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New weapon (cat o'nine flails) stats balanced? [closed]

A cat o'nine flails, a new weapon of my devising, is a 9 headed flail similar to an Ochsenherde. Note that this is not to be confused with a cat o'nine tails. Artist's impression - Original image ...
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Jumble mini-flail: is this balanced?

The jumble mini-flail is a mix of materials that: All-together causes 1d2 lethal damage & 1d2 non-lethal damage (yes you read that right). For every 2 hours searching a warzone or battleground or ...
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What is the source of the persistent rumor that D&D 3.5's Orb spells were written to provide an advantage in the writer's home game?

D&D 3.5's Complete Arcane introduced the Orb of Fire/Acid/Whatever line of spells. They are conjuration spells (normally you might expect them to be evocation), they do a reasonably large pile of ...
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Are spells with "expended" in the description the same as those whose effects are "discharged"?

Are spells with "expended" in the description the same as those whose effects are "discharged"? lets take "local tremor" for instance, the spell description says [ 1 ...
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Is a fumble on a natural 1 an official rule?

I am currently a player in a D&D 3.5 game where rolling a 1 on any attack roll is not only an automatic miss, but also means that something "bad" happens – such as dropping your sword, falling ...
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What's the best magic item for punching monsters in their stupid faces?

My character, a barbarian with the feat Improved Unarmed Strike,1 occasionally eschews his greataxe and punches monsters. After reading this 2009 thread and this 2009 thread, I don't know what works ...
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Can you add poison to breath weapon?

My goal is to find a way to add poison to a breath weapon to make it eligible for Venomfire. 4 possibilites I have yet to find a way to achieve this: Find a way to add a dose of poison to a spell-...
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Can CR be directly lifted from 3.5 to 5e?

I am looking to convert a few modules from 3.5 into 5e and while I am going to change the nature of the creatures encountered I am not 100% sure how. Does 3.5 follow the same kind of encounter and ...
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What do you do when there's nothing to do in combat?

There are a lot of situations in D&D combat where characters seem to be left without anything to do that round. For example, a bard out of inspires and without slashing weapons beset by zombies, ...
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Is delaying the effect of a Wish spell considered a ''greater effect''?

Let's say I cast Wish to duplicate the effect of revivify and I want it to take effect when I was supposed to act as if I haven't died (initiative order). In the spell description: A wish can produce ...
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How to get a dragon special breath attack

By "Special breath attack" I mean breath weapons with effects you can find in some True Dragons like a sleep gas for brass dragon, a parlyzing effect for the silver dragon etc... The only ...
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How can I have a sidekick/squire?

In Mutants & Masterminds, you can purchase a sidekick as a feat. I'm rolling up a knight, and I want a squire, using a similar game mechanic. Is there anything like this in D&D, other than ...
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Intelligent ooze or cube from old 3.5 campaign

Many, many moons ago I was DMing a long term party through a D&D 3.5 campaign. I used a number of modules - Sunless Citadel, Forge of Fury, etc - as the general setting and backdrop. I remember at ...
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In a wilderness campaign, are unusual mounts free?

In a campaign focused on wilderness treks, should PCs be awarded (either on-screen or off-screen but always for free) mounts appropriate to the PCs' levels? Or am I misreading the Dungeon Master's ...
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Looking for an item: a crystal that stores memories, up to an entire personality?

I am looking for an item and its reference page: a crystal shard that stores memories, up to an entire personality. I believe this particular item comes from one of the forgotten realms books, or ...
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What are the best ways to gain flight?

I have spent some time looking into the various methods of flying and there are many and they are varied. So I'm asking others for their opinions on this matter. A comrade and myself are both ...
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Designing a Custom Magical Armor Item for High-Level Campaign

I am currently developing a magical robe for my artificer character in a long-running, high-level campaign spanning from level 6 to level 20. Inspired by the functionality of the "Ectoplasmic ...
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What type of damage is a Vicious weapon dealing?

Vicious: When a vicious weapon strikes an opponent, it creates a flash of disruptive energy that resonates between the opponent and the wielder. This energy deals an extra 2d6 points of damage to the ...
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Can you stake a Vampire before it turns Gaseous and floats away?

In our last combat the party fought some Vampires. Initial I said they turned to Gaseous Form. After rereading the rules, it says turning into Gaseous Form is standard action, and under Fast Healing ...
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Easiest item/spell/other for making a Tendriculos aquatic?

Building an a character that uses the Arms & Equipment Guide rules for having a Tendriculos as a mount (basically, raise it from a seed and use alchemy to turn off its digestive acid, then ride in ...
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What happens if the black onyx used in an Animate Dead spell isn't expensive enough?

Consider the following situation: The group kills a monster, and one PC wants to use Animate Dead to turn it into an skeleton under his control. But the players have no idea what the monster is, much ...
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How do players defeat the coin dragon in Gorgoldand's Gauntlet?

There is a one-shot adventure called Gorgoldand's Gauntlet, originally designed to be run with 3.5 rules. The adventure mostly consists of a series of puzzles, traps, and a few encounters. However, ...
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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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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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Can you manifest Bestow Power on yourself, your Schism mind, or your Fission Duplicate?

You are a valid target of Bestow Power as you are "one psionic creature" You link your mind with another psionic creature’s mind, creating a brief conduit through which mental energy can be ...
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Do Japan's "Kami" have a divine rank?

Do Japan's "Kami" have a divine rank? Japanese Shintoism is a type of animism, and it seems that Kami exists in rice fields, toilets, and even grains of rice. Will all of them have divine ...
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Does a Protean Scourge's simulacrum retain the ability to split up and recombine?

