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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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What means of resurrection does Implosion prevent?

This new (and therefore spoiler-filled) strip of The Order of the Stick makes the claim that Implosion has been used to prevent resurrection, presumably from the party's Wizard's access to Limited ...
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What was behind the creation of the gods/planes?

While reading about some of the gods and they all have their own mythology as to how they came to be. For example, I understand that Corellon created the elves and how the Drow got started and so ...
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Planar Ownership—how does it work?

Numerous deities and demons are "owners" of planes in the D&D cosmology. My question is for rules sources on the topic how the following questions can be answered: How is an entity the legal ...
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Are there legitimate methods other than feats for an erudite to learn powers not on the psion/wilder list?

An Erudite can select powers freely from the psion/wilder lists, and from all the discipline lists with certain caveats. A StP alternate class feature Erudite can learn spells, converting them to "...
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How does the Ranged Disarm feat work?

D&D 3.5, Complete Warrior, Ranged Disarm feat. It only says that we can attempt a disarm attempt with a ranged weapon, but not much else. So, two questions: Does the enemy still have an attack ...
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Is there an official variant rule where a natural 1 ends a full attack action?

In many 3.5 games that I have played, a roll of a natural one on an attack roll is basically just a miss, but you cannot make any more attacks that round. I thought this was an official variant rule, ...
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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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Is there a standard hierarchy when two supplemental books contradict each other?

The spell, Energy Vortex, is found in: Complete Divine (p.164) as a 4th level Cleric/Druid spell (published May 2004) Spell Compendium (p.81) as a 3rd level Cleric/Druid spell (published Dec 2005) ...
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Site with absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5

A good ten years ago a friend of mine told me about a site somewhere where absurdly powerful characters for D&D 3/3.5 were listed, with detailed level-by-level character progression. As far as I ...
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Do Black Tentacles “protect” you from ranged attacks as creatures grappling you do?

If you are trying to shoot some creature, and your target is grappling, rules say: "roll randomly to see which grappling combatant you strike". Does Black Tentacles spell's effect count as a ...
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Is a concentration check required for each of my following spells if I buff myself with Mage Armor

Player's Handbook 1, p. 170, "Concentration" - "Spell" says: "If you are affected by a spell while attempting to cast a spell of your own, you must make a Concentration check ...
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How can I optimize my Elan Psion?

I'm currently playing in a 3.5 game in which the DM plans to take to very epic levels (65). My current character is level 30, and he's an Elan Psion (Shaper). He has the power psychic reformation, ...
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Why is prepared casting considered to always be superior to spontaneous? [closed]

Many times, I've seen the case made for a specific prepared caster class being superior to its spontaneous equivalent (e.g. Wizard vs Sorcerer, Cleric vs Favored Soul, anything vs its Uneathered ...
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Beauty enhancing potions or oils

I am planning an NPC, that thinks herself to be not good looking to an extend, that she wants to change her appearance. She is not a magic user, but a rather wealthy character that can afford to buy ...
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Shrink item effect versus locked door, what happens?

Unlike a growth effect, there is no clause about stopping the size change if one cannot burst something which restrains the change, so there are differing opinions about if the hinges and lock or ...
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If a spirit is to “return to its body” and the body is in stasis, what happens?

Can a manifester that has separated body and spirit, such as by the power Stealsteel or by some other means, still return to its body if the manifester's body is in stasis, such as by the power ...
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Metamind under effects of Font of Power and Split Mind, can both minds utilize Font of Power?

A10th level Metamind has the class feature Font of Power, which produces endless power points for one minute. If the Metamind manifests Split Mind, can both minds access the power points from Font of ...
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What is the Level Adjustment of this Gorilla Avatar of Nature template? (Version 2)

I would like to include in my world the ability for a PC to turn into a sort of aspect of nature based on one of several animals in my current campaign. I am using the transformation process for ...
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How to make a guest feel comfortable and welcome in a session?

I am currently DMing for a group of 5 players. A friend of some of the players is very interested in learning about the game. I have decided to let her play an NPC in one of the upcoming sessions, to ...
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What method can be used to obtain a fifth and sixth “bonus feat”?

The goal is to obtain a total of six feats that clearly have the label of "bonus feat" at first level. The character class is Erudite, which has two first level bonus feats. Taking two flaws ...
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Does the Death Ward spell protect against the effect of the Implosion spell?

The death ward spell protects against death effects. Is implosion's instant death a death effect for this purpose?
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Dispelling Mage’s Magnificent Mansion

What would happen if somebody tried to dispel Mage’s Magnificent Mansion while it was occupied with people? What would happen to the people inside? Would they be transported to the place in the ...
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Do the Favored Soul and Cleric differ greatly in their options for prestige classes?

As noted here, there is limited information on the optimisation options for the Favored Soul. In addition, it has received less support than the Cleric due to being a non-core class, being solely a ...
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Dream Experiences and experience gain

I'm about to run my D&D 3.P (Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 / Pathfinder) group through a "dream game" while they're on a journey between the Material Plane and the plane of Mechanus on the ...
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Wildshape interaction with craven & rend?

So, a 15th level druid (with other classes added) wildshapes in to a legendary ape. He possesses the following feats/abilities: Craven You take a -2 penalty on saving throws against fear ...
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Does an entity speaking the god's language understand every language?

