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Is a corpse a possess-able object?

Creatures with the fiend of possession prestige class progressively gain a wider range of control over inanimate material and objects (eventually even very loosely defined objects). Possess Object (...
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Can an Eidetic Spellcaster benefit from the Geometer feature that allows one page per spell in the spellbook?

Geometer is a prestige class in Complete Arcane that gains a special class feature at level 2: A geometer uses a unique system for recording the details of a spell that drastically reduces the ...
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'Sneak attack' using AOE spells

In Pathfinder a level 10 Arcane trickster gains a Surprise spells feature: Surprise spells At 10th level, an arcane trickster can add her sneak attack damage to any spell that deals damage, if the ...
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Unarmed strike as secondary attack?

Natural weapons are weapons that are physically a part of a creature. A creature making a melee attack with a natural weapon is considered armed and does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Likewise, ...
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Can a catatonic creature (0 charisma) be controlled via domination magic?

If a creature’s ability score is reduced to 0, say charisma, and the creature becomes helpless (in this case catatonic), does domination (mind affecting) magic even function? My intuition would be ...
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Is this quest possible without being too easy?

I'm concocting a scenario for my players. In this scenario, in order to convince a ghost to hand over the keys to a valuable piece of property, they'll be given a quest: "To redeem {a paladin ...
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What are the best ways to ramp up aging using magic?

What are some of the most effective ways to accelerate the aging process via magical means?
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How to decide the type of precise damage?

The easier examples are quite easy to understand: when a character attacks with a weapon, precise damage like sneak attack will use the same type of damage of the weapon. For example, sneak attack ...
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What does it mean for plague to "continue until the victim reaches Constitution 0"?

I could use some help understanding the following line as it pertains to the Plague disease carried by a Plague Spewer (Monster Manuel III, pg. 125): Unlike normal diseases, plague continues until ...
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New Devoted Spirit maneuvers for cataphract

My homebrew cataphract base class is a martial adept with access to the Diamond Mind, Setting Sun, and Stone Dragon disciplines, as well as a subset of the Devoted Spirit discipline (specifically, one ...
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Can slam attacks be used to make attacks of opportunity and deliver at-will spell-like abilities? [closed]

Two questions. Can a creature with a slam attack use it whenever they are able to make an attack of opportunity? Can a creature with a slam attack deliver a at will spell-like ability with the slam ...
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How would these buffs to underpowered prerequisite feats affect game balance?

Like many people who enjoy 3.5, I find that the issue of "feat tax" is incredibly pervasive - which is to say, there are a lot of feats that just feel like dead weight on a character sheet. ...
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Does wall of force version forcecage allow air to go through?

Windowless Cell: This version of the spell produces a 10-foot cube with no way in and no way out. Solid walls of force form its six sides. If it doesn't, would the trapped creature (with the type ...
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3.5 Calculating xp for a solo encounter

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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How does negative energy interact with shadow dragons?

I'm going to be running a shadow dragon in a game soon and after reading this question, Are negative levels necessarily energy drain? I became confused about how negative levels and negative energy ...
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D&D 3.5 to 5e Player Character Conversion

I am looking to run an old D&D 3.5 adventure. I have never played D&D 3.5 so I am unaware of the level scaling for player characters. The book states it is for 18th level adventurers however ...
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What defensive option would be ideal for martial characters?

I have been hearing players around me saying that "after lv.10, you should move from AC to missing chances and the stuff that won't let people target you (e.g. total concealment or total cover)&...
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Were clerics without a god limited in how many levels they could gain?

It's been almost two decades since I last played D&D, so my memories of it are slightly fuzzy. I know that third edition allowed clerics to follow an ideal rather than a god, and still get spells ...
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How does 'Enlarge Spell' affect Area of Effect?

I would like to understand the impact of the feat Enlarge Spell on spells such as: Laogzed's Breath Level: Clr 3, Sor/Wiz 3 Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels) Area: Cone Duration: Instantaneous ...
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Divine Defiance Feat Mechanics: Spell Slot Expenditure Clarification

Regarding the Divine Defiance feat from Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells (p. 83), the text states: You can spend one of your turn or rebuke undead attempts as an immediate action to ...
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In DND 3.5, what bonus on attributes can determine the daily spell slot and skill points gaining?

I see in Pathfinder there's a saying "having a temporary bonus for over 24 hours makes it a permanent bonus", which means your headband of intellect won't bring you extra spell slots in the ...
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Shouldn't Magic Missile be a Divination Spell instead of Evocation? [closed]

Don't take me wrong, but in all editions I've seen so far, Magic Missile is a spell that launches darts or orbs of pure magical force (thus, it's an Evocation Spell). Inside its descriptions, it says ...
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It is night and a wizard cast fireball or sunburst in a well. Should the flash be visible from outside?

It is night and a wizard cast fireball or sunburst in a well. Should the flash be visible from someone far and outside of the well or, because it is a magical effect, it should be visible only ...
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What special materials can be used with a Sugliin?

This massive polearm consists of several sets of sharpened caribou and/or megaloceros antlers affixed to a long wooden shaft. Ah, the sugliin, such a silly weapon. But so cool-looking. Many special ...
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How do the changes in the Black Company campaign setting affect game balance (D&D 3.5)?

The Black Company campaign setting for D&D 3.5 (Green Ronin publishing, based on the Glen Cook novels) made significant changes to game mechanics. For example: Spellcasting was completely ...
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How does martial combat in D&D 3.5 play out in practice?

