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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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Accurate Population Scale of Forgotten Realms Cities

Do the maps of cities in the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Books accurately reflect the statistics of those cities? I recently decided to use the city of Everlund from the Forgotten Realms ...
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Can you craft magic items without specific abilities--and therefore, requirements/costs?

Ghostwalk's glove of the master strategist is described as follows: This black leather glove is decorated with purple silk thread. It acts as a glove of storing and allows the wearer to use a true ...
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Can a Warlock research Original spells?

The Dungeon Master's Guide (Page 198) details how to create your own custom spells by doing in-universe research. It states that "A spellcaster of any kind can create a new spell". Whether a Warlock ...
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How do Dvati work with Incarnum?

Okay, I love Dvati, because a race that is two bodies with one soul is awesome. But I sure wish they'd clarified how they worked a little more with the non-Vancian magic systems of D&D. This marks ...
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Do a creature's special abilities still function after the creature dies?

Do a creature's special abilities still function after the creature dies? I know that, for example, the paladin's class feature Aura of Courage specifies that it doesn't function if the paladin is ...
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How can I realize my gravity monkey concept? [closed]

I'm about to start a D&D 3.5 campaign with a generous DM. PCs will start somewhere between levels 5 and 8—the DM hasn't said exactly—with 100,000 gp. I've been working on a build that's like Sun ...
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What happens if Animal Growth is cast in a constrained environment?

The spell animal growth (Player's Handbook 198) says If insufficient room is available for the desired growth, the creature attains the maximum possible size and may make a Strength check (using ...
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Are there limitations/cautions to “Vorpal”?

I want to give one of my good characters a vorpal Dwarven Ax. My first thought is about alignment issues. I realize that it's how it's actually wielded that would cause alignment conflicts, but is it ...
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What is the movement rate of a falling creature or object each round?

This question assumes that no method of controlling speed or direction is available, and that the falling is taking place from a location 30' higher than necessary in order for said creature or object ...
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Is there a concise description of what 'special' damage is?

This may be somewhat a worthless question as I've looked diligently without success. I don't believe the information is physically present but I thought I'd give it a shot. In my games things have ...
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Gouging holes into a surface with magic damage

I have one player currently stuck in a pit. Another player is attempting to use magical damage to gouge holes, or rather handholds into the surfaces of said pit to make it easier to climb out. As far ...
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Did I overstep my power as DM?

While playing a game with a previous group, in the middle of a combat, I had an enemy caster hidden from general combat, but still casting different spells like heal and other non-damage spells to ...
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Damage reduction vs Dying/Bleeding Out [duplicate]

When a character has less than 0 but more than -10 HP, they are considred "dying". According to the SRD: A dying character loses 1 hit point every round. This continues until the character dies or ...
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I want Lay on Hands, but I think Paladins are campaign-wreckers and won't play one. What are my options?

I've DM'd for Paladins as PCs before, and my experience is that they can unwittingly derail a campaign, even without any effort or powergaming on the part of the player. As such, now that I'm a player,...
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Does falling damage by weight get limited to 20d6?

I'm trying to build a character that does damage by dropping on people. (It's a baleen whale with grafted wings.) I was reading the SRD on falling damage and it has this very confusing line about ...
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Can a spellthief use a metamagic rod when casting a stolen spell?

A spellthief (Complete Adventurer 13) cannot apply metamagic feats to stolen spells. The ability steal spells reads, in part: A spellthief can't apply metamagic feats or other effects to the stolen ...
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Catching falling characters

In my experience, whenever a character falls because of a pit trap or a botched climb check there is always at least one player that that tries to catch them. I can't seem to find any specific rulings ...
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Performing actions while falling

If a character falls from a great height and has a skill or item that may save them if used early enough, how does one determine where in the fall the item is used? Depending on the reason for the ...
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How much time does putting an item inside a Bag of Holding take when you are fighting?

In the Bag of Holding's (Dungeon Master's Guide pag. 248) description it is stated: Retrieving a specific item from a bag of holding is a move action — unless the bag contains more than an ordinary ...
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Are fire-resistant/immune creatures resistant/immune to dehydration/sunburn?

Sandstorm says the following on fire resistance, in the context of environmental danger: A character with a spell or effect granting resistance to fire applies this resistance to both lethal and ...
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Can you use Total Defense out of combat?

Can you add the dodge bonus from Total Defense when you aren't in combat but anticipating an attack For instance I think there's goblins on the other side of the door. We snuck past them when they ...
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Does movement speed add damage or attack power to weapons?

I have a character who has managed to get herself a movement speed of 100'. She is a centaur, and as such specializes in lance based combat and charges. Now in the real world a lance moving faster ...
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Can Dvati bards/war chanters sing multiple songs at once?

So I just found a fascinating race called Dvati, where each member is a single soul sharing two bodies. Each one shares the same build, they split their hitpoints between them, and they have several ...
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Is the effect of how speed affects damage addressed in the rules anywhere?

Increases in weight affect damage, as per the improvised weapon rules on heavy items. Is the effect of how speed affects damage addressed in the rules anywhere? Any official sources from the listed ...
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How does Whirlwind Attack interact with Travel Devotion or other swift action movement?

Since swift actions can be used during other actions, what happens if one uses a swift action movement (for example under the effect of Travel Devotion) in the middle of a Whirlwind Attack? Would the ...
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Which classes grant the Bonus Feats feature at level 1, letting me pick a feat of my choice?

