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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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Archive of 3.5E characters? [closed]

I'm trying to write some software to generate characters for 3.5E. Is there a library of characters known to be correct with respect to RAW that I can download? Such a library would help me figure out ...
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Do Psion and Ardent power points and powers stack?

The description of the psion class says: Every psion must decide at 1st level which psionic discipline he will specialize in. Choosing a discipline provides a psion with access to the class ...
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What causes victims to burn from the inside out?

In our campaign, our party was supposed to meet a crew on their ship who were sailing in search of a relic for the king. A psionic in the party used timehop and we ended up on the ship an hour into ...
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How do monstrous hit dice work?

Continuing my recent foray into poorly-defined areas of the advancement rules, I have a closely related set of questions about how the rules work as written. Consider a PC starting as a first-level ...
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Do you take damage a second time if you start your turn in the square of a Blade Barrier spell?

The spell blade barrier (PHB, p. 205) reads Any creature that passes through the wall takes 1d6 points of damage per caster level (maximum 15d6), with a Reflex save for half damage. If you ...
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Can the Sidestep feat be used to avoid attacks?

The sidestep feat states the following: Once per round, when you make an attack of opportunity, you may take a 5- foot step after you attack. This 5-foot step doesn't count against your limit of ...
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What does it take to use a scroll?

Using a scroll doesn't take any material components. Instead, these were used up when scribing the scroll. However, other than that the book isn't exactly clear on what one must provide in order to ...
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How to do different things while casting?

Some spells take longer than one turn to cast. For example, the Planar Ally spell takes 10 minutes. As I understand it, this is the equivalent of taking a full-round action for ten minutes straight, ...
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Am I correctly calculating the damage of this build?

Books of D&D 3.5: Player's Handbook (PHB) Tome of Magic (ToM) Complete Adventurer (CA) Complete Psionic (CP) Expanded Psionic (EP) My character is a fighter 2/shadowcaster 1/scout 1/ardent 1. He ...
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How can wizards/other arcane casters become able to use restoration spells?

Other than (limited) wish, are there any feats/prestige classes/etc. that could (directly or indirectly) give a wizard access to things like cure X wounds, remove disease, raise dead, greater ...
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How did 3e evolve into a more rigid ruleset?

Prompted by a comment to this question: How to use skills — did this change between editions and how? Interestingly, 3.x was originally intended to be used as a toolset like AD&D, but it wasn’t ...
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Does the extra movement you get from the Travel Devotion Feat provoke attacks of opportunity?

If you employ the domain feat Travel Devotion (Complete Champion, p. 62) you can Once per day as a swift action, (...) activate this ability to move up to your speed as a swift action each round. ...
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How do you set up your health in D&D 3.5e?

I'm setting up my D&D character and I don't actually have the D&D 3.5 edition handbook. I am also new to the D&D world so I'm kind of a noob. How do you set up health for a Half-elf ...
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What determines whether an item can be considered “epic”?

In our current campaign our DM is allowing us to get a single non epic item as a reward. One of the players wanted to get a Cowl of Warding, it's a very powerful item that's described in Magic of ...
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How does the Hellfire Warlock's hellfire blast function?

I'm trying to properly understand the Hellfire Warlock's hellfire blast. Hellfire Blast (Sp): Whenever you use your eldritch blast ability, you can change your eldritch blast into a hellfire blast. ...
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How do you convert a Diplomacy roll in a 3.5e adventure to 5e?

Looking through a 3.5e adventure it mentions a Diplomacy roll: Give the PCs a minute to explain themselves to the lich, at the end of which one of them can make a Diplomacy check in an attempt to ...
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Do supernatural abilities that “function like spells” satisfy prestige class requirements?

For example, say you have 2 levels in Dweomerkeeper, meaning you have Arcane Sight (Su). Does this count as one of the two required divination spells to take levels in Unseen Seer?
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Do you need to cast spells every day you are working on a construct?

Crafting magic items takes one day for every 1,000 gold pieces of its value and spells have to be cast every day. Although it takes one day for every 1,000 gold pieces to craft a construct as well, I ...
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Does a Druid/Barbarian using Rage cancel out Wild Shape?

5e Player dipping toe into 3.5 with help of a friend, who is an old hand, but hasn't played in a long while. He was reading the 3.5 books and seems to think the phrasing of Barbarian Rage would ...
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By the rules, can you gain “extra” of something you didn’t have before?

KRyan's answer to the question "Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?" discusses the use of the term "extra" as follows (emphasis mine): The benefits section does say ...
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Which, if any, parts of the Locate City Bomb are dubious by RAW?

The “locate city bomb” is a somewhat-notorious example of theoretical optimization, turning a minor 1st-level divination into something quite similar to a nuclear blast that kills everything for miles ...
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What other spells can power the Locate City Bomb?

The locate city bomb is a series of metamagic feats you can apply to a the locate city spell to do high damage over a very wide area. Typical process: Cast locate city from Races of Destiny. ...
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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 fourth edition: a ...
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Does a familiar act on its own initiative count?

In campaigns in which I participate a familiar is controlled by the player in normal situations; the DM takes over the familiar if the PC orders his familiar to do something very dangerous, gives it a ...
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What feat/spell/skill lets you know if you're breaking a vow/your god's rules as a free action?

I am building a D&D 3.5e Saint Cloistered Cleric with a Vow of Poverty and Vow of Peace. In the past two weeks, I ran across a character ability (a skill, feat, spell, alternate class feature, ...
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What's a reasonable temperature of a dungeon in the Underdark, maintaining balance with a character built to keep the environment cold?

