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What is wrong with the D&D 3.5 FAQ?

I've heard from several places that the D&D 3.5 FAQ is generally a bad place to find information about the rules of the game. I don't really understand this distrust, since it's an official ...
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What are "tiers", and what tier is each class?

I tend to play Wizards, almost exclusively, though I have branched out and played Clerics, Druids, Sorcerers, and, at some point each other core class. I would like to play something different for my ...
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How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?

I'm new to d20. I recently acquired a bunch of D&D books and I'm sure they are all either 3.0 or 3.5, but it doesn't say in the book which version it is. How can I tell which version the book is? ...
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Where are the rules about what sources are primary?

Maybe it's just too early in the morning and my brain does not properly connect with the rest of the body, but... ...yes, this is a question about primary sources. What happened is I was talking with ...
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Does the Rules Compendium overrule the core books?

The comment below was originally posted on another answer: Furthermore, from a super-strict RAW perspective, it has been argued (not by me!) that the Errata rules don’t actually let a book claim ...
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Do you lose your prestige class features when you no longer meet its requirements?

Certain prestige classes detail a list of requirements that are possible for the player to lose (alignment, casting at a certain level), but not what happens if you no longer meet those requirements (...
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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 can we optimize a monk (especially for offense)?

I have complaints from someone in one of my groups that the 3.5 monk isn't good for anything offensive, only for defense and disarming (defenestration wasn't mentioned). My experience has only been ...
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How do I handle Arcane Spell Failure?

Recently, we’ve seen several questions related to the topic of Arcane Spell Failure, and how to get around it. I have answered these (here and here), but neither question is directly about ...
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Are 3.5 Bards mechanically weak?

People frequently seem to think that Bards are mechanically weaker than other classes, and I was wondering if this was true?
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What are the complete set of combat modifers for fighting in darkness?

I am slightly confused on combat in darkness. There are modifiers for blinded combatants and invisible combatants, but not specifically combatants who cannot see due to darkness. Are they all ...
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It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters?

It is commonly said that epic spellcasting in D&D 3.5e is broken. What are some examples of broken epic spellcasters? Available options I've read about include things like chain-gating solars to ...
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What are the primary differences between the rules of D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder?

What are some of the rule changes that Pathfinder brings in comparison to D&D 3.5? I am curious what changes were made so I can explain to my group what it has to offer.
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Living forever in D&D (via spells)?

I was thinking of a way for a humanoid (PC or NPC) to live forever in a D&D setting, but through rather "common" and reproducible means, such that they will be available to many. By this logic I ...
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What is the difference between non-dimensional space and extra-dimensional space?

Can someone please explain to me the difference between non-dimensional space and extra-dimensional space in DnD 3.5?
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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 ...
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What is the point of a spell component pouch?

While I'd like to think I know the general Dungeons and Dragons / Pathfinder rules pretty well, one thing I've never quite understood is the spell component pouch, especially in relation to the Eschew ...
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Vow of Poverty, overpowered or underpowered?

I have read plenty of things about the Vow of Poverty in forums, and i have seen both opinions expressed. If i understand it correctly, it does work on the assumption of a linear magic item ...
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How should I restrain myself when both playing a character and DMing?

I'm currently playing an IRL game with two of my friends. As you might imagine, I was worried that they weren't powerful enough to take on the higher level encounters so I made a character to help ...
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Is a Dragonwrought Kobold a True Dragon?

The Monster Manual refers to some creatures with the Dragon type as “True Dragons,” and some later books refer to True Dragon status as a prerequisite for various options. Races of the ...
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Can a Specialist Wizard multiclass to cast spells from his prohibited schools?

I've had DMs rule both ways on this..I haven't seen any official RAWs on this so I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction? If a Wizard specializes (giving him 1-2 prohibited ...
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Immediate actions during other actions

As we all know, immediate actions are just like swift actions, but can be performed outside of one's turn. However, unlike a swift action, an immediate action can be performed at any time - even if ...
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How can I continue to access Wizards of the Coast's D&D 3.5 Web articles?

It appears that in anticipation of D&D Next Wizards of the Coast has removed much of the Dungeons and Dragons, 3rd Edition Web content. I didn't perform a thorough search to determine if all the ...
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How to optimize a Gishy [Fighter/Mage] Character? [closed]

What is the best class or classes in 3.5e to build a character that uses both a sword and either arcane magic or psionics which can be fluffed as arcane magic and focuses on fighting powerful ...
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How can I speed up D&D 3.5e combat?

I'm looking for ways to speed up the combat in my D&D 3.5 game. It seems that turns - both player and non-player - simply take too long. I have thought about giving everyone a 30 second timer, but ...
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What Are Freedom of Movement's Limits?

What conditions and effects does the spell freedom of movement [abjur] (PH 233) overcome? I want a fair, reasonable, and consistent method to determine what spells and conditions are overcome by the ...
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Can a Good-aligned 'Necromancer' cast the Animate Objects spell on a bunch of corpses?

