable in 3.0 and ...
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Are there any updates to the DMG that describe magic item activation in the format presented in magic item compendium?

Straightforward self explanatory question really as described in the title. Magic Item Compendium presents activating magic items in this manner [Action Type] (type of action) as per page 220. Is ...
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How to learn Wizard spells without increasing Spellcraft?

I am about to build a Jade Phoenix Mage (Tome of Battle), with Wizard as the base spellcasting class. Wizards need Spellcraft to learn new spells, but it is not a class skill for JPM. I would like to ...
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How can I reduce/ignore any damage reduction with weapon attacks?

How can I reduce/ignore any damage reduction with weapon attacks? I know the Mountain Hammer line from Tome of Battle: As part of this maneuver, you make a single melee attack. This attack deals ...
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If I sleep in a Magic Bedroll while benefiting from the Healthful Rest and Summon Elysian Thrush spells, how many HP do I regain?

Each of these increase the number of HP you get back during a rest. The Healthful Rest spell description (SC, p. 11) says: Each affected creature regains twice the hit points and ability damage it ...
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Can the spell “Sticks and Stones” create ANY humanoid Skeleton?

Sticks and stones, a 3rd-level necromancy spell from the Shining South, animates a pile of sticks, rocks and rubble to form a crude, humanoid shape. Effectively creating a skeleton out of none-bone ...
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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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War Chanter + Seeker of the Song = 3 Simultaneous Bardic Musics?

If I'm a Seeker of the Song 2 (Complete Arcane, p. 56) and War Chanter 5 (Complete Warrior, p. 87), can I play 3 Bardic Musics at once? I seemingly can.
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What all the sources of Rages per day?

Linked to this question:What are all sources of extra uses of bardic music? I am working on a Character Optimization exercise, in trying to maximize the potential of a Bard 5/Barbarian 5 start, I ...
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If I have multiple attacks, does the penalty from Combat Expertise apply to all attacks?

We're playing using the D&D 3.5 rules. In the rulebook for "Combat Expertise" it states that When you use the attack or full attack action in melee, you can take a penalty of -5 on your attack ...
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What are all sources of extra uses of bardic music?

I am working on a (somewhat) functional version of the classic Bard/Barbarian hybrid. The lynchpin is using Rage Casting (Dragon #310), which requires casting to be a free action, citing Quicken Spell ...
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What's the impact of extra domains on a shugenja/cleric?

Extra Domains, in part, says Several of the prestige classes described in this chapter allow a member of that class to select an additional domain, which gives an additional granted power and ...
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Can Quicken Spell be used spontaneously if Rapid Metamagic is used?

The Quicken Spell feat carries this special requirement: This feat can't be applied to any spell cast spontaneously (including sorcerer spells, bard spells, and cleric or druid spells cast ...
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Are there any errata corrections for the epic Paladin's Turn Undead and Remove Disease progressions?

In my campaign the level 20 paladin PC is about to hit level 21 and I noticed 3.5 DMG page 208 states: Turn Undead (Su):The paladin turns undead as a cleric of two levels lower, as normal. ...
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Does Rapid Metamagic reduce the time of a spell cast using Metamagic song?

In the description of Metamagic Song from Races of Stone it includes the line, emphasis mine: Applying metamagic spontaneously using this method increases the casting time of the spell normally. ...
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What are familiars really?

What actually IS a familiar, speaking from a Lore point of view? I'm not asking what the use of a familiar is, or what kind of creatures can be a familiar- But in essence, what truly IS a familiar? ...