I can't remember exactly the name, but I heard of a language used by gods, wich is understandable by every sentient being. It directly form the concept in the auditor's mind (thus, you can adress ...
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Rage benefits for someone who doesn’t attack

I’ve had in mind a character built around defensive and supernatural effects from rage, who doesn’t attack. Towards this end, I’m using druidic avenger to actually get rage. I’ll take both Blazing ...
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Any way to cast dragonmark SLAs in a rage?

Pretty obvious dual to this question, but now for (dragonmark) spell-like abilities. While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, ...
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Any way to activate a spell-trigger item in a rage?

While raging, a barbarian cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), the Concentration skill, or any abilities that ...
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How long is the initial “training time” to get the first level of a class?

Consider a 0th level character, or a character with existing character levels, multi-classing into a new one. I think, she needs to go somewhere - to a fighters' school, or to a wizards guild, etc - ...
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Is every attack against a weapon/shield a sunder attempt? (Also, Mountain Hammer relation to this)

The first question is self-explanatory, and if the answer is yes, is Mountain Hammer and it's upgrades usable on such items without counting as sunder attempts? If not, can they be used instead of an ...
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Is there a way to discern if the magic of an item is a “trap” or a “property” of the item?

To put things into context: We just entered the final room of a dungeon and we found some magic items strewn about in the room and some others inside a tomb. Our sorcerer used Detect Magic to know if ...
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How can someone work around a Sha'ir's spell duration restrictions?

The Sha'ir (Dragon Magazine 315) is a infamously fiddly and obtuse class to use, made worse by a dispute in how it's even meant to work. First i feel like i need to point out the Raw issues here. The ...
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Is there some monster that works like a swarm of bodies?

I want to ask whether somebody has designed a monster that works like a swarm of bodies. Not undead but simply human, dwarf, etc. bodies that are corrupted or something similar. I want this monster to ...
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Classes with Grace as a class feature?

So I recently made an amusing discovery. Daring Outlaw is often regarded as the saving grace (rimshot) of the Swashbuckler class, and it has the Grace class feature (+1) as a requirement, meaning you ...
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What's the DC for Hatchling's Flame?

Saving Throw: Reflex half You focus a burning aura of energy at the end of your blade. It forms a seething sphere that, after a moment, bursts into a torrent of energy. The Desert Wind discipline ...
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Overcoming flour or other nonmagical ways to defeat invisibility [closed]

I am looking for ideas on how to defeat a flour trap. As a rogue, I rely on sneak attack to really damage my foes. The plan for taking on the BBEG is the party will make me invisible with our wand of ...
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How can I permanently increase my Dexterity ability score?

Currently, I am playing a level 5 Halfling rogue with 22 dexterity. 17 base + 2 for race + 2 for gloves of dex(+2) + 1 from level up. How can I increase my dexterity to its relative maximum using only ...
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Spells like Blockade to aid dungeoncrasher?

I have a dungeoncrasher with plenty of UMD and very little terrain. I'm looking for the lowest-level spell that can generate solid terrain, preferably as a swift action, at a range further than ...
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How can I play monsters and NPCs up to their potential?

In many cases discussions about balance in 3.5 will, inevitably, involve one side or another invoking an anecdote of the time they fought this monster, or a member of that class, and they didn't ...
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Ventriloquism and Bardic Music

Suppose a bard is trying to remain invisible while still inspiring companions. If the bard starts singing, they make themselves a target. If the bard uses Ventriloquism, they can potentially make ...
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Is there a D&D 5e equivalent to the Monkey Grip feat from D&D 3.5e?

While I was DMing a D&D 3.5 adventure, one of my players played a character with the Monkey Grip feat (because he liked the manga Berserk, where the hero has a giant sword). And it turned out that ...
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How can I outfit the Caves of Chaos to fit contextually with the Dragonlance setting? [closed]

I have been tasked with running The Keep on the Borderlands adventure module. Although it is normally set in Greyhawk, I’m interested in placing the adventure in a Dragonlance campaign setting, in the ...
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What is the highest racial or template charisma boost you can get for a +1 LA?

I'm currently working on a Sha'ir Gish character that will eventually PrC into Zhentarim Skymage (LoD) and I need to buff my charisma as much as possible. Skymage has a gimmick of giving you a paladin ...
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Enchanter adaptation of the Nightmare Spinner prestige class

The Complete Mage prestige class Nightmare Spinner has the following adaptation entry: The nightmare spinner class is designed as an illusion specialist, but it could work just as well with an ...
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How can gambling work in a world where magical divination is possible?

In a DnD 3.5 universe, could a spell such as Divination or Commune allow the caster to cheat at betting on sporting events? (For example, by asking a question like "Will Stan Stormbow win in this ...
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Encouraging out-of-the-box thinking in combat encounters

I'm a GM currently running D&D 3.5. I try to think of situations that present the players with a number of possible solutions. The players, however, always resort to the same pattern of killing ...
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Can we add trains in D&D without breaking the world

Question upfront: Is there a way I can add trains to the core world of D&D 3.5 (Greyhawk/Oerth) without “messing up” the world or its economies? Reason: 1st: Mainly, it makes no sense to me ...
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Should PCs be limited to choosing forms into which to polymorph (or wild shape, etc.) that the PCs have previously encountered?

In trying to set reasonable limits on a PC's usage of the polymorph chain of spells. Is it plausible to require that the PC have some form of interaction with the target creature? Or can a PC ...
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How to best represent Rapunzel's abilities from Tangled in D&D? [closed]

I'm looking to make a character based on Rapunzel from the movie, Tangled. I'm not sure which direction to do to represent all her abilities: skills? Supernatural abilities? Spells? Some are pretty ...

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