I played 3.5 a long time ago, but my memory of how the martial characters actually handled in practice is pretty hazy. I have a few related questions about how the "meta" of martial (non-...
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What game mechanics use extraordinary abilities?

I'm not sure if anyone has gone about trying to find a list of the mechanics that explicitly make reference to extraordinary abilities (for example, mechanics that derive from spells, class features, ...
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What can be done to make a transmutation seem real even to magical senses?

The core problem For characters living in a world where high level and possibly epic casters (without the Epic Spellcasting feat) exist, passing for the creature they're polymorphed into is hard. A ...
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Ready an action to cast prismatic wall in front of a moving enemy

From Rules compendium: You can ready a standard action, a move action, a swift action, or a free action. To do so, you must specify what you want to do and the conditions under which you will do so. ...
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Prismatic wall is described as vertical. A cylinder has vertical walls. So can a Prismatic wall be shaped as a cylinder?

Prismatic wall is described as vertical. A cylinder has vertical walls. So can a Prismatic wall be shaped as a cylinder? The point is that a cylinder height is vertical, not oblique, not horizontal.
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Does the Sunburst spell blind constructs?

Does the sunburst spell blind constructs? Sunburst is a 8th-level evocation with reflex save. As I can read from the construct type entry on the SRD, they are not immune to blindness (except from ...
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Was this rule updated/changed in 3.5?

Savage Species, a 3.0 book, included a rule for when a template makes a monster with LA - playable. In cases when a template makes an otherwise unplayable creature into a viable character (such as ...
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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's the lowest HD Giant of at least Huge size?

Have a Large character, with the Giant Blood racial trait, and want to use alter self to transform into a Huge Giant (or a huge Humanoid, I guess, but that seems unlikely to exist without templates). ...
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Can you add enlarge person to the ranger spell list without Sword of the Arcane Order?

I want to be casting enlarge person with my Ranger, but for a variety of reasons Sword of the Arcane Order is awkward (low-Int, feat slots, can't take it 'til level 6, etc.). Can it be done without ...
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Do weapons that do both Piercing and another damage type suffer underwater combat penalties?

Some weapons, like Morningstars and Sugliin, do two types of damage at once (Piercing/Bludgeoning and Piercing/Slashing, respectively). How does this interact with underwater combat penalties? ...
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Where can I find the rules for the Oriental Adventures Scry skill?

I have the Oriental Adventures book, and the 2/6/2006 errata. In a number of the new classes, there is a skill, Scry (Int, exclusive skill), first appearing in the ...
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What instruments are wind instruments for purposes of being a Windsinger?

In the game I am running, there are several characters who are bards with the Windsinger feat (Stormwrack p94). The players and I have been debating what qualifies as a wind instrument for purposes ...
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Means of pretending to be Dominated, thralled, or Charmed

Is there any means for a character to pretend to be subject to a mind-effecting spell or ability after resisting or being immune, so as not to alert the caster?
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help with optimizing an effective character level 8 barbarian soulknife build [closed]

everything good? A while ago I saw a guy on a forum saying that he had a prestige class that could create an energy blade that all attacks were directed at touch AC, I found this idea very interesting ...
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Are D&D 3.5 Armor Proficiencies Always By Category?

In comments under an otherwise persuasive answer, KRyan mentions that armor proficiencies are always by category, i.e. armor proficiencies only come as light, medium, and heavy armor proficiency. This ...
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Can a psion with Metamorphosis and Assume Supernatural Ability create an army of Scythers of Thoon under his command?

Metamorphosis yourself and your psicrystal into Madcrafters of Thoon. Use Assume Supernatural Ability: Launch Spawn to create as many Scythers of Thoon you want. Use some form of infinite healing to ...
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Is there an equivalent to archmage special ability Arcane Fire in previous editions?

I'm searching for an equivalent to the archmage prestige class ability from 3.5e, Arcane Fire (DMG, page 178), in previous editions (Player's Options, 2e, 1e or OD&D), but not 4e or 5e. Any ...
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Does Psicrystal Containment prevent a Psicrystal with the Wild Talent feat from psionically focusing itself?

You can spend a full-round action attempting to psionically focus your psicrystal. At any time when you need to expend your psionic focus, you can expend your psicrystal’s psionic focus instead, as ...
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Highlander: the Immortal and PCGen

Anyone know how i can add the Highlander Immortal sourcebook to PCGen for D&D 3.5? I am unsure if I should make this a template, since these effects are all acquired. If so, I am clueless about ...
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Can a Psion who can manifest Metamorphosis grab Assume Supernatural Ability?

I prefer Assume Supernatural Ability over Metamorphic Transfer because it doesn't have a daily limit and I'm only interested in one Su ability. The problem with Assume Supernatural Ability is this: ...
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Which Level are a Familiar's Hit Points calculated from?

Page 52 of the PHB say that a familiar has half the HD and HP of their master. Is this the character's total level, or just of their relevant Arcane class level?
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Can a warforged become a vampire?

As it says in the title: Can a Warforged (Monster Manual III, P190-191, 215, Eberron Campaign Setting, P20-24) become a vampire or vampire spawn? My research shows that a living construct type is ...
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Can vampires drain non-sentient beings or monsters?

D&D 3.5e vampires canonically don't need to eat, sleep or breathe. However, they also drain levels and Con (blood), and doing this can turn their victims into vampires or vampire spawn. I also ...
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Shadow's incorporeal touch attack vs DR5/bludgeoning

If the PC has damage reduction 5/bludgeoning because of wearing an magic item could the shadow's incorporeal touch damage do 1 on 1 or the DR decrease it the amount of 5?
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