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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 Goliath's Fortification stack with Light Fortification enchantment?

I'm making a Goliath Barbarian, the one from Races of Stone, page 150. At level 5 they get fortification as a special ability. Does it stack with the light fortification enchantment on an armor?
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Is a cleric's summon monster spell limited by his alignment?

In other words when summoning a monster can a cleric only summon monsters of an alignment similar to his deity? Can a lawful good cleric summon a fiendish dire rat with this spell?
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How can I increase plane shift's accuracy?

Upon reading about the Harmonium Peacekeeper Prestige Class (Dragon #315, p47) whose 3rd level Planar Steed ability includes the ability to plane shift once per day from Arcadia to the first level of ...
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Do skills you know but are not on your current skill list cost double points?

This is a rule I wanted to make sure about, I read somewhere that if you have a class with a certain skill on it, you can rank that up normally. However if you later go into a class that doesn't have ...
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What rules effects, if any, would converting the ability of psionics itself to a supernatural ability have?

Related to this answer wherein it is demonstrated that "the ability to manifest psionic powers is a psi-like ability". Also from the SRD, which seems to establish that Psi-like equals Spell-like: ...
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Ranger with full-level animal companion

Is there any official alternate class feature, substitution level, or variant for the ranger class that allows it to apply its full level towards its animal companion progression? And I mean something ...
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Can I extend the duration of my special paladin mount?

With the exception of taking more levels in Paladin, is it possible to increase my paladin special mount duration.
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If under the effect of speak with animals, can I use diplomacy instead of wild empathy

Wild empathy is needed to communicate with animals who otherwise have no language. But if that limitation is overcome with speak with animals, does that open the door for a player to use diplomacy ...
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Does Crawling Eye grant line-of-effect across Impenetrable Barrier?

I was trying to think of really fun, evil things to do with a warlock. I was curious if this works: Use Crawling Eye Use Impenetrable Barrier between you and the eye Do horrible things to opponents ...
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Why is Bonus XP discouraged for more experienced players?

Recently, Bonus XP seems to have fallen out of public favor. It obviously has no place in, say, power min-max metagaming campaigns where surmounting nigh-impossible challenges is the main point; yet, ...
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Spell in 5e like 3.5's Shout

I used to play a Lythari Elf Mage in 3.5e and now I want to play a Lythari Elf Sorcerer. Lythari Elves are special for their lycanthropic transformation powers: The lythari are a subrace of elves ...
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Is a Feycraft Whip Redundant?

I just wanted to ask this for clarity: does adding the feycraft template (Dungeon Master's Guide II, p 275) to a whip or a rapier allow you to use your dexterity modifier in place of your strength ...
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Can I use Perform (Act) in place of Bluff?

Can I use Perform (Act) to act like someone else, replacing a Bluff check?
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What is E6? Why would I use it?

I've heard a number of people reference an apparently common set of houserules for D&D 3.5e and Pathfinder called E6. What do these variant rules entail? What problems are they intended to solve? ...
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How do I calculate my modifiers

I don't know how to calculate my modifiers, my ability scores are 15str,17dex,13con,21int,15wis,18cha, I am playing 3.5. Thank you
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Players better at dealing damage than taking damage

I'm currently DM'ing a high powered D&D 3.5 game with 4 PCs (Wizard, Druid, Rogue/Assassin and Bard) and a DMPC (Minotaur Barbarian) at ECL 11. My concern is that whenever I try to create a ...
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Does Brimstone Blast deal bonus damage when it first hits?

I've read the skill 20 times and done as many internet searches, and I just can't figure out the answer: Does Brimstone Blast deal damage on the initial hit if the opponent fails their reflex save? ...
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Is there something better than low light vision - namely an improved low-light vision of some type?

Most races or monsters I've researched all have x2 for low light vision. So I'm wondering if there is an improved version, specifically meaning x3, x4 or greater. A single example is sufficient, ...
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How exactly does Mortalbane work when used with conjuration (especially for warlocks)?

At first I thought Mortalbane was very straight-forward. An example I read is a warlock casting Chilling Tentacles. Enemies take 2d6+2d6 cold damage from the effect, plus they take 1d6+4+2d6 ...
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Does a warlock ever need more than 27 Use Magic Device?

Is there any benefit to a Use Magic Device modifier over 27 for a Warlock? It seems like the maximum check you would ever need is to cast a level 9 spell from a scroll, which is 20+17. Am I missing ...
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Arcane strike feat damage [closed]

The Arcane Strike feat states that as a free action, you can sacrifice one spell to add +1 to hit and 1-4 damage per spell level on your weapon for one round. I've seen it stated on other boards (...
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Does a source exist that expands on skill based healing in low-fantasy? [closed]

Given a gritty realism campaign where PC maiming is not entirely uncommon, and the DM frequently introduces situations in which healing magic is unavailable or cannot be used, is there an alternative ...
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Does a summoned swarm's Distraction use the caster's save DC or the one in the MM?

When a druid casts Insect Plague, is the save DC of the swarm's Distraction ability 12 (what's written in the MM), or is it based on the 5th level druid spell (15+ability)?
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Does sneak attack from both sides of a gestalt character stack?

If both sides of a gestalt character were classes that grant +5d6 sneak attack by 9th, would I have +10d6 sneak attack at 9th? (For reference, the classes I am considering for this are both homebrew, ...
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What happens to my Doppelganger if it becomes a Vampire?

