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What Halfling-only bonuses to throwing rocks exist?

Among the community, I often see it joked that Halflings have access to an absurd number of bonuses to rock-throwing. This joke is undoubtedly based on the fluffy references to the importance of rock-...
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Is there a reason for Searing Blade to have a standard action as an initiation action?

Both Inferno Blade (stronger) and Burning Blade (weaker) have a swift action as the initiation action, which make sense, as the boost only lasts until your turn ends, however, Searing Blade stands out ...
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Do the Psychic Strike soulknife class feature and the Greater Psionic Shot feat work with the Manyshot feat?

Can the Manyshot feat work to allow you to apply the Psychic Strike soulknife class feature and the Greater Psionic Shot feat to all the arrows? The hang-up is that you are creating 3 arrows so you ...
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Given the existence of Flesh to Ice/Salt, why use Flesh to Stone?

My understanding is that these two spells are exactly the same as Flesh to Stone, but one spell level lower. If that is the case (and admittedly, I don't have Flesh to Salt handy), why ever learn/...
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Price for an item that lets you assume a single fixed disguise, as disguise self

The player of a kobold PC wants a magic item that lets them disguise as a gnome for convenience's sake. I figure this should be a slotted magic item that works using disguise self. With no limitations,...
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Spellthief, Steal spell and Sneak attack immunity

Simple question. It's never clear if you can use the Steal Spell feature of the SpellThief on targets immunised to Sneak Attack. Since you have to trigger a Sneak Attack in order to be able to trade ...
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How can I make abilities from custom classes in PCGen show on my D&D 3.5e character sheet?

I feel like I am missing a step. I take the code for a wild mage prestige class from a site (I dont know if I am allowed to write the exact site here). I put the data/code of the class in the ...
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How can I prevent Anti-planar travel effects from affecting me?

How can a player prevent spells/effects that prevent planar travel in or out of a given area (i.e. Dimensional Lock, Forbiddance, Unhallow, Otiluke's Suppressing Field and, Investiture of the Orthon)...
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How balanced is the Thrall of Fraz-Urb'luu PrC

Specifically the 10th level feature Alter Reality. Alter Reality (Sp): At 10th level, a thrall of Fraz-Urb'luu gains the ability to transform an illusion spell into reality, once per day. This ...
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Are there any rules on how polymorph-like magic affects aging?

Say you have a 29-year-old half-orc who gets hit by polymorph any object and becomes an elf. Will their age category go up when they reach 30 years, or when they reach 175 years? If the former, then ...
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What happens when a dragon tries to become a Warshaper?

Warshaper is a prestige class from Complete Warrior, published a few months after 3.5e. I don't know about the rest of the book, but this prestige class in particular doesn't really seem to take the 3....
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When do you lose bonus power points?

I'm looking specifically at the feat Azure Talent, from Magic of Incarnum. I've read various debates about whether or not one can combine it with things like Psycarnum Infusion to get infinite power ...
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If X dispels Y, what if X or Y is not a spell or spell-like effect?

As I understand the intent, one can't, for example, be hasted and slowed at the same time no matter what. It should just result in normal state. Same for other effects that dispel (and, usually, also ...
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Can a Dweomerkeeper's Supernatural Spell Buff be dispelled?

The Dweomerkeeper has the supernatural ability Supernatural Spell that turns a spell into a supernatural effect. In the description, the relevant part is The spell functions as it normally would and ...
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Can one do a trip attempt while wielding a heavy shield?

I am unable to find a clear ruling about the following. A PC (let's call him Bob) is wielding a spiked heavy shield with one of his hands and is threatening an opponent. As a matter of fact, Bob uses ...
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If you take more damage than you have current HP, do you end up with negative HP?

I found this explanation on how dying in D&D 3.5 works. Coming from 5e, I am a little confused. In 3.5e, do you take damage past zero do you stop at 0(-1) or go straight into the negatives? For ...
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What is the rule preventing a Sneak Attack + Ice Darts combo?