Is there anything stopping you using Animate Objects, with or without Permanency, to affect a bunch of corpses? If so, what? And would that qualify as an Evil, Chaotic, or Neutral act? Have you ever ...
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Are there any rules for a Cleric to change his faith?

There are rules for a Cleric who loses faith, and how to regain his standing through atonement. But what if he abandons one faith entirely for another? Presumably his new god/faith should be picking ...
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What does it mean when a spell "counters and dispels" another?

In 3.x, some spells state that they "counter and dispel" other specific spells. Does a spell used in either of these ways still have it's normal effects? Does this depend on the specific 3.x system ...
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What Wizard schools are best to specialize in? Which schools are best to sacrifice? [closed]

The Wizard gains the ability to specialize in a school of spells, gaining a bonus spell slot per level that must be used to prepare spells of that school. In exchange, he must ban two other schools; ...
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What makes grease a good spell?

I often see people list grease as good go-to 1st level spell. Why is this? The spell description lists 3 of its uses: forcing saves and slows movement of enemies, disarming enemies, and preventing ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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Can a spellcaster use spell slots above their normal limit if their ability scores allow bonus spells of that level?

This question is inspired by discussion here, about how Heighten Spell works with Reserve Feats. The question that I am asking here deals with whether or not players can cast spells using spell slots ...
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Where does the "apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order" rule come from, if it exists?

I have seen quoted several places on the internet a rule that one can apply bonuses and penalties in the most beneficial order. An example I come across frequently (as a druid) is the combination of ...
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If my Initiator Level is high enough, can I take Stances of a level higher than 1st when I take my first level in a martial adept class?

Usually, a martial adept’s Initiator Level is equal to his class level, plus his class level in any maneuver-granting Prestige Classes, plus half his level in all other classes. This means a ...
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What happens if a Rainbow Servant takes levels in Mystic Theurge?

When a Rainbow Servant hits level 10 they gain access to all nondomain Cleric spells. All spells that do not appear on any other spell list they have are cast as Divine spells. This means that, if ...
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For seasoned 3.X players and DMs, what is the "what's new" summary for 5e?

It seems the 5e rules are much more like the 3.Xe than the 4e. I also know a lot of players and DMs that simply refused to upgrade to the 4e rules, though they are now much more receptive to 5e, given ...
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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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What are the differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4th edition?

I have a small group of players who don't play often and we've been playing D&D 3.5. I wanted to know if there are any significant differences between D&D 3.5 and D&D 4e? Do they use a ...
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Can D&D with only 2 players (plus DM) even work?

I DM'ed for my buddies this semester and it was really fun. I got my roommate hooked and now he's asking for me to make another campaign (I've got a great idea). The problem lies in the fact that I'll ...
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Rules for creating new spells?

Is there a good source for allowing players to create new (non-epic-level) spells, or combining spells? For example, how can a Wizard research and create a new spell? What if a sorcerer improvises ...
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Why is using a tower shield a bad idea?

The comments in this question seem to indicate that being a tower shield user is a very detrimental choice in character-building. Having been under the impression for a long time that tower sheilds ...
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Can Ability Score increases caused by magic items qualify me for feats?

As far as I know, only a player character's non-temporary ability scores are considered for taking feats, taking prestige classes, etc. Meanwhile, any ability bonus that comes from spells, or magic ...
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What happens after I grapple as Attack of Opportunity?

Assume that my character has Improved Unarmed Strike (to threaten squares nearby) and Improved Grapple (to prevent getting AoOs from grappling). Now, an enemy provokes attack of opportunity. Rules of ...
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Way to prevent teleportation

My party (average level 10) just had a pre-boss fight. That was an opportunity for me to make them spend some of their resources, because they thought that was actually the big bad boss fight. So we ...
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How are Fighters Linear but Wizards Quadratic?

The phrase "Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards" gets bandied about a lot, but I've found I don't have a good way to explain it to newer players. The tier system post has some examples of how wizards ...
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What are the best ways to move and full-attack in the same round?

One of the most important things for any physical fighter to accomplish is to maximize the amount of time you spend full-attacking. Once you have BAB +6, not full-attacking halves your potential ...
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How does a PC make a permanent extradimensional space?

In dnd 3.5/pathfinder, how can a PC make a permanent extra dimensional space? Nothing as fancy nor temporary as a Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion but with more legroom than a 20 cubic feet. The ...
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Does concealment allow a rogue to make sneak attack?

Can a rogue use cover or concealment in order to Hide, and thereafter make sneak attacks against enemies he is hidden from? For example: A rogue sneak attacks an ogre in melee, then runs behind a ...
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Can a Rogue (D&D 3.5) use sneak attack on both the first and second attack?

I know this seems like a question you can simply Google but the answers vary and my clan is under the impression that I can only use it on my first attack (once per round) and not on my second attack. ...
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