I am playing a Doppelganger, and I would like to become a vampire. First, is it possible for a doppelganger to become one? Second, what exactly changes? I read that one loses all racial abilities. ...
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Where do new druids come from?

Other classes have easy explanations for how they came to be: fighters and monks trained, wizards studied, clerics and paladins prayed, sorcerers and oracles were born that way, and so on, so forth. ...
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What does that “level” mean in the “Initiate of Amaunator” feat spells?

Im playing as a paladin under the Risen Sun heresy. As it says in the "Power of Faerun" book on page 58, I can use the "Initiate of Amaunator" feat, it gives me more spells to my paladin. My doubt ...
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Is there a spell that could slowly crush the victim?

I am looking for a spell or wondrous item, that would allow to trap the victim inside a limited area and then it slowly shrinks, crushing the victim? I was hoping to find some answers in epic level ...
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Does Abjurant Champion Benefit Urgent Shield?

Abjurant Armor (Su): Any time you cast an abjuration spell that grants you an armor bonus or shield bonus to AC, you can increase the value of the bonus by your abjurant champion class level. Abjurant ...
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Does Invisible Spell make summoned creatures invisible?

I'm looking for a clarification for my group about the Invisible Spell feat from CityScape on how it interacts with Summon Monster (specifically Summon Undead). The book states: You can modify any ...
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A cursed ring makes me shorter with each use. When will reduced height cause mechanical changes?

My GM has given my rogue (Shadow Fey pretending to be a drow) a cursed ring that has every spell a wizard/sorcerer knows in it. The limitations are that it can only cast up to one lvl 9 spell a day. ...
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What does the special quality “teleport” in the sword archon description mean?

I was looking through the sword archon description and in its special qualities it lists a number of things including aura of menace, magic circle of protection against evil and teleport. I look at ...
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Does the Magic Bedroll benefit stack on top of a heal check?

Do the benefits from magic bedroll and heal check stack for the HP recovery from rest?
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Do aura-based effects require a new save every time they wear off?

For example, suppose that in a troglodyte encounter, a PC fails his save versus the enemy's stench aura, and is nauseated for n rounds. On round n+1, does he need to reroll that save, or is he ...
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Can you use Wall of Blades without a weapon?

Situation: My warblade is swimming in the lake with no weapons or armor to save someone from drowning. A different demon-infested dude swims over to bite my guy. Can I still use Wall of Blades to ...
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How do I adjust an adventure for a much larger group?

I have a group of 8 players for a level 1 adventure. I am running the Sunless Citadel. Eight PCs is way more than what the adventure is designed for. How do I decide what to add to the goblins and ...
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How to prolong the time limit on resurrection?

The Scenario: Three-thousand years ago, a powerful mage has died. As soon as he died, someone cast Temporal Stasis on him. The effects of the spell are as follows: You must succeed on a melee touch ...
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Does Blade of Blood accept temporary hit points?

If my duskblade has temporary hit points and causes himself 5 hit points of damage using the Blade of Blood spell, would the damage come off the temporary hit points, or his regular hit points?
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Can a lycanthrope become undead without losing its lycanthrope template?

I have a player who is currently an afflicted lycanthrope, meaning he has contracted the curse of lycanthropy. He wants to eventually become undead (specifically, a mummy) and I know undead are immune ...
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Item that creates spawn?

Does anyone know of an item in d&d 3.5 that would allow a character to create spawn similar to the effect of being slain by a wight? I am working on a campaign and looking for an item that creates ...
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Unseen seer Bonus Damage

Has it ever been specified whether you needed sneak attack previously to use the bonus damage from unseen seer or not? And if not, could you get around this by say...getting the hunters eye spell?
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Could a spellcaster use a spell with the cold descriptor to form a bridge on top of lava?

I have a campaign coming up in which the adventurers will be traversing expanses on lava and I was wondering if a spellcaster could use a spell such as Sleet storm to create a bridge of ice on top of ...
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Plane shift in elemental nodes

Does plane shift functions in elemental nodes? I've being DMing the Temple of Elemental Evil (ToEE) original, converted to 3.5, and the players do have an elemental shift spell. They have entered ...
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What sort of insulation and/or protection does the spell “Secure Shelter” offer?

What sort of protection against cold/heat does the spell secure shelter provide? I'm looking specifically at "Frostburn" and "Sandstorm" but "Frostburn" only gave me improvised shelter, not proper ...
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Whirling Blade and Whip Dagger Interaction

How would you rule that this spell and this weapon would interact with each other? That anyone within 15 feet would be hit along the line, or that it would function as normal?
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How much light does a Coure Eladrin familiar shed, and how do they see?

I am considering asking my DM if I can summon a Coure for my 9th level duskblade and am trying to anticipate problems that may arise. Coure prefer star filled nights (per their description). Does ...
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Can Schism be used to Concentrate on a power?

The power schism says Your mind splits into two independent parts. Each part functions in complete autonomy, like two characters in one body. Your new “second mind” does not control your body ...
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Can Goliath wield a Medium greatsword in one hand?

Goliaths have Powerful Build racial trait. It allows, among other things, "use weapons designed for a creature one size larger without penalty". So, as I understand, goliath character may fight with ...
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Can a creature use both its melee and ranged natural attacks during a full attack?

I know this sounds really obvious, but it also seems a little crazy in context, so I'm confirming just in case my players call me on it. The PCs will soon face an anaxim which has the following ...
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Looking for a Crusader Paladin prestige class

I want to know if there's a published prestige class where I can get martial maneuvers and stances as well as divine spells.