I have a player who will be changing the temperature in a large radius and most of the campaign will be in a large underground dungeon. The player's build is built around him using magic & keeping ...
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How to Adjudicate the Snowcasting feat?

I have a player who wants to take the Snowcasting feat. But before he does he wants to know how I will rule on the matter. Snowcasting (General) You add ice or snow to your spell's components ...
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Why does nobody understand the grapple rules?

It's a common joke that nobody understands the grapple rules, but in reality it's only two or three pages of the PHB. What is it about these rules that has caused so much confusion and annoyance?
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Is delaying the effect of a Wish spell considered a ''greater effect''?

Let's say I cast Wish to duplicate the effect of revivify and I want it to take effect when I was supposed to act as if I haven't died (initiative order). In the spell description: A wish can ...
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Would a Tiefling be able to sleep in a small fire? [closed]

If a Tiefling made a fire that was 1 game-square in area to curl up in, could they sleep in it? Assume that they are naked and it is a small fire. Would the fire do any damage?
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How does the Contingency spell interact with familiars?

Contingency is a personal range spell which lasts until some arbitrarily-defined condition triggers it. At that point it casts another “companion” spell, “which affects your person” and ends. If you ...
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What's a “safer” alternative to a Bag of Holding/Secret Chest?

Bags of Holding are large targets that can be cut or torn and blow up if you fall in a portable hole. Secret Chest also seems fragile and has that scary thing where if you're for whatever reason ...
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Do bloodline ECL increases reduce how many class levels a character can get?

Say a wizard has a major bloodline. Is their maximum level wizard-17/bloodline-3(in which case they only have 17 HDs), or wizard-20/bloodline-3 (in which case their total caster level is 23)? This ...
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Monsters that advance by level and HD?

I am attempting to create an encounter-table generator to end all encounter-table generators. I am doing this because it seems like an interesting project. In order to do this, I need to create a ...
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If “Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability” is cast on a familiar, does the Share Spells ability allow its spell to be shared with the original caster?

If a wizard/sorcerer employs the spell "Imbue Familiar with Spell Ability", transfers spells on his familiar and has then his familiar cast a spell (e.g. Invisibility) on him, can his familiar share ...
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If you cast Sunbeam, do you get the first beam in the same round you cast the spell?

I have a question concerning the spell Sunbeam (PHB, 289). In the spell description it says: For the duration of this spell, you can use a standard action to evoke a dazzling beam of intense light ...
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What books did WotC give Arthaus's official permission to publish?

I'm looking for the titles that include Arthaus's Ravenloft with this and Arthaus's Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game?
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Which books are in AEG's Oriental Adventures product line?

Which books are in AEG's Oriental Adventures product line? The books in that line are the ones that WotC gave permission to use this logo.
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Which D&D 3.0 & 3.5 Kingdoms of Kalamar books are considered officially licensed third-party products?

Hey I Can Chan's answer to the question "How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?" describes a category of products as follows (emphasis mine): officially licensed Kingdoms of Kalamar third ...
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Which D&D 3.0 & 3.5 Dragonlance books are considered officially licensed third-party products?

Hey I Can Chan's answer to the question "How do you tell if a D&D book is 3.0 or 3.5?" describes a category of products as follows (emphasis mine): officially licensed Dragonlance third party ...
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At which levels does an Epic Shadowdancer gain bonus feats?

ELH p.21 says the class gets a feat every 3 levels after 20th, but the table on the next page shows bonus feats at 13th/16th/19th. It's not hard to imagine what's probably correct, but has this ...
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What happens if you apply Practiced Spellcaster to a prestige class?

Say you're a 14th-level Sorcerer with 1 level in Archmage who then goes Fighter. You take Practiced Spellcaster (CA p.82) to boost your Sorcerer CL, and then later take it again to boost your Archmage ...
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Can you put ring/wondrous item enchantments on weapons and armor?

If you've got too many rings/amulets/etc., can you just add effects to your weapons and armor, like adding Jump to your sword for a Frost Brand of Evasion or making a series of minor upgrades to end ...
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Can you use the Wish spell to create 9th-level spell scrolls?

Wish can't duplicate 9th-level spells, but it can create magic items. Is there anything stopping a wizard from just Wishing for a 9th-level arcane spell scroll?
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Can you change your orders to Animated Objects?

The animate object spell says the objects attack "whomever or whatever you initially designate." Can you change your orders to animated objects? If you can't, permanent animated objects are ...
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Can you chain Night Caller whistlers?

You, a 13th-level wizard, go to a graveyard and blow your Night Caller. Then you cast Awaken Undead on the zombie, and one week later have it blow on the Night Caller and order the new zombie to obey ...
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Can you craft magic items using Wish instead of the required spell?

Say you're a wizard or sorcerer who wants to make a Ring of Protection. You can't prepare/know Shield of Faith, but you can use Limited Wish. Does this satisfy the requirement, or do you HAVE to have ...
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When do PCs get spot checks for a gelatinous cube in poor light?

I'm new to DMing, and trying to figure out what's fair vs. fun on when the player characters have a chance to spot a gelatinous cube. So if they are in a dimly lit dungeon, when do you have the PCs ...
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How to Make Intelligent Servants?

Basically trying to think of what the LN/anime Overlord might've used for the Floor Guardians and maids. An Awakened golem, effigy, or animated dead isn't much of a servant since that spell severs ...
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Is this change to how XP works in D&D 3.5 unbalanced?

I have been concerned for a while about how to treat experience totals in D&D 3.5 when a character gains or loses Level Adjustments (LA). Gaining/losing LA in play is too punitive and is ...

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