I recently noticed this line in The Unseen Seer handbook. Note: This guide is built on the incorrect assumption that you are able to apply Sneak Attack on each attack made with spells like Scorching ...
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Alter Size Salient Divine Ability referring to Improving Monsters Size Increases?

The Alter Size Salient Divine Ability states As a free action, the deity can assume any size from Fine to Colossal. The deity also can change the size of up to 100 pounds of objects it touches. If ...
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Are there any size increases that don’t reduce Dexterity?

I have a character who is interested in increasing their size, but relies on Dexterity and so does not want to take penalties to that in the process. Are there any options for doing so? Shapechanging ...
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Ways to benefit from Warshaper without losing my base form

I am looking at building a character with monstrous hit die and at least one level adjustment. This character focuses heavily on natural weapon attacks and I would like to include the Warshaper class (...
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Repeatedly traveling to the Were Glade for the 1/day 9 hour lycanthropy without a LA?

The Were Glade is a Planar Touchstone site described on page 164 of the Planar Handbook. The text of the book indicates that the higher-order-ability of the site allows you to transform into either a ...
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What abilities does a similacrum of a summoned creature possess?

I was trying to work out the effects of creating a similacrum based on a summoned creature. I had a few questions that I could not resolve. First and foremost was if the abilities of the similacrum ...
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Repercussions of creating Simulacra of Couatl, Astral Deva, or Dimensional Shambler

Suppose a character gets their hands on a wand of Simulacrum with only a single charge left. This character is wise enough to visit a library before using it so they know the full effects of the spell ...
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Apply force armor from mage armor/inertial armor/etc. against touch attacks?

I want to cast a spell or manifest a power that provides a +4-or-greater bonus to AC that lasts hours/level or longer, and have it apply to touch attacks. The mage armor, luminous armor, and greater ...
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Question about Guards and Wards confusion effect

The 6th level Sorcerer/Wizard spell Guards and Wards features a confusion effect, quoted from the text it states: Confusion Where there are choices in direction—such as a corridor intersection or ...
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How much damage does an abyssal drake take from cold effects?

An abyssal drake is, conceptually, a really simple creature. A cross between demons, wyverns, and a red dragon. The red dragon provides its fire subtype, while the demons provide resistance to ...
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Does the same attribute modifier necessarily count as the same source when adjudicating stacking rules?

the SRD says this about stacking: Stacking In most cases, modifiers to a given check or roll stack (combine for a cumulative effect) if they come from different sources and have different types (or ...
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Racial Paragon classes and Stoneblessed

Simply put does the capstone of the Stoneblessed class from Races of Stone grant access to the Racial Paragon Class from Unearthed Arcana for the respective race? IE does a Stoneblessed(Dwarf) 3 have ...
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Trip Mechanic Question

Making a Trip Attack: Make an unarmed melee touch attack against your target. This provokes an attack of opportunity from your target as normal for unarmed attacks. If your attack succeeds, make a ...
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Can I take Extra Followers more than once?

I can't seem to find information on whether you can take feats more than once. A number of feats say that you can, but I can't seem to find the general rule that says one way or another. If I could ...
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What types of bonuses can be applied with the fortify epic spell seed to boost intelligence?

The DMG lists all the bonus types, some are common improvements to abilities, like enhancement or inherent. But what other types of bonuses could be applied to intelligence? I could see the following ...
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Why is a Half-Mino Dungeoncrashing War Hulk Terrifying? [closed]

Referencing my previous bad idea: How to Build a 3.5e Gnoll Pugilist In managing to explain why Gnolls are terrible PCs in 3.5 (yet providing a number of viable builds anyway), KRyan mentions that a ...
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How to Build a Gnoll Pugilist

I'm working on a 3.5e build concept for a band of genteel creature PCs (think League of Extraordinary Gentlemen except they are all monsters), in my case a Gnoll. A dapper, well-mannered Gnoll who ...
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Is the damage from Snap Kick fixed like, for example Insightful Strike or can you add any more bonuses to it?