Other than the fighter and the generic classes, is there any other class that lets you pick a bonus feat at level one? My DM said I can choose from 3.5e and Pathfinder 1e classes, Base classes and ...
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Does activating a scroll require satisfying the spell's verbal and somatic components?

Example: The wizard is in the area of a silence spell effect and wants to activate a scroll. The spell on the scroll normally requires verbal and somatic components. Is the wizard prevented from ...
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Does the “Agony Touch” stack with a Ghost's Draining Touch?

Ghostwalk introduces, among others, a feat called "Agony Touch". This Special Ability allows the ghost that takes it to deal 1d4 ability damage to a target, to a physical ability chosen at time of ...
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Are the attacks made when using the Whirlwind Attack feat sequential or simultaneous?

This way we will know if we can use the 5 foot step during the whirlwind attack and if another creature can use an immediate action while it's being done: Of course you can use the 5 foot step before ...
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How can I become immune to fall damage?

How can I become immune to fall damage? I don’t mean things like feather fall that slow your descent or flight that prevents it from happening altogether; I'm more looking for an option that lets you ...
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How much can changelings alter the length of specific body parts?

Like with disguise self, changelings can alter their total height by 1 foot. So they could make both their legs 1 foot shorter, and that would work. In theory, they could even turn both their legs ...
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If I am hiding and moving silently at the same time, what is my total movement penalty?

In D&D 3.5, according to page 79 of the PHB under the move silently skill: You can move up to one-half your normal speed at no penalty. When moving at a speed greater than one-half but less ...
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Does armor class protect against damage from falling objects?

Does armor class protect against damage from falling objects? Let’s say we have average Munchkin McGee. Now, he boosts his AC to Celestia and back, then his damage reduction to the Abyss and back. I ...
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Dimension Leap with A Held Rope

My Bard is holding one end of a 100' rope in his hand. The other end of the rope is in a row-boat, either tied to the boat or held by another character in the boat. The Bard casts Dimension Leap to ...
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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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How does Scent interact with Mirror Image?

From what I undestand, scent lets you pinpoint the square's direction that a creature occupies. Scent reads, in part: The creature detects another creature’s presence but not its specific ...
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How many ways are there to increase carrying capacity?

How many ways, via feats, races, classes, etc are there to increase the carrying capacity of a PC?
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How can I best convert an Oath of the Ancients paladin from D&D 5e to 3.5e?

I'm working on starting a D&D 3.5e campaign with a group of players with whom I've previously played a 5e campaign. One of these players plays a 5th-level Paladin with the Oath of the Ancients in ...
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Is there a way to add both Knowledge (religion) and Knowledge (the planes) to the Spellthief skill list?

... Other than taking Skill Knowledge twice? (or Skill Knowledge + Apprentice) I'd like this character to enter Ur Priest at level 6, so he needs max ranks in Knowledge (religion) and 5 in Knowledge (...
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How much should I as a GM adapt the rules of my world to suit my players?

I'm DMing a DnD 3.5e game with some combat but mainly focused on narrative and building towards interesting moral themes. I told my players this in session 0. In the game for our last session the ...
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If someone is using multiple Illusion effects, how do they layer?

Say if someone is using a Hat of Disguise, the Rogue ACF Mimic, Alter Self Spell, and a Disguise Self Spell? Which effect would be seen?
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Learning or preparing a spell over Telepathic Bond?

Just wondering... Would a telepathic bond spell cast on my helper npc (another wizard of equal or greater level; stationed in a magic library) allow them to "stream" my spellbook's contents to me as ...
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Access to divine casting with low Wisdom?

I started a campaign with a Gnome Bard Illusionist in D&D 3.5. As the campaign played out, due to story and circumstance, I would now like to become a Divine Trickster. The entry requirements ...
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What's the closest-to-legal way to make this semi-homebrew savage succubus have LA+0 and a low level?

I wanted to make a weaker succubus character, so I didn't need all the features of the ECL 12 version in the Monster Manual. Savage Species offers a progression on pages 195-197 that gives everything ...
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Do you reroll a dragon's breath weapon recharge time after each breath attack?

Dragon breath weapons have a recharge time. For example, a very young black dragon can use its breath weapon every 1d4 rounds. Do you re-roll the recharge time each time you use the breath weapon? Or ...
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How can I make a macro for rage in Roll20?

So I'm playing using Roll20, and I just took a level in barbarian. I want to save my DM time and set up a macro for rage myself, problem is I have literally not a clue how macros work and the 3.5e ...
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What are the features of a Dragonborn Warforged and why is it considered overpowered?

On more than one occasion, I've seen the (RAW-legal) option of stacking the Warforged race with the Dragonborn subtype listed as being very overpowered. It's clear to me that going down this path has ...
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Does moving towards an enemy with a reach weapon provoke an attack of opportunity?

If a character is 10 ft. from an enemy wielding Reach weapon, does moving five feet closer into their threatened area provoke an attack of opportunity?
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Why is there no Permanency spell in 5e? [duplicate]

In 3.5e, there's the permanency spell, which makes other spells permanent. There isn't a spell like this in 5e, but there are ways to make specific spells permanent, usually by casting it in the same ...
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Are there official ways to avoid level adjustment while keeping racial features?

I'm familiar with UA's "LA Buyoff", wherein a high-level character can spend XP to reduce their level adjustment, as well as PGtF's "Powerful Races at 1st Level", which basically gives negative level ...