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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adding 2 Levels of Chameleon to an Artificer Build: What Are the Benefits?

I'm considering incorporating 2 levels of the Chameleon prestige class into my Artificer build. I'm curious about the potential advantages this multiclassing could offer. From your experience, what do ...
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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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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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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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