Snap Kick states the following (emphasis mine): When you make a melee attack with one or more melee weapons (including a standard attack, full attack, or even a strike maneuver), you can make an ...
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If you're undead and you use turn undead do you turn yourself?

Title says it all: if you've somehow become undead, as a ghost or other undead, and you turn undead, as a cleric or paladin, do you also need to make a saving throw for turn undead? Answers can be ...
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Compared to the other Epic Feats that are readily available at level 21, is Multispell as obviously imbalanced as it appears?

It seems obvious to me that Epic Feats are imbalanced - that is to say, that there is a great disparity in the relative power of feats with comparable requirements - but a lot of this is made hard to ...
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How does a Chameleon's "floating" Bonus Feat interact with the various sacred vows from the Book of Exalted Deeds?

At 2nd level, the Chameleon prestige class gets a bonus feat. The description of the chameleon's Bonus Feat ability states (Races of Destiny, p. 113): Bonus Feat (Ex): At 2nd level, you gain a bonus ...
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What's the initiator level of a Paladin (7)/Crusader(2)?

The question is pretty simple. Multiclass characters get half their non-martial adept levels + full martial adept levels for initiator level. However, what happens when the level is odd? Do you round ...
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Will damaging or killing a summoned creature break Vow of Peace?

Vow of Peace from Book of Exalted Deeds expressly forbids causing damage or killing anything other than undead or constructs. However, damage dealt to or killing of a summoned creature has no effect ...
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What caster level do you need to craft a Ring of Protection +5?

I had always assumed that there was a similar requirement to creating higher tiers of rings of protection (and magic items in general), just like you need to be at least three times the enhancement ...
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Alter Self and Extraordinary Special Qualities

Suppose you are a dwarf and use Alter Self to become a different dwarf. Do you lose your darkvision? The text of Alter Self states: You keep all extraordinary special attacks and qualities derived ...
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Transferring 'ownership' of a simulacrum

Part of the spell description of Simulacrum states: At all times the simulacrum remains under your absolute command Is there a rules legal way for a caster to transfer this 'absolute command' to ...
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What published source contained antimagic oozes?

So, I was talking with a friend about how to disable divine casters in D&D 3.5e, and they raised an intriguing possibility in that an unfortunate encounter with something called an "antimagic ...
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Denying (NPC) divine casters the ability to regain spells

I am playing an epic D&D 3.5e PC in a medium-optimization (for an epic 3.5e, as I understand it, at least) game: Most regular spells are available to the party (modulo those labeled Evil), ...
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How exactly do you calculate changing a Line into a Cone?

How exactly do you calculate changing a Line into a Cone? I am asking for the purposes of the Shape Breath Metabreath feat. As the feat says: If you have a line-shaped breath weapon, you can opt to ...
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How can I calculate the optimal amount of attack bonus to give up when using Power Attack?

The Power Attack feat lets you sacrifice attack bonus (AB) to increase your damage. It's easy to see that you don't always want to give up the same amount of AB, and that the optimal amount (assuming ...
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Can a (non-Large) character use the Polymorph spell to become a Huge creature?

I recently looked over the polymorph spell chain for Dungeons & Dragons 3.5e (Alter Self -> Polymorph -> Shapechange) while reading suggestions on forums for what to turn in to with the ...
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how to present and use the metamagic spell component 'trapped voidstone'?

for a special occasion I am planning to donate the players some spells with metamagic spell components as described here. one of the spells concerned will be the Disintegrate spell empowered with the ...
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Can Kensai Improve a Soulbow's weapon?

I am preparing to DM a D&D 3.5e game. One of my players is trying to go Soulbow into Kensai. Can Kensai actually enhance the Soulbow's weapon? I am not sure if it can do that, as it is just an ...
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Input on Variation on KRyan's TWF Elf Barbarian

I really like KRyan's solution to this character concept: How to optimize a TWF Barbarian Elf I'm looking to build something similar, but I don't have all the restrictions that the OP had. For ...
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