The simulacrum has less HD than the original creature, but to what extent does it retain the original creature's abilities? The Protean Scourge (Monster Manual III, p. 126) has the Split ability the ...
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Casting a Fireball spell past an illusionary wall from Major Image

Player knew that a illusionary wall (Major Image) was fake. They wanted to centre the Fireball past the illusionary wall to catch a target that had just run thought it. I said, they couldn't as they ...
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Where is the Midgard Dwarf Valkyrie?

I was perusing Frostburn 3.5 a few days ago, reading about Midgard Dwarves. I remember opening another rulebook or Web Enhancement that had an NPC/Monster/Prc that was a female Midgard Dwarf Valkyrie. ...
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How much damage do books do as weapons?

What would be the weapon stats be for books? I figure that the damage would be 1d4 for small books/1d6 for medium sized books & 1d8 for large sized books. I could be wrong though, I just want to ...
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Artificers and Wand DC Calculation

I'm exploring the capabilities granted by the Metamagic Spell Trigger feature at 7th level and the Metamagic Item Infusion (3rd Level). I'm seeking clarification regarding its interaction with the ...
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Do simulacra have biological functions?

Assuming a simulacrum, created by the simulacrum spell, of a creature that has all the below biological needs (example: a human peasant): Do simulacra age? Even if their apparent age doesn't change, ...
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Aren't paladins uniquely vulnerable to being taken advantage on because of CoC? [closed]

There is a certain way DMs like to rule how paladins work. It generally has to do with a famous paragraph : Code of Conduct : A paladin must be of lawful good alignment and loses all class abilities ...
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How Does Acquiring LA+1 Affect Experience Points? [duplicate]

I want to understand what happens if my character, who has 4000 XP, acquires a LA+1 template during the game. I understand that since they would be level 3, their ECL would become 4, but what happens ...
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Seeking Clarification: Necropolitan Template

I'm planning to start building my human character from level 1 with the intention of becoming "necropolitan" and "evolved undead". Naturally, given the requirements of the "...
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What does a barbarian's rage prevent them from doing?

Many theorycrafting posts & topics exist about how you could incorporate barbarian rage when planning a character, but I have not seen one that really explores the limits of what options a ...
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3rd-party Knowledge-focused prestige class that can read books quickly

I remember having had read the description of a prestige class D&D 3.0 or 3.5 supplemental book. If I remember correctly, it was none of the official WOTC sources. I think it was a book in black ...
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Analyzing the Impact: Customized Bloodline for Artificer Build

I'm planning to create an artificer for a new campaign starting from level 1, and I'm considering incorporating a customized bloodline into my character concept. However, I'd like to gather some ...
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Can fast healing or regeneration from the original creature repair a damaged simulacrum?

A damaged simulacrum must normally be repaired over 24 hours at a cost of 100 gp per hp. If the original creature had the ability for fast healing or regeneration, would it work?
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Transferring 'ownership' of a simulacrum

Part of the spell description of Simulacrum states: At all times the simulacrum remains under your absolute command Is there a rules legal way for a caster to transfer this 'absolute command' to ...
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About Solar's simulacrum

The simulacrum has less HD than the original creature, but to what extent does it retain the original creature's abilities? For example, How many spells and spell-like abilities does Solar's ...
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Can an Archivist benefit from features that affect spell books, such as Eidetic Spellcaster or Geometer?

Can a multiclass Archivist-Wizard benefit from class features that affect the spellbook class feature? Class "Archivist" from Heroes of Horror book is a divine class that works mostly like a ...
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About Call Marut/Call Kolyarut/Call Zelekhut spell

Will an inevitable summoned by a Call Marut/Call Kolyarut/Call Zelekhut spell listen to any commands given by the summoner? For example, if a summoner orders Marut to protect a Lich by killing a ...
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Is it possible to replicate the season change eladrin have in 5e without the actual mechanical differences in 3.5?

I'm going to be in a game set in 3.5e, and I really liked the aspect of having basically a completely different personality every time I finish trance, but in 3.5e, eladrin don't do that. Is it ...
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Can I ready actions to evade an opponent?

Can a player ready a standard action and a move action to the effect that they constantly move out of reach of an advancing opponent? Say a PC has a 50ft land speed, and a monster has a 30ft land ...
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Clarification Needed: Independence of Level Adjustment in 'Symbiotic' Template Selection

I'm considering creating a Wizard character using the 'Symbiotic' template. However, I have a question about the mechanic: As I understand it, for just a +1 Level Adjustment (LA), the character gains ...
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Are there D&D rules for encouraging non-optimal activities?

That is, characters doing frivolous stuff like drinking too much ale at the tavern and getting drunk. Spending gold to see a minstrel show. Gambling and brawling. Patronizing the local house of ill ...
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Seeking Advice on an Artificer Build for a Level 1 Campaign

I'm gearing up to embark on a long-term D&D 3.5 campaign starting from level 1, and I've set my sights on playing an Artificer. However, I'm contemplating a multiclass build to add some ...
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How much XP does a level 3 character receive for defeating a level 16 NPC solo?

If a level 3 character single handily defeats a level 16 NPC (16 level fighter) in combat. How much xp would they receive?
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Is there a creature or spell that creates diseases broadly (beyond the normal means of a contagion spell)?

Are there ways to contract or create specific diseases (beyond just running into an infected creature or the contagion spell)? I’ve been looking for 3/3.5 creatures or spells that